Golden family to share musical talent at 23rd reunion  

Jack Skeens, Andy Wilder, Roy and Ike Golden Roughnecks who came to be known as the Buffalo Ragged Five. | photo contributed

From the beginning of migration to America from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, our forefathers brought their rich musical talent to these mountains. The Golden ancestors did the same and it spills over still today. During the Golden reunion the family comes together to meet one another and share its genealogy, stories and musical talent.

The first known recording artists in the Golden family were Ike and Roy Golden, sons of King and Sarah Bays Golden. Roy Golden sang lead and brother Ike Golden, bass. They traveled about the land singing in churches, public gatherings and becoming more popular.

Roy and Ike were in two known musical groups The Roughnecks and the Buffalo Ragged Five. Other members of the groups were Andy Wilder, Jack Skeen, Edd Scalf and Carlie Parker.

By 1931 and during the Great Depression, they recorded two songs and in 1932 added seven more. These songs were recorded through Gennett and Champion music record labels. The group traveled the circuit singing, recording songs and writing sheet music. Roy was a singing school teacher until his death.

Advancing forward, many of the Golden family have become famous for their God given talents. During the Golden reunion over the past 22 years, many have attended and shared their music. On the Golden Memories Newsletter for 2019, a salute was given out to those who have entertained at the gatherings over the years. There is so much talent it's hard to zero in on only one or two.

This family stretches from coast to coast and over the years with Golden girls marrying into other surnames. The Golden family covers a large territory of kin including surnames: Alford, Brooks, Ames, Parris, Bruce, Fuson, Hubbard, Mackey, Miller, Alsip, Campbell, Gibson, Ingram, Main, Mills, Teague, Baker, Carroll, Goins, Jackson, Matlock, Montgomery, Thompson, Bays, Carter, Hamilton, Lawson, Mays, Partin, Wilson, Bishop, Crawford, Hart, Lee, McFarland, Patterson, York, Bray, Cummins, Helms, Logan, McKiddy, Rickett, Brewer, Evans, Hembree, Lowe, Messer and Siler.

The Golden family is invited to come out to this year's reunion which will begin Friday, April 26, at the Cumberland Inn, in Williamsburg, meeting in the Patriot and Heritage rooms from 5-9:30 p.m. Plan to arrive on schedule. Food can be brought into meeting rooms. A beverage service will be set up including coffee, tea, water and sodas. A copy machine will be available to share copies of your history with others. Bring your family history, pictures and stories.

On Saturday, April 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until the last person leaves, spend the day at the actual Stephen Golden first settlement site and his resting place on Golden Creek. Please arrive before noon so the prayer is not interrupted and for a group picture.

A potluck meal will begin at noon. Guests are asked to bring a food dish to share and a lawn chair for this outing. Also, bring your voice and music instrument and plan to play and sing the afternoon away.

Donations are welcome and any money collected at the auction will go towards taking care of the cost for the Friday night event, cemetery upkeep and the cost to print newsletter and stamps for the newsletters mailing.

On Sunday, April 28, the breakfast buffet for everyone spending the night at the Cumberland Inn is from 6-10 a.m. in the hotel restaurant. Anyone who is not in a hurry and would like to do some more genealogy or see someplace in the area where our families once lived, let Carol Golden know at (865) 376-7141 or

Let Carol Golden know if you will be attending and bring your scrapbooks, family Bibles, pictures, stories and musical instruments and plan to share your family’s part of our heritage with everyone.

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