Much to my frustration, I have found no will for Nathaniel Goss Sr. None for his son Nathaniel but I have for his grandson Nathaniel. That will be discussed later.
Be advised that there are three Nathaniel Goss of our line. I will discuss more about the last two in future posts:
- Nathaniel Goss born 1749 in Simsbury, CT and married Hannah Scott.
- There son Nathaniel Goss born 1785 probably in Huntington Twp. and died 1854 in Huntington Twp. He married Thankful Forbes and had a very large family
- Nathaniel and Thankful Forbes’ son Nathaniel Goss (III) born 1817 and died 1887. He married 1st Lucy Fuller and then 2nd Harriett Fellows Barrett.
Nathaniel Goss Sr. died 27 September 1812 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Scott Cemetery. I have shared his burial location in the past post.
Hannah Scott Goss died 27 September 1824 also in Huntington Twp and she is buried with Nathaniel in the
Goss Scott Cemetery. You will note that both died on the same date and month but in different years. You can verify this my studying the tombstone inscriptions in the last post.
I checked the Luzerne County Orphan’s Court records online at FamilySearch and only found information about his son Nathaniel Goss Jr. in those records.
So the next step is to look for partition deeds and I found several in about 1817. Vol. 19 pg. 387 of the Luzerne County Deeds at FamilySearch. These are wonderful and really identify Nathaniel’s children.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Nathaniel Goss – Seal of the State of Pennsylvania. And’w Elliott, Luz. Ld’ Office
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know ye that in consideration of the sum of twenty two dollars and eighty six cents now paid by Nathaniel Goss of Luzerne County into the Receiver General’s office of this Commonweath there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said Nathaniel Goss a certain tract of land called “Hermitage” Situate in Huntington Township, Luzerne County being lot No. 53 in the third division. Beginning at a corner No. 4 thence south twenty one degrees thirty minutes East, one hundred and seventy perches and three tenths to a corner, thence by No. 8 and 9 of first division. North sixty degrees thirty minutes East one hundred and one perches and vie tenths to a corner thence by No. 52 North twenty one degrees thirty minutes Wet one hundred and sixty nine perches and eight tenths to a corner, and thence by land of A. Pitch and public land South Sixty eight degrees West one hundred and one perch and three tenths to the Beginning. Containing one hundred and one acres one hundred and fifteen perches and allowance of six percent for roads etc. and Whereas a warrant for the acceptance of the said Survey issued the 19th Instant (being the same tract of land that was surveyed in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly 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..together with the several supplements thereto) with the appurtenances. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances unto the said Nathaniel Goss and his heirs to the use of him the said Nathaniel Goss his heirs and assigns forever free and clear of all restrictions and reservations as to m____, royalties quit rents or otherwise, excepting and reserving only the fifth part of all gold and silver ore for the use of the Commonwealth to be delivered at the Pitts Mouth clear of all charges. In Witness whereof Andrew Elliott Secretary of the Land office of the said Commonwealth hath hereunto set his hand and the state seal hath been hereunto affixed the twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven and of the Commonwealth the thirty second. Attest James Trimble Deputy Secrt Com’th—Seal — Inrolled in the Rolls office in Patent Book No. 60, pg. 134. Witness my hand and seal of Office this 22d Augt 1807. T. Mattack M.R.
UPDATE 6/13/2019 7:41 am: In the deed above a reference to the Hermitage as the name of the tract of land was made. At the Pennsylvania Archives website under RG-17 Records of the Land Office, Patent Tract Name Index, undated (series #17.158) Vol. 4: Index to the P35-65 Series of Patents, 1799-1809 Part 2: P 44-65. We find Nathaniel Goss and his son Nathaniel listed:
On the next page 388 we find more interesting deeds:
Nathaniel Goss & others, assigtn To Thomas Betterly
We Nathaniel Goss and Hannah Goss, Experience Culver, Hannah Allen and Rhoda Dodson heirs to the within named Nathaniel Goss for the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to our full satisfaction of Thomas Betterly of Huntington Township in this County of Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby transfer and assign over the above named Thomas Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the right title interest or demand we have in or to the within described lot of land. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ___ day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Samuel Franklin, Miles Suttiff and Abiel Fellows. Signed and sealed
Nathaniel Goss, Hannah (her mark) Goss, Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson.
Huntington Luzerne County January the ___ day of 1819 personally appeared before me the above named heirs to the with named Nathaniel Goss signers and sealers to the above Indenture and acknowledge the same to be their free act and deed before me. Abiel Fellows, Justice of the Peace (Seal) Recorded April 26th, 1819.
Below the deed above on the same page 388:
John Goss & wife & Others to Nathaniel Goss
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know Ye that we John Goss & Polly Goss wife of the said John Goss and Hannah Allen all of the township of Randolph in the County of Portage and State of Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of twenty dollars of Money of the United States received to our full satisfaction of Nathaniel Goss of Huntington in the County of Luzerne & State of Pennsylvania have by these presents revised released and forever quit claimed & do hereby revise release & forever quit claim unto him the said Nathaniel Goss all our right title interest property claim & demand which we or either of us have in and to a certain piece of Land containing one hundred acres (be the same more or less) it being the whole of lot number fifty three in the third division of Huntington the township aforesaid and which Nathaniel Goss late of said Huntington died seized of; To have and to hold all our and each of our right title interest claim and demand as well in law as in equity of in and to the said revised released & quit claimed premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said Nathaniel Goss his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof. And furthermore we the said John, Polly & Hannah do for ourselves reward each of our heirs executors and administrators covenant to and with the said Nathaniel his heirs and assign that from and after the ensealing of these present we the said John Polly & Hannah nor either of us will have no claim no right nor title to the above quit claimed premises or any part thereof. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the 12th of July 1817. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Abiel Sabin Jane Sabin.
Signed and sealed
John Goss, Polly Goss and Hannah Allen.
State of Ohio Portage County ss )))) Randolph Township July 12th 1817 personally appeared John Goss and Polly his wife and Hannah Allen signers and sealers of the within instrument and the said John and Hannah acknowledge that they executed the same as their voluntary act and deed and the said Polly being examined separate and apart from her said husband & the contents of the within deed being fully made know to her acknowledged that she executed the same without any coercion from her said husband Before me. Abel Sabin J.P.
The State of Ohio, Portage County ss))) I Ira Hudson Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within and for said County of Portage do hereby certify that said Abel Sabin Esquire before whom the acknowledgement of the within instrument appears from the above certificate have been taken is as Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and sworn within and for the said County and that due faith and credit is to be given to all his official acts as such. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of July A.D. 1817 — Ira Hudson
Before I continue, I would like to mentioned that on 4 September 1797 Nathaniel Goss sold to his son John Goss Lot #36 of 2nd Division, 150 acres of land for $150.00. He refers to John as his son. This was witnessed by Jesse Scott and Gideon Post, Deed Book 8 page 179, recorded 16 July 1802.
Again on 17 August 1802 Nathaniel and John Goss $10 dollars to Philip Goss Jr. viz I the said Nathaniel do by these Presents sell & convey all my right and title to six acres & ¼ one vaz the third division Lots draw upon Lot No. 38 first division in said Township being my part as an heir to Philip Goss deceased and also the undivided or common lands so called pertaining to Lots number thirty three & thirty four. And I the said John do also by these Presents sell & convey to said Phillip Goss all my right & title to the common land pertaining to Lot number twenty five in said first division, pertaining to me as Heir to William Davidson deceased. Deed book 9 page 227&228. This deed has already when published under Philip Goss V/Jr. I will present this deed and the one above, when I write about John Goss, the son in future posts.
Let’s continue with the partition of Lot #53, Continued on page 389:
Nathaniel Goss & Wife To Thomas Betterly )) Know all men by these presents that we Nathaniel Goss and Thankful his wife in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to us in hand paid by Thomas Betterly of the township of Huntington County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania do hereby assign transfer and set over unto the said Thos Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all our claim rite title interest or demand to the within named lot or parcel of land. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty fourth day of April 1819. Signed and Sealed and delivered in present of Samuel Franklin Miles Sutliff.
Signed and sealed: Nathaniel Goss, Thankful Goss
Huntington Luzerne County SS Spril the 24th 1819 personally appeared before me Abiel Fellows Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Luzerne Nathaniel Goss and Thankful his wife and acknowledged the above transfer to be their voluntary act and deed. She well knowing the contents. Abiel Fellows JP Seal – Recorded April 26th 1819.
Continued on page 389 and then to page 390:
Aaron Culver & wife to Miles Suttliff )) This Indenture made the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen Between Aaron Culver and his wife Experience of the County of Wayne and State of Ohio of the first part and Miles Suttliff or Pennsylvania County of Luzerne and Huntington Township of the second part. Witnesseth that the said part of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged hath bargained sold revised and quit claimed and by these presents (page 335) doth bargain sell revise and quit claim unto the party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns forever all the lot No. 53 in the 2d division of Huntington and is called “Hermitage.” Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appurtaining and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof and also all the estate right title interest claim or demand whatsoever of him the said party of the first part either in law or equity (blob of ink) in and to the above bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever. In Witness hereof I do set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Witnesses present: Samuel McClelland, Asa Cook Junior.
Signed and Sealed: Aaron (his mark) Culver, Experience Culver
The State of Ohio, Wayne County SS) Personally appeared before me the subscribers one of the acting Justices of the Peace for said county the within named Aaron Culver who acknowledged that he did voluntarily sign and deliver the within deed of Conveyance for the purposes therein expressed, also personally appeared before me the said Experience Culver wife of the said Aaron Culver being examined separate and a part from her said husband acknowledged the within deed of conveyance to be her voluntary act and deed and that she executed the same without the threats of coercion or persuasion of her husband and freely relinquished her right of dower to the premises within mentioned and desires that the same may be admitted to record. Given under my hand and seal this 1st day of June 1818. William Thomas Justice of the Peace — Seal.
Continuing on page 390:
Miles Sutliff & wife to Thomas Betterly )) Know all these presents that Miles Sutliff and Phebe his wife for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to us in hand paid by Thos Betterly of the township of Huntington County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania de hereby transfer and assign over to the above named Thos Betterly his heirs and assigns forever all the rite title interest or demand we have in or to the within named lot or parsel of land. In Witness whereof we have herunto set our hands and seals this twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord 1819. Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Eucilid Suttliff Abiel Fellows.
Signed and Sealed Miles Suttliff and Phebe (her mark) Suttliff
Huntington Luzerne County April 24 1819 – Personally appeared before me Miles Suttiff and Phebe his wife and acknowledge this transfer to the within deed to be their free act and deed. She well knowing the contents. Abiel Fellows Justice of the Peace — Seal — Recorded April 26th 1819.
The descendants of Nathaniel Goss Sr. in the above deeds are selling lot #53 to a Thomas Betterly, spelled many different ways, in 1817 through 1819 about 5+ years after Nathaniel’s death.
Heirs of Nathaniel Goss Sr.
- Nathaniel Goss and Thankful Goss – Huntington, Luzerne, PA
- Experience Culver and Aaron Culver living in Wayne Co., Ohio 1st of June 1818.
- Hannah Allen – living in Randolph Twp. Portage Co., Ohio 12 July 1817
- Rhoda Dodson and Richard Dodson – Huntington, Luzerne PA
- John Goss and Polly Goss – living in Randolph Twp., Portage Co. Ohio 12 July 1817
Who are Miles Sutliff and Phebe who are living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Ohio? Online trees have her as Phebe Culver, the above deed is dated April 4th of April 1819 which is about 16 months after the one for Experience and Aaron Culver. Miles Sutliff, Sr. was born 29 July 1773 and died 25 Nov. 1840. He is buried in the Scott Cemetery near Huntington Mills, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Phebe/Phoebe his wife was born Oct. 1776 and Died 11 Mar 1840 and is also buried in the Scott Cemetery. This is from Find A Grave. His will is also published at the Find A Grave memorial. I will revisited this when I post about Experience and Aaron Culver in a future post. Phebe is a descendant of Daniel Culver 1735 to 1809 and Sarah Prindle. What is Phebe’s relationship to Aaron?
This is so amazing and I am glad I did a little digging. Trying to identify Nathaniel and Hannah’s surviving children has not been easy.
The Court of Common Pleas needs to be checked for Luzerne County, PA estates for all the Goss Family. These files are not online at this time. I wonder what they would reveal?