Golder family genealogy



1. William Golder (1721 - 1785)

( ancestor William, William, William, ??? )


William was born on 19 Oct 1721 in Avondale, Lanark, Scotland. He died in 1785 in Lanark, Scotland. William was employed as a Farmer.


WILLIAM GOLDER OF GRANGE formerly in Braconridge

William Golder of Grange (formerly in Braconridge) is thought likely to be the son of William Golder and his wife Marion Fleming.


William Golder was born on 19 October 1721 and his baptism was registered on 24 October 1721, at Hamilton parish in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.

His baptismal record reads as follows: "Hamilton octor: 1721. William Golder and Marion fflemin sp: a son born 19 and bap 24 octor named William". [National Records of Scotland, Hamilton Births, 1687-1755, reference OPR.647/2]




Grange Farm, home of William Golder, Strathaven, Lanark, Scotland Open in new window

Grange Farm


Threestanes Farm, home of Marion Semple, Strathaven, Lanark, Scotland Open in new window

Threestanes Farm


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Map of where farms are

Tenant Farmer at Braconridge

William Golder of Grange was a tenant farmer at Braconridge in the period before he purchased one half of the six shilling eight penny land of old extent of Grange from William Murray in Blackburnmiln on 8 December 1763. [National Archives of Scotland, H. M. General Register House, Edinburgh, Particular Register of Sasines for the Sheriffdom of Lanark, reference RS42/17 ff. 250r-251r]


Heritable Proprietor of the Lands of Grange

William Golder in Braconridge purchased one half of the six shilling eight penny land of old extent of Grange from William Murray in Blackburnmiln and his wife Janet Cochrane on 8 December 1763. Murray and his wife are identified in the deed of sale as: "Wm. Murray in Blackburnmiln and Janet Cochren spouses herll proprieter and proprietrix" of the lands of Grange. The sale was made with the advice and consent of their eldest son Alexander Murray. Also included in the sale was William Murray’s seat or desk in the Church of Avondale. William Murray appointed James Golder in Braconridge to be his baillie and instructed him to give possession of his lands of Grange to William Golder. The names of the witnesses specially called to witness the infeftment were Thomas Brounlie, son to Thomas Brounlie in Threestaine, Quintine Golder in Chappell and Andrew Broun, apprentice to the notary publick who penned the deed [National Archives of Scotland, H. M. General Register House, Edinburgh, Particular Register of Sasines for the Sheriffdom of Lanark, reference RS42/17 folios 250r-251r]


Note: James Golder in Braconridge above mentioned seems likely to be William’s brother in which case he is the same person as James Golder in Braconridge Quintine Golder in Chappell above mentioned also seems likely to the William’s brother in which case he is the same person as Quintin Golder in Chappell


Marriage

William married Marion Semple (1735 - ???) daughter of John Semple and ??? on 3 Nov 1765 in Avondale, Lanark, Scotland. Marion was born in 1735 in Avondale, Lanark, Scotland. The marriage was booked on 3 November 1765, at Avondale in Lanarkshre, Scotland Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910, database, FamilySearch and the marriage contract was signed on 23 November 1765. The contract is mentioned in an instrument of sasine made in favour of Marion Semple which is dated 10 May 1766. In this sasine Marion is referred to as the daughter of : "John Semple por. of Heizlebank now spouse to Wm. Golder of Grange". [National Archives of Scotland, H. M. General Register House, Edinburgh, Particular Register of Sasines for the Sheriffdom of Lanark, reference RS42/17 ff. 496v-497r]


A Liferent Annuity for Marion Semple

On 10 May 1776, following from a marriage contract he had entered into with John Semple of Heizlebank and his daughter Marion, William Golder of Grange gave his wife a liferent annuity of fifty merks Scots money which was to be paid only in the event of her surviving his death. The liferent annuity was secured upon his six shilling eight penny land of old extent of Grange. In addition to this she was to have a sufficient house for her to live in, or a chamber in the house of Grange, room for her cow in the byre, and one acre of land which was to be ploughed and harrowed for her yearly. Her corns were to be put in the stack yard, and she was to have the liberty of thrashing them. [National Archives of Scotland, H. M. General Register House, Edinburgh, Particular Register of Sasines for the Sheriffdom of Lanark, reference RS42/17 ff. 496v-497r]


Death

William Golder of Grange died in 1785


Research notes

There has always been an issue as to which William Golder married Marion Semple.


Previous research by others came to the conclusion that it was a William Goldart b.1749 as the person who married Marion.

I have spent many hours researching this and :-


1. I have not found a birth record for a William Golder, Goldar, Goldart, Goulder, Gawdwer or Gaulder in 1749.

2. If it was a William Goldart b.1749 who married Marion then he was aged 16 at that time - possible

3. Sasine records show that a William Golder of Braconridge purchased the Grange Farm in 1863 - so this would make him 14 at the time of purchase unless it was his father William who purchased it - very unlikely

This therefore caused me to doubt that it was William b.1749.


After reading Sasine records I, along with another researcher, came to the conclusion that it was William Golder b.1721 who married a Marion Semple b.1935 in 1765


This would make William 44 when he married Marion who would have been aged 30. However, was this a second marriage for William? - unknown. Research has not found another one as yet.


The children of William & Marion were William b.1767, John b.1769, Quinton b.1776 and James b.1778


t the time James was born in 1778 William would have been aged 57 and Marion 43 - possible.


My conclusion is that information gathered seems to indicate a William Golder b.1721 married in 1765 a Marion Semple b.1735 and it confirms the link back to the early 1600’s where family stories say the 5 breaths of land were given to the family by the Duke of Hamilton in Scotland. If you read the sasines on property movement on the first page of the family tree you will see what really took place at that time. Andrew Golder - Purchased and was not given land of the Hamilton’s


On his son John’s death certificate it states that his parents were William Golder and Marion Semple and John’s son William witnessed it. Note that it says Golder and not Goldart.


William lived at the Grange Farm, Parish of Avondale, County of Lanark, Scotland.


About Marion Semple

Old family lore state that Marion Semple was from Freestone. However on searching old maps I have found Threestanes (this is also closeby to the Grange Farm). Threestanes Farm is still occupied by the "Semples", so I am told.


Email about Threestanes Farm

Hi Bernz, Thanks for the message. I hope this freaks you out as much as it did me!
I don’t have a Freestones Farm, but (wait for it...) I do have a Threestanes Farm!
Threestanes = Three Stones. And guess where that is?

Go to the Ordnance Survey site at Open in new window Get a map and type in NS695450 in the search box. There is Threestanes, just outside Strathaven; and look what is less than one km to the south-west of it! Lethame House, Nether Lethame and Over Lethame Farm.

Now go to Open in new window Old maps and put in the coordinates 269556,645267. There on the 1864 map, you can readily see what William Golder meant by "up to the right of Letham Road". I’m certain we are talking about the same place.

Now, who lived there? I have John SEMPLE (b 1781 - no other details) and his first wife Margaret STEWART (1783 - 1821) (m 20 Oct 1804, Avondale) and their children:
William (b 1806 - no other details)
Marion (1808 - 1871)
John (b 1810 - no other details)
James (1817 - 1886)
John remarried after Margaret’s death to Jean SCOULLER (m 1823) and had three more children:
Gavin (b 1824 - no other details)
Margaret (b 1828 - no other details)
Thomas (b c 1831 - no other details)

John SEMPLE’s father was William SEMPLE, who married Elizabeth JACK, who I am now beginning to definitely think is ’your’ Marrion’s brother, b 1745. I have a note that they lived at Hook’s Farm’, but I can’t find that on any maps, so far!

John is my wife’s 3x gt-grandfather, 4x gt-grandfather AND her 4x gt-granduncle!
I’ll let you digest this - look forward to hearing from you!’ Saludos
Ian Harding


Children

They had the following children:


1.1 William Golder (1767 - ????)


1.2 John Golder (1768 - 1856)


1.3 Quinton Golder (1776 - 1832)


1.4 James Golder (1778 - 1828)