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Shadrick Golden

Shedrick Golden (

Nickname:Shed or Shad
Born:July 4, 1808, Lincoln, Georgia
Died:January 13, 1865, Madison County, Alabama
Buried:Bragg Cemetery, Madison County, Alabama


•  His first name is spelled various ways: Shadrick, Shadrack, Shedrick, Shedrack. - Editor's Note

•  Son of William Golden and Mary (Polly) Turner they are buried in the St. Clair Cemetery, Madison County, Alabama - New Market

•  "Shadrick was killed by rebels at his home when the war was almost over. He and a neighbor were killing hogs at what is now called Campbell Springs, near New Market, Al. The neighbors escaped but Shadrick was taken to be killed. (Rebels in many sections did more harm than Union Soldiers.) As he was being taken to his death he begged to go home for tobacco. While there, he managed to toss his small amount of money behind the fire's back log so his family could get it later. He was taken to Bailes Hill and shot." A letter from New Market in 1972 reads: "The Goldens were very good civil people, believed in the constitution of the United States and what it stands for. When Union Forces learned of the murder, they came in and forced the Rebels to give Shadrick Golden a decent funeral. He is buried at Bragg Cem., New Market, Al."

     "An article written by Austin Miller, in Old Huntsville for November 2007 gives another version of Shadrack; 'The demise of one scalawag, Shed Golden, who lived at near by Hurricane Creek is well documented. Shed was one who reported to the Yankees when confederate soldiers came to visit their families. We have no way of knowing if Shed reported Edom Vasser. But we do know that Shed's treachery was discovered and the bushwhackers shot him and threw him in a sinkhole. The buzzards soon found him and so did the Yankees. They made everyone in the cove attend the funeral at gunpoint. They also made them erect a big tombstone and inscribed it with words proclaiming Shed as a fine patriot and Union man. The Tombstone stands to this day in Bragg Cemetery and is the tallest tombstone in the cemetery.'" - Cindymears27

•  "This man is still referred to in the community by his nickname, 'Shed' Golden. He was killing hogs at a natural spring along with William E. Norris (1835-1920) when 'bushwhackers' accosted them. Young Norris outran them but they caught Shed Golden and killed him. Mr. Golden did not believe In slavery. He was a fiercely patriotic man and the Golden family was known to be honest, fine citizens. The 'Yankees' forced the community to bury him 'in style' according to the grandson of Wm. E. Norris, W. Howard Norris." - New Market

•  "During the continuing Union occupation of North Alabama an incident happened that lingers to this day.
     On a windy hill in nearby Hurricane Valley, Alabama, is found the Bragg family cemetery An assortment of 30 headstones crown the hillside burying ground. The story behind this one monument persists to this day. It appears that, early in 1863 during the Yankee occupation of the valley, a man named Chadrick Golden, who lived in the area, betrayed his neighbors to the Union authorities for reward and was branded a traitor.
     One night he was mysteriously killed and his body dumped, unceremoniously, along the side of the Hurricane Valley road, near the Bragg family cemetery.
     Unable to apprehend the culprits, the Yankee commander spitefully ordered that Golden be buried, not in his own family cemetery just down the road, but in the convenient, nearby Bragg cemetery.
     The inscription carved on the monument, including the misspellings, is readable to this day:
          'In Memory of Chadrick Golden
          Was born July 4,1808 In the Year of our Lord
          On the 13th of January 1863 He was taken off and murdered for maintaining the Union and Constation of the United States'
     Furthermore, this imposing monument erected by the Yankees would remain, in perpetuity, the highest in the cemetery - just as it is to his day!" - Steenburn

•  After recording the inscription Dorothy Scott Johnson says "The inscription clearly points out the conflict between neighbors of southern sympathies and those of northern sympathies during the Civil War. It also shows that not all southern residents were pro-Confederacy as is commonly believed. Mr. Golden and William E. Norris, then a youth, were butchering hogs near a spring on the side of the mountain off Ray Road when a group of strongly pro-Confederate neighbors rode up on horses. Norris outran the horsemen, but Golden was caught and killed." - Johnson

•  Directions to the cemetery, "Hurricane Creek Road on the right turn at 'Neely's' mailbox the road to Bragg's Cemetery is right by the side of the road, when you go over the rise, you'll see the cemetery" - Cindymears27

•  "At least one non-combatant (Civil War) death reported in 1865, but relating to the war, was revealed on the tombstone of Shadrick Golden, buried in Bragg cemetery in the Hurricane Valley, reported by Dorothy Johnson, presently compiling information on Madison County cemeteries. The inscription reads, in part, 'Was taken off and murdered for maintaining the Union Constitution of the United States.'" - Record

•  Shadrack Golden married 1.) Charlotte Vicry 2.) Martha Combs wedding Feb. 4, 1845. - New Market

•  "Shadrack married Charlotte Vickrey about 1830 in Lincoln Co., GA. Children: Mary Ann, Mary Polly, Millie Caroline, Catherine Poindexter, Hickman M., Jasper N., Ann, Elizabeth, Luvisa, and Charlott Golden.
     Shadrack married a second time after Charlottie's death. He married Martha Barnett Combs. They had the following children: Sarah, b. 1848; Joseph Morgan, b. 1849; Nancy Jane, b. 1851; and Martha Julia 'Pink',b.Jan., 1855." - swgpsg

•  Children of Charlotte Vickery, 1806 - 1844:
     Charlotte Golden
     Margaret Ann Golden, 1832 - 1882
     Millie Caroline Golden, 1834 - 1873
     Mary Polly Golden, 1834 - 1902
     Catherine Golden, 1836 - 1898
     Hickman M Golden, 1839 - 1897
     Jasper N Golden, 1839 -
     Ann Golden, 1840 - 1902
     Luvisa Golden, 1844 - 1932
Children of Martha Barnett, 1819 - 1870:
     Sarah Golden, 1848 - 1926
     Joseph Morgan Golden, 1849 - 1884
     Nancy Jane Golden, 1851 - 1930
     Martha Julia 'Pink' Golden, 1855 - 1905 -

Related Links:
• - Page owned by Kimberly Credille and can be viewed only through an paid subscription.
•  Cindymears27 - Story of his death originally recorded in by Cindymears27, but the record may not be currently visible. Access to requires a paid subscription.
•  Family Tree - Genealogy
•  Find A Grave - Page created by Mary and Maintained by Steven Turnbow. Photos of the grave site added by Tom Baker.
• - page has been converted to a "read only" page. A large collection on material can be seen here.
•  Johnson - Article titled "The Family Graveyard, A Vanishing Landscape" by Dorothy Scott Johnson for Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 16 & 17, 1986/87, Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, page 27.
•  New Market - Memories and History of New Market, AL, Volume II, by New Market Volunteer Fire Department, 1989, page 116.
•  Record - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentally of Alabama and the United States, Volume I, by James Record, 1970, page 138.
•  RootsWeb - Biographical and Genealogical information
•  Steenburn - The Man Called Gurley, by Colonel Donald H. Steenburn, 1999, pages 153, 154
•  swgpsg - Originally posted on paid subscription by segpsg.

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