In past posts, several of the deeds that Philip Goss IV was involved with referenced land details like Poppetunuck, Little Crag Mountain, Salmon Brook. These are not easy to find on modern maps. Here is a description of farming in the area with other references points that might help locate the area that our Philip Goss settled in when he was in Simsbury.
Go west young man! In the 18th century, in the town of Granby, that meant settling on Popatunuck Mountain or Poppetunuck, as the early Algonkians called it. This rugged country was, for the early Salmon Brook settlers, the western edge of civilization and bounded by what they referred to as “the wilderness.”
Source: Granby Patch Article: Popatunuck Mountain, Granby’s Western Frontier: The Tough Life of Mountain Farmers in the 18th and 19th Centuries. By Ken Kuhl, June 26, 2011. This is a very interesting article about farming in a mountaineous area and also talks about a family of Messengers who lived there. https://patch.com/connecticut/granby-eastgranby/popatunuck-mountain-granbys-western-frontier
I visited the Salmon Brook Historical Society located in Granby. I chatted with a volunteer and he helped me to try to figure out where Philip Goss’s land might be located. The land is actually in North Granby which is a part of Granby. Granby became free of Simsbury in 1786 long after Philip Goss had left the area.
Let’s take a look at this crude map again of where Philip’s land might have been located.
If you click on the map it will open. You will see a 1 with a star along Hwy 189 and Mountain Road crosses it. This was probably a portion of the land owned by Philip. In Philip’s time the town would grant land to settlers in pieces, some here and some there and it might be meadow land, orchard land etc. I would probably have to really dig deep to figure out exactly where the land was by visiting the town hall of Simsbury and Granby. Here a few maps that might help. I found them in the book sourced below.
Source: A Tempest in a Small Town, The Myth and Reality of Country Life Granby, Connecticut 1680 to 1940, by Mark Williams, 1996, Salmon Brook Historical Society, Granby, Connecticut. The above maps on pages 56, 64, and 75. This book is probably found in major libraries but not online at this time. I purchased my copy while visiting for the 2nd time to the Salmon Brook Historical Society. Try Worldcat for a search of libraries for this books location. There is a copy at the Family History Library. The first 223 pages are probably of more importance to our family history. Please realize that Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss were not there very long 1749 to about 1754. So they are not mentioned at all in the pages.
Based on the discussion with the volunteer at the Salmon Brook Historical Society regarding the deeds of purchase by Philip Goss it was determined he was in North Granby, so I drove up to North Granby. I drove up Hwy 189. What you see below are pictures of the intersection of Hwy 189 and Mountain Road. Now maybe I should have explored Mountain Road but time is always a challenge when you travel, and I had to get to my airplane to fly home.
There is also the Granby Cemetery right there in the middle of town est. 1740. Paul H. Goss mentions that he studied the burials trying to find Goss family. He didn’t find any Goss names and neither did I, but still it is always a good thing to visit the cemeteries in the area.
You can find a reading of this cemetery in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register Vol. 70, pg. 92 page 91, year 1916 Granby (Conn.) Cemetery Inscriptions. This article may be accessible online or at large libraries. The New England Historic and Genealogical Society has them online at their website for viewing.
Another source is this link at the Hale Collection online:
Find A Grave has 4824 burials and the cemetery is 56% photographed. There are 27 Kendalls listed in this online cemetery but I did not find a Mary, John or Experience Kendall in any of these sources.
So why did Philip Goss by land in a mountainous area? Well it could have been a challenge and maybe that was why he turned around and sold it off by 1753 and 1754 with an adjustment in the deeds done in 1758. We will take a look at these sale deeds in the next post.