For most of my life I have used an expression "go around Hiram's barn" to mean an unnecessarily complicated way to do something or an unnecessarily circuitous route.
Recently my daughter informed me that the real expression is "around Robin Hood's barn", and that "around Hiram's barn" is an expression that is unique to me alone. While I will admit to sometimes making up such phrases, it seems to me that this is one that I originally heard elsewhere, perhaps from my father. I am curious: Has anyone else has ever heard the expression "go around Hiram's barn"?
I am 69 years old and grew up in Ohio. My parents and grandparents were from New York City (one grandmother was originally from England, and had some rural and some urban background).