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From: "Peggy Truesdell" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] GOAD #2 (Bernie, Vera, eta l.)
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 20:43:14 -0500
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" . A few months after Alexander and Jane arrived in Madison County, their
third child, Margaret, was born in September 1834. The family is listed in
the Bowen Township of Madison County on the 1840 Federal census. Alexander
and his family remained in this area for over twenty-five years, until
sometime after 1860. The records indicate the family farmed for a living.
The three oldest girls, Martha, Ibbey, and Margaret, all married before
1850. Will married in 1856. The eighth child of Alexander and Jane Goad is
George W. Forest Goad, born in Madison County on 1 December 1845. He died
when small on 12 November ____ (the date is missing in the Bible). His
death occurred before 1850 as he is not listed on that census record.
George W. Forest Goad was named for a Madison County political figure,
George W. Forest, who among other offices served as a Representative from
Madison County from 1846 until 1858. Alexander probably knew and admired
Mr. Forest as I do not think he was a relative. Young Matt Goad of
Stringtown later named his son George Forest Goad (1876 - 1934).

All the younger Goad children received some education. Here is what
Goodspeed Publications said of early Madison County Schools. "Schools were
supported entirely by voluntary subscription (tuition). Mr. Berry, a
teacher in 1846, said, "I taught a three-month term for $15 and board." No
great amount of learning was required in the teacher; and when two or more
applicants appeared for the same school the one who gave the best evidence
of muscular development was invariably employed, other things being equal.
The Bible was commonly used as a reader."

My great-great-grandmother Jane Henderson Goad died sometime shortly after
1860. This occurred almost certainly in the Bowen Township of Madison

Alexander married the widow, Jane Womack, about 1863. This was a time of
great conflict for Alexander Goad. His brother Matt Goad and wife were
killed by guerillas just over in Crawford County. His adopted son, Eli
Dodson, Jr., was fighting with the South and was badly wounded. His
son-in-law, Thomas F. Cantrell (Martha's husband) was fighting for the South
and was killed in battle, leaving Martha with four little children.

Alexander's three sons, Will, Charles Pinkney, and Matt were first drafted
by the Confederacy, they deserted and joined the Union Army. Alexander
could not win and much sorrow was bound to follow. He was over fifty years
old and was involved in a war he did not want. About this time he decided
to move his family to Yellville, perhaps for reasons of safety.

Jane Womack might have lost her first husband in the war. Who knows?

The dreadful war ends and the year 1870 finds Alexander and his family
living in Yellville. His eighteen-year old son Bob is still in the
household. He has a six-year old son, Ealy, by Jane Wilmoth-Womack Goad,
and three Womack stepchildren.

Charles Pinkney married and left the household while a soldier in 1863.
Louisa and Mary both married just after the war. So all the older children
had left and were on their own.

Alexander still lives in Yellville in 1880. I have a picture of Alexander
and Jane Wilmoth-Womack Goad. Alexander was seventy years old in 1880 and
his wife about fifty years old. The photo shows the "Goad" eyes and he has
a beard. Looks like he is holding a cane or a crutch under his arm.

Alexander lived to be nearly eighty years old and he died near Yellville in

Additional information (Letter from Jane to Charles Pinkney Goad) [one
Bernie posted yesterday to List]

Jane Womack Goad probably lived out the rest of her life near Yellville.
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