Mary/Maria Golding

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 17/09/2021

Mary/Maria Golding



Maria Paice was born in either Farnham Surrey (as recorded in the 1851 census) or Newbury Berkshire (as recorded in the 1861 census) she was baptised on the 24th October 1792 at St Nicolas Church Newbury the daughter of James and Elizabeth Paice (nee Edwards) who were married in Speen Berkshire in 1783.

Other known children of James and Elizabeth Paice baptised at St Nicolas Church were:

Thomas baptised 22nd July 1789

John baptised 16th February 1791

Sarah baptised 9th March 1796

Sidney born 2nd May 1798 baptised 8th June 1798 (THIS CHILD WAS FEMALE she went on to marry Benjamin Walter in 1818)

Nelson born 4th March 1806 baptised 6th April 1806 (died aged 3 months, buried 10th June 1806 at St Nicolas Newbury)


In 1815 Maria (21) and her siblings, Thomas (25), John (23), Sarah (19) and Sidney (17)  were recorded with the surname Lynch, living in the City Newbury with their step-father John Lynch (66), a Watchmaker, their mother Elizabeth Lynch (60),) and their half-sister Harriet Lynch (9).

(John Lynch married Elizabeth Williams on the 10th November 1777 at St Nicolas Church Newbury. He was widowed in 1784. He “married” Elizabeth Paice (no marriage found and no burial for James Paice found yet!) and they had a daughter Harriet Lynch who was born on the 2nd August 1807, baptised on the 11th October 1807 at St Nicolas Church Newbury.

Maria had four sons baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury.  

Robert Gough Lynch baptised 15th December 1815

Thomas Gough Lynch baptised 17th October 1817

Henry Gough Lynch baptised 7th April 1819

William (no middle name Gough) Lynch baptised 10th March 1822

All four baptism records record the boys as illegitimate and name the parents as Maria Paice Lynch and Thomas Gough, occupation: Porter. (Thomas Gough was living in Morris’s Yard on the west side of Market Place Newbury in 1815, he was 33 years old and was a Corn Porter)

Maria married (as Maria Paice) Edward Golding (a Shoemaker, born c1799 in Henley Oxfordshire) on the 2nd January 1825 at St Nicolas Church Newbury, they had the following children (all baptised at St Nicolas Newbury):

Caroline baptised 3rd April 1825 (died aged 1 in 1826 buried on the 14th August at St Nicolas Newbury)

Mary Ann baptised 16th March 1827

George baptised 1st November 1829

In 1841 Maria Golding (40), Edward Golding (40), Robert Linch (20), Thomas Linch (15), William Linch (15), Mary Ann Golding (12) and George Golding (10) were recorded living in Old Newtown Road Newbury.

The 1851 census again records Edward and Maria living in Old Newtown Road, only their son George (23) was living at home with them at this time, he was recorded as an Agricultural Labourer. By 1861 Edward and Maria had moved to the City Newbury, their son George had left home but Maria’s son Thomas (45), a Labourer, was living with them.

Edward died aged 63 in 1862 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 1st March.

Maria died aged 73 in 1864 she was buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 19th July. (NRC Burial Accounts have mistakenly recorded her as Mary Golding. On the FreeBMD and the GRO websites her death is recorded as Maria Golding)


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