John Goss and his 1st wife, Louisa Parker and their children: Henry Goss & Mary Schwartz

John Goss and Louisa Parker had about four children together. It is difficult to verify this, because John and Louisa married on 13 July 1832 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan. I have not been able to find them in the 1830 or 1840 census.

It is believed that they had Henry, Benjamin, Mary and Louisa. There may have been more children but it is difficult to say without records.

In this post, I will write about their son Henry Goss b. 1833 and d. 1881.

As I was preparing these posts about the children, I realized that I needed to break them up in order to present them in the best manner possible. The brothers Henry and Benjamin have large families and are quite interesting.

Let’s start with Henry Goss who was born in Michigan but migrated with his family to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and stayed there throughout his life.

Henry Goss born 8 May 1833 in Michigan and died January 1881 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Henry was raised on his father’s farm in Ste. Genevieve and helped in the quarry that was located there. He also traveled the Mississippi to deliver stone and once traveled to New Orleans, supposedly with Mark Twain. 

Source: Ste. Genevieve Family Histories, Ste. Genevieve Historic and Genealogical Society, FHL 977.8692 D2s. 

Henry married a Mary Schwartz on 1 October 1854 in Ste. Genevieve. Many researchers use Mary Theresa Schwartz for her name. She is listed as Mary Schwartz in the records.

Henry and Mary’s marriage record.

Source: Missouri Missouri, Compiled Marriage Index 1766-1983, Or, Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002 of the actual book pages.

Mary was born 29 June 1837 in Missouri to Adam Schwartz and Maria Louise Bellvo or Bellveau. Adam was born 3 December 1797 in Germany and Maria was born in France. Adam and Maria are buried in the Valle Springs Cemetery in Ste. Genevieve.

The Schwartz’s Adam and Marie were first generation Germans; their parents were born in the Saarland Region in Ittersdorf, Germany.  Source: Ken Goss Manuscript, circa 2007. 

Adam Schwartz…was born 3 December 1797 in Ittersdorf, Rhineland, Germany. He was a blacksmith by trade and worked under Peter Bellevo at a coal mining operation at Metz near the German French boarder. On 29 January 1827 Adam married Peter Bellevo’s daugther Marie Louise in Ittersdorf, Germany. Adam was raised in the Jewish faith, while Marie was reared Catholic.  It is believed, by family, that this was the reason they waited till their parents passed. It could also be why they immigrated to the United States.  Marie was born 2 July 1802 in Scherkerling, France, near Ittersdorf, Germany. Her mother was Marie Hoff, daughter of Christopher Hoff, a tailor in Scherkerling and his wife Christine Kirch.  In 1831 Adam and Marie and their baby daughter, Mary Ann, left Germany for the United States, with a stop in Pennsylvania…Adam took his little family to Ste. Genevieve setting up his blacksmith shop in that town. He worked at blacksmithing and farming and was also an inventor.  (Please note that this is a summary of the biography from the book listed below.)

Source: Ste. Genevieve Family Histories, Ste. Genevieve Historic and Genealogical Society, FHL 977.8692 D2s. There is more about the Schwartz family in this book then I have presented here.  I am not sure that the birth location for Adam is correct.

In the 1850 US Census Henry appears with his father John Goss (indexed as Gass) age 46 $200 occupation is unreadable. Elizabeth (indexed as Elsworth) Goss age 31 born Tennessee, Henry Goss age 16 born Missouri 1834, Benjamin age 14 Ohio in 1836, William age 10 Alabama, George age 5 Alabama, Susan age 2 Missouri back by 1848, and John age 9/12 Missouri. They are living in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  Note: William and George are Elizabeth’s sons from a previous marriage.

In the 1860 US Census for St. Genevieve Henry is not listed with the family. I am not finding him in Ste. Genevieve after scrolling through the census for that township. I did not scroll the whole county of Ste. Genevieve.

In the 1870 US Census I found Henry Goss age 37, born in Michigan in 1833, living in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Henry is 37 a farmer with $700 real estate and $400 personal. Mary is age 33, keeping house, born in Missouri. David is 15 at school. Benjamin is 13, Ephraim is 9, Julia is 7, Louise is 2, Perrin is 4, Leight is 4, Henry is 2/12 and Mary is 2/12. All are born in Missouri.

In the 1880 US Census Henry Gauss appears age 47 born about 1833 in Michigan in Quarrytown, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  Henry is a farmer. Mary age 42, wife, keeping house, born in Missouri and her parents are born in France. David is 25, son, and miner. Benjamin is 23 son, a farmer, Ephraim age 19 son, blacksmith, Mathilda age 17 daughter, Perrin age 14 son, Alice age 14 daughter, Mary age 10 daughter, Henry age 5 son, Elvira age 3 daughter, Noah age 9/12 son.

Henry died on 4 January 1881 in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Mary Schwartz Goss died 17 November 1928 1823. Both are buried in Sainte Genevieve in the Valle Spring Cemetery.

As you can see from Mary’s death date, she lived to 1928 1823 and appears in several census 1900 and 1910 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, with her son Henry. In the 1920 US Census she is living in Illinois with her son Noah and his family.

Estate of Henry Goss: 1881

Letters of Administration appear for Henry Goss in 1881.  Mary is appointed administratrix of his estate. The printed and written form is signed by Judge L. Bogy Judge of Probate in Ste. Genevieve on 31 January 1881.

A portion of the Letters of Administration Henry Goss Estate – showing heirs

Estate of Henry Goss, deceased ))) Grant of letters of administration – Mary Goss prays the Judge for letters of administration of the estate of said deceased, and having filed her affidavit as required by law showing that the said Henry Goss died intestate and without leaving any will at Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, 1880 leaving as his heirs Mary Goss, his widow, and David, Benjamin, Ephraim, Julia, Elijah, Perrin, Mary, Henry, Elvira and Noah Goss; who reside with their Mother in this Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, and that she will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer the estate of said deceased, and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the law direct, and account for and pay all assets, which shall come to his possession or knowledge and it appearing (page 291) to the Judge of the Probate that said Henry Goss died possessed of property of the portable value of One thousand dollars and that the said Mary Goss, widow is competent by law to Administer it is ordered that letters of administration of the goods, chattels, credits and effects of said deceased be issued to the said Mary Goss, and that she enter into bond to the state of Missouri in the sum of Two Thousand dollars with two or more sufficient securities residents of this County conditioned according to law; whereupon she submits her bond with Peter Schwartz and Anthony Schwartz as securities which is taken and approved and ordered so endorsed; and it is ordered said bond be filled and recorded; and Valerian Gisi and Severin Eckenfels are appointed witnesses to accompany and aid said administratrix in opening and examining the papers, money and other property of the deceased, and, in making an inventory thereof.   Attest  John L. Bogy Judge of Probate – Source: Book E page 290 and 291 Ste. Genevieve Probates. Note: Peter and Anthony are brothers.

On March 18, 1881 Mary Goss submits her inventory and appraisement of the said estate of Henry Goss dec. and it is examined according to law.  March 1881, Book E page 331.

On Monday, March 20, 1882 Mary Goss, administratrix appears in court again with her First annual Settlement regarding the estate of Henry Goss.

The administratrix exhibits her first annual statement of the accounts of her administration for settlement with proper vouchers to the court, showing hereby charged in the aggregate with $890.00 and credited with the disbursements amounting to $535.45 and said settlement, among other things required to be exhibited containing a just and true account of all monies by her collected &c and being subscribed and verified by affidavit the Court presenting with the administratrix to make both accept the statement __such settlement, and it is ordered that said settlement be filed and recorded in a book kept for the purpose of _____the account and settlements of executors and administrators as part of the record herein.  March 1882, Book F pg. 73. 

On Friday, March 16, 1883 Mary Goss again appears to present her Final sell, filing &O.

The administratrix submits her final settlement verified by affidavit and accounted by the proper vouches, showing a balance of $173.50 due Estate by administratrix and the administratrix submitting proof of publication of notice of final settlement which is satisfactory and ordered filed and recorded, said settlement is approved and ordered filed and recorded and said balance ordered distributed according to law.  March 1883 Bk F pg. 210

Unfortunately, the above is all I found in the index for Henry Goss’s estate and clerk books online. I am missing  a lot of details, such as the actual inventory listing which would have been interesting to see.  They mention affidavits, final distribution to the heirs, and publication of final settlement and usually these are detailed in the court clerk books.   I am also surprised about his land?  What happened to it?  This makes me wonder if there is an actual estate file at the courthouse or archive for Henry Goss’s estate with more papers contained in it.

In the next post I will write about the children of Henry and Mary Goss. We will see what interesting things we find.

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John Goss and his land in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

I was able to find some deeds for John Goss in the Ste. Genevieve records.  They are very interesting.  I do not think this is a complete picture of John’s land deals, but it is a start. These records are online at FamilySearch and I have found the index to the deeds to be difficult to follow, especially in determining the book the deeds are located in. I have found it squeezed in between deed entries and almost missed. I have actually guessed by the date of the deed what book it was in. I am learning that the records in Missouri are done differently than what I am use to, so that has been a challenge.

6th November 1856 Bk K page 431 and 432:  

John and Elizabeth’s names, which are not original but it is still good to see

This deed made and entered into this Sixth day of November eighteen hundred and fifty six by one between John Goss and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Ste. Genevieve Missouri parties of the first-part and Dr. Eugene Pernot of the same County and State party of the second part Witnesseth that said parties of the first part in consideration of the sum of Fifty Dollars to them paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. Do by these presents remise, release and forever quite claim unto the said party of the second part the following described lot tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Ste. Genevieve, State of Missouri on the Ste. Genevieve Iron Mountain & Pilot Knob Plank Road viz. Begin at the N W Corner Stone of Survey No. 272. Thence N 27 degrees & 73 Links to N. E. corner stone of survey no. 270; Thence S 851/2 degrees & 1.36 links set a post (corner for Dr. Pernot). Thence No 6 degrees west 8 chains to the Plank Road. Thence S. 73 Degrees W with the ________of the Plank Road 10 chains one ___ Links – Thence S. 80 degrees W. 10 chains; Thence N 80 degrees W 5 chains. Set a post on Goss line; Thence N 3 degrees W. 380 links to a stone corner be_____Goss & Perrport. Thence N 87 degrees E. 41 chains & 50 links to the Corner Post between G. D. Scott & Dr. Pernot. Thence 37 degrees E. 4 chains 69 Links to a post between said Scott & Pernot.  Thence S 63 degrees W 18 chains 19 links to the beginning corner said tract containing nineteen acres and Fifty three hundreds of an acre be the same more or less.

To Have and to Hold the same together with all the rights __________privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging unto the said party of the second part. ___to his heirs and assigns forever.  In witness whereof. The said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals this the day and year first above written.                              John Goss (Seal), Elizabeth her X mark Goss (Seal)

__________presence of

State of Missouri, County of Ste. Genevieve )))) ss.  Be it remembered that on the sixth day of November A.D. Eighteen hundred and fifty six before me the ____a Justice of the peace within the for said County came John Goss and Elizabeth Goss his wife who are both personally known to the undersigned to be the same persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties hereto ___they acknowledge the same to be their act and deed for the purposes thence in mentioning.  And the said Elizabeth wife of Said John Goss being by me made acquainted with the contents of said Deed acknowledge on my examination separate and apart from her said husband that she executed the same and relinquished her dower in the near Estate therein mentioned freely and without compulsion or under influence of her said husband.  Given under my hand this Sixth day of November 1856.  John C_____Justice of the Peace  Recorded Nov. 28th A.D. 1856

History of Iron Mountain and a reference to Pilot Knob:  https://sites.rootsweb.com/~mostfran/towns/iron_mountain.htm

10 November 1856 – Book K pg 480 and 481

This Deed made on the tenth day of November eighteen hundred and fifty-six by and between John Goss and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri parties of the first part and Joseph Pothier of the same County and State party of the second part. Witnesseth: That the said parties of the first part in consideration of ten dollars to them paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. To by these presents remise, release and forever Quit Claim unto the said party of the second party and to his heirs and assigns forever the following described Lot-tract-or parcel of land lying and being situate near the City of Ste. Genevieve on the Plank Road leading to the Iron mountain in the County of Ste. Genevieve viz: Begin at a stone on the north side of the Plank Road on the North____south line between Section Nos 29 & 30 in Township 38 N of R. G. Cast. Thence N 68 degrees E 4 chains to the S E corner stone. Thence North 2 chains to the N.E. corner stone. Thence N 68 degrees We. 4 chains to the N W corner. Thence south 2 chains to the beginning corner containing 80 hundreths acres.

To Have and to hold the same with all the rights, amenities, privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness thereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.                      John Gofs (Seal), Elizabeth (her X mark) Gofs (Seal)

Pg. 481  Signed, sealed and acknowledges in the presence of the undersigned

State of Missouri, County of Ste. Genevieve ))))) SS

Be it remembered, that on this sixth day of November eighteen hundred and fifty six before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for said County came John Goss & Elizabeth his wife who are personally know to me to be the same persons who names are subscribers to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto, and they acknowledge the same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. And the said Elizabeth being by me made acquainted with the contents of said deed acknowledged on an examination separate and apart from her said husband that she executed the same & relinquished her dower in the real estate therein mentioned freely and without compulsion or influence of her said husband.  Given ____my hand the 6th day of November 1856 John Crane Justice of the Peace. Recorded January 31, 1857.

7 July 1856 Bk L pg 356, 357, 358, 359, and one line of 360.

Whereas I John Goss of the County of Ste. Genevieve in the State of Missouri have made claim and entry as a presenter in the Land office at St. Louis in the State of Missouri , and have obtained a certificate of Presumption dated the seventh of July one thousand Eight hundred and fifty-six for the following described tract tenement and parcel of land lying West of the City of Ste. Genevieve and adjoining the same in the County of Ste. Genevieve containing one hundred and twenty nine acres and five hundredths of an acre and described in the said certificate of entry of which the following is a copy viz): “Pre act 1841 No. 28.755 = Receiver’s office at St. Louis, MO. July 7th 1856 = Received from John Goss of Ste. Genevieve County Missouri the sum of one hundred and sixty-one dollars and thirty nine cents being in full for the fvl sec. No 29 & 30 between Surveys 269 & 270 272 & 3249 in township No. 38 of Range No. 9 East containing one hundred and twenty nine acres and five hundredths at $1.25/100 per acre” “$161.31/100 Duplicate (Signed) Rich B. Dallain Receiver.”

And thereas George G. Scott of the same county and state is possessed of holds and lays claim to certain lots and parcels of land situate on and included within the boundaries and limits of the entry and purchase so by me made and which said lots or parcels of land are situated and bounded as follows to wits: one lot or parcel of land containing about eighteen acres and fifty two hundredths of an acre. Bounded North by the Plank Road and South by Antoine Boyer and perhaps others ______. Known West by the Lands of John Goss claimed and held under his said entry and East by Lands now owned and occupied by Eugene Renod – Also one other small lot or parcel of land containing about two acres and eighteen hundredths of an acre being in a triangular form lying South of the Plank Road and Bounded North by the Toll Gate lott, and Damien Caho or Th_____West by Eugene Penod on the South by Lotts number two and three (2 & 3) in the subdivision of Survey Number two hundred and seventy two (272)confirmed to Francis More or Moreau an don the East coming to a point. The said two lots containing together the quantity of twenty acres and seventy hundredths of an acre as will more fully appear by a survey and plat made by John Lee County Surveyor of Ste. Genevieve County Which is hereto attached and made a part and parcel of this Instrument.

For this Indenture made this 29th day of October in the year one thousand Eight hundred and fifty-seven by and between John Goss and Elizabeth Goss his wife of the County of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri of the one (pg 358) part, and George D. Scott of the same County and State of the other part. Witnesseth, the said John and Elizabeth Goss for an in consideration of the Premises and for the purpose of quieting adjusting and finally selling amicably the conflict in regard to the aforesaid lotts and premises between the Parties and for the further consideration of the sum of twenty-five dollars them in hand paid by the said George D. Scott the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have remised released and forever quite claimed and by these presents the said John Goss and Elizabeth his wife do remise release and forever quite claim to the said George D. Scott all our and their right title claim Interest and property present and to come of in and to the above and before stated and described to lotts ______of said included and described as above in the said certificate of Presumption and entry and aforesaid. 

To Have and to hold to the said George D. Scott his heirs and assigned forever all our right title claim interest and property clear and free from us our heirs and assigns and all persons claiming or to claim the same by through or under us or either ____but from the claim or claims of other person or persons ________.

In Testimony whereof the said John Goss and Elizabeth Goss his wife have hereto set and subscribed their names and affixed their ____as their seals this 29th day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven. Signed Sealed and delivered:                   John Goss (Seal) Elizabeth (Her X Mark) Seal.

In the presence of John. K. Bows

State of Missouri, County of Ste. Genevieve, )))SSS

Be it Remembered that John Goss and Elizabeth his wife who are personally known to the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court for said county to be the persons whereas named and subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto this day appeared before me and acknowledged that they executed and delivered the same as their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein contained. And the same Elizabeth being by me made acquainted with the contents of said deed or instrument of writing acknowledged on an examination, apart from her said husband, that she executed the same and relinquishes her down in the real estate therein mentioned, freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said husband.

Seal   Given under my hand and the seal of said Court at office in the city and county of Ste. Genevieve this 29th day of October A.D. 1857. Charles C. Kozier Clerk, per John R. Boas, D.C.

T 38 at R 96  – drawing of the land in question.

Drawing of land in question

Surveyed for Eugene _____ and D. Scott the above piece of ground, Scotts sits including A. Bozer’s piece of ground 20 70/100 acres E. Penur gets in his division 19 83/100 acres.

Description of a piece of land surveyed for John Goss and Antoine Bozer began at the SW corner stone for survey No. 270 thence ct. 85 1/2  degrees E with North boundary of Survey No.  270 11 chains to corner stone on said line between G.D. Scott & J. Goss thence S 77 degrees W 11 chains & 16 links set a line stone on Western boundary of said survey…Thence ct. 27 degrees W 4 chains and 22 links to beginning corner stone containing 2 ¼ acres.

Also a piece for Began at a stone on the North side of the Plank road on the Ct & S line between sections 29 and 30 in S. 38 ct. of K. 9 E. Thence Ct 68 degrees E 4 chains to the SE corner stone thence ____4 chains to the SE corner stone thence _____2 chains to the Ct. E. corner stone. Thence Ct 68 degrees W 4 chains to the ____corner thence South 2 chains to beginning corner containing 8/100 of an acre. John Lee Surveyor. Received for Record and Recorded the above October 30, 1857.

Plat Book Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. Very interesting and I can see learning the land in Missouri is a challenge: https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/mu/islandora/object/mu%3A129368#page/2/mode/1up

18 December 1856 Book L pg. 360 and 361

This Deed made on the 18th day of December eighteen hundred and fifty-six by and between John Goss and Elizabeth, his wife, of the county of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri parties of the first part and Peter Thowure of the of the county of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri party of the second part Witnesseth:  That the said parties of the first part in consideration of Twenty Dollars to them paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do by these presents, remise, release and forever quit claim unto the said party of the second part, a certain tract of land situate in the County of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri as described as follows to wit: being part os the fractional sections twenty-nine and thirty in township 38 of Range 9 East and commencing ____point at the Northwest corner of Survey No. 270; then S 85.5 degrees We 35.06 chains; thence south 4.44 chains to the line of Survey No. 3249; thence ___the line of said Survey No. 2249 to the point of intersection of Survey No. 270; Thence with the line of said Survey No. 270 to the place of beginning and containing 12 70/100 acres more or less.

To Have and To Hold the same with all the rights, amenities privileges, and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said party of the second part and his heirs and assigns forever.

In Witness thereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.                              

John Gofs (Seal) Elizabeth (her X mark) Goss (Seal)

Signed, Sealed, and acknowledged in presence of the undersigned Jno K. Boas

State of Missouri, County of Ste. Genevieve))))) ss

Be it remembered that this twenty-ninth day of October A.D. eighteen hundred fifty-seven before me, the undersigned clerk of the circuit court for Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Came John Goss and Elizabeth Goss his wife who are personally known to me to be the same persons whose names are subscribed (page 361) to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto and they acknowledge the same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. And the said Elizabeth being by me made acquainted with the contents of said deed, acknowledged, on an examination apart from her said husband that she executed the same and relinquished her dower in the real estate therein mentioned freely and without compulsion or under influence of her said husband. Given under my hand and the seal of said court as office in the city of Ste. Genevieve date aforesaid. Chas. H. Kozier Clerk per N. K. Boas J.P.  Recorded the above Oct 30, 1857.

Once again I suggest that you go to the BML Glo records site and do a little search.  Click on the map information after searching and you will be surprised as to the nature of the land he owned it is like a puzzle, not the usual square or rectangular piece of land. Very interesting:  https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx

John Goss and other John Gosses in Missourit at the BML. Can you tell which is his?

Patent for John Goss

John Goss Bk Q pg 129 and 130 and also page 131 – The United States of America

Certificate No. 28755 Patent of John Goss

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Whereas John Goss of Ste. Genevieve County Missouri has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the land office of St. Louis whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said John Goss, according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820, entitled an act making further provision for the sale of the public lands, for the fractional sections twenty nine and thirty between surveys two hundred and sixty nine, two hundred and seventy two hundred and seventy two, and three thousand two hundred and forty nine in township Thirty eight north of Range Nine East in the District of Lands subject to sale t St. Louis, Missouri containing one hundred and twenty nine acres and five hundredth of an acre according to the official plat of the Survey of the said Lands returned to the General Land office by the Surveyor General, which said, tract has been purchased by the said John Goss.

Now Know ye, that the United States of American in consideration of the promises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress in such case made and entered provided. Have given and Granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said John Goss, and to his heirs the said tract above described. To Have and to hold the same, together with all the rights privileges, amenities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging unto the said John Goss and to his heirs and assigns forever:

In testimony whereof, I James Buchanan, President of the United States of America have caused the letters to be made Patent and the seal of the General Land office to be hereunto affixed.  Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty, and of the independence of the United States the Eighty fifth.

By the President James Buchanan, By J. B. Leonard Sec’y, J. M. Granger Recorder of the General Land Office.  Recorded Vol. 63, page 4, Recorded January 29, 1864.

Followed by a deed to Elie P. Boyer 28 January 1864.

This deed made and entered into this twenty eighth day of January Eighteen Hundred and Sixty four by and between John Goss and Betsy, his wife, of the County of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri, parties of the first and Elie P. Boyer, of the same County and State, party of the second part. Witnesseth that the said parties of the first, in consideration of the sum of one thousand dollars to them paid by the said party of the Second part, the following land lying on the Plank Road about two miles west of the city of Ste. Genevieve in the County of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri – to say all the rest and residue not heretofore sold of the land purchased from Joseph Thomure, as per Book H, pages 395 and 396, also all the rest and residue (not heretofore sold) of the land I hold under United States Patent #28755 dated in the City of Washington the first day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixty – which Patent embraces land in fractional Sections 29 and 30 between surveys No. 269.270.272 and 3249 in Township 38 North Range 9 East in the district of Lands subject to sale at St. Louis, Missouri and reference being hereunto made to said patent (and after reserving and deducting those sold as above referred to) the residue of said lands now sold is suppose to be about Sixty acres be the same more or less.

To have and to hold the same together with all the rights immunities privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging unto the said part of the second part of and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year first above written. Executed in the presence of Jos. Bauman.       John Goss (Seal), Betsy (her Mark X) Goss (Seal).

State of Missouri

County of Ste. Genevieve )))) SS

Be in remembered that on this twenty eighth day of January A.D. Eighteen hundred and sixty four before me the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court, within and for the County of Ste. Genevieve State of Missouri came John Goss and Betsy his wife, who are personally known to me to be the same persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto, and they acknowledged the same to be their act and deed for the purposes thereto mentioned. The said Betsy being by me first made acquainted with the contents of said instrument, upon an examination, apart from her said husband acknowledged that she executed the same, and relinquishes her dower in the real estate therein mentioned, freely and without compulsion or under influence of her said husband.

In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office in the City of Ste. Genevieve date last aforesaid. C.C. Boyier Clerk oby Jos. Bauman D.C. Seal

Recorded January 29, 1864.

27 January 1864 Book K page. 127

This deed made and entered into this Twenty Seventh day of January eighteen hundred and Sixty four by and between John Goss and Betsy Goss his wife of the County of Ste. Genevieve and State of Missouri part of the first part and Joseph Porthier of the same County and State party of the Second part.  Witnesseth: That the said parties of the first part in consideration of the sum of five dollars to them paid by the said party of the Second part the receipt of which is hereby, acknowledged do by these presents, remise and release and forever quite claim unto the said party of the second part Two small tracts or parcels of Land lying near or adjoining the Plank Road and about two miles west of the City of Ste. Genevieve, to say, first, a small fraction of Land lying and being on the South side of Plank Road and bounded South and West by Land of Peter Thomure, beginning at a point on said Plank Road and turning East or SouthEast about Sixty fee north the line of said Peter Thomure to where it coners with Land of Antoine Boyer, and thence from said corner of Boyer & Thomure in a northerly direction to the Plank road which line if extended across said Plank Road would meet the South East corner of Land, owned by said party of second part thence in a westward direction to place of beginning containing about one Eighth of an acres – Second, another small Lot fraction of Land lying on the West side said Plant Road, beginning at West corner of Land of said party of second part thence running North west said line about twenty fee North west corner of said Porthier’s line and Thence west being a prolonation of said Portheir East and west line to intersect Peter Thomure’s line and thence East south East with said Thomure’s line to place of beginning to containing about one eight of an acre and the two fractions or parcels of Land hereby sold contain together about one four of an acre be same more or less.

To have and to hold the same with all the rights, immunities privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging unto the party of the second part, to his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written. Executed in the presence of Jos. Barrman

                                                                                John Goss (Seal) Betsy (her X Mark) Goss (Seal)

State of Missouri

County of Ste. Genevieve ))) ss

Be it Remembered that on this Twenty Eighth day of January eighteen hundred and sixty four before me the undersigned Clerk of the circuit court of said County came John Goss and Betsy his wife who are personally known to me to be the same person whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as parties thereto this and they acknowledged the same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned.  She the said Betsy being by me first made acquainted with the contents of said instrument upon an examination apart from her said husband acknowledged that she executed the same and relinquishes her down in the real estate therein mentioned freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said husband.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of said Court at office in the City of Ste. Genevieve date last aforesaid.    C.C. Bozier Clerk by Jos Bauman D.C.

Recorded January 28th 1864.

Well, we see how John Goss obtained his land and how complicated it all was. Apparently there was some difficulty in getting it all settled. Again, I do not see this as a complete picture of John Goss’s land dealings. I cannot tell if he sold it all or what is going on.  Cousins believe he did sell a house to the Bogy family but I don’t see any names like that here, but it might be held in a different book if it was a house.

I have tried to find deeds for John Goss and land in Michigan (I think he was gone by 1835 to Missouri?), Illinois (need a location) and Kansas but it is not all online. So there is a lot more to do regarding John and his land.  I found the index for land in Missouri very difficult to interpret and I am not sure it was all complete. I did not find any partition deeds with his sons, which is a puzzle?

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John Goss and Mary “Polly” Davidson’s children: John Goss and his two wives Louisa Parker and Elizabeth McHenry

John Goss and Mary “Polly” Davidson had a son named John Goss.  He might have been named John Jode Goss.  I have yet to figure out if the “Jode” is really his middle name. He never uses an initial in the census. It is confusing because some researchers use John Jode and others do not.

This John was born about 1800-1805.  I am placing him after his brothers Chester 1800 and Ormond 1802 maybe 1803, but this is subject to revision because I have not been able to get a fix on John’s birth year.  It also depends on whether his sibling’s births are accurate?  Another researcher places his birth in 1805.

There are two possibilities regarding the location of his birth.  He was either born in  Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania or if he was born after 1805 he would be born in Portage Co., Ohio.  His parents migrated there and are said to have been there in Portage about 23 October of 1805 per the Pioneer History of Randolph Twp.

Let’s take a quick look at what census, we can find for John, says:

  • 1850 US Census John Gass Ste. Genevieve MO. age 46, means he was born about 1804 and location of birth is Ohio
  • 1860 US Census John  Goss Ste. Genevieve, MO age 61, means he was born about 1799 and the location of birth is Ohio. Note:  Now technically it is 10 years later so he should be 56 years old.  There is a big change in age between the two census.
  • I cannot find him in the 1870 census. I did scroll through Ste. Genevieve Twp. but had no luck.
  • 1880 US Census John Goss is living in Henry, Ottawa, Kansas age 80, which means he is born about 1800, again the location is Ohio.

Based on the above, the ages and years are a little mixed up. At least John Goss is consistent about being born in Ohio.  That could mean something.

John Goss died 2 Dec 1882 in Missouri per this reference in the Ste. Genevieve Herald for Saturday, December 9, 1882:

DIED: Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at 4 o’clock A.M. John Goss, of Ottawa, Kansas, aged 84 years. The deceased had been living in Kansas for the last five years but, feeling that his end was near, came to Ste. Genevieve to die among his relations. 

Unfortunately, no burial information is found for John Goss, which would really help out in the research on this man.

John was listed as missing by the court on petitions for the estate of John Goss his father in 1829 through 1830 in Portage Co., Ohio. See the post about the Estate and Legacy of John Goss the father. I therefore feel that he was already in Michigan prior to his father’s death along with his brother Chester.

FIRST MARRIAGE and John’s migrations

“Apparently John went to Michigan shortly after his father died in 1829. The marriage license/certificate indicates that he and Louisa Parker applied for a marriage license on April 29, 1832, and were married in July of that same year by a justice of the peace and that his brother Chester Goss married a Linda Sisson the same day but by a different official.”

Source: Report of the Ancestors and Descendants Benjamin Goss and Henry Goss, sons of John Goss and Louisa Parker, by Ken Goss circa 2008. 

John Goss married first to Louisa Parker, as stated above, on or about the 29th of April 1832 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan. I have had no luck in finding more about them in Michigan, but then there isn’t much online in sources for that area of Michigan.

Marriage record Louisa to John.

Louisa may have been born about 1808 in Louisiana but this is not verified. Louisa’s father might be a George Frederick Parker or just Frederick Parker. He may have been a General Frederick Parker who served in the Revolutionary war although I don’t find anything in a quick Google search that fits this name. Some trees have a Frederick Parker 1740 to 1800 listed.  In many cases the name Eliza is used for Louisa but the above marriage record tells me she is Louisa.

There is a very interesting Bristol, England, Select Church of England Parish Registers 1720 to 1933 that gives a Frederick Parker with a spouse named Eliza Parker and a child named Louisa Parker at Ancestry.com.  Louisa gives her birth in Louisiana per the 1880 U.S. census and that census also has the parents born in Louisiana.  There is so very little about Louisa Parker it is difficult to research her.

Something happened to the marriage of John and Louisa and they went their separate ways,  Louisa disappears and reappears in the 1880 US Census living with Benjamin, the son and his family, in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.

Louisa is living with Benjamin Goss in the 1880 US Census  and she is listed as 72 years old, mother, keeping house, born LA, parents born LA. They are in 047, 8th Ward, St. Landry, Louisiana.

SECOND MARRIAGE of John to Elizabeth: 

John Goss remarried to an Elizabeth McHenry on 29 November 1846 in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. (Source: Missouri, Compiled Marriages 1754-1850). Or Book A, page 41 Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri January 1, 1847. 

It is believed that Elizabeth was married before to a William McHenry born about 1820 in Franklin Co., Alabama and died about 18 November 1845 in Missouri. From that marriage she had two sons.  They appear in various census so be careful and don’t mix them up with the children with John Goss.

William Chester McHenry born 29 April 1840 in Franklin, Alabama, died about 1911 in Oakdale, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. He is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery. He married Marguerite Welch born 26 November 1848 in Thomas Co., Georgia,  on 17 November 1869 in St. Landry, Louisiana. Marguerite died August 1887 and is also buried in Oakdale Cemetery.  This couple might have had about six children: William Morgan 1870-1942, Missouri Elizabeth 1873-1942, John Quincy 1874-1939, Julia Josephine 1876-1957, Lulu Jane 1881 to 1951, Chester George 1884-1926, and Wiley Benjamin 1886-1969.

George McHenry was born 24 December 1844 in Muscle Shoals, Franklin Co., Alabama and died 11 September 1821 in Eunice, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He is buried in the Saint Louis Cemetery there in Eunice. He married Anna Glasby on 28 July 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born about 1849 and died 20 November 1908 in St. Louis, Missouri.

There are some who believe Elizabeth’s maiden name might be”Viney.” Elizabeth was born August 1820 in Alabama and may have died 5 October 1876 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  This, of course, needs to be further verified, her first marriage, maiden name and more.

CENSUS

“Our John Goss arrived in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. between 1835 and 1850. He obviously had his two boys Benjamin and Henry with him when he arrived. His two daughters Louisa and Mary do not appear in the 1850 or 1860 Ste. Genevieve, Mo. census.”

Source: Report of the Ancestors and Descendants Benjamin Goss and Henry Goss, sons of John Goss and Louisa Parker, by Ken Goss circa 2008. 

We find a John Goss age 46 with a birth year of about 1804 in Ohio living in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri in the 1850 US Census. John is in house 255 and family 268. His occupation is listed but I cannot read it at all. Real estate is listed as $200 born in Ohio. Below him is an Elizabeth (index reads Elsworth) Goss age 31 listed as Female born Tennessee.  Next is Henry age 16 born Missouri. Benjamin is 14 born Ohio. William age 10 born Alabama. George age 5 born Alabama. Susan age 2 born Missouri. John age 9/12 Missouri. A Richard Gusler age 21, laborer, born in Germany. Augustus Bacle age 22 Laborer born Germany. George Hunt  age 36 laborer born in Germany. Henry Putham age 40 laborer, born in Germany.

In the 1860 US Federal Census John Goss age 61 born about 1799 in Ohio is still in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri as a farmer. He is in house 508 and family #513. $2000 Real Estate and $1200 personal, born in Ohio. Elizabeth is 47 born in Alabama, Sophia is 8 born in Missouri, Josephine is 6 born in Missouri, Job is 4 born in Missouri, Chester is 2, born in Missouri, Elizabeth is 4/12 born in Missouri. William McHenry is 21 Farm laborer born in Alabama.  2nd page Enos Reaney age 21 Farm Laborer born in Missouri.

There is an 1863 US IRS Tax Assessment List for a John Goss in Missouri his total tax is $2000. There is another for 1864. I am not sure this is our John but it looks interesting.

There is a a US Civil War Draft Registration for 1863-1865 listing a John Goss Missouri 2nd Cong District Class 1. John would be about 59/60 years old when the Civil War broke out, I am not sure he did any service, of course, a search of the Civil War pensions and records is a good idea.

I cannot find him in 1870 in Ste. Genevieve Twp., even after scrolling page by page through the census and nothing appears in Louisiana for a John Goss.

The family moved to Lousiana after the sale of the property in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  John Goss gave his permission for his daughter Ruth Sophia to marry in Louisiana in 1871.  Submitted to the LA Genweb Archives by Richard Arnaud, Nov. 1997.

#6295 James Arnaud to Miss Ruth Goss 9 Jan 1871 on 12 January 1871 Holy Bonds. Signed by F.S. Brown and H.H. McManus, and M. Savoie, JP State of Louisiana, Marriage Records.  

I am a little puzzled as to why John would give his consent when his daughter Ruth was born in 1852 and she would be 19 years old in 1871. This will need to be verified.

In the 1880 US Federal Census there is  a John Goss age 80, born about 1800 in Ohio, living in Henry, Ottawa, Kansas. He is listed as a widower and a farmer. Chester, age 22, his son, is with him as a farmer, single, born Missouri.  John Best age 54 is listed as visitor, farmer widowed born Canada.

“John Goss and Elizabeth McHenry sold their home – sw corner of Main and Gabouri Streets in St. Genevieve to Eli and Jane Bogy- Listed in The Story of Old St. Genevieve, pg. 142 as the Judge Bogy  House.

John owned couple of steamboats, a guarry near St. Genevieve and furnished the marble flooring of the New Orleans Custom House.”

Source: Report of the Ancestors and Descendants Benjamin Goss and Henry Goss, sons of John Goss and Louisa Parker, by Ken Goss circa 2008.  All the above needs to be verified.

Unfortunately, I do not know where John Goss is buried probably somewhere in Ste. Genevieve. His son Henry is buried in Valle Springs Cemetery. We do know from the newspaper notice that he came back to Missouri.

Where Louisa Goss is buried is probably in St. Landry, Louisiana. Elizabeth is said to have died in 5 October 1876 in St. Landry but her burial location is not known.

The Ste. Genevieve Probate records to not reveal an estate for John Goss. The deed records for St. Genevieve reveal in the index deeds for a John Goss and Wife. We will take a look at John Goss’s land in Missouri in the next post.

Comments:  John Goss or John Jode Goss, Louisa Parker and Elizabeth McHenry have been very difficult to research and it has been frustrating.  There have been a lot of stories about him and statements made that have not really been backed up with documentation.  He would be difficult because he was in Michigan, probably Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana perhaps, and Kansas and that is a lot of ground to cover even for me.  The only way to do this properly is to go to these areas he was living in and see what one can find.

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