Jonathan Robert Golden (1823 VA – 1889 MO) and family

Obituary – Jonathan Robert Golden, born 1823 Virginia

Birth: Mar. 17, 1823, Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA

Death: Nov. 1, 1889, Knox County, Missouri, USA

Golden - Johnathan Robert
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Jonathan Robert Golden was the son of Willis W. and Margaret McCann Golden. His father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Ireland. He had two brothers, James M. and Rev. John B. Golden.

Jonathan married Hester Jane Preston in 1845 in Harrison County, VA. They had ten children: James, George W., William Porter, Jedediah Waldo, James Flave, Sarah J., Charles Albert, Wilson B., Margaret S., and Susan Hester Golden.

After the death of Hester Jane in 1863, he married Martha Ann Columbia Martin. They had five children: Emma S., Harmon Arlow, John Robert, Mary R., and Emmet Wayland Golden.

He migrated from West Virginia to Knox County, Missouri in the late 1860’s along with other Harmony Grove families (i.e. Coffmans, Bufords, Lucks, Carders, etc.). They seemingly used river routes (Ohio River, Mississippi, etc.)for transportation.

Jonathan was a farmer by trade and was of the Baptist faith.

Burial:Harmony Grove Cemetery, Gorin, Scotland County, Missouri, USA

SOURCE Find A Grave Memorial# 26475216
Created by: The Goldens
Record added: Apr 28, 2008

The grandfather of Jonathan is believed to be John Golden (1785-1818) and his grandfather is William M. Golding (1730-1812).

This is a branch of the William Golding (1704-1782) and Elizabeth Foster (1704-1775) family of Orange, Virginia

>> There is an alternative story that Jonathan’s father Willis’ father was John Golding or Golden born in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1750 and died in Valley Spring, Harrison County, West Virginia in 1816.

Definitive records exist for neither parentage. HOWEVER, a YDNA test would determine if Jonathan is descended from the William Golding/Elizabeth Foster.