Born in Liberty County, son of Reverend Thomas and Ann Holbrook Goulding. Licensed a Presbyterian minister in 1833. He was a chaplain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and supposedly invented the first workable sewing machine. He was a fiction writer of note. One of his books, The Young Marooners, became so famous that it was translated into several foreign languages. He died at his home in Roswell, Georgia.