Granville, Massachusetts – An Overview of the area…

Granville is spread out and the road meanders through the township. I have visited Granville three times.  The first time was in 2007 and then again in 2011. Actually, I visited Granville twice in 2011 within days.  Patriot Day meant that the Town Hall was closed so I had to return another day to visit.  I have driven from the west leaving Springfield and driving to Granville.  I have driven from Pittsfield to Granville which means you head east and south. It is a nice drive either way.  Below is a Google topo map of the area and you can see that it is a little hilly.  Just click the photo and it will open.

Topo of Granville, Natural Atlas.

To see a better view of the lay of the land in Granville go to the website for the Natural Atlas and do some exploring.,-72.809143,12z

Granville area topo find Hwy 57 and you will figure it out.

The main Highway is 57 and it cuts through east to west in the middle of the town area. The area is about 685′ in elevation and 42.97 square miles in size, with a population of 1521. It is very lovely. They have several National Historic buildings in the town.

The Old Meeting House is on the National Register and is used for functions.

If you are coming from the east on Hwy 57 you will first come to the area where there is a lovely park, the library and the general store.  The intersection is Hwy 57 and the Granby Road Hwy 189.  It takes a little longer to get to this area from the west to the east.

The Granville Citizens Park in Granville, MA

The Park again

The Granville Public Library

The Granville Public Library is a wonderful building filled with treasures.  They have a history room which may require an appointment so you will need to contact them. When I visited the 2nd time (2011) I met up with Rose Miller who was the historian of their history room. She took me under her wing and shared wonderful historical items with me. I do not know if she is still doing it. She invited me to her wonderful old salt-box home for a visit.  I am very grateful for her kindness to me.

The Granville Public Library is one of my favorite places to do research. They have a filing cabinet filled with genealogies and shelves with town history books, atlases and more. It is filled to the brim with treasures.

Inside the History Room of the Granville Public Library, a portrait of Timothy Mather Cooley looks on.

Genealogies in book form and I even have some in my home library

The Country Store is also of interest and may be a great place for a snack.

The Country Store

Traveling further west about 1 mile on Hwy 57 you will come to the Granville Town Hall. It is brilliant white so you cannot miss it at all.  They keep the vital records in a 3×5 filing card file. No you do not see original records at this town hall.  They are very pleasant and let you go in and do your own research. Please call to get their hours and watch out for holidays in Massachusetts that might collide with your visit.

Granville Town Hall

Continuing along Hwy 57 you come to the Center Cemetery. It is 1.4 miles west from the Library. You can park along the road next to the cemetery make sure you are not on the road. When I was there it had rained so the ground was soft and squishy. Always have extra shoes and dry socks with you. In this cemetery you will find Gibbons family names. Find A Grave has this cemetery listed with 541 photos and 62% complete.  I will return to this cemetery in a future post about Mary Goss, daughter of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss who married Lemuel Gibbons and remarried several other times.

Main Road Cemetery, Granville, MA

Granville – Main Road Cemetery

Granville, More Main Road Cemetery

I don’t know why, but I really like Granville, Massachusetts. I found it peaceful and pleasant and a little on the cool side.  Here is what I wrote in my Massachusetts Meanderings blog in 2011:

This was going to be an interesting drive because so far I have only come to Granville from the east to the  west and now I was going from the west to the east.  This would give me a better idea of the distance and terrain.  The road was good in places but damaged and rough in others.  There was hardly any traffic — which I love. I drove down Hwy 20 till is connected to Hwy 8 and then to Hwy 57….

Just before turning onto Hwy 57 there is a covered bridge just north of the town of New Boston.  It is bright red and over the Farmington River.  Since I didn’t go to the one west of Winchester, NH, I decided to stop and enjoy this one.  I parked the car and walked over to the bridge and stepped inside noting the big chunky floor boards with a little of the river peeking through.  There was a viewing window on the right side and I peered through it.  It had a plaque on it probably a dedication?

Covered Bridge on the way to Granville from the west.

Farmington River

My sign picture – entering Granville, MA

If you get the chance, go and explore Granville, Massachusetts it is a lovely area. Unfortunately, based on my research it looks like our Philip Goss IV and Mary didn’t stay in Granville long and were in Becket, Massachusetts by 1758.  We will take a look at land that Philip had in Granville in the next post.

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Philip Goss and Mary move to Granville, MA and the family grows by three (3) more children

Philip Goss IV was living in North Granby (Simsbury at the time) and started to sell off his land in 1753 and 1754. There were two correction deeds dated in October 1758.  He was listed in those deeds as living in No. 4.  No. 4 is the original name for Becket, Massachusetts. See my previous posts about the buying of Philip’s land in Simsbury.

Before he arrived in Becket, he went to Granville, Massachusetts. When you look back at the deeds where Philip was selling his land off in North Granby (Simsbury) we see they took place on 2 June 1753 to Cossett and 9 April, 1754 to Strickland. This implies that he moved to Granville sometime after April 1754 but before the correction deeds of 1758 when he is listed as living in No. 4, Becket, MA.

When Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss migrated to Granville, they also recorded the births of more of their children: David, Solomon and Mary. Here are vitals of the three children born in Granville:

  • Birth of David Goss – “Goss (See Goos, Gos) David, ch. Philap and Marah, June 14, 1752.” page 45.
  • Birth of Solomon Goss – “Goss, Solomon, ch. Philap and Marah, June 16, 1754.” page 45. (The author of this blog’s ancestor)
  • Birth of Mary Goss 6 – “Goos (see Gos, Goss), Mary, d. Philep an Sarah, May 6, 1757 [Goss, P.R. 6]”

Source: Vital Records of Granville, Massachusetts to the year 1850, Published by the New England Historical Genealogical Society…1914.  This book is online at Internet Archive for viewing and downloading.

When I visited the Granville Town Hall, I found a filing cabinet with 3 x 5 cards with the vital records written on them.  I made a lot of copies and had full access.

Granville Town Hall

The Town Clerk Office in Granville, MA

The Granville Vital Records

If you ask for a birth record from the Clerk in Granville, Massachusetts this is what she will mail to you with an official stamp on it. I only received the bottom card not the top and find it interesting that all the children are listed under Goos.

Vital Records of Granville

Vitals of Granville sent to me by the town clerk. I did gladly pay the $5.00 fee.

If you want to see photocopies the original record journal you can go to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and find: Vital Records of Granville, FHL#185380.  They have Massachusetts Vital Records online in an index. I suggest that you continue to scroll to the film numbers listed below on the Vital Records records page of their website and click on the camera to the right and you will get the original documents.  It is very dark and difficult to read.  I did not find a mention of David or Solomon listed under Sarah as the name of the mother only under Marah in the written version of the vitals of Granville.

Granville Town Records – Births, Marriages, Deaths 1751 to 176…

Solomon Goss, David Goss, their births in Granville, MA

Mary Goss’s birth in 1757 to a Sarah and Philep Goss.

We do have some differences in the vital records of Granville.  The use of Marah and Sarah as the name of the mother is verified in the above information. As you can see the journal is a handwritten record and not easy to read. I really did study it carefully. We can see that the published version seems to match the written journal version of the records.

This whole issue of Mary vs. Marah was a big deal back when Paul H. Goss was trying to figure out the Goss Family. Paul believed it was the correct family and that the use of “Marah” was Hebrew for “Mary.”

The use of “Sarah” for the birth of Mary caused Paul to believe that the birth of Mary was questionable.

I feel confident based on other sources and facts that this is our Philip Goss and Mary Kendall Goss family living in Granville. Eventually I will be writing posts about each of the children of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss after I finish with Philip and Mary’s story. Solomon Goss’s life in Ohio has already been written about. His life in Granville and Pennsylvania has not and I will add additional information along with his siblingsg.

Let’s continue to learn about Philip and Mary’s time in Granville and then Becket and that might help us to see that is was the proper Goss family.

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Philip and Mary Goss are original covenanters of the North West Society originally in Simsbury…

My visit at the Salmon Brook Historical Society in 2011 was interesting.  I had made an appointment with Mrs. Laun, the director and she was preoccupied with a group of volunteers who had come to help out at the society.  She handed me what information she had found on the Goss family and announced that was it. At least I got a clue and was able to go from there and pursue more research on the matter.

Source: Granby, Connecticut, First Congregational Church (Originally NORTH SOCIETY of Simsbury and it later became Salmon Brook Society) Records 1739-1919, Eight Volume. Connecticut Church Records Index, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. At it is listed as Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts 1630-1920, Vol. 41 Granby.

Connecticut Church Records, Granby, CT

I also found this information at the Family History Library on film FHL#4413 Church Records 1739-1919 First Cong. Church (Granby, Connecticut) and this was the same information Mrs. Laun shared with me.

It is very difficult to read the film. Philip & Mary are about 2-3 lines from the bottom.

North Society – Simsbury – Original Covanters

Philip is about the middle of this page. Looks like he has contributed money?

Philip Goss is listed with others

Granby, CT First Cong. Church Originally North West Society of Simsbury, 1739 to 1919 eight volumes

“The General Assembly in 1736, established two Ecclesiastical Societies, the southern lines of which correspond with the southern town line as subsequently designated when the town was incorporated. They were then called the North West and North East Societies.”

History of Simsbury, Granby and Canton from 1642 to 1845. A a copy can be found at Internet Archive.

…it was thought to be an easy matter to locate the meeting houses in each district but even this caused renewed controversy and had to be settled by the General Assembly which proceeded to stake out places for the buildings at Turkey Hills in 1738 and Salmon Brook and Simsbury in 1739.

By this time the religious revival of “Great Awakening” was well under way and the contentions at Simsbury were quieted at a most propitious time. With renewed religious enthusiasm the inhabitants of each society went ahead with plans for the erection of their separate meeting houses and the settling of different ministers.  

Source: Simsbury a Brief Historical Sketch of Ancient & Modern Simsbury 1642-1934, by John E. Ellsworth, 1935. This book is at Internet Archive.  Apparently trying to build three churches was not easy because of the cost and also sparked more controversy as described in this book.

I also tried to study the book about the history of Turkey Hills but didn’t find anything in it regarding Philip and Mary Kendall Goss. Source: Records of the Society or Parish of Turkey Hill in the Town of East Granby, Connecticut 1737-1791, published by Albert Carlos Bates, Hardford 1901. This book is at Internet Archive for viewing and downloading. Philip was in North Granby but you never know what you might find.

There is mention in the above history regarding the Great Awakening. It is rather a complicated history.  My understanding is that it was in waves of several periods of religious revival.  We would be interested in the First Great Awakening that was the 1730’s to about 1743.  Great Awakening – Wikipedia article:

By the time Philip and Mary Kendall Goss arrived in Simsbury things had settled down a little regarding religion, but the locations of Canton and Scotland still set off their societies about 1750 when Philip and Mary Kendall Goss were there.

Additional Information:  I wanted to know what was meant by “Covenanter” and it just states “one who makes a covenant.” So I dig a little deeper and this link goes into it from a biblical standpoint:  The fifth paragraph in the article starts to clarify the use of the term. I think it was pretty serious religious participation.

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