Enos Seward and Sarah Goss Seward’s Burial, Luzerne Co., PA

Back in 2008, I traveled to Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania and studied the cemeteries in Huntington Twp. and other areas of the county looking for Goss, Seward, Scott and associated families.  I visited the Luzerne County Historical Society and looked at their cemetery files in the filing cabinet. I also visited the Northeastern Genealogical Society, now located in Wilkes-Barre, and studied their cemetery maps, files, published books and more. I then visited many cemeteries in Huntington Twp. looking for family graves.

At that time and now I have not found the burial location for Enos Seward and Sarah (Goss) Seward. I studied the Old Goss Cemetery near Harveyville, visited it several times and looked for evidence of burials in that cemetery. This cemetery was in very bad shape, overgrown and a lot of the tombstones were missing, broken and difficult to read. The overgrown vegetation made it difficult to get around. 

The Scott/Waterton Cemetery south of the Goss, was also a cemetery I visited several times and studied the stones. It is in far better shape but still I did not find evidence that Enos and Sarah were buried there.

Currently Find A Grave has Enos and Sarah buried in the Goss Cemetery. Be advised, that without a tombstone or some transcribed cemetery listing done, by a person physically looking at the stones, you cannot be sure they are buried in that cemetery.

Here is my transcription of the Goss Cemetery near Harveyville, that I found in the Luzerne Co. Historical Society cemetery files back in 2008. There are more of these transcriptions but I will focus on this one at this time:

The Old Goss Cemetery south of Harveyville has a great deal of history buried there. Below is a list done about 1950.  Unfortunately they are in alphabetical order rather than by rows.  

Those buried on the Old Goss Cemetery in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania:

Bonham, Solomon d. Feb. 2, 1829 ae. 39 yrs. 5 days

Chapin, Darius, so of Samuel and Hannah d. Jan. 6, 154, ae. 73 yrs.

Chapin Samuel d. June 14, 1853, ae 75 yrs., 3 mos. 26 days.

    Note:  More Chapin burials Hannah (w) d. 6 Jan. 1854, 73 yrs.

    Note: More burials – Davenport, Margret d. 5 April 1845, 1 yr.

Dodson, Amos. F., so of Stephen P. and F.d. Dec. 10, 1834, ae. 9 yrs.

Dodson, Eleanor d. May 15, 1815, ae. 80 yrs.

Dodson, John b. 1721 d. Mar. 10, 1818, ae. 97 yrs.

Dodson, M.D. wife of T., d. May 23, 1804, ae. 45 yrs. (dates almost gone)

Dodson, Thomas d. April 29, 1818, ae. 63 yrs.

    Note:  More Dodson Children – Children of Stephen & Flacia:  Issac d. 15 Oct 1818, 1 yr., Maria       F. d. 11 Jan 1827, George L. d. 8 Sep. 1829, 2 yrs., Sophia R. d. 25 Jul 1839, 2 yrs., Thomas T. d. 25      Jul 1829, 2 yrs. and Philip son of E and M d. Aug 1828, 4y 2 m.

Goss, Hannah, wife of Philip d. Mar. 15, 1834, ae 80 yrs.

Goss, Philip d. Oct. 25, 1833, ae. 87 yrs.

Philip & Hannah Goss – Goss Cemetery Harveyville.

    Note:  Additional burials Harrison Edward b 1829, d. 1924, Nancy (w) b. 1836 d. 1926

Kramer, Caroline, wife of A.M. and daughter of Abram and Hannah Long d. Oct. 27, 1852, ae. 38 yrs.

Long, Abram d. Mar. 2, 1854, ae. 67 yrs. 1 mo., 23 days

Long, Elias d. Feb. 4, 1853, ae. 83 yrs.

Long, Hannah, wife of A. d. Dec. 18, 1855, ae, 66 yrs. 2 mos. 6 days.

Myers, Charity, wife of Elijah d. June 24, 1846, ae. 35 yrs. 2 mos. 10 days.

Myers, Elijah d. Dec. 24, 1874, ae. 72 yrs.

Myers :  Berton, Milton, Charity – children of Elijah and Charity 1832 -1846

Myer children three d. 1817

Preston, Phineas d. Nov. 21, 1818, ae. 36 yrs.

Rogers, Amy B. wife of Elder Joel d. Aug. 19, 1849, ae. 59 yrs., 2 mos. 13 days.

Rogers, Elder Joel d. July 29, 1850 ae. 70 yrs. 4 mos. 12 days

Roger, Lewis d. Aug. 3, 1845, ae. 23 yrs. 2 mos.

    Notes:  Additional burials:  Sarver – children of Ross & Susan, Bernard D. d. 31 Jan 1850, 3-2-22, Daniel Weston d. 27 Dec. 1862, 8-2-5, Melissa d. 5 Dec 1852, 18 yrs.

Seward, Levi, d. Aug. 6, 1851, ae. 73 yrs., 4 mos. 7 days.

Levi Seward – Goss Cemetery, Harveyville

Seward, Thankful, wife of Levi d. Mar. 4, 1848 ae 68 yrs. 10 mos. 8 days.  (Wilkinson?)

Thankful Seward Goss Cemetery, Harveyville

Seward, Titus d. Apr. 24, 1851 ae. 57 yrs. 9 mos. 15 days

Titus Seward Goss Cemetery, Harveyville

    Notes:  More burials:  Lucy d. 10 Oct. 1850, 7 yrs. (or 2-11-18) and Mary P. d. 29 Nov. 1837 (1857?)     8 yrs.

Mary P. Seward – Goss Cemetery Harveyville

Lucy Seward Goss Cemetery, Harveyville

Thomas, Julia A. wife of W.C. d. Jan. 3, 1866 ae. 49 yrs. 2 mos. 25 days.

    Notes:  More burials:  Matthias H.b, 1838 d. 3 Jun 1855, 17 yrs. son W.G. & J.A.

Trescott, Col. Edward L., son of Solon and Margaret d. May 8, 189 ae. 96 yrs. 1 mo. 27 days.

Trescott, Elizabeth, wife of Truman d. Dec. 7, 1863 ae. 73 yrs. 2 mos. 17 days.

Trescott, Seth b. Feb 23, 1783 d. Jan. 22, 1852

Trescott, Seth 2nd d. Oct. 7, 1826 ae 13 yrs. 5 mos. 21 days.

Trescott, Solon d. Apr. 15, 1826 ae 75 yrs. 10 mos. 11 days  –

     Notes:  Another reading (1995) lists Solon as a Westover and he served in the Rev. War, most list hims        as a Trescott.

Trescott, Truman d. June 21, 1862, ae. 77 yrs. 1 mo. 17 days

     Notes:  Another reading (1995) lists in addition. Sybil Harrison b. 1817 d. 1886, 69 yrs., Hagga d. 21          Mar. 1825

Westover, Jonathan d. Jan. 15, 1847 ae 66 yrs. 11 mos. 13 days

Westover, Sarah, wife of Jonathan d. May 7, 1838 ae. 58 yrs. 6 mos. 28 days

     Notes:  Another reading lists (1995) lists

           Margaret Lewis (w) d. 13 Apr 1828, 67-6-23, Col. Edward L. (son) d. 6 May 1890, 96-1-27 and Cassandra (dau. d. Feb 1818, age 13, then 3 infants.

Wilkinson, Ebenezer d. Feb. 1, 1852 ae 62 yrs.

Wilson, Robert d. Jan. 5, 1841 ae 64 yrs. 8 mos. 3 days.

Do you see any listing for Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward in this 1950 transcript? I don’t; however, Emily Wheeler Lewin/Lawin left several pages of notes at the Granville Public Library in Massachusetts and she makes the statement about Enos and Sarah saying they are: “Both buried with sons Levi and Titus and their wives at Old Harveyville or Goss Cem. Near Harveyville, ______” Unfortunately, she didn’t say that she personally saw the tombstones at the cemetery. This Emily is a granddaughter of Mrs. H. L. T Hartman (Margaret Trescott Hartman)  who wrote and published in 1886 in the Mt. Echo a History of the Huntingon Valley, Reprinted in the Mt. Echo Newspaper March 11, 1949 to September 30, 1949. This is at the Family History Library and you can access it online at their website.  This Margaret was a local historian and she might have walked the cemetery back in 1886 which would have been a really good record, but still not close enough to the dates we need. In my research I have not found any papers by her transcribing the cemetery.  The other problem is there are no cemetery records and I am sure the Yahoo Group that was cleaning it up before I came would have found them.

It is possible that they are buried there but until further information comes forward I cannot state that Enos and Sarah are buried in the Old Goss Cemetery, south of Harveyville. It was also called the Trescott Cemetery

Before I leave Enos Seward and Sarah (Goss) Seward and start writing about their children, here is a fun story that I have mentioned before but I thought that Emily’s version from her notes was even better. It appears that Sarah had a good sense of humor:

While a child I was accustomed to seeing Sewards and heard my own gr. Mother reared at Harveyville, laugh with Jim Coughlin reciting the list of the Dea’s children, as his wife used to recite them- when she called the meals “Enos, Eli, Amos, Gad, Levie, Sarah, Titus, Mary, Ebenezer and you – com to Supper.” The Deacon. Desc. Have it made in a rythem
Enos ….Eli
Amos, Gad & Levi
Sarah, Titus Mary
Ebenezer
& You – Come to Supper!
Did she drop a “Courtesy on you!” People were dignified in those days. How proud of them she must have been and how lonely when five went west. Amos died 1804 – Levi lived nearby, his desc. Are my relatives.  Emily 3/7/47

Please NOTE: There is a way to make a memorial for individuals when you don’t know where they are buried at Find A Grave.  I have done so on several occasions. I did this for Solomon Goss and Olive Scott Goss.  On several occasions I have gone to cemeteries and that person was not buried there because I also checked with the cemetery office when there is one. So be careful, just because it is stated someone is buried in a cemetery by Find A Grave that does not mean there is proof that they are.

I am not finished with these two cemeteries Scott/Waterton and Old Goss. I will come back and share more about them.

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Enos Seaward’s Estate and Will 1820

Enos Seward died some time between 20 August 1818 and August 25, 1820. My focus was on Philip Goss IV, Enos’ father-in-law so the only court document I studied involved finding wills and one of them was Enos’ will.  I found a copy of his will at the DAR Library in Washington D.C. in 2008.  It was a typed copy, which was not complete and had parts left out. The one below is from the actual court clerk books in Luzerne Co., PA.

Transcript of Enos Seward’s Will incomplete.

Enos Seward

In the Name of God Amen I Enos Seward of the Township of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Yeoman, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is principally and first I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the decretion of my successors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate as has pleased God to bless us with In this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, first I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah one third part of all my real Estate together with one cow and five sheep and all the household furniture and to have the north room and bedroom and privilege of the cellar an cupboard buttery chamber likewise privilege in the barn to have and to hold as long as she remains my widow.  I give and – unto my beloved sons Enos, Eli, Gad and Levi, Titus and Ebenezer one equal proportion and also all the heirs of my son Amos, deceased, and equal proportion with the rest of my sons, I also give to my beloved daughter Sarah and Mary one fourth less to each one than one of my sons shall Receive and further more if any one or two of my sons should choose to take the land which I now reside “on” it being lot No. 38 first division shall have the same two years without interest after it being lawfully appraised and I also constitute make and ordain my two well beloved Sons Gad and Levi Seaward the sole Executors of this my last will and Testamen. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament. I – witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Eighteen. Signed, Sealed in the presence of: Daniel Fuller, Elisha Myers. Signed Enos Seaward (Seal)

Luzerne County etc: On the twenty third day of August As. Do, 1820 personally appeared before me James Perkins Deputy of Asa C. Whitney Register for the probate of Wills and Granting Letters of Administration in and for said county Daniel Fuller & Elisha Myers who being dully sworn both depose and say that their names to the foregoing will subscribed as witnesses – of their now proper hand writing respectively. That they saw the testator therein named sign the same and heard him publish and declare it as an for his last will and testament that at the time of doing thereof the said testator was of sound mind and disposing understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief and that respectively signed the same as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said testator and in the presence of each other.  James Perkins, for Asa C. Whitney Register

In conformity to the foregoing will letter testamentary was granted to Gad and Levi Seaward Executors therein named they having first been sworn well and truly to perform the same exhibit a true inventory and render a just and true account of their whole administration according to law. Given under the seal of the Registers office at Wilkes-Barre the twenty third day of August Anos Domini 1820 for Asa C. Whitney, Register, James Perkins Depy. 

Source: Luzerne Co., C.L. Will Book A. p. 246-246, Probated Aug. 25, 1820, or FHL#383431 A, pg. 246 Luzerne Co. PA Will Records. 

Here is the Probate Index for Luzerne Co., PA. You will see (click the photo and it will get bigger) that Enos Seward is listed with Levi Seward as his Executor, then the column lists the sureties, in this case Will, then the date of the Bond, Penalty, Inventory, Vendue List, Account. We only have the bond listed and inventory for Enos Seward.  We have found the will. So I decided to look for the inventory for Enos Seward. I could have looked for the Bond information but didn’t do that at this time.

Probate Index Luzerne Co., PA

Source: Luzerne Co., PA Registrar of Wills, Old registers index 1787-1875 FHL#5544901. 

In searching for the Inventory for Enos Seward, I turned to the Orphans Court records. I sought out the Old Orphans’ court index A-W 1787-1875 (FHL#5544896) and sound the “S” but I did not find anything in the index referencing the Inventory for Enos. Amos Seward was listed, but I will discuss him later.

So I went to the earliest film reel that was in the time period for Enos Seward’s inventory dated 16 September 1820. I looked through the film Orphans’ Court Dockets V. 1, 1787-1821 (5544896) and found that pages were missing 519 and 520 of the book.

So I failed finding the inventory for Enos Seward. This means that one might have to go to the Courthouse in Luzerne in Wilkes-Barre and seek out the case file for Enos Seward to see if papers are filed for all the estate proceedings. I have not done that at this time. I would also like to state that I am not as familiar with the procedures for estates in Luzerne County and therefore a visit to the courthouse would be good idea, but I have no plans for doing so at this time. At the courthouse I could get help and probably look at the court clerk books that would reveal more information.

The other issue was partition deeds of Enos Seward to his heirs for his land in Luzerne Co. I have not found these in the Luzerne Deed Book Indexes for Grantor and Grantee and I am puzzled by it. It might be in the Claimants records at the Pennsylvania Archives? The dates for the deeds, seem to jump around and there is no et. al. that usually signifies a partition deed (where the heirs sell the land of their ancestor to each other or some other interested party).  Maybe when I start studying the children, especially Gad and Levi, I may find what I am looking for. We will see.

So this will of Enos Seward’s is important because it tells us who the children are for Enos and Sarah. It also implies that Sarah is still living at the time of Enos’ death.

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Enos Seaward and the Guardianship of Mary Davidson…1778

Mary Davidson was the daughter of Mary Goss and William Davidson. Mary’s first husband. William was killed in 1778 in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Mary Goss Davidson went back to Granville and asked Enos Seward to become her daughter’s guardian.

Turning of Hearts Book Front

The book A Turning of Hearts has this entry on page 11:

Mary Goss, daughter of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss met and married William Davidson and had a daughter named Mary who was born to them August 20, 1775, in Wilkes-Barre. William was killed in the Wyoming massacre of 1778 and his wife fled to Granville, MA, to the home of her sister, Sarah Goss Seward, wife of Enos Seward. Mary had her brother-in-law Enos appointed the guardian of her daughter Mary, perhaps so that she could claim land that her husband William Davidson had owned in Pennsylvania.

After a careful study of this book, I was unable to determine where the information about the guardianship was found.  It is unclear if this guardianship was done verbally or through the courts. A search of online sources at the Family Search website has not revealed anything like a guardianship of Mary Davidson due to limited documents and access. Sometimes you can search the court records of the location of the guardian and find a copy of the record, so I would look in Hampden/Hampshire County, MA. because Enos was living there at that time. I did not find anything at this time.

If you would like to study the book yourself, it is at the Family History Library and it is now online at Family Search.

A Turning of Hearts: William Davidson Gibbons Family History, William Davison Gibbons Family Organization, contributed and compiled by Helen Bay Gibbons.

I will discuss Mary Goss,, sister to Sarah Goss Seward, in future posts in more depth. Her story is pretty complicated.

If someone has copies of this guardianship from court records, please contact me: bjmcdonell@gmail.com.

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