Guide to the Molly Branam, "Ches McCartney in Thought" Print, undated

Summary Information

Title: Molly Branam, "Ches McCartney in Thought" Print, undated
Collection: AC.433
Extent: 0.01 linear feet, (1 oversized folder)

This collection consists of one 11" x 14" print of Molly Branam's sketch of Ches McCartney. It is labeled "The Goat Man" and signed in charcoal.

Creator: Branam, Molly V.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles "Ches" McCartney (1901?-1998), also known as "The Goat Man," was an eccentric wanderer who traveled the United States preaching and riding in a wagon pulled by a team of goats. Many of the stories about him cannot be substaniated. He was supposedly born to Albert and Louise Russell McCartney in 1901 in Van Buren, Iowa. He reportedly moved from Sigourney, Iowa to New York City in 1915 at the age of 14 and married a Spanish knife-thrower named Sadie. He and his wife had one son, Albert Gene, who died in 1998. He worked as a farmer until 1930 when the Depression led to his losing his farm. He claimed that from 1930 to 1987, he walked roads in forty-nine states. During his initial years of wandering, McCartney traveled with twelve to twenty goats leading his wagon carrying pots, pans, laterns, and hay. He and his family traveled together until his wife returned home to Iowa. In 1942, he moved to Jeffersonville, Georgia and began hitch-hiking. He also had a religious mission in Jeffersonville and a church in Savannah, Georgia. In his later years, the Goat Man retired to Eastview Nursing Home in Macon, Georgia.

Molly Branam drew "Ches McCartney in Thought" as well as others available at

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one commerical black and white print of a charcoal and graphite sketch of a bearded elderly man's head wearing a hat and a ring on his left hand as it cradles his face. It is identified as "the Goat Man," and signed in charcoal by Molly Branam. Its official title is "Ches McCartney In Thought."


This collection is housed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Acquisitions information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed/Encoded by Kathryn Staley, January 2009. It was opened to the public in January 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.433: Molly Branam, "Ches McCartney in Thought" Print, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


Print, undated E3.3