I'm in the process of researching my G-G-G-Grandfather, Aaron Goad (b. before 1819, in Tennessee?); and his wife (my G-G-G-Grandma) Fanny (Frances) Jones (b. 1812, d. 1858?). Children of Aaron & Fanny were: Robert, Hiram, Sarah J, Aaron, Louisa, Jeremiah, Peter, William and (maybe) Mary "Polly" Goad. One of our "family stories" (retold many times) is that the Goads came from North Carolina to Tennessee, and then (no one knows why) moved north into Indiana. Father Aaron died; and Mother Fanny & brood then established housekeeping in Indiana (Greene Co I think). The Story goes on that during the Civil War, most of the boys went off to war, but that Fanny kept one of the younger ones "hid out" on the farm. He was supposedly in young teens. In order to avoid detection (and muster) he slept by day in a hayloft of a barn, and plowed the fields at night by moonlight. One morning, the Story goes, Fanny awoke and saw the plow standing deserted out in the middle of the field. The boy was gone; so was the horse. There were lots of horses hoofs in the area of the plow. The conjecture was that "Bushwackers" or other Irregulars had caught him and taken them with them. After the war ended, the Story goes, he never came back. Fanny and Louisa (Louisey or Eliza Goad, my GGGrandma) would go down to meet the trains bringing soldiers home and ask about him, but no one had heard of him. And supposedly Fanny spent the rest of her life going down to the train station in Vincennes and asking after her son. Supposedly there was only one possible connection: someone remembered someone of the description living in Ohio. And that's all.
I've heard this story all my life from my Mom; she doesn't remember the name of the boy. And naturally I've always been very curious. Does anyone by any chance recognize any of this? I realize this is a long shot ... and it's VERY probable that some personalities got conflated or otherwise confused. For example, I think Fanny actually died in 1858, which would have made it impossible that she played the role assigned by the Story during and after the Civil War; I figure maybe that role was played by a daughter or cousin or other family. For that matter I don't even know if Vincennes had a train station. In any event, if anyone has any info to share on the above Story; or the above family; I'd be very grateful. Thanks! Charles Delacroix firstname.lastname@example.org