Philip Goss and Huldah, his wife, were very busy buying and selling land during their life time in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Their children were involved in some of those land transactions as we will see. I might not have all the deeds but this is a good start. Many of the descriptions of the land for sale are very detailed in these deeds and lead to patents and other deeds quoted in the full deed. It is quite fascinating and complicated.
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The following will be a summary of deeds that you can find at FamilySearch under Luzerne County Land Records (online Family History Library website).
1813 – Joseph Batchelor to Philip Goss Vol. 16, pg 82-83, 4 September, 1813. Both living in Huntington Twp. $400, tract or parcel of land being part of Lots No. 38 & 39 in the 2nd Division…..granted to J. Batchelor by patent 24 February 1813, in Patent Book H, No. 8 pg 579. Containing 101 acres & fifty-four perches. Signed by Joseph Batchelor and Poly (her mark) Batchelor. In the presence of Charles E. Gaylord, 4 Sept 1813, Recorded March 16, 1814.
1817 Cyrus Fellows to Philip Goss, Jun’r, Vol. 17, pg. 571, 5 April, 1817, both of Huntington Twp. $100, piece or parcel of land being part of lot No. 40 in the 2nd Division, Enrolled in Patent Book H, No. 5, page 375, 25 acres, Signed by Cyrus Fellows and Mary Fellows. Witnessed Char’s E. Gaylord and Lydia (her marked) Steel. Signed by Char’s E. Gaylord JP 5 April 1817, Recorded April 7, 1817.
1817 – Thomas Dodson & wife to Philip Goss, Junr. Vol. 18, page. 302-303, 12 September 1817. Thomas Dodson and Mehitable his wife, $120, both of Huntington Twp., Tract of land being part of Lot No. 40 in the 2nd Division…containing 20 acres. Signed Thomas Dodson and Mable Dodson, Witnesses Charles E. Gaylord and Stephen Dodson. Signed by Charles E. Gaylord JP 12 September 1817, Recorded Nov. 11, 1817.
1818 – John Bowman & Wife to Philip Goss Jun’r, Vol. 21, page 265 (131) – 21 of August 1818, $500, both of Huntington Twp., tract or parcel being part of lots No. 38 & 39 in the 2nd Division, granted and confirmed of Joseph Batchelor by Patent from the commonwealth bearing date of the 24 February 1813, Patent Book H, No. 8, page 579. Containing 50 acres 110 perches. Signed by John Bowman and Mary Bowman, Witnessed by Abiel Fellows and John Koons. Signed by Abiel Fellows JP, Recorded 9 Jan 1823. (This deed was typed up and was actually located on page 131)
1849 – Asahel Goss & Philip Goss & Huldah et all Vol. 65 pge 170, Mar 1849, recorded 22 Apr 1856 – Sum of $600 certain lot of land in Huntington Township beginning at a corner of the township line to Isaac Bailey land, 9 acres 110 perches…Witnesses John Blanchard and Rebecca I. Allen, Signed by John Blanchard J. P.
1852 – Philip Goss & W. (Huldah) to Mary Steele, 22 December 1852, Vol. 55, page 131 actual page 105-106, $200, both of Huntington Twp. containing 20 acres, Part of Lot No. 33 2nd Division granted to Joseph Bachelor and the said Bachelor deed the same to John Bowman and the said John Bowman deeded the same to said Philip Goss, by deed bearing date 21 day of August 1818. Signed by Philip Goss and Huldah Goss, witnessed by Benjamin Harvey, Rosanna Harvey. Signed by Benjamin Harvey JP, Recorded 25 January 1853.
1856 – Weston Goss & Wife to Jacob Steel, Vol. 182, page 449-450, 21 March 1856, Weston Goss & Delanah his wife of Fairmount Twp. to Jacob Steel of Ross Township, for land in Fairmount Twp. $500, 48 acres. Signed by Weston Goss and Delanah Goss, Witnessed by John Jackson and Hester A. Steele. Signed by J. F. Laycock JP, Recorded 2nd Dec. 1874.
1858 – R. B. Goss et all to Firman V. Taylor, ___ ____1858, Vol. 85, pages 501 and 502 and 503 Richard Goss, James Goss, & Esther his wife all from Huntington Twp. $1800, tract of land — being part of lot No. 38 2nd division and Lots No 42 & Lot 38 in 2 Division conveyed by Philip Goss to Mary Steel Deed bearing date December 22 1852 and conveyed by Mary Steele to the aforesaid Richard & James Goss by assignment dated December 15, 1855 Lots 42 & 43 conveyed to Jacob Steele by deed February 11th 1853 — Containing 23 acres and 34 perches being part of Lot 40 1st tier of Lots Conveyed to Wm. Ronns by Seth Trescott deed of Apr 13, 1844 by Koons to J Steel and Jacob Steel conveyed to Richard & James Goss by Assignment Dec 15, 1855. Signed by R. B. Goss, J.W. Goss and Esther A. Goss. Witnessed by John H. Smith, M. S Comstock. Signed by John H. Smith JP W. R. Robing JP, Recorded March 14, 1862.
1859 – Asahel Gofs & Wife to Rebecca J. Allen, Vol. 89, pg 99, 5 February 1859. Rebecca J. Allen and Ashahel Goss and Susan his wife, of the County of Mason and State of Illinois and Rebecca J. Allen of the County of Luzerne and State of PA, $1050, land in Luzerne, 29 acres 110 perches, Signed by Asahel Gofs and Susan Gofs, Witnessed by J. Mott Kline. State of Illinois Mason Co., Asahel Gofs appeared, signed by J. H. Wandel JP 25 Day of Feb 1859. Recorded Dec 10, 1862.
1859 – Philip Goss & wife to Rebecca Allen, Vol. 89, page 98 -99, 14 May 1859, both of Huntington Twp. $130, containing 13 acres being part of Lot 38 & 39 in 2nd Division as patented by Joseph Bochler 21 Feb 1813, signed by Philip Goss and Huldah Gofs witnessed by John Blanchard and Ellen M. Moss. Signed by John Blanchard JofP, Recorded Dec 10, 1862.
1863 – Commissioners of Luzerne County to Weston Goss, Vol. 192, pages 157-158, Selling of unseated lands for taxes and for other purposes passed the 18th day of March 1815, tract of unseated lands 430 acres situated in Fairmount Twp. surveyed to Susanna Beach duly bid off deed 14 July 1856, another law passed 29 March 1824 is quoted, published in newspaper in arbitration room in the court-house in Wilkes Barre 27 October 1863 sold to Weston Goss of Fairmount Twp. sum of $3.00 being highest and best bidder. 9 October 1863. Signed by Sam’l Vaughn, Nathan Kocher and Stephen Davenport (Commissioners), Received money by Treasurer James Walsh. Witnesses C. F. Barnum, and C.A. Ziegler. Signed by C.A. Ziegler Justice of the Peace, Recorded 11 Dec 1875.
1864 – Richard B. Goss & W. to John M. Hurlinger et. all, Vol. 103, page 123-125, 4 Nov 1864, Richard B. Goss and Rosa his wife of Fairmount Twp., John M. Hurlinger, Andrews Hurlinger of Fairmount. $1650, tract of land situate in Fairmount Twp. upon the Susquehannah and Tiogo Turnpike Road, Containing 88 acres 100 perches of land deeded to R. B. & J. W. Goss by Furnan Taylor by deed date 24th of May 1858 and other part deeded to said R. B. & J.W. Goss by John Kale 16 of Mar 1860. Signed by Richard B. Goss and Rosa Gofs, Witnessed by Wm. P. Robinson and John H. Huff. Signed by Wm. P. Robinson Justice of the Peace, Recorded 17 Apr 1865.
1865 – Philip Goss & W to John Gregory, Vol. 120, page 461, 3 June 1865, Philip Goss and his wife Huldah, all of Huntington $1000, tract of land lying in Huntington Twp. Containing 50 acres part of a larger tract of land by deed Amos F. Barnum dated 20 June 1859 and another deed dated 13 June 1863, Recorded in Deed book No. 90, page 800 William Sax by deed to Philp Goss dated 8 April 1865 Record in Deed Book No. 103 page 101 12 day of April 1865. Signed by Philip Goss and Hulda Goss, Witnessed by B. Suttliff and Elizabeth Suttliff, Rec’d by me Eliza C. Taylor , Signed by Barnard Suttliff JP Recorded Dec 5, 1867.
1865 – Philip Goss & W to Archibald S. Rittenhouse, Vol. 103, pages 333-334, 8 April 1865, Philip Goss & Huldah, his wife, Archibald S. Rittenhouse of New York City $3500, land situate in Huntington Twp. containing 130 acres being part of a larger tract of land which came bested in said Philip Goss by Deed from Joseph Bachelor dated 4 Sept 1813 Deed book No.  page 62 16 Mar, 1814 and from Thomas Dodson dated 12 Sep, 1817 recorded the 11th day of Nov. 1817 one by deed Cyrus Fellows Dated the 5th day of April 1817 Recorded 7th day of April 1817 in Deed Book 17 page 571 and the one other by a deed from John Bowman dated the 21 day of August 1816 Recorded the 9th of January 1823 No. 22 page 265. Signed by Philip Goss & Huldah Goss, Witnessed by Charles Wilson and Cecia M. Sutliff, Signed by Barnard Suttliff JP Recorded June 2, 1865.
1865 Weston Goss & W to Samuel F. Headley, Vol. 192, page 158-159, 18 May 1865, Weston Goss and Delana, his wife of Huntington Twp. and Samuel F. Headley of Morristown, New Jersey, $550, tract of land in Huntington Twp., containing  acres 15 perches allowance on warrant dated 6 august 1793 to Susannah Beach, Signed by Weston Goss and Delanah Goss. Witnessed by B. Sutliff and R. J. Headley, Came before me 6 June 1865, Delanah is examined and asked if by her free will, 6 June 1865 by Barnard Stuliff JP, Recorded 11 Dec 1875.
1865 – William Sax & W, to Philip Goss Vol. 103, page 101-102, 8 April 1865, William Sax and Mary Sax his wife of Huntington Twp. $5000, Long chain of title is described, 80 acres being part of Lot #36 certified to Eli Seward containing 50 acres and sixteen perches, allowance by John Steel Patent dated January 23, 1840 Recorded in Deed Book No. 48 page 637, the other part of Lot #37 in 2nd Div. Patented to Wm. Koons by Patent dated Oct 24, 1837 – Wm. Koons to John Steel by deed Jan 24, 1852 Recorded in Deed Book No. 53 page 589 etc. Very complicated – Signed by William Sax and Mary (her mark) Sax, Witness Milton Good. Signed in presence of William Good, JP, Recorded Apr 12, 1865.
1866 Philip Goss & W to Weston Goss, Vol. 118, page 479-480, 6 March 1866, Philip & Huldah Goss wife, $1000 in Huntington Twp. 42 acres thirty perches with a reserve of two rows of Apple Trees one half of the fruit during my natural life. Signed by Philip Goss and Huldah Goss, Witnessed by Asa R. Allen, Singleton M. Goss. Presence of G. Sutliff JP, Record July 31, 1867.
1867 – James W. Gofs & W to Philip Goss – Assignment – Vol. 182, pages 503 – 504, James Goss and Hester Ann his wife, $1500, 20 acres, 21 May 1867, Signed by James W. Goss and Esther A. Goss Witnessed by Wm P. Robinson, George Magill. In presence of Wm. P. Robinson JP, Recorded 17 July 1869. Note on side: For original See [ ] No. 102 page 394 & 0. Page cut off.
1867 – Philip Goss & W to James Goss, Vol. 123, page 331-332, Philip & Huldah Goss, $1500 by James Gofs, tracts and parcels, 50 acres and 80 perches, 21 May 1867, Signed by Philip Goss & Huldah (her mark) Goss. Witness by Wm. P. Robinson and George Magill, In presence of Wm. P. Robinson JP, Recorded 8 April 1868.
1869 – John M. Goss & W to Peter Foust, Vol. 135, pages 143-145 John M. Goss and Mary his wife of Fairmount Twp., Peter Foust of Fairmont Twp. $200, 11 acres strict measure part of land in the warrantee name of Thomas Arnott and sale for taxes by Zura Smith Treasurer of Luzerne Co. conveyed to Zebulon H. Stevens deed dated July 29, 1828 and by him conveyed to John M. Gofs by deed date of April 13, 1840 and by him to Peter Foust by deed date June 12, 1869, Signed by John M. Gofs and Mary Gofs, Witnesses Wm. P. Robinson and Miles Harvey. In presence of 12 Jun 1869 Wm. P. Robinson JP Recorded Sep 4, 1869.
1873 – Charles T. Barnum & W to Weston Goss – 17 Sep 1873, Vol. 171, page 93 to 94, Charles T. Barnum and Sarah A. his wife, Twp of Lake Co. of Luzerne and Weston Goss of Lake Twp. $100, land in Lake Twp, 10 acres 51 4/10s perches. Part of a large tract of land surveyed in the Warrantee name of Amasa Baly title became vested in Charles T. Barnum. Signed by Charles T. Barnum and Sarah A. Barnum, Witnessed by James Crockette and Jonas E. Reed. In presence of 17 Sept 1873 James Crockett JP, Recorded 17 Sep 1873.
1873 – Geo. W. Search & W. et al, to James Goss, Vol. 209, page 110 to 111, 8 July 1873. Geo. W. Search and E. his wife, Lot Search and Irene E. his wife of Shickshinny and James Goss also of Shickshinny Co. $250, Signed by Geo. W. Search, Ann E. Search, Lot Search and Irene E. Search, Witnesses H.S. Clark and W. B. Foust. In presence off 28 July 1873 H.S. Clark JP, Recorded 25 Janu’ 1878 Exd.
1873 – Jonas E. Reed & W to Weston Goss, 25 March 1873 Vol. 167, pages 213 to 214 Jonas E. Reed and Amy Read his wife Township of Lake Co. of Luzerne, Weston Goss late of Huntington Twp. $200, land in Twp of Lake containing 90 acres and 48 perches, refers back to Benj. Baty patented to Nathan Kocher dated April 7, 1868 gets more involved with other deeds, Signed by Jame E. Reed and Amy Reed, Witness Wm. Koons and James Crockett. In presence of 5 Mar 1878 James Crockett JP, Recorded 23 May 1873.
1873 – Weston Goss & W to Martin L. Brown, Vol. 167, page 394-395, 24 March 1873, Weston & Delana Goss, his wife, Huntington Twp., Martin L. Brown Jenkins Co., PA, $2600, land in Huntington, Containing 42 acres 80 perches — being the same tract of land Philip Goss deeded to said Weston Goss 6 May 1866 Recorded Deed Book No. 118 page 479, Recorded 31 July 1867. Signed by Weston Goss, Delanah Goss, Witnessed by Wm. Koons and Jonas E. Reed. In Presence of James Crocket JP Recorded 24 June 1873.
1876 – J. W. Goss ex ux to Andreas Hirlinger, Vol. 196, page 169 to 170, 19 Apr 1876, James W. Goss and Ester A. his wife Boro of Shickshinny Co. of Luzerne and Andreas Hirlinger of Fairmount Twp. $15 land in Fairmount Twp. 80 acres 100 perches – Being part of tract deeded to R B & James W. Goss by Firman Taylor and the other part to the said R. B. & James W> Goss by John Kail formerly owned by R.B. & James W. Goss. Signed by J. W. Goss and Esther A. Goss, Witnessed by A. F White, J. M. Hirlinger. In Presence of A. F. White JP, Recorded 8 May 1876. Note ex ux refers to the wife.
1879 Weston Goss & W to James Turner, Vol. 215, pages 45-46, 10 March 1879, Weston Goss Twp of Lake & Delanah his wife to James Turner Borrough of Plymouth Co in PA. $1000 land in Lake Twp. 90 acres 48 perches conveyed by J. E. Reed and wife to the said Weston Goss by deed dated 25, 1873 Deed book No. 167 page 213 Plus another 10 acres 51 4/10s perches same premises conveyed by Charles T. Barnum and wife to said Weston Goss by deed 17 Sep 1873 Book 171, page 93 etc. Signed by Weston Goss and Delanah Goss, Witnessed by Sam F. Wadhams, D.S. Bennet. In Presence of D. J. Bennet Notary Public, Recorded 11 Mar 1879.
Once again you can find these deeds in the Luzerne Co. Deed records at Family/Search (Family History Library). Hopefully, I have found them all but I might have missed a few. Some of the descriptions of the land are quite involved and would take a lot of care in interrupting the land lots and sections. I also notice as time passed the land got carved up more and more leaving the Lot system behind.
It is now time to move on to other children of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall. In the next post we will learn about another of their children.