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Robert Goode was born on February 9, 1897 in McLendon, Troup County, Georgia to parents Anninias and Minnie (née Evans) Goode.  Both of Robert’s parents were also born in Georgia.[1]

Troup County, Georgia map from 1895.

The earliest census record for Robert Goode goes back to 1900.  Robert was four years of age and living in a rented home on a farm in District 0064.  Robert’s siblings in the home at this time were Frison E. (age 6), Zack (age 5), and Unick (age 2).[1]  Other family trees show Robert and Minnie also having a daughter named Lizzie, born in 1895.[4]  I can find no documentation in the census records to support this.

It is highly likely that the Goodes, as well as my other ancestors that I have descended from, were a sharecropper family as it was common practice during the late 19th century and early 20th century for sharecroppers to rent a home on the farm that they worked on.[2]

In 1910, the Goode family lived in Pool’s Mill, Georgia which is also in Troup County.  They resided in Militia District 1086, also known as District 0145 on Road to Antioch and Lagrange Houston.  Whether their home was owned or rented, or on a farm is not specified.  Minnie Goode is listed as head of household due to the death of Anninias.  Robert was 12 years old and earning wages as a farm laborer.  He had never attended school and was unable to read and write.  His siblings in the home were Frison E. (age 18), Zacchariah/Zack (age 13), and Emry (age 9).  His younger brother, Unick, from the 1900 census records is not mentioned.[3]  I do not understand this omission, as other family trees indicate that Unick was born in May of 1898 and lived until October 13, 1969.[4]

On June 5, 1918 at the age of 21, Robert Goode registered for the World War I draft.  His registration card shows him residing at Franklin R. #5 in Heard County, Georgia.  He worked as a farmer, and had a wife and child to support.  He is listed as being of medium height with a slender build, black eyes, and black hair.  As the 1910 census stated, Robert had never attended school, nor could he read or write.  It is evident on the registration card as his affirmation signature is a simple “X”.[5]  I currently have no information regarding whether or not he became an enlisted after his draft registration.

Robert was completely unaccounted for in the 1920 census for both Georgia and Alabama for reasons unknown.

Robert Goode resurfaces in the 1930 census records as living on a farm in a rented home (sharecropping) on State Highway Franklin to Roanoke in District 3 of Texas, Heard County, Georgia.  He was 33 years old and had been married to Beulah (née Moreland) since the age of 17.  He was working as a farmer, and had learned to read and write.  He and Beulah have seven children:  Caly (age 13), Leola (age 11), Robert (age 8), John C. (age 6), Arleavia (age 4), Willie E. (age 2), and Lunera (age 7 months).[6]

In 1940, Robert and his family lived in Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama.  He is 43 years of age and Beulah is 41.  They were owners of a home valued at $1000 in 1940.  There were nine children in the home:  Leola (age 21), Robert (age 18), J.C. (age 16), Olivia (Arleavia in 1930 census – age 14), Lurie (Lunera in 1930 census – age 10), Zell M. (age 7), Lizzie (age 5), and Eva L. (age 2).[7]

In 1955, Robert and Beulah appear to have left the sharecropping life behind and moved to 418 ½ Brown Avenue in Anniston, Alabama, where he worked as a laborer for Anniston Manufacturing Company.[8]

Brown Avenue in Anniston, Alabama in April 2014.

Beulah died in 1960.  Based upon records found in the Alabama Marriage Collection from 1800 to 1969, Robert Goode may have remarried in February 1967 in Calhoun, AL.  Unfortunately, additional information, such as the name of the bride is not available at this time.  Hopefully, I will find someone that may be able to provide an oral history on the accuracy of this.

Robert Goode died in July of 1978 at the age of 81 in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York.[9]  That’s all I have for now.  I’ll be able to provide more information once I have a copy of his death certificate.

[1] Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
[2] Giesen, James C. “Sharecropping.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 28 October 2015. Web. 26 May 2016.
[3] Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[4] Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
[5] Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
[6] Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
[7] Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
[8] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
[9] Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.