Capt. Philip Goss II of Brookfield and his wife Judith Hayward

 Captain Philip Goss II and his wife Judith Hayward

Philip Goss II, usually known as Capt. Goss, was born 16 December, 1676 in Roxbury, MA. He migrated with his father in about 1687 to Lancaster which would make him about 11 years old.  He married Judith Hayward 30 August, 1699 in Concord.

They had the following children, here is a summary of their children.

  1. Judith Goss born about 1699. Judith married Thomas Gilbert, Jr., 2 December 1718 in Brookfield, MA.
  2. Philip Goss III, born about 1700, died about July/August 1742 Brookfield, MA. He married on 25 November, 1723 in Brookfield, to Keziah Cooley.
  3. Hannah Goss born about 1705 in Brookfield. She married Experience Rich 17 May, 1723 in Brookfield.
  4. Mary Goss born about 1708 in Brookfield. She married about 1728 to Daniel Walker in North Brookfield.
  5. John Goss was born 10 January, 1711 in Brookfield.  He married on 27th day (?) 1730 in Brookfield to Mary Gilbert. John died some time before February 1759.
  6. Thankful Goss was born 13 December, 1713 in Brookfield. She married John White 20 June, 1732 in Brookfield.
  7. Thomas Goss was born 6 July, 1716 in Brookfield. He would become a Reverend and serve in the Bolton Church for many years. He marred 3 December, 1741 to Abigail Wade. The Rev. Thomas Goss died 17 January, 1780 in Bolton and is buried in the Old South Burying Ground in Bolton.

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Captain Philip Goss and his wife Judith Hayward 1676 to 1748

Table of Contents of post to be published on this blog for this couple, to come!

Lancaster to WestBrookfield Google Maps

According to Google Maps you can travel to West Brookfield in about 1 hour on our modern roads. There are 3 options given, not quite what I did back in 2011 on my trip to Massachusetts.  When Philip Goss and Judith migrated they would probably have with them horses, wagons and maybe even their farm animals and that would have taken them a couple of days of travel.  So if you have 40 miles to go divide that by 15 miles means it took them about 3 days of travel, according to the information below.

Covered wagons typically traveled only 10 to 15 miles per day, with travel west to California or Oregon taking around four to six months. A fully loaded wagon could carry as much as 2,500 pounds, making for slow travel speeds. Website.

Philip Goss IV and life in Brookfield and Lancaster 1745 to 1749, April 19, 2017 – The grandson’s life.

More posts to come

NOTE:  I will return to write about Capt. Philip Goss after I finish up with his grandson Philip Goss IV and then his son Philip Goss III.  I anticipate it will be in 2018.