Solomon Goss’s father, Philip Goss IV, was a very restless man and after leaving Lancaster/Brookfield he migrated to several places and one of them was Granville.
Because there are many individuals with the name “Philip” in our line, I will use numerals and other descriptive words to be clear as to which one I am referring to. This Philip, father of Solomon, is given the numeral IV. He was born in 1724 and died circa 1778. He is also called the Philip Goss of Brookfield. So this Philip is the fourth the line: Philip Goss I b. 1650, d. 1698, Philip Goss II born 1676, died 1747, Philip Goss III born circa 1700, died 1742 and then Philip Goss IV born 1724 and died about 1778.
Let’s take a quick look at Solomon’s siblings. His parents, Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss had nine (9) children. They were born in different locations. I will go into further detail about each of the children in future posts.
The first four children were recorded in Simsbury, Connecticut. Paul H. Goss thought they were recorded there but might not have been born there. Here is his theory:
“It should be noted that the four children of Philip GOSS, who were recorded in Simsbury, were born between 1745 and 1749. He did not make his first land purchase there until April 1749, and at that time was “of Simsbury,” apparently on the ground selecting a site for purchase. The chances are that he brought his family there that spring or summer, after he had erected some sort of dwelling following his purchase in April. The children recorded in Simsbury were not born there. In those days when families were moving about a lot it was quite common for them to enter a group of children in the town records when they supposed they had made permanent home. It was custom and commonly practiced, to pay a small fee to have the entries made and obliging town clerks did not decline fees merely because children had not actually been born in their town.
Now Philip GOSS (4th) after settling in Simsbury entered there the births of his four children 1745-1749, who had been born as indicated before he settled there. He lived in Simsbury from 1749-1754, but had no other children entered on the birth records, but while shown as residing in Simsbury, a son: SOLOMON was born at Granville, Massachusetts on June 16, 1754, just a few miles north over the Connecticut state line; as was also a son DAVID, born at Granville, Massachusetts, June 14, 1752.”
Source: GOSS Family, manuscript, by Paul H. Goss, 1940, donated by Mr. A. Glick to the Mayflower Library in Plymouth, Massachusetts, copies made in 2003, page 58 in the typed version by B. J. MacDonald, part of the Goss Manuscript Compilation. There is a similar but brief comment that can be found in m,anuscript “Philip (4) Goss, “of Brookfield, Mass.,” Pioneer, Proprietor and Patriot of Becket, Mass., by Rev. Paul H. Goss, Presbyterian, USA, 1940’s.” Original copy is part of Family History FHL#0924004 and that is part of the one of the online downloadable versions of Paul’s manuscripts.
The children of Philip Goss IV and Mary (Kendall) Goss:
—1. Sarah Goss born 4 July, 1745 Simsbury and died 18 April, 1821 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She married Enos Seward (Seaward) on 31 October, 1765 in Granville. They had 10 children: Enos, Eli, Amos, Gad, David, Levi, Sarah, Titus, Mary and Ebenezer. All were born in Granville, Massachusetts.
—2. Philip Goss (Jr.) born 12 August, 1746 Simsbury died 25 October 25, 1833 in Harveyville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Hannah Darby had one son names Philip.
—3. Experience Goss born 8 October, 1747 Simsbury, Connecticut. It was first thought that she died young but then the possibility that she married a Levi Baldwin of Connecticut about 1765 in Becket, Massachusetts was discovered. Paul H. Goss stated that she died in 1815 in Barnston, Quebec but this has not been verified.
—4. Nathaniel Goss (Sr.) born 26 January, 1749 Simsbury and died 27 September, 1812 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Scott/Waterton Cemetery. He married Hannah Scott about 1780. They had 7 children: Experience, Philip (V), Rhoda, Hannah, Polly, John, and Nathaniel Jr.
This next child is a puzzle and not much is known about him:
—5. Comfort Goss born 1751 – There is a Comfort Goss mentioned in the records in the Wyoming Valley.
These children were born in Granville, Massachusetts:
—6. David Goss born 14 June, 1752 in Granville, Massachusetts and died 1 November, 1778 in Nanticoke, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married Anna Slater about 1777 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania a son David Goss was born 1778.
—7. Solomon Goss born 16 June, 1754 in Granville and died 1825. Flora M. Osborn, a Goss Researcher, is of the line of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss through his son Levi Goss. The compiler is a descendant through the daughter Lydia, a sister of Levi. Flora is closer to the compiler in the ancestry then Paul H. Goss.
—8. Mary Goss born 1757 in Granville and died 1832 in Ohio – Paul H. Goss mentioned a Mary in his manuscripts but he was not sure about her relationship to the family and did not pursue any research on her. Several Cousins working on this line have contacted the compiler and shared their findings. This Mary married a Lemuel Gibbons a William Davidson and a Valentine Santee. Her daughter Mary “Polly” Davidson married John Goss a son of Nathaniel Goss, Sr. The compiler has also done some of her own research so in a future post that information will be shared.
One child was born in Becket, Massachusetts:
—9. Ebenezer Goss born 8 September, 1760 in Becket, Massachusetts and died 5 August, 1832 in Portage Co., Ohio and he married Bede Blakeslee. Paul Henry Goss is a descendant of this man.
Over the next months, I will go into the life of Philip Goss IV and his wife Mary Kendall and their children. I will present many sources used by Paul, Flora, other researchers and myself, so that you can do your own checking.t will be a big project and complicated project. What is the saying “feel the fear, and do it anyway!” HA!