First of all, I am sure that my Seward/Seaward cousins know a lot more about the children of Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward then I do; however, I will share what I do know. The important thing is to preserve our heritage as soon as possible.
This is a very interesting couple and throws considerable light on the Seward Family history. No record has been found covering the son ENOCH or at least the vital records of Granville have omitted his name. Perhaps through some error it was not entered. These older New England Families were much given to “pet” or “nicknames,” so it becomes easy to explain “Sally,” who of course was daughter “Sarah.” “Molly” is also easily accounted for, since the name given in the Granville Vital Records is Marah. The use of the name commands more than ordinary attention because it confirms again the use of the dual name of her grandmother Mary or Marah Kendall as shown in entries for vital records at Granville and Becket, Massachusetts In the Seward Family the name Mary was “Molly.” The oldest child of Ebenezer GOSS was Mary GOSS but called by the family “Polly.” The grave marker at Scott’s Cemetery below Huntington Mills reads “Mary GOSS, mother of Nathaniel GOSS.” (Mary or Marah (Kendall) GOSS) It should also be noted that Nathaniel GOSS, Sr. had a daughter Mary GOSS. She married Elnathan Jennings and was called “Polly” Jennings, and was among members of the GOSS Family who also went with their families to Randolph, Portage County, Ohio, so that it is now quite easy to see “Marah,” “Molly” and “Polly” are all the same name for the correct use of the name Mary.
“The Sewards were also noted for their large noses, and a story is told of one of the Sewards, Gad or Enos who became a bit peeved when a neighbor with an equally large nose said as he met the said Seward: “Mr. Seward, will you please turn your nose to one side, I want to get by,” or words to that effect.” From the Paul H. Goss manuscript.
Here is an overview of the children of Enos Seward and Sarah Goss. I will go into more detail on each of these individuals in future posts
in groupings of siblings per post. Please be advised that I have researched these children but would clarify that not all is proven. I am willing to make updates but please be kind with your comments and supply me with proof.
During the compiler’s visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gearhart, descendants of the Nathaniel GOSS Family residing near Fairmount Springs, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania were telling of a little “jingle” passed along in their family about the Seward Family cousins:
“ENOS, ENOCH, ELI,
AMOS, CAD, LEVI,
SALLY, TITUS, MOLLY, NEZER.” From: Paul H. Goss Manuscript, Note: apparently there are different takes on this jingle by others. More on this jingle in a future post.
Here is an interesting descendancy chart for Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward.
The above 3 pages were found in the Granville Public Library, History Room in Granville, MA on my trip and trips there. They were in the Seward/Seaward File in the filing cabinet. Unfortunately, I don’t know who compiled it. It was not signed. This room is their History Room and you need to make an appointment before going. I will share more of what I found in the file in future posts. As usual, everyone has a different take on the research of the family. I like these types of documents because they give me guidelines.
The children of Enos Seaward/Seward and Sarah Goss, an overview:
- Enos Seward Jr. was born in Granville, Massachusetts on 4 September 1766 and died on 6 August, 1842 in Canisteo, Steuben, New York. He married Lydia Stevens about 1808. She was born 27 August, 1778 in Stillwater, Saratoga, New York and died the 26 July, 1853 in Almond, Allegheny, New York. She was the daughter of Joseph Stevens (1752-1830) and Naomi Matthews (1754-1778). Both Enos and Lydia are buried in the Merwin Cemetery in Almond. They had about six children: Enos, Orrin, Amos, Naomi, Sarah and Joseph.
- Enoch Seward not recorded in Granville, Massachusetts so it is unclear what happened to this child? The above jingle places him as 2nd born child.
- Eli Seward was born 12 July, 1768 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died about 1847 in Licking Co., Ohio. He married an Eleanor Earl born about 1770 and she died about 1846. Her parents are James Earle and Susan Bird. As far as I know they had one daughter Susanna Seward. He is buried in the Perryton Cemetery in Licking Co., Ohio.
- Amos Seward was born 13 August, 1770 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 25 July, 1804 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married an Abigail Williams born 1774 and died 1845. Her father was Thomas Williams who d. 1804. He and Abigail had about four children: John, Clarissa, Lucy and William. Where they are buried is unknown at this time.
- Gad Seward was born 10 June, 1773 in Granville, Massachusetts. He died 18 September 1855 in Fairmont Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Gad married twice. First to Elizabeth Thompson and had two children Paul S. and David. He then remarried to Mary Sloane and had about five children: William S., Enos, James, Sarah Jane, and Nathaniel. At this time his burial is unknown.
- David Seward was born 18 March, 1775 in Granville, Massachusetts, unfortunately David did not survive and he died 11 September 1777 in Granville. He is probably buried there. It is interesting that David is skipped in the jingle.
- Levi Seward was born 13 April, 1778 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 6 August 1851 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Levi married Thankful Wilkinson. She was born 25 April 1779 and died 4 March 1848 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They are buried in the Old Goss Cemetery just south of Harveyville. It was very difficult to pin down the children of Levi and Thankful. They may have had about eight children: Alvin, Mary, Samuel, Freeman, Sarah, Abel and Sabrina.
- Sarah Seward was born 25 May 1780 in Granville, Massachusetts. She married a Samuel Lawrence although the first name might not be correct – Lemuel. They had at least one child Enos. My notes state she died in Canisteo, New York.
- Titus Seward was born 9 July 1783 in Granville, Massachusetts. He died 24 April, 1851 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married a Clarrisa Forbes born 1783 and died 1875 in Huntington Twp., She was the daughter of Nathan Forbes (1755-1833) of Connecticut and Thankful Hale (1754-1820). Titus and Clarissa had about eight children: Dorothea, Elmer, Lydia, Dianna, Thankful, Caroline, Martha and Mary A. Titus is buried in the Old Goss Cemetery south of Harveyville. I personally saw his tombstone when I visited there. I am not sure of the burial of Clarissa.
- Mary Seward was born 12 July, 1785 in Granville, Massachusetts. She died 20 September, 1875 in Coshocton Co., Ohio. She married a George Goodwin on 14 November 1809 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They had about four children: Elijah, James, Sara and John. Mary is buried in the Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan Co., Indiana she had migrated with her son James. She remarried to a Daniel Ashcraft in 1825 but they separated.
- Ebenezer Seward was born 6 May 1789 in Granville, Massachusetts and he died 24 October, 1854 in Russiaville, Howard, Indiana. He married Eleanor Baker 7 December, 1808. Eleanor was born 20 March, 1790 in Wilkes-Barre and died 27 March, 1876 in New London, Howard Co., Indiana. Eleanor’s parents were William Baker (1762-1812) and Waitsel Heath (1773-1846). They had about six children: Mary, William Baker, Charles, Levi, Julia A. and Waitsel. Burial is unknown at this time for Ebenezer and Eleanor.
Apparently another son was born to the Seward Family after their removal to Huntington Township, Pennsylvania named Ebenezer, which would easily account for the ending of the couplet, “Nezer.” He was undoubtedly the youngest child, and so named Ebenezer for his Uncle Ebenezer GOSS our ancestor who was the youngest child of Philip GOSS, Sr. (4th) and Mary or Marah (Kendall) GOSS. Paul H. Goss – Goss Family Manuscript.
Note: This quote does not make sense for my research shows that Enos and Sarah Seward did not migrate to Huntington Twp. till 1793.
Each of these children will be featured in future posts, with sources and additional information.
Source of the Excerpts in quotes:
The Goss Family History or Ebenezer Goss, the stone of help : ancestral history of the family of Philip Goss (4th) of Brookfield, Mass. and Ebenezer Goss of Brookfield, Mass., Huntington Mills, Pa., Plymouth, Conn. and Randolph, Portage Co., Ohio, Revolutionary War soldier, by Paul H. Goss, 1940, 153 pages Book: 929.273 G694 off site storage. Also on microfiche #6004255.
Go to my page about Paul’s Manuscripts: sgossfamily.wordpress.com/paul-h-goss-and-the-goss-family-history/
Paul had various versions over the years of his Goss Manuscript so the wording might not be exact. I am working off a copy I found in the Mayflower Library in Plymouth years ago when I visited that area.
There are others who have written about the history of Huntington Twp. and the people who lived there. I will share those stories in future posts.