David Ephraim Goss and Virginia Fowler had a son named Paul Henry Goss born in 1890. Paul would go on to be a Minister of the Presbyterian Church, an Inspector of Immigration in San Diego, help to found the San Diego Genealogical Society, join SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), and Mayflower in the San Diego area. He would assist others in filling out their applications. He was a genealogical researcher and would lecture about topics like Pennsylvania. He would eventually produce many manuscripts, articles, and more on the Goss family lineage that I have collected and compiled into what I call the Goss Compilation.
I refer you to a page at the top of this blog under Researchers of the Past where I have written a biography of Paul H. Goss with pictures and more. You can also find it on the right-side panel under PAGE Menu.
Paul Henry Goss, A Tribute! This will give more details of his life. Here is the link https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/paul-henry-goss-a-tribute/
In this post, I will write more about his family, wife Gail, and children.
PAUL HENRY GOSS was born on 3 January 1890 at the “Fowler Farm,” in Nelson Twp., Portage County, Ohio.
He was a graduate of Garrettsville Grammar School in 1906. He graduated from Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California in June 1916. He is the 2nd person in the photo below.
Paul H. Goss Berkeley High School 1916
Paul appears in the 1900 U.S. Census with his parents living in Green, Mahoning Co., Ohio. David and Virginia and his siblings:
In the 1900 U.S. Census David E, Goss is now living in Green, Mahoning Co., Ohio (southeast of Portage Co.). He is 33 years old born May 1867 in Ohio. Married in 1889, years married 11, Occupation Section Foreman R.R., rents. With him are Virginia age 28 born Nov. 1871 Married 11 yrs., Paul H. Goss age 10 son, born Jan 1890, Carl Goss age 7 son, born Aug 1892. and Rena M. Goss age 6, daughter, born May 1894. Paul and Carl are at school. They can all read and write and are born in Ohio.
Paul lost his mother Virginia on 20 June 1907, she is buried in Park Cemetery near Garrettsville, Ohio.
The interesting thing is that Paul does not appear in the 1910 U.S. Census with his father and new step-mother Hilda. Here is that census again.
In the 1910 U.S. Census, David E. Goss is living in Dist. 0124, Akron Ward 1, Summit Co., Ohio. He is listed as head, age 42, M2, married 2 years, born Ohio, He is a track fireman on the railroad. With David is Hilda S. wife age 30 M2, 1 child born 1 living, born in Sweden, parents born in Sweden. Immigrated 1894. Rena M. daughter age 16 single born Ohio, Hildiny G. son age 2 born 1908, single, born Pennsylvania. Delbert E. son age 2/12 born in Ohio.
We find Paul on his own in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census living in Vallejo Ward 2, Solano, California. He is age 20, born 1890 in Ohio, a soldier with the USMC along with a lot of other individuals.
“Paul write about himself: He was a farm laborer and Erie Railroad Fireman and a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, from 1909-1913. He was also a student and a World War I Veteran serving as a Private in 1918. He was a schoolteacher in Alberta Canada from 1917 to 1918. Paul served as a Home Missionary for the Presbyterian Church, USA, and Canada from 1917 to 1921.
In November of 1916, Paul lost his father David to a car accident. David is also buried in Park Cemetery near Garrettsville, Ohio.
On the 8th of August 1917, Paul Henry Goss filled out a WWI Draft Registration Card: age 27, 2407 _____Berkeley, California, born January 3, 1890, a natural-born citizen, born in Nelson, Ohio, Home missionary Canadian Presbyterian Church, employed Woolford, Alberta, Canada, Single, Rank Sergeant US Marine Corp four years, Claiming exemption Minister of the Gospel. Signed Paul H. Goss. Note: Woolford is almost near the Canadian US border in the province of Alberta.
In the 1920 U.S. Census, he is listed as Paul H. Goss age 28 born 1892 in Ohio, living in Berkeley, Alameda, California on Regent Street, he is single and a boarder with several others living in the family of Harvey Chapman. Harry and a son are missionaries and another son is a Preacher.
“Paul was attending the University of California and graduating with the Class of 1920 at this time.“
You have seen the Reverend attached to his name. Paul attended the San Francisco Theological Seminary and graduated in 1922. I contact them and they were very helpful. You will find that information on his Tribute page.
Sometime during his religious studies, Paul married on 15 June 1921 at the Portage Silica U.B. Church in Nelson and Windham Twp. by Pres. Miner Lee Bates, D.D., of Hiram College, Hancock County, Ohio, to Gail Bloom.
Gail was the only daughter of William Frederick Bloom, former Recorder of Hancock County, and his wife: Mary Fox, natives of Hancock County, Ohio; Gail graduated at Hiram College, receiving a BA Degree in June 1921. According to Paul: She was by profession music and schoolteacher. Gail also was a member of the San Diego Chapter D.A.R. #283116. Note: Gail’s ancestor for the DAR was Jacob Fox A041343 you can purchase a copy.
Gail’s parents William and Mary are buried in Park Cemetery near Garrettsville, Portage Co., Ohio. William was born 13 November 1864 in Hancock Co. and died 7 June 1958 in Findlay, Hancock, Ohio. Mary (Fox) Bloom shares a tombstone with William. She was born in 1869 and died in 1953.
The city directory of Stockton, California has Rev. Paul H. Goss living there in 1926 as Pastor, spouse Gail B. Goss. To support his family he served as a Presbyterian Minister in Stockton, California from 1921 to 1926.
We see in the 1930 U.S. Census that Paul and Gail migrated to Chula Vista, San Diego, California. In this census, Paul is listed as age 40, born 1890 in Ohio. His occupation is an Inspector Immigration. He writes that he took a position with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization from 1924 to 1955. With him in this 1930 census is Gail age 34 wife and son David age 1 born in California.
Sometime around 1938 Paul’s half-brother Hilding G. Goss came to live with them according to the California Voter’s lists. I wrote about Hilding in the last post.
In the 1940 U.S. Census Paul H. Goss is now 50 years old, born in 1890, in Ohio. He is living in Chula Vista, San Diego, California, occupation is Inspector. With him are Gail B. wife age 44, son David age 11 born in California, son James F. age 9 born in California, and Mary Virginia daughter age 5 born in California. They had been living in Calexico, Imperial, California in 1935.
In 1942, Paul filled out a WWII Draft Registration Card: Paul Henry Goss, 163 Cypress, Chula Vista, San Diego, California, age 52, born Nelson, Portage Co., Ohio, January 3, 1890, he names is brother Carl L. Goss 10739 Leuer, Cleveland, Ohio. Employer: Dept of Justice U.S. Immigration & Nat’l Service, Washington D.C., San Ysidro, San Diego, California. Signed Paul H. Goss.
Much to my delight, I have found a wonderful obituary about Gail Bloom Goss, from the Chula Vista Star-News 20 May 1984 Sun, pg 23. I only had a small notice of her death. This is so much better and we see that she was also a force of nature.
Gail Bloom Goss, 88, died Thursday at Chula Vista Community Hospital. A native of Ohio, she was in Chula Vista for 58 years. A retired teacher, she taught in the National School District for 45 years. She was a member of the California Teachers Association; was a Worthy Matron and member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter no. 485; a member and past president of the Chula Vista Woman’s Club and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. She is survived by two sons, David D. Goss, James F. Goss, and Virginia G. Cushman…A memorial service will take place Monday at 11:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. Burial will be at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery under the direction of Hubbard Mortuary. Contributions to the Gail B. Goss Memorial Fund at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego are requested.
Paul and his wife Gail share the same tombstone at Fort Rosecrans. He is on the front and she is inscribed on the backside of the stone. I visited twice to Ft. Rosecrans. Once in 2004 and again in 2015. In 2015, I had more relatives to find. Paul and Gail’s sons David and James, and a Barclay cousin. I wrote about that 2015 visit in a post on this blog: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California, September 29, 2015: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/fort-rosecrans-national-cemetery-san-diego-california/
In that post, I explain how to find your ancestors using their kiosk or asking at the cemetery office for help and directions. With all the tombstones being the same style it can be very confusing. They have a map which you can use to plan your visit.
Paul H. Goss Tombstone in Ft. Rosecrans, San Diego, California
Gail Bloom’s inscription on the backside of Paul’s stone in Ft. Rosecrans in San Diego, CA
Me with Paul H. Goss in 2015, my 2nd and my last visit. It was hot and windy
Genealogical Research on the Goss Family:
When Paul started to work on the Goss history is not clear to me. He may have been compiling notes as early as 1905 when he visited with his Uncle Sidney Goss in Ohio. In any event, he seriously did genealogical research and worked on the Goss History for years. Based on what I learned at the San Diego Genealogical Society he was a founding member and lectured on topics that covered Pennsylvania genealogy. His goal was Mayflower and he succeeded in about 1951. He was just about to become president of the San Diego Genealogical Society in 1953 when he declined that position and the best I can determine is because he was in Mayflower and that was taking up his time.
I have copies of the Society of Mayflower Descendants bulletin in the State of California and in July of 1951 Paul H. Goss is listed as Treasurer in the San Diego Colony. In October of that year, he is listed as the Chaplain. In 1954 the Rev. Paul H. Goss is Vice-Regent. In August of 1958 and 1959, Paul H. Goss is listed as Regent of the San Diego Colony of Mayflower.
In the 1963 Bulletin, we find Paul in the In Memoriam section. Rev. Paul H. Goss, California No. 1796, General No. 15777. Elected to membership June 30, 1951. He was born in Nelson, Ohio on January 3, 1890, and died in San Diego, California on March 11, 1963. A descendant of William White.
He achieved his dream to be in Mayflower and more.
I tried to get a copy of Paul’s and Flora Osborns Mayflower applications but did not succeed. They might be in the deep archives because they had died and were not active. I may still try once I become Mayflower, hopefully, this year? I did walk away with another application that was a Spracklin descendant. This was when I was visiting at the Mayflower Library in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2003. The library was behind the lovely museum for Mayflower. I highly recommend visiting both if you go to Plymouth. It was wonderful even though I had a cold at the time.
Bonnie in 2003 at the Mayflower Society Museum
Mayflower Library behind the Mayflower Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts 2003
In my Pages at the top of this blog in the drop-down menu, you will find two other pages featuring Paul’s work. You can also find them on the right panel under the Page Menu.
Paul H. Goss and the Goss Family History…This explains two of his manuscripts.
Donald Lines Jacobus helps Paul H. Goss to break through the Goss Lineage…just added recently. There will be more pages coming.
The Children of Paul Henry Goss and Gail Bloom:
Paul Henry Goss, Jr. born 29 July 1924, “Dameron Hospital,” Stockton, San Joaquin County, California; died of a malformed heart on 24 February 1926 in Stockton, California. Buried in the children’s lots of the Parkview Cemetery, Stockton, California. This is just south of Stockton.
David Dameron Goss, born 16 December 1928, “Chula Vista Hospital, Chula Vista, San Diego County, California. He was named in honor of his paternal grandfather and Dr. John Dameron Physician and Surgeon, Stockton, California. He was a student at Chula Vista Junior High School when Paul wrote this.
David filled out a WWII Draft Card: David Dameron Goss, living at 163 Cypress St. in Chula Vista, San Diego, California. Age 18, born Chula Vista on Dec. 16, 1928. His father Paul H. Goss is his informant at the same address. This was probably done about 1942.
David married Esther Nadalman sometime after 1942. They were living in San Diego per a City Directory for 1973. They are at 6779 Beadnell Way Apt 122. Occupation United States Navy. Spouse Esther N. Goss.
David D. Goss died on 22 August 2007 in San Diego. He is buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego Row 2, Plot 429. He is listed as a Korean and Vietnam veteran in, US Navy. Rank Chief Petty Officer. He was 78 when he died.
David G. Goss and Esther on the wall at Ft Rosecrans National Cemetery
James Fowler Goss was born on 6 May 1930; “Chula Vista Hospital”, Chula Vista, San Diego County, California. Paul writes that James was named in honor of his paternal great grandfather James Fowler of Sunbury and Williamsport, Pennsylvania who operated the first locomotive engine between Sunbury and Williamsport. Student Chula Vista Grammar school.
James appears in the 1940 U.S. Census with his parents and siblings, see above.
On 6 November 1954, James married Margaret Ann Falk in San Diego. There is a great picture of the couple in the Chula Vista Start-News, 25 Nov 1954, Thu page 3. The caption under the wedding photo reads: Newlyweds – Ens James F. Goss USNR, and his bride, the former Margaret Ann Falk of Pasadena, are pictured following their marriage Nov. 6 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, San Diego. The newlyweds honeymooned in Palm Springs and Las Vegas and are making their home in San Francisco. Engs. Goss is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Goss of this city.
The City Directory for San Diego 1973 has a James E. Goss and Ann Goss living at 8584 Cliffridge Ave. La Jolla in San Diego County. His occupation is Director of the National Alliance of Businessmen.
James Fowler Goss died on 1 September 2010. He is also buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, section Cbi, row 5, plot 46. He served in Korea US Navy, Lt. Junior Grade. He was 80 when he passed. Margaret Ann died on 22 March 2019 and is also buried in Fort Rosecrans. They did have one daughter. There is a very nice obituary for Margaret on Find A Grave. I am assuming she is included with her husband at this time. I was there in 2015 and she was not inscribed.
James F. Goss on the wall at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. Way at the top. It was windy and I was getting blown around.
Mary Virginia Goss was born on 28 December 1934 at “Griffen Hospital,” Calexico, Imperial County, California. Paul writes that she was named in honor of her two grandmothers, Mary (Fox) Bloom and Virginia (Fowler) Goss. Student of the Chula Vista Grammar School. Mary married John C. Cushman in 1955.
DAR and SAR AND MAYFLOWER
Paul Henry Goss has a SAR application #78121, application date 8 March 1954. This is featured on Ancestry.com “U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications 1889-1970.” I would caution you that some of the applications may not be correct so be careful. You can go to the SAR Sons of the American Revolution website and click the genealogy section to learn more. https://www.sar.org/
His wife Gail is DAR as I indicated above. San Diego Chapter D.A.R. #283116 Patriot of was Jacob Fox A041343 on her mother’s side. Go to the DAR website at https://www.dar.org/ Click on the Library label and it will open to reveal many places to investigate.
Here is my page at the top of this blog under HOME about DAR and SAR with more information: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/dar-and-sar-membership-for-goss-family/
Paul became Mayflower in 1951 as I shared above and he brought his sons and daughter into Mayflower. Parents #14821. Rev. Paul H. Goss, California No. 1796, General No. 15777. Elected to membership June 30, 1951.
- David Dameron Goss – Mayflower Index: #14799 pg. 265
- James Fowler Goss – Mayflower Index: #14787 pg. 265
- Mary Virginia Goss – Mayflower Index: #14817 pg. 265
Mayflower Index Ancestral Index, Vol. 1, 1981, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. This is the published version that I have to find members information. This issue covers the families of Brewster, Chilton, Eaton, Samuel Fuller, More, Rogers, Soule, and White.
Then there are the Silver books which are the lineage. For Goss, we have the “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 13, William White, 1997.” Watch the publication date, they do reprint and update and add new information. The books can be in major libraries, genealogical societies, and more. You can also buy them at the store on the Mayflower website.
Mayflower Book in the Family History Library
You cannot go to the Mayflower website and search the membership like you can with the DAR site. Maybe as a member, you can obtain copies of inactive applications (those who have passed). They are more concerned about privacy. When they handed me the one I received at the Mayflower Library in Plymouth, they had blacked out information, but I knew who it was. I did a happy dance.
American Ancestors (New England Historical and Genealogical Society website) has Mayflower applications in a database from 1620 to 1920. I think you might have to be a member to access them. https://mayflower.americanancestors.org/mayflower-research-databases
The Massachusetts Mayflower Descendants has indexes: https://www.massmayflower.org/index.php/store/mayflower-descendant-magazine-pdfs-2
I, myself, am waiting to get into Mayflower. I submitted my application a year ago. Yes, they are swamped and COVID has not helped. I am also preparing a page at the top of this blog under Home about my Mayflower Journey. It will be coming soon.
Ebenezer Goss was the youngest child of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendal. Ebenezer’s great-grandson Paul Henry Goss is responsible for a great deal of this blog. It is only fitting that I come to a stopping place about Philip Goss IV 1724 to 1779 and Mary Kendal from 1721 to 1821 and close it with Paul. As I always say genealogical research is never done so this is a stopping place or holding place. If more information comes to my attention. I will let you know.
I will now go back further in time to Philip Goss IV’s father who was also a Philip. I call him Philip Goss III. Philip Goss III married Keziah Cooley. They have very interesting lives and she, Keziah has quite the pedigree.