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Robert P. Goad

A Brief History of Alexander Goad
An Early Settler of Madison County Arkansas

By Douglas Wilson - presented with permission

Robert P. Goad was the oldest child of James and Margaret Shockley Goad.  He was born in July 1805 in Virginia and was about three years old when his parents brought him to White County, Tennessee.  Robert married a Miss _______________ about 1821 in White County and they had three sons.

The wife died about 1826, probably of childbirth complications.  It is doubtful that Robert remarried.  Just where, when or how Robert Goad died is not known.

Robert may have come to Arkansas with his relatives about 1834 or he may have died in White County before this.  We are sure he died before 1835 in either Arkansas or Tennessee.  The children were probably raised by their relatives as they were in Arkansas before1850.

Robert P  Goad's children were:

(1) James Isham Goad was born 19 January 1822 probably in White County, Tennessee.  His mother died when he was about four years old and his father died before he reached manhood.  On 23 December 1840 he married Miss Lydia Marcum, a daughter of Nathaniel Marcum of Tennessee.  They had at least eleven children and lived in Wayne County, Iowa.  James Isham Goad died 8 October 1873 in this county   Mrs. June Goad Worland is James Isham Goad's great granddaughter and has extensive information on this family.  Those related or interested should contact Mrs. Worland. 

(2) Thomas S. Goad was born in 1824 in Tennessee.  He married Miss  Martha Counts, a daughter of George and Mitilda "Tilda" Counts, who were some of the first settlers near Drakes Creek, Richland Township, Madison County, Arkansas.  They came up from Warren County, Tennessee, in 1829.  The children of Martha and Thomas Goad were:

  1. Rebecca Goad was born about 1841 in Arkansas.  She might have married David C. Logue at Fayetteville on 6 September 1865.
  2. Margarett Goad was born about 1843 in Arkansas.  She might have married John McCoy on 14 December 1858 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  3. Patsey Goad was born about 1846 in Arkansas.
  4. Mary Goad was born about 1849 in Madison County, Arkansas.
  5. Isaac G. Goad was born about 1853 in Arkansas.
  6. Sarah J. Goad was born about 1856 in Arkansas.
  7. James A. Goad was born about 1857 in Arkansas.  “He was living with his Aunt Lydia (Markham) Goad, in Monroe Township, Wayne County, Iowa in 1875.  He was the same age as grandfather James Wesley Goad.  The state census said he was born, Arkansas, so I checked some more and found a marriage record for Manes (James) A. Goad and Mollie A. Lancaster, at Corydon, Iowa, February 8, 1877.  But, they were not with my family in Kansas in 1880.  It must be him.  There weren't any other Goads there at the time.”  This information from Mrs. June Goad Worland.
  8. Thomas W. Goad was born about 1861 in Arkansas.
  9. Evey C  Goad was born about April 1870 in Missouri.  (She is probably a granddaughter of Thomas and Martha.)

The Fountain and Journal Newspaper, of Mt. Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri, January 29, 1891.  "Mrs. Thomas Goad died Monday, 23 January 1891, two miles west of town.  She was quite an old lady and was buried at Spanish Fort."  From the same newspaper, "Thomas Goad, well known in this community as "Uncle Tommy" died Saturday night 25 July 1891 at the residence of his son-in-law, Fred Main, two miles south of the city, age 70 years.  He was born on 24 December 1821, in White County, Tennessee; and after the death of his parents, moved to Washington County, Arkansas, with his grandparents.  He married Miss Martha Counts., who died six months ago.  He was a member of the 1st Arkansas Calvary during the War of the Rebellion, and served about three years.  He moved to near Mt. Vernon in 1865; back to Arkansas in 1869 and again to Mt. Vernon in 1872 where he resided until his death.  Burial will be at Spanish Fort."

Thomas Goad's Civil War record indicates:

    Thomas Goad - age 40
    five feet, ten inches tall
    eyes:  blue
    hair:  light
    born in White County, Tennessee
    occupation:  farmer
    enlisted 26 January 1863 at Fayetteville

(3) Ephriam R. Goad was born about 1826 in Tennessee.  He married Miss Edie ____________ about 1846.  Edie's maiden name was maybe Henderson and she was probably Jane Henderson's (my great great grandmother) own niece.  Ephriam and Edie lived in the Bowen Township of Madison County, Arkansas in 1850 and 1860.  They lived in the Kings River Township of this same county in 1870.  By 1880 they lived near present day Greenwood, Arkansas.  Their children were:

  1. Delilah Goad born about 1847 in Arkansas.
  2. James E. Goad was born about 1848 in Madison County.  He married Miss Mary Reeves and they lived near Greenwood, Arkansas in 1880.  (see Margaret Goad Reeves)
  3. Wiley Goad was born about 1850 in Madison County.
  4. Robert Goad was born about 1851 in Madison County.
  5. Alexander Goad was born about 1854 in Madison County, paid personal taxes in Sebastian County, Arkansas in 1883.
  6. Susan Goad was born about 1858 in Madison County.
  7. Isaac Goad was born about 1863 in Madison County.
  8. Mary Margaret Goad was born about 1865 in Madison County.
  9. Caroline Goad was born about 1868 in Madison County.


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