Most family histories start at the oldest ancestor and go forward down through the descendants. I decided to start with Solomon Goss first, because he was a very important ancestor in my family history. He was a son of Philip Goss (b.1724 Brookfield) and Mary (Kendall) Goss (b. 1721 Woburn). On this blog, so far, I presented Solomon’s life in Ohio and followed out his descendants. I have completed publishing the descendants, as far as I can go on this blog. I have also come to resting places on my other blogs like The Barclay’s of Pine River that covered Amarilla Spracklin (father Daniel D. Spracklin) a granddaughter of Lydia Goss Spracklin who was a daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss. The Man Who Lived Airplanes goes further down the descendants line with Amarilla’s daughter Grace Barclay. Grace married Ronald S. McDonald and they had Keith, the compiler’s father.
My father, Keith, and his sister Miriam knew about the Mayflower heritage in the family, but they didn’t seem to know how our family fit in. On this blog I have presented the Spracklin-Keller-Delano connection to the Revolution (DAR) and Mayflower but now it is time to seek out the Goss connection to DAR and Mayflower.
So the remaining course of this blog, is to go back further in time, and delve into the ancestors of Solomon Goss, and other families that are connected to the Goss Family History? It is an amazing journey, but it is a hard one because of the destruction and loss of records. The research gets harder the further back in time you go in any event.
The Map above you will find at: http://www.masshist.org/object-of-the-month/objects/rufus-putnam-s-map-of-worcester-county-2008-12-01. Good old Rufus Putnam, once again he helps me in the research. Click on the photo and it will open up and be better to read. We are getting a feel how Brookfield was like for the Goss family.
Solomon Goss’s father was Philip Goss IV born 18 November, 1724 in Brookfield, Massachusetts. He married Mary Kendall 7 June, 1744 (intentions) in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Because of Philip’s migrations the first four children were recorded in Simsbury, Connecticut. They were: Sarah boirn 4 July, 1745, Philip Goss Jr. born 12 August, 1746, Experience born 8 October, 1747 and Nathaniel born 26 January, 1749. The next child Comfort was born about 1751 but the location is unknown. The next three children were born in Granville, Massachusetts. They were David who was born 14 June, 1752, Solomon Goss born 16 June, 1754, and Mary born 6 Mary, 1757. Only one child was born in Becket, Massachusetts and that was Ebenezer Goss 8 September, 1760.
Philip Goss IV born 1724 in Brookfield was the son of Philip Goss III born circa 1700 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He married on 25 November, 1723 in Brookfield, Massachusetts to Keziah Cooley. They had: Philip b. 1724, Hannah b. 1726, Ebenezer b. 1728 and d. 1729, Keziah Goss b. 1730, Judith b. 1731, Nathanial b. 1733 d. 1734, and Thomas b. 1734 (later of Barkhamsted). This Philip Goss died 17 September, 1742 in Brookfield, Massachusetts. Keziah remarried to Timothy Brown and died about 1745. Keziah has a rich heritage being a member of the Cooley family and that includes other surnames like Bliss, Wolcott, Stebbins, Chapin and Pitkin. The burial location of Philip and Keziah is unknown, although I have tried to find evidence both through cemetery publications and my visits to Lancaster and Brookfield cemeteries.
Philip Goss III b. 1700 was the son of Capt. Philip Goss II b. 16 December, 1676 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Philip Goss and Hannah Hopkins. On 30 August, 1699 in Concord, he married Judith Hayward. They had the following children: Judith circa 1699, Philip circa 1700, Hannah Goss, circa 1705, Mary Goss circa 1708, John 10 January, 1711 in Brookfield, Thankful 13 December, 1713 in Brookfield, and Thomas Goss 6 July, 1716 in Brookfield. Capt. Philip Goss migrated from Lancaster to Brookfield about 1704-5.
Judith Hayward Goss is the link back to Mayflower through her mother Anna White Hayward to Resolved White and then William White. Capt. Philip Goss II died 13 September, 1747 and on 18 April, 1748 Judith also passed. They are buried in the Old Indian Burial Ground in West Brookfield, Massachusetts which was not incorporated till 1848 so you will find sources and documents under Brookfield.
Capt. Philip Goss II’s father was Philip Goss I born circa 1650. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts (Muddy River) first and married about 1675 to Hannah Hopkins. This couple had the following children: Philip Goss 16 December, 1676, Hannah Goss born and died 1679, Mary Goss born 1680 and died before 1687, William Goss born 6 October, 1682 in Boston, baptized in Roxbury. In 1687 this Philip Goss purchased the “Nights Pasture” estate in Lancaster and moved there. He divorced Hannah Hopkins Goss who had fled to Jamaica. Philip remarried 29 March, 1690 in Concord to Mary Prescott, granddaughter of John Prescott who founded the town of Lancaster. Philip and Mary Goss had Mary born 31 May, 1691 in Lancaster followed by John Goss born 20 June, 1693 in Lancaster. Philip died in 1698 and is buried in the Old Settlers Burial Ground behind the Middle Cemetery and over the railroad tracks in Lancaster. In brief:
Solomon Goss son of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall
Philip Goss IV son of Philip Goss III and Keziah Cooley
Philip Goss III son of Philip Goss II and Judith Hayward
Philip Goss I of Roxbury and Lancaster – 1st marriage Hannah Hopkins
The above is just a summary of these families, and over the course of the following months I will try to tell their story on this blog. Meanwhile, you need to do some homework and study the works of the persons listed below.
I would like to encourage you to study the PAGES at the top of this blog covering Paul H. Goss and Flora M. Osborn. Paul and Flora did their research in the 1930 through to 1963. Here is the link to Paul’s PAGE: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/paul-h-goss-and-the-goss-family-history/
Other researchers have discussed the descendants of the 2nd marriage of Philip Goss to Mary Prescott focusing on John Goss who married Mary Woods. One of their sons Philip Goss married Hannah Ball and migrated first to Warwick, Massachusetts (Roxbury, Canada) and then to Winchester, New Hampshire.
In 2011, David P. Goss published this book titled: Abel Goss of Lower Waterford that discusses the John Goss line to his son Philip Goss and Hannah Ball. This book is available at the Family History Library but it is not downloadable at this time. You can purchase a copy from the author. Go to this PAGE on this blog and you will learn more about this source: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/abel-goss-of-lower-waterford-vermont-the-goss-family-by-david-p-goss/
Elbert Garrett Goss – Descendants of Philip Goss of Lancaster, MA 1650 , 1995. This discusses the descendants of John Goss the son of Philip Goss and Mary (Prescott) Goss. Elbert descends from John Goss and Mary Woods son John born in 1717 and who married Abigail Ball. Their son Joseph Goss married Sarah Wilder and they had Asa Goss. Asa Goss’s son Darius married Sophia Blackstone. They had Percy Darius Goss and Elbert was his grandson. This is also available at the Family History website to download. Elbert did a great job finding original sources. See my PAGE for Elbert at this link:
These sources are compiled manuscripts written with love and care by the people who are responsible for them, however, please study them carefully for mistakes can be made. They are not all the sources for this Goss family line. They are just the beginning. I have spent some time studying those sources given by Paul and Flora. It is now over 55 years later, the publications have been republished and some have been a challenge to find. I think I didn’t find about 3-5 of the sources they used.
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