A Review of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss’s children:

Below is a summary and review of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss’s children.  They had a family of eight (8) children. I have written quite a few posts about these children, on this blog.  I suggest that you may want to review these posts.  To do that go to the top of this blog and hover your mouse over the PAGE titles.  You will find these PAGES are table of contents of past posts written Solomon’s children and others. I decided to separate out the children’s posts from their parents and place in a separate page. I have more to write about Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss.

The actual birth locations of the children is not known, because, at the time Solomon was living in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. It is the area around Wilkes-Barre in the eastern part of the state.  The Goss family all started out in what was called Kingston, then settled in Plymouth and eventually moving to Huntington Twp. which was farther to the west about 1776.  When did Solomon Goss settle in Huntington Twp. is not yet clear, I will do more digging to try to pin down the approximate date.

It was a troubled time in that location back in the late 1700’s. There was the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and the land squabbles between Connecticut and Pennsylvania who both claims the area. The settlers would move around a lot, going back to Connecticut to escape the fighting and maybe even to New York. Because of all this trouble, records are very difficult to find in the area, having been destroyed or lost.


Levi to lower Michigan, Solomon to Iowa, Lydia to Knox Co. and Daniel to lower Washington Co., Ohio.

Here is a list of the children of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss:

1.  Elizabeth Goss was born 9 December either 1777 or 1778 in the Wyoming Valley maybe in Huntington Twp., Pennsylvania.  She married Andrew Lake on 17 May, 1798  in Washington County, Ohio and raised a large family.  Andrew and Elizabeth are buried in the Rainbow Cemetery in Washington County, Ohio.  The Lake family was very prominent in the area.

2. Noah Goss was born 24 June, 1782 probably in the Wyoming Valley (Huntington Twp.).  As far as I am aware Noah never married.  Noah died the 18th of July, 1833 and is buried next to his sister Lydia in the Green Valley Cemetery in Knox County, Ohio.  I tried to find an estate or probate to determine what happened to him but the first volume is missing in the Knox Co. Courthouse and this was confirmed by the clerk of the probate office.

3.  Mary Goss was born 4 March, 1785 probably in the Wyoming Valley (Huntington Twp.).  Mary didn’t marry but she followed her brother Solomon Goss (Jr.) to Hardin County, Ohio and then to Iowa and is buried in Henry County, Iowa.  She died before the 13th of April 1859 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa.

4.  Solomon Goss  was born about 5 May, 1788 probably in the Wyoming Valley (Huntington Twp.) in Pennsylvania.  He married Mary (Polly) Coburn Devol on 19 November, 1812 in Washington County, Ohio. Solomon, the son, was the Executor of his father’s will so he inherited the land in Fearing Twp.  Solomon and Polly lived on his father’s land till about 1832 when Solomon sold it an migrated to Hardin County, Ohio settling near Peter Spracklin the father of his brother-in-law John Andrews Spracklin.  For ease of identification I usually refer to him as “Jr.”  Solomon Goss (Jr.) died 1 November, 1864 in Henry Co., Iowa.

5.  Daniel Goss was born 23 September, 1790 per his tombstone.  He died 18 November, 1868 in Belpre, Washington County, Ohio. Some sources state he was born in Virginia, which is interesting because that implies his father Solomon left Pennsylvania earlier than I can have sources for? He married  Lydia Ackley on 13 August, 1813 in Washington County although, the marriage record reads “David.” Other records use the name Daniel. He is buried in the Rockland Cemetery in Belpre, Washington County, Ohio were he lived. Lydia (Ackley) Goss is listed in the death records of Washington County as passing on the 20th of October, 1873 in Belpre, Washington County, Ohio.  I do not know where she is buried; however, there are large spaces in the Rockland Cemetery around Daniel’s grave.

6.  Levi Goss or rather the Rev. Levi Goss was born 22 October, 1793  maybe in the Wyoming Valley but probably somewhere on route with his parents to Ohio. He married Sophia Rummerfield (no record yet found) probably in northern New York state. He was a soldier in the War of 1812.  He owned a tavern near Chatham, Ontario for several years before he migrated to Michigan.  Levi died on 31 March, 1872 in Medina Township, Lenawee County, Michigan. He is buried with his family and wife in the Goss Cemetery west of Morenci, Michigan.  Levi is the ancestor of Flora M. Osborn who worked on the Goss histories – see her tribute Page at the top of this blog.

7.  Lydia Goss was born 8 June, 1796 probably either in what was eventually called Cincinnati or maybe in what became Dayton, Ohio? The histories of that area do not give her credit for being a first child born in Dayton. Her son Solomon Goss Spracklin did claim in his biography, written in the Harrison Co., Iowa history book, that she was the first child born in Dayton. Lydia married John Andrews Spracklin on the 19th of July, 1819 in Washington County, Ohio. She and John are buried with Noah and Ida in the Green Valley Cemetery in Knox County, Ohio, very close to the land that was bequeathed in a deed in 1815 to Lydia by her father Solomon Goss.  Lydia and John A. Spracklin are my 3rd great grandparents and this is my link to the Goss family and to her father Solomon Goss.

NOTE: To find more past posts about Lydia and John Andrews Spracklin go to the top of this blog and find the PAGE that is the table of contents for the posts published on them and their children.

8.  David Goss was born 15 January, 1799 in Washington County, Ohio but so far no record has been found of his birth or his death which might be about 1810 in Fearing Township, Washington County, Ohio or by 1815 because he is not in any of the deeds written by Solomon? Not much is known about David but he is usually confused with his brother Daniel. Olive would have been 42 years old at his birth. Both Paul H. Goss and Flora Osborn, past Goss researchers, have him mentioned in their writings.  Flora had family letters and memorabilia and maybe the information about David is with them.

If you study the above you see that the descendants all come down from these children Elizabeth, Solomon, Daniel, Levi and Lydia. Mary, Noah and David did not have any children.  See the map above to get an idea where they migrated* to or stayed**.

1) Elizabeth Goss and Andrew Lake stayed in Washington Co., Ohio.**

2) Solomon Goss (Jr.) and Polly Devol migrated to Hardin Co., Ohio and then to Iowa.*

3) Daniel and Lydia did have one daughter Sarah M. Goss stayed in Washington Co., Ohio living in the Belpre area.**

4) Levi Goss and Sophia Rummerfield settled in Lenawee Co., Michigan.*

5) Lydia (my line) and John A. Spracklin migrated up to Knox County, Ohio and settled there.*

In the next posts more information about Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss will be shared.

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Returning to Solomon Goss, a review of what has already been posted on this blog…

This blog was written to share about the life of Solomon Goss, who in my opinion was a very important ancestor in my line.  If he had not come from the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania to Ohio when he did in 1795, there might be a whole different story to the Spracklin/lens, Kellers, Delano’s and other families that married into the line after his arrival in Ohio. My posts would have been very different or none existent. Therefore, Ohio is a pivotal state in my family history.

Just recently at the end of July 2016, I finished publishing about the descendants of Solomon and Olive Scott Goss. I covered a majority of these descendants. It was a big job and took a lot of work but I am pleased. Hopefully I have helped in preserving that history. As I did the research on the descendants, I saw the memory fading with the passing decades and the moving around of the descendants. This concerned me.

If you are a descendant of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss, please take the time to preserve your family history with whatever method you can and share it with your family, others and given copies to archives in the area they lived.

The time has come to return to Solomon’s story and learn about his life in Washington Co., Ohio and go back in time to the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, Western Massachusetts and his birth in Granville.  From Granville, we will go back in time to his ancestors in Brookfield, Lancaster and Roxbury, Massachusetts. This will take time and determination.

Below is a review of the past posts I have published on this blog, so far, regarding the life of Solomon Goss. This is a review of what has been written and I encourage you to find these posts and review them yourself.  I will probably revisit some of the information for consistency sake; however, I do encourage you to seek out these posts and review them.

At the top of this blog are PAGES.  I have created Table of Content of posts published by family. Solomon and Olive had a page of their own. I will continue to add to the list on that PAGE, so what appears below is just a review. There are drop down menus at the top of the blog so hover your mouse and select. Also there are tips on searching on this blog that might help contained in those pages.

Below is a summary of the posts about Solomon Goss and Olive Scott so far. See their children’s PAGE for posts about each on of them.

Welcome! July 2, 2011

This post is an overview of the blog and explains who Solomon Goss is and where he came from briefly. Other blogs written about the subject and how it all fits in with other family names like Keller, Delano, Spracklin and more.

Ohio Bound: The Goss Family Story Continues!, August 13, 2011

An overview of the Goss Family who started in Boston and migrated to Lancaster, Massachusetts, then to Brookfield, and then to Simsbury, Granville, Becket, and Pennsylvania.

Marietta and Washington County — A Dream Come True! September 12, 2011

This was a visit to the area of Marietta in Ohio in 2011 by the writer of this blog. The writer visited and did research at various repositories and libraries in the area and also did a cemetery search and visited as many cemeteries as possible searching for the burial sites of family.

Solomon and Olive Goss’s Family, October 14, 2011

A summary and overview of their children.  A review is presented in the next post after this for consistency sake.

U.S. Military Lands: Land Deeded to his Children! November 15, 2011

In this post I share about the deeds that Solomon created in 1815.  This is when he sold the land in Knox County, Ohio to his children.  In these deeds he states his relationship to his children.

Revolution: Canada and the new United States, June 12, 2012, My obsession with Capt. John Butler. He was also a Lt. Colonel.

This was my attempt at trying to find out more about Solomon’s role in the Revolution and the events that took place in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. I hoped that Capt. Butler might reveal something about Solomon in his notes and letters to his superiors about prisons taken, but I was unsuccessful. Capt. Butler was the commander of the forces and Indians at the Battle of Wyoming near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1778.

Brock University Visit, Goss and McDonald’s in the Revolution, November 9, 2012 – Again my obsession with Capt. John Butler.

This archive had the books of Captain/Colonel Butler’s with letters to his superiors and apparently Capt. Butler was more interested in impressing his superiors than keeping information about others of less importance.  It was interesting to see how the other side saw the Wyoming Massacre.  We, in the U.S. would call Capt. Butler a Tory. In Canada he is called a Loyalist. It can be a little hard to accept that to us he is a villan and to others he is a hero.

I am not finished with Solomon’s role in the Revolutionary war and will revisit that when I get to posting about the Goss history in Pennsylvania. I will also share more about Capt. Butler when I get to the Wyoming Massacre.

Lydia Goss, youngest daughter, given land in Knox Co., Ohio, November 18, 2012

Lydia is my 3rd great-grandmother. She married John Andrews Spracklin.  The land that Solomon Goss, her father, bequeathed to here in 1815 is an important part of the history of the Goss and Spracklin/len link in Ohio. She is also not mentioned in the deeds to his children in 1815. I am referring to her rights to dower.  None of that is mentioned in these deeds. However, in each deed Solomon Goss carefully explains his relationship to his children.

The Will of Solomon Goss 1810! December 2, 2012

The 1810 Will of Solomon Goss and his bequeathing of his estate to his children and a discussion of the fact that Olive, his wife is not mentioned.  This leads me to believe that she had recently died and did not die in 1825 as many people believe.

In Search of the Final Resting Place of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss, December 23, 2012

This is a discussion of the cemeteries I visited in the Washington Co. area looking for Goss, Scott family and more.  No one knows where Solomon Goss, Olive, or David are buried in the Washington County area.  I tried to see if I could find out more information or locate the grave sites, again no luck, but at least me know now that his burial location is unknown but somewhere in the area.

A lot of these cemeteries are located pretty far from Solomon Goss’s land in Fearing Twp. The cemeteries in Fearing township did not get established till 1825 the year of his death.  I poured over the publications of the cemeteries in the area for clues and personally walked targeted cemeteries.

I would like to mentioned that there are cemeteries on private lands that I did not have access too.  According to the man who owned Solomon’s land when I visited the actual land in 2012, he said there were no graves that he knew of on the land and he was pretty sure about it.  He had lived there with his parents so it was a good 80 years on the land.

Here is a review of these cemeteries that I visited in 2011.

Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, January 8, 2013.

The publication about this cemetery is amazing and has a history of the cemeteries and the condition of them. In the early years they did not take care of the burials and many burials have been lost because of neglect, the moving of the bodies to other locations and flooding. The Ohio Company did keep some records. This cemetery has a monument to the Pioneers as well.  It also has Revolution War Soldiers monument.

Oak Grove Cemetery, Washington Co., Ohio, January 13, 2013

There is a publication about this cemetery and the burials and it is excellent. There is a dedication sign to the Old Burying Ground describing where it was located and it was even earlier than Solomon Goss’s death. There is also a Pioneer Monument dedicated to them which I visited.

Harmar Cemetery, west Marietta, Ohio, January 20, 2013.

One of the oldest cemeteries in the area.  This cemetery would get flooded and it was not in the best of shape.

Berg Cemetery in Fearing Twp. Wash Co., Ohio, January 26, 2013.

This cemetery was established much later mid 1850’s and had a lot of people of German lineage buried there. I visited it because it was close to where Solomon lived.  The land is very hilly and not all roads are paved. My husband took us up a very steep and rutted road to get to this cemetery. When I was visiting Solomon’s land, I could see it too was hilly.

Waterford Cemetery, Washington Co., Ohio, February 2, 2013.

I was seeking Obadiah Scott’s grave and also failing to locate a stone. He is listed in the publication for this cemetery as being buried there. He is the brother of Olive (Scott) Goss. I spent time walking around but was unable to locate his stone.

The Lakes: Rainbow Cemetery, Washington Co., Ohio! October 31, 2011

This cemetery is across the Muskingum River. The Rainbow Settlement was where the Lake family settled. Elizabeth Goss, daughter of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss, married Andrew Lake and lived in this area of Washington Co., Ohio. Rainbow was a more active settlement back then. It was an important cemetery visit and see if maybe Solomon or Olive were buried there.

Lydia Goss marries an Englishman from Somerset, February 9, 2013

Lydia Goss, youngest daughter of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss, married John Andrews Spracklin an Englishman from Somersetshire, England. He emigrated in 1817 with his Uncle Wine and Aunt Anne (Spracklin) Rood to Washington Co., Ohio and married Lydia in 1819 in Washington Co., Ohio.

John & Lydia (Goss) Spracklin Migrate to Knox Co., Ohio, March 17, 2013.

This post covered the tax records and census for Washington Co. A study for all the Goss children and their father and also Knox Co., Ohio and how it related to John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin.

John and Lydia Spracklin Settle on Solomon Goss Land in Knox Co., Ohio, March 25, 2013.

About the land Solomon Goss bought in Knox Co., Ohio and who he purchased it from and when he deeded it to his children in 1815.

As I start publishing posts about Solomon Goss and Olive Scott, I will add to that table of contents on the PAGE above at the top of this blog under the picture. I will probably rearrange those PAGES in order to accommodate additional material, so be advised they are drop down menus, so hover your mouse and select.

In the next post I will do a quick review of the children of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss.

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An Overview of the Spracklin/len Family….

Writing about the Spracklin/len family has been quite the adventure. Please remember that the research on the Spracklin’s has been focused on the line of Peter and Elizabeth Spracklin to their John Andrews Spracklin and his wife Lydia Goss.  Continuing down the line to their son Daniel D. Spracklin who married first to Elizabeth Keller and then to their daughter Amarilla who headed to Minnesota and married George Angus Spracklin. This couple had Grace and she married to R.S. McDonald and they had Keith, the compiler’s father.

Bristol Harbor ca. 1850 - the Spracklins sail to America from here in 1817 and 1823

Bristol Harbor ca. 1850 – the Spracklins sailed to America from here in 1817 and 1823

The other lines of the Spracklin/len’s has been some of my own research on the siblings as well as research shared by others.  Always double-check the information presented research needs to cover census, birth, marriage, death, land records and estate/probate records in order to really have a good and well covered biography of a person.  With each Spracklin/len family have lots of children it would take a lot of time to accomplish that goal so I had to make decisions about what to focus on.  If there are errors please leave a comment just remember I have several blogs so be sure you are on the correct one when you make your comment.  I will be able to find you and we can chat offline.

I come to a resting spot on the Spracklin/len’s which means it is time to move on and return to the Goss Family history.  At the top of this blog are static PAGES devoted to a table of contents of the posts written on this blog and other blogs so that you can find those relevant to what you need regarding the Spracklin/len research.

This means you need to consult both this blog for Spracklin history and the Barclay’s of Pine River blog for Amarilla and her father Daniel D. Spracklin’s history and his two marriages.  Links to my other blogs are located on the right side of this blog.

The research is not completed, it is forever ongoing; however, hopefully I have preserved the Spracklin/len heritage some.  As the research has progressed, I see a trend that concerns me and that is the history of our family is fading as the members pass on and leave an area like Hardin Co., Ohio or Shelby Co., Illinois, so I encourage you as a member of the Spracklin/len family to preserve your family history in photos, documents, sources and stories. Go talk to the oldest members of your family now and record that information, make a file folder or two, a scrapbook, whatever you want to preserve your family’s story and share it with others so it won’t get lost.  Then arrange to have someone take it over when you reach the end of your life.  I am currently working on that goal myself.

Another way to preserve your family history and to reconnect is a reunion, even a small one would be a good, and share it on the Spracklin Facebook page with photos and names of the those who attended and how they are related and where the event took place, that would be wonderful.  If that doesn’t appeal to you then make a memory book there are many options available online.

Here is a little teaser of a reunion of the Spracklin’s in 1931 from the Decatur news.

SPRACKLIN REUNION Held in Shelbyville, During the annual reunion of the Spracklin family held on Aug. 2 at the home of rural mail carrier J.V. Spracklin, in this city, the following officers were chosen during the business meeting to ensuing year: President: O.M. Spracklin, Cowden,  Vice President – V.E. Spracklin, Tower Hill. Secretary-Treasurer — Lille Wagoner, Cowden. The 1932 reunion will be held at Cowden. One hundred and thirty members enjoyed the basket dinner served in the yard at the noon hour.  Decatur Evening Herald (Decatur, Illinois) Fri. Aug. 7, 1931, page 20.  

Wow, 130 members in 1931.  I tried to find more references in the Decatur news to reunions of the family but this was it. The Shelbyville newspapers are not on-line yet.  If you have news of a Spracklin/len reunion please leave a comment and share.

Your Spracklin or Spracklen heritage is an amazing legacy and I am very proud to be a part of the Spracklin family.  I have had the honor of meeting several cousins and spending time with them and am grateful for their willingness to share and open their lives to me. I thank them for their kindness.

It is time now to return to the Goss history.  I left off with Solomon Goss and his children and my search for information about him in Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio.  It is time to return to that history and go back further in time to share my research about the Goss Family.   from Solomon Goss back through the ages to the first Goss ancestor Philip Goss of Roxbury and Lancaster, Massachusetts about 1654 to 1698.

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