Noah Goss is sort of a mystery, at least he is to me. I have tried to learn more about him, a son of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss.
Noah Goss was born 24 June 1782 which means he probably was born in what is presently called Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This is the area around Wilkes-Barre that was under the ownership of Connecticut at the time and the land squabbles between Pennsylvania and Connecticut were still going on. The Revolutionary War was ending so it might have been safe for Solomon and Olive to be living in the area?
The only record I have found on Noah’s birth is from the information on his tombstone in the Green Valley Cemetery in Knox County located next to his sister’s tombstone – Lydia (Goss) Spracklin. It states he was 51 years old at his death. His death date is 18 July 1833 and the age at his death is 51 years. This means he was born about 1782.
As you can see from his tombstone it is standing, but it is damaged and there is evidence that it is flaking. Someone fixed it for you see at the base what looks like a circular line of new cement. Fortunately, his grave stone has been recorded and published. Find A Grave has another photo and description of his tombstone.
The actual date of birth comes from the manuscripts of Flora Montanye Osborn “Additions to the Cooley Family,” The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, Vol. VII, No. 1, Sept-Oct, 1943. This magazine can actually be found in a large public library, or the Family History Library. You can contact the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library or seek out the “Keziah Cooley Goss Chapter of the D.A.R., May 3, 1942, Yearbook 1943-1944, FHL#940938 Items 4-5.” Where Flora found this information is unclear. I suspect she might have learned of these dates through her family connections because she cared for several of the elderly children of Levi Goss, Noah’s younger brother. Believe me I have tried to find her sources but have not been able to locate her actual research files which I had hoped might be at some archive in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan? I know that she was a member of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research but they don’t seem to have her files? Flora did a lot of research on the Goss family back in the 1940’s and is the great-granddaughter of Levi Goss. She died in 1951 and is buried in the Rice Cemetery near Milan, Michigan. I will post more on Flora and her work at a later time. As far as I know, Noah did not marry. If he did it is not recorded in Washington County or in Knox County, Ohio marriage records or indexes which I have studied on several occasions.
The circumstances of his death would be interesting to know. I have not been able to find an obituary notice or article about his death either in the newspapers or the abstracted newspaper publications of Knox County, Ohio. The newspapers in Ohio are a tough record to search as I learned on my visit there in August of 2007 and again in 2011. A lot of issues are missing. There is the fact that they just didn’t publish death information like obituaries until much later. Still I gave it a valiant try and if you have ever done newspaper research you know it can be slogging work! I also checked the county abstracted published newspaper books and did not find anything that was of significance. An estate file has not been found for Noah Goss in Knox County, Ohio where he died. I have looked at the probate indexes at the Knox County courthouse annex on two occasions and studied the microfilms done by the Family History Library and have had no luck. What little I know of Noah has come from two deeds that he was involved with. One is when his father Solomon Goss sold to him the land in Knox County, Ohio and the other is when Noah turned around and sold it to a Stephen Minton. Deed dated October 2nd, 1815: Deed of Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio selling land to Noah Goss his eldest son in Knox Co., Ohio for $200 (100 acres). Witnesses were Simon Porter and Solomon Goss Jr. and Joel Tuttle JP. Description of Land: ” …certain tract or parcel of Land, Situate and being in said State of Ohio, in the Fourteenth Range & Sixth Township of the United States Military Lands so called, containing one hundred acres, being part of a – tract of Land deeded to me the said Solomon Goss by Zaccheus Biggs July 28th, 1802, Refference thereunto being had, and is butted and bounded as follows, beginning at the North West corner of the tract, Thence Running East Forty eight Chains, Thence South Twenty Chains 83 1/3 Links Thence West Forty eight Chains to the West line of said Tract, Thence North Twenty Chains 83 1/3 Links to the place of beginning.” Knox County, Ohio Deeds, FHL#314037, Vol. B-C pg. 276.
Deed Dated: Dec. 15, 1815: Deed in which Noah Goss sold his land to Stephen Minton of Morris Twp., Knox Co., Ohio on Dec. 15, 1815 recorded in Dec. 16, 1815 and witnessed by Benjn Hillman and Benj. Barney also JP. Description of the land: ” …certain tract or parcel of land, situate and Being in the said State of Ohio in the Second Section, Fourteenth Range and Sixth Township of United States Military Lands so called, containing one hundred acres, being part of a tract deed to Solomon Goss by Zaccheus Biggs July the 28th 1802, Reference thereunto being had – And butted and bounded as follows, Beginning at the North West corner of said tract, thence running East forty eight chains, Thence South Twenty chains 83 1/3 links, Thence forty eight chains to the West line of said tract Thence North Twenty chains & Eighty three & 1/3 links to the place of beginning. To Have and To hold the said….” Knox County, Ohio Deeds FHL #314037, Vol. B-C pg. 320. Solomon Goss (Sr.) prepared a series of deeds for all but one of his living children in 1815. They are recorded in Knox County, Ohio deeds. Normally in a deed, relationships are not stated, but much to my delight they are in these deeds.