Part II: Philip Goss Jr/V and Lands in the Second Division Huntington Twp: Lot No. 53, and #41

The Land History of 15/17 Townships shows that Philip Goss Jr/V was involved with Lot #53 in the 2nd Division.  Philip apparently kept that lot and sold it in 1826 to Solon Chapin.

The Warranty Map shows where #53 is located.

Huntington Twp Warrant Map dated 2 March 1950 – based on historical data a portion

Claimant: Philip Goss Jr.
Date Acquired 6/17/1772
Drawer Philip Goss is this the father?
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 53
Acres 94 A 19 p
No Chain of title given
Patentee Samuel Chapin
Source: CTL:44;MEHun:191
Patent Book H41:477
Survey Book 4:153

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants by Donna Bingham Munger, Pg. 2-54 and 2-55, Heritage Books 2007. Note that any explain of land like the above and the one below, came from this source.

A 17 Certified Township Patent

Solon Chapin and Philip Gofs

Received the 1st day of December A.D. 1826 from Solon Chapin the sum of seventy five dollars towards the purchase money due the Commonwealth on a certain tract of Land, to wit – Lot No. 53 in the Second Division of Lands in the Township of Huntington one of the Seventeen Townships in the County of Luzerne certified to Philip Gofs. By Act to erect a Bridge over the Susquehanna. Signed by Calvin Wadham, Ganick Mallery, R. M. Hollenbeck. 

Warranty Map online at the Pennsylvania Archives reads:  Philip Goss Jr. #87 4-153 No. 53 2d Div. 94 A 19 P & All Sur. Sept 11, 1802, Pat Feb 7, 1840 to Samuel Chapin.

Survey is for #53 in the 2nd Division:

Huntington No. 53 Second Division Philip Gofs 94 a’s 19 p’s Return of Survey – Reg. Feb. 7, 1840 (inter alia)

Philip Goss #53

Draught of a Tract of Land, situate in Huntington one of the seventeen Townships in Luzerne County being part of Fifty-three in the Second division of that Township and containing Ninety-four acres and Nineteen perches with the usual allowances of six for centum for roads, resurveyed the Eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two for Philip Goss by order of the Commissioners appointed to put in execution an act of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania, entitled “An Act for offering Compensation to the Pennsylvania Claimants of certain land within the seventeen townships in the County of Luzerne and other purposes therein mentioned, for Philip Gofs.  To Samuel Cochran, Esq. Surveyor General. Thos Sambourne Surveyor to the said Commissioners 2d January 1804 – etc.

LOT #41 in the 2nd Division

We find Philip Goss was also involved with Lot #41 in the 2nd Division and sold it to Nathan Forbes. I am thinking this is Nathan Forbes not Furbs/Firbs as is named in the deed below? David Goss acquired this land from Abiel Fellows in 1777. I will revisit and share more about David Goss and his life and lands in future posts.

Claimant: Earl Tubbs
Date Acquired: 9/3/1802
Drawer: Abiel Fellows
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 41
Acres 107A 128 p
Chain of Title: Goss David 5/13/1777, Philip Goss Jr., Nathan Forbes 4/7/1793, James Nisbitt 9/4/1797
Patentee Bill Harrison
Source: CTL:43;MEHun:217
Patent Book: H10:68
Survey Book 4:97

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony, Vol. III Claimants, Heritage Books 2007. 

I do not have a copy of the deed of David Goss 5/13/177 to Philip Goss Jr. at this time. When I write about David and the other siblings something might come up.

Land History 15/17 Twp. for Huntington: Page 66 Huntington, Gofs Philip to Nathan Firbs/Forbs, April 21/27, 1799 Con L. 25, B 5 V. 42

One Certain Lot of land containing about one hundred acres of land as the name is hereafter described. Sworn on the second division No. 41 drawn on the 38th right originally belonging & laid out to Abiel Fellows.

Philip Goss to N. Firbs 1793 Luzerne Co. Registrar of Deeds, page 42 to 43. Once again we are seeing Abial/Abiel Fellows as being involved with the Goss family.

Philip Goss to Nathan Firbs ))))  Know all men by these presents that I Philip Goss of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania do for the consideration of twenty five pounds L.M. to me in hand before the ensealing hereof well & truly paid by Nathan Firbs of Huntington aforesaid to my full satisfaction the receipt whereof I do acknowledge myself fully satisfied & contented. Do by these presents give grant bargain sell & convey & confirm unto him the s’d N. Firbs his heirs and assigns forever one certain lot of land containing about one hundred acres of land as the same is hereafter ______ that is to say said lot of land lying in the Town of Huntington in the County aforesaid Drawn on the second Division No. forty one Drawn on the 38th right originally belonging & laid out to Abial Fellows. To Have & to Hold the above granted premises with all the appertinances, thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the s’d Firbs his heirs & assigns and furthermore I the s’d Goss Do warrant and Defend from all claims claiming under the Connecticut Claimants & that I the said Goss have good right o bargain and sell the same in manner & form as above s’d. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of April in the Year of our Lord 1793.    Philip Goss (Seal)

Signed, Sealed and Delivered In Presence of us Enos Seward – Eli Seward.

Luzerne County SS)) Before me Lawrence Myers Esquire one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said County personally appeared Philip Goss the grantor of the within instrument and acknowledged the same to be his free Deed. Witness my hand & seal this third day of May A.D. 1794 – Lawrence Myers (Seal) Recorded Aug. 21, 1797.

Notice the witnesses are Enos and Eli Seward, probably the father and son.  It usually says Jr. after Enos if it is the son.

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Part I-e: Philip Goss Father or Son – Right of David Bull 29 November 1796?

Here is a deed of Philip Gofs to a John Long dated November 1796. This is from Liber H. Roll. #4. It was very difficult to read. This implies it is with the Susquehannah Co. or in the Westmoreland Records. The reference David Bull means it has something to do with the father Philip Goss IV’s lands. This deed of Philip Goss IV and David Bull is lost. There is only a list for that particular book of the Westmoreland Records. It is sad for it would explain much about the lands of the Goss Family in the Wyoming Valley.

The following is from the Proprietor Book:

page 2-43 – Philip Goss – Description: 300A* $40, 11/21/1796. Under him is Long, John, amount and account book H284, deed date: 8/26/1799. Notes: out of right of David Bull of Hartford; Long may survey 300A where he now lives, i.e. Huntington Twp.

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony, Vol. I Proprietors, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books 2007. 

This deed is so light that I have struggled to read the faded writing, I keep going back and working it. When I copied it from the film I had difficulty doing so because it was so faded. I find it a bit puzzling but it might be that Philip Goss Jr/V is acting on behalf of the Goss family although the deed it not et al.

Goss to Long 1796 Right of David Bull

Know all men by these Presents that I Phillip Gofs of Pennsylvania in the county of Luzerne and town of Huntington ____the consideration of Forty Dollars have to me in hand by John Long of said Huntington which to my full satisfaction forgive, grant bargain and great claim unto the said John Long and to his heirs and assigns forever three hundred acres of Land out of a certain Right or half Right of land originally belonging to David Bull of Hartford and furthermore ____I forever ___all claim or Demand to a ____of said Right above mentioned. The Right being one of the Connecticut Proprietors Purchased to him and to their proper use – To have to hold the above mentioned and bargained _______and furthermore I who for myself _______the Right of the Right  _____the Connecticut Proprietor Company Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Elnathan Jennings and _____Long – Signed Phillip Gofs (seal)

Luzerne County ss – Before me Lawrence ____of the Justice of the Peace in and for Said County ______appeared Phillip Gofs the grant to the written instrument acknowledged the ____to be his free act and Deed. Witness my hand and Seal the twenty ninth day of November 1796?

The above Deed rec’d to rec’d August 26, 1799. 

There is more but it is too hard to read……..

I found this deed in the films of the David Library of the American Revolution in 2008 which is north of Philadelphia. I highly recommend this archive it is amazing.

I also like to look at the witnesses and even the Justice of the Peace. In this case, Elnathan Jennings is a witness and he married into Nathaniel Goss’s family.  More on that in a future post.

This covers the deeds of Philip Goss Jr/V in the first division and a little more. We will now move on to the 2nd Division deeds.

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Part I-d: Philip Goss Jr. and Lot #38 First Division – the Heirs of Philip Goss IV (1724 to 1779)

There was so very little information about the estate of Philip Goss IV in the records, that when I find a deed like the one below. I learn more about the land’s that the father owned and other family relationships.  We are once again involved with Lot#38 in the First Division and we are beginning to see this lot is of great significance to the family. Then we are also learning of Lot #25 in the 1st Division.

We see that John Goss, son of Nathaniel Goss is also involved. John Goss was married to Mary Davidson, daughter of his Aunt Mary Goss and her husband Wm. Davidson. There is also another son of Nathaniel’s listed as a witness. All these individuals will be further discussed in future posts on this blog.

Nathaniel & John Goss to Philip Goss 1802.

Source: Luzerne County Registrar of Deeds Vol. 9, page 227, FamilySearch website.

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. Note: born 1785 almost 18 years old.

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.

As I have said, Philip Goss Jr/V was in the middle of all this as an heir of Philip Goss the father. We will return to this Lot #38 in future posts.  We will also learn more about Wm. Davidson and Mary Goss Davidson. Mary was married three times.

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