Robert Henry Arwood (Arrowood)
|Robert Henry (right)|
Robert on the other hand was a bit of a dreamer and intelligent in many astonishing ways. He could play the piano, the violin (fiddle), the banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and the guitar. He did this all by ear having never learned to read music. He could simply listen to a tune and then sit down and play it. He also had the ability to write or eat perfectly well with either his right or left hand. His keen mind was first noticed in the summer of 1913, when a doctor stayed in Pigeon Roost for the summer. The doctor was either at or staying near Rev John Henry’s Farm. The doctor and his wife, having no children of their own, made Rev John Henry and Nora a proposition; because he had observed all the children for couple of months and he had seen Robert Henry's shrill brilliance (as he put it), he asked to take Robert Henry as his ward and he and his wife would raise him as their own. Robert Henry would be allowed to return home to Pigeon Roost every summer and keep his own last name. In exchange the doctor wanted Robert Henry to attend a university and then medical school in the Piedmont section of North Carolina. Robert Henry would then return to intern with his new stepfather, then practice with him and finally assume his practice when he grew old. After a month’s consideration Rev John Henry disregarded this offer, for he couldn't live with the idea of giving up a child no matter how hard Nora pleaded. Nora thought that it was fitting and maybe the Lord's will that Robert being the seventh son, of a seventh son of seventh, of a seventh son that he should be a Physician ( many mountain people believed that the seventh son of a seventh son was given power to heal the sick). Robert Henry truly wanted to take this opportunity and for the whole of his life he purchased and read medical books due to his interest in medicine. Vertie (Robert Henry’s wife) always said he quietly lamented about this, for being a physician was his secret dream since that doctor who had made the offer and had given him a few books on medicine to read while Rev JH contemplated the idea of letting him leave the farm, his parents, and eleven siblings behind.
|USS Epping Forest|
|Rev. John Henry, Nora and family|
Twins, Robert Henry and Henry Robert on right.
|Henry Robert, Vertie, Robert Henry and children|
|Vertie, Robert Henry and Sons|
|Reverend John Henry and Nora Arwood|
Robert and Vertie are buried in Sinking Creek Cemetery outside of Johnson City TN along with Rev John Henry, Nora, Dallas C. and Alice Arwood.