We know that Solomon Goss was listed as being in Marietta Township in 1800 per the Northwest Territorial census. We also know that he eventually settled on land in Fearing Twp. and was there by at least 1810.
I tried to find a deed in the deed index in the Washington County Courthouse showing Solomon Goss buying land in Fearing Twp. I did not find anything for him except the purchase of the land in Knox Co., Ohio from Zacheus Biggs. If you see a notation that Solomon purchased land in Ross County, well, Knox was carved out of Ross. The land in Knox County, Ohio is the land that Solomon Goss sold in deeds to his children in 1815. I have thoroughly discussed this land purchase on this blog in several published posts. This is the land that his daughter Lydia Goss and her husband John A. Spracklin settled on.
I did find a deed of Ichabod Nye selling land to Solomon Goss in 1803. Mr. Nye was an original proprietor of land in the Ohio Land Company, this is Section 18 of the third in the 8th Range, not the land we are looking for but still very interesting.
12 Ichabod Nye Deed to Solomon Goss: This Indenture made the 8th day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and three between Ichabod Nye of Marietta in the County of Washington, State of Ohio, gentlemen and Minerva Nye, wife to the said Ichabod Nye of the one fact, and Solomon Goss of Adams in said County of Washington, yeoman of the other fact. Witnessth, that the said Ichabod & Minerva Nye for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to as in hand paid, the receipt which is hereby acknowledged have granted, bargained, sold, assigned referred to and _______ by then presence do grant, bargain, sell and alien _________& confirm unto the said Solomon Goss a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Washington aforesaid and in the township of Salem. ____________Ichabod as follows ___ lying in Section number eighteen of the Third in the Eighth Range, beginning at the NW corner at a stake where a hickory eight inches diameter bears ______one No. fifteen lks ____a Beech 8 inches diameter bearing S 78 and 33 lks, Thence running south 25 chains to a stake where a Beech sixteen inches diameter bears S eighty W forty two links and a Sugar Tree twenty inches diameter bears A Thirty W twenty-two links, thence running East forty chains to a stake where a White Oak fifteen inches diameter bears S thirty one E five links and a Dogwood Sapling five inches in diameters bears N thirty __________, thence running North 25 chains to a stake where a White Oak thirteen inches in diameter bears ___ Thirty seven E. Six links ___a hickory five inches diameter bears S Forty five W twenty five links, thence running West to the place of beginning is lot number 82 ________________containing one hundred acres together with all ______ hereunto belonging or in any ways ____ containing all appurtenances.
To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with all its appurtenances unto the said Solomon Goss his heirs and assigns forever _____the said Ichabod and Minerva Nye for ________do convenient that they will forever _______________said tract ____________said Solomon Goss ___________.
In witness whereof the said Ichabod & Minerva Nye have herewith ______________
Signed by Ichabod Nye and Minerva Nye
The booklet: A Listing of Entrymen on Lands in Washington Co., Ohio, FHL Book #977.198 R2K. This booklet lists the original entrymen and on page 74 we find a Moses Williamson listed for: Duck Cr. Allotment, 100 acres, Range DL, Township DC Section number #82 Portion/Location: Donation Lands.
The librarian at the Special Collections at the Marietta College, found the following Allotment for Moses Williamson in the records book that are housed in their Ohio Company Collection.
No. 2 100 acres – Granted to Moses Williamson March 21, 1794 – Lying in the Mile Lot No. 107 in the third Township and Eighth Range surveyed agreeably to the Ordinance of Congress of the Twentieth of May 1785. Beginning at the northwest corner at a stake whence a Hickory 8 inch diam. bears S41 Degrees W 15 links and a Beech 8 inch diam S20 Degrees E 33 links & thence ______South 25 chains to a stake whence a Beech 16 inch diam ________S 80 Degrees W 42 Lks. and a Sugar Tree 20 inch diam N 30 degrees W 22 lks. Thence running East 40 chains to a stake whence a White Oak 15 inches diam bears S31 degrees E 5 lks and a Dogwood sapling 5 inch diam N 30 degrees W 7 lks. Thence running North 25 chains to a stake whence a White Oak 10 inches diam N37 Degrees E 6 links and a Hickory 10 inches diam S45 degrees W 22 links. Thence running West 40 Chains to the place of beginning and is No. 072 in the plan of Survey bounded North on Lot N0. 70 South on 076 East on & West 113 on No. 071.
Source: Description of Allotments (Ohio Company Records), Moses Williamson, March 2, 1794, Special Collection, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. Transcribed as best a possible, was difficult to read.
The above information regarding Moses Williamson is a bit confusing and does not mention Lot #82.
The Washington County Historical Society has in its collection a great many court documents. I found a very interesting court case that took place in 1803 in which Solomon Goss was involved. It looks like Solomon Goss obtained land by an ejectment suit that took place. The documents were very difficult to read, being faded and stained, but here is what I could make out:
Geoffry Goodtitle on the Demise of Richards & wife, Vs. Solomon Goss, Joel Bowen and Ichabod Nye —-Declaration of Ejectment — State of Ohio, Washington County, Court of Common Pleas – Dec Term 1803 – Solomon Goss, Joel Bowen & Ichabod Nye.
Geoffrey Goodtitle complains of X X X is custody VC; For that whereas on the first day of January anno domini, one thousand eight hundred and three. At the County of Washington aforesaid Thomas Richards and Nancy Richards, his wife, which said Nancy is heir-at-law of Moses Williamson deceased had demised granted and to farm let to the said Geoffrey Goodtitle a certain Lott or message of land containing six acres of arable land and ninety four acres of wood land situate lying and being in the County of Washington aforesaid in mile Lott number eighteen in the third Township, and eight range. Surveyed agreeable to ordinance of Congress of the twentieth of May One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty five and which is numbered eighty two on the plan of survey, to have and to hold the said premises with the appurtenances from the said first day of January in the year aforesaid for and unto the full end and term of five years then next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended by virtue of which said Demise he the said Geoffrey Goodtitle entered into the said premises and was ______________there of until the said Solomon Goss, Joel Bowen & Ichabod Nye afterwards to wit on the first day of April in the year aforesaid with force and arms entered the premises aforesaid with the appurtenances in the possession of Geoffrey Goodtitle so ejected drove out and removed the said Geoffrey Goodtitle from his said farm his said term herein being not yet ended; and him the said Geoffrey Goodtitle so ejected drove out and amoved, hath kept out, and still does keep from his possession thereof and other __________to him then and there did against the peace of the State and to the damage of the land Geoffrey Goodtitle of one hundred dollars and thereupon be brings suit etc. Pledges _______John Jacobson and Samuel ______________ Edward W. Cupper, Clerk
To Solomon Goss
Sir – I am informed that you are in possession or claim title to the premises in this declaration ejectment mentioned on the same part thereof and I being sued in this action as a casual ejection and having no claim on title to the said premises do advise you to appear on the first day of the next December Term at the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County at Marietta by ___attorney of that court or in your own proper person and then and there by ____of the same Court cause yourself to be made defendant in my stead otherwise I shall suffer judgement to ___against me by and you will be termed out of possession. Your loving Friend Dick Democrat. 1st day of October 1803.
Apparently the case went to the Supreme Court for ruling:
Washington Supreme Court Aug Term 1804, Geoffrey Goodtitle vs. Gofs and Bowen. In the case the Jury find that the defendants are not guilty in manner & form as the Plaintiff in his declaration hath alledged & therefore find for them defendants th___ costs. John _____Foreman.
Filled in form: Another Goss and Bowen are not guilty and put themselves on their Country for Trial…..
Very badly faded and stained document – Geoffrey Goodtitle — Solomon Goss Joe Bowen are written on it. To hard to figure out what it says.
Source: Geoffrey Goodtitle vs. Gofs, Bowen and Nye – Box 27 Court Documents 6125 to 6377 – 6322, and 6327, Washington County Historical Society, Marietta, Ohio.
As far as I can tell an ejectment was done when the person failed to improve the land they were on within a period of time like 5 years was the usual amount of time.
Very interesting developments don’t you think? Still have not figured out how Solomon Goss obtained title to Lot 82. Well we can see that a lot more research would need to be done. There are many puzzles here to try to find out the full story. A return to the deed records and court records would be in order. Maybe a little photo manipulation is in order to see if I can’t make out more in the documents I had found. Some of the names could be searched for more information on the nams such as Ichabod Nye, who shows up in the listings for the original proprietors in the Ohio Co. and the Richards mentioned above. Who is Democrat and Goodtitle? Probate records might be of value. Studying Moses Williamson who was very busy in the area buying land. I can see that this requires a great deal more research than I have time for at this time.
We do know that Solomon Goss has the land in Fearing Twp. based on the deed of his son Solomon Goss Jr. who sold that land in 1832. Perhaps someday I will revisit this and see if I can’t figure out more. We also know about the Knox Co., Ohio land which in the long run is the most important because it shows Solomon’s relationships to his children. We also have his will which also explains his wishes and his children and his land. I think we are good.
It is time to move on and seek out other details of Solomon’s life.