David Goss and Ann Slater’s children: David Goss, only son, and his interesting life.

We know that there was at least one child born to David Goss and Ann Slater. Some researchers believe that he was born 11 May 1779 in Bethlehem, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Nine months earlier would put the death of David, the father, no earlier than 11 August 1778.  The Battle of Wyoming took place on July 3, 1778. This means that he didn’t died in the battle but maybe as a result of skirmishes with the Indians.

Because of the Battle of Wyoming, many people fled to safety and did not return to the valley till years later, even 1780. So having a child born elsewhere would not be unusual. I have not been able to find the birth record in Litchfield Co., online sources don’t go back far enough.  Ebenezer Goss a younger brother lived in Litchfield County, Connecticut before he migrated to Ohio.

Let us take a look at one of the manuscripts of Paul H. Goss: Source: Goss Family, Philip (4) Goss Sr., called “of Brookfield, Mass.” etc. FHL#46077, online at Family Search website.  Just click the photo below and it will open and you can read what he had to say.

Paul Goss Manuscript excerpt from Goss Manuscript of Brookfield

Let’s review these comments of Paul’s.

We know that David was born in Granville, see my past post regarding his birth. Paul seemed to think he married Ann Slater but doesn’t tell us anything more about her.

Paul in his enthusiasm states that David Goss was a Revolutionary War soldier. You do have to be careful with that statement.  There are several levels of military order back then: local militia, state militia and Continental Army. In the Goss family Nathaniel Goss Sr. and Ebenezer Goss were of the Continental Line. The others were most likely local militia, but unfortunately, the rolls for Huntington Twp. for the men who were not officers have failed to survive.

Paul references Capt. Weisner from New York a rifle company and this appears in several sources. I believe that Paul Goss found this information in the book written by Charles Miner: History of Wyoming: In a Series of Letters etc., page 192. It is also mentioned in the Annuals of Luzerne and The History of Wilkes Barre on pages 833 to 834 emphasizing Obadiah Gore’s military history and it gets very confusing. All these books are online at Internet Archive.  I am not finding any proof that David Goss was a member of this military unit.

As for the references to the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors, it doesn’t make any sense because we are talking about Connecticut’s jurisdiction in the Wyoming Valley.  To find Col. Wyllis’ information go to this book Record of Service of  Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution Vol. I, War of 1812 Vol. II and Mexican War Vol. III. Begin with Volume I and starting on page 168 is a listing of Colonel Samuel Wyllys  Third Regiment “Connecticut Line formed 177-1781.” I find no mention of David Goss.  Both of these sources are online for viewing so you can do your own checking.

A quick search of Fold3 Revolutionary War records and pensions does not reveal David Goss as a pensioner.  That does not mean he wasn’t in the local militia or contributed to the effort of making the Wyoming Valley safe.

Paul suggests that David followed the father but I don’t think this works. David had to be killed sometime after August 1778 in order for the son David to be born by the above date. I believe that Philip Goss IV died at the end of 1779, maybe from wounds. This is per my  study of Philip’s Estate in a past post and a deed done in 1779 between him and Nathaniel Goss.

We know that the son David Goss, sold the land of his father David to other family in the late 1790’s and early 1800’s.  Several deeds were shared in the last post about David’s land in Huntington Twp. and land the son inherited. However, there is another deed for Pittstown in Luzerne County for about 50 acres of land. Pittstown is now called Pittston.  That deed is in Book 7 page 197 of the Luzerne County Deeds online at FamilySearch.

Know all men by these Presents that I David Gofs of Bloomfield in the County of Ontario and State of New York for an in the consideration of the sum of forty pounds good and lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to him in hand paid by Doctor William Hooker Smith of Pittstown in the county of Luzerne  State of Pennsylvania which is to my full satisfaction & I am therewith fully content & paid. Have gene granted bargained & sold unto the said Doctor William Hooker Smith his heirs executors administrators or ______in the town of Pittstown in the County of Luzerne & State of Pennsylvania the one half of a hundred acre lot of land lying on the north side of the Lacawana River opposite to the Smiths & Thomas Wights forge in said Pittstown bounded as follows beginning at a White Oake Tree, standing near the Lacawana River wich is a bounds betwict the granted premises of land of Alisha Dilano. Thence being northly to the ____of Division between Pittstown & Exeter pg. 198 thence running easterly on that line until it meats the land of William Hooker Smith, thence running southerly with the land of Cotober William Hooker Smith to the Lacawanna River, thence running by and with the river wetrly to the first mentioned bounds, containing fifty five acres being the half of Lot Fifty three in said town the land intends to be granted an as much off from the westend of said Lot as to be in quarterly the one half of said Lot. To Have and to hold the said described lot or farm of land with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto him the said William Hooker Smith his heirs, executors & administrators & assigns forever to covenant & defend against any Connecticut claimer whatsoever dated this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & one.     David Gofs (Seal)

(The ____in the sixth line being done before signing and sealing)

Signed sealed & delivered in the present of Newton Smith & Isaac Osterhout.

Luzerne County SS)))))

Personally appeared before me, one of the Justices of the County aforesaid Newton Smith one of the subscribing witness to the within Deed and on his solemn oath says he (this deponent) saw David Gofs, the signer of the within, sign seal and deliver the same as his fee act and deed and that he saw Isaac Osterhout sign the same as a witness, and that the same Newton Smith signed as a witness, in his own hand writing…Given under my hand and seal, this 14th day of Feb’y 1801 – Recorded Feb. 18, 1801 Constant Searle.

This William Hooker Smith was a very interesting man. He was a Claimant and is listed in Donna’s Book III of Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony:

Claimants Wm. Hooker Smith reference to David Goss.

This deed and the other later deeds featured in the past post, indicate that the son David Goss lived in Ontario and Genesee County, New York.

I don’t have a marriage for David Goss. He married an Elizabeth “Betsey” Henry sometime around 1798 probably in Ontario Co., New York.

New York Counties, can you find Ontario, Genessee in the map

A David Goss appears in the 1800 U.S. Census living in Bloomfield, Ontario, New York.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 2
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 2
  • Number of Household Members – 4

David Goss appears in the 1802 Bloomfield, Ontario, New York Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates 1799-1804: Amount of Real Estate 0 dollars, person 53 total 53, tax .14 cents.

By 1810, according to the U.S. Census, David Goss is living in Batavia, Genesee, New York and his family has grown.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 6
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 2
  • Number of Household Members -10

I took a look at a history of Ontario, New York, but didn’t find anything about David; however, I did find a few entries in a history of Genesee Co., NY:

Vol. I, Page 100-101 – “Beside these the following are on record as having been owners of property between the year 1802, when Batavia village was founded and the outbreak of the war of 1812.” On page 101 David Goss is listed about 4 lines down.

Vol.  I, page 108 – “Other pioneers of Darien of this period included George Wright, David Goss, Rufus Kidder etc.”

Vol. I, page 110 – “The early history of Pembroke is closely identified with that of Darien, and the names of most of the early settlers of the former town are contained in the preceding pages of this chapter devoted to the pioneer history of Darien. David Goss made the first settlement in 1801. He came from Massachusetts and erected a dwelling which he also used as a tavern.” 

Vol. I, page 115 for explanation and 117 where listed: “The names of all the purchasers of land in Genesee county, from the commencement of the land sales up to January 1, 1807, are given below. They appear in order in which the contracts were taken each year, their locations begin designated by townships and ranges. Reference to the plan of Genesee county as it appears in the foregoing tabulation will show in what towns these settlements were made and what year: page 117 Batavia village – Township 12, range 3, David Goss.”

 Vol. II, page 420-421 Masonry –  1816 David Goss among others listed in East Pembroke for the Lodge in Batavia. 

Source: Our County and Its People…Genesee County, New York, by Safford E. North, 1899 Volumes I and II. Available at Internet Archive for viewing. 

In 1820 the U.S. Census has a David Goss living in Pembroke, Genesee, New York on 7 August, 1820. I get 10 people, not 9?

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 18 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture – 3
  • Free White Persons – Under 16 -5
  • Free White Persons – Over 25 – 2
  • Total Free White Persons – 9
  • Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other 9

In the 1830 US Census David Goss is still living in Pembroke, Genesee, New York.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 5 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 5
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 10
  • Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) – 10

Map of Oakland Michigan

By 1840 David Goss has made a big move. In the 1840 US Census he is now living in Southfield, Oakland, Michigan. At this time his family had decreased to only 4.

  1. Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  2. Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69 – 1
  3. Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 – 1
  4. Free White Persons – Females – 60 thru 69 – 1
  5. Persons Employed in Agriculture – 2
  6. Free White Persons – Under 20 – 1
  7. Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 1
  8. Total Free White Persons – 4
  9. Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 4

A look at the BML Glo patents for Michigan reveals and interesting development, Betsey Goss gets a patent or two along with David and some of their sons.  This may be only a few of the patents for the family.

BML Glo Listing for Goss family in Oakland, Michigan

Here is the link to the BML Patent Search:  https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx

In 1846 David Goss and his wife Betsy sold land to a J.D. Burgess. Here is a summary of this deed. Made the 9th day of May, 1840. Between David Goss and his wife Betsey of Southfield Co. of Oakland, State of Michigan and Joel T. Burgess of Novi County of Oakland etc. $300 – Tract of land situate in the town of Novi part of #15, 6 acres and 20 rods, land was described in detail, Signed by David Goss (seal) and Betsey Goss (Seal), witnesses Carlos Harmon and Amarilla A. Harmon.  David Goss came before Carlos S. Harmon, JP – Received and Recorded 29 Sept 1846.

By 1850 we find David Goss still living in Southfield, Oakland Co., Michigan. David is listed as 71 year old farmer, with $2500 Real Estate born Connecticut. With him is Lydia age 73 born Connecticut. Next is David Goss age 37 farmer born New York, Sarah age 38 born New York. William age 13 born Michigan, John age 12 born Michigan, Samuel age 10 born Michigan, George age 7 born Michigan, Alvira age 4 born Michigan, Sarah age 2 born Michigan, Hiram age 1 born Michigan and Polly A. Parks 12 years born Michigan.  I am a little confused by the name “Lydia” listed under David’s name and don’t see Betsy or Elizabeth named.  It could be her middle name?

David Goss appears in the US Federal Census Mortality Schedule for 1860 in Highland, Oakland, Michigan: David Goss, male, Married, born abt 1779, birth place Connecticut, age 81, Death April 1860, congestion of the lungs.

Here is another source regarding David Goss’s April 1860. The Oakland Co., Michigan Vital Records 1800-1917 have: David Goss birth 1779 place Connecticut, Spouse Elizabeth b. CT 1777, residence Highland, MI, died of lung inflammation, farmer, Death Apr 1860.

There is a probate file #1679 for David Goss, Executor was a Stephen Winston, Reel# 468, 1860 Oakland County, Michigan. Found at the FamilySearch website. Here is a quick listing of the Summary sheet for the estate.

  1. May 7 Lib 29 fol 409 Petition for Probate of Will, June 2 Lib. 29 fol 461 Hearing Called
  2. June 2 Lib 29, Fol 461 Hearing Called and continued to 5th of June.
  3. June 5 Lib 29 fol 472 Aff. Put filed hearing called Proof of the will, will presented and probate granted, Stephen Winston appointed Executor and Ordered to give Bond of $5000 Bond filed (Lib 32 Fol 152) – issued James A. Weeks and Jacob Van Valkenburgh appointed appraisers etc.
  4. July 19 Lib 30, fol 19 Inventory & Appraisal files Exam’d approved and ordered recorded. The Inventory is mostly a listing of the notes that he mentions in the will below.
  5. Dec 7 1863 Lib 35, Folio 23 really 25 Application for allowance of final hearing Jan. 5 1864.
  6. Jan’y 5, 1864 Lib 35 Folio 50 Aff Publ Filed Exc. final account filed, examined && allowed Estate decreed quitted and settled.  This is only a court book entry, no final account was included.

I have zeroed in on two of the documents in search of the heir-at-law of David Goss:

No. 1 above – In the Matter of the Estate of David Goss Deceased  ))) Probate Court May 7, 1860 page 410 Folio 29, State of Michigan

County of Oakland  ))) At a session of the Probate Court for the County of Oakland holden at the Probate Office in Pontiac on the 7th day of May AD 1860. Present Hon. Oscar F. North Judge of the Probate. IN the Matter of the Estate of David Goss deceased.

For the Hon. Oscar F. North Judge of Probate for the County of Oakland in the State of Michigan.

The petition of Stephen Winslow who is of the age of twenty one years and a ______of the County of Oakland respectfully shows that David Goss late of Highland in said County of Oakland departed this life in said township of Highland on or about the tenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and sixty leaving a last will and testament as your petitioner is informed and verily believes which is herewith presented for Probate.

That said deceased was at and immediately previous to his death an inhabitant of said County of Oakland and that he was possessed of Personal Estate situate and being in the County of page 410 Oakland to be administered and that the estimated value thereof is the sum of Three Thousand Dollars or thereabout as your petitioner is informed and verily believes.

And your petitioner further sharing that the names and residences of the heirs at law of said deceased and other persons interested in said Estate are as follows:  Betsey Goss the Widow of said deceased and Orville Goss, Nathaniel D. Goss, David Goss sons of said dec’d and all residents of the State of Michigan. Also Adeline Davis and Mary Brakeman daughters of said deceased and John Goss, Henry Goss and Charles W. Brakeman grand children of said deceased.

Your petitioner therefore prays that all persons interested in said Estate may be duly cited as required by law and as to this Court may seem proper that administration of said Estate may be granted to the Executor in said Will named and that such other and further Order and proceedings may be had in the _____as may be required by the statutes in such case made and provided. Dated Pontiac May  7 AD 1860.    Stephen Winslow

State of Michigan

County of Oakland )))))  On the seventh day of May in the year One thousand Eight hundred and sixty then personally appeared before me Stephen Winslow the petitioner names in the foregoing petition who being by me duly sworn did depose and say that he has heard real the foregoing petition by him _____and knows the contents thereof and that the summary true according to the best of his knowledge information and belief.   Before me Oscar F. North Judge of Probate

On reading and filing the petition duly verified of Stephen Winslow praying for reasons therein set forth that a certain Instrument heretofore filed in the Court purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of said deceased may be proven and allowed.  There upon it is Ordered that the 2nd day of June next at 10 o’clock in the forenoon be assigned for the hearing of said petition and that the heirs at law of said deceased and all other persons interested in said Estate are required to appear at session of said Court then to be holden at the Probate office and show cause if any there be why the prayer of the petition should not be granted.

And it is further Ordered that said petition give notice to the persons interested in said Estate of the _____of said petition and the hearing thereof by causing a ____of this Order to be published in the Pontiac Gazette a newspaper of _____and circulating in said County of Oakland three successive weeks previous to said day of hearing. Judge of the Probate.

No. 3 above – Covers more like affidavits of the witnesses and other.  Here is the Will of David Goss of Oakland Co., Michigan.

Last Will and Testament of David Goss of Highland , Oakland Co., Michigan page 473 Folio 29.

In the Name of God Amen

I David Goss of the township of Highland in the County of Oakland & State of Michigan being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament.  That is to say.

First.  I commit my spirit to Almighty God who gave it.

Second, After, all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate being all personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follows to wit. To my beloved wife Betsey my horse and buggy and the annual interest of Eight Hundred dollars during the term of her natural life and after her death the said Eight hundred dollars to be divided prorate among my lawful heirs hereinafter name that is proportionally to the amount that each shall be entitled to receive by and under the provisioning of this my Will.

THIRD, To my oldest son Orvil the sum of Five Hundred Dollars of which sum all notes and receipts & other evidences of advances made to him which I may hold at the time of my death against him shall be taken and considered a part & parcel thereof.

Fourth, To my oldest daughter Adaline Davis wife of Joshua Davis the sum of Six hundred dollars and all Notes receipts and other evidence of advances by me made to her which I may hold against her at the time of my death shall be taken and (page 474) considered as part & parcel of such Six hundred dollars.

Fifth, To my Son Nathaniel D. Goss the sum of three hundred dollars and all notes and receipts and other evidencing of advances by me made to him which I may hold against him at the time of my death shall be taken and considered as part and parcel of such Three hundred dollars.

Sixth, To Mary Brakeman widow of Josiah Brakeman the sum of Six hundred dollars and all the notes & receipts and other evidences of advances by me made to her which I may hold against her at the time of my death shall be taken and considered as part and parcel of such Six hundred dollars.

Seventh, To David Goss Jun (my son) the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars and all notes and receipts and other evidences of advances made by me to him which I may hold against him at the time of my death shall be taken and considered as part and parcel of such Two hundred and fifty dollars.

Eighth, To John Goss son of David Goss Jun. One years tuition in the Williams Seminary at Albion in the State of Michigan.

Ninth, To Charles W. Brakeman son of Josiah Brakeman deceased One years tuition in said Seminary.

Tenth, To Henry Goss son of Solomon H. Goss One years tuition in said Seminary.

Being the owner of a Scholarship in said Seminary under which but one Student can be admitted at a time and out of which the above three years tuition are given and bequested as aforesaid. I do hereby invest my Executor hereinafter named with discretionary powers as to how and when each of the Last aforesaid legatees shall receive his one years tuition as aforesaid.

And it is my desire that all moneys which may be on interest at the time of my death and not due and payable at that time shall remain so at interest & not be taken up nor the evidences thereof be sold nor desposed of until the same shall become due and payable. And when the said shall become due and payable respectively that the avails thereof be distributed to the aforesaid Legatees prorate – provided and it is herein expressly understood that the said John Goss Henry W. Brakeman & Henry Goss are not to receive any other part or parcel of my Estate except said one years tuition as aforesaid. And that should they or either of them receive said one years tuition before my decease that there is that event they or either of them so receiving the same are not to receive any after my death.

The Balance of my Estate residue and remainder I wish distributed among the aforesaid Legatees except the same John Goss Henry W. Brakeman and Henry Goss prorate that is proportionally to the amount that each are to receive under the foregoing provisions of this Will.

Likewise I make constitute and appoint Stephen Winslow of Oakland County in the State of Michigan to be Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness where of I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my Seal the Sixth day of May in the year One thousand and fifty seven.                                                                David Goss (Seal)

The above written Instrument was signed by the said David Goss in our presence and attested and subscribed by us in the presence of the said David Goss and he at the same time published and declared the above Instrument so subscribed to his Last Will and Testament and we at the Testators request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto and written opposite our names and respective places of residence.

Jennings [TenEyck] and Elbert Comfort Jun. ))) Pontiac Oakland County, State of Michigan.

David Goss, son of David Goss and Ann Slater, did well in his life and was able to provide for his children in the end.  At this time, I don’t know where David Goss and Betsy are buried probably somewhere in Oakland. Perhaps, his children will point the way and based on these two documents from the estate file of David Goss of Oakland Co., Michigan, I think we have learned who the heirs at law are for David. In the next post I will present an overview of the children of David Goss and Betsy Henry.

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