Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall: Their daughter Experience Goss

Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall had a daughter named Experience. She was born 8 October 1747 in Brookfield, Massachusetts. She is also recorded in the Simsbury, CT records along with some of her siblings.

Source: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Experience Goss, borth 8 October 1747 in Brookfield, MA to Philip Goss and Mary Goss. 

Sources:  Simsbury Births, page 80, Simsbury Connecticut, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Transcribed from Town Records and published by Albert C. Bates. 

It looks like Experience survived the move to Simsbury, Connecticut along with her siblings, Sarah, Philip, and Nathaniel for she is listed in the vital records there.

I have not found any evidence of a burial or death recorded in Simsbury CT or North Granby.  Nor any burials for Granville or Becket, MA were Philip Goss and Mary Kendall migrated to before leaving for the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania.

Paul H. Goss mentions in his Goss Family History that “O.J. Harvey’s History of Wilkes-Barre, Vol. II, pg. 999 lists the other children of Philip GOSS, omitting the name of Experience, who may have died young…”

In another manuscript of Paul’s he writes:

(c.)  Experience: b. 8 Oct. 1747 (Simsbury, Conn. Town Meetings, Vol. 3, p. 179) m.  although no proof furnished, married to a Levi BALDWIN, presumably from Conn. and they removed to Barnston, P.Q. Canada where she died in 1815. No further data.

Source: White-Goss Mayflower Ancestry through William White, the Mayflower Passenger, by Paul H. Goss, 1947. A copy on Family History Film #0924004, pages 109 to 122. The Mayflower Lineage of Ebenezer Goss and his descendants.

Experience would have been about 22 years old when her father Philip Goss IV migrated to the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania in 1769.  The histories all mention the brothers but not the daughters except Sarah who married Enos Seward.

Regarding the possibility that she married a Levi Baldwin and went to Quebec Canada, I have found that this is not true.  Levi Baldwin married an Experience Goff, not Goss.  When Paul was doing his research he was doing it the hard way with studying books, indexes and writing letters back in the 1930 and 1940’s so it was difficult to find information. He was not using the computer.

I found a birth of an Experience Goff on 27 Apr 1759 in Rehoboth, MA a child of Joseph Goff and Patience Goff. Source: Rehoboth, MA Vital Records 1642-1896,

This Levi Baldwin did go to Canada and settled there:

  1. Levi Baldwin, presumed to be Levi, Samuel, Nathaniel, John (No. 140, ante page 310) m. Experience Goff. They were natives of Connecticut. There were other Baldwins of the neighborhood, who migrated to Canada; and I find no other Levi to fit this place, though the name occurred in Eastern Connecticut. He was the second pioneer of the settlement of Barnston, Canada. He made a beginning on No. 15, in the 16th Range, and moved his family early in 1799…..She died 1815. He afterward married Abigail Mills. He died in 1843; she d. in 1830. Then it lists the children…

Source: Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records, 1669 to 2013, Baldwin Genealogy, Addenda – John, of Milford, Connecticut, page 822

Based on the above information, I believe that Experience probably died young and is buried somewhere in the Simsbury area, most likely North Granby, just north of Simsbury Connecticut. It is where Philip Goss IV had his land.  She could have died in Granville or Becket, but I was all over those records without success, even traveling to the all these areas.  I found Granville, MA to be tough and hard to find people in the records.

In the Philip Goss Land History that I have featured in past posts there is no mention of Experience or any descendants of hers. Jesse Scott did a disposition listing the Philip Goss heirs, click on the photo and it will open. It reads: Philip, Nathaniel, Solomon, David, Ebenezer, & Mary Gofs.

P. Goss Hist Page 2 portion showing P. Goss Heirs

In the next post, I will start posting about a son of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall, Nathaniel Goss and his family. Nathaniel was a key player in the Connecticut settlement in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.

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