John Dillard was the son of Nathaniel Greene Golden (1812-1882) and Elizabeth Jane Sosebee (1848-1930).
During 1869 or very early 1870, John Dillard’s parents appear to have separated.
The Golden family took on their mother’s last name of Sosebee and that is how they were recorded in the July 1870 census, living next to their Sosebee grandfather: Thomas Jackson Sosebee (1816-1875).
By the 1880 census, the family had resumed use of the Golden surname.
John Dillard Golden married to Mary Etta Blankenship (1875-1961) in 1894 at Graham, North Carolina.
- Gay Douglas Golden (1897-1979)
- Pansy Veloura Golden (1900-1985)
- Ada Golden (1903-2004)
- Vera Velva Golden (1910-2003)
John Dillard Golden’s family, circa 1912, is shown below. From left to right: Pansy, Mary Etta holding Vera, Gay Douglas, John Dillard and Ada.
The following painting was probably made when John Dillard was in his late 50s.
A Mason, John Dillard’s passing was commemorated in a 1957 letter to his family. His lodge was the Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 of Jasper, Georgia.
Relationship: John Dillard Golden is my 2nd Great Uncle.
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