Gholson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gholson family

The surname Gholson was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Hugh, Michael and Ralph Goldstone held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Gholson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gholson research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1733, 1797, 1636, 1684, 1679, 1760, 1816, 1808, 1816 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Gholson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gholson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gouldston, Goulston, Goldston, Goulston, Goulson, Gouldson, Goldson, Golstone, Gouldstone, Gulston, Guldston, Gulson, Gulderson, Goolston and many more.

Early Notables of the Gholson family (pre 1700)

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Gholson migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gholson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ida Gholson, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Stuart Gholson, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Mary Gholson, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Gholson (post 1700)

  • Christien Gholson, American novelist, best known for his book, A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind
  • Thomas Saunders Gholson (1808-1868), prominent American Confederate politician
  • Richard Dickerson Gholson (1804-1862), American politician, the 3rd American Territorial Governor of Washington (1859-1861)
  • Thomas Gholson Jr. (1780-1816), American lawyer and politician who represented Virginia from 1808 to 1816 in the United States House of Representatives
  • James Herbert Gholson (1798-1848), American congressman, lawyer and judge from Virginia, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1833-1835)
  • William Yates Gholson (1807-1870), American Republican politician and jurist, Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1859-1863) [1]
  • Samuel Jameson Gholson (1808-1883), American judge for the district of Mississippi (1838-1861), US Congressman, and Confederate Army Brigadier-General (1864)
  • Linda Gholson, American Republican politician, Nominated in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 80th District 1992, but withdrew before election [2]
  • James Herbert Gholson (1798-1848), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1824-28, 1830-33; U.S. Representative from Virginia 4th District, 1833-35; Circuit Judge in Virginia [2]
  • Harris Gholson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1952, 1956 [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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