This may not clear your confusion but if you employ soundex it'll make sense? View "Emery Family Tree" owned by huckel158 at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2480280/person/5127414850
See 1850 TN-McNairy-District 1-Image 10 for Robert H. Goad age 21 and head of household. Eldred "Burson"/Benson age 12 may have been Ales Dred Benson? He was very young when his father died so I doubt he knew his actual birth date or place?