Posted February 09, 2019 09:59:20 The year is 1776, and James Taylor, a farmer in Kentucky, has just finished raising his first flock of geese.
It’s his first year on the Appalachian trail, which spans parts of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
As the trail winds through the mountains of western North Carolina and Tennessee, Taylor takes note of the signs of drought.
“They’re going through a drought, I mean, there’s no food, there is no water, they’ve got nothing,” he says.
“And I just thought, I wonder what that would do to them.”
That’s when he decided to make his own.
The year before, Taylor’s family had been raising geese on a small family farm in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky.
But it wasn’t until Taylor’s father, James Taylor Sr., died that he was able to raise his own geese to take care of the family’s animals.
“I had no idea how big the family farm was, or where it was,” he remembers.
“So when we got that job, I just said, ‘Okay, let’s start there.’
And that’s what we started with.”
The first geese were hatched on Taylor’s property in Kentucky and the next spring, he and his wife moved to Georgia.
Today, the family has more than 500 geese and their own herd of horses.
“We have our own herd, we have a lot of people, we own a lot,” Taylor says.
And he’s thrilled that his son, James, has taken the opportunity to travel the Appalachian trails and explore the country.
“When I first saw James, I thought, This is a guy that wants to travel and experience the country,” he tells ABC News.
“He’s a kid that wants something to happen, and he’s excited about it.”
James Taylor was born in February 1856 and died in January 1894.
“My mother said, I have a boy that has always dreamed of going to the West, and I had to give him up to get that,” James Taylor says of his mother.
“But I had the idea of taking my son and going to Africa.”
His father, who died when he was about six, also gave up the Appalachian Trails to travel with his family and build a new farm.
James grew up in the Appalachians, but it wasn.
“There were no roads.
There were no bridges,” he explains.
“All I could see were the mountains and the valleys.
And that was the end of that.”
As a teenager, Taylor was sent to boarding school in the nearby town of Pittsfield, Kentucky.
He quickly earned a spot on the football team, where he played on the varsity and earned the nickname “Polly” for his speed.
When he was 19, he was accepted into the United States Army.
“That’s when I became a man,” he told ABC News in a recent interview.
“As I was going through training, I was told, ‘Oh, we’ll have to leave.
You’re going to join the army.'”
Taylor then was sent on a tour of duty in the West Indies, where, at the age of 22, he went into service with the U.S. Army.
During that time, he spent several years in the jungles of West Africa, where the U-boat Black Pearl sank.
“It was just horrible,” Taylor recalls.
“If you don’t want to die, you don