Philip Goss Jr. & Others – Proceedings of the Commissioners Under the Confirming Law of 1787

Philip Goss Jr/V is featured in the following Proceedings of the Commissioners.  I present this as an overview and will provide more detail in future posts about each of the individuals named below: Nathaniel Goss, Philip Goss Jr., Solomon Goss, Obadiah Scott

The following was too complicated to break up and share, so I decided to just present it as one piece.  Somehow Paul H. Goss found this information and presented it years ago in his Goss Manuscript circa 1940.  This manuscript is available at FamilySearch for viewing. Here is the link to my page on this blog about some of his manuscripts: https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/paul-h-goss-and-the-goss-family-history/

What this refers to is the beginning of the commissioners attempt to start settling the land issues in 1787. It failed, no one liked the Compromise Act and it was ended. Fortunately, the efforts of the commissioners were preserved. Please be advised that it took an additional 10+ years for the Compromise Act of 1799 to start settling the land issues in Luzerne County for the Connecticut Claimants. So this is not a final account.

I thought it would be interesting to identify the lots for the Goss family and later write about each person and their land history. The lots we are dealing with are summarized here with more detail in Paul’s transcription below.

  • #17 of the first Division
  • #19 of the 2nd Division
  • #33 in the 1st Division
  • #36 in the 2nd Division and the lot ___ in the 3rd Division
  • #34 in the 1st Division
  • #35 in the 2nd Division
  • #18 in the 1st Division
  • #53 in the 2nd Division
  • #45 in the 1st division
  • #44 in the 2nd Division and undivided land pertaining thereto
  • #46 of the first,
  • #5 of the second division and the undivided land thereto belonging
  • #41 of the Second Division
  • #28 of the first division
  • #29 of the second division, and the undivided lands thereto belonging.
  • #38 of the first division and about 50 acres of the undivided Land in Huntington, David Goss Sold it per S. Squires???

Here is a sample of Paul’s pages on the following.

Page of the Commissioners an example of the information

Proceedings of the Commissioners…..

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, July 1946
Copied by: Paul Henry Goss
“Proceedings of the Commissioners Under the Confirming Law.” Book___2.

Timothy Pickering
Stephn Balliett
William Montgomery
Griffith Evans, Clerk

Sept. 27, 1787

Commissioners met _____________Present as yesterday
See page 9.

Page 140

Nathaniel Goss. Claims a right of land in Huntington (Huntington Twps) consisting of Lot No. 33 of the First Division and No. 36 of the 2nd Division and the Lot in the 3rd Division, not yet laid out; in support of which is produced a conveyance from Samuel Gooden (Goodwin) dated Feb. 1, 1770 to Philip Goss for half a Proprietor’s in the Susquehanna purchase and by Deed for the same produced, dated 17, June 1779 from said Philip Goss to the Claimant. By Virtue of which right he drew the above lot as appears by the list of said town.

Also another right in Huntington (den) consisting of Lot. No. 34 of the 1st Division and Lot No. 35 of the 2nd Division, the 3rd Division not laid out. In support of which he produced a Deed recorded on page 842 from Lemuel Kingsbury to the claimant for the same things by the lots of said township appears to be the original Proprietor of said Lots.

Note: There are two lots of the Proprs ____of Huntington produced by 2 different persons and being compared agree with each other.”

Philip Goss (Philip (5) Goss, Jr.). Claims a right of land in Huntington (Huntington-PHG) consisting of Lot No. 18 of the 1st Division and 53 of the 2nd Division and the undivided land pertaining thereto_______. In support of which is produced a deed dated 25 Jan. 1769 from David Bull to Philip Goss the Elder, for a half right in the Susquehanna Purchase, who by deed worded Ledger A, p.6 sold the same to the claimant by virtue of which he drew the above lots_______as per the above Lists. P. 142 (Philip Goss, Jr.).

Also another right in Huntington, consisting of Lots No. 45 of the first and No. 44 of the 2nd Division and the undivided land pertaining thereto. In support of which he offers a deed recorded page 713 conveying the said claim to the Claimant from Solomon Goss who by a deed recorded page 481 purchased the same of Ezekiel Hamilton who by deed recorded page 379 purchased the same of Ezekiel Palifory who by the aforesaid lots appears to be the original Proprietor of the same.

p. 142 (Philip (5) Goss, Jr.)

Also another right in Huntington consisting of Lots No. 46 of the first, No. 5 of the second division and the undivided land thereto belonging, which is conveyed by a deed to him therefore from Yahel Atherton, recorded page 596 who by deed recorded page 587 purchased the same of Samuel Ransom who by the aforementioned lists appears to be the original proprietor of sd lots p. 142 (Philip 5 Goss., Jr.)

Also Lot No. 41 of the Second Division (No. 38 of the 1st) in Huntington and so much of the undivided land as will make 150 acres _______. In support of which a deed is recorded page 893 (P. 143) conveying the same to the Claimant from David Goss, who purchased the same & not of the right of Abihel Fellows by deed recorded page 752 who by the lists above mentioned appears to be the original Proprietor of said lot and (remainder) of the right.

Philip Goss, oldest son of Philip Goss deceased, in behalf of himself and the others Heirs of said dec’d, claims lot No. 38 of the first division and about 50 acres of the undivided Land in Huntington, which is said to be conveyed to the deceased by David Goss. See the last entered claims, this being the other part of paid rights.

Solomon Squires. Sworn. In support of the last entered claim, saith that David Goss, sold Lot. No. 38 of the first—-division in Huntington together with a part of the undivided lands pertaining to the same unto Philip Goss deceased.

p. 145

“Obadiah Scott claims a Right in the Township of Huntington consisting of Lots 17 of the first and No. 19 of the 2nd Division and the undivided land thereunto belonging by the lists before mentioned the claimant appears to have drawn the above lots as original Proprietor.

Solomon Squires sworn in this case. Saith that the above Obadiah Scott was admitted into Huntington and few the above Lots that he settled on & improved the same, upwards of 12 years ago, and that he has been accounted the undisputed proprietor thereof ever since—–.”

p. 145

“Nathan and Solomon Goss Sworn. Nathaniel saith that he was one of the Chain Carriers in laying out the Town of Huntington, p. 146, that when they were running across the ends of the above Lot No. 17 and others, Mr. Scott objected to the course they were running, mentioning that they would not include the Intervail on the Creek, whereupon the agent Capt. John Franklin, promised that whatever Proprietory should raw those lots, if they should not include the said intervail, they would be indulged with the privilege of moving their lots Eastward be indulged with the privilege of the moving their lots Eastward so as to include the same which was their original design. Both of the Deponents inform on oath that at a subsequent meeting of the Proprietors it was voted that Obadiah Scott the above Claimant who drew the Lot No. 17 should have the privilege of moving his said lot Eastward agreeably to the engagement of the Agent aforesaid.”

p. 146 (bottom):

Solomon Goss. Claims a right in the Township of Huntington, consisting of Lots No. 28 of the first and No. 29 of the second division, and the undivided lands thereto belonging. In support of which he produces a deed (top of p. 147) from Philip Goss, Jun’r, recorded page 714, conveying the same to the claimant, who by deed recorded, page 596 purchased the same of Asehel Atherton who by Deed recorded page 586 purchased the same of Elisha Richards, by whom the said lots were drawn as appear by the Lists of beforementioned…”

p. 148

Obadiah Scott, Solomon Squires and Nathaniel Goss all of Huntington severally sworn, as Chain Carriers and Markers faithfully to perform those duties, if they should be employed as such in the town of Huntington or elsewhere in the county of Luzerne.

Source: Proceedings of the Commissioners Under the Confirming Law Book 2, p. 140 Nathanniel Goss lands, p. 142 Philip Goss Jr. lands, p. 145, Nathaniel & Solomon Goss & Obadiah Scott lands, p. 146 Solomon Goss lands, p. 146 Nathaniel Goss lands., Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Self-Published circa 1940’s, Family History Film #0924004. 

Note: Paul H. Goss transcribed this information. He gives the title and the Book ___2 and pages but he does not state where he found this information. I have not been able to locate the information even though I did visit to the Pennsylvania Archives and the Luzerne County Historical Society.  It had been 57 +/1 years since Paul saw this information and it is quite possible it has been renamed and the archives have rearranged the information since then? Or the 1972 flood there in the area destroyed the information. 

The date of 1787 is the 1st law called the Confirming Act which was not well received. Another is that Timothy Pickering is involved and he left the area about 1792 and moved up politically.  It would be another 10+ years before the Compromise Act of 1799 was passed and that finally moved things forward to getting the land issues completed and the main individual involved after that date was Thomas Cooper. 

It will be interesting to see how it all works out over time for each of the claimants above. I will probably refer to this as I work through the Goss siblings.

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