Philip Goss and Mary (Kendall) Goss’s Children, An Overview:

Solomon Goss’s father, Philip Goss IV, was a very restless man and after leaving Lancaster/Brookfield he migrated to several places and one of them was Granville.

Because there are many individuals with the name “Philip” in our line, I will use numerals and other descriptive words to be clear as to which one I am referring to.  This Philip, father of Solomon, is given the numeral IV. He was born in 1724 and died circa 1778.  He is also called the Philip Goss of Brookfield. So this Philip is the fourth the line:  Philip Goss I b. 1650, d. 1698, Philip Goss II born 1676, died 1747, Philip Goss III born circa 1700, died 1742 and then Philip Goss IV born 1724 and died about 1778.

Let’s take a quick look at Solomon’s siblings. His parents, Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss had nine (9) children. They were born in different locations. I will go into further detail about each of the children in future posts.

Map circa 1730 Simsbury from Wiki Commons

The first four children were recorded in Simsbury, Connecticut.  Paul H. Goss thought they were recorded there but might not have been born there. Here is his theory:

“It should be noted  that the four children of Philip GOSS, who were recorded in Simsbury, were born between 1745 and 1749.  He did not make his first land purchase there until April 1749, and at that time was “of Simsbury,” apparently on the ground selecting a site for purchase.  The chances are that he brought his family there that spring or summer, after he had erected some sort of dwelling following his purchase in April.  The children recorded in Simsbury were not born there.  In those days when families were moving about a lot it was quite common for them to enter a group of children in the town records when they supposed they had made permanent homeIt was custom and commonly practiced, to pay a small fee to have the entries made and obliging town clerks did not decline fees merely because children had not actually been born in their town.

Now Philip GOSS (4th) after settling in Simsbury entered there the births of his four children 1745-1749, who had been born as indicated before he settled there.  He lived in Simsbury from 1749-1754, but had no other children entered on the birth records, but while shown as residing in Simsbury, a son: SOLOMON was born at Granville, Massachusetts on June 16, 1754, just a few miles north over the Connecticut state line; as was also a son DAVID, born at Granville, Massachusetts, June 14, 1752.”

Source:  GOSS Family, manuscript, by Paul H. Goss, 1940, donated by Mr. A. Glick to the Mayflower Library in Plymouth, Massachusetts, copies made in 2003, page 58 in the typed version by B. J. MacDonald, part of the Goss Manuscript Compilation.  There is a similar but brief comment that can be found in m,anuscript “Philip (4) Goss, “of Brookfield, Mass.,” Pioneer, Proprietor and Patriot of Becket, Mass., by Rev. Paul H. Goss, Presbyterian, USA, 1940’s.” Original copy is part of Family History FHL#0924004 and that is part of the one of the online downloadable versions of Paul’s manuscripts.

The children of Philip Goss IV and Mary (Kendall) Goss:

—1. Sarah Goss born 4 July, 1745 Simsbury and died 18 April, 1821 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  She married Enos Seward (Seaward) on 31 October, 1765 in Granville.  They had 10 children: Enos, Eli, Amos, Gad, David, Levi, Sarah, Titus, Mary and Ebenezer. All were born in Granville, Massachusetts.

—2. Philip Goss (Jr.) born 12 August, 1746 Simsbury died 25 October 25, 1833 in Harveyville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Hannah Darby had one son names Philip.

—3. Experience Goss born 8 October, 1747 Simsbury, Connecticut.  It was first thought that she died young but then the possibility that she married a Levi Baldwin of Connecticut about 1765 in Becket, Massachusetts was discovered.  Paul H. Goss stated that she died in 1815 in Barnston, Quebec but this has not been verified.

—4. Nathaniel Goss (Sr.) born 26 January, 1749 Simsbury and died 27 September, 1812 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Scott/Waterton Cemetery. He married Hannah Scott about 1780. They had 7 children: Experience, Philip (V), Rhoda, Hannah, Polly, John, and Nathaniel Jr.

This next child is a puzzle and not much is known about him:

—5. Comfort Goss born 1751 – There is a Comfort Goss mentioned in the records in the Wyoming Valley.

These children were born in Granville, Massachusetts:

—6. David Goss born 14 June, 1752 in Granville, Massachusetts and died 1 November, 1778 in Nanticoke, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Anna Slater about 1777 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania a son David Goss was born 1778.

—7. Solomon Goss born 16 June, 1754 in Granville and died 1825. Flora M. Osborn, a Goss Researcher, is of the  line of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss through his son Levi Goss.  The compiler is a descendant through the daughter Lydia, a sister of Levi. Flora is closer to the compiler in the ancestry then Paul H. Goss.

—8. Mary Goss born 1757 in Granville and died 1832 in Ohio – Paul H. Goss mentioned a Mary in his manuscripts but he was not sure about her relationship to the family and did not pursue any research on her. Several Cousins working on this line have contacted the compiler and shared their findings. This Mary married a Lemuel Gibbons a William Davidson and a Valentine Santee. Her daughter Mary “Polly” Davidson married John Goss a son of Nathaniel Goss, Sr.  The compiler has also done some of her own research so in a future post that information will be shared.

One child was born in Becket, Massachusetts:

—9. Ebenezer Goss born 8 September, 1760 in Becket, Massachusetts and died 5 August, 1832 in Portage Co., Ohio and he married Bede Blakeslee. Paul Henry Goss is a descendant of this man.

Over the next months, I will go into the life of Philip Goss IV and his wife Mary Kendall and their children. I will present many sources used by Paul, Flora, other researchers and myself, so that you can do your own checking.t will be a big project and complicated project.  What is the saying “feel the fear, and do it anyway!” HA!

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Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. In Ohio: Who were his Ancestors?

Most family histories start at the oldest ancestor and go forward down through the descendants.  I decided to start with Solomon Goss first, because he was a very important ancestor in my family history.  He was a son of Philip Goss (b.1724 Brookfield) and Mary (Kendall) Goss (b. 1721 Woburn).  On this blog, so far, I presented Solomon’s life in Ohio and followed out his descendants. I have completed publishing the descendants, as far as I can go on this blog.  I have also come to resting places on my other blogs like The Barclay’s of Pine River that covered Amarilla Spracklin (father Daniel D. Spracklin) a granddaughter of Lydia Goss Spracklin who was a daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss. The Man Who Lived Airplanes goes further down the descendants line with Amarilla’s daughter Grace Barclay. Grace married Ronald S. McDonald and they had Keith, the compiler’s father.

My father, Keith, and his sister Miriam knew about the Mayflower heritage in the family, but they didn’t seem to know how our family fit in.  On this blog I have presented the Spracklin-Keller-Delano connection to the Revolution (DAR) and Mayflower but now it is time to seek out the Goss connection to DAR and Mayflower.

So the remaining course of this blog, is to go back further in time, and delve into the ancestors of Solomon Goss, and other families that are connected to the Goss Family History?  It is an amazing journey, but it is a hard one because of the destruction and loss of records.  The research gets harder the further back in time you go in any event.

Rufus Putnam's version of Worcester Co. about 1785.

Rufus Putnam’s version of Worcester Co. about 1785. Massachusetts Historical Society

The Map above you will find at:  Good old Rufus Putnam, once again he helps me in the research. Click on the photo and it will open up and be better to read.  We are getting a feel how Brookfield was like for the Goss family.

Solomon Goss’s father was Philip Goss IV born 18 November, 1724 in Brookfield, Massachusetts. He married Mary Kendall 7 June, 1744 (intentions) in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Because of Philip’s migrations the first four children were recorded in Simsbury, Connecticut. They were: Sarah boirn 4 July, 1745, Philip Goss Jr. born 12 August, 1746, Experience born 8 October, 1747 and Nathaniel born 26 January, 1749. The next child Comfort was born about 1751 but the location is unknown. The next three children were born in Granville, Massachusetts. They were David who was born 14 June, 1752, Solomon Goss born 16 June, 1754, and Mary born 6 Mary, 1757. Only one child was born in Becket, Massachusetts and that was Ebenezer Goss 8 September, 1760.

Philip Goss IV born 1724 in Brookfield was the son of Philip Goss III born circa 1700 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He married on 25 November, 1723 in Brookfield, Massachusetts to Keziah Cooley. They had: Philip b. 1724, Hannah b. 1726, Ebenezer b. 1728 and d. 1729, Keziah Goss b. 1730, Judith b. 1731, Nathanial b. 1733 d. 1734, and Thomas b. 1734 (later of Barkhamsted).  This Philip Goss died 17 September, 1742 in Brookfield, Massachusetts. Keziah remarried to Timothy Brown and died about 1745. Keziah has a rich heritage being a member of the Cooley family and that includes other surnames like Bliss, Wolcott, Stebbins, Chapin and Pitkin.  The burial location of Philip and Keziah is unknown, although I have tried to find evidence both through cemetery publications and my visits to Lancaster and Brookfield cemeteries.

Philip Goss III b. 1700 was the son of Capt. Philip Goss II b. 16 December, 1676 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Philip Goss and Hannah Hopkins.  On 30 August, 1699 in Concord, he married Judith Hayward. They had the following children: Judith circa 1699, Philip circa 1700, Hannah Goss, circa 1705, Mary Goss circa 1708, John 10 January, 1711 in Brookfield, Thankful 13 December, 1713 in Brookfield, and Thomas Goss 6 July, 1716 in Brookfield. Capt. Philip Goss migrated from Lancaster to Brookfield about 1704-5.

Judith Hayward Goss is the link back to Mayflower through her mother Anna White Hayward to Resolved White and then William White. Capt. Philip Goss II died 13 September, 1747 and on 18 April, 1748 Judith also passed. They are buried in the Old Indian Burial Ground in West Brookfield, Massachusetts which was not incorporated till 1848 so you will find sources and documents under Brookfield.

Map of Lancaster and the Nashua River. From the online Digital Commonwealth Collection of Lancaster, MA. Remember, I love rivers.

Capt. Philip Goss II’s father was Philip Goss I born circa 1650. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts (Muddy River) first and married about 1675 to Hannah Hopkins. This couple had the following children: Philip Goss 16 December, 1676, Hannah Goss born and died 1679, Mary Goss born 1680 and died before 1687, William Goss born 6 October, 1682 in Boston, baptized in Roxbury. In 1687 this Philip Goss purchased the “Nights Pasture” estate in Lancaster and moved there. He divorced Hannah Hopkins Goss who had fled to Jamaica. Philip remarried 29 March, 1690 in Concord to Mary Prescott, granddaughter of John Prescott who founded the town of Lancaster. Philip and Mary Goss had Mary born 31 May, 1691 in Lancaster followed by John Goss born 20 June, 1693 in Lancaster. Philip died in 1698 and is buried in the Old Settlers Burial Ground behind the Middle Cemetery and over the railroad tracks in Lancaster.  In brief:

Solomon Goss son of Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall

Philip Goss IV son of Philip Goss III and Keziah Cooley

Philip Goss III son of Philip Goss II and Judith Hayward

Philip Goss I of Roxbury and Lancaster – 1st marriage Hannah Hopkins

The above is just a summary of these families, and over the course of the following months I will try to tell their story on this blog. Meanwhile, you need to do some homework and study the works of the persons listed below.

I would like to encourage you to study the PAGES at the top of this blog covering Paul H. Goss and Flora M. Osborn.  Paul and Flora did their research in the 1930 through to 1963. Here is the link to Paul’s PAGE:

Other researchers have discussed the descendants of the 2nd marriage of Philip Goss to Mary Prescott focusing on John Goss who married Mary Woods. One of their sons Philip Goss married Hannah Ball and migrated first to Warwick, Massachusetts (Roxbury, Canada) and then to Winchester, New Hampshire.

In 2011, David P. Goss published this book titled: Abel Goss of Lower Waterford that discusses the John Goss line to his son Philip Goss and Hannah Ball. This book is available at the Family History Library but it is not downloadable at this time.  You can purchase a copy from the author. Go to this PAGE on this blog and you will learn more about this source:

Elbert Garrett Goss – Descendants of Philip Goss of Lancaster, MA 1650 , 1995. This discusses the descendants of John Goss the son of Philip Goss and Mary (Prescott) Goss. Elbert descends from John Goss and Mary Woods son John born in 1717 and who married Abigail Ball. Their son Joseph Goss married Sarah Wilder and they had Asa Goss. Asa Goss’s son Darius married Sophia Blackstone. They had Percy Darius Goss and Elbert was his grandson. This is also available at the Family History website to download. Elbert did a great job finding original sources. See my PAGE for Elbert at this link:

These sources are compiled manuscripts written with love and care by the people who are responsible for them, however, please study them carefully for mistakes can be made. They are not all the sources for this Goss family line.  They are just the beginning. I have spent some time studying those sources given by Paul and Flora. It is now over 55 years later, the publications have been republished and some have been a challenge to find. I think I didn’t find about 3-5 of the sources they used.


A little bit of information:

This project of mine to write about the Goss Family will be a BIG undertaking. I ask your patience.

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Ebenezer Goss and Letters to Rufus Putnam about land in Marietta – 1796

Land Office Sign in Marietta

Land Office Sign in Marietta

Ohio Co. Land Office, Marrietta

Ohio Co. Land Office

The Marietta College has a Special Collections department.  There are online digital records of The Ohio Land Company and more.  The college keeps changing the url for the Special collections, so put Marietta College special collections into Google and you should find the information.  I do have a link to it on the right side of this blog under Categories: Research Repositories.

Special Collections have the records of one of the main officers of the company, Rufus Putnam.  I have written a little about Rufus Putnam in this blog. I saw his house that is preserved by the Campus Martius Museum.  I visited his grave in Mound Cemetery in Marietta.  Rufus lived, in several places throughout his life and one of those was in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. On my trip to Massachusetts in 2011, I was in the Brookfields and decided to drive up to North Brookfield to see if I could find the land that Rufus Putnam lived on.  I present that visit at the end of this post.

I found two letters of interest under the digital documents for the Ohio Company written by a Mr. Tallmadge (another officer of the company). He was writing to Mr. Putnam, from Litchfield, Connecticut and in the letter he mentions an Ebenezer Goss.

Letter oneBenjamin Tallmadge letter to Rufus Putnam, Tallmadge is writing from Litchfield, Connecticut and reports that Moses Johnson, Uri Scovill, and Ebenezer Goss are determined to settle in the Ohio Company’s purchase. He gives details of their arrangements with him as to the land and makes special note of Johnson’s entitlement to a donation lot, “when he has satified [sic] you of his residence.” Dated June 17, 1796.  Series 2, Box 1, Folder 04, Item 06_0001.

Letter two: Benjamin Tallmadge to Rufus Putnam dated June 20, 1796. Tallmadge refers to the act of Congress concerning the sale of lands on the Ohio; believes that surveying will be in high demand. Congress has not yet acted on leasing the college lands, etc.; a reference to the settlement “up the Hockhocking River.” He makes comments on national politics and President George Washington. He also sent off two wagons with families for Marietta and directs the disposition of his four donation lots. Listed as subjects are: Ebenezer Goss, Moses Johnson, Uri Scovil. Series 2, Box 1, Folder 04, Item 07_0004.

Ebenezer Goss was a younger brother of Solomon Goss.  I have tried in my Ohio research to find a connection between them in a deed, court document, land records, newspapers, history books but nothing has surfaced except these two letters.  Ebenezer Goss was looking for land in Washington County very close to when Solomon Goss was at Dayton. You can see that the letters are dated 1796.  Did the two brother’s correspond about this subject?  It is fun to speculate.

I did not find any other documents in the files at the special collections in Marietta mentioning Goss names other than the two letters above.  Ebenezer Goss lived in Litchfield Co., Connection before he headed to Ohio.  He eventually settled in Portage County, Ohio about 1804. I will share my findings about Ebenezer in future posts.  I did write about my visit to Portage Co. on this blog if you are interested simply put the keywords Portage County in this blog’s search engine.


My trip to North Brookfield:

Did Rufus Putnam know the Goss family, probably. He might have known Solomon’s great grandfather, Capt. Philip Goss. Both men were involved with the military in some capacity.

Here is a little from my visit to North Brookfield in search of Mr. Putnam’s land. It is from my Massachusetts Meanderings Blog April 13, 2011. (I will retire the Mass Blog as I incorporate it into this blog about Solomon.)

I was going in search of the plaque commemorating the home of Rufus Putnam.  Rufus Putnam founded Marietta, Ohio.  Marietta, Ohio is where Solomon Goss and Olive Scott Goss settled after leaving Pennsylvania.  It is just too coincidental to be ignored.  Solomon Goss is a son of Philip and Mary Kendall Goss.

Rufus had land next to and overlooking Horseshoe Lake in North Brookfield.  I drove on a regular two lane highway till I turned off onto Oakham Road and then I turned onto Rufus Putnam Road.  The road started to get rough, pot marked, and covered in some areas with loose gravel.  I found Horseshoe Lake which is reserved for the drinking water of the area and has all these signs posted all other warning people not to swim or play in the lake.  I was trying to decide if I wanted to go up this hill.  A van came down it at a fast clip so I could tell it was not too bad. So I took the plunge. I got to the top of the hill and to my surprise there actually was a marker for the Rufus Putnam home.  The view was wonderful of Horseshoe Lake and the surrounding area.  I can’t believe I found the plaque!  WOW!! Try this article about him:

Horseshoe Lake
Site of Rufus Putnam’s homestead – hmmm…can’t read it…
Rufus Putnam Road
Horseshoe Lake Looking Down from about Rufus Putnam’s Land
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