John Goss and his land dealings in Portage County, Ohio

The buying and selling of land goes on no matter where someone migrates to and John Goss who was trying hard to provide for his growing family purchased land in Portage County, Ohio.

Portage County Townships

In 1806 Lemuel Storrs of Connecticut sold to John Goss land, which at that time had been in Trumbull Co.; however, in 1808 Portage County was created out of Trumbull. This deed is from  Vol. 1 pg. 346 of the Portage County Deeds.

To all people to whom these presents shall come greeting Know ye that I Lemuel Storrs of Middletown County of Middlesex State of Connecticut for the consideration of four hundred and twenty seven dollars eighty cents money of the United States received to my full satisfaction of John Goss now residing in the town of Franklin County of Trumbull State of Ohio do give grant bargain sell and confirm unto the said John Goss all that certain piece or parcel of land situated in the town of Franklin normally known and designated township of Randol No. 1 in the eighth Range in the County of Trumbull and State of Ohio part of lot 78 & 88 bounded as follows east on lot No. 77 & 87 south on Lot No. 68 north on lot No. 98 & to extend westerly parallel to the last line of lot No. 78 & 88 so far west as to contain one hundred & ninety two acres of land. To have and to hold the above granted bargained premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said John Goss his heirs and assigns forever to them and their own proper use and behoof And also I the said Lemuel Storrs do for myself and my heirs executors and administrators covenant with the said John Goss his heirs and assigns that at and until the ensealing of these presents I am well seized of the premises as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple and have good right to bargain and sell these same in manner and form as is above written and that the same is free of all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore I the said Lemuel Storrs do by these presents bind myself and my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above granted and bargained premises to him the said John Goss his heirs and assigns against all claims and demands whatsoever.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 1st day of January A.D. 1806. Signed Lemuel Storrs (Seal)

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Henry Lyman Lemuel G. Storrs

Middlesex County SS 00 Middlesex Jany 30, 1806 Personally appeared Lemuel Storrs signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me. Neh. Hubbard Jr. Just. Peace.

I Mathew T. Russell of Middletown County of Middlesex and State of Connecticut Notary Public hereby certify that Nehemiah Hubbard Jun’r Esq. of said Middletown is a Justice of the Peace for said County of Middlesex and by the laws of Connecticut authorized to receive acknowledgement of deeds and that the within signature is his own proper hand and his legal signature and that full faith and credit is to be given to  all his official acts and certificates. And that the within is in due form according to the laws and usages of the State of Connecticut. In faith whereof I subscribe my name and affix my seal of Office in said Middletown this thirty first day of January AD 1806. Mathew T. Russell.  Recorded June 3, 1807 John S. Edwards Recorder. Transcribed from Trumbull County Records in Book H pp 562 and 563 August 9th, 1869 George W. Barrett Recorder.

In 1818 he purchased more land from a Betsey Storrs widow of Lemuel Storrs  – Lot 78 and 88 Vol. 4, page 454 Portage County, Ohio Deeds.

Know all me by these Presents that I Betsey Stores of Middletown, State of Connecticut widow of Lemuel Storrs deceased for diverse good causes and in considerations thereunto moving especially for One dollar received to my full satisfaction of John Goss have remised, released and forever quit claimed and do by these presents for myself and my heirs justly and absolutely remise, release and forever quit claim unto the said John Goss and to his heirs and assigns forever all such right and title as I the said Betsy Storrs have or ought to have in or to the following piece or parcels of land situate in the Township of Randolph County of Portage State of Ohio being number one in the eighth range of Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve so called via. Ninety-two acres & three quarters of an acre on the East side of Lot No. Seventy eight in said in said Randolph & Ninety nine & one quarter acres upon Eastside of Lot No. eighty eight in said Town being the same land comprised in a deed form my deceased husband, Lemuel Storrs in his life time to said John Goss. To have an to hold the premises above mentioned and described unto him the said John Goss and his heirs and assigns to the only use and behoof of the said John Goss and his heirs and assigns forever so that neither I the said Betsey Storrs nor my heirs nor any other person or persons for me or in my name and behalf shall or will hereafter claim or demand any right or title to the premises, or any part thereof but they and every of them shall by these present be excluded and forever barred.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Joel Jones and Nehem Hubbard                                            Betsey Storrs (Seal)

State of Connecticut, Middletown, Middlesex County SS Sept 1, 1818. Personally appeared Betsey Storrs signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to her free act and deed. Before me                                                                  Nehem Hubbard Jus. Peace.

Rec’d March 30th Recorded April 8, 1819                           S. Day Recorder

Transcribed August 12, 1895

In 1819 John Goss sells a portion of Lot #88 to a Abel Sabin Vol. 10, pg. 63 Portage Co., Ohio Deeds:

John Goss deed to Abel Sabin

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that I John Goss of Randolph in the County of Portage & State of Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars of money of the United States received to my full satisfaction of Abel Sabin of the same place do give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said Abel Sabin his heirs and assigns forever the following described  piece of land situate in Randolph aforesaid and is bounded as follows to wit: beginning at the northeast corner of Lot No. 88 in said Randolph running thence west on the original lot line to the centre of the Cuyahoga thence up the centre of said creek Cuyahoga to the east line of said lot No. 88 thence north on the east line of said lot to the place of beginning containing by estimation thirty acres of land be the same more or less.

To have & to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said Abel Sabin his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof. And also the said John Goss do for myself my heirs executors and administrators covenant with the said Abel Sabin his heirs and assigns that at and until the ensealing and delivery of these present I am will _____of the premises s a good _____estate of inheritance in fee simple and have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner and form as is above written and that the same is free of incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore I the said John Goss to by these presents bind myself my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above granted and bargained premises to him the said Abel Sabin his heirs and assigns against all claims and demands whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19 Feb. 1819 Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of Rufus Belding Jeremiah Sabin.

John Goss SS

The State of Ohio Portage County SS – Randolph Feb 9, 1820 Personally came before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace for said county John Goss signer and sealer of the above instrument and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed. 

Received & Recorded August 8, 1828 ____Devy R. I. Bissell Justice of the Peace

In 1822 John Goss sells land to a David K. Wheeler – it is apparently next to Lot 88,  Vol. 6 pg. 51 Portage Co. Deeds.

A portion of the deed of John Goss to David Wheeler.

       To all to whom these presents shall come. Greeting: Know Ye that I John Goss of Randolph in the County of Portage and State of Ohio for and in consideration of sum of four hundred and fifty dollars of money of the United States  to me in hand paid by David K. Wheeler of the same place to my full satisfaction do give, grant, bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said David K. Wheeler his heirs and assigns forever the following described piece of land situate in Randolph aforesaid and is bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at the Southeast corner of one acre of land deeded by me heretofore to Jeremiah Sabin on Lot No. 88 in said Randolph and on the public highway running thence South on s’d highway to the corner of the roads thence Westerly on the public highway to my West line, thence North on my West line to the North line of Lot No. 88 af’d thence East to the center of the Cuyahoga Creek. Thence up the centre of the said creek to the East line of s’d lot No. 88 thence South on the East line of s’d lot to the public highway, thence West eight rods, thence South on the West line of the s’d acre deeded to the sd Jeremiah Sabin twenty rods thence East on the South line of s’d acre eight rods to the place of beginning containing sixty acres be the same more or less. Also one other piece of land on the lot af’d beginning on the South Side of the highway and on the West line of the land owned by me on s’d Lot No. 88, thence South to the South line of s’d Lot No. 88, thence East of the Cranberry Marsh thence along said Marsh to the highway, thence Westerly on the highway to the place of beginning containing by estimation one acre to the be same more or less. To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said David K. Wheeler his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof. And I the said John Goss do for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators covenant with the said David K. Wheeler his heirs and assigns that at and until the ensealing and delivery of these presents I am well seized of the premises as a good sure indefeasible estate of Inheritance in fee simple and have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner and form as is above written and that the same is from all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore I the said John Goss, do by these presents bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators forever to warrant and defend the above granted and bargained premises to him the said David K. Wheeler his heirs and assigns against all claims and demand whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 26th day of February 1822.                                      John Goss (LS)

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of A.Sabin, Jane Sabin.

The State of Ohio, Portage County SS ))))))  Randolph, February the 26th 1822 Personally appeared John Goss signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that he executed the same as his voluntary and deed for the purposes therein mentioned before me. Abel Sabin Justice of the Peace.

Received March 2d & Recorded March 12, 1822  S. Day Recorder

Transcribed July 15th 1896 F. W. Jones, Recorder by Lora B. Geiger Deputy

In 1826 John Goss sells land to a J. Harris Vol. 1, pg 346 Portage Co., Deeds

To all to whom these present shall come Greeting. Know Ye that I John Goss of Randolph in the County of Portage and State of Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars money of the United States to me in hand paid by Joseph Harris of Harrisville in the County of Medina and State aforesaid to my full satisfaction have given, granted, bargained sold conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto hi the said Joseph Harris his heirs and assigns the following described piece of land situate in the Southeast corner of Lot No. 88 and in the Northeast corner of Lot No. 78 in Randolph aforesaid containing all the land on said lot 88 which I the said John Goss, now own and all the land on Lot No. 78 after ___five acres shall be surveyed and taken from the south end of what I the said John Gofs now own on said lot and one acre of land lying in a square ______in the Southwest corner of the tract hereby conveyed and the premises hereby conveyed is bounded  east by the east line of said lots and the highway ____by the said seventy five acres and one acre where by land _______to Richard Rogers and a piece of land owned by Jeremiah Sabin and north by the highway and lands of the said Jeremiah Sabin containing by estimation twenty four acres of land be the same more of less. To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said Joseph Harris his heirs and assigns to his and their own proper use and behoof.  And the said John Goss do by these presents covenant to and with the said Joseph Harris his heirs and assigns that I am well seized of the premises as a good sure indefinable estate of inheritance in fee simple and have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner above written and that I will forever warrant and defend the same to him the said Joseph Harris his heirs and assigns forever all claims and demand whatsoever. In testimony where of I have unto set my hand and seal the 30th day of January 1826.                                                            John Goss SS

Signed, Sealed and delivered in the presence of Abel Sabin, Guy Sabin )))

The State of Ohio, Portage County SS  Be it remembered on the thirtieth day of January 1826 personally appeared John Goss signer and sealer of the within instrument and acknowledged that he executed the same as his voluntary act and deed.  Given under my hand  Seal at Randolph the deed above mentioned. Before me Abel Sabin Justice of the Peace

Rec & Recorded July 19, 2016    G. Devy Recorder

John Goss did all he could to consolidate his property in Randolph Twp. Lots 78 and 88. After his death, his land would be bought by William Rogers, son-in-law and husband to Minerva his daughter.  I will discuss all that when I write about John’s estate and legacy in a future post.                        

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