John Goss and Mary “Polly” Davidson’s children: Chester Goss

Chester Goss, son of John and Mary “Polly” Davidson Goss, was born about 1800 in Pennsylvania probably Luzerne Co. He died in 1866 probably in Nebraska where his daughter’s family migrated to.

He married Linda Sisson on 29 Apr 1832 in Washtenaw Co., Michigan. It is said that this is the same date of marriage for his brother John Goss but a different official.

Source: Michigan County Marriages, 1822-1940 Chister Goss 29 Apr 1832 in Washtenaw, Michigan, Lynda Sisson FL#00109064. 

Linda Sisson was born about 1816 in Massachusetts and died before 1860 in Ionia Co., Michigan.

Chester Goss was listed as missing in the Court’s Petition of 1830 regarding the Estate of John Goss. His brother John was also missing.  See post John Goss his Legacy and Estate….post. However, the following Patent shows us that Chester was not missing he was get a patent for land in Michigan.

There is a Michigan Homestead and Cash Entry Patent, Pre-1908 for a Chester Goss, Land Office Detroit, #4071, acres 87.38, issue date 1 Aug 1831, survey date Aug 1831 1 W1/2SW Michgian-Toledo Strip No. 2 S 9E3.  This places Chester in Michigan by 1831 and he would be about 31 years old. This is another listing of the same patent: On 1 Aug 1831 Wayne, Michigan Land office Detroit Chester receives a Patent for Township 2-S Range 9-E, Section 30 #4071.

Chester Goss appears in the 1840 US Census living in Augusta, Washtenaw, Michigan.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Agriculture – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 5
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 2
  • Total Free White Persons – 7
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 7

Chester appears in the History of Ionia County, Michigan  under Orleans Township, Vol. I, Chapter XIV page 168. This is available at Internet Archive for viewing:

At the first town meeting, held at the house of Ira Wheeler, April 6, 1846….polls were open and Forty-one votes were cast and officials were chosen…highway commissioners Chester Goss and Joel C. Green.  On page 173 Chester again appears under 1845 locating in Orleans Twp. with Thomas Neep, William Bradley, Samuel Raby and Chester Goss section 16.

There is another Michigan Homestead & Cash Entry Patent, Pre 1908 for Chester Goss Land Office Iona, #666 acres 40, issued 5 April 1849, surveyed April 1849 – 1 NWNW Michigan-Toledo Strip No. 8 N 7 W 27. Another listing for this date he is issued a Patent Township 8-N, Range 7-W, section 27 #6660, 5 April 1849 in Ionia, Michigan.

I suggest that you go to the Bureau of Land Management website and search for Chester Goss. You will find several listings for Chester Goss for patents in Michigan and you can get copies of the documents. I found three patents:

By the 1850 US Census Chester Goss is living in Orleans, Ionia, Michigan. Chester is 49 a farmer with $800/500 born PA. This means he was born in 1801. Linda is 54 born in Massachusetts in 1796. Lydia is 17 born in Michigan about 1833, Seneca is 15 born in Michigan about 1835, and Laura A. Sisson is 3 born in Michigan.

A Map of Michigan Counties with Ionia featured

In the 1860 US Census, we find a Chester Goss living in Douglas, Nebraska Territory with an Elijah Allen. Elijah Allen is 25, a farmer with $400 real estate and $300 person born Michigan. Lydia S. Allen is 27 born Michigan, Micaja C. is 3 born Michigan and Chester Goss is 60 born Pennsylvania placing him at 1800 for his birth. Below Elijah is a Steven Allen family.

After Linda’s death and his migration with his daughter’s family, Chester remarried to a Charlotte Price 28 May 1863 in Douglas, Nebraska.  Source: Nebraska Marriage Record 1855-1908.

Douglas Nebraska

Chester and Linda had at least two children:

  1. Lydia L. Goss born 28 December 1832 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan. She died 5 February 1919 in Douglas Co., Nebraska. She married 20 December 1854 a Elijah Allen born Sept 1834 in Michigan. He died 23 September 1923 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. Lydia and Elijah had Micajah C., Phebe, Alberto S., Hattie B., Merritt and Milo. Elijah and Lydia are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Omaha. There is a great article about Lydia at her Find A Grave memorial.
  2. Seneca Goss was born 8 May 1835 maybe in Michigan and died 11 November 1877 in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He married on 1 June 1862 in Washtenaw Co., Michigan to a Sarah Willet. She was born 1845 in Washtenaw and died 13 April 1937 in Orange Co., California. She is buried in the Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Anna, California. After Seneca’s death she remarried to a William H. Deamund 1848 to 1922. I do not think that Seneca and Sarah had any children?

I did find a deed in the deed index for Grantors for Washtenaw and it looks like it reads Book V pg. 640 but when I try to search I cannot find the actual deed. Chester Goss is buying from “Homer Williams,” if I read the name correctly. It implies by the deed listing that this was sometime in the 1840’s.  There should be more deeds for Chester. I also checked for estates and probates but they are not online at FamilySearch for Washtenaw.

Unfortunately, I do not know where Linda or Chester are buried at this time. Chester needs a great deal more research in deeds and probate records to really get a good understanding of his life and that means going to the actual locations of Ionia County in Michigan and Douglas Co. in Nebraska. In order for us to understand his 2nd marriage to the Charlotte Price in 1863 we need deeds and probate files and more.

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