Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seaward’s Life In Pennsylvania

Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seaward along with some of their children, migrated to Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania by 1793 from Granville. Their son Levi had gone ahead and arrived in the Huntington valley about 1776.

According to Google Maps it takes about 4 hours and 22 minutes to drive from Granville, MA to Huntington Mills, PA. in our time, by several routes. In miles it was 246 miles and if they are going my horse our wagon 10-20 miles per day. I would say it took about 2 weeks to make this trip. By the time that Enos and Sarah came the trails and migration was probably pretty well established do to all the coming and going of the settlers during the land squabbles and Revolution.

Migration of the Sewards to Pennsylvania:

Portion of Luzerne Co., in 1815*

A prior examination of the vital records at Granville, Massachusetts and other investigation seemed to indicate the disappearance of the Seward Family. Especially that of Enos Seward, Jr…. but in searching some of the old histories of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, it was found the family line of Sewards was taken up again. It should be said that Mr. Willard Gearhart of the Nathaniel GOSS Family line of Huntington Twp., had previously reminded us, in a conversation with his family, that descendants of the Seward Family had formerly settled also in Huntington Twp. 

Source: Paul H. Goss – Goss Family Manuscript.  See my page on this blog titled Paul H. Goss and the Goss Family History. You will find links to two of his manuscripts at the Family Search website.

The Seward family in Huntington Valley:

pg. 23 – See Footnote: “Enos Seward (Seaward), born July 7, 1735, of Greenville [Granville], Mass., was married to Sarah, daughter of Philip and Mary Goss, born 1722, died April 18, 1821. (Waterton Cemetery, Huntington Valley, PA, Family No. 1041–Goss). The will of Enos Seward of Huntington, made Aug. 20 1818, and probated Aug. 23, 1820, names his wife, Sarah, and the following children: 1. Amos died July 25, 1804, md. to Abigail, daughter of Thomas Williams, whose children were: (1) William; (2) John; (3), Clarissa, md. to Joseph Swetland; (4), Lucy, md. to Isaac Bailey; 2. Enos, Jr.; 3 Eli, md to Ellen Earl; 4 Gad, md. Miss Thompson; 5. Levi, b. March 30, 1777, d. Aug. 6, 1851, md. to Thankful Wilkinson, b. April 25, 1779, d. March 4, 1848. (Goss Cemetery, Harveyville, PA); 6. Titus, b. July 9, 1783, d. April 24, 1851. (Goss Cemetery); 7. Ebenezer, went to Ohio, early; 8. Sarah, md. to Samuel Lawrence; 9. Mary, md. to George Goodwin; 10. David, died early.”

Source: The Michael Shoemaker (Schumacher) Book, by William T. Blair and Jacob I. Shoemaker, (Scranton, PA, International Textbook Press, 1924) pg. 23, Seward Family and Family #3 Swetland-Seward p. 663. This book is available online at Internet Archive for viewing and downloading.

Please note that my information states the Enos Seaward was born in Durham, CT. not Greenville which probably was a miss reading of Granville.

Also note in the above from the Shoemaker book: The dates of 1722 and April 18, 1821 are for Mary (Kendall) Goss the mother, not for Sarah the daughter.  They appear on Mary (Kendall) Goss’ tombstone in the Scott/Waterton Cemetery in Huntington Twp. on the same tombstone of Nathaniel Goss the brother of Sarah and Mary’s son.

Taxable Inhabitants of Huntington 1796:

Inhabitants 1796 Luzerne Co., PA

You can find Enos at the bottom of the second page. This photo is of several pages so this is only one part of the document which is very confusing.

Source of photo above: Susquehanna Settlers & Western lands, FHL Two Microfilms #3622 Index and #3623 Vols. 1-2 1755-1819. The area of Luzerne Co., PA has claims from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware.  Connecticut was involved and it was called Westmoreland Co., PA and later it became Luzerne Co., PA.  This information is at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, CT. Susquehanna Settlers 1755-1796. Western Lands 1783-1789  One Volume and Index – 1910. NOTE: These are at Family History Library but you have to go to the Library or be at a center. I will show more in future posts. 

Enos is listed on the taxable inhabitants of Huntington Twp. and many of the Sewards were well represented in the listing: Amos Seward, Eli Seward, Enos Seward, Jr., Enos Seward, Sr., Gad Seward.

Source: History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Selections, page 587, Taxables and inhabitants of Luzerne Co. Several other Luzerne county history books such as the Annals of Luzerne Co. also lists the 1796 taxable. These books are at Internet Archive for viewing. The Susquehanna Papers also have this listing in Vol. X: 1789-1800, pages 374-383 dated Sept. 13, 1796 for Inhabitants and actual settlers…

Tax lists of 1798 of Pennsylvania:

Tax list of 1798 upon Lands, Lots and buildings: 1st column Names of Owner or Occupant, 2nd column Name of Owner & Situation, 3rd column valuation

1798 Tax Luzerne a portion showing Sewards

Source: Pennsylvania, US Direct Tax Lists, 1798, Luzerne Co., Huntingdon (should read Huntington Twp.) Ancestry.com. Original source are housed at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and part of the Internal Revenue Service. 

Enos Seward in the 1800 U.S. Census: Home in 1800 Huntington, Luzerne, Pennsylvania

  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 — 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 — 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 — 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over — 1
  • Free White Persons – Females 10 thru 15 — 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over — 1
  • Number of Household Members under 16 — 2
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 — 4
  • Number of Household Members — 7

Source: 1800 U.S. Federal Census, Huntington, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, Ancestry. com. Originals are with the National Archives in Washington D.C. You can also find copies with FamilySearch. 

Enos Seward family in 1810 in Huntington:

  • Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over — 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over — 1
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 — 2
  • Number of Household Members — 2

Source: 1810 U.S. Federal Census, Huntington, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com. Originals are with the National Archives in Washington D.C. You can also find copies with FamilySearch. 

There is no record of Enos Seward, the father, living in Luzerne in the 1820 U.S. Census. I get Enos Seward Jr. but not the father. The date on this census is August 7, 1820. There is a woman in Levi Seward’s house who is over 45 years old. His wife, Thankful, would be 41 years in 1820 if she was born in 1779. Sarah Seward wife of Enos would be 75 years old. Could this person be Sarah?

October 31, 1819 – Letter of Ebenezer Goss to his nephew Mr. Nathaniel Gofs of Luzerne Co., PA.

Here is a portion of this letter which will be shared in full in a future post.

Dear Sir, I can console with you, tho at a great distance, of the great trouble you are at, to take care of my mother in her old age & was it in my power, I would take her myself.  Again it appears to me that the rest of the others should help support her, which I have not heard of their doing. I heard Brother Seward had refused & I never heard what arrangement had been made for her support formerly. Please to remember & my family to all forgiving friends. Especially to your mother & mine. Please to write the first & every opportunity. So I remain your effectionate uncle.

In defense of Enos Seward we do have to understand that he was also 84 years old himself and probably not in the best of health. He had written a will August 20, 1818 and it was probated August 23, 1820 which means he died sometime before August 7, 1820 when the 1820 US Census was enumerated. I will review all this in another post about Enos’ estate and death. We also do not know the state of his wife Sarah’s health at this time.

Source: Letter to Mr. Nathaniel Gofs, Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, Letter by Ebenezer Goss, October 31, 1819, Transcribed by Paul H. Goss, LDS Film #0924004.

By the time Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward/Seaward arrived in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania things had settled down a great deal. Peace came to Luzerne County. This does not mean that the land issues had been settled. So Sarah and Enos were involved in the final settling of the land issues and Sarah was also an heir to her father, Philip Goss IV’s, estate.

*Above Map of Luzerne in 1815, go to Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – PA Archives RG-17 Records of the Land Office, Melish-Whiteside Maps – choose the county and have fun. Huntington is on the edge of the map and very light and faded. You will see that there is no Fairmount Twp. at this time of 1815. It was not incorporated till 1834.


Another map is at Historic Map Works:  http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/14753/Huntington


Library of Congress Maps, Luzerne: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3823l.la000768/?r=0.116,0.539,0.149,0.089,0

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Enos Seaward and Sarah (Goss) Seward/Seaward’s: Children and Overview

First of all, I am sure that my Seward/Seaward cousins know a lot more about the children of Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward then I do; however, I will share what I do know. The important thing is to preserve our heritage as soon as possible.

This is a very interesting couple and throws considerable light on the Seward Family history. No record has been found covering the son ENOCH or at least the vital records of Granville have omitted his name. Perhaps through some error it was not entered. These older New England Families were much given to “pet” or “nicknames,” so it becomes easy to explain “Sally,” who of course was daughter “Sarah.” “Molly” is also easily accounted for, since the name given in the Granville Vital Records is Marah. The use of the name commands more than ordinary attention because it confirms again the use of the dual name of her grandmother Mary or Marah Kendall as shown in entries for vital records at Granville and Becket, Massachusetts In the Seward Family the name Mary was “Molly.” The oldest child of Ebenezer GOSS was Mary GOSS but called by the family “Polly.” The grave marker at Scott’s Cemetery below Huntington Mills reads “Mary GOSS, mother of Nathaniel GOSS.” (Mary or Marah (Kendall) GOSS) 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.

“The Sewards were also noted for their large noses, and a story is told of one of the Sewards, Gad or Enos who became a bit peeved when a neighbor with an equally large nose said as he met the said Seward: “Mr. Seward, will you please turn your nose to one side, I want to get by,” or words to that effect.” From the Paul H. Goss manuscript. 

Here is an overview of the children of Enos Seward and Sarah Goss. I will go into more detail on each of these individuals in future posts in groupings of siblings per post.  Please be advised that I have researched these children but would clarify that not all is proven. I am willing to make updates but please be kind with your comments and supply me with proof.

During the compiler’s visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gearhart, descendants of the Nathaniel GOSS Family residing near Fairmount Springs, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania were telling of a little “jingle” passed along in their family about the Seward Family cousins:

SALLY, TITUS, MOLLY, NEZER.”  From: Paul H. Goss Manuscript, Note: apparently there are different takes on this jingle by others.  More on this jingle in a future post. 

Here is an interesting descendancy chart for Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward.

Page 1 Enos & Sarah (Goss) Seward Family

Page 2 Enos & Sarah’s family

Page 3 Enos and Sarah

The above 3 pages were found in the Granville Public Library, History Room in Granville, MA on my trip and trips there. They were in the Seward/Seaward File in the filing cabinet. Unfortunately, I don’t know who compiled it. It was not signed. This room is their History Room and you need to make an appointment before going. I will share more of what I found in the file in future posts. As usual, everyone has a different take on the research of the family.  I like these types of documents because they give me guidelines.

The children of Enos Seaward/Seward and Sarah Goss, an overview:

  1. Enos Seward Jr. was born in Granville, Massachusetts on 4 September 1766 and died on 6 August, 1842 in Canisteo, Steuben, New York. He married Lydia Stevens about 1808. She was born 27 August, 1778 in Stillwater, Saratoga, New York and died the 26 July, 1853 in Almond, Allegheny, New York. She was the daughter of Joseph Stevens (1752-1830) and Naomi Matthews (1754-1778). Both Enos and Lydia are buried in the Merwin Cemetery in Almond. They had about six children: Enos, Orrin, Amos, Naomi, Sarah and Joseph.
  2. Enoch Seward not recorded in Granville, Massachusetts so it is unclear what happened to this child? The above jingle places him as 2nd born child.
  3. Eli Seward was born 12 July, 1768 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died about 1847 in Licking Co., Ohio. He married an Eleanor Earl born about 1770 and she died about 1846. Her parents are James Earle and Susan Bird. As far as I know they had one daughter Susanna Seward. He is buried in the Perryton Cemetery in Licking Co., Ohio.
  4. Amos Seward was born 13 August, 1770 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 25 July, 1804 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married an Abigail Williams born 1774 and died 1845.  Her father was Thomas Williams who d. 1804. He and Abigail had about four children: John, Clarissa, Lucy and William. Where they are buried is unknown at this time.
  5. Gad Seward was born 10 June, 1773 in Granville, Massachusetts. He died 18 September 1855 in Fairmont Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Gad married twice. First to Elizabeth Thompson and had two children Paul S. and David. He then remarried to Mary Sloane and had about five children: William S., Enos, James, Sarah Jane, and Nathaniel.  At this time his burial is unknown.
  6. David Seward was born 18 March, 1775 in Granville, Massachusetts, unfortunately David did not survive and he died 11 September 1777 in Granville. He is probably buried there. It is interesting that David is skipped in the jingle.
  7. Levi Seward was born 13 April, 1778 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 6 August 1851 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Levi married Thankful Wilkinson. She was born 25 April 1779 and died 4 March 1848 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They are buried in the Old Goss Cemetery just south of Harveyville.  It was very difficult to pin down the children of Levi and Thankful. They may have had about eight children: Alvin, Mary, Samuel, Freeman, Sarah, Abel and Sabrina.
  8. Sarah Seward was born 25 May 1780 in Granville, Massachusetts. She married a Samuel Lawrence although the first name might not be correct – Lemuel. They had at least one child Enos. My notes state she died in Canisteo, New York.
  9. Titus Seward was born 9 July 1783 in Granville, Massachusetts. He died 24 April, 1851 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married a Clarrisa Forbes born 1783 and died 1875 in Huntington Twp., She was the daughter of Nathan Forbes (1755-1833) of Connecticut and Thankful Hale (1754-1820). Titus and Clarissa had about eight children: Dorothea, Elmer, Lydia, Dianna, Thankful, Caroline, Martha and Mary A.  Titus is buried in the Old Goss Cemetery south of Harveyville. I personally saw his tombstone when I visited there. I am not sure of the burial of Clarissa.
  10. Mary Seward was born 12 July, 1785 in Granville, Massachusetts. She died 20 September, 1875 in Coshocton Co., Ohio. She married a George Goodwin on 14 November 1809 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They had about four children: Elijah, James, Sara and John. Mary is buried in the Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan Co., Indiana she had migrated with her son James. She remarried to a Daniel Ashcraft in 1825 but they separated.
  11. Ebenezer Seward was born 6 May 1789 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 24 October, 1854 in Russiaville, Howard, Indiana. He married Eleanor Baker 7 December, 1808. Eleanor was born 20 March, 1790 in Wilkes-Barre and died 27 March, 1876 in New London, Howard Co., Indiana. Eleanor’s parents were William Baker (1762-1812) and Waitsel Heath (1773-1846). They had about six children: Mary, William Baker, Charles, Levi, Julia A. and Waitsel. Burial is unknown at this time for Ebenezer and Eleanor.

Apparently another son was born to the Seward Family after their removal to Huntington Township, Pennsylvania named Ebenezer, which would easily account for the ending of the couplet, “Nezer.” He was undoubtedly the youngest child, and so named Ebenezer for his Uncle Ebenezer GOSS our ancestor who was the youngest child of Philip GOSS, Sr. (4th) and Mary or Marah (Kendall) GOSS.  Paul H. Goss – Goss Family Manuscript. 

Note: This quote does not make sense for my research shows that Enos and Sarah Seward did not migrate to Huntington Twp. till 1793.

Each of these children will be featured in future posts, with sources and additional information.

Source of the Excerpts in quotes:

The Goss Family History or Ebenezer Goss, the stone of help : ancestral history of the family of Philip Goss (4th) of Brookfield, Mass. and Ebenezer Goss of Brookfield, Mass., Huntington Mills, Pa., Plymouth, Conn. and Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio, Revolutionary War soldier, by Paul H. Goss, 1940, 153 pages Book: 929.273 G694 off site storage. Also on microfiche #6004255.

Go to my page about Paul’s Manuscripts: sgossfamily.wordpress.com/paul-h-goss-and-the-goss-family-history/

Paul had various versions over the years of his Goss Manuscript so the wording might not be exact.  I am working off a copy I found in the Mayflower Library in Plymouth years ago when I visited that area.

There are others who have written about the history of Huntington Twp. and the people who lived there. I will share those stories in future posts.

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