John Dillard Golden (1868-1957), son of Nathaniel Greene Golden and Elizabeth Jane Sosebee

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John Dillard Golden, c1912John Dillard Golden was born 17 July 1868 in Georgia, probably in the Fannin County area — this is where the family lived during the 1870 census.

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).

1870 Fannin Census

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.

John Dillard Golden family


The following painting was probably made when John Dillard was in his late 50s.

John Dillard Golden 1868-1957

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.

John Dillard Golden Masonic Death Commemoration

Relationship: John Dillard Golden is my 2nd Great Uncle.

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