Dr. John Golden was born on the 31st of May, 1843 in Rathscanlon, Ireland. He was the youngest of 8 children born to Richard Jasper Golden and the former Annie Black. His siblings were; Maria, Jasper, Sarah, Richard, Ann, Frances and Elizabeth. Dr. Golden and his family immigrated to Essex County, Ontario in 1852. He graduated M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1869 and returned to Essex County to begin his medical practice.
His wife Mary Jane Jackson was also born on the 31st of May, but five years later in 1848. Therefore it was appropriate that they married on their birthdays, May 31st, 1870, in Chatham. She was the 4th of 9 children born to Thomas and Mary Jane Jackson. Her parents were farmers and she was raised in the Township of Tilbury West, (Essex County) Ontario. Her siblings included; Sarah, Edward, Samuel, Susannah, Matilda, Thomas, Joseph and Robert.
According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register Dr. Golden joined the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 28th of April, 1873.
Dr. and Mrs. Golden had 3 children. Their daughter Charlotte was born on the 27th of February, 1871 in Tilbury West Township. Their son, John Stanley was born on the 20th of July, 1874 also in Tilbury West Township. Their son George Charles was born on the 15th of August, 1885 in Blenheim. Dr. Golden is listed in the 1885 Ontario Business Directory as practicing in Blenheim and according to the 1891 census, the family was living in Blenheim.
By 1901, the Golden family was living in Highgate.
In 1902, Dr. Golden and his wife and children, immigrated to Fresno, California and he continued to practice medicine.
Dr. Golden died on the 26th of April, 1922. He was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Fresno, California. His wife, Mary Jane died on the 16th of May, 1922, less than a month after her husband. She is also buried at Mountain View Cemetery.
*Dr. Golden’s son George Charles Golden served with the United States Army during World War II. Dr. Golden’s grandson John Cooper Golden also became a doctor.