Revisiting a tour in 2008 – Huntington and Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania…

Back in 2008, I traveled to Pennsylvania. I had won the registration for the Federation of Genealogical Society conference in Philadelphia and it was way too tempting.  So I planned my trip with the idea that I would visit the Goss history sites in Pennsylvania.

To document that trip my first blog “Pennsylvania Wanderings,” was born. Sadly that blog is getting old and dated, so I have tried to incorporate the information from it into this blog. I am inserting it in various places that are actually more appropriate for the content.  The blog will be turned into a PDF and removed from the web and placed on a page of this blog.  So if you are interested, I suggest that you go to it and read it now and print of the posts that you like. There should be a link on the right side of this blog.

Back then, I decided to use Wilkes-Barre as my home-base.  This meant that I would have to drive from Wilkes-Barre and go west to see Plymouth Twp., Huntington Twp., Fairmount and any other area of interest.  It was very easy and pleasant. I also had wonderful sunny weather the whole time. It took about 36 minutes and was about 23.6 miles to get to the area.

Huntington Twp. and Fairmount Twp. are still pretty rural and have municipal governments that require you call or visit the building, no websites. So if you want to learn what is there in these two townships go to Google and Google maps an explore. Use both the street version and the satellite version.

The only other town or borough that is big enough is Shickshinny which lies on the Susquehanna River around a big curve.  http://www.shickshinny.org/index.asp

Shickshinny has a Shickshinny Area Historical Society (on Facebook).  They were in the process of moving into a new building when I visited. Since then I tried to help a cousin. I sent her to the society and was told they will not acknowledge genealogy.  Sigh!  So approach them from an historical perspective to see if you can make headway.

I did most of my research at the Luzerne County Historical Society (see my page above on this society) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (which has moved to Wilkes-Barre).

Be advised that Shickshinny is a borough in Luzerne and not a county.  Here is a little something to explain the area: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shickshinny,_Pennsylvania

At the time I visited, I made contact with Donna. She was with the historical society at that time but something happened and she decided to go another direction. She was kind and drove me around showing me the sites which helped a lot. She took me to views and places I might not have know about.

Be advised that the Susquehanna River likes to flood and about a year or so after my visit they had a bad one in the town. In the city of Wilkes-Barre there were building these big walls along the river for just that reason.

Google Map of Shickshinny

I drove down the Hwy 11, which is called Chestnut on the map.  I would cross the amazing bridge in Wilkes-Barre and turn left driving west through part of Kingston and then Plymouth and continue on to Shickshinny. The road is on the north side of the Susquehanna River and follows it. It starts to curve south.

One of the places to eat at the time was the Wagon Wheel, but I guess it is closed now. I had fun there. Sigh!

The Wagon Wheel Restaurant now closed

This imposing church greets you as you come into town on Hwy 11th. I gave a lecture there for the Historical Society and because Donna asked.

The church or one of them

Here are some street scenes in Shickshinny:

Coming into Shickshinny

The Bank

The main intersection in Shickshinny

Going north out-of-town

Very cool house on the hill in Shickshinny

Here is a little from the History of Luzerne Co., by Bradsby describing Huntington Township, I think it is rather amusing. It was published in 1893, Chapter XXI:

This and Fairmount township are the richest agricultural portions of Luzerne county. Not only noted as the well-to-do land of farmers, but here is that superior general intelligence and refinement, as well as better culture, that mark the entire length and breadth of beautiful Huntington valley as the most favored place after all in the county. This entire region is without a railroad, without a town that deserves the name, and in the two townships there is but one licensed hotel. A licensed hotel is a place where liquors are sold. There are places for the entertainment of strangers, plenty of them, but licensed hotels there is but one, and that is away up in the mountain, on the old turnpike, where was a tollgate. This bespeaks the morals as well as the thrift and intelligence of the people of this favored locality.

[p.585] Huntington valley runs along north and south through the two townships, is not a valley after the fashion of the Wyoming valley. It is rolling, might be called, perhaps, better a “second bench,” but is, until you strike the mountains in the north of Fairmount township, all a fine quality of arable land. The farmers find their outlet to Shickshinny on the river by a turnpike road, and in an early day the old Berwick turnpike led north to Elmira and south to Berwick.

Topo map of Huntington Twp.

Here is a little of my tour back in 2008 of the area:

Pennsylvania Wanderings, A Tour of Huntington and Fairmount Townships, Luzerne Co., Part II published September 18, 2008, excerpts.  Fairmount Twp. was established in the mid 1830’s.

Sign Post Huntington Twp.

The Town of Huntington Mills, Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania (formerly Hublerville) 

This town (Huntington Mills) is up the road about 1 mile from the Scott Cemetery. I was interested in the gristmills that were supposed to have been built there. I was told by Donna that there were stones from them somewhere in the area. She thought it was about where the post office stood. The location of these historical sites is fast fading and need to be better identified for future generations. I did not have time to really dig in. I was getting a general idea. The white church was pretty in the sun but Donna said it was no longer being used.

A Tour of Huntington and Fairmount Township, Luzerne County Part IV, published Sept 18, 2008. Pennsylvania Wanderings. Excerpts from the blog.

The town of Harveyville, Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania

Fairmount Springs is in Fairmount Twp. and it is further up the road.

Gad’s tavern??

Fairmount Springs Cemetery

It was about this time to stop and have some dinner so Donna took me to the Rickett’s Restaurant (Rickett’s Glen Hotel State Route 221, 118 Benton, PA 17814) in Benson. It was a lovely dinner and more conversation with Donna. It was time to head back for darkness was coming. End

Rickets Restaurant

Years ago Huntington Mills, Harveyville, and Fairmount Springs were lovely little town hamlets but they were not like that when I visited. A lot of the buildings were abandoned and empty. Now the names of these locations are fading from the maps.  What I remember as I drove along is that it was easy to get around, find the cemeteries I wanted to visit. There was little traffic. The roads were two lane and in good condition. The weather was pleasant. It was smooth, gentle curves, a little up and down and I glided along driving by  houses in large lots and surrounded mostly by green.  It was lovely. I can understand what kept the Goss family there.

There will be more from Pennsylvania Wanderings in future posts.

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Nathaniel Goss Sr. and his father Philip Goss IV migrate to Huntington Twp. about 1776

Nathaniel Goss and, his father Philip Goss, made the move from Plymouth Twp. to  Huntington Twp. probably about 1776 per the information given below.  I ponder if there was a meeting of the father with his sons and daughters to discuss the move, wouldn’t that me an amazing story.

The actual move from Plymouth to Huntington Twp. was not that big a migration but it probably took some planning and preparation.  They still had to go to Huntington Twp. and clear the land, build homes and more.

Westmoreland Co. to become Luzerne Co. in 1786

“Huntington: The township committee authorized the survey of the six-mile township on March 12, 1772. Instead of selecting the location south of Hanover as originally intended, the committee decided to locate the township “at or near Fishing Creek, so called” on the opposite side of the River along the main path to the West Branch. After appointing a committee of five to find a suitable location for the township. Obadiah Gore, Jr. surveyed the perimeter, a road through the town and the fifty-three lots. He returned the survey for final approval in 1775 and the Company recorded it November 14, 1782 in Account Book C pages 75-77. The location was described as the east branch of Fishing Creek, now Huntington Creek. First lots were drawn in 1776.  

Huntington Twp in relationship to the other townships in the Wyoming Valley – over to the left and above Salem….

Huntington followed the usual layout of three divisions of fifty-three lots each. Each lot was approximately 100 acres regardless of division. In 1790 certified Huntington merged with Salem Township. But in 1793 reclaimed its original configuration so that certified Huntington lies entirely within Huntington Township. Compromise Act commissioners certified 190 claims for 90 claimants.

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony: Vol. III Claimants, Appendix: The Seventeen Certified Townships, pages 1-16 to 1-17.

What follows are from the histories of the area of Luzerne County and each author/editors version.

In 1775 the Township of Huntington was laid out under the auspices of the Connecticut-Susquehanna Company, and its location was within the bounds of what, by vote of the inhabitants of Westmoreland, was entitled, “Plymouth District.”

Nathaniel GOSS came in 1775* and located on the farm now known as the Howard Hotel property at Huntington Mills, —– The track of 334 acres on which he settled was granted to Henry Marks by a letter patent, dated April 4, 1775.”

Source: History of Luzerne Co. by Bradsby 1895, pg. 585. *I think this is a little early and that the lots had not been distributed till 1776. See Donna’s description above for a more accurate version of the history.

Nathaniel Goss….built a gristmill on the stream that empties into Huntington Creek on the North side of the old Goss Farm, now owned by A. Howard. It would grind about three bushels of corn per day. It was first run by hand and subsequently by water power. 

Source:  History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Huntington Township C. New York: W.W. Munsell & Co. page 587. As you can see each history as their own version of how Huntington Twp. came about.  I tried to find out more about the gristmills in Huntington and did find articles in the Wyoming Historical and Geological Magazine but they don’t mention the ones in Huntington Twp.

In 1775 the township of Huntington was laid out under the auspices of The Susquehanna Company (see map facing page 468); and its location was within the bounds of what, by vote of the inhabitants of Westmoreland, was entitled “Plymouth District.” (See page 794). During 1775 and 1776 there were very few inhabitants in Huntington, but some time during the latter year the number was increased by the removal thither of Philip Goss, Sr., and his family, who settled near what is now known as Huntington Mills…Nathaniel Goss, some time after settling in Huntington, built a grist-mill on a small stream which flowed into Huntington Creek…

Source: The History of Wilkes-Barre Vol. II, pg. 999 excerpts from this page. 

THE GOSS FAMILY – Philip Goss Sen was one of the first claimants. His sons Philip Jr, Solomon, David, Comfort and Nathaniel were with him in Huntington before the Indian and Tory invasion of 1778. Philip and Comfort were enrolled among the first settlers 200 actual who came to man their rights. The date of the roll is June 2, 1769. (Nathaniel was also listed but is omitted here)

Source: Townhill Cemetery File Manuscript, Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre, page 41-42, unknown author. 

The Hero of Wyoming – Col. John Franklin, His Leadership – “Early in the spring of 1776 he removed his family to Huntington (J. Franklin), accompanied by his sister, Susanna, who married Stephen Harrison. Several other families also moved into Huntington, during that year, among whom were Gad Marshall, Thomas Williams, Uriah Williams, Zachariah Squires, Jesse Scott, John Scott, Nathaniel Goss, Philip Goss and several other families. But as Col. Franklin’s record was lost, many of the names cannot be ascertained.

The Goss Family issue of Friday July 22, 1949 — Philip Goss Sr., was one of the first claimants of land in Huntington. His sons, Philip Junior, Solomon, David, Comfort and Nathaniel were with their father in the place before the Indian and Tory invasion of 1778.

The names of Philip Goss and Comfort Goss are enrolled among the first two hundred actual settlers, who braved the hardships and dangers of the advanced force who came to “man their rights,” as they were then spoken of. The roll bears the date of June 2d, A.D. 1769….The name of Goss has been permanent in Huntington since the first advent of the Connecticut settlers….

Sarah Goss, daughter of Philip, was the wife of Enos Seward, and when the inhabitants of Huntington deemed it safe to return to their homes, after the prospect of quietude and safety in possessing them seemed probable, they gladly returned, bringing with them more of their children and friends. —

Source:  History of the Huntington Valley – Mrs. M. L. T. Hartman, A Series of articles in the Mt. Echo Newspaper, Mar. 11, 1949-Sept 30, 1949, Reprinted by Emily Wheeler Lewin, granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Trescott Hartman who wrote the originals in 1886, pages 11, 32.

Note:  You can see that each historical source has its own take on the events of the beginning of Huntington Twp., which at that time was in the governmental care of Westmoreland Twp., Litchfield Co., Connecticut. It would not be under Pennsylvania till the Decree of Trenton and then in 1786 Luzerne County was established.  I would believe Donna Bingham Munger’s version for she thoroughly researched the townships for her three books about the land.

Selling the land in Plymouth Twp.

There is a deed of Philip Goss, the father, to a Sam’l Gooding dated 1775 in Westmoreland records. It mentions lots 5 ….and meadow land, lot 28 in the 3rd division and 37 in Plymouth Twp. This is probably Philip selling his land so that he could move to Huntington Twp.

1775P Goss to S Gooding Plymouth Twp.

My attempt at transcribing the above deed: Samuel Goodings Deed from Philip Gofs – 1775

Know all men By these Presents that I Phillip Gofs of Westmoreland in the County of Litchfield & Colony of Connecticut in New England for ye consideration of one half of one whole right that I ye P. Gofs had of Samuel Gooding of Hartford in the County of Hartford & Colony of one P in ye Susquehannah Purchased I ye Grantor do sell & Convey unto ye Grantee the Land & Rec______Hereafter Named and it is one half of one whole right of land in the District of Plymouth in Westmoreland sd Right ____No. 5 mid_______& Lot & ____Lott No. 28 in the third Division Lott No. 37 together with ye one half of ye unsettled Lands Belonging to sd right in sd Plymouth District. To Have & to hold ye above granted & bargained _________unto ye Grantee his heirs & afsigns ____further g ye Geo_____  Do covenant & ________for myself Heirs & assigns forever To warrant and Defend the same from any __________claim or challenge by or under me & that g ye Grantor have good right to sell ye same in manner & form as above & that if some is aoo _______.  In witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of January A.D. 1775.  Signed by Philip Goss …with seal

Witnesses Thomas Health, Elisha Richards

Litchfield County SS: Westmoreland 4th January 1775 Personally appeared before me Phillip Goss signer & sealer to ye foregoing instrument & acknowledged same to be free act & deed. Before me Zebulon Butler Justice of Peace. Received ye above deed to record January 15th A.D. 1775 Ezekiel Peirce Clerk.

Source: Roll One – Target Says: Deed Book 1772-1778 – Westmoreland Town Record (Ledger A) pp. 1-170 c. 1769-1794 but no in chrono order.  Also Town Book pp. 607-1033 (1770-1778, 1787 not in chrono order, Luzerne Co. Historical Society films. 

Westmoreland Tax Lists

In my post titled “Westmoreland County Taxables 1776 to 1780,” published on January 21, 2018, I shared information that showed that the Goss family and others appeared in the tax lists of the area.

https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/westmoreland-county-taxables-1776-to-1780/

I will repeat some of that information here with an emphasis on Nathaniel Goss’ role:

1776  Plymouth District – August of 1776, pages 877-878 of source #1 above.

  • William Davidson – Wilkes-Barre
  • Philip Goss
  • Philip Goss, Jr.
  • Solomon Goss,
  • Nath’al Goss
  • Obadiah Scott

1777 Plymouth District pages 946-947, Sept. 1777?

  • David Goss
  • Nathaniel Goss
  • Philip Goss
  • Philip Goss, Jr.
  • Solomon Goss
  • Obadiah Scott
  • Memoranda on Last page of Original list
    • Resolved of Rec’d Philip Goss 1L, 5, 6 (2nd source listed above)

1778 Plymouth District pages 951-952 could be Jan. 8, 1778 or later in the year it is hard to determine.

  • Philip Goss
  • Philip Goss, Jr.
  • Solomon Goss
  • Nathaniel Goss
  • David Goss
  • Obadiah Scott
  • John Scott – Pittston

1780 – Does not show any Goss or associated family members but then there are only 91 names listed which means a lot of individuals were not accounted for. It is my understanding that it took awhile for the settlers to return after the Wyoming Massacre in 1778.  They still had to secure the area and stop the Indians and Tories from causing trouble.

You will find these lists as follows in the History of Wilkes-Barre Vol. II.

1776, August 1 Plymouth District #16 Taxes 1776  Harvey pages 877-78
1777, August 1 Plymouth District #17 Taxes 1777  Harvey 946-47
1778, August 1 Plymouth District #18  Taxes 1778 Harvey 951-52

Huntington Twp. Meetings:

In another post on this blog, I wrote about the Meetings of the Proprietors of Huntington Twp. 1777 to 1778 and published that on January 28, 2018.

For more detail follow this link:

https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/meetings-of-the-proprietors-of-huntington-twp-1777-to-1778/

In these pages about the meetings in Huntington, Goss and Scott individuals were featured like Obediah/Obadiah Scott, Philip Goss Jr. and Nathaniel Goss.

The meeting held May 6, 1778 featured a vote involving Nathaniel Goss

Huntington 391

6.7 Voted that a Tax of six dollars be immediately paid by each proprietor to defray Charges. Voted that John Franklin junr be Collector for Taxes. Voted that Philip Gofs junior be Treasurer for the Proprietors of Huntington.

7.7 Voted that this meeting be adjourned until the 4th Day of March A.D. 1778 at 10 O’clock in the morning to be holden at the Dwelling house of John Franklin junior in Huntington.

Opened at time and place.

At an adjourned meeting holden a the house of John Franklin junr’ in Huntington in Westmoreland on the 4th day of March A.D. 1778.

Voted that Nathaniel Gofs be one of the Committee to lay out the highways mentioned in a former Note.  (This implies earlier meetings?)

Source: Paul H. Goss, his personal research notes, letters and other items donated after his death, held in two boxes at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society in Boston, MA in the Special Collections.

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Nathaniel Goss and Philip Goss, Drawers of lots in Plymouth Twp.

The Goss Family started out in Plymouth Twp., which would become one of the Certified Townships in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In Donna Bingham Munger’s Book: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Heritage Books 2007, we find a series of lots in the Township of Plymouth that Philip Goss IV, Nathaniel Goss and maybe even Philip Goss Jr. participated in as drawers of these lots.

Donna’s explains what this might mean in the Appendix of her book. She discusses The Seventeen Certified Townships and describes them all including Plymouth Twp:

Plymouth: David Mead and a number of fellow proprietors surveyed Plymouth into five divisions of three tiers each. The number of the lots in each tier differed, but each division had 53 lots. Settlers drew lots before June 19, 1770 as various records indicate, but did not move on their tracts permanently until after May 4, 1772, the date the settlers’ committee determined as safe. Plymouth lay south of Kingston on the West Side of the Susquehannah River opposite Hanover to the east across the River….page 1-15.

In these Claimant listings below, we see that Philip Goss was the Drawer of the lot and in some instances so was Nathaniel Goss and sometimes they are together. The question is, was this Philip Goss the father or the son?

Please understand that the “Date Acquired: is when Mr. Wadham claimed the land. Drawer was the name of the individual who drew the lot and they were identified per the chain of title. There were multiple drawings so it could be different on different lists.

Claimant: Calvin Wadham
Date Acquired 6/30/1798
Drawer Philip Goss
Twp. Plymouth
Div 1st house middle tier Inc. 1st div middle tier house, lots 2, 3, 4, 5,
3rd Div 19, 21-23, 24 pt
4th Div 23
Lot 2 pt
Acres 365A 52p*
Chain of Title: Wotring, Wotring Heirs*, John Turner 12/15/1797
Patentee Calvin Wadhams
Source CTL:11:MEPly;12
Patent Book: P60:132
Survey Book 7:53; 12:130

*Wotring Heirs: Peter, William, John, Daniel, Maria, Jacob, Christain

In this lot history below we see that D. Bull & P. Goss were the drawers.

Claimant: Calvin Wadham
Date Acquired: 1/5/1802
Drawer: D. Bull & P. Goss
Twp. Plymouth
Div. 2nd Meadow River tier 28 inc. 2nd river tier 28, 29, 30, 31 pt. & mountain tier 9, 10 pts.
Lot 28
Acres: 77A 85p
Chain of title: Noah Wadhams 2/7/1794
Patentee Calvin Wadhams
Source: CTL:13;MEPly:104
Patent Book H5:618
Survey Book: 7:115 9:200

Claimant: Calvin Wadham
Date Acquired: 3/31/1794
Drawers Philip Goss & Nathaniel Goss
Twp. Plymouth
Div. 1st house middle tier inc 1st div w river tier inc. 2nd river tier 28, 29, 30, 31 pt & mountain tier 9, 10 pts
Lot 4
Acres 365A 52p
Chain of title: Noah Wadham
Patentee: Calvin Wadhams
Source: CTL:11;MEPly:13
Patent Book: P60:132
Survey Book 7:53; 12:130

Claimants: Calvin & Noah Wadham
Date Acquired none given
Drawers: Nathaniel & Philip Goss
Twp. Plymouth
Div: 5th, 1st tier
Lot 7
Acres: 115A 133p
Chain of title: Noah Wadhams 2/15/1777 Noah Wadhams Jr.
Patentee Case Fletcher
Source: CTL:19;MEPly:104
Patent Book: H24, 368
Survey Book 7:70

Claimant: Moses Wadham
Date Acquired: 2/7/1794
Drawer: D. Bull & P. Goss
Twp. Plymouth
Div. 4th, 1st tier inc. 4th div 51, 52 & 3rd div 51
Lot 51
Acres 286A 36p*
No chain of title
Patentee Wright & Wadham – Ellen & Noah Esq.
Source: CTL:17;MEPly:111
Patent Book P60:126
Survey Book: 6:227; 12:173

Claimant: Noah Wadham, Jr.
Date Acquired 12/9/1801
Drawers: Nathaniel Goss & Gosses sold N. Wadham Jr. one settling*
Twp. Plymouth
Div 3rd Middle tier inc. 26, 27 pt. Lot 26
Acres: 40A 4p*
Chain of Title: Noah Wadham Sr. 2/15/1777
Patentee: N. Wadham Jr.
Source: CTL:16;MEPly:104, 109
Patent Book H7:319
Survey Book 6:10; 12:169

Here is another claimant listing, but with a Thomas Davenport.

Claimant: Thomas Davenport
Dates Acquired: 1/10/1802
Drawers: Philip Goss and Nathaniel Goss
Twp: Plymouth
Div. 4th, 2nd Tier
Lot 33
Acres: 285 A, 159 p* more specific notes, Page 2-36 Seth Marvin sold whole right.
Chain of Title: Wadhams, Noah 2/15/1777, Wadham, Calvin 1/2 3/31/1794, Wadham, Moses 2/10/1797
Patentee: Thomas Davenport
Source: CTL: 18; MEPly; 30, 112
Patent Book: P60:170
Survey Book: 6:225;12:174

Source:  Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony: Vol. III Claimants, by Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books 2007.  Go here for more information about Donna’s books. https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/connecticuts-pennsylvania-colony-untangling-the-land-records-of-the-susquehannah-co/

Much to my delight I did find a deed of Noah Wadhams receiving a right from Philip and Nathaniel Gofs:

Orig’l Deed N. Wadhams to P and N. Goss Feb 1777

Converted to see if we can read better 1777 P&NGoss to Wadham

Here is my attempt to transcribe this and it is not easy:

*To all People Whom these Presents Shall Come Greeting Know ye that we Phillip Gofs …..& Nathaniel Gofs Both of Westmoreland in the County of Westmoreland & State of Connecticut Do for & in Consideration of the sum of one hundred and Fifty pounds Lawfull money of New England to us in hand well & truly Paid by Noah Wadhams Clerk of New Milford in the County of Litchfield and State above sd the _____whereof is to our full content & satisfaction — Therefore we ye Phillip Gofs …..  & Nathaniel Gofs do by these Presents give, grant bargain sell & convey and confirm unto him — Noah Wadhams Clerk to his heirs & assigns for Ever hereafter one certain Settling Right of land in the town of Westmoreland & in s’d District of Plymoth yet _____Lott is No. 4 _____so called and ye meadow Lott is in No. 29 in — Second Division; and ye third division or wood Lott is in No. 26 & Contains about 34 acres more or less. Together with all ye undivided land not yet laid out  Belonging to S Right & which whole Right contains about three hundred acres more or less — ______& appurtenances, there__ or thereunto _______to him the S’d Noah Wadhams his heirs ______admin’ors & assigns for Ever —absolute ____in fee simple & free & clear from all encumbrances _______of any kind or nature whatsoever _________________s’d Philip & Nathaniel Gofs or our Heirs ______assigns or from any person or persons claiming of same from by or under —Furthermore we the s’d Phillip Gofs & Nathaniel Gofs do ___________________to warrant & defend ye same from all persons laying claims under ye Title of ye State of Connecticut–In Testimony whereof we ye s’d Phillip Gofs ….. and Nathaniel Gofs have hereunto set to our hands and seals this 15th day February Anno Domini 1777 – Signed Seated & Delivered Philip Gofs Se’r Nathaniel Gofs In the Presence of Ezekial Peirce and Hannah Peirce. 

The question is, is this is the father or the son — Philip?

What do you think? Son or father?

The signatures of the 1777 Deed

In order to understand all of this and what it means, we would have to go do research in the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg or the Connecticut History Society in Hartford in the Susquehannah Company Deeds and the Westmoreland Deeds to see what we find.

Note: D. Bull mentioned above and Philip, the father, had a deed together. See the photo below of the index of deeds.  I found this in the film that I looked at when I visited the David Library of the American Revolution. This library is north of Philadelphia and it is amazing. As I recall I could not find this deed in the film, even though it was listed in the index.  So I am still trying to see if I can find it at some point.  I do have the P. Goss and S. Good…deed but not the one with David Bull.

Deed Index D. Bull & P. Goss

You could go to the Pennsylvania Archives website and take a look at the Warranty Maps, selecting Plymouth which has three maps to choose from. I found it very confusing but interesting.

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