Philip Goss IV was now the administrator of his father’s Philip Goss III’s estate, newly married, and guardian of his brother Thomas. Things were going to get even more complicated for Philip.
Philip Goss IV received, maybe as a marriage gift in 1745/6, orchard land from his grandfather Capt. Philip Goss. However, in 1746 he sells land to a Gardner Wilder and a Josiah Wheeler. I will revisit these deeds in more detail when I start to write about Philip’s migrations.
Deed: 6 March, 1745/46 Capt. Philip Goss sells orchard land to his grandson Philip Goss Jr. in Brookfield next to his own land, Worcester Co., MA. (1)
Deed: 27 March, 1746 Philip Goss Junr. and Mary Goss his wife of Brookfield for 35 pounds new tenor from Gardner Wilder of Leominster in the county of Worcester, MA, 42 acres in Lancaster. This deed is signed by both Philip and Mary Goss. (2)
Deed: 28 May, 1747 I, Philip Goss of Brookfield in consideration of the sum of 65 pounds from Josiah Wheeler for thirty acres by the Quaboag River. (3)
We already know from my last post that his sister Keziah Goss marries to Zachariah Haskell on 20 August, 1745 in Hardwick, Massachusetts. Hardwick is northwest of West Brookfield about 11.5 miles. It is a very nice drive through Gilbertville. Hardwick is a small and lovely town with a cemetery right there in the center of it all.
Sadly, Philip Goss IV’s grandfather Capt. Philip Goss dies 13 September, 1747 followed seven months later by his grandmother Judith 18, April, 1748.
Here is a summary of the Estate of Philip Goss II of Brookfield, #24905, Worcester Co., Probate files. The summary below, is a transcription of the Probate Docket page of the court records, written and maintained by the court clerk, page 302, of Worcester Co., Probate Records, MA. (4 and 5)
- 1747 – John Goss & Thomas appointed administrators assent Book 233 page 34 This is John Goss of Brookfield and brother Thomas Goss of Bolton. Thomas is the Reverend of Bolton. Judith releases her administrative duties in a note to the judge. Her signature appears along with her son John Goss.
- 1747 Sept, 24 Bond L1000 Tho’ Gilburt & Simeon Dwight, sureties Book 176, page 17
- 1747 Sept, 24 Letter Book 101, page 235
- 1747 Sept, 24 Warrant of appraisal Book 2, page 623
- 1747 Oct. 7 Inventory L3775-6 Book 2 page 623
- 1748 Feb. 4 Account Bal. L 863-4-9 Allowed Feb 4 Book 2 page 679
- 1748 Feb 21 Warrant for Partition issued to Josiah Converse, Thomas Buckminster, William Ayres, Simeon Dwight & Nath’l Woolcott Report filed Aug 18, Allow Aug 19, Book 3, page 24.
- 1749, May 10 Account Bal. L649-4-5 Allowed May 10 Book 3, page 160
- 1749 Nov. 8 Account, Allowed Nov. 8, Book 3 page 238 [see page 426]
- Additional note in the probate file – 27, October 1757 Book 7, page 289 Haskell to Goss Sept. 1761 – May 29, 1750.
As you can see from the above list, the Rev. Thomas Goss and his brother John Goss are the administrators of Capt. Philip Goss’s estate. Philip Goss IV inherits more land from his grandfather’s estate as described below:
To Philip Goss, son of Philip Goss, Eldest son to Capt. Philip Goss Ye dec’d four acres of meadow lying in Western upon Wigwam Brook (as so-called) bounded all round upon Upland —- L 13:15:0.
He also received 110 acres of land part in Brookfield and part in Western and another 45 acres in Brookfield. (5) (See number 7 in the list above).
Sadly, Philip Goss IV looses his grandmother Judith in April of 1748.
Here is a summary of the Estate of Judith Goss of Brookfield, #24899, 1748, Worcester Co., Probate files. The summary below, is a transcription of the Probate Docket page of the court records, written and maintained by the court clerk, page 301 , of Worcester Co., Probate Records, MA. (6 and 7)
- 1748 Thomas Goss appointed Administrator
- 1748 May 12 Bond L200s Wm. Ayres and Obadiah Cooley, sureties Book 176, page 33
- 1748 May 12, Letter Book 101 page 253
- 1748 May 12, Warrant of appraisal Book 3, page 23
- 1749 Nov. 8 Account Bal. L327-13-6 Allowed Nov. 8, Book 3, page 238
- 1749 Receipt of Thomas Gilbert, Experience Rich, Daniel Walker, John Goss & John White, Book 4, page 491.
- 1749 Nov. 8 Receipt of Philip Goss Book 5, page 151.
- 1749 Nov. 8 Assignment by Zachariah Haskell and Keziah Haskell Book 7, page 309.
- Additional note in the probate file – 1748 Aug 17, Oath of Inventory – Book 111, page 23
Just 7 days before the death of his grandmother Philip Goss and his wife Mary Goss sell land in Brookfield to a Job Lane of Bedford, Middlesex Co., MA. Referring to the three deeds above and those listed in the previous post, we see a pattern. Philip Goss IV is selling off his land interests and his wife Mary’s land interests in Brookfield and Lancaster. He has his eyes focused on the west. Here is one more deed sale for more land in sold in Brookfield.
Deed: 11 April, 1748 I, Philip Goss of Brookfield, 140 pounds from Job Lane of Bedford in Middlesex Co., 82 acres, plus 16 acres, signed by Philip Goss and Mary Goss. (8)
The end of the decade does not come happily for Philip Goss IV. His sister Hannah Goss Haskell dies 15 May, 1749 in Hardwick. (9)
By 1749 Philip and Mary Goss are in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Before I start writing, in future posts, about the migrations of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss, I want to discuss the remarriage of his mother Keziah (Cooley) Goss to Timothy Brown and the confusion with his sister Keziah Goss who married Z. Haskell. Following that discussion the next topic will be Philip’s marriage to Mary Kendall, her family and then, the issue of the two Philip Goss’s that caused quite a stir back in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Sources for this post – find the parenthesis (#) above:
Probate and land records are online at the FamilySearch website (Family History Library).
1) Deed: 6 March, 1745/46 Capt. Philip Goss to Philip Goss Jr. in Brookfield Worcester Co. Land Records, MA, Book 21, page 292-293.
2) Deed: 27 March, 1746 Philip Goss Junr. and Mary Goss his wife of Brookfield to Gardner Wilder of Leominster in the County of Worcester Co. Land Records, MA, Book 27, page 47.
3) Deeds: 28 May, 1747 Philip Goss of Brookfield to Josiah Wheeler, Worcester Co. Land Records, MA, Book 23, page 160-161.
4) Court Clerk Books: Probate Docket No. 24000-27599, FHL#859177, Probate Records (Worcester Co., Massachusetts, index 1741 to 1881, 1731-1916. Case file #24905 Philip Goss 1747, Goss images start with 156.
5) Probate File: The probate file of Philip Goss (II), #24905, September 1747, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate files, 1731-1881. Case no. 24866-24948 Gorham, John-Gould, Curtis, 1731-1881. Case file# 24905 consists of the actual records of the probate process.
Paul H. Goss did a transcription of the distribution of Capt. Goss’s estate and included it in his manuscript that you can download from the Family History Library website:
Goss family Philip (4) Goss Sr., called “of Brookfield, Mass.”, and some of his descendants. pioneer, proprietor, patriot of Plymouth & Huntington Townships, Luzerne Co., Penn., Goss Family Mayflower Ancestry, by Paul Henry Goss, circa 1948, FHL#929.273 A1 and FHL#0924004 Item 6.
6) Court Clerk Books: Probate Docket No. #24899, 1748, Judith Goss, Probate Records (Worcester County, Massachusetts); index 1731-1881, 1731-1916, page 300.
7) Probate File: The probate file of Judith Goss, #24899, 1748 Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate files, 1731-1881. Case no. 24866-24948, Gorham, John-Gould, Curtis, 1731 to 1881. Case file# 24899 consists of the actual records of the probate process.
8) Deed: 11 April, 1748, I, Philip Goss of Brookfield to Job Lane of Bedford in Middlesex Co., Worcester Co. Land Records, Book 24, page 427. Image 531, Deeds 1746-1748 vol. 23 to 24. This deed does not mention Mary Goss at the beginning of the deed, but she does sign next to her husband at the bottom.
9) Death of Hannah (Goss) Haskell. History of Hardwick, Massachusetts with a Genealogical Register, Lucius R. Paige, Houghton, Mifflin, 1883, page 390. I have not found a vital record for her death in Brookfield nor in Hardwick. According to this book she is buried in the Old Hardwick cemetery in the commons area see page 166.