Land in Luzerne County is complicated. I have created a PAGE at the top of this blog under Philip Goss IV 1724 to 1779 table of contents of posts written to aid in understanding the information presented here and to give more information on where to look and hopefully what is means???
Each Child (Heir) of Philip Goss IV will be different, especially if they were in Huntington Twp. before and after 1782. Here are the steps briefly listed from my Land PAGE, see link below.
Step 1 – Study the Susquehanna(h) Papers books series. – Enos arrived in 1793 so he is not going to be in this step.
Step 2 – Identify the township your ancestors lived in of the 15 & 17 Certified Townships. – Enos lived in Huntingdon/ton, Luzerne Co., PA.
Step 3 – Consult the Westmoreland Twp. and County records – Enos arrived in 1793 so he will not be in these records.
Step 4 – Understand the Trenton Decree of 1782 – This affects Sarah Goss Seward because she is a heir of Philip Goss IV. Even though Enos and Sarah arrived about 1793 they were still impacted by this Decree.
Step 5 – consult Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony 1754-1810, by Donna Bingham Munger, 2007 Heritage Books. Volume I – PROPRIETORS: See below for Enos and Sarah Seward.
Step 6 consult Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony 1754-1810, by Donna Bingham Munger, 2007 Heritage Books. Volume II – SETTLERS: See below for Enos and Sarah Seward.
Step 7 consult Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony 1754-1810, by Donna Bingham Munger, 2007 Heritage Books. Volume III CLAIMANTS: See below for Enos and Sarah Seward
Step 8: Study and get familiar with the Pennsylvania State Archive website and holdings for Land Records for Connecticut Claimants. The information below will be some of the records looked but is by no means complete.
Step 9: Take a look at Deeds online at Family Search and see what you can find for your ancestor: Enos Seward does appear in some deeds but not much. I will present what I have for him at this time.
Here is the link to the PAGE about Land: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/land-more-in-pennsylvania-connecticuts-colony-susquehannah-company-an-overview/
The section titles in BOLD listed below will vary from person to person based on findings of sources as I proceed to discuss the Goss, Scott and Seward Families and more in this blog. I may also return to this post and update it if I learn something new or need to clarify something.
ENOS AND SARAH’S LAND IN PENNSYLVANIA:
History of the Land: Enos and Sarah Seward’s Land
Where Enos and Sarah lived: Here they occupied the farm formerly owned by his father-in-law Philip (4) Goss, Sr. In 1949 part of the farm was still in the family of descendants and owned by Jesse Sampson* who died in 1955.
Source: Paul H. Goss, The Goss Family Manuscript for the link to the FamilySearch online versions – Go to my Page titled: Paul H. Goss and the Goss Family History: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5338&action=edit
Jesse Sampson* is a descendant of Levi Seward and Thankful Wilkinson. Their daughter Mary Seward married Elijah Santee and had Sarah Santee and the daughter married Jesse Sampson. Sarah and Jesse had a son they named Jesse Sampson 1877-1955. So through Enos’ will and estate the land was divided up among his children, then later handed down through the family. I will share about Enos’ estate in a future post.
Huntington Township part of the Certified 15 and 17 Townships. This is a summary listing of the history of the sale of land in Huntington Township. This is my transcription of the page in the journal book and again the challenges of reading the writing was difficult. Here is an example of how these pages look in the book.
Enos Seward page  History of his land Lot#38
Huntington List Deposition
|Claim Lot #38 first Division drawn by Abiel Fellows sold to Philip Gofs
Of Philip Goss his father died leaving Sarah, Nathaniel, Solomon, Mary, Ebenezer, David, _____of the widow Mary Gofs
|Deed 17 Nov. 1795 Cont. L5||Solomon & Olive Gofs to Enos Seward for their right|
|Deed 26 July 1796 Cont L7||Ebenezer Gofs for the same|
|Deed 18 July 1801 Cont 20 dls||David Gofs for the same|
|Deed 2 Apr 1796 Cont L21||Philip Gofs, Nathaniel Gofs & Mary Davidson for the same (NB Mary Davidson was then a widow) Sarah wife of the Claimant|
Please note that the deeds listed above have not been identified at this time. I will continue to look for them and if I do find them among my files. I will update this section.
Enos Seward Senior Lot #21
Huntington List Office copy filed
|Claims of lot N#21 in the second Division
Drawn by John Hubbard and sold to John Ferree. (John Ferre to John Ferree Jr & Silas Ferree for lots No. 2 in the first Division and lot No. 21 in the second Division in Huntington Luzerne Records Book No. 7 page 347 dated 17 March 1791 Cont L25***
|Deed 15 July 1803 Cont Dls 100||John Ferree to Silas Ferree for one _____of lot No. 21 in the second Division in Huntington Twp.|
|Deed 31 Jany 1804 Cont Dls 100||Silas Ferree to Joseph B. Town for Lot No. 21 in the second division in Huntington|
|Deed 17 Feb 1804 Cont Dls 100||Joseph C. Ferree to Claimant for lot No. 21 in the second Division in Huntington.|
Source: Records of the Land Office RG-17. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA , XI Records of Connecticut Claims, #25.30, #25.31 and #25.32 (bindings 71 and 72). which are not online. The name Ferree might be spelled Ferry. See below under Claimants for more information about these land lots that Enos was involved with.
The Proprietor’s book:
This information below regarding Philip and Nathaniel is complicated and I will explain further, in a future post(s) when I get to Nathaniel Goss. Nathaniel was very involved with his father Philip Goss.
page 2-43 – Philip Goss – Description: 300A* $40, 11/21/1796. Under him is Long, John, amount and account book H284, deed date: 8/26/1799. Notes: out of right of David Bull of Hartford; Long may survey 300A where he now lives, i.e. Huntington Twp.
Goss, Nathaniel, 1/2 proprietor’s rgt inc. Lot 31, 300A 20£, 6/5/1795;
Seaward, Enos, Huntington Twp., F122, 11/21/1796.
The H284 and F122 refer to Liber F and Liber H – Records of Deeds at the Conn. Historical Society in Hartfort, CT. – see table on pg. 1-29 of the Vol. I, Proprietor books for the original deeds and paper citations.
Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony 1754-1810 Volume I – The Proprietors, by Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books, 2007.
***Deed: #122 Enos Seward from Nath Gofs Liber F Reel #2 David Library of the American Revolution, Susquahanna Records (Westmoreland).
Know all Men by these Presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania in America for an in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds lawful money of this State in hand paid by Enos Seward of Huntington in said County to my full satisfaction. Do give grant Bargain sell and forever quite claim unto him the said Enos Seaward his heirs and assigns forever the one half of a whole Proprietor right in Susquehannah purchase which Right I bought of my Honoured Father Philip Gofs Deceas excepting what is laid out in the town of Huntington which is three Hundred acres which I Convey, Not all the rest of the half Right I convey unto him the s’d Enos Seaward to have and to hold unto the above premises and quit claimed Premises with the appurtenances there unto Belonging unto him the said Enos Seaward his Heirs and assigns to him and their own proper use and Behoof – And also I the said Nathaniel Gofs for myself my Heirs Executors Administrators and assigns Do Warrant and Defend against the lawful claiming from or under Me or my Heirs forever by these presents I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of June A.D. 1795. In the presence of us Phillip Gofs, Solon Trescott. Signed Nathaniel Gofs (Seal).
SS Luzerne County ss on the 26th day of Nov. 1795 Came before me Nathan Beach one of the Justices for said County Nathaniel Gofs the Grantor within the named and acknowledged the within writing to be his free act and deed this Desiring the same may be recorder as such witness my hand and seal the day and Date first above written, Nathan Beach.
This is pretty amazing that Nathaniel Goss would give this right to Enos Seward his brother-in-law. I think we have two brother’s looking out for their sister. You can see that Philip Gofs was a witness. The father had died. With Solomon in Ohio and Ebenezer in Connecticut it makes sense.
The Settler’s Book:
This information listed below is referring to the Taxables and Inhabitants of 1796 living in Luzerne. I shared that information for Enos Seward, the father, in the past post. Here are all the Seawards at that time in Luzerne Co.
Seawards pg. 2-115
Seaward, Amos 1796, Sept. 13 Luzerne Co. #31 Notes: 185j
Seaward, Enos 1796, Sept. 13 Luzerne Co. #31 Notes: 185j
Seaward, Enos Jr, 1796, Sept. 13 Luzerne Co. #31 Notes: 185j
Seaward, Gad 1796, Sept. 13 Luzerne Co. #31 Notes: 185j
Sources are listed on pg. 1-3 to 1-24 of the book giving the original documents cited.
Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony, Volume II – The Settlers, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books, 2007.
The Claimant Book: I found three in Donna’s book for Enos and even Sarah is mentioned.
Claimant: Enos & Sarah Seward
Date Acquired 4/2/1796
Drawer: Abiel Fellows
Acres 94A 38p
Chain of Title: Philip Goss, Philip Goss Heirs
Patentee E. Seward (see below under BOLD title Patents)
Source: CTL: 41;MEHun;209
Patent Book H6;453
Survey Book: 4:53; 3:162
Land Warrant – Pennsylvania – 94.38 acreage, Warrant date 4 April 1799, Luzerne, Huntingdon Twp., 1st Div., Ancestry.com.
Claimant: Philip Goss
Date Acquired: 4/2/1796
Drawer: Abiel Fellows
Lot: 33, 6/7
Acres 80A 135p
Chain of Title: David Goss 5/13/1777, Philip Goss Jr. 1/16/1778, Philip Goss Jr. Heirs Nathaniel Goss 9/28/1807
Patentee: J. Stackhouse
Source: CTL:45;MEHun:1921, B15T:529
Patent Book: H14:628
Survey Book 4:180
Heirs: Sarah (Enos Seward
from Kentucky), Philip, Nathaniel, Solomon, David, Ebenezer, Mary (Davidson), deed, dau Mary Santee); Deeds various dates 1796 to 1802 to Philip Goss Under Act of 4/9/1807 Goss Claimed the remaining 1/7 part.
Note: Donna’s information is confusing. She has Philip Goss Jr. Heirs – This is not quite correct. She is confusing the father with the son. Philip Goss IV died about 1779. Unless that was what the family called him. Also the Enos Seward from Kentucky is not correct either. Unless Enos was speculating in Kentucky which was founded in 1792. I don’t think so. I think it was a mistake by a family member. We will see as I work my way through Philip Goss IV’s children.
Deed Enos Seaward and Sarah Seaward to Philip Goss 17 Cert Twp. Patent, I think this is a deed regarding this land in Huntington Twp. I am having trouble reading the Lot Number could be L0t 33 or 38 a portion of it because it is only 12 acres?
Know all Men by this present that I Enos Seaward Senr of Huntington Township County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania for the consideration of twelve dollars received to my full satisfaction of Philip Gofs of Said township, county and state. Do by these presents sell and convey all my right and title I have to the 3rd division lot drawn on first division Lot Number 38/36/33 in the Proprietory Township of Huntington twps. To be about twelve acres and a half. To have & to hold the said land & appurtenance unto him the said Gofs heirs assigns to his & there __________________Forever _______________I ____myself & theirs to warrant & forever defend the said premifses against any Connecticut Claimant whatsoever. Witnefs my hand & seal this 16th day of August 1802. Enos Seaward (Seal) Sarah Seaward (Seal)
Witnefs present: Charles E. Gaylord and John Steel.
Luzerne County: The within grantors Enos Seward & Sarah Seaward came before me Charles E. Gaylord one of the Justices of Peace for said County & acknowledge the within deed to be their voluntary act. Witnesf my hand & seal the 16th day of August 1802. Charles E. Gaylord.
Maybe you can figure out the lot number in the original deed.
Source: Connecticut Patents 1785-1810 FHL#986849 at FamilySearch. No Index or information on this film. Luzerne Co. the 17th Cert Twps. – Huntington in Westmoreland Co., Litchfield Colony of Connecticut etc.
Claimant: Enos Seward Sr.
Date Acquired: 2/17/1804
Drawer: John Hubbard
Acres 106A 57 p
Chain of Title: John Ferree 3/17/1791, Silas Ferree 7/15/1803, Joseph C. town 1/31/1804
Patentee Jonathan Weston
Source: CTL:43;MEHun: 233
Patent Book H9:101
Deed for Lot 21 Luzerne Records Book No. 7 page 347 dated 17 March 1791 Cont L25 – This deeds below is online at FamilySearch’s website. Volume D-F, Image 442, pg. 13 for Ferry, Ferree and Farrey. To see if there is a Deed with Enos Seward purchasing land in 1804, I am thwarted because the Deeds listed in the Index Grantees go from 1791 recorded 1801 then jump to 1831.
John Ferre to John Ferre Jun’r & Silas Ferre
Know all Men to whom these Present shall come that I John Ferry of Sheffield in the County of Barkshire and Commonwealth of Massachusetts for and in consideration of the sum of twenty five pounds lawful money to me in hand paid by John Ferre Jun’r of Ballston and State of New York and Silas Ferry of Sheffield and Commonweath aforesaid therewith have given granted bargained and sold and by these Presents do give grant bargain, sell and forever quit claim unto them the said John and Silas Ferre two certain Lots of Land in Huntington and County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania know by Lot number two in the first division and Lot number twenty one in the second division containing one hundred acres each Reference to be hand to the Proprietors Book of Record To have and to hold the said Lots of Land unto the said John Ferre Junr, and Silas Ferre their heirs, Executors and Administrators with all the Privileges and appurtenances therein to belonging. The said John Ferre Junr myself my heirs Executors, Admintr’ or afsigns or from other persons claming in by from or under me or them will Warrant ______Defend by these presents – In witnefs whereof I have herunto set my hand and Seal this seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & ninety one.
Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Samuel Barnard, Clarisa Barnard – Signed John Ferre (Seal)
Berkshire Co 17th march 1791 John Ferre acknowledged the foregoing Instrument to be his free Act and Deed before me Samuel Barnard Just’ Peace Recorded October 16 1801.
Land Warrants – Pennsylvania – Enos Seward 106.57 4 April 1799 Luzerne Co., Huntingdon (ton) 2nd Div., Ancestry.com.
Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage Books, 2007. Donna did not include the warrants in her compilation.
Newspaper Announcements of Certificates Awarded, 07 Mar 1803
Source: Huntington Titles, The Gleaner (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 07 Mar 1803, Mon, page 2, 3 columns approximately. Newspapers.com (part of a full Ancestry.com subscription) or you can join them separately. You might be able to find a genealogical society or library that has access.
Survey’s – Certificates and Resurvey’s: These survey pages come as 2 pages the first in the order on the film was the survey drawing, then the Draught of a Tract…statement. The next page was the Huntington paragraph and the side panel. I only took so may photographs of these survey’s focusing on Goss, Seward, and Scott maybe a few others. I had limited time in 2008.
Lot#38 – Survey Drawing and Certificate
Draught of a Tract of Lands, situate in Huntington one of the seventeen Townships in Luzerne County being Number Thirty eight in the first division of that Township containing Ninety four acres, and Thirty eight perches with the usual allowance of six per ______for roads, resurveyed the Ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two by order of the Commissioners appointed to put in execution, an act of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania, entitled and Act for offering compensation to the Pennsylvania Claimants of certain lands within the seventeen townships in the County of Luzerne and for other purposes there in mentioned for Enos Seward.
___Samuel Cochran, Esq. Surveyor-General
Thos. Sanbourne, Surveyor to the said Commissioners, 2d January 1804.
In Testimony that the above is a copy of the original remaining on file in the Department of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania, made conformably to an Act of Assembly approved the 16th day of February, 1833, I have hereunto set my Hand and caused the Seal of said Department to be affixed at Harrisburg, this fifth day of May 1896. – James W. Latta, Secretary of Internal Affairs
Huntington, No. 38 First Division, Enos Seward 94 As 38 Ps, Certificate, Pat to Sc Dec 1811
The undersigned Commissioners duly appointed for putting in execution an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania entitled “An act for offering compensation to the Pennsylvania Claimants of certain lands within the “seventeen Townships in the county of Luzerne, and for other purposes therein mentioned,” passed the 4th day of April 1799 and the supplement thereto passed the 15th day of March 1800, and the further supplement thereto passed the 6th day of April 1802. Do Certify, That Enos Seward is the Owner as a Connecticut Claimant of Ninety four Acres and Thirty eight perches of Land in the Township of Huntington one of the before mentioned seventeen townships. Being Number Thirty eight in the first Division of that Township Which Number Thirty-eight was severally occupied and acquired by a Connecticut Claimant and actual Settler there before the time of the Decree of Trenton, and was particularly assigned to such actual Settler prior to the said Decree, agreeable to the regulations then in force among such Settlers. The said Land (a Draught of Survey whereof is hereto annexed) is included in the application of Enos Seward under the provisions of the acts aforesaid; of which application an official transcript has been transmitted to us from the Land Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Number #38. Of the said Tract thirty-six acres, part thereof the Second Clafs, nineteen acres part thereof, are of the third Clafs; the residue is of the fourth clafs. January 21st, 1804 – Thomas Cooper, [J__] M. Taylor
Survey #21 – Return of Survey
Draught of a Tract of Lands, situate in Huntington one of the seventeen Townships in Luzerne County being Number Twenty one in the second division of that Township containing one hundred and six acres and fifty seven perches with the usual allowance of six per ______for roads, resurveyed the Eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two for Enos Seward Senior by order of the Commissioners appointed to put in execution, an act of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania, entitled and Act for offering compensation to the Pennsylvania Claimants of certain lands within the seventeen townships in the County of Luzerne and for other purposes there in mentioned for Enos Seward.
___Samuel Cochran, Esq. Surveyor-General
Thos. Sanbourne, Surveyor to the said Commissioners, 2d January 1804.
In Testimony that the above is a copy of the original remaining on file in the Department of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania, made conformably to an Act of Assembly approved the 16th day of February, 1833, I have hereunto set my Hand and caused the Seal of said Department to be affixed at Harrisburg, this sixth day of October 1806. – James W. Latta, Secretary of Internal Affairs
Huntington, No. 21 Second Division, Enos Seward Sen’r 106 As 57 Ps, Return of Survey, Ret’d Se, 26th Feby 1813 (in als)
Source: Records of the Land Office RG-17. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA , XI Records of Connecticut Claims, Roll 1, Survey & Certification Books Vol. 1- Vol. 3 goes to Kingston. Roll 30.1 1800-1830 Vol. 3-5 Huntingdon(ton).
Patents are found and listed only for the one who received the patent. Enos Seward is only awarded one patent for Lot #38, (see Claimants above) Page 318, Book H6, 21 Dec, 1811, #453 Patentee Seward, Enos 94 ac 38 perches, Warrantee Enos Seward Act Date of Warrant April 4, 1799 Luzerne.
The warranty maps are online at the Pennsylvania State Archives website. Click the link, choose the County you want, then the township you want: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/r17-522WaranteeTwpMapMainInterface.htm
Enos Seward #88 on the map for Huntington: 4-53 – No. 38 1st Div, Enos Seward 94 A, 38 P & All., Resur Aug 9, 1802, Pat Dec 21, 1811 To Enos Seaward – H-6-453.
Enos Seward #65 on the map for Huntington: 4-74, No. 21 2d Div. Enos Seward, Sr. 106 A 57 P & All. Resur. Sept. 11, 1802, Pat. Mar 1, 1813 to Jonathan Westover H-9-101.
There are more family on the warranty map for Huntington and some for Fairmount. At this time I focus on Enos Seward. Make sure you look for the No. given at the top of the notation for that person, then the lot number, and then the division. Be patient it can be very confusing and takes some time to locate the person’s land.
BACK TO GRANVILLE:
I was curious as to the land that Enos and Sarah owned when he was living in Granville, MA. I had visited the courthouse in Springfield, MA years ago and was taken to the archives for deeds in the basement of the building. There I looked at deeds for Goss, Scott, Cooley, Brown, Seward and more. At that time they were no online but they are now at FamilySearch under Hampden Co., MA. You can browse the deeds or scroll to the films below and search.
I have not studied Enos’ deeds to see what they contain. They are listed on Deed index (grantee-the buyer) 1636-1800 A-Z, page 397-398 and Deed index (grantor – the seller) 1636-1890 A-Z page 420-421. Once you get the book and page number you can then search for the deeds individually. My curiousity centers around the date he sold his land and left Granville, so I would target the early 1790’s. Maybe I will see what I can find. Oh, this is only Enos and not other family members like Ebenezer, Noadiah etc.
In Summary: This above seems like a mismash of land evidence and it is. However, in the end we learn that Enos Seward and Sarah lived on lot #38 in the 1st Division in Huntington Twp., which is right on the southern border of Fairmount Twp. Lot #21 he held for several years and then let it go.
I might add more to the above, as I go through my files, we will see. I still have questions about some of the above information.