With the death of Arch Ladd and Peter Berton Ladd, at the age of 87 in 1964, came the end of over a century and a half of the close connection of his family and Goshen Church.John Fly, who donated the land for the church was his great-great- grandfather.A great-grandfather, Henry Heedspeth, owned land near Goshen.His son, Henry Heedspeth, Jr. was born in 1813, and at an early age was appointed a steward and from that time till Arch's death each generation of his family furnished one of more stewards at Gosshen Church.
There are at least 54 family names on tombstones in Goshen Cenetery with many graves not having names on the markers or not even having markers.According to family ttadition, Betsy Trantham who lived to be 149 years old was buried here in 1834, in an unmarked grave.She had made medical history when she had her 12th child at the age of 65.
Squire Robert Baker who was captured and held prisoner for some time during the Civil War was buried in the Goshen Cemetery in 1870.He was the first of five generations of his family to be buried here to date.Members of the 4th, 5th, and 6th generations of his family are attending services regularly at Goshen at the present time.
John Roach, who served as a soldier during the Civil War was at home on leave when the war ended.He was buried in the Goshen Cemetery in 1937, at the age of 96.His son, Will, as an old man, told that he remembered his family moving from a place one-half mile south of Goshen Church to another place one and one-half mile south of Goshen Church to another place one and one-half miles north of the church and another place one and one-half mile south of Goshen Church and that they moved their belongings in an ox cart pulled by two steers and he held their cat.He said that although he was only five years old, he knew that was a poor way to move.They couldn't move much at a time, but after all, theydidn't have much to move.In later years he moved to another farm closer to the church, where he lived until his death in 1961.In the 91 years of his life, he never lived more than one and one-half miles from Goshen Church.
Leona Gardner, who served as a missionary in South America, was buried at Goshen in 1944 at the age of 76.
The body of the former president of Martin College in Pulaski, Tennessee, E. Howard Elam, was brought from Maryland to the church where he grew up, for his funeral and burial in 1983.He was 90 years old when he died.His father, Raleigh Elam, served as Sunday School Superintendent at Goshen for many years.
The original cemetery has been enlarged with land being deeded to the church by Birton Blackburn.There is no charge for a burial plot in Goshen Cemetery.Ralph Baker is treasurer of the special cemetery fund which is used tomaintain it.
There are the usual ghost stories surrounding the church and cemetery, probably the most widely known one being the one that said it was impossible to remove the Bible on the pulpit from the church after dark.No one seems to know how or when this story originated, but it had been attempted for generations by teen-aged boys and others who were dared to do so by friends.Some had successfully taken thebible through the door and returned it to the pulpit.Others had failed to complete the act, saying they heard doors squeaking or saw a flash of light going across their path as they walked down the aisle with the Bible.It is told that one fellow took it home with him one night but couldn't get up the nerve to return it until the next morning during daylight hours.