For some reason Philip Goss IV starts to sell off his land starting with Ranne Cossett of Simbsury in June of 1753 a very short time after he purchased this land. I have seen this name of Ranne spelled a variety of ways. It is referring to a man.
Deed 4 Simsbury: 2 June 1753, Philip GOSS of Simsbury, for 37 10s sold to Ranne COSSET of Simsbury, 10 acres in Salmon Brook Parish in Simsbury, (bounds described by stakes and heaps of stone.) Witnesses: Joseph Willcockson, 2nd, and Hos. Willcockson.Vol. 7, pg. 731, Simsbury Deeds.
Unfortunately, my copy of this deed is missing in my files. However, I do have the correction deed transcribed at the end of this post and done in 1758.
Deed 5 Simsbury: Vol. 7, pg. 720, 9 April 1754. Philip GOSS of Simsbury, for L1000, to Joseph Strickland of Glastonbury, Connecticut 91 acres in the north Parish. Together with my dwelling house and barn.
Know all men by thefe prefents that I Phillip Gofs of Simsbury in the County of Hartford, Colony of Connecticut in New England for and in Confideration of one thousand pounds money old Tenor in hand paid rec’d of Jos. Strickland of Glaftenbury in the County afore mentioned. Do therefore given grant sell and convey unto him the said Jofeph Strickland & ______his heirs & afsignes forever one certain tract of land lying in the north parish in Simsbury afore said viz: ninty one acres of land & bounded north on the Town line weft on Land laid out to Decon Nath’el Holcomb Dec’d south on Land belonging to the heirs of _____Crozier Dec’d & eaft on Land belonging to Ranne Cofsett in part in part on Land belonging to Nath’l Holcomb 3rd & in part on Land belonging to Stephan Winchell & is on that _____ side in Length half one mile on the weft end one hundred & one Rods in Breadth on the South runs eaft six score Rods to a stake & stones from thence runs northwards forty rods to a stake & stones then runs eaftwards forty rods to a stake & Stones thence ____north Sixty one Rods to the northeaft corner _____being a stake & stones & bound at north & south Corners at stakes & stones — Together with any dwelling house & barn standing thereon———–To Have and to hold said granted & bargained premifes with all the appurtenances thereto belonging to him the said Jos’ Strickland & to his heirs and afsignes forever further more I the said Phillip Gofs my self heirs executors & administrators covenant & Ingage him the said Jofeph Strickland his heirs & afsignes forever that I am lawfully seized of said granted premifses & have in my self good rights to sell and difpose of the same & that it is free and clear of all Incumbrances whatsoever. So that he the said Jofeph Strickland his heirs & afsignes may forever hereafter by virtue of thefe prefents lawfully peaceably & quietly have hold ufe & improve title same against all claims & Demands whatsoever hereby promifing for my self heirs executors & administrators to warrant secure & defend the above granted premifses to him the said Jos. Strickland and unto his heirs & afsignes forever——-In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the ninth day of Aprill A.D. 1754.
Signed sealed & Delivered in the presence of Josiah Holcomb Jos Willcockson 2nd
In Simsbury in Hartford County on the day & year above written perfonally appeared the above named Phillip Gofs & acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be his free act and deed before me Jos.Willcockson Juft pace’ Entered May 28, 1754
Something happened and a part of the land was not Philip’s to sell because Isaac Burr had sold him land in 1749 that was not his to sell. So two correction deeds appeared in October of 1758.
Deed 6 Simsbury, Granville and No.4: Joseph Strickland of Granville and Philip Goss of No. 4 correction deed, Vol. 8, pg. 324, 18 October 1758 referencing a deed dated 9 April 1754, for 91 acres in Salmon Brook Society, and recorded on Vol. 7, pg. 720.was wrongfully sold to the said Philip GOSS by one Isaac Burr dead, Simsbury Land records.
Know all men by thefe prefents that Jofeph Strickland of Granville, in the County of Hampshire, Province of the Mafschufsetts Bay Paid in confideration whereas by one certain deed of sale under the hand and seal of Phillip Gofs of Number four in the County and Province afore said by him self executed dated the 9th day of April A.D. 1754 by which deed the said Philip Gofs sold and conveyed to me the said Jofeph Strickland Ninety one acres of Land lying in Salmon Brook Society in Simsbury in the County Hartford and Colony of Connecticut as it is ______ and bounded in said Deed in Simsbury records Book 7 page 720: and whereas part of said Ninety one acres of land _____wrongfully sold to the said Philip Gofs by one Isaac Burr Dec’ and and I am ot able to hold some part of said land ______to me as afore said and I have paid or Secured to me by the said Philp Gofs the sum of 10 pounds lawful money of said Colony have therefore Remifsed Releafed and forever difcharged unto the said Philip Gofs and to his heirs and afsigned forever all the Right title interft claim and demand which I the said Jofeph Strickland have againft the said Philip Gofs, for one certain part of said land, which bounded as followeth vi. To Begin eafterly on Seven acres and half of Land of thirty Rods in breadth and forty Rods in Length which Renee Cofset has by One quit claim of even date with thefe prefents given to the said Philip Gofs _____________________one hundred and twenty Rods to the next Teer of Lots containing Ten acres of land for all which Ten Acres of Land I the said Jofeph Strickland do freely and abfolutely acquit and difcharge him the said Philip Gofs and his heirs and afsignes forever againft all claims and demands I have againft him on the account of said Ten acres of Land as a fore said:………In witnefs hereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 18th day of October Anno Domini 1758. ———–Signed Sealed and Delivered in the prefents of Jonathan Pettibone John Owen……….Hartford County ss: Simsbury 18th A.D. 1758 Jofeph Strickland personally appearing acknowledged the above written Instrument by him Excuted to be his free act and deed before me John Owen Juftice of peace __________________Noted and Inter____Jofeph Strickland and a Seal….Entered October 18, 1758
Deed 7 Simsbury & Number 4: Vol. 8, pg. 325, 18 October 1758. Ranne Cossett of Simsbury in consideration that whereas by a certain correction deed of sale from Philip GOSS of Number four in the County of Hampshire and Province of the Massachusetts Bay, (said deed) dated 2 June 1753 by which GOSS conveyed to me 10 Acres of Land lying in Salmon Brook Society in Simsbury, record in Vol. 7 pg. 731.
Number 4 refers to the old name for Becket, Massachusetts. So this means that by 1758 Philip was residing in Becket.
Know all men by thefe prefents that I Ranne Cofsett of Simsbury in the County of Hartford Colony of Connecticut for and in confideration that whereas by one certain Deed of sale under the hand and Seal of Philip Gofs of a Tract of land known by the Name of Number four in the County of Hampshire and Province of the Mafschufsets by him well Executed Dated the 2nd day of June A.D. 1753 by which Deed the Said Philip Gofs sold and conveyed to me the said Ranne Cofsett Ten acres of land Lying in Salmon Brook Society in Said Simsbury as it is butted and bounded in Said deed on Simsbury Records Book 7, page 731 and whereas apart of said Ten acres of Land __________fully sold to the said Philip Gofs by one Isaac Burr Dec’d and I am not able to hold some part of said land derived to me as afore said and have paid or secured to me the said Philip Gofs the sum of Seven pounds Ten Shillings lawfull Money of Said Colony; have therefore Remised Released and forever discharged unto the Said Philip Gofs and to his heirs and afsignes forever, all the Right Title Intereft and Deman, in which I the Said Ranne Cofset have against the said Philip Gofs for a certain part of Said Ten acres of Land in which part is bounded as followeth viz: beginning at the bounds at the South Eafterly Corner at a stake and stones and from thence Runs northerly Thirty Rods and bounds on the ____part of Said Land, and then turns the Square and Runs wefterly forty Rods and then Turns the Square Southerly thirty Rods to a Stake and Stones and from thence forty Rods to this fore mentioned bounds Containing Seven acres ___a half of Land; for all which Seven acres and half of Land of the Said Ranne Cofsett do freely and abfolutely requit and discharge him the Said Philip Gofs and his heirs and afsignes forever against all Claims and demands which I now have or ever had or ought to have and account of said Land.————-In Witnefs where of I ___Ranne Cofsett to hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 18th Day of October Anno Domini 1758. Ranne Cofsett and a Seal.
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of Jonathan Pettibone John Owen…..Hartford County ss: Simsbury October 18th Anno Domini 1758. Ranne Cofsett perfonally appearing acknowledged the above written Instrument by him Executed to be his free act and Deed before me John Owen Justice of peace. Entered October 18th Anno Domini 1758.
By 1758, Philip Goss IV had sold off all his lands in Simsbury (North Granby) and was living in Becket by then. It is a little more complicated than that, because he and Mary went to Granville first and recorded three more of their children’s births. Philip and his brother Thomas had land in Granville. Before we head to Granville let’s take a look at Philip and Mary’s involvement in the churches in Simsbury.