The following was written by Adeline Ruth (Miner), the third wife of Silas Goodrich, which was related to her by her father-in-law, Price Goodrich. Mrs. Goodrich read the account at one of the Goodrich reunions many years ago. Her daughter, Mrs. Hugo Canova Humbarger, now has the original copy.
A LOVE STORY...In absence of any history, I considered what subject would best entertain the people, least appeal to the young people. There are many and various kinds of love, and much might be written of it, but the love of which I wish to speak is the love of a brave, true man for the woman he would make his wife. I will tell you a story that has been told me of our ancestors, Father and Mother Goodrich, that has a touch of romance that perhaps but few of our present day girls know ought of.
Julia Ann Black was a little maiden straight and slender with black hair and eyes and a bewitching mouth. Early orphaned, she kept house for her two brothers older than herself. Though small she thought nothing of walking to church through trackless woods a distance of several miles. Near her lived a handsome young widower with one child - a little girl. He lived with his parents and indeed was their main support, as the father loved rather to trap, fish and hunt than to till the soil. She admired Price Goodrich; but he had never paid her any particular attention; and she grieved in secret thinking her love unrequitted. A rumor reached her that Price was going far away from home--to New Orleans, to be gone a year or two. On Sunday night before he was to start away, both were at church. After services, to her surprise, Price asked might he take her home. Of course, feeling as she did about him, there could be but one answer. And how do you think, young man of today, he took her home? No rubber-tired buggy, no automobile had he.
No, he had only his horse. But Julia Ann was as thistled down and with a bound was seated back of him on the horse. Of course there were compensations for such a mode of traveling. The roads were rough, the night was dark; and she had to put both arms about her lover to retain her seat. On this homeward trip, Price proposed to and was accepted by Julia Ann. No time lost there, was there! And surely here is a plan for short courtship; for through a long life with such hardships as we know not of, she never regretted her marriage. And when he was taken a few months before herself, she grieved until she too went.
Next morning he went to New Orleans. Many thrilling experiences he had there. Either a year or two he was gone. Mails were infrequent and months sometimes passed ere the sweethearts had word one from the other. His mother sickened and died; and here shone forth the spirit of his promised bride. She went and cared for his mother until death, then took his little girl home with her and tenderly cared for her until the return of the father, and after their marriage, she was a loving mother to her. Har(d)ships and trials she had plenty, but through all kept a sweet, serene faith, and some think her love story is worthy to be handed down to her children and grandchildren."
Below is link to the picture that was passed on to me of Price and Julia Ann Black Goodrich
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