PETER N. GOLDEN, farmer, P. O. Elco. Thomas Golden, the grandfather of subject, was a native of France, and came to this country when his son Stephen Golden was about twelve years old. He settled in Virginia, and there the father of our subject, Stephen, remained until he was eighteen, then came to Indiana and settled in Leavenworth. Here he studied for a physician, and at the age of twenty-four married Ann Newton, daughter of Peter and Hannah Newton. She was the mother of nine children, Peter N. being the fifth, and was born November 11, 1848. When he was about two years old, his father moved to St. Louis, and there subject received his education, and in his eleventh year he started out for himself, and went first to Georgetown, Ky., where he worked in a distillery. At the age of fifteen, he went to Perry County, Ind., and there learned the cooper's trade, and followed it for a number of years. At the age of twenty -two, he commenced farming, and located first in Hamilton County. After residing on several different farms in this and Union County, he came to his present location in Elco, where he now owns a farm of fifty-three acres, twenty of which are cultivated. He was married, in 1869, to Sarah P. Gohlson, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Gholson, of Paducah, Ky. She is the mother of three children, all living — Halla, born November 9, 1871; William, born January 4. 1874; Belle, born June 8. 1879. Mr. Golden was elected Justice of the Peace for Elco Precinct April 17, 1873, and is now serving his first term. He is a member of the Elco Lodge, No. 643, I. 0. 0. F., and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 222.
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