According to this image from NARA microfilm publication M233, published as part of United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, Irish immigrant Patrick Golden worked as a slater before enlisting in Boston on January 22, 1872, in Company D of the 7th Regiment. (His last name appears as "Goldan" in the enlistment record, but other documents give his name at "Patrick M. Golden".)

According to FamilySearch, there are 7 1870 census records for Irishmen named Patrick Golden/Goldan born 1848-1850. The occupations and locations are:

There could be many reasons I don't see a slater:

  • He may not have been working as a slater in 1870.
  • A more general term, such as "laborer" might have been used on the census.
  • He may not have been counted in the 1870 census.
  • I may have needed to search a broader range of ages.
  • His last name may have been spelled differently.

He died in 1876, so later census records would not be helpful. (See WikiTree entry.)

I have not found any census record indices that allow searching by occupation.

Is there anywhere I can search for a person named Patrick Golden working as a slater in the early 1870s, possibly near Massachusetts?

  • Do you know what his relationship might have been to this Patrick Golden, who was also an Indian fighter, and also from the same county in Ireland, and died between 1870 and 1880 censuses(and might be one of your other census entries)? Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 0:17
  • @user2448131 Great question, especially because both are from County Sligo (something I didn't mention above). I wish I knew the answer. Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 2:56
  • Also here. If this is an uncle, then perhaps locating him might locate your Patrick. Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 3:28


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