Nathaniel Goss & Hannah Scott’s children: Rhoda Ann Goss who married Richard Dodson

Rhoda Goss was born 27 April 1789 to Nathaniel and Hannah (Scott) Goss. She was probably born in Luzerne County.

Luzerne Co. Twps

Rhoda would be about 18 years old in 1807, so she probably was married sometime around that date. She married a Richard Dodson born 22 February 1791 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. His parents were Joseph Dodson 1764 to 1827 and Susanna Bennett 1744 to 1856.

The Michael Shoemaker (Schumacher) Book on page 663 “Rhoda married to Richard Dodson.” Online at Internet Archive for viewing.

See Historical and biographical annuals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania, Vol. I. Biographical page 462 under Boyd Dodson.  Online at Internet Archives for viewing. This book gives some history of the Dodson family.

The Dodson Genealogy 1600 -1907, by Rev. Thompson P. Ege (1835 to 1912), page 119 has the Joseph Dodson line but you need to go further back to page 116 for the Richard Dodson line. This book is available at Hathi Trust Digital Library for viewing.

Richard’s grandparents were Richard Dodson 1731-1785 and Susannah Rhodes 1741-1815. Richard’s father was Thomas Dodson 1685-1760 and mother was Mary Prigge 1699-1740.

Register’s Notice – Richard Dodson and J.B. Dodson, Administrators of Joseph Dodson, late of Union, deceased. These are therefore to give notice to all Legatees, Creditors and other persons…The Wyoming Herald, 24 October 1832 Wed. page 3.   I believe this is the father’s estate.

The Dodson family were not proprietors in the Susquehannah Company; however, they do start appearing as Settlers in the Tax lists for Westmoreland Co. (later Luzerne) in 1777 and 1778 and also a list of settlers on the ground in 1783 which is in The History of Wilkes-Barre Vol. II page 947 for 1777, which is online for viewing.

1777 Plymouth Tax List Dodson

This table shows the claims made by various Dodson Family from the Claimant Book by Donna Munger. Just click and it will open.

Claimants for Dodson

In 1819 Rhoda and Richard Dodson appear in a partition deed for Rhoda’s father’s land in Huntington Twp. Lot #53. This deed has been published before under Nathaniel Goss’s Estate and Legacy, here it is again

Nathaniel Goss & others, assigtn To Thomas Betterly

We Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Goss, Experience Culver, Hannah Allen and Rhoda Dodson heirs to the within named Nathaniel Goss for the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to our full satisfaction of Thomas Betterly of Huntington Township in this County of Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby transfer and assign over the above named Thomas Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the right title interest or demand we have in or to the within described lot of land. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ___ day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Samuel Franklin, Miles Suttiff and Abiel Fellows.  Signed and sealed

Nathaniel Goss, Hannah (her mark) Goss, Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson.

Huntington Luzerne County January the ___ day of 1819 personally appeared before me the above named heirs to the with named Nathaniel Goss signers and sealers to the above Indenture and acknowledge the same to be their free act and deed before me. Abiel Fellows, Justice of the Peace (Seal)  Recorded April 26th, 1819. 

In 1820 there is a Richard Dodson appearing in the census for Union, Luzerne, Pennsylvania:

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1    Richard Dodson would be about 29
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 2  Rhoda would be 31 years
  • Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over – 1
  • Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 16 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Over 25 – 4
  • Total Free White Persons – 5
  • Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other – 5

A Richard Dodson appears in the 1830 US Census living in Union, Luzerne Co., PA. Rhoda would be 41.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 5 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39 – 1 — Richard would be about 39 years old.
  • Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1   Rhoda would be 41 and there is no category for her.
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 7
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 2 This is odd/
  • Total Free White Persons – 9
  • Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) – 9

Richard Dodson appears again in the 1840 US Census living still in Union, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania

  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 40 thru 49 – 1  Richard would be 49
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1  Rhoda would be 51
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 5
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 9
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 9

There is a deed dated 1 October 1840 where Richard and Rhoda Dodson are selling land to Edward L. Trescott. Richard and Rhoda are of Union Twp. while Mr. Trescott is located in Huntington Twp. $311.30 for land lying in Huntington Twp. 38 acres & 140 acres for lot called Wheatfield and patented to Nathaniel Goss by patent dated 2 March 1807 assigned to Rhoda in Deed Book No. 14, page 425…etc…signed by Richard Dodson (Seal) and Rhoda Dodson (Seal) Rhoda is examined and found to be good with the sale. Signed by John Blanchard JP.  Vol. 37, Pages 149-150.  The referenced deed has been shared regarding Nathaniel Goss Sr.’s Estate and Legacy post.

In the 1850 US Census Union Twp., Luzerne Co., PA, we find a Richard Dodson age 59 a farmer with $4000 (1791), Rhoda Dodson age 62 (1788), Elias Dodson age 17 farmer (1833), Joseph Dodson age 21 (1829) and Hannah Dodson age 20 (1830).

In the 1860 US Census we find Richard Dodson living in Union Twp., age 69 a farmer, $5000/1000 born PA and Rhoda age 70. A Clinton Dodson is below them age 53/33, farmer $300, Amy age 26, Elias age 5 and Permilla age 3. All were born in Pennsylvania. There is a Wilbur M. Dodson below Clinton age 25 farmer $800/200 with him is Lucinda age 23 and a child age 2/12 with no name.

Higher up on the page of this 1860 census is a Joseph B. Dodson age 54 a farmer $4000/1000 born in PA with him are Rebecca age 46, Alexander age 24 laborer, Catharine age 22 domestic, Chester age 21, Charles age 17, Laffayette age 15 male, Mary A. age 10, Frederick age 8, Johnathan age 7, Franklin age 4, Ada G age 7/12 female.

Rhoda and Richard had the following children:

Nathaniel Dodson born 22 July 1816 probably in Union, Luzerne Co, PA. Nathaniel married a Rossanna Wilkinson 1815 died 1880. They had:

Almon Dodson 1839-1917. He married Annie Garthwaite 1843-1927.  They had Fannie M. 1865-1902 married George E. Lewis. Millard 1867-1942 married a Cora A. Post 1870-1950 and Loren C. 1887-1956 married Sadie L. Cragie.

Rhoda Abigail Dodson 1846-1930 married William H.H. Sharp 1841-1910. They had a son William Henry Harrison Sharp 1891-1958. William Sharp was a Civil War soldier and lost and limb in the war. He became a Doctor.

Richard Dodson 1859-1860 their last son died young.

Nathaniel Dodson is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery in Hunlock Creek, Luerne Co., PA.

Susannah Dodson b. 24 Feb 1818-1830 no record of her death at this time.

Elisha Bennett Dodson was born 29 Oct 1820 and died 27 November 1904 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He married a Rachel Adleman (1817-1900). They are both buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Elisha and Rachel had at least Jennie (1844-1927), James N. (1854-1890), Ettie (1856 –   ) and Emma (1858-1912).  Emma is buried in the Saint James the Less Episcopal Churchyard in Philadelphia.

Wesley Dodson was born 30 March 1822 and died 20 Feb 1901 in Luzerne Co., PA. He married a Desdemona Wadsworth 1819-1895. Wesley was a Civil War soldier. This couple had Wadsworth T. Dodson (1846-1906), Charles P. Dodson (1851 –  ), Charles B. Dodson (1852 –    ), Harold R. Dodson (1863 – Dodson Cemetery), and Willard R. Dodson (1865-1942). Willard and Katie (Kemerly) died in Florida.

Joshua Dodson was born 07 July 1823 and died before 1830 no burial information has been found at this date.

Obadiah S. Dodson born 18 March 1825. He married Mary Cease about 1844 in Hunlock Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Mary was born Jan 1825 and died 11 October 1908 in Kingston.

They had these children:

Ira G. Dodson was was killed in the Civil War in 1863 and is buried in the Marvin Cemetery in Muhlenburg, Luzerne Co., PA.

Leander born Oct 1845 and died July 1904 in Hunlock Creek in Luzerne Co., PA he is buried in the Sobertown Cemetery. He married an Abigail Davenport 1847–1916. They had Ella C. and Oscar. Leander is listed in the 1890 Veterans Schedule enlisted 1863 and discharged 1865.

Rhoda A. was born 1848 in Luzerne Co. and she died 30 August 1922 and is buried in the Forty Fort Cemetery. She married a Thomas H. Major. They had Marietta (1867-1948), Alice (1868-1944?), Estella M. (1872-1944) and Thomas A. (1875-1927). They are buried in the Forty Fort Cemetery in Forty Fort. There is a biography of Thomas H. Major in The History of Luzerne County, by Bradsby on page 1154. There are other references to Dodsons in this book.

Josiah Lafayette Dodson was born 23 October 1855 in Luzerne Co., he died 9 July 1926 in Hunlock.  He married a Jennie A. Shupp 1854-1894. He remarred again to a Catherine Deremer 1876-1921. They had Myrtle L. (1899-1984), Russel W. (1901-1961), Grace L. (1908-1972), and Anna M. (1912-1975).

Theodocia Dodson (Addie) was born 1862 and died 11 Jun 1925 in Forty Fort. She married a Frank. E. Schmoll 1856 – 1941. Adda and Frank Schmoll are buried in the Sobertown Cemetery in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne Co., Pa. They had Myrtle, Minne and Emma.

Apparently, Obadiah Dodson had a bit of a problem with a horse. He was charged with maintaining a nuisance in allowing the body of a dead horse to pollute the atmosphere in the vicinity of C. W. Culp’s house. Complaints about the smell were made, the defendant buried it, then tried to burn it. This took place in August 1886. The trial lasted from 11 am to 4 pm. Obadiah received a not guilty from the jury, but the defendant and prosecutor had to pay one-half the costs.  Dollar Weekly New 4 Dec 1886, Page 3. Another article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, 30 Nov 1886, Page 1.

History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Selections, by H.C. Bradsby, Editor, Part II, Biographical Sketches – D – pages 846-848, page 847:

O. S. DODSON, farmer, P.O. Hunlock Creek, was born in Union (now Hunlock) township, March 18, 1825. He is a son of Richard and Rhoda (Goss) Dodson, the former born in Bucks county, the latter in Huntington township, this county. Richard was a son of Joseph, who removed from Bucks county to Luzerne about 1797, locating in Union township. He married his wife, Miss Susanna Bennett, in Plymouth. He owned 800 acres of land. He built a sawmill, which he operated for a number of years, and was a practical businessman and a hard working, energetic pioneer. He was a strict churchman, having for a number of years been a member of the M.E. Church. His benevolence was proverbial. He died in 1827, followed by his widow in her eighty-fourth year.

They reared a family of ten children; two of whom are now living. His son, Richard Dodson, began life in Union (now Hunlock) township, on a farm of 200 acres, situated about four and one half miles from Hunlock Creek on the turnpike. He was a man of good, sound judgement, a practical farmer, and a loyal citizen, on whom were conferred various township offices, which he filled with credit. Like his father, he was a Methodist of high standing, and a stanch Republican in politics. He died in September 1863. Richard and Rhoda Dodson reared a family of nine children, seven of whom are living. O. S. is the sixth of the family, and was reared and educated in his native town. He has always resided in the townships of Union and Hunlock, on his present farm-forty-three years. He has always followed a farmer’s life, and like his father before him, is an adept at the business. In 1844, he married Miss Mary, daughter of George and Anna Cease. To them have been born five children, four of whom are living: Leander, Josiah, Rhoda A. and Addie. Leander is married to Miss A. Davenport; Josiah is married to Miss Jennie Shupp; Addie is married to Frank Small and Rhoda married Thomas Major.

Mr. Dodson was mustered into the United States service in 1864, as a private in Company E, Two Hundred and Third P.V.I., for the term of one year, participating in several of the leading battles of that year. He was honorably discharged and returned to enjoy his citizenship, he now receives a pension. Mr. Dodson, although much shattered by his army experience, is still young looking. He owns seventy-five acres of valuable land, upon which he carries on general farming. He has a relic of pioneer life yet in his possession, a weaver’s loom, made by his grandfather in early life, before sawmills were in that country. It was made entirely of white oak and with an axe. Mr. Dodson and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, in which body he has been deacon for over forty-five years. Politically he is a Republican.

In 1902 an article appears in the Wilkes Barre Semi-Weekly Record on 28 Feb page 5. The recent snowstorm did quite serious damage to fruit trees at this place and the roof of Obadiah Dodson’s barn gave away under the weight of the snow, as did the sawmill of Pollock & Bros. 

Death of Mrs. Mary A. Dodson: Mrs. Mary A. Dodson, widow of the late Obadiah S. Dodson of Hunlock’s Creek, died yesterday morning at 6 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Schmoll of Kingston. Death was due to general debility. Mrs. Dodson was 83 years and 8 months old and is survived by the following children: Mrs. Thomas Major, Forty Fort; Mrs. Frank Schmoll, Kingston; Josiah Dodson, Hunlock’s Creek. The funeral will be held from her late home in Hunlock’s Creek on Wednesday at 10 o’clock a.m. The Wilkes-Barre Record, 13 October 1908 Tues, Page 4.

Clinton Dodson was born 1 January 1827 and died 15 October 1909 per his Pennsylvania Death Certificate. He married Amy Bacon January 21, 1834 and died April 4, 1909 per her Pennsylvania Death Certificate. Her father was Ansemus Bacon and mother Abigail Wilkinson. They had Sarah, Elias and Permilla.

In the 1870 US Census Clinton Dodson appears living in Union, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He is a farmer with $2000/953. He is with Amy age 36 keeping house, Elias age 15 farm laborer and Permilia age 13 at home.

There is a Clinton Dodson living in Wilmington, Wabaunsee, Kansas in the 1880 US Census with an Elias Dodson age 25 farmer, Rachel age 29 wife, Samuel age 6, son, Sampson Folk family, he is age 40 brother in law, Dabora age 30 sister in law, Floyd age 3 nephew and Roy age 7/12 nephew. Clinton is 50 years old and listed as married. Amy is not with him. She is in Hunlock, Luzerne Co., PA by herself.

In the 1900 US Census Clinton Dodson is living in Hunlock, Luzerne Co., PA. He is head born Dec. 1826. He is 73 years old. Amy is living in Huntington Twp.  as head and manger of a farm. Listed with Amy is a Mary Boston, sister born Oct 1893 age 67 married. Amy is 66 born Jan 1834 with 2 children born and one living.

Elias Dodson born about 1829 and apparently, he died 1853. No burial information at this time.

Hannah Dodson was born about 1830. She appears in the 1850 census at the age of 20. No further information.  This child is not listed in the Dodson Genealogy.

Joseph Goss Dodson was born 17 August 1831 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married a Hannah Hobbes born 7 November 1824. He died 26 April 1901 and she died 27 May 1907 in Wilkes-Barre. They are buried in the Hollenbeck Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre.

Joseph and Hannah had these children: Elenora born 21 Aug 1850 to 31 July 1897 buried in Hollenback Cemetery, Elizabeth born 31 December 1854 and died 18 January 1936 in Wilkes-Barre buried in Hollenback Cemetery,

Elenora Dodson 21 August 1850 and died 31 July 1897. She is buried in the Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre.

Elizabeth Dodson born 31 December 1854 and died 1936. She is buried in the Hollenback Cemetery as well.

John Wesley Dodson born 25 March 1866 and died 2 March 1926 in Springville Twp., Susquehannah Co., PA, He may have married an Ella J. Munnes or Emmons. They had Edmund Stanley and Nina M.

Boyd Dodson was born 17 May 1867 and died in 19 March 1948. He was a doctor. He married Jennie Smith born 1 Apr 1867 and died 1953. They are buried in the Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre. See the reference above to the History of Columbia and Montour Co. for this person. They had Elizabeth, Lois and Boyd R.

Unfortunately, I cannot find the burial location of Richard and Rhoda but suspect they are in the Sodertown Cemetery in Hunlock, but so far, I do not get any hits for them.  I do have Rhoda buried in Scott Cemetery and there are Dodson’s there, but I am not sure about this.

After the death of Rhoda and Richard Dodson several deeds appeared in the Luzerne County Deed Records. I share a summary of those deeds listed below:

In 1877 there is a deed by Elisha Dodson et. al to Nathaniel Dodson on 10 February Elisha Dodson of the City of Philadelphia and Rachel his wife and Wesley Dodson of the Twp. of Union and Desdamona his wife, and Obadiah Dodson and Mary his wife and Clinton Dodson and Amy his wife and Joseph Dodson and Hannah his wife of the Township of Union to Nathaniel Dodson receive $1000 for tract of land situate in the township of Union and the estate of Richard Dodson dec’d. a description of the land containing 400 acres more or less.  In the presence of John A. Reynolds for Rachel Dodson. Signed by all of them Vol.  211 page 385 and 386.

1877 Deed of Dodson to Dodson – Richard’s land

All had to appear before the judge and swear – Hiram Croofs (Seal) JP

Again in 1877, Nathaniel Dodson sells to Clinton Dodson – 10 Feb 1877 $1000 dollars lands in Union Twp. Containing 89 acres signed by Nathaniel Dodson (Seal) and witnessed by Hiram Croofs and W. T. Dodson. Nathaniel appears in front of the JP Hiram Croofs. Vol. 211, pages 407 and 408.

Once again in 1884 we find a deed by Wesley Dodson to W. H.H. Sharp on 10 September. Wesley Dodson and Desdemona in Kingston and W. H.H. Sharp of Nanticoke $225 in village of Muhlenburg Twp. of Union 1400 sq. feet of land conveyed to Wadsworth T. Dodson bearing date of March 8, 1867. Signed by Wesley Dodson (Seal) and Desdemona Dodson (Seal) in presence of P.C. Wadsworth and W.T. Dodson – Wesley and Desdemona appear before the judge P. C. Wadsworth JP. Vol. 289 page 400 to 402.

On the 5th day of February 1890 Nathaniel Dodson sells to Abbie R. Sharp $126.50 plus interest  $98.67, amounting now to $225.17 a place of business since December 25. 1888 $1176 total $1400.67 and $225.00 – liquidation of the above obligations and further. Signed by Nathaniel Dodson (Seal) in presence of A.E. Chapin – Signed by JP A.E. Chapin.

In Summary: Rhoda Goss Dodson lived out her life in Luzerne County, she apparently was the youngest of Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Hannah Scott. As usual, more research into burial, vitals, deeds, and estates needs to be done regarding the Dodson family.

I have come to the end of the posts regarding Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Hannah Scott, their children and it has been a real challenge. I have the greatest respect for Nathaniel and Hannah and all that they did. They survived in a very tough time and went through a lot. The posts I have written about them and their children need a great deal more research and verification, so please keep that in mind and use the information for  clues. Also, as I always suggest, remember that genealogy is evolving and if you have information that could help, please share.

It is time to return to Philip Goss IV (1724 to 1799) and Mary Kendall’s children. We still have Comfort a possible son, David, Solomon Goss and his life in Pennsylvania, in-laws the Obadiah Scott and family, Mary Goss and her three marriages and finally Ebenezer Goss the last of the children.

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Nathaniel Goss & Hannah Scott’s children: Hannah Goss who married Elnathan Jenning or was she Mary “Polly” Goss?

There seems to be a great deal of confusion regarding the children of Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Hannah Scott of Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

Paul H. Goss and Ebenezer Goss seem to believe that there was the following:

  1. Hannah Goss who married an Allen. This man’s first name is unknown.
  2. Polly Goss (Mary with the nickname of Polly) who married an Elnathan Jennings? Or was she his daughter. He might have been called Nathan which causes more confusion.

The above implies that there were two separate people, two daughters, not one daughter?

The Michael Shoemacker book (Schumacher), by Wm. T. Blair, 1924, page 663 has the following list of children for Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Hannah Scott. This book is online at Internet Archive.

Some of the children of Nathaniel and Hannah Goss were (order of birth not known): 1. Nathaniel Goss Jr. born April 14, 1785, 2 John Goss married Polly _____ living in Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio, July 12, 1817; 3. Hannah (Goss) Allen, living in Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio, July 12, 1817; 4. Experience, married to Aaron Culver, living in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 1, 1818; 5. Rhoda, married to Richard Dodson.

Mr. Blair sites: Nathaniel, John, Hannah, Experience and Rhoda which makes a count of five. He also mentions that this is “some of the children.”

The family letter, a portion, from Ebenezer Goss to his nephew Nathanial Goss Jr. follows with comments made by Paul H. Goss in orange:

Randolph, October 31, 1819…I live with David and expect to thru life.  (This was his oldest son, David GOSS with whom he resided at the time of his death 15 August 1832).  He is married and has one son fifteen months old.  (Cyrus GOSS, born 10 August 1818).  Carver is married to Betsy Jiners”” (Elizabeth Jennings). And has one son. (George Carver GOSS) Carver and Beder has bought each of them a farm about three miles from me.  Beder lives with Carver not married.  All well. Hannah Allen and family well.  (This was Hannah GOSS, dau. of the Nathaniel GOSS, Sr.; niece of Ebenezer GOSS, and sister to the Nathaniel addressed.)  Polly Jennings (Mary or “Polly” GOSS niece of Ebenezer and another sister to Nathaniel) and her husband have moved to the Falls of Ohio.  (It has not been established yet whether this  was Cuyahoga Falls about 15 miles distance to the new Territory of Indiana and Illinois about this time).  Given came here last fall and moved them down, Rodah went with them. Sally lives with David. ” 

Ebenezer Goss implies the following:

  1. David a son named Cyrus
  2. Carver married Betsy Jiners, they had George Carver Goss
  3. Carver and Beder bought farms for others
  4. Hannah Allen sister to Nathaniel Jr. no husband is mentioned
  5. Polly Jennings and her husband have moved to the Falls of Ohio and a niece to Ebenezer, no husband named – This is the confusion is she a sister or daughter of Hannah and Elnathan?
  6. Given, Rodah and Sally – a little vague

Paul Goss in his Goss Manuscript writes giving his take on the children of Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Scott in 1940.

  1. Rhoda Goss
  2. John Goss
  3. Polly Goss who married Elnathan Jennings –

This following passage is from Paul H. Goss’ manuscript The Goss Family: “Polly” GOSS, who married Elnathan Jennings; her grand-daughter, Mrs. Frank Houghawout (Haughawout) says:

My grandmother was born in a schoolhouse, as her mother was escaping from the Wyoming Massacre. (pg. 52 Randolph Centennial 1902).  The family removed from Luzerne County to Randolph in the middle of October 1807.”

Ebenezer GOSS and wife an Uncle of Mrs. Jennings they opened their doors and bade the family stay with them until a cabin could be built.  With the help of Ephraim Sabin and John GOSS, the cabin was quickly built.  Jennings found work in Tallmadge, he being a carpenter by trade.  Later or about 1819 the family moved from “Johnnycake Hollow” Randolph, Portage County, Ohio to Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio.

From an old letter we gather that their children or some of them were: Given Jennings; Rodah Jennings, and Sally Jennings who remained behind in Randolph with the David GOSS family (son of Ebenezer and Bede Goss) (There was a large family.) 

An explanation of Johnnycake Hollow in Portage County:

These are only a few highlights of early Randolph history. Later would come the growth of a part of the township that became known as “Johnnycake Hollow”. The Hollow situated along Breakneck Creek in the northern part of the township was an industrial center until it was destroyed by fire in 1854. The Hollow in its heyday had more than twenty shops and factories. It was the largest manufacturing center in the county at that time. It is said that Johnnycake Hollow got its name because of the large amounts of corn pone served to the hungry workers that lived in the vicinity. From the Randolph Twp. Portage Co., Ohio website.

It should also be noted that Nathaniel GOSS, Sr. had a daughter Mary GOSS.  She married Elnathan Jennings and was called “Polly” Jennings, and was among members of the GOSS Family who also went with their families to Randolph, Portage County, Ohio, so that it is now quite easy to see “Marah,” “Molly” and “Polly” are all the same name for the correct use of the name Mary. Paul H. Goss Goss Manuscript. 

4. Hannah Goss who married ___ Allen

Hannah GOSS, who married ____ Allen; apparently this branch of the family also moved to Randolph, Portage County, Ohio.  From certain old letters one can piece together a part of this family story.

Children:

          1. Elizabeth, born February 10, 1797
          2. Polly, born July 4, 1798
          3. Nancy, born June 19, 1800
          4. Sally, born October 8, 1803
          5. Rebecca, born December 31, 1804
          6. Silas, born December 20, 1806
          7. Rhoda, born October 25, 1808 (RODAH) 

5. Nathaniel Goss Jr. and Thankful Forbes – see past posts on this family.

6. Aaron or Culver Goss was born at Huntington Mills, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania He is mentioned in the old letter preserved in the Gearhart Family residing in Huntington Twp. during the early part of the year 1800 to 1830, however, nothing further has been found to date.

So Paul H. Goss writes in 1940, that there is Rhoda, John, Polly, Hannah, Nathaniel and Aaron/Culver Goss. That totals seven children.

Source: Goss Family History, by Paul H. Goss, 1940 you can view this at the Family History Library website. This information was taken from Paul’s manuscript dated 1940.

In 1949, Paul created another version of his manuscript 9 years later and it is titled:

Goss family Townships, Luzerne County, Penn. Mayflower ancestry. : Philip (4) Goss Sr., called “of Brookfield, Mass.”, and some of his descendants. Pioneer, proprietor, patriot of Plymouth & Huntington, by Paul Henry Goss, 1949, Film #942004, Item 6.  This is also online at Family Search’s website. 

In this manuscript he doesn’t mention Polly Goss, nor Aarron/Culver, but writes this excerpt nine years later and things are little different. Click the photo and it will open.

A portion of about Hannah and Elnathan Jennings

Paul lists Nathaniel and Hannah’s children again in 1949 as follows: John Goss, Nathaniel Goss, Experience, Rhoda, Hannah to Nathan Jennings (see the above excerpt). He lists 5 children.  He drops Polly/Mary Goss and Aaron/Culver Goss. He does not explain why?

So, what do we do about all this information. Well, we really don’t have access to all the letters that Paul H. Goss is referring to. He knew the families back then and being a Reverend they opened their doors to him.  This means we don’t have a clear picture of the families. However,

I think this last excerpt is a better picture of the family of Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Scott of Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, that survived.  We need a bible from the family.

So, what genealogists do is go with what they know, they try to follow the records; however, slight they may be.

Here is what I know about Hannah Goss:

HANNAH GOSS

Hannah Goss was born sometime around 1789, maybe earlier and probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Things had settled down in the Wyoming Valley. Luzerne County was established and government came to the area. There was still controversy about land and it would take a good decade to start the process to resolve that issue.

Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania

These deeds were featured in past posts when I was writing about Nathaniel Goss Sr. and his life in Pennsylvania. I will repeat them here because they are very interesting and show a strong link between Nathaniel Goss and Elnathan and his wife Hannah.

**Know all men by these presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania for & in consideration of the sum of Fifty pounds Lawful money of the State and Land paid by Elnathan Jennings of s’d Huntington of the said County aforesaid to my full Satisfaction do Give and Bargain Sell and forever quit claim unto them the said Elnathan Jennings and Hannah Jennings their heirs and assigns forever the Fifty third Lot in the third Division Drawn by the Thirty third lot in the first division the said Lot of land containing of one hundred acres bounded as follows southerly on land belonging to John Chapin and Moses Lawrence westerly on undivided Land and Northerly on undivided land Easterly on the Fifty second Lot third Division. To Have and to Hold above Granted and Quit claimed premises with the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto them the said Elnathan Jennings and Hannah Jennings their heirs & assigns to his and their only proper use and Behoof and also I the said Nathaniel Gofs Do for my self my heirs Executors administrators and assigns do warrant and defend Against all Lawful Claims under Connecticut or the Susquehannah Company demands of any person or persons Claiming from or under me or my heirs forever by these presents I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this third day of July in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety six. Witness present Nathan Beach, Eli Seward — Signed Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)

Luzerne County SS On the thirtieth of July 1796 came before me Nathan Beach one of the Justices of the Peace in the said County Nathaniel Gofs the grantor within named and acknowledged the within Instrument to be his Free act and Deed desiring the same maybe recorded as & ____Witness my hand & Seal the day and date above written recorded May 31, 1797 (Seal) Nathan Beach. Luzerne Deeds Vol. 4, page 597. 

Another deed in 1797

***Know All Men that by these Presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington Township Luzerne Co., and Pennsylvania State In and for the consideration of fifty pounds received to my full satisfaction of Elnathan and Hannah Jennings of the aforesaid Town, County and State Do by these Presents sell, convey and confirm and quit all my right title claim and interest of the following parcel of land (viz) Beginning at a White Oak here on the North line of Lot No. thirty four of the first Division of Lots in Huntington. Thence west twenty two degrees ____sixty rods to the North west corner of the said Lots thence south twenty-two degrees East one hundred rods to the South west corner of ____Lot No. thirty third thence east twenty five degrees North eighty seven rods to a place and ____thence Northerly one hundred and twelve rods _____hill and place of beginning Thence on the north line of the aforesaid lot No. thirty four East twenty two degrees North Sixty four rods thence five rods to Huntington great Creek. Thence on said Creek eight rods Thence West twenty degrees south five rods Thence north seventy degrees West to the pace of beginning. To Have and to Hold the above granted premises to them the said Jennings their heirs and assigns forever to their and their own proper use and likewise I am well seized of the premises and have a good right to sell and convey the same and furthermore I bind myself my heirs and assigns to warrant and forever defend the above and to them said Elnathan and Hannah against any claim deriving from or under the Connecticut title or Susquehanna Company. In witness hereof I have set my hand and Seal this fourth day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Gideon Post, Jesse Scott – – Signed Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)

Luzerne Co. SS – Came before me Nathan Beach one of the Justices of the Peace for said County Gideon Post one of the subscribing Witness and was sworn according to Law ___that he was present and saw the within named Nathaniel Gofs sign the within Deed as his free Act and Deed and also saw Jesse Scott sign the same as witness and signed it himself as such. Witness my hand and Seal this first ________ AD 1797. Recorded April 1, 1800 (exam’d) Nathan Beach. Vol. 6 page 508. 

Appearing in the Taxables of Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co. is a Nathan Jennings among all the other family members in 1796. Source: Annals of Luzerne which is online for viewing.

Huntington Twp. taxables in 1796.

However, we find a much larger list of those present, in Vol. X 1789 to 1800 of the Susquehannah Co. Papers, by Boyd. This list is titled: “Inhabitants and actual settlers in the County of Luzerne, Sept. 13, 1796 page 374. Appearing on page 379 is an Elnathan Jennings. It covers pages 374 to 382 and only Nathaniel Goss seems to appear for the Goss name, but there are other names like Sewards, Scott etc. I did not find any Nathan Jennings listed.

Elnathan Jennings appears in Huntingdon/ton, Luzerne, Pennsylvania in the U.S. Direct Tax Lists for 1798. It reads Name of Owner or Occupant Elnathan Jennings, Valuation 150, assessment 29.

On the 20th day of April 1800, Jesse Scott prepared a deed to John Goss in Huntington Twp. and Elnathan Jennings was a witness to that deed. I have presented this before under John Goss in past posts. Elnathan would be John’s brother-in-law.

In the Warranty Map of Huntington, Luzerne Co., Ohio, Elnathan Jennings appears. Here is the link to the map online:   http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/WarranteeTwpMapInterface2.htm#warrantee%20township%20maps

You will have to scroll to Luzerne and pick the Huntingtdon/ton Twp. map to view this lot information and figure out where on the map the lots are located and see who is near him regarding the Goss family.

#114 – 4 – 65 Part of No. 33 & 34 1st Div. Elnathan Jennings 42 a. 35 p. & All. Resur Aug 9, 1802. Pat. Mar 20, 1838 to Jacob Hann H-39-238. 

I refer you to Nathaniel Goss Sr.’s land information that I posted for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. I suggest you seek it out, on this blog, and read it for it does feature Elnathan Jennings. Blog Post title: Nathaniel Goss Sr. and his Land History in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co. Pennsylvania, published June 16, 2019.

In the 1800 U.S. Federal census we find an Elnathan Jennings living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. The age of 16 would mean born 1774 and second number 44 would be 1756.  So we have 1774 to 1756 for the male.  The female is 1784 for 16 years and 1775 for the 25 years.  We have only 3 females listed under 10 and older than 3.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 3
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members – 5

Elnathan Gennings/Ginnings appears in the 1800 Pennsylvania, Septennial Census in Huntingtdon/ton, Luzerne, Pennsylvania. The list reads John Gofs, Nathaniel Gofs, Ginnnings Elnathan…Philip Gofs etc. This is a list of names only. It is interesting that the name Jennings could be Gennings or Ginnings.

The migration to Ohio:

Unfortunately, Ohio’s census does not exist for 1810. Tax records are used. Elnathan Jennings does appear in Portage Co., for the year 1809. This is a tax record so we don’t see the family structure,which is unfortunate. However, we do see that Elnathan has 97/Range 8/Township 1/Lot 88 next to his name. Further down the page is a David Jennings in Geauga Co., with 130/8/3/24 next to his name.

If we go back one year we find Elnathan Jennnings appearing in the earlier 1808 Portage Co., Tax Record. By his name is 97/8/1/88 and below him is David Jennings with 915 8/3/24. It is interesting that both are in Portage County in this year.

Note the location of Richland, Medina, Summit, Wayne and Portage

There is evidence of a David Jennings living in Portage County, Ohio and dying there. His father is suppose to be David and then back to to Joseph and they are coming out of Massachusetts? I am not getting Elnathan in the family structure so more digging is needed. If we speculate, could this David be a brother or some other family?

The information below was found in the book “Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve,” Volume 1, 1896, page 420. This is online at Google Books.

Mrs. Elanthan Jennings (Miss Hannah Goss) arrived with her husband children from Pennsylvania in 1807. Her husband was a carpenter and he soon left his family to provide for themselves. On the small stream west of the center one-half mile, she shot  many wild turkeys, and at one time two at one shot of the rifle.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, taught school. She first married Carver Goss, and after his death, Joel Pegg. She went to Canton, a distance of about twenty miles, on horseback; bought and brought home her dishes and wedding dress, which was calico, and cost a dollar a yard. She spun and wove both wool and line; was a tailor by trade and made their own clothes. She was a Thompsonian doctor and sent for far and near. At one time a fire broke out near her home, and being no men near, she harnessed the horses and plowed a furrow around the field.

The above quotation tells us that Elnathan left the family. It also tells us about a daughter and her life.

From the Pioneer History 1802-1865, An Interesting Record of Randolph Twp., Ohio, A History in Miniature of the Western Reserve, by Walter, J. Dickinson and Mr. & Mrs. H.W. Widener, 1953, page 27 we find this information:

In December (1807?) Elnathan Jennings (a brother-in-law of John Goss) and family came from the Wyoming Valley, in Pennsylvania and settled in the Hollow. He was a carpenter, and, after a few years, left his family, went down the river, and was never head from by his wife, who was left with several children in destitute circumstances.

This particular passage suggests that he might have died. In the early part of Ohio, it was still pretty wild, the Indians were active. It was not unusual for someone to either drown in a river, fall or get killed in some manner and never return. I have tried to find online court records for Portage, but they are just not there. I was looking to see if there was any divorce or abandonment papers filed?

The Michael Shoemaker Book, published 1924, page 663 references a marriage of Hannah to an Allen, but no one seems to know the first name.

I found a marriage of a Hannah Jennings on 18 September 1812 in Portage Co., Ohio to an Ichabod Allen. This implies that Hannah might have married this Allen in 1812 which means that Elnathan would have been gone by then.

Marriage of a Hannah Jennings to an Ichabod Allen 1812

The record reads: Hannah Jennings Female, Marriage date 18 Sep 1812 Portage Co., Ohio Spouse Ichabod Allen #000891357.

According to the tax records of Portage Co., Ohio, there was a large group of Allen’s in the area from 1816 to 1824: Nathaniel (Deerfield), Joseph, Seth (Deerfield) Jesse, Joseph, Gideon, Samuel, Elijah (Allen/Alin), Pelatiah, Israel but no Ichabod is listed. I wonder if he has more names like a middle or first? I have not been able to find out any further information about this Ichabod Allen.

Here we see that by 1819 Hannah was using the last name of Allen in a deed regarding the estate of Nathaniel Goss Sr. Please refer to the post about Nathaniel Goss Sr.’s estate on this blog for further details. Post title: Nathaniel Goss Sr. – His Legacy and Estate 1812 beyond!, published June 13, 2019. 

Nathaniel Goss & others, assigtn To Thomas Betterly

We Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Goss, Experience Culver, Hannah Allen and Rhoda Dodson heirs to the within named Nathaniel Goss for the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to our full satisfaction of Thomas Betterly of Huntington Township in this County of Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby transfer and assign over the above named Thomas Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the right title interest or demand we have in or to the within described lot of land. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ___ day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Samuel Franklin, Miles Suttiff and Abiel Fellows.  Signed and sealed

Nathaniel Goss, Hannah (her mark) Goss, Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson.

Huntington Luzerne County January the ___ day of 1819 personally appeared before me the above named heirs to the with named Nathaniel Goss signers and sealers to the above Indenture and acknowledge the same to be their free act and deed before me. Abiel Fellows, Justice of the Peace (Seal)  Recorded April 26th, 1819. 

Heirs of Nathaniel Goss Sr. from the post that I have referenced and study of those deeds, we have a summary of the heirs of Nathaniel:

  1. Nathaniel Goss and Thankful Goss – Huntington, Luzerne, PA
  2. Experience Culver and Aaron Culver living in Wayne Co., Ohio 1st of June 1818.
  3. Hannah Allen – living in Randolph Twp. Portage Co., Ohio 12 July 1817
  4. Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson – Huntington, Luzerne PA
  5. John Goss and Polly Goss – living in Randolph Twp., Portage Co. Ohio 12 July 1817

Eliminating a marriage

It has been suggested that Hannah might have remarried to a Griswold and I found a marriage in Portage County on 23 August 1822 of an Alexander Griswold to a Hannah Allen. The source reads: Hannah Allen Female marriage date 23 Aug 1822, Portage Co., Spouse Alexander Griswold #000891359.

The actual book page reads:  Alexander Griswold, 23 Aug 1822 Portage, Ohio, age 21y born Res. of Suffield Twp. Portage Co., Ohio, Spouse name Hannah Allen age 18 y. Res of Suffield Twp. Portage Co., Ohio. Source:  Ohio County Marriages 1774-1993 at Ancestry.com.

A. Griswold to Hannah Allen 1822 in Portage. He is 21 yrs old and she is 18 yrs old

I don’t think this is our Hannah Goss Jennings Allen who would be about 56 years old by 1822.  The Hannah in this marriage is 18 years old and born in 1804.  Our Hannah, born about 1789, or earlier, in Luzerne, did not marry a Griswold, that is now laid to rest.

ELIZABETH JENNINGS and her marriage to Carver Goss

Hannah Goss and Elnathan Jennings had a daughter named Elizabeth Jennings born on 10 February 1797 probably in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania before they left for Ohio.

Elizabeth, the daughter, married twice, first to Carver Goss Sr. born 24 December 1791 in Plymouth, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. He was a son to Ebenezer Goss (brother to Nathaniel) and Bede Blakeslee. I will discuss Ebenezer and Bede in detail in future posts.

Carver GOSS (first) Sr., born 24 December 1791 at the “GOSS Place,” Plymouth Township, Litchfield County, Connecticut.  He was named by his parents in honor of the famous Gov. John Carver of Connecticut.  He came in June 1804 with his parents to Randolph, Portage County, Ohio; m. Elizabeth JENNINGS, born 10 February 1797; he died in Randolph at the age of 30 years 10 October 1821; she married second Joel PEGG, who died 4 April 1854, age 57 years; she died Randolph 25 October 1887. 

There is a blue cast iron monument at the Sand Hill Cemetery near the GOSS lot, Randolph, Ohio.  There was one son: George C. who married and died with his wife and family in the west (Family History of Cyrus GOSS, January 1887 – I have not been able to find a copy of this Cyrus Goss history.) 

Source: Paul H. Goss, Goss Manuscript

Carver Goss appears in the U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments 1798-1914 for May 17, 1815, page 29. He is listed as a Private 30 US Infty, Capt. D. Farrington, May 5, 1813, May 5, 1814 S.A. M.R. Dec. 31, 1813 Sick at Burlington. This must be the War of 1812.

Carver Goss appears in the 1820 US Census living in Suffield, Portage Co., Ohio on August 7, 1820.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 16 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Over 25 – 1
  • Total Free White Persons – 3
  • Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other – 3

Elizabeth and Carver Goss had George Carver Goss. George was born 3 November 1817 Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio.

George C. Goss married 20 February 1840 in Portage Co., Ohio to a Sarah Koon. She was born 21 July 1820 and died 29 April 1879.

Source: Portage County, Ohio Marriages Vol. I, 1808-1850, Extracted by Mrs. Betty Widger, Published by Larry & Cynthia Scheuer, FHL Book.#977.137 V2W Vol. I. , 1990.

In the 1850 US Census we have a George Goss age 33, born 1817 in Ohio living in Bloomfield, LaGrange, Indiana. He is a millwright. With him is Sarah age 30 born Ohio, William age 9 born Illinois, Silas age 7 born Missouri, Anna P. age 1 born Indiana.  From the births of his children we see that they were doing a great deal of migrating.

The Iowa State census for 1856 has them in Washington Twp., Webster, Iowa. George C. Goss is 39, born Ohio and a farmer, Sarah age 36 born PA, Wm. 14 born Illinois, Silas 13, born Missouri, Ann E. age 7 born Indiana, John T. age 3 born Iowa.

The 1860 U.S. Census has a George C. Goss living in Washington Twp., Webster Co., Iowa. George is 42, a farmer with $5000/1000 and born Ohio. With him is Sarah age 40 born PA, Wm age 18 born Illinois, Silas age 17 born Missouri, Ann age 11 born Indiana, John age 5 born Iowa.

The Iowa State census for 1860 has George C. Goss age 42 living in Washington Twp., Webster, Iowa. With him is Sara age 40, Wm. age 18, Silas age 17, Ann age 11 and John age 5.

In the 1870 US Census we have George C. Goss age 52 farmer $12000/1200 born Ohio about 1818, Sarah age 52 born PA, John age 15 born Iowa. They are living in Washington Twp., Webster Co., Iowa. A Geo. C. Goss appears on 7 July 1870 in the Washington, Webster, Iowa Agricultural Census.

The 1880 US Census has George C. Goss living in Limestone, Franklin Co., Arkansas. He is 62 years old born 1818 in Ohio. He is Widower, millwright. Father born in Connecticut and mother in Pennsylvania. Living with him is  Permilia J. Fowler age 45 born Georgia. She is a widower.

Children may have been:

    • William C. 1841-1863. It looks like he died in the Civil War. Enlisted Co. D, Iowa 16th Infantry on 11 Dec. 1861 and muster out 10 April 1963 in Jackson, MS.
    • Silas 1843-1912 stayed in Webster Co., Iowa and there is a Silas Goss buried in the West Lawn Cemetery in Lehigh. A Silas Goss does appear in the 1850, 1860, 1880 and 1900.
    • Francis K. 1845-1848,
    • Ann Elizabeth 1848-1926 maybe married a Levi Hollingsworth. Buried in the Lake Edward Cemetery in Crow Wing Co., Minnesota. Looks like she had quite the large family. She was born Sep 1848 in LaGrange, Indiana and died 7 May 1926 in Crow Wing Co., Minnesota.
    • Francis Marian 16 Jan 1851, died 5 Apr 1851 in LaGrange Co., Indiana, buried in the Greenwood Cemetery.
    • John Polman Born 25 September 1854 born Iowa, he is buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Paolie, Indiana. Married Mar E. Scott (1862-1953). Looks like they had one son name Charles W. Goss b. 1881. He married Blanche Boseley on 8 Sep 1917 in Floyd Co., Indiana.
    • Emily Philena 1857-1857

George C. Goss probably died sometime after 1880 maybe in Iowa but he could have died in Arkansas per the 1880 census, provided that is him in that census? Sarah died 29 April 1879 and is probably buried in Webster Co., Iowa.

Carver Goss Sr. died in 10 October 1821. He was 30 years old. He is buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery in Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio. Sand Hill and Hillside cemeteries are across the road from each other, but in the same area in the township.

ELIZABETH Jennings Goss and her 2nd husband Joel Pegg

Elizabeth Jennings Goss remarried after Carver’s death to a Joel Pegg on 10 May 1826 in Portage Co., Ohio. Joel was born about 1800 in Virginia. Joel Pegg died 4 April 1851 and she, Elizabeth died 25 October 1887. She and Joel are also buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery.  I visited Sand Hill and my photos are of that cemetery not Hillside.

Joel Pegg Tombstone

Sand Hill Publication Reads:  Joel Pegg d. Apr. 4, 1854 age 57. If you look close you can see Elizabeth’s tombstone next to him on the right.

Elizabeth Jennings Stone

Elizabeth’s stone

Pegg and Haughawont Families:

Joel Pegg took on the task of raising Helen Margaret Pegg, the daughter of his brother Samuel and wife. Helen was born 29 February 1836 and died 10 November 19o6.

Helen married John F. Haughawont he was born 22 December 1824 and died 2 April 1909. They are buried in the Hillside Cemetery which is across the road from Sand Hill in Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio.

Helen Pegg and John Haughawont’s children:

Cletus Joel  was born 13 March 1855 in Brimfield, Portage Co., Ohio. He died 12 April 1907. He is buried in the Restland Cemetery in Brimfield. He married an Anna J. Kelso. She was born July 1861 in Ohio and died 25 October 1942 in Brimfield. She is buried in Restland Cemetery. She remarried to George W. Gerrain after Cletus died. They had Lulu, Clifford, Erma and Helen.

Alida 3 May 1859 to 11 December 1859 in Portage Co., Ohio. She is buried in Sand Hill Cemetery.

Mary E. born 1 November 1860 in Portage and died 3 January 1952 in San Bernardino, San Bernadino, California. She married a Charles C. Hamilton (1856-1948) 18 November 1879 in Portage. They had Robert R. (1883 to 1976) and Earl A. (1886-1977).

Cordelia was born 1866 and died in 1943. She appears to be buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Portage Co., Ohio. She married a Mark D. Buckman who was born 1863 and died 17 October 1912. He is also buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Portage Co., Ohio. Mark has a will in Summit, Ohio Willis Vol. 24, 1912. He gives his brother Clayton, his wife, his sisters Mary and Martha and his children but some of them he does not name.  Cordelia and Mark had Helen C. (1890 to 1967), Esther E. (1901-2000) and Marion G. (1904-1990).

Elnathan Jennings and Hannah Goss and other children:

Paul Goss made a list in 1940 of what he thought were the Jennings children, see above. Let’s review that list:

  1. Elizabeth, born February 10, 1797 – This child is the one that married Carver and Joel. See above. 
  2. Polly, born July 4, 1798 – Mentioned as having moved to The Falls of Ohio (Indiana or Illinois) There is a marriage of a Polly Jennings to a Henry Rogers 19 April 1817. There is a Henry Rogers in Portage in the 1809 and 1810 Tax Records. 
  3. Nancy, born June 19, 1800
  4. Sally, born October 8, 1803 – Mentioned as having stayed with David Goss. There is a possibility that she married John Morris and lived in Geauga Co., Ohio. More digging on this needs to be done.  
  5. Rebecca, born December 31, 1804
  6. Silas, born December 20, 1806, there is a Silas D. Jennings born about 1807 in Pennsylvania living in Evanston, Cook, Illinois in 1880 age 73. He was living in York, Medina, Ohio in 1860. 
  7. Rhoda, born October 25, 1808 (RODAH) Mentioned as having moved to with them to the Falls of Ohio. Can’t figure her out at this time.
  8. Given birth unknown maybe some where in between the children listed above. I am wondering if he has another name, first or a middle? Is it possible he is Silas Given?

As one can see, a great deal of digging needs to be done to see where the above list of potential children would take the research.

In the letter of Ebenezer Goss’s he says that they went to the Falls of Ohio. Paul mentions Cuyahoga Falls and that is in Summit County, next door to Portage Co. It is a city. It is not in Indiana or Illinois. The Falls of Ohio is near Louisville, Kentucky some 365 miles or Clarksville, Indiana and it is called Falls of the Ohio and it is a state park.  There could be another possibility in Ohio that Ebenezer was referring to that is lost in time.

In Summary: As I always say, more work needs to be done on Hannah and Elnathan Jennings in court, death, birth, burial, deeds, and more in order to try to untangle it all. I have presented all that I know at this time, and if I learn more I will come back and update this post.  I believe that Nathaniel & Hannah (Scott) Goss had: John, Nathaniel Jr., Experience, Hannah and Rhoda that survived. I believe that Hannah married Elnathan Jennings and that Polly was the name of one of there daughters. I appreciate Paul Goss’ enthusiasm but I think he may have misinterpreted some of the information.  I feel that Elizabeth, Polly, Sally, Rhoda and Givens are Jennings children and must have survived for some time and were alive in 1819. The 1800 census had 3 young females. We know about Elizabeth Jennings and her life and her marriages to Carver and Joel. Unfortunately we don’t know where Hannah is buried.  When I visited Sand Hill Cemetery, I was struck by the deterioration of the graves and saw broken pieces. The cemetery was maintained but you could tell that stones were missing. In Ohio they stack the stones which makes it impossible to read them because you can’t lift them due to their heavy weight. It is not a good practice.

It is time for me to move on to sister Rhoda Goss Dodson and her family. Rhoda stayed in Luzerne County so there is a lot more information about her and her husband Richard.

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Nathaniel Goss Sr. & Hannah Scott’s children: Experience Goss and her husband Aaron Culver

Experience Goss was born to Nathaniel and Hannah (Scott) Goss somewhere around 1787 or maybe a little earlier in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. The land squabbles had settled down, a bit, and Luzerne County had been established in 1786. It is quite possible for her birth location to be in Luzerne. As for the date of birth that is unclear.

Experience Goss and Aaron Culver have been difficult to research. I will present what I know and try to piece it together.

Experience Goss married an Aaron Culver per the Michael Shoemaker Book (Schumacher), by Williams T. Blair, 1924, pg. 663. This book is online at Internet Archive for viewing.  Paul H. Goss discusses them in his Goss Manuscript.

In 1796 there is a list of Taxables for Huntington Twp. I have shared this before, but here it is again.  This is from the book the Annals of Luzerne pg. 548, again online at Internet Archive for viewing. We see listed a Daniel, Reuben and Aaron Culver among other names:

Huntington Twp. taxables in 1796.

It is also said that the Experience and Aaron had the following children, see further below for more information:

David born about 1801 and died 1923, but maybe he died in 1854.

Zeno born 1805 and died 1892.

There might have been a Nathaniel Culver and an unknown baby born about 1800.

An Aron Culver appears in the Pennsylvania U.S. Direct Tax List of 1798 in Huntington Twp. Luzerne Co., PA. The listing is: Miles Sutliff Occupant, Aron Culver Owner, Huntington, 1 house $5.00 92 acres 80 perches $162 etc.

Another listing has Miles Sutliff Occupant, Aron Culver Owner. There are two lines across with: Dwelling 57, 1, dollars 940, 12, acres 15,657, perches 39, 92 acres and 80 perches, dollars 23,813 and 162. There is an Abel Sutliff and a Miles Sutliff lower down on the page.

Here is a Claimant listing from Donna Munger’s Connecticut booklet Volume III showing an interesting list of heirs and an interesting chain of title.

Claimant: Reuben Culver
Date Acquired: 11/14/1799
Drawer: Elisha Richards
Twp. Huntington
Div. 2nd
Lot. 29
Acres: 107A, 128p
Chain of Title: Asael Atherton 6/8/1776, Goss, Philip 1/9/1777, Solomon & Olive Goss 4/15/1777, Obadiah Scott Jr. 11/31/1795, Culver, Danl 11/15/1799 Daniel Culver Heir* – Heirs: Reuben, Eunice & Henery Lanfare, Esther, Polly & Isaiah Bencaster, Moses, Aaron, Daniel, Samuel, Pebe & Miles Sutliff.
Patentee: Reuben Culver
Source: CTL:43; MEHun: 180, 202
Patent Book: H12:338
Survey Book: 4:94

Source:  Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony, Volume III, by Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books 2007.

A potential father and mother for Aaron, if you believe the claimant information above, is a Daniel Culver born 5 January 1735 in Waterbury, Bristol, Connecticut and died about 1809 or earlier in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. I have not found a probate file for this man in the Luzerne, Bristol or Litchfield records online but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. He supposedly married Sarah Pringle (1740-1776).  I am beginning to believe that Aaron and Reuben were brothers and Phebe is their sister.

There is an Aaron Culver appearing in the 1800 U.S. Census for Huntington Twp. Luzerne Co., PA.  If Experience was born 1787 she would be too young at this time – age 13. She would be 18 in 1805. If she married Aaron Culver, he would be 16 years old in 1800 if born in 1784. When you look at this census information we find a male in the 26 to 44 range making the year range 1774 – 1756. There is a female in the 16 to 25 range making the range of years 1784 to 1775.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members – 3

There is an Aaron Culver in the 1800 Pennsylvania, Septennial Census living in Huntingdon(ton) Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. In this census there is listed a Reuben Culver, Aaron Culver, Samuel Culver. There is listed a Nathan Forbes, John Goss, Nathaniel Goss, Philip Goss, and names like Longs, Sewards, Scotts, Tubbs. This census is just a list of names with no other information.

In 1810 the U.S. Census has an Aaron Culver living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.  The range of years for the male are 1784 to 1766. For the female it is the same. I am taking the first number and subtracting from 1810 and the 2nd number also from 1810.  I did this for 1800.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 4
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 4
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 2
  • Number of Household Members 7

I refer again to the Letters written in 1815 and 1816 by John Goss in Ohio, to his brother Nathaniel Goss Jr. in Luzerne Co.

“Randolph, December 22, 1815 Portage County, Ohio – Power of Att. Granted by John GOSS and sister, Hannah Allen to Nathaniel GOSS for sale of their father’s property at Beat Swany to William White.”

“Randolph June 5, 1816:

Dear Brother,

—-I expect you will have great and little AARON (Culver) to see you in a short time.  He wants some of father’s land deeded to Wm. White.  He is coming to see me on the subject.  Hannah and I gave him a line leaving at your discression what to do.  I feel willing that father’s will should be fulfilled at any time, and all times.  What Culver’s views are I cannot tell.  Please do as you think best, as Hannah and I wrote.

Letter of John GOSS written to his brother Nathaniel GOSS, Jr. at Huntington Mills, Pennsylvania.

“Randolph, November 28, 1816:

Dear Brother

—I have read your letter sent by Aaron.  It seems that Aaron is to have the land once dispised.  I had rather it would go for (honing) if you have not contracted it on my part you need not.  I am willing to deed it to you and you can do as you please.  Or let it lie until I see you.  If father’s will cane (cone) I shall be glad..  You wrote to me that I give you too much power or none at all.  If you have sold it write me and I will send you a deed, so that you shall not be hurt by the same.  Aaron would not take the land because it was not good.  And I do not want him to keep it from any other one.  We can keep it for the right owner as well as he, and be as likely to do justice.  If a child thinks a gift not good enough when he is grown a little better they will go after it.  I expect Aaron will come out again this winter.  He will learn the way.”

I think it is very interesting that John thinks his father Nathaniel Goss Sr. had a will? I have not found one, was it lost?

I find the wording to be very confusing. What is meant by Big and Little Aaron Culver, do we take it literally? That there is an older Aaron Culver and a young Aaron Culver? Maybe he is referring to David or Zeno and didn’t know there names, or is the Nathaniel Culver mentioned really a Nathaniel Aaron Culver?  Well, it is fun to speculate. It would be nice to have all the letters that went back and forth, not just half the conversation.

I have searched the Luzerne County Deeds for the time frame of 1815 to the end of Nathaniel Goss Jr.’s life in 1854 and did not find under the “White” listings any deed done by Nathaniel Goss Jr.  I have also studied the deeds for the Goss names in the Luzerne Co., Deeds and there is not a mention of a deed to a William White. I also looked at Portage County deeds, but the listings for White start in 1830.  The letter implies a lease or mortgage which can be filed separately?

I got to thinking is “Beat Swany” referring to a person? So I took a look at Donna’s books and all her volumes Proprietor, Settler and Claimant and found the name Swain or Swan? Nothing really specific popped up. I also looked at old geographic names of locations for Luzerne County but didn’t see anything remotely resembling this reference.

Sigh! Sadly, we don’t have the total picture to make sense out of the letter’s contents.

Migration:

Note the location of Richland, Medina, Summit, Wayne and Portage counties…

It is true that Aaron Culver and Experience, migrated from Pennsylvania and headed for Wayne Co., Ohio.

Aaron Culver appears in the 1815 Sugar Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio census and next to him is written a “1.”  Then in 1819 an Aaron Culver appears again with a 1 written across from his name. A Truman Culver is listed in the next column. This is found on the website of the Wayne County Public Library in their genealogical and digital collection.

Aaron Culver appears in the Tax Assessment Records for Wayne County and Sugar Creek, Ohio in 1818, 1819.  Other tax records are 1822, 1824 and 1826. David Culver appears in 1826. Which might imply that he was 18 or a little older so his birth date would be 1807, not 1801?  There are at at least one tax record per year from 1818 to 1826 for Aaron Culver. There is also Truman Culver listed. These are found at FamilySearch online. You do have to hunt a little for the name of the county in the earlier years by flipping back till you find the begining of the record, they are not indexed very clearly.

1818 Tax Record of Aaron Culver in Wayne Co., Ohio

In 1818 we find a deed in which the heirs of Nathaniel Goss Sr. are featured. They are partitioning Lot #53 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. I presented this deed in a past post published on this blog about the Estate and Legacy of Nathaniel Goss Sr. I suggest you find that and read it for more information:  Here they are again.

Nathaniel Goss & others, assigtn To Thomas Betterly

We Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Goss, Experience Culver, Hannah Allen and Rhoda Dodson heirs to the within named Nathaniel Goss for the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to our full satisfaction of Thomas Betterly of Huntington Township in this County of Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby transfer and assign over the above named Thomas Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the right title interest or demand we have in or to the within described lot of land. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ___ day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Samuel Franklin, Miles Suttiff and Abiel Fellows.  Signed and sealed

Nathaniel Goss, Hannah (her mark) Goss, Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson.

Huntington Luzerne County January the ___ day of 1819 personally appeared before me the above named heirs to the with named Nathaniel Goss signers and sealers to the above Indenture and acknowledge the same to be their free act and deed before me. Abiel Fellows, Justice of the Peace (Seal)  Recorded April 26th, 1819. 

Here is another deed regarding Experience’s father’s estate, Continued on page 389 and then to page 390:

Aaron Culver & wife to Miles Suttliff )) This Indenture made the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen Between Aaron Culver and his wife Experience of the County of Wayne and State of Ohio of the first part and Miles Suttliff or Pennsylvania County of Luzerne and Huntington Township of the second part. Witnesseth that the said part of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged hath bargained sold revised and quit claimed and by these presents (page 335) doth bargain sell revise and quit claim unto the party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever all the lot No. 53 in the 2d division of Huntington and is called “Hermitage” Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appurtaining and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof and also all the estate right title interest claim or demand whatsoever of him the said party of the first part either in law or equity (blob of ink) in and to the above bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever. In Witness hereof I do set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Witnesses present: Samuel McClelland, Asa Cook Junior. 

Signed and Sealed:  Aaron (his mark) Culver, Experience Culver 

The State of Ohio, Wayne County SS) Personally appeared before me the subscribers one of the acting Justices of the Peace for said county the within named Aaron Culver who acknowledged that he did voluntarily sign and deliver the within deed of Conveyance for the purposes therein expressed, also personally appeared before me the said Experience Culver wife of the said Aaron Culver being examined separate and a part from her said husband acknowledged the within deed of conveyance to be her voluntary act and deed and that she executed the same without the threats of coercion or persuasion of her husband and freely relinquished her right of dower to the premises within mentioned and desires that the same may be admitted to record. Given under my hand and seal this 1st day of June 1818. William Thomas Justice of the Peace — Seal.

Continuing on page 390:

Miles Sutliff & wife to Thomas Betterly )) Know all these presents that Miles Sutliff and Phebe his wife for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to us in hand paid by Thos Betterly of the township of Huntington County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania de hereby transfer and assign over to the above named Thos Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the rite title interest or deman we have in or to the within named lot or parsel of land. In Witness whereof we have herunto set our hands and seals this twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord 1819.  Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Eucilid Suttliff Abiel Fellows.  

Signed and Sealed Miles Suttliff and Phebe (her mark) Suttliff

Huntington Luzerne County April 24 1819 – Personally appeared before me Miles Suttiff and Phebe his wife and acknowledge this transfer to the within deed to be their free act and deed. She well knowing the contents. Abiel Fellows Justice of the Peace — Seal — Recorded April  26th 1819. 

We have some very interesting Sutliff/Suttliff connections in these deeds, in fact, I think Phebe is Aaron’s sister and probably Reuben’s sister. This tells us that Experience was alive maybe into 1820 and that she probably died in Sugar Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio and is buried there somewhere.

The 1820 US Census has an Aaron Culver living in Sugar Creek, Wayne, Ohio about August 7, 1820.  If Aaron was born in 1774 he would be 45. If he was born in 1766 he would be 54 years old. Same age possibilities for the female.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 18 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over – 1
  • Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture – 5
  • Free White Persons – Under 16 – 4
  • ree White Persons – Over 25 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 10
  • Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other – 10

There is a marriage for an Aaron Culver to a Susana for 16 October 1820 in Wayne, Ohio, per Ohio County Marriages 1774-1993 at Ancestry.

From the Wayne County Public Library website we find an Aron Culver living in Sugar Creek in 1823 on the census for that area. There is listed on this census a Freeman Culver, and David Culver. This is just a list of names, not other information.  If this is the first appearance of David on the census and we use 18 for his qualification for age he was born in 1805.

There is a deed in the Medina Co. Deeds where and Edmund Oviatt sells to an Aaron Culver.  Edmund Oviatt and Sally his wife of Hudson in County of Portage, State of Ohio for $400 of Aaron Culver – tract of land situate in Norton Twp. No. 1 Twelfth Range of twp. in the Connecticut Western Reserve in Ohio and in County of Medina known as part of lot # 504 containing 83 acres. Signed by Edmund and Sally Oviatt in presents of Benj. Whedon and Grathan P. Robinson. On 13 July 1829 they came before the Judge, Benj. Whedon JP. Rec’ 28 Nov and Recorded 30 Nov. 1829. Vol. E, page 37.

In the 1830 US Census we find an Aaron Culver living in Norton, Medina, Ohio. This man is older in the 60 to 69 age range with 1770 being the lower number and and 1761 being the 69 age.  Hmmm…..It is suggested that Susanna was born in 1780 and died in 1850. The 49 age for the female comes out at 1781 for her birth. The contrast in the family from 8 children down to 2 children by 1830 is very interesting.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 2
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 1
  • Total Free White Persons – 4
  • Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) – 4

There is deed for Medina Co., dated 5 April 1831, page 409 – This is Aaron Culver to Hannah Culver. Aaron and Susannah Culver his wife of Norton Twp. County of Medina, State of Ohio for $600 from Hannah Culver also of Norton Twp. lot #1, 12th Range in the Connecticut Western Reserve and part of lot #54 – page 410. Attest H. Ward Aaron (his mark) Culver and Attest H. Ward Susannah (her mark) Culver, in presence of Hezekiah Ward and John B. Hurlbut.  Aaron and Susannah came before Hezkiah Ward JP. Rec’d and Recorded 6 April 1831. Vol. E, page 409.

We have a deed dated 26 February 1833 Hannah Culver and David Culver to Aaron Culver in Norton Twp., Medina Co., Ohio for $300, tract #1, of the 12th Range in the Connecticut Reserve County of Medina, known as part of lot #54 containing 41.5 acres lot deeded to Aaron Culver by Edmund Oviatt and Sally. Signed by Hannah Culver and David Culver in the presence of Peter Waltz and Dudley Griswold. David and Hannah appeared before Dudley Griswold, JP. Recd. July 4, 1833 and recorded July 9, 1833. Vol. G page 286.

Then on 11 September 1835 for $500 paid by Aaron Culver. Land in Medina No. 1, 12th Range Connecticut Reserve known as part of lot #54, 41.5 acres. Signed by David Culver and Hannah Culver and witnessed by Thomas Johnston, John Sw….David and Hannah appear before Thomas Johnston JP. Recorded Jan 5, 1836. Vol. K page 600.

This is interesting, there are Letters of Admin. Richland Ohio in the mid 1850’s for an Aaron Culver. I have to admit this is very confusing.  This would require study of the Richland probate records to determine who this Aaron might be. Unfortunately, I cannot find an index at the online records at FamilySearch.

In the 1850 U.S. Census there is an Aaron Culver age 64 farmer $900 born PA living in Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio. With him is a Mantua P. age 38  (1812) a carpenter born NY, Martha J. age 23 (1827), Sarah W. age 3 (1847) and Mary A. age 5/12 (1845). The last three born in Ohio. This man was born in 1786?  I am having trouble finding this family.

See the 1850 Census for Zeno Culver below. There is an Aaron Culver age 84 living with him. Apparently, the name Aaron is very popular in the family.

We have an Agricultural census for 19 June 1860 for Atwater, Portage Co., Ohio for an A. Culver. It is probably the man listed above in the 1850 census.

Aaron and Experience Culver had maybe these children:

Nathaniel Culver born about 1803 or earlier.

David Culver born 1803. There is a marriage of a David Culver to a Hannah Sanderson on 2 August 1821 in Wayne Co., Ohio.  She was born 1802 and died 1854.  David may have died in Oregon, Lucas, Ohio

In the 1840 US Census a David Culver is living in Sharon, Medina, Ohio.  The range is 1810 to 1801 for this male and the female.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 5 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Females – 30 thru 39 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Agriculture – 5
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 7
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 2
  • Total Free White Persons – 9
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 9

In the 1850 US Census there is a David Culver living in Waterville, Lucas Co., Ohio age 49 born about 1801 in Pennsylvania. With him are Hannah age 48 born Canada, Newton B. Culver age 16, Horace Culver age 15 and Martin Culver age 9, all born Ohio. Lucas County is up on the western border of Ohio.  If this is them, they made a big move.

Zeno Culver 1805 in Pennsylvania. He died 17 February 1892 in Akron, Summit Co., Ohio aged 83 years 4 months and 22 days.  His burial is unknown or someplace in Cuyahoga Falls where his wife is buried. He married a Sophia Sala on 12 April 1838 in Stark Co., Ohio. They may have had William W. Culver 1839 to 1911 and Caroline T. Culver (DeLand) 1843-1920.  Sophia Sala was born in Virginia and died 2 February 1884 in Akron.

In the 1850 US Census Zeno Culver is living in Northampton, Summit Co., Ohio. He is 45 years old born PA, farming $1005. With him are Sophia age 38, William age 11, Caroline age 7, Aaron Culver age 84 (means he was born in 1766).  This older Culver does not appear in the 1860 U.S. Census. In that census Zeno is 57, Sophia is 51, William is 21 and Caroline is 17.

In an obit about Zeno Culver, with his “first wife he had one daughter, Mrs. Pauline Moody whose three children live in Medina, Ohio”, she died 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the obituary does not state or give any information about his parentage. Source: Akron Beach Journal 17 Feb 1892 page 1.

Pauline Culver may have married an Asahel Wright Moody and had Carrie and Ida. She lived in Brunswick, Medina Co., Ohio and they are buried in the Westview Cemetery. Paulina was born 24 January 1829 and died 5 July 1885. Asahel was born 1828 in Massachusetts and died 30 May 1883.  Do not know the name of her mother at this time.

Zeno Culver left a will in Summitt Co., Ohio.  Old Original Wills 1884-1901 Probate #6381 date 13 March 1888 (Vol. 9 page 578, Vol. 7 page 171.) He gives to his granddaughters Edith DeLand and Vesta DeLand of Akron, the following real estate situated in the city of Akron, Lots #12 and 13 share and share alike. They are his daughter Caroline’s children. The father William DeLand was the Executor of Zeno’s will.

In Summary:  Well, that is all very interesting. There are a lot of questions about Aaron Culver and Experience Goss that have not been answered. I need estates, deeds, vitals, burial (can’t find anyone of them), and more to really understand this family.  It would also require studying the records of Luzerne, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lucas and Portage to see if more clues can be found and actually going to the court house or archives to dig deep. Early Ohio and Luzerne are very hard to research. I do believe that Aaron and Reuben were brothers not one person and that Phebe was their sister.

It is time to move on the Hannah Goss and her marriage to Elnathan Jennings another difficult research problem in the family of Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Hannah Scott.

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