Nathaniel Goss was born in Simsbury, Connecticut 26 January 1749. His father Philip Goss IV and mother Mary Kendall had migrated to Simsbury about 1748-9 leaving Brookfield, Massachusetts. At that time, his father had all the children recorded in the Simsbury records for some unknown reason.
Source: Simsbury Connecticut, Births, Marriages and Deaths, transcribed from Town Records, published by Albert C. Bates, Librarian Connecticut Historical Society, Page 80.
There are two deeds that show the date of land transactions that Philip Goss IV participated in about this time.
The first deed is dated 11 of April 1748, Philip Goss of Brookfield, County of Worcester in which Philip sells land to a Job Lane of Bedford in Middlesex Co., MA. Mary is also involved with this deed. This implies that they are still in Brookfield, MA.
See my post dated July 16, 2017 titled 1748 On the move: Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss head west! https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/1748-on-the-move-philip-and-mary-kendall-goss-head-west/
The second deed is Isaac Burr of Windsor, CT selling land to Philip Goss of Simsbury dated 6 April 1749. This means that Philip was living in Simsbury at the time of this deed.
See my post dated August 29, 2017 titled Philip Goss IV – Buying Land in Simsbury, Connecticut – 1749. https://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/philip-goss-iv-buying-land-in-simsbury-connecticut-1749/
Based on these two deeds, I believe that Nathaniel Goss was born 26 January of 1749. These two deeds have been featured on this blog in the past posts about the life of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall per the above links. You might want to read other posts before and after to get the context. The other option is to go to the top of the blog and find the Page of the table of contents for Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall to see a listing of the posts that have been written.
Nathaniel Goss’s early years:
We do not have much about Nathaniel Goss from his birth in 1749 till he appears with his father Philip Goss IV in the records of the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania about 1769. They were part of the Connecticut Settlers who purchased lot shares from the Susquehannah Company. The “h” was dropped at a later date. I assume that Nathaniel migrated with his parents from Simsbury/North Granby to Granville and then Becket and from there to the Wyoming Valley.
Nathaniel would have been about 20 years old when he left Becket, Massachusetts and headed to the Wyoming Valley with his father Philip Goss.
What follows is some of the petitions and lists that Nathaniel Goss was involved with. Others will be featured in future posts.
Source of picture: Susquehanna Settlers & Western Lands. FHL Two Microfilms #3622 Index and #3623 Vols. 1-2 1755-1819 The area of Luzerne Co., PA has claims from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware. Connecticut was involved and it was called Westmoreland Co., PA and later it became Luzerne Co., PA. This information is at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, CT. Susquehanna Settlers 1755-1796, Western Lands 1783-1789 One Volume and Index – 1910. Goss are on pg. 17 of the index.
The following is a list of the 200 first enrolled to come here and possess the five townships and man their rights 1769. Those marked with a star were the first forty who came, and were followed the next spring by the others. Every name deserves a sacred remembrance-they were unequaled heroes:
David Whittlesey, Job Green, Philip Goss, Joshua Whitney, Abraham Savage, Ebenezer Stearns, Sylvester Chesebrough, Zephaniah Thayer, Eliphalet Jewel, Daniel Gore, Ozias Yale, *Henry Wall, Rowland Barton, Gideon Lawrence, Asa Lawrence, Nathaniel Watson, Philip Weeks, Thomas Weeks, Asher Harrot, Ebenezer Hebbard, Morgan Carvan, Samuel Marvin, Silas Gore, Ebenezer Northrop, Joshua Lampher, Joseph Hillman, Abel Pierce, Jabez Roberts, Jonathan Corrington, John Dorrance, Noah Allen, Robert Jackson, Zebulon Hawksey, James Dunkin, Caleb Tennant, Zerobable Wightman, Gurdon Hopson, Asa Lee, Thomas Wallworth, Robert Hunter, John Baker, Jonathan Orms, Daniel Angel, Elias Roberts, Nicholas Manvil, Thomas Gray, Joseph Gaylord, William Churchell, Henry Strong, Zebulon Frisbee, Hezekiah Knap, John Kenyon, Preserved Taylor, Isaac Bennett, Uriah Marvin, Abisha Bingham, Moses Hebbard, Jr., Jabez Fish, Peris Briggs, Aaron Walter, James May, Samuel Badger. Jabez Cooke, Samuel Dorrance, *John Comstock, Samuel Hotchkiss, William Leonard, Jesse Leonard, Elisha Avery, Ezra Buel, Gershom Hewit, Nathaniel Goss, Benjamin Hewit, Benjamin Hewit, Jr., Elias Thomas, Abijah Mock, Ephraim Fellows, Joseph Arnold, Ephraim Arnold, Benjamin Ashley, William White, Stephen Hull, Diah Hull, Joseph Lee, Samuel [p.51] Wybrant, Reuben Hurlbut, Jenks Corah, Obadiah Gore, Jr., Caleb White, Samuel Sweet. Thomas Knight, John Jollee, Ebenezer Norton, Enos Yale, John Wiley, Timothy Vorce, Cyrus Kenne, John Shaw, James Forsythe, *Peter Harris, Abel Smith, Elias Parks, Joshua Maxfield, John Murphy, *Thomas Bennet, Christopher Avery, Elisha Babcock, John Perkins, Joseph Slocum, Robert Hopkins, Benjamin Shoemaker, Jr., Jabez Sill, Parshall Terry, John Delong, *Theophilus Westover, John Sterling, Joseph Morse, Stephen Fuller, Andrew Durkee, Andrew Medcalf, Daniel Brown, Jonathan Buck, David Mead, Thomas Perlin, William Wallsworth, Thomas Draper, James Smith, *James Atherton, Jr., *Oliver Smith, James Evans, Eleazer Carey, *Cyprian Lothrop, James Nesbitt, Joseph Webster, Samuel Millington, Benjamin Budd, John Lee, Josiah Dean, Zophur Teed, Moses Hebbard, Dan Murdock, Noah Lee, Stephen Lee, Lemuel Smith, Silas Park, Stephen Hungerford, Zerobable Jerorum, Comfort Goss, William Draper, Thomas McClure, Peter Ayers, Solomon Johnson, Phineas Stevens, Abraham Colt, Elijah Buck, Noah Read, Nathan Beach, Job Green, Jr., Fred Wise, Stephen Jenkins, Daniel Marvin, Zachariah Squier, Henry Wall, Simeon Draper, John Wallsworth, Ebenezer Stone, Thomas Olcott, Stephen Hinsdale, Benjamin Dorchaster, Elijah Witter, Oliver Post, Daniel Cass, Isaac Tracy, Samuel Story, John Mitchel, Samuel Orton, Christopher Gardner, Duty Gerold, Peris Bradford, Samuel Morgan, John Clark, Elijah Lewis, Timothy Hopkins, Edward Johnson, Jacob Dingman, Capt. Prince Alden, Benedict Satterlee, Naniad Coleman, Peter Comstock, John Franklin, Benjamin Matthews, John Durkee, William Gallop, Stephen Hurlbut, Stephen Miles.
Source: History of Luzerne Co., PA, H.C. Bradsby, Chapter II, 1762: pg. 50 to 51 [1769 to 1771]. This book is available online at Internet Archive for viewing.
“The following list of 195 names, copied from a list made up by the Clerk of the Committee of Settlers on the 2nd of June, 1769, shows who were actually on the ground in Wyoming, under the auspices of The Susquehanna Company, at that date. In addition to the men here named the twenty men of the “First Forty,” who had been conveyed as prisoners to Easton and released on bailed (as described on page 478), are to be considered as having been settlers in May and June and fully entitled to participate in the allotment of lands in the “Forty” township; although, observing the terms of the recognizances into which they had severally entered at Easton, they had not returned to Wyoming.”
The list starts with Allen, Noah to Frisbie, Zebulon on the first page 497 and on pg. 498 starts with Forsythe, James and ends with Yale, Ozias. On pg. 498 first column lists – Goss, Comfort, Goss, Nathaniel and Goss Philip.
Source: History of Wilkes-Barre, Harvey, Vol. 1, pg. 497 – 498 at bottom of page (See Pennsylvania Archives Books, “First Series, IV:342).
Donna Bingham Munger in her Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. II Settler’s – Settlers History chapter, she writes:
As construction progressed, the little community grew into a military camp. Scouts and sentries patrolled the perimeter and no one entered without a Company certificate nor left without a written pass. The Clerk of the Company of settlers maintained a running list of those arriving and leaving. His list, source 5, of 195 names dated Jun 2 , shows those settlers actually in Wyoming at that date.
In this excerpt we see that the settlers wanted to establish a county:
They signed a petition for a county to be formed to protect against the Indians and other Pennsylvanians. “Erect & Establish a County here on this River…..Philip Goss, Nathaniel Goss are listed.”
Source: History of Wilkes-Barre, Vol. I pg. 508-509 – 29 Aug 1769.
“Among the original early Wyoming documents now in the possession of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society (now the Luzerne Co. Historical Society) is “A List of the Proprietors of the Five Townships, 17th June, 1770.” This list of 283 names, which was prepared at Wilkes-Barre on or about the date indicated, is presumed to comprise the names of all the proprietors of The Susquehanna Company then on the ground here. The following is a copy of the same, and it is now printed for the first time. (In the original the word “Comtee” is affixed to the names of those who composed the “Committee of Settlers,” mentioned on pg. 652.)
Goss, Nathaniel (no Seward or Scott)
Source: History of Wilkes-Barre, Vol. II pgs. 658 and 659.
The Goss Family started out in Plymouth Township in the Wyoming Valley when they arrived in 1769 and settled about 1773.
Plymouth Township – This is one of the original five townships formed by the Susquehannah Company….”By an enrollment of the resident inhabitants of the valley, made in 1773, in the handwriting of Col. Zebulon Butler, the following persons are known to have been settlers in Plymouth: …Nathaniel Goss, Comfort Goss…
Source: History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches – Huntington Township C. New York: W.W. Munsell & Co. page. 348. This book can be found online at Internet Archive for viewing.
H.C. Bradsby’s version of the settlers in 1773:
By an enrollment of the resident inhabitants of the valley, made in 1773, in the handwriting of Col. Zebulon Butler, the following persons are known to have been settlers in Plymouth: Noah Allen, Peter Ayres, Capt. Prince Alden, John Baker, Isaac Bennett, Daniel Brown, Naniad Coleman, Aaron Dean, Stephen Fuller, Joseph Gaylord, Nathaniel Goss, Comfort Goss, Timothy Hopkins, William Leonard, Jesse Leonard, Samuel Marvin, Nicholas Manville, Joseph Morse, James Nesbitt, Abel Pierce, Timothy Pierce, Jabez Roberts, Samuel Sweet, John Shaw, David Whittlesey and Nathaniel Watson.
Source: History of Luzerne Co., H. C. Bradsby, Chapter XXI (continued) Plymouth Township pg 634 and through to 641, Goss are listed pg 635.
List of Settlers on the Susquhannah River, October 1771, prepared by Zebulon Butler, Lazarus Stewart and John Smith of the Committee of the Settlers contains 121 names – Goss, Nathaniel appears on page 715 1st column, pages 714-714.
List of Settlers at Susquehanna in May 1772 prepared by Capt. Z. Butler etc. Committee of Settlers 215 names: page 732 2nd column is listed David Goss, Philip Goss and Nathaniel Goss. pages 732-3
A memorial dated 26 September 1772 and drawn up on October 3d. In the State Library of Connecticut it lists Philip Goss, Solomon Goss, Nathaniel Goss on page 752 and many others. This is probably a later attempt at asking for a county. The Connecticut settlers were ignored a lot by the Connecticut General Assembly.
Source: History of Wilkes-Barre Vol. I page 714-715, 732-3, 752.
Another source of the above petitions and or lists, can be found in the Susquehannah Company Papers Book Series, Volume III, 1768-1769 pg. 170-172: , Volume IV: 1770-1772, pg. 76 – 83, pg. 41 , pg. 81 , pg. 215 . This series of books is not online but can be found in major large libraries or genealogical societies.
Donna Bingham Munger in her Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. II Settlers is also a great list of all the above and more of the petitions/lists that were created regarding the settlers. She has listed 15 listings for Nathaniel Goss giving her sources. Which I mention some above. It is a lot easier to wade through her book then Harvey’s History of Wilkes-Barre, the online search engine is not that good. She also writes and explains what was happening at this time giving details about the petitions and lists using various sources as I presented above where she describes the settlement. This book is not online.
Here are two examples of her detail:
- Settlers on 2d of June 1769. Copied from a list made up by the Clerk of the Committee of Settlers.” Harvey 497-98 [Author’s notes: Original in Zebulon Butler Papers, Luzerne County Historical Society. In addition to the 195 names on this list, Harvey considered the 20 men of the First Forty arrested, jailed, and bailed to be May and June settlers and entitled to land. Other versions of this list exist as e.g. Henry B. Plumb, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 1885, pg. 498 and copied online from Plumb as “History of Hanover Township and Wyoming Valley.”]
- Donna Bingham Munger’s Settler’s Vol. II: In August of 1769 there was a petition of John Durkee and others for a County on Susquehannah River. Original in Susquehannah Settlers I: 14a-d; copies in Harvey 509-10 (169 names) Papers 3: (70-73 (171 names).
We see from the above histories of the area, that Nathaniel Goss jumped right into the political events of the Wyoming Valley from the beginning in 1769. He would continue to do so throughout his life.
Please note that each source above has their own way of presenting these petitions and lists and it can be confusing because they could be the same list.
“These may certify that Mr. Nathaniel Goss and Miss Hannah Scott, both of Plymouth in Westmoreland, were joyned in lawful marriage by me Jacob Johnson minister at Wilkes-Barre in Westmoreland, November 10, 1774.” Susquehannah Co. Papers, Deed Book 1, page. 159.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of this marriage record. It is either in the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg or The Connecticut Historical Society has the records and they are located in Hartford, CT. I wonder if there are more marriages in the deed books for the Susquehannah Company?
The SCOTT Family:
The above date of 1774 is the earliest date that we may have for the date that the Scott family came to the Wyoming Valley from Waterbury, Connecticut.
Hannah Scott born 28 September 1755 in Waterbury, Connecticut, was a daughter of Obadiah Scott and Hannah Howe.
Source: Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre 1870 (Barbour Collection) Waterbury Vital Records 1686-1853.
Hannah d. [Obadiah & Hannah] b. Sept 28, 1755 Vol. 1, pg 367.
Here is an interesting comment I found in a manuscript at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford.
By 1774 they had moved to Pennsylvania where they lived at Plymouth (later Luzerne Co.)…After the death of his wife, Hannah How, Obadiah married Charity Barber, widow of Abel Sutliff, in Huntington Twp.”
Source: Connecticut Historical Scott Sources – David Scott Descendancy – 39 sources, a collection of manuscripts and more.
Hannah had at least 6 siblings, one of which was Olive Scott who married Solomon Goss, my ancestor. He was a brother to Nathaniel Goss. Two other siblings will also be featured in future posts. Jesse Scott b. 1763 has been featured already in family matters and land dealings on this blog regarding the Goss Family. The other is Obadiah Scott III born 1771 whom I believe migrated to Washington County, Ohio and died there.
Source: The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Waterbury 1686-1853, Scott pg. 312 to 319, compiled by Jerry Lynn Burket & General Editor Lorraine Cooke White, Genealogy Publishing Company. Ancestry.com has this collection and Hathitrust.org limited search. Internet Archive (archive.org) has copies Waterbury is in Vol. 50.
There is also a source for the Scott Family: The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut, from the Aboriginal Period to the Year Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-five, Vol. I pg. Ap 121 Scott, Edited by Joseph Anderson, D.D., The Price & Lee Company, New Haven, CT 1896.
Hannah and Olive came from an old family line that settled Waterbury, Connecticut. I will go into the Scott family history when I resume writing posts about Solomon Goss and his life in Pennsylvania.
In summary: We see that Nathaniel Goss came from Becket, MA with his father Philip Goss to settle in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania in 1769.
We know that the land along the Susquehanna River was claimed by Connecticut at that time. Philip Goss was a shareholder in the Susquehannah Company. This company was trying to settle the Wyoming Valley area. We also see that Nathaniel was involved in the politics of the time and signed petitions and appears in settlers lists of the area along with other Goss family. We also know that he married in 1774 in Plymouth, PA.
In the next post let’s take a look at Nathaniel Goss’s military involvement in the Wyoming Valley.