John Goss, His Land History in Luzerne, Connecticut Claimant

John Goss was included in the Connecticut Claimant land histories for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 17 & 15 Certified Townships. This means that John Goss was an adult and they considered him so when determining land in the area for the claimants.

Here is John Goss’ Land Claims

  • Huntington
  • JOHN GOSS Land History
  • Connecticut Claimants 17 and 15 Certified Townships
  • Claims Lot No. 42 First Division
  • Part of ……
  • No. 36 Do 2d Do
  • No. 7 Third Do

Portions of the Land History were X’s out so that is why there are lines through some of the following. What it means, I don’t know but guess that they fell through?

A part of John Goss Land History, two pages, this is page 2

 

Claim for Lot No. 42 First Division
Huntington List Drawn by Solomon Squires
Deed 16 Nov. 1795 Con L. 25 Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott for 300 acres in Huntington

The ________filed in Scotts payment of S. Squire this deed is false

Deed 20 Apr 1800 Con 400 Dlrs Jesse Scott to Claimant for this lot

Sold by Solomon Squires to Nathaniel Goss

 

 

 

 

Huntington List No. 35 Drawn by Lemuel Kingsbury & Sold to Nathaniel Goss. See the Title of Nathaniel Goss No. 36 Drawn by Nathaniel Goss
Deed 4 Sept 1797 Cont. 150 Dlrs Nathaniel Goss to John Goss for part of these two lots containing 150 acres Beginning at the S.W. corner of the 50 acre lot I sold to Eli Seward containing the lot No. 36 of the 2 Division, thence W 22 degree 16 Rods to the NW corner of Lot No. 35 of said Division, thence S 22 degrees E 89 Rods, thence E 22 degrees S 184 Rods to the town line thence N. 22 degrees W 136 Rods & a half thence W 22 degrees S 180 to the NE corner of said 50 acres & thence to begin half sold to Eli Seward
Claim for Lot No. 7 Third Division
Huntg List Drawn by Solomon Squires
The deed in the first title above Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott

See Deposition to above of S. Squires

Deed 15 Apr 1801 Cont 200 Drs Jesse Scott to John Goss  

 

No title None Claimant by Nathan Beach page 32  

 

Huntington JOHN GOSS
 

 

 

 

 

Claims 100 acres of the east end of Lot No. 24 & 25

The first division of Huntington Township

See title of Jesse Scott pg. 210

 

Office copy field Order of the Court of common pleas appointing Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson & John F. Miller auditors to settle the Estate of Jesse Scott
Deed 18 Jany 1804 Cont Dlr 237 John T. Millar, Lawrence Myers and Alexander Jameson to John Goss for one hundred acres beginning the east end of Lots No. 24 & 25 in the first Division of Huntington.

You will notice that some of the information in the above is crossed off. On the original it was a big X mark.  You can also see that John Goss was involved with Jesse Scott. I believe that Jesse Scott was a brother to John’s mother Hannah and therefore an Uncle.

Unfortunately, Jesse Scott got himself involved in some land messes and John may have suffered some backlash from that.  We will see if we can figure it all out? I will touch on Jesse Scott at this time and later go into more depth about him when I discuss the Scott family and Solomon Goss and his wife Olive and there life in Pennsylvania.  I told you this was complicated.

Okay, let’s review the above and see what we find out!

Lot #42 1st Division of Huntington Twp.

Here are two deeds dated 1795 and 1800 involving Solomon Squires.

Solomon Squire to Jesse Scott 16 Nov. 1795 Vol. 4 page 84  The deed reads in summary:

Solomon Squire now of Green River State of Kentucky 25 L Lawful money of PA have quitclaimed to Jesse Scott of Huntington…Land namely one hundred No. acres of the first division 3 one hundred of the second division 51 (above the 51 is a 37) one hundred of the third division 35. 16 Day of Nov 1795.  This originated from rights recorded in Luzerne Co. Solomon Squires (Seal) Test Stephen Bonner and Robert Meets. Personally appeared Solomon Squires deed certified 19 day of Nov 1795, James Simon recorded Feb 3, 1796. Written on the left side of the deed. Was one hundred of 2nd division recorded 51 appears on the second version of the deed to be No. 27 JB.

Solomon Squire to Jesse Scott 20 April 1800 Vol. 4 page 85 – Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott – Solomon Squire of the township of Huntington now of Green River, State of Kentucky – consideration of twenty five pounds lawful money – quite claim unto Jesse Scott of Huntington Twp. etc.  All land namely one hundred acres of the first Division 42 in the s’d town one hundred of the second Division 22 one hundred of the 3rd division. 16 November 1795 – Original from rights recorded. Solomon Squire (Seal)  Test: Stephen Emmer, Robert Meets.  State of Kentucky Scott Co., Solomon Squire voluntary deed and acts – 19 Nov 1795.  Recorded 3 Feb 1796 James Lemon.

In my searching the index at Luzerne County for deeds in Grantor I do not find any deed listing for Solomon Squire selling this land to Nathaniel Goss.  Nor have I found anything under Goss involving Nathaniel and Solomon Squire.

I now realize the notation that was referring to “Kentucky” regarding the heirs of Philip Goss IV may have something to do with these deeds and the land issues between Jesse Scott and Mr. Squires. See my post: Nathaniel Goss Sr. Land Surveys…15 & 17 Certified Townships, Connecticut Claimants, dated June 20, 2019 – Scroll down to the NOTE:   https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/nathaniel-goss-sr-land-surveys-15-17-certified-townships-connecticut-claimants/

Unfortunately, I do not have the depositions that are mentioned above. Those would require going to the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg and looking at their records.  I am tempted.  I also don’t have Solomon Squire and other Land History information and Nathan Beach which might be helpful. I will revisit Jesse Scott when I write about the Scott family in future posts.  At this time I am just referencing him so you can see that John Goss became involved in some of Jesse’s land dealings that didn’t go to well. This whole situation with Lot #42 looks very complicated and I am missing a lot of documentation.

Lot 35 and 36 2nd Division – from his father Nathaniel Goss

Here is the deed Nathaniel Goss created to give to his son John Goss  17 Cert Twp. Luzerne Lots 35 and 36 in 2nd Division.

Know all these presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington Luzerne County & Pennsylvania State for consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of my Son John Gofs of the s’d township County & State Do by these presents bargain sell convey confirm & quit all my Right Title Claim and Interest whatsoever to him the s’d John Gofs his heirs and assignes a certain tract or parcel of land Situate & being in the aforesaid Township & Bounded as follows viz Beginning at the Northwest Corner of the fifty acres of Lot No. I sold to Eli Seward which pertains to Lot No. thirty six of the Second Division of Lots in S’d township & thence west twenty degrees South fourteen Rods to the Northwest Corner of the Lot No. thirty five of the aforesaid Division thence South twenty two degrees East eighty nine rods thence East twenty two degrees South one hundred & eighty four rods or the Town line thence North twenty two degrees west one hundred & thirty one and a half Thence west twenty-two degrees and ___one hundred sixty Rods to the northeast corner of the fifty acres of land and from thence the place of beginning containing by estimation one hundred fifty acres of land the same more or less To Have & to Hold the bargain sold conveyed & confirmed premises unto him the said John his heirs & assignes to his & their own proper use & Likewise I had legal possession of the same & had a good right  to sell & convey the said premises as above I furthermore I do by these presents warrant and forever defend the deeded Land to the s’d J. Gofs against any Title or Claim coming from or under the Susquehannah Company or Connecticut title  In witness hereof I set my hand & affix my Seal in Huntington Township this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety seven

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Gideon Post, Jesse Scott –

 Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)  NB of the words – of Land – figure 2 & right ___ Inter ____before it was signed ——–

Luzerne County SS on the 8th Day of Nov. 1797 came before me one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the Said county Gideon Post on one of the subscribing witnesses and ____duly sworn according to law said that he was present at the signing and sealing of the within deed and saw the within named Nathaniel Gofs sign it as his free act and Deed and saw Jesse Scott sign it as witness and signed it himself as such.  Witness my hand this day& hour written, Nathan Beach

Luzerne County SS  – Recorded in the Office for Recording Deeds for the County aforesaid in Deed Book No. 8 page 179 etc Witness my hand and Seal of Office at Wilkes-Barre the 16th Day of July 1802, Jacob Hart Recorder === There are seals on this that obscure some of the writing.

Source: Connecticut Patents 1785-1810 FHL#986849  No Index or information on this film. Luzerne Co. the 17th Cert Twps. – Huntington in Westmoreland Co., Litchfield Colony of Connecticut etc.

Claimant: Amos Seward  – See  published posts about Amos on this blog
Date Acquired: 12/4/1799
Drawer: Lemuel Kingsbury
Twp. Huntington
Div 2
Lot 35 W 1/2
Acres: 51 A 63p
Chain of title: Nathaniel Goss 6/21/1777, John Goss 9/4/1797, Gad Seward 9/3/1799
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:212, 195
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book 4:107

Claimant: John Goss
Date Acquired: 9/4/1797
Drawer: Nathaniel Goss
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 36 pt
Acres 35A 143p
No Chain of Title given
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:194
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book: 4:111

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage 2007.

Luzerne County Registrar of Deeds page 227

Nathaniel Goss, John Goss to Philip Goss

Know all Men by these Present that we Nathaniel Goss and John Goss both of Huntington Luzerne County & State of Pennsylvania Do for the consideration of Ten Dollars each received to our full satisfaction of Phillip Goss of said Township County & State viz I the said Nathaniel do by these Presents sell & convey all my right and title to six acres & ¼ one vaz the third division Lots draw upon Lot No. 38 first division in said Township being my part as an heir to Philip Goss deceased and also the undivided or common lands so called pertaining to Lots number thirty three & thirty four. And I the said John do also by these Presents sell & convey to said Phillip Goss all my right & title to the common land pertaining to Lot number twenty five in said first division, pertaining to me as Heir to William Davidson deceased. To have and to hold said Premises to him the said Philip his heirs & assigns to his & their own proper use & behoof forever. & furthermore we Warrant & Forever defend the said mentioned premises & appurtenances to him his Heirs & assigns against any other Connecticut Claimant whatsoever. Witness our hands & Seals the seventeenth day of August A.D. 1802.  Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)  John Goss (Seal)

Witness present Charles E. Gaylord, Nathaniel Goss Jur.

Luzerne County SS — Nathaniel Goss & John Goss the within named Grantors came before me Charles E. Gaylord a Justice of the Peace for Huntington District in the County aforesaid & acknowledged the within Deed to be their Voluntary Act. Witness my hand and seal the seventeenth day of August A.D. 1802.  Recorded March 27, 1805.

Did you see the reference of John as an heir to William Davidson?  He is Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss’s father.

Lot #24 and 25 in the 1st Division: 

Lots 24 and 25 owned by Jesse Scott – John purchased from Auditors

1804 Jesse Scott Settlement were John Goss obtains lots 24 and 25 in the first Division

Jacket Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson and John T. Miller, John Goss Deed 17 Cert Twp. Luzerne

To all people to whom these presents shall come…….whereas the Honorable the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Luzerne at August term in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three appointed Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson and John T. Miller Auditors to audit and with the demands against Jesse Scott late of Huntington in the County aforesaid as _____debtor agreeably to the act of assembly in such case made & provided.

Know ye that by Virtue of the Power and Authority vested in use as Auditors as well as for the Consideration of two hundred & thirty Seven dollars & ten cents money of the state paid by John Goss of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania. Do give grant bargain sell and convey as Auditors aforesaid one hundred acres of land in Huntington in the County of Luzerne it being the East end of Lots No. 24 and 25 in the first division of lots in said Township all the right title claim and demand that the said Jesse Scott hath may or ought to have unto said Lots. To have and to hold unto him the said John Goss his heirs and assigns forever free and clear from him the said Jesse Scott his heirs Executors and administrators and assigns in witness whereof we have here unto set our hands & seals this 10th day of  January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

Note scribbled and very hard to read can’t make it out.

Sealed and delivered in presence of John P. Small, John Potter

Signed by Lawrence Myers (Seal), Ale’x Jameson (Seal) and John T. Miller (Seal)

Luzerne County SS On the Thirtieth day of March A.D. 1804 John Potter one of the within witness personally appeared before me Charles E. Gaylord one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County and upon oath saith that he and John T. Miller the within grantor acknowledged the within deed to be their voluntary act and likewise saith that he saw John Potter witness the same Witness my hand and seal the day and date above. Charles E. Gaylord JP.

Source:  Connecticut Patents FHL986849.

Claimant: John Goss
Date acquired: 1/18/1804
Drawer: Elihu Parsons
Twp. Huntington
Div. 1st
Lot 24, 1/2 Inc. pts. 24 and 25
Acres: 93A 67 p
Chain of Title: Ezekiel Hamilton 8/30/1775, Dan Warner 1/21/194, Seward & Goss (Gad Seward & David Goss) 12/31/1794, Scott Jesse 2/18/1801
Patentee: Christ. Bowman
Source: CTL:41;MEHun:230, 210, 217
Patent Book H12:314
Survey Book 4:60

Claimant: John Goss
Date Acquired: 1/18/1804
Drawer William Davidson
Twp. Huntington
Div 1st
Lot 25 E1/2
Acres 93A 67p.
Chain of Title: John Goss & Polly, Polly Goss only heir of Wm. Davidson, Jesse Scott 1/1/1801
Patentee: Christ Bowman
Source: CTL:41;MEHung;230, 210, 217
Patent Book H12:314
Survey Book 4:60

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage 2007.

In 1803 John Goss appears in the newspaper The Gleaner (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 07 March 1803 page 2. His father is also listed above him. “A List of Titles in Huntington Twp. signed by Thomas Cooper…Well this implies that he did get Lot 42 1st division, 35 and 36 in the second and 7 in the 3rd.  I am still not sure about #42 and #7?

Nathaniel and John Goss Titles in Huntington Connecticut Claimants

Summary:  Well, is this all clear as MUD! HA.  I think what is important is the references to William Davidson who is Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss’s father and that there is a connection to John Goss.

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John Goss and his life in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania…

In the last post, I discussed the birth of John Goss and his possible age. I also presented some information about his marriage.  In this post I want to go through other records to show more about John Goss and his life in Pennsylvania.

John Goss begins to appear in the records of Luzerne County on 7 June 1793.

In the last post, I mentioned a Warranty Register listing for John Goss that took place in 1793. This is an index listing and to find all this information we would have to request copies from the Pennsylvania Archive in Harrisburg. There are only indexes online at this time at their website.

I find this very interesting that he was involved in 1793 this means he was born about 1775 if he was 18 years old at this time.

#104 Warrantee Name: John Goss, 400 acres, Date of Warrant 7 June 1793, 22, Date of Return April 1794, Acres returned 312.52, Name of Patentee Daniel Wannemacker, Recorded P 21 pg. 126, Survey recorded 54, pg. 96.

Survey dated 1793 – is this Shickshinny land?

I do not have a deed regarding this transaction, my study of deeds for John Goss don’t show this timeframe for a deed for him.  So I am a bit puzzled.  It is important to note it however.  The Survey is very interesting.  I think some more research on this is needed, Sigh!

Here is a deed of Elijah Rood to John Goss in 1796:

Elijah Rood Jr to John Gofs  Luzerne Deeds, Vol. 4 pg. 486 in 1796:

To all people to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that I Elijah Rood Jun’r of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania for the consideration of fifty seven dollars received to my full satisfaction of John Gofs of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania Do by these presents remise, release and forever Quit Claim unto the said John Gofs Beginning at the South east Corner of the tract of land which I bought of Abiel Fellows then N22 W 50 perches to a corner to be erected thence south Sixty eight West one hundred and Sixty four perches for a corner to be erected thence South 22 Degrees East 50 perches to a stake and stone thence N 69 E one hundred and Sixty four perches to the place of beginning Containing fifty acres be the same more or lefs To have and to hold the above granted and quite claimed premises with the appurtenances thereof the s’d John his heirs and afsigns forever to his own proper use and behoof and that I have a good right to sell the same in manner and form as is above written I the Elijah do by these presents warrant and defend that no person from by or under me shall have any right Challange or Demand thereto In witnefs whereof I have hereto set my hand and sel the 15 day of December A. D. 1796.  Witnessed by Obadiah Scott Jun’r and Lawrence Myers.  Signed by Elijah Rood Jun’r (Seal). 

Luzerne County SS Be it remembered that on the fifth day of January 1797 before the Subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said County personally appeared Elijah Rood Junior the Grantor of the within Instrument and acknowledged this same to be his free deed Witnefs my hand and seal this date aforesaid. Recorded Jany 5, 1797 (exam’d)  Seal Lawrence Myers. 

This is the Claimant summary from Donna’s Book:

Claimant: Elijah Rood Jr.
Date Acquired 5/1/1802
Drawer: Philemon Bidlack
Twp. Huntington
Div. Lot A Pitch
*Adjoining lot 18 1st Div. Nathan Beach, Abiel Fellows
Acres 45A 28p
Chain of title: Abiel Fellows 4/15/1796, Elijah Rood 5/23/1796, John Goss 12/15/1796, Philemon Bidlack 6/1/1797, Beach & Fellows 11/7/1797, Job Tripps, 4/30/1798, Jesse Scott 6/14/1798
Patentee: Jas Tubbs
Source: CTL:46
Patent Book H53:564
Survey Book 4:163

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger: E. Rood Jr., A. Fellows, John Goss, Jesse Scott, May 23, 1796 Huntington Twp.

Elijah Rood Jr. is the brother to Thankful Rood, who married Obadiah Scott Jr.

This above deed is followed by another in which Nathaniel Goss Sr. sells land to his son John Goss in 1797.  I love it when a father acknowledges his children in a deed.

Deed Nathaniel Goss to John Goss  17 Cert Twp. Luzerne

Know all these presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington Luzerne County & Pennsylvania State for consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of my Son John Gofs of the s’d township County & State Do by these presents bargain sell convey confirm & quit all my Right Title Claim and Interest whatsoever to him the s’d John Gofs his heirs and assignes a certain tract or parcel of land Situate & being in the aforesaid Township & Bounded as follows viz Beginning at the Northwest Corner of the fifty acres of Lot No. _____Eli Seward which pertains to Lot No. thirty six of the Second Division of Lots in S’d township & thence west twenty degrees South fourteen Rods to the Northwest Corner of the Lot No. thirty five of the aforesaid Division thence South twenty two degrees East eighty nine rods thence East twenty two degrees South one hundred & eighty four rods or the Town line thence North twenty two degrees west one hundred & thirty one and a half Thence west twenty-two degrees and ___one hundred sixty Rods to the northeast corner of the fifty acres of land and from thence the place of beginning containing by ______ation one hundred fifty acres of land the same more or less To Have & to Hold the bargain sold conveyed & confirmed premises unto him the said John his heirs & assignes to his & their own proper use & Likewise I had legal possession of the same & had a good right  to sell & convey the said premises as above I furthermore I do by these presents warrant and forever defend the deeded Land to the s’d J. Gofs against any Title or Claim coming from or under the Susquehannah Company or Connecticut title  In witness hereof I set my hand & affix my Seal in Huntington Township this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety seven

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Gideon Post, Jesse Scott –Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)  NB of the words – of Land – figure 2 & right ___ Inter ____before it was signed ——–

Luzerne County SS on the 8th Day of Nov. 1797 came before me one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the Said county Gideon Post on one of the subscribing withnesses and ____duly sworn according to law said that he was present at the signing and sealing of the within deed and saw the within named Nathaniel Gofs sign it as his free act and Deed and saw Jesse Scott sign it as witness and signed it himself as such.  Witness my hand this day& hour written, Nathan Beach

Luzerne County SS  – Recorded in the Office for Recording Deeds for the County aforesaid in Deed Book No. 8 page 179 etc Witness my hand and Seal of Office at Wilkes-Barre the 16th Day of July 1802, Jacob Hart Recorder. There are seals on this that obscure some of the writing.

This is lot #35….The above deed states Lot #36, the Claim below involved Lot #35 E 1/2. I told you this was all very complicated. HA!

Claimant: Jonathan Wilkinson
Date Acquired 3/4/1802
Drawer: Lemuel Kingsbury
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 35 E 1/2
Acres 51A 63p
Chain of Title: Nathaniel Goss 6/21/1777, John Goss 9/4/1797, Gad Seward 9/3/1799
Patentee: J. Wilkinson
Source: CTL:43;MEHun:212, 221
Patent Book H6:447
Survey Book 4:108; 3:183

In past posts I have published about Gad Seward and his life in the area. You can go to the table of contents at the top of this blog and scroll for posts about the Seward family: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/philip-goss-iv-and-his-wife-mary-kendall-1721-to-1821/

Claimant: John Goss
Date Acquired: 9/4/1797
Drawer: Nathaniel Goss
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 36 pt
Acres 35A 143p
No Chain of Title given
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:194
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book: 4:111

John appears in 1798 in the Pennsylvania US Direct Tax Lists for Huntington along with his father Nathaniel and uncle Philip Goss.  I have presented this in a past post but feel it is important to take a look again. This was also published in the last post.

John Goss is listed along with his father Nathaniel and Uncle Philip Goss.

In 1800 John Gess (Goss) appears in the U.S. Federal Census for Huntington Twp. Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. John is near many family members like the Sewards, his uncle Philip Goss, his father Nathaniel Goss. It looks like they have two children at this time.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 2
  • Number of Household Members – 4

In the 1800 Pennsylvania Septennial Census John’s name is listed along with many other family members in the Huntington list.  This is just a name list under the townships.

I stop here because about 1804 John Goss migrates to Portage County, Ohio. His migration to Ohio is a big step and I will post about it soon.  However, in the next posts I will share more about John Goss and his land dealings in Luzerne County and there will be some very interesting developments.

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Nathaniel Goss & Hannah Scott’s children: John Goss and his wife Mary “Polly” Davidson

John Goss, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Scott) Goss has not been an easy man to research.  Over the years, I have had cousins and researchers contacting me about John Goss and their quest to establish a link to John and then to Nathaniel and further up the Goss line. On my travels to New England, Ohio and Pennsylvania, I too have tried to learn more about John Goss and the Goss Family. So, as a result, some of this research that I will present about John Goss is my own curiosity and my desire to check the facts and the information shared by others.

I would like to ask that you be patient with me for I have a lot to share and make sense out of. It will be complicated. I also suggest that you hold judgement till you get all the information that I present.  Since John’s life is intimately connected to many like his father Nathaniel. the Scott family, his aunt Mary Goss (Davidson, Gibbons & Santee), and his uncle Ebenezer Goss you may have to review their lives to also obtain tidbits of information. Some of them I have published posts on others I have yet to get to writing about them. All this should take place in the next months, so you will have to be patient.

Birth – The time period of 1769 to about 1800 in the Wyoming Valley is difficult to research because of the loss of records, the land wars between Connecticut and Pennsylvania and the Revolutionary war and the establishment of the new United States.  It is also complicated because Connecticut and the Susquehannah Company were dominant in the area from 1753 to 1782. In that year, the Decree of Trenton gave Pennsylvania the legal state right to the area and that ended Connecticut’s hold. Things did not settle down till well into the 1790’s.

You might see in records, that John is stated as coming from Connecticut, well he did governmentally. It was called Westmoreland Co., Litchfield Co., Connecticut at that time till 1782 and then in 1786 Luzerne County was established.  The area was the Wyoming Valley area known as Plymouth which included a larger area that covered Huntington Twp.

I place the timeframe about 1775 to 1782 of John’s birth.

Things were still not settled in the Wyoming Valley at this time, so John’s birth might have been elsewhere depending on the situation at the time. I have no document showing his birthdate so I don’t know for sure.

John Goss is listed along with his father Nathaniel and Uncle Philip Goss. PA US Direct Tax 1798

I am using 1775 to about 1782 as his birth timeframe, and if I find additional information I will update this section.  He does not appear in the 1796 Taxables for Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA that you can find copies of on this blog under Nathaniel Goss and others and also in the book the Annals of Luzerne page 548, which is available online at Internet Archive. However, he does appear in the 1798 Pennsylvania US Direct Tax where he is surrounded by other Goss family. (see above.) I suggest that he would be about 18 years old to be included in that tax record. That puts his birth about 1780.

This date of 1780 places John as older brother of Nathaniel Goss Jr., who was born 14 April 1785 based on Nathaniel’s tombstone which is in the Scott Cemetery near his parents.  This is a big gap between siblings but I believe that Nathaniel and Hannah probably had more children that didn’t survive and there is evidence of unreadable stones near their graves.

John Goss in 1800 Luzerne Co., PA

A John Goss (Gess) appears in the 1800 U.S. Federal Census in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.  There is one male in the 16 to 25 year old category. If this is our John Goss you can use 18 years old he would have been born in 1782. If you use 25 years old he would have been born in 1775.  His parents marriage, Nathaniel and Thankful, was 10 November 1774 in Plymouth (Susquehanna Co. Papers Deed Book 1, p. 159 copy not yet obtained).  So it is possible that he was born anytime after 1774 and up to 1782. I am leaning towards the 1775 date.

There is a Warranty Register listing on the index at the Pennsylvania Archive website that has the following entry:  #104 Warrantee Name: John Goss, 400 acres, Date of Warrant 7 June 1793, 22, Date of Return April 1794, Acres returned 312.52, Name of Patentee Daniel Wannemacker, Recorded P 21 pg. 126, Survey recorded 54, pg. 96.  If we use the age of 18 for John to be involved with land this places his age at 1775.  I will discuss John Goss’ land dealings in a future post in detail for Luzerne County, PA.

So it looks like John Goss may have been born about 1775 per the above record study. I will let you decide what you think.

Marriage

John’s marriage has also caused a great deal of confusion. Paul H. Goss stated in his manuscript  that he married a Polly Ransom and this has caused problems.

However, it is believed by others and myself that he married his cousin Mary Davidson, daughter of Mary Goss and William Davidson, his aunt and a sister to his father Nathaniel.

Mary Goss married a William Davidson who was killed in the Wyoming Valley during the time of the massacre in 1778.  Mary Goss was married three times and this has added to the confusion. She married William Davidson, Lemuel Gibbons and Valentine Santee. You will see these names in the land records. She had several children with the first two husbands. Mary Davidson, a daughter, being the only living heir of this man William Davidson appears in the land records, as we will see.

Here is what Paul H. Goss wrote about Polly:

Paul H. Goss writes: John Goss had married “Polly” (Mary) Ransom, and they and removed to Randolph Township, Portage County, Ohio from Huntington Township, Luzerne County, Penna…..p. 3 and p-5.

Source: Goss–Family Philip (4) Goss Sr., called “of Brookfield, MASS., and some of his descendants, Pioneer, Proprietor, Patriot of Plymouth & Huntington Townships, Luzerne Co., Penn. Family History Library #46077. Online Family Search for downloading.

Paul writes in his Goss Family Manuscript written in 1940 and also at the Family History Library and online at Family Search:  that the family lived in Granville, Mass, where their sons David and Solomon were born and are shown in the Vital Records of that Town….

Further on in the manuscript he writes: a son: Solomon was born at Granville, Mass, June 16, 1754, just a few miles north over the Conn. state lines; as was also a son David, born at Granville, Mass, June 14, 1752.  As you can see there is no mention of a daughter.

In all of the different manuscripts of Paul H. Goss, I do not find him writing about Mary Goss, mother of Polly (Davidson) Goss. He does really mention in his writings that there was a child who was born between Solomon Goss and Ebenezer Goss that was a sister. Well, Paul was not correct or rather he missed the clues. We do have to realize that he was doing his research in the 1930’s and 1940’s and 1950’s without the internet. He also didn’t really travel that much because it was expensive so he was not able to get to a lot of archives, although he did get to some of them.

In a past post I wrote about a guardianship for Mary Davidson in Granville, MA.  Enos Seward took on this task of being her guardian in 1778.  It is not know if this was done through the courts or by word of mouth.  I have not been able to find a record of this guardianship.  I refer you to my post dated 5 October 2018 titled Enos Seward and the Guardianship of Mary Davidson 1778, per the book A Turning of the Hearts. This would imply a close kinship, Enos Seward was the husband of Sarah Goss, who would be a sister to Mary Goss and Nathaniel Goss. She would be John’s aunt.

A Turning of the Hearts about Wm. Davidson Family

Source: A Turning of the Hearts: William Davidson Gibbons Family History, by the William Davison Gibbons Family Organization, contributed and compiled by Helen Bay Gibbons. This book was given to the library in 1991 and it is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake.

The name Polly can be used as a nickname for several formal names and also stands alone. Apparently she preferred the use of Polly.  Mary “Polly” Davidson was born 20 Aug 1775 in Granville, Massachusetts per the Massachusetts Town and Vital Record 1620-1988 – Granville, Vital record Transcripts: “Davidson, Mary, Aug 20, 1775 in Wilkesbury, Westmoreland Co.” This probably means Wilkes Barre, Westmoreland Co., Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Luzerne County was not established till 1786.

There is a female listed in the 1800 US Federal Census with John Gess in Huntington Township in the 16 to 25 age range. This might be Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss but we do not know for sure.

Unfortunately, I do not have a marriage record for John Goss and Mary “Polly” Davidson so over the course of the next posts I will have to infer that this marriage did take place. Please pay attention to the land records for John Goss, they tell us a great deal.

Here is a very interesting deed dated in 1796:

Deed of Mary Davidson in 1795 to Philip Goss Jr.

Deed of Mary Davidson to Philip Goss Jr. in 1795

Deed Mary Davison to Philip Goss Lot 38 1st Division, 17 Stamped Cert. Twps. Luzerne Backside of Deed:  Deed Mary Davidson to Philip Goss Lot 38 1st Division 

Luzerne County ss:  19th of May 1796

To all People whom these Presents shall Come Greetings

Know ye that I Mary Davidson of Huntington & County of Luzerne & State of Pennsylvania for ______good consideration ______for five pounds Lawful Money the Premises released and forever Quit Claim & by these for myself my heirs and fully clearly and absolutely and forever Quite Claim unto  Philip Goss of Huntington & County and State SS his heirs and assigns forever all such right estate title interest & demands  whatsoever as I the _____Mary Davidson have or ought to have in or to a Certain Lot or share of a Lot as an heir of the estate of Philip Goss late of Huntington Deceased Sd Lot being the third division  drew up on the 38 of the ______Division containing about six acres  like was his Share in the _________to have and to hold the premises unto him the P. Gofs his heirs & assigns forever. So that ____of the sd Mary Davidson my heirs  ______me on  in _____& behoof. Shall or will ___________________________premises _____part thereof ______they & every one of them shall by these presents __________________

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal this 2nd Day of April AD 1796

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Jesse Scott, Amy Scott 

Signed Mary Davidson.

Luzerne County SS 19th of May 1796 Came before me Nathan Beach one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said Mary Davidson the grantor within named and acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be her Free act and deed and desiring the same may be recorded as such Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written. Nathan Beach. 

The above deed suggests that Mary Davidson had not married John Goss till sometime after this deed was written in 1796. Very interesting. It also shows a relationship to the Deceased Philip Goss late and the son Philip Goss.

In 1817 a deed was created for the partitioning of Lot #53 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania that was owned by Nathaniel Goss Sr. I have featured this deed in a past post about the Estate and Legacy of Nathaniel Goss. Here it is again.

Death of his father Nathaniel Goss Sr.

John Goss & wife & Others to Nathaniel Goss

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know Ye that we John Goss & Polly Goss wife of the said John Goss and Hannah Allen all of the township of Randolph in the County of Portage and State of Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of twenty dollars of Money of the United States received to our full satisfaction of Nathaniel Goss of Huntington in the County of Luzerne & State of Pennsylvania have by these presents revised released and forever quit claimed & do hereby revise release & forever quit claim unto him the said Nathaniel Goss all our right title interest property claim & demand which we or either of us have in and to a certain piece of Land containing one hundred acres (be the same more or less) it being the whole of lot number fifty three in the third division of Huntington the township aforesaid and which Nathaniel Goss late of said Huntington died seized of; To have and to hold all our and each of our right title interest claim and demand as well in law as in equity of in and to the said revised released & quit claimed premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said Nathaniel Goss his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof. And furthermore we the said John, Polly & Hannah do for ourselves reward each of our heirs executors and administrators covenant to and with the said Nathaniel his heirs and assign that from and after the ensealing of these present we the said John Polly & Hannah nor either of us will have no claim no right nor title to the above quit claimed premises or any part thereof. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the 12th of July 1817. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Abiel Sabin Jane Sabin.

Signed and sealed

John Goss, Polly Goss and Hannah Allen. 

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State of Ohio Portage County ss )))) Randolph Township July 12th 1817 personally appeared John Goss and Polly his wife and Hannah Allen signers and sealers of the within instrument and the said John and Hannah acknowledge that they executed the same as their voluntary act and deed and the said Polly being examined separate and apart from her said husband & the contents of the within deed being fully made know to her acknowledged that she executed the same without any coercion from her said husband Before me. Abel Sabin J.P. 

The State of Ohio, Portage County ss))) I Ira Hudson Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within and for said County of Portage do hereby certify that said Abel Sabin Esquire before whom the acknowledgement of the within instrument appears from the above certificate have been taken is as Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and sworn within and for the said County and that due faith and credit is to be given to all his official acts as such. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of July A.D. 1817 — Ira Hudson

This deed establishes that John Goss is Nathaniel Goss Sr. son and also names a Polly as his wife. It does not state her last name  but we at least known that he did marry a Polly. In this deed he, his wife are included with Hannah Allen and there was a Hannah Goss who married that was his sister. It also points to John’s migration from Pennsylvania to Ohio.

Because this is all so complicated, I will concentrate on John and Mary “Polly” Davidson in the following posts followed by their children. Then, I will return to the rest of Nathaniel and Hannah Goss’s children who will be discussed: Nathaniel Jr., Experience, Hannah and Rhoda.  Once I have finished publishing posts about them, I will then return to Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall’s children and share about the remaining children which include Comfort, David, Solomon (my ancestor), Olive Scott’s family the Scott Family. I will then attempt to share the life of Mary Goss Davidson Gibbons Santee in future posts. This is going to be very interesting and quite the challenge.

First, we need to study John Goss’s life in Pennsylvania before we follow his trail to Ohio.

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