Born: 28 October 1837 in Fluvanna County, VA
Died: 12 November 1912 in Overton County, TN
Buried: Algood Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Isham Davis and Martha Virginia (Moon) Goolsby

Married: Virginia Elizabeth Goolsby on 16 October 1866 in Fluvanna County, VA
Born: 6 October 1840 in Richmond, VA
Died: 1 February 1893 in Jackson County, TN
Buried: Probably in Granville, Jackson County, TN
Parents: Robert M. and Julia D. (Patterson) Goolsby


  1. Martha J. Goolsby
  2. William Isom Goolsby
  3. Elizabeth "Betty" Goolsby
  4. Francis Lynn "Frank" Goolsby
  5. Mariah B. Goolsby
  6. Robert "Bob" Goolsby
  7. John Anderson Goolsby


  • Brother: Isham D. Goolsby - 44th Virginia Infantry - CSA
  • Brother: James M. Goolsby - 19th Virginia Infantry - CSA


19 thVirginia Infantry Regiment
Company C


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 17 April 1861 in Scottsville, VA
  • Mustered In 11 May 1861 in Charlottesville, VA
  • Age: 23
  • Occupation: Clerk
  • Jul - Dec 1861: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1862: Absent on Furlough since 11 Feb 1862
  • Mar - Jun 1862: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1862: Absent sick
  • Jul & Aug 1863: Not Stated
  • Sep & Aug 1863: Present
  • Nov & Dec 1863: Present
  • Jan & Feb 1864: Present
  • May & Jun 1864: Present
  • Jul & Aug 1864: Present
  • Re-Enlisted at Albermarle in February 1862
  • 1 Aug 1862: Was a patient at General Hospital, Scottsville, VA
  • 4 Oct 1862: Detailed by Special Order Number 232/10



( Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed: 30 July 1907
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Algood, Putnam County
  • Member: Company C, 19th Virginia Regiment, Hunton Brigade, Pickett's Division
  • Born: 28 October 1837 in Fluvanna County, Virginia
  • Enlisted in Captain Charles Irving Company C, Col. Henry Land commanding the 19th Virginia Regiment
  • Widower for 13 years
  • Children: 3 boys and 2 girls
  • Occupation: Selling fertilizer
  • Resident of TN: since 1866
  • Attest: H. A. Thomas & G. S. Thomas

Supporting Documents:

  • WFG (17 May 18655) - Amnesty Oath
  • WFG (29 Jul 1907) - Application is enclosed
  • WFG (24 Sep 1907) - Details how he got out of the army
    • The brigade was stationed between Richmond & Peterburg
    • Near the Holelett House Bating
    • Just before the surrender, a friend died in Richmond. His father procured a permit for his two sons (Bob & Dudley) and WFG to take his body to Fluvanna County.
    • It took 8-10 days. Then he started back to his command.
    • Mr. Bob Richardson, Sr. was with them.
    • As they got within 13 miles of Richmond, they met with fugitives of the city (the night before the surrender).
    • They turned back home.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (228 Aug 1907) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (3 Sep 1907) - Returns Service Records


  • 1850 Census: Albermarle County, VA, Page 302
  • 1860 Census:
  • 1870 Census:
  • 1880 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 235A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 76A
  • 1910 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 92A


Volume XXI
a newspaper published in Livingston, Tennessee
Date is not known
By Clara Cox Epperson

William Franklin Goolsby

W. F. Goolsby was born in Fluvanna County, Virginia, October 28, 1837, where he spent the days of his boyhood and early manhood. He obeyed the gospel in 1858 at Sycamore Church, and was baptized by Bro. Kettyrow*. He served in the Confederate Army as a private soldier from April 17, 1861 through the entire war end to its close. In October I866 he was married to his first cousin, Virginia Elizabeth Goolsby, and in the same month moved to Granville, Jackson County, Tennessee, living in Granville and vicinity until 1895 when he moved to Dyersville, near Baxter, Tennessee. After three years he moved to Algood, where he lived until his health failed. The remainder of his days he spent with his daughter, Mrs. Albert Mofield, at Livingston, and at the age of seventy-five he, with great faith, hope and gladness, passed into the Great Beyond. At his request his body was brought to Algood for burial, and Bro. Gunn, of Sparta, conducted the funeral services.

That he was a faithful Confederate soldier and served throughout the war, is a thing for his children and grandchildren to be very proud of, as much pride is now taken by Sons of Veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy in such a record left to them, and 'tis well for such deeds of valor and bravery of our men in grey to be remembered and treasured, but the greater fact must be emphasized that he served as a private in the Army of Christ, steadily and faithfully for fifty-four years. Four years of service to be proud of in one-- fifty-four years of service in the other. With such a heritage his children and grandchildren can face the world as an equal to any man, for such an inheritance money cannot buy.

To the end Bro. Goolsby was the cultivated, refined Virginia gentleman, and the patient, faithful Christian, and while his sons may have no real battles to fight, they can emulate his example by entering early in the battle of life, under the blood stained banner of Christ, and serve throughout their lives, faithfully and well, as did he, that in the end it may be said to them as to their good father, "well done good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." After all what greater thing could be said at the end of life.

"We cannot all be heroes, and thrill a hemisphere, with some great daring venture, some deeds that mock at fear. But we can fill a life time with kindly acts and truth. There's always noble service for noble souis to do." And fifty years of faithful, Christian service out of seventy-five years of life, was a goodly portion to give to the Lord, and how much more must it be appreciated by Him than a scant few years of tottering old age offered to Him as penance for a whole life ill-spent. '

As He hath said;
“How beautiful the feet,
The feet so weary, travel stained and wom
The feet that humbly, patiently have bome
The toilsome way, the pressure and the heat."

And then how beautiful the rest for those weary feet, the quietly folded hands upon the tired breast, the gently closed eyes to earthly sights, the last long sleep of those we love from which their Savior will wake them to beauties and joys unspeakable forever.

Clara Cox Epperson
Algood, Tennessee