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.