John Goss, His Land History in Luzerne, Connecticut Claimant

John Goss was included in the Connecticut Claimant land histories for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 17 & 15 Certified Townships. This means that John Goss was an adult and they considered him so when determining land in the area for the claimants.

Here is John Goss’ Land Claims

  • Huntington
  • JOHN GOSS Land History
  • Connecticut Claimants 17 and 15 Certified Townships
  • Claims Lot No. 42 First Division
  • Part of ……
  • No. 36 Do 2d Do
  • No. 7 Third Do

Portions of the Land History were X’s out so that is why there are lines through some of the following. What it means, I don’t know but guess that they fell through?

A part of John Goss Land History, two pages, this is page 2


Claim for Lot No. 42 First Division
Huntington List Drawn by Solomon Squires
Deed 16 Nov. 1795 Con L. 25 Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott for 300 acres in Huntington

The ________filed in Scotts payment of S. Squire this deed is false

Deed 20 Apr 1800 Con 400 Dlrs Jesse Scott to Claimant for this lot

Sold by Solomon Squires to Nathaniel Goss





Huntington List No. 35 Drawn by Lemuel Kingsbury & Sold to Nathaniel Goss. See the Title of Nathaniel Goss No. 36 Drawn by Nathaniel Goss
Deed 4 Sept 1797 Cont. 150 Dlrs Nathaniel Goss to John Goss for part of these two lots containing 150 acres Beginning at the S.W. corner of the 50 acre lot I sold to Eli Seward containing the lot No. 36 of the 2 Division, thence W 22 degree 16 Rods to the NW corner of Lot No. 35 of said Division, thence S 22 degrees E 89 Rods, thence E 22 degrees S 184 Rods to the town line thence N. 22 degrees W 136 Rods & a half thence W 22 degrees S 180 to the NE corner of said 50 acres & thence to begin half sold to Eli Seward
Claim for Lot No. 7 Third Division
Huntg List Drawn by Solomon Squires
The deed in the first title above Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott

See Deposition to above of S. Squires

Deed 15 Apr 1801 Cont 200 Drs Jesse Scott to John Goss  


No title None Claimant by Nathan Beach page 32  


Huntington JOHN GOSS





Claims 100 acres of the east end of Lot No. 24 & 25

The first division of Huntington Township

See title of Jesse Scott pg. 210


Office copy field Order of the Court of common pleas appointing Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson & John F. Miller auditors to settle the Estate of Jesse Scott
Deed 18 Jany 1804 Cont Dlr 237 John T. Millar, Lawrence Myers and Alexander Jameson to John Goss for one hundred acres beginning the east end of Lots No. 24 & 25 in the first Division of Huntington.

You will notice that some of the information in the above is crossed off. On the original it was a big X mark.  You can also see that John Goss was involved with Jesse Scott. I believe that Jesse Scott was a brother to John’s mother Hannah and therefore an Uncle.

Unfortunately, Jesse Scott got himself involved in some land messes and John may have suffered some backlash from that.  We will see if we can figure it all out? I will touch on Jesse Scott at this time and later go into more depth about him when I discuss the Scott family and Solomon Goss and his wife Olive and there life in Pennsylvania.  I told you this was complicated.

Okay, let’s review the above and see what we find out!

Lot #42 1st Division of Huntington Twp.

Here are two deeds dated 1795 and 1800 involving Solomon Squires.

Solomon Squire to Jesse Scott 16 Nov. 1795 Vol. 4 page 84  The deed reads in summary:

Solomon Squire now of Green River State of Kentucky 25 L Lawful money of PA have quitclaimed to Jesse Scott of Huntington…Land namely one hundred No. acres of the first division 3 one hundred of the second division 51 (above the 51 is a 37) one hundred of the third division 35. 16 Day of Nov 1795.  This originated from rights recorded in Luzerne Co. Solomon Squires (Seal) Test Stephen Bonner and Robert Meets. Personally appeared Solomon Squires deed certified 19 day of Nov 1795, James Simon recorded Feb 3, 1796. Written on the left side of the deed. Was one hundred of 2nd division recorded 51 appears on the second version of the deed to be No. 27 JB.

Solomon Squire to Jesse Scott 20 April 1800 Vol. 4 page 85 – Solomon Squires to Jesse Scott – Solomon Squire of the township of Huntington now of Green River, State of Kentucky – consideration of twenty five pounds lawful money – quite claim unto Jesse Scott of Huntington Twp. etc.  All land namely one hundred acres of the first Division 42 in the s’d town one hundred of the second Division 22 one hundred of the 3rd division. 16 November 1795 – Original from rights recorded. Solomon Squire (Seal)  Test: Stephen Emmer, Robert Meets.  State of Kentucky Scott Co., Solomon Squire voluntary deed and acts – 19 Nov 1795.  Recorded 3 Feb 1796 James Lemon.

In my searching the index at Luzerne County for deeds in Grantor I do not find any deed listing for Solomon Squire selling this land to Nathaniel Goss.  Nor have I found anything under Goss involving Nathaniel and Solomon Squire.

I now realize the notation that was referring to “Kentucky” regarding the heirs of Philip Goss IV may have something to do with these deeds and the land issues between Jesse Scott and Mr. Squires. See my post: Nathaniel Goss Sr. Land Surveys…15 & 17 Certified Townships, Connecticut Claimants, dated June 20, 2019 – Scroll down to the NOTE:

Unfortunately, I do not have the depositions that are mentioned above. Those would require going to the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg and looking at their records.  I am tempted.  I also don’t have Solomon Squire and other Land History information and Nathan Beach which might be helpful. I will revisit Jesse Scott when I write about the Scott family in future posts.  At this time I am just referencing him so you can see that John Goss became involved in some of Jesse’s land dealings that didn’t go to well. This whole situation with Lot #42 looks very complicated and I am missing a lot of documentation.

Lot 35 and 36 2nd Division – from his father Nathaniel Goss

Here is the deed Nathaniel Goss created to give to his son John Goss  17 Cert Twp. Luzerne Lots 35 and 36 in 2nd Division.

Know all these presents that I Nathaniel Gofs of Huntington Luzerne County & Pennsylvania State for consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction of my Son John Gofs of the s’d township County & State Do by these presents bargain sell convey confirm & quit all my Right Title Claim and Interest whatsoever to him the s’d John Gofs his heirs and assignes a certain tract or parcel of land Situate & being in the aforesaid Township & Bounded as follows viz Beginning at the Northwest Corner of the fifty acres of Lot No. I sold to Eli Seward which pertains to Lot No. thirty six of the Second Division of Lots in S’d township & thence west twenty degrees South fourteen Rods to the Northwest Corner of the Lot No. thirty five of the aforesaid Division thence South twenty two degrees East eighty nine rods thence East twenty two degrees South one hundred & eighty four rods or the Town line thence North twenty two degrees west one hundred & thirty one and a half Thence west twenty-two degrees and ___one hundred sixty Rods to the northeast corner of the fifty acres of land and from thence the place of beginning containing by estimation one hundred fifty acres of land the same more or less To Have & to Hold the bargain sold conveyed & confirmed premises unto him the said John his heirs & assignes to his & their own proper use & Likewise I had legal possession of the same & had a good right  to sell & convey the said premises as above I furthermore I do by these presents warrant and forever defend the deeded Land to the s’d J. Gofs against any Title or Claim coming from or under the Susquehannah Company or Connecticut title  In witness hereof I set my hand & affix my Seal in Huntington Township this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety seven

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Gideon Post, Jesse Scott –

 Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)  NB of the words – of Land – figure 2 & right ___ Inter ____before it was signed ——–

Luzerne County SS on the 8th Day of Nov. 1797 came before me one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the Said county Gideon Post on one of the subscribing witnesses and ____duly sworn according to law said that he was present at the signing and sealing of the within deed and saw the within named Nathaniel Gofs sign it as his free act and Deed and saw Jesse Scott sign it as witness and signed it himself as such.  Witness my hand this day& hour written, Nathan Beach

Luzerne County SS  – Recorded in the Office for Recording Deeds for the County aforesaid in Deed Book No. 8 page 179 etc Witness my hand and Seal of Office at Wilkes-Barre the 16th Day of July 1802, Jacob Hart Recorder === There are seals on this that obscure some of the writing.

Source: Connecticut Patents 1785-1810 FHL#986849  No Index or information on this film. Luzerne Co. the 17th Cert Twps. – Huntington in Westmoreland Co., Litchfield Colony of Connecticut etc.

Claimant: Amos Seward  – See  published posts about Amos on this blog
Date Acquired: 12/4/1799
Drawer: Lemuel Kingsbury
Twp. Huntington
Div 2
Lot 35 W 1/2
Acres: 51 A 63p
Chain of title: Nathaniel Goss 6/21/1777, John Goss 9/4/1797, Gad Seward 9/3/1799
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:212, 195
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book 4:107

Claimant: John Goss
Date Acquired: 9/4/1797
Drawer: Nathaniel Goss
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 36 pt
Acres 35A 143p
No Chain of Title given
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:194
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book: 4:111

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage 2007.

Luzerne County Registrar of Deeds page 227

Nathaniel Goss, John Goss to Philip Goss

Know all Men by these Present that we Nathaniel Goss and John Goss both of Huntington Luzerne County & State of Pennsylvania Do for the consideration of Ten Dollars each received to our full satisfaction of Phillip Goss of said Township County & State 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. To have and to hold said Premises to him the said Philip his heirs & assigns to his & their own proper use & behoof forever. & furthermore we Warrant & Forever defend the said mentioned premises & appurtenances to him his Heirs & assigns against any other Connecticut Claimant whatsoever. Witness our hands & Seals the seventeenth day of August A.D. 1802.  Nathaniel Gofs (Seal)  John Goss (Seal)

Witness present Charles E. Gaylord, Nathaniel Goss Jur.

Luzerne County SS — Nathaniel Goss & John Goss the within named Grantors came before me Charles E. Gaylord a Justice of the Peace for Huntington District in the County aforesaid & acknowledged the within Deed to be their Voluntary Act. Witness my hand and seal the seventeenth day of August A.D. 1802.  Recorded March 27, 1805.

Did you see the reference of John as an heir to William Davidson?  He is Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss’s father.

Lot #24 and 25 in the 1st Division: 

Lots 24 and 25 owned by Jesse Scott – John purchased from Auditors

1804 Jesse Scott Settlement were John Goss obtains lots 24 and 25 in the first Division

Jacket Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson and John T. Miller, John Goss Deed 17 Cert Twp. Luzerne

To all people to whom these presents shall come…….whereas the Honorable the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Luzerne at August term in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three appointed Lawrence Myers, Alexander Jameson and John T. Miller Auditors to audit and with the demands against Jesse Scott late of Huntington in the County aforesaid as _____debtor agreeably to the act of assembly in such case made & provided.

Know ye that by Virtue of the Power and Authority vested in use as Auditors as well as for the Consideration of two hundred & thirty Seven dollars & ten cents money of the state paid by John Goss of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania. Do give grant bargain sell and convey as Auditors aforesaid one hundred acres of land in Huntington in the County of Luzerne it being the East end of Lots No. 24 and 25 in the first division of lots in said Township all the right title claim and demand that the said Jesse Scott hath may or ought to have unto said Lots. To have and to hold unto him the said John Goss his heirs and assigns forever free and clear from him the said Jesse Scott his heirs Executors and administrators and assigns in witness whereof we have here unto set our hands & seals this 10th day of  January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

Note scribbled and very hard to read can’t make it out.

Sealed and delivered in presence of John P. Small, John Potter

Signed by Lawrence Myers (Seal), Ale’x Jameson (Seal) and John T. Miller (Seal)

Luzerne County SS On the Thirtieth day of March A.D. 1804 John Potter one of the within witness personally appeared before me Charles E. Gaylord one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County and upon oath saith that he and John T. Miller the within grantor acknowledged the within deed to be their voluntary act and likewise saith that he saw John Potter witness the same Witness my hand and seal the day and date above. Charles E. Gaylord JP.

Source:  Connecticut Patents FHL986849.

Claimant: John Goss
Date acquired: 1/18/1804
Drawer: Elihu Parsons
Twp. Huntington
Div. 1st
Lot 24, 1/2 Inc. pts. 24 and 25
Acres: 93A 67 p
Chain of Title: Ezekiel Hamilton 8/30/1775, Dan Warner 1/21/194, Seward & Goss (Gad Seward & David Goss) 12/31/1794, Scott Jesse 2/18/1801
Patentee: Christ. Bowman
Source: CTL:41;MEHun:230, 210, 217
Patent Book H12:314
Survey Book 4:60

Claimant: John Goss
Date Acquired: 1/18/1804
Drawer William Davidson
Twp. Huntington
Div 1st
Lot 25 E1/2
Acres 93A 67p.
Chain of Title: John Goss & Polly, Polly Goss only heir of Wm. Davidson, Jesse Scott 1/1/1801
Patentee: Christ Bowman
Source: CTL:41;MEHung;230, 210, 217
Patent Book H12:314
Survey Book 4:60

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants, Donna Bingham Munger, Heritage 2007.

In 1803 John Goss appears in the newspaper The Gleaner (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 07 March 1803 page 2. His father is also listed above him. “A List of Titles in Huntington Twp. signed by Thomas Cooper…Well this implies that he did get Lot 42 1st division, 35 and 36 in the second and 7 in the 3rd.  I am still not sure about #42 and #7?

Nathaniel and John Goss Titles in Huntington Connecticut Claimants

Summary:  Well, is this all clear as MUD! HA.  I think what is important is the references to William Davidson who is Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss’s father and that there is a connection to John Goss.

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