Philip Goss IV and his sons migrated a little further west from Plymouth Twp. and took up residence in Huntington Twp. This probably happened about 1776. Let’s take a look at how the township was laid out and a little bit about the history. I will share more in future posts. What is happening is that the Goss family has migrated west and the Revolutionary war is about to happen and dominate the area from 1775 to about 1782.
” The township committee authorized the survey of the six-mile township on March 12, 1772. Instead of selecting the location south of Hanover as originally intended, the committee decided to locate the township “at or near Fishing Creek, so-called” on the opposite side of the River along the main to the West Branch. After appointing a committee of five to find a suitable location for the township. Obadiah Gore, Jr. surveyed the perimeter, a road through the town, and the fifty-three lots. He returned the survey for final approval in 1775 and the Company recorded it November 14, 1782 in Account Book C pages 75-77. The location was described as the east branch of Fishing Creek, now Huntington Creek. First lots were drawn in 1776.
Huntington followed the usual layout of three divisions of fifty-three lots each. Each lot was approximately 100 acres regardless of division. In 1790 certified Huntington merged with Salem Township. The Compromise Act commissioners certified 190 claims for 90 claimants.”
Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania “Colony” 1754-1810, Susquehanna Company Proprietors, Settlers and Claimants, Volume III The Claimants, Appendix: The Seventeen Certified Townships, by Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books. 2007
In the map below you can see where Plymouth was situated and then you follow the river west and you see where Huntington Twp. is located.
“In 1775 the township of Huntington was laid out under the auspices of The Susquehanna Company…and its location was within the bounds of what, by vote of the inhabitants of Westmoreland, was entitled “Plymouth District.” (See page 794). During 1775 and 1776 there were very few inhabitants in Huntington, but some time during the latter year the number had increased by the removal thither of Philip Goss, Sr., and his family, who settled near what is now known as Huntington Mills. The name of Philip Goss, Sr, Philip Goss, Jr., Nathaniel Goss and Solomon Goss appear in the tax-lists of Plymouth District (which included Huntington and Salem) for the years 1776, 1777 and 1778. Nathaniel Goss, some time after settling in Huntington, built a grist-mill on a small stream which flowed into Huntington Creek.
The first settler was John Franklin, a person of note in the affairs of the Susquehanna Company under the Connecticut claim. He came in the spring of 1775, locating on Huntington Creek, below Huntington Mills. Because of the out breaking of war, however, he returned to Connecticut, with his family, before the summer was spent. In 1776, other Connecticut settlers came, Levi Seward settling in the northern part of the township, and Nathaniel Goss, the latter on a tract of three hundred and thirty-four acres in Huntington Mills. In 1783 or 1783, Abraham Hess settled near the headwaters of Fishing Creek. He was from New Jersey, Other early settlers included; Stephen Kingsbury, who helped to make the original survey of the township; Reuben Culver, in 1795, one of those descendants is W.B. Culver, of Red Hill; Abel Fellows, Stephen Harrison, Samuel Franklin, Amos Franklin, all of whom settled in 1777, and are yet represented by many descendants in the township; Thomas Williams, in 1778; Solon Trescott, who was taken prisoner by the Indians and Tories, in 1778, but escaped and with Solmon Gas and Thomas and Samuel Williams returned to their Huntington homes a few days later. The Trescott family still live in Harveyville,, Colonel Edward L. Trescott, of the second Huntington generation of that family, rising to much prominence in public and military affairs, and being a famous hunter…
Source: History of Wilkes-Barre, O. J. Harvey, Vol. I, Vol. V. page. 120
The reference to Levi Seward has the date about 1776 but according to my records the son of Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward was not born till in Granville, MA in 1778. Enos and Sarah did not migrated to the area till after 1790 and maybe were there by 1795.
There will be future posts on each of the children of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss with more information.