The history books for Luzerne County keep stating that Nathaniel Goss settled on land in Huntington which is “now owned by A. Howard” or “Amos Howard Hotel Land.” I found this very annoying. So I set about to solve the riddle. Of course, these books are published in the late 1800 and early 1900’s.
Nathaniel Goss came in 1776 and located on the farm now known at the Howard hotel property in Huntington Mills. The trace of 334 acres on which he settled was granted to Henry Marks by letters patent dated April 4, 1775. Source: History of Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, by Bradsby, published in 1893.
Unfortunately, the patents do not go back far enough at the Pennsylvania Archive website for me to find the patent that Henry Marks was supposed to have received. They go back to 1781. So this patent would have to be looked for in their other land records that are not online. Nathaniel Goss Sr. did have a lot of land before he started to sell to his children and after the settlement of his father Philip Goss IV’s land. You can go back through the past posts and make a tally if you are interested.
So who is Amos Howard?
Well I studied the newspapers of the area and found this interesting announcement dated 10 February 1893 from the Wilkes-Barre Semi Weekly Record.
A Huntington Summer Resort
8. Bruce Coleman has sold his billiard parlor and has rented the Amos Howard farm near Huntington Mills. It is a ninety-acre farm, six miles from Shickshinny, and Mr. Coleman intends to operate it and also run a first class county hotel, provided he can get license. Mr. Coleman says he has the promise of several Wilkes-Barre families to board there during the summer and he hopes to be able to carry out his project. The house was once a hotel, during the lifetime of Amos Howard, but for some time there has been no licensed house in Huntington Twp.
A couple of years later this news item appears 22 May 1895 The Wilkes-Barre Record.
Huntington Mills Hotel Destroyed
The Howard Hotel at Huntington Mills, near Shickshinny, was burned on Monday morning, caused probably by a defective chimney. Considerable furniture was saved. Loss $3,000, with some insurance with Post, the Shickshinny agent.
I did not find a mortgage under Mr. Coleman’s name so I have a feeling this never took off. As for any further news about the A. Howard hotel I was unable to find even an advertisement.
I did find an interesting deed in the Luzerne Co. Deed books. Be prepared this is very long.
J. K. Hubler et us to Amos Howard )) This Indenture made this sixteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five Between Jacob K. Hubler of the Township of Huntington County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania and Catherine his wife of the first part and Amos Howard ___of the Township of Falls in the County of Wyoming and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Jacob K. Hubler and Catherine his wife for and in consideration of the sum of Eight thousand dollars lawful money of the United States to us in hand paid for our full satisfaction by the said Amos Howard at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged ____granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ____released and confirmed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain sell, alien, ___, released and confirm unto the said Amos Howard his heirs and assigns all that certain piece or parcel of land lying and being situated in the township of Huntington aforesaid bounded and described as follows. Beginning at the Northside of the abutment of the bridge across Huntington Creek near Hublers Mill at High water mark on the westerly side of said stream North forty six degrees West fifty four and a half perches to a corner of __A.B. Koons land Thence by his land south seventy two degrees West forty eight and a half perches to a dogwood and North seventeen and a half degrees West eighteen and three tenths perches to the line of Lot No. 35 in the first division now J.B. Hans land thence by his land and south seventy two degrees West thirty and four tenth perches and south twenty three and a half degrees east forty two perches to a stake on the line of lot No. 32 first division now William Franklin’s land then by that lot North seventy two degrees East sixty three perches to a corner of land of Benjamin Billes then by his lot North ten degrees west nine and seven tenth perches to a post on the line of Fanny Tilghinans lot then by her lot south eighty four degrees West one and seven tenth perches thence by her lot and Geo. D. Brandon lot and S. M. Masters Charles H. Hayden and land this day granted to William Workhiser North two degrees west thirty seven perches to a stake thence North seventy seven and a half degrees East four tens and a half perches to the place of beginning Containing forty eight acres and eighty two perches of land be the same more or less.
Also one other piece or parcel of land lying and being situated in the township of Huntington aforesaid Bounded and described as follows. Beginning at a double water birch tree in the easterly Bank of Huntington Creek and in the line of lot No. 35 first division in said Township thence South Sixty seven degrees East Seventeen perches to a pine and South thirty one degrees west ten perches to a Hickory at the easterly side of the Mill race thence along the easterly side of said race South seventy five degrees East twenty-five perches south fifty four degrees East eleven perches South forty eight degrees East fifteen perches to a stake near a hickory tree North side of the road near the mill; thence South Thirty six degrees East passing the easterly end of the Mill thirty perches to the corner of Samuel R. Franklin’s stone wall thence thence by land of the heirs of said Samuel R. Franklin and along the Public road leading towards Shickshinny south sixty two degrees East twenty eight and seven tenth perches and south eighty two degrees East twenty two perches to a hickory tree at the Forks of the road, thence along the road and lands of the heirs of Matthias Williams dec’ North eight degrees East twenty-nine and six tenth perches and North seventeen degrees East thirty six perches to a White Oak stump on the west side of the road thence along the west side of said road North seven degrees East twenty five and five tenth perches to a corner near Darius Williams thence by his land South Seventy three degrees west twenty nine perches thence by his land and lands of James Woodworth North twenty seven degrees West thirty and five tenth perches to the line of lot No. 35 first division now George Remley’s lands thence by that lot south seventy two degrees West one hundred and one and four tenth perches to the place of beginning. Containing forty nine acres and sixty seven perches of land be the same more or less.
The two lots as aforesaid containing ninety seven acres and one hundred and forty nine perches be the same more less; being parts of lots No. 33 & 34 first division of lots in said Huntington Certified to Nathaniel Goss and by deed of the said Nathaniel Goss it was duly conveyed to John Shively who conveyed the same together with other lands to the said Jacob K. Hubler as access to the records will fully show.
Together with all and singular the ways, waters, water courses, rights, privileges, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the _____and remainders, rents, issues and profits therefore; and all the estate, right, title, interest, property, claim and demand whatsoever of the said parties of the first part in law, equity or otherwise howsoever, of in an to the same and every part thereof.
To have and to hold the said premises and described pieces or parcels of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned & intended so to be, with the appurtenances unto the said Amos Howard his heirs & assign forever. Excepting and reserving therefrom however, about one half an acre of land more or less located on the Northerly side of the road leaving from the Mill toward the Arni Harrisons upon which has been erected a building used as a church for the Worship of “Almight God” subject nevertheless to such regulations and stipulations as the deed or contract may require, also the one half of all coal that may be mined upon the said land.
And the said Jacob K. Hubler and Catherine his wife for themselves their heirs executors and administrators both by these presents covenant grant and agree to and with the said Amos Howard his heirs and assigns that the said Jacob K. Hubler & Catherine his wife own heirs all and singular the hereditaments and premises herein above described and granted or mentioned and and intended to be with the appurtenances unto the said Amos Howard, his heirs and assigns against us the said Jacob K. Hubler and Catherine his wife, their heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof shall and will warrant and forever defend.
In witness whereof the said parties of the first par to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals this eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six. Witnesses present R. C. Wadsworth, C.S. Benscoter —- J.K. Hubler (Seal), Catherine Hubler (Seal)
Received the day of the date of the foregoing Indenture of the before named Amos Howard eight-thousand dollars it being in full of the consideration therein. J.K. Hubler.
Luzerne County SS Be it Remembered that in the eighth day of January A.D. 1876 before the subscriber me of the Justices of the Peace in the said County came the before named Jacob K. Hubler and Catherine his wife and acknowledged the above Indenture to be his act and deed and desired that the same might be recorded as such according to law.
And the said Catherine Hubler being of full age…….
Signed by P.C. Wadsworth (Seal) Justice of the Peace Recorded 12 May 1876
Whew! That was long but very interesting.
What we have is a chain of title for the lots of #33 and 34 in the first division. So how did Amos Howard end up with some of this land. Well Nathaniel Goss Jr. and Thankful sold the lots to a John Shively as noted in the Luzerne County Deed Books, Vol. 35 pg. 714 in 1839 and Shively sold the land to Jacob Hubler noted in Vol. 51 page 208 about 1850. Then Amos Howard bought it in the above deed in 1875 Vol. 196 page 208.
How did Nathaniel Goss Jr. get these lots, well back in 1807 his father signed them over to him. You will find that information in the Survey of Land post published about Nathaniel Goss Sr. land.
Here is a little more about Amos Howard. He also help establish an academy in the area.
Amos Howard, farmer and hotel keeper at Huntington Mills, was
bom June 6th, 1838, in Maine, Broome county, N. T. Mrs. Howard
was Miss Carrie M. Councilman, of Maine, N. T. Mr. Howard enlisted in
Company E 50th N. T. engineers September 3d, 1861, and was commis-
sioned lieutenant of the company December 30th, 1864 ; he was dis-
charged July 3d, 1865. Source: History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Co., The state should read NY.
Amos Howard died 16 Jan 1886 and is buried in the Scott Cemetery per Find A Grave.
If you want, you can go to the Pennsylvania Archive website and the warranty maps, find Luzerne and then Huntington Twp. and you can then study this map and locate the lands of Nathaniel Goss and others. Make sure you have the Lot number and the Division number or you will get very confused: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/r17-522WaranteeTwpMapMainInterface.htm
Note: Please be careful with the history books of the area, they do not really give sources, except for Harvey in his books The History of Wilkes-Barre. He was pretty good about telling you where he got the information. They also make sweeping statements like the above reference to Mr. Howard. I am not minimizing his role in the area but sad that Nathaniel Goss Sr.’s land that he sold this his son Nathaniel Goss Jr. is was not properly represented. I also noticed that the history books seem to repeat the same information given in earlier histories and just bring it forward and that is not a good thing.