Golden Musical Talent / Happening at 23rd reunion 

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

From the beginning of migration to America from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales our forefathers brought their rich musical talent to these mountains. Our Golden ancestors did the same and it spills over still today. During the Golden reunion our family comes together to meet one another and share our genealogy, stories and musical talent. Each year I'm more impressed by the talent that flows out of those old Golden hills from our gifted family.

The first known recording artists in our family were Ike and Roy Golden, son's 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 (7) 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, we have seen many of the Golden family who 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. We cover 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, Siler.

Please come out and meet your BIG Family:


Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, We will be at the Cumberland Inn, in Williamsburg, Ky., meeting in their Patriot and Heritage rooms from 5:00 to 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, stories and plan to have some fun with your BIG Family! We have the rooms until 9:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until the last person leaves, plan to come, (Rain or Shine) and 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 maybe we can get a group picture again too. Then we can begin our potluck meal together at 12:00 noon.

Be sure and bring a food dish to share and your lawn chair for this outing. Also, bring your voice and music instrument and plan to play and sing the afternoon away after we dine! See note under news regarding HELP NEEDED A potty and tents for shelter will be in place. Anyone who lives nearby your help is needed! 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.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019, The breakfast buffet for everyone spending the night at the Cumberland Inn is from 6-10:00 a.m. in the hotel restaurant where we can have breakfast and do our fond farewells. 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 me know.

Mark your calendar NOW and send me a quick email or note to let me know that you will be in attendance and celebrating with your BIG Golden family. Then I can tell others in your immediate family that you will be coming. Bring your scrapbooks, family Bibles, pictures, stories and excitement and plan to share your family's part of our heritage with everyone.

If you play a musical instrument, please bring it so we can all enjoy a musical fellowship. Many of our family members are gifted with wonderful musical abilities. The music makes the Saturday afternoon event especially special. Come show off your God given talent!

Questions: Carol Golden, Family Historian and Editor of this news letter (newsletter can be emails upon request). Contact at (865) 376-7141 or

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