Charles Dempsey JENKINS Thomas Lee PATTERSON Firstwife CHARLESII Mini tree diagram

Goldine JENKINS1,6,2,3,4,5

11th Jul 19021,2,3,4,5 - 22nd Oct 19432,5

Life History

11th Jul 1902

Born in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5

22nd Sep 1920

Married Thomas Lee PATTERSON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6

22nd Oct 1943

Died in Pulaski County, Arkansas.2,5

after 22nd Oct 1943

Buried in Macedonia Cemetery, Holly Grove, Monroe County, Arkansas.5


  • In various records, Goldine's name is also spelled Goldeen andGoldean, as well as some odd ways that don't seem to represent thepronunciation, like Goldeon in her marriage record, which may be amistranscription for Goldean.

    I have been surprised to find that virtually all genealogies reporther parents to be Charley Jenkins and Belle Scruggs Benson.  Somereport Goldine's name as Goldine Benson, the daughter of CharlesJenkins.  If Belle Scruggs was her mother, this means she was born outof wedlock and she went by her mother's last name.

    According to her memorial on Find a Grave, which has no photo of thegravestone for verification, Goldine was born 11 June 1902.  In the1900 census, Belle Scruggs Benson is already a widow, living with herwidowed mother Martha J Scruggs, and has only three children.  She didnot marry Charles Jenkins until 1905, when Goldine was already 3 yearsold.  But the FAG memorial reports Goldean's maiden name as Benson,and reports her mother as Belle Rosella Scruggs and Charldes DJenkins.

    The 1910 census reports Goldean as 7 years old, matching her 1902birth date.  It appears that Goldean's mother was a first wife ofCharles Jenkins, whose  name we have not discovered.  In the 1910census both Charles and Belle are reproted as in their 2nd marriage.That census reports that Charles and Belle have been married 4 years,matching their marriage record in 1905.

    The youngest of Belle's children reported in 1900 is Josie, 3 monthsold at census time in 1900.  It appears that Martin Benson died about1899.  Josie was the last child of Martin Benson and Rosella ScruggsBenson.

    In the 1910 census, even the Benson children of Belle are reportedwith the surname of Jinkins.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, St Charles,District 12, page 3A, Hse/Fam #41
    Jinkins, Charly Head M W 48 Marriage 2 Married 4 yrs MS SC MS Farmer[b abt 1862]
    Jinkins, Belle Wife F W 31 Marriage 2 Married 4 yrs [mar Dec 1905] 7children/6 living AR Unk Unk [b abt 1879]
    Jinkins, Goldine Dau F W 7 Single AR AR AR [born 3 years before herfather married Belle]

    It seems we must posit an earlier wife to account for this report of 2marriages.  If Goldean was born in 1902, then the first wife may havedied in childbirth or some time before the December 1905 marriage toBelle.  Going by the birth of Goldine (Goldean), Charley must havemarried her mother about 1901 or 1902.  Charley was not married in1900.

    One kink in this theory that Goldine was a child of an earliermarriage of Charley Jenkins is that her marriage record reports herlast name as Benson.  I cannot account for this entry of her name asGoldeon [sic] Benson.  Even If she was born out of wedlock, and wasgoing by her mother's name (Benson), you would think she would startgoing by Jenkins after her parents married.that might mean she went byher mother's name at the time of her birth.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Goldeon [Goldine] Benson
    Gender Female
    Age 18, Birth Year abt 1902
    Residence Saint Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name T L Patterson
    Spouse's Gender Male
    Spouse's Age 27
    Spouse's Residence St Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 22 Sep 1920 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 22 Sep 1920

    1930 Federal Census, Monroe County, Arkansas, 17 April, DuncanTownship, District 14, page 3B, Holly Grove Pike, Hse/Fam #63
    Patterson, T L Head Rents M W 37 Married at age 21 [abt 1914] AR NC NCFarmer [b abt 1893]
    Patterson, Goldie Wife F W 27 Married at age 18 [abt 1921] AR AR AR [babt 1903]
    Patterson, LeRoy Son M W 14 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1916]
    Patterson, Lucy Lee Dau F W 13 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1917]
    Patterson, Barney Son M W 7 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1923]
    Patterson, T L Jr Son M W 6 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1924]
    Patterson, Jno P Son M W 5 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1925]
    Patterson, Charles Son M W 2 AR AR AR Farmer [b abt 1928]

    If the ages reported here are correct, their respective ages at thetime of first marriage tell us that T L was married previously forabout 7 years before he married Goldine (Goldie).

    1940 Federal Census, Monroe County, Arkansas, 27 April, DuncanTownship, District 48-14, page 3B, Hse #246, Owns $100
    Patterson, Thomas Head F W 36 Married Grade 9 b Okla Rural 1935 Farmer
    Patterson, Goldean Wife F W 36 Married Grade 12 b Ark same house in1935
    Patterson, Barney Son M W 17 Single Grade 0 b Ark same house in 1935Farmer
    Patterson, Lawrence Son M W 16 Single Grade 4 b Ark same house in 1935Farmer
    Patterson, Charlie Son M W 12 Single Grade 2 b Ark same house in 1935
    Patterson, John Son M W 14 Single Grade 3 b Ark same house in 1935
    Patterson, Jimmie Son M W 2 Single Grade 0 b Ark same house in 1935
    Walker, Winnie Lodger F W 22 Widow Grade 2 b Ark same place in 1935
    Dempsey, Thelma Cousin M W 19 Single Grade 7 b Ark Rural ArkansasCounty, Ark in 1935 Farmer

    I see that in 1930 the child in the list after Barney is reported as TL Jr.  His father's name is given in various sources as Thomas Lee.But in the 1940 census, the same child is reported as Lawrence,meaning he is Thomas Lawrence, not Thomas Lee Jr.

    I found Goldine's death record in Arkansas.  I have not found a burialrecord, but there is a memorial on Find a Grave (no photo of thegrave).

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Certificate #950, Volume Number 70, Roll #1943
    Goldean Patterson
    Age 41, Estimated birth year 1902
    Death 22 Oct 1943 Pulaski County

    One genealogy has reported that Goldine was buried in MacedoniaCemetery at Wholly Grove, Monroe, Arkansas.  This apparently means thetown of Holly Grove (confirmed by the location in the 1930 censusabove), and is confirmed in the Find a Grave memorial I found later.There is a listing for this cemetery in Arkansas Gravestones, whichseems to be a complete listing for this cemetery.  But there is onlyone name of Patterson there, one apparently unrelated Walker AlbertPatterson, born in 1858 and died in 1932.
    --   Arkansas Gravestones,

    Goldean's husband moved to California after her death.  He is buriedin Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California. See the porofile in this genealogy for Thomas Lee Patterson for thedetails.

    Goldean Benson Patterson
    Birth Jul 11, 1902
    Death Oct 22, 1943
    Daughter of Belle Rosella Scruggs
    [Note:  Goldean was born 11 July 1902, and Belle did not marry C DJenkins until December 1905.]
    Spouse Thomas Lee Patterson (1892 - 1962)
    Barney Lloyd Patterson (1922 - 1944)
    John Paul Patterson (1925 - 1965)
    Charles W Patterson (1927 - 1974)
    Arthur William Patterson (1940 - 2010)
    Burial Macedonia Cemetery, Holly Grove, Monroe County, Arkansas
    Created by CBeatty Mar 11, 2013
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #106540217,


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