Massachusetts Meanderings Videos at YouTube!

Well, it has taken awhile to get caught up on things since completing all my trips this past year.  I finally have been able to prepare and upload the videos of some of the cemeteries I visited when I was in Massachusetts.

Here are the videos I took on eight (8) of those cemeteries.  I was able to get them up and going on YouTube.  They are really overviews and if you want detail go to the photographs and the posts where I wrote about these cemeteries I visited on this blog: 

1. Palisado Cemetery, Windsor CT
2.  Evergreen in Winchester, New Hampshire
3. Burnham Cemetery, Montague, Franklin Co., MA
4. Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
5. Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
6. Old Settlers Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
7. Old Common Burial Field, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
8. Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield, Worcester Co., MA
Eventually I will put the video’s in a post in the Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio blog when I write about that part of the Goss history.  It will be awesome!

More photographs of the cemeteries are available on Picasa Web Albums by me.  If you use one of the cemetery names above and my first name you should be able to find them.  I will eventually add them to the Solomon Goss blog as I write posts that reference that cemetery. 

This post was updated 7/10/2012. 


A Promise: More Cemeteries Photos of the Trip

A big goal of this trip was to visit certain important cemeteries and if I had time other cemeteries along the way.   I wish I had the time to document them all…sigh!

I have uploaded photos that I have featured on this blog from cemeteries I have visited and the extra photos I had promised as well.  I uploaded them to Picasa Web Albums.  These photographs are not copyrighted but I am the creator and I appreciate the acknowledgement.  At my Picasa Web Albums you can get more detail, study the photos in relation to each other and get a good idea of what the cemetery looks like, how big it really is and some were huge.  Then if you want to review the visit to the cemetery you can go back to this blog and find the posts related to that particular cemetery.

As of now these are open to the public under my name, Bonnie Jean MacDonald and the cemetery name and city and location at Picasa Web Albums, try this link to my public gallery of web albums:

1.  Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, CT
2.  Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, MA
3.  Granby Cemetery, Granby, CT
4.  Norton’s Cemetery, East Otis (or Otis), MA
5.  Walnut Grove Cemetery, North Brookfield, MA
6.  Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA
7.  Brookfield Cemetery, Brookfield, MA
8.  Old South Cemetery, Bolton, MA
9.  Center Cemetery, Peru, MA (Berkshires)
10.  Longmeadow Cemetery, Longmeadow, MA
11.  Forestville Cemetery, (Use to be East Cemetery) Bristol., MA  CT
12.  Burnham Cemetery, Montague, MA
13.  Simsbury Cemetery, (Maybe Hopmeadow for the older one?), Simsbury, CT (2 cemeteries)
14.  Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, CT – I will also add later my photos from the first trip.

More are on the way!!

For ideas on how to find out who is buried there, I did give sources or references in my past posts.  Most were found on Find A Grave:  Simsbury’s old cemetery is under Hopmeadow.  Cemeteries in the Peru and Hinsdale area of the Berkshires are listed in a publication at the Peru Public Library under their Historical section.  It is a cute small red building next to the church with the two steeples.  It is also at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsifield.  See the links under Cemeteries to the right for more ideas.

Cemetery Obsessed!

I am blow away, 21 followers! Now I do look at the stats but this is more fun to see your lovely faces, fancy pictures and more.  Welcome to you all!!!!  Let’s talk about cemeteries!

I have always loved going to a cemetery and searching for ancestors whether my own or someone elses.  I started a blog:  BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries because I was feeling guilty about hoarding these photographs that I had taken over the years of cemeteries for myself and others.  Now I could have uploaded to a variety of sites like Tombstone, Internment, Find A Grave but I got intimidated by the rules!!! Hmmm…maybe it was just laziness on my part…HA!

However, this trip to Massachusetts and Connecticut has made it a confirmed fact!  I am now over the edge and obsessed! 

Most of the cemeteries I have visited have been in very good shape.  However, I ran into some sad situations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  My friend Rose Miller from the Granville Public Library History Room said that there is no money for cemeteries. 

I have learned that the cemetery association jobs are part time and if there is snow on the ground the work stops till it melts.  The cemetery association shuts down during the winter and the workers are laid off till the thaw.  So this means that some cemetery offices, associations do care and others need help from the community. This information came from the Evergreen Cemetery Office in NH.

The man who is in charge, called me a few days after I had returned from my trip.  I had called a good month before my trip but it took him that long to get back to me.  He said he was trying to catch up. He was very helpful as we talked. He was very concerned. He looked up other names for me and didn’t find the ones I was interested in.  So that helps.  So be patient! Call even farther in advance.  The individuals who do these cemetery jobs that I personally met or chatted with were in my opinion very dedicated and interested in taking care of the cemeteries. 

My observation is that once a stone breaks or topples over and is on the ground the process of disappearing begins as the leaves, debree and grass start to take over and bury it.  I tried prying some up in this condition but there is no way I could budge them without digging them up.  So that means a very labor intensive effort.  They are also heavy like the one stone in the Peru Center Cemetery.  It was so wedged into the ground and heavy, it would have taken a shovel and digging to dislodge it. 

Face down so you cannot read them, fast disappearing

When traveling how do you carry tools. Well you don’t airline security will take them away.  I do put clippers into my checked bags and they leave them alone.  So this means you have to buy them when you get there and leave them behind? 

Wedged at the pins here and pushed up against the base!

The head is at least an inch or more into the grass!

The above stone was so heavy the potential for injury to myself was great.  So I backed off. This is going to take several strong people to dislodge and move.  The face is down so you can’t read it!!

On this trip to Massachusetts and Connecticut I had decided that if I stumbled on or came upon a cemetery I would try to stop and take a few photos of it and give an idea where it was located and how big it was.  Now some cemeteries show up on maps but not all of them like Map Quest, Yahoo or Google.  Even Google Earth doesn’t have them all. 

So I called these Quick Stops in Cemeteries and I made up a short form to fill out to keep track.  I also made up a list so I could check it off.  See an example below.  Here is the list:

1.  Hazardville Cemetery, Hazardville (Enfield), CT
2.  Old Hazardville Cemetery, Harzardville, CT
3.  Longmeadow Cemetery, Longmeadow, MA
4.  Defunct Elm Street Cemetery in Springfield – moved to Springfield Cemetery 1848, MA
5.  South Cemetery, Bolton
6.  Warwick Cemetery in Warwick
7.  Hillside Cemetery, Thomaston, CT
8.  Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, CT
9.  Granby Cemetery in Granby CT
10.  Simsbury Cemetery – Simsbury, CT – John Viets
11.  Walnut Grove, North Brookfield, MA
12.  Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, CT
13.  St. Patrick Cemetery, Enfield, CT

This list above changed a lot during the trip because of time mostly.

The most important focus was to document the really critical cemeteries that I wanted to visit and so I made up a bigger two page form and attached print outs from Find A Grave or other sites that I found a list of burials targeting the ancestors I was most interested in. No, I didn’t fill out the whole form as I had intended but I did get quite a bit of information as to the name, when I photographed, how big it was, location, parking options, published lists of the burials and where to go for those.  Again, see below for an example.

Here is one of those cemeteries that I did mention but didn’t add photos to the post.  This is the Walnut Grove Cemetery in North Brookfield:

Walnut Grove, North Brookfield, MA

Impressive Monument in Walnut Grove!

Well cared for – Walnut Grove.

Here is the list of those cemeteries I seriously visited, photographed and maybe a video was done!

1. Palisado in Windsor, CT – Wolcotts, Simon 9th gg and Henry 10 gg
2. Granville Main Cemetery – Granville, MA – Gibbons family
3. Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA – Old Settlers moved from Elm Street
4. Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield – Philip Goss II and Judith 7th great gg
5. Brookfield Cemetery, Brookfield – Walkers and Gilberts married into Goss family .
6.  Middle Cemetery, Lancaster more Goss family 1/2 cousins
7.  Old Settler Cemetery, Lancaster – Philip Goss the first – 8th great gg
8.  Old Common Burial Field, Lancaster – Common Road near B&B – John Goss half 7th great uncle
9.  Winchester, NH Cemetery- Evergreen and Old Town – Philip Goss and Hannah Ball half 1st cousin
10.  Burnham Cemetery, Montague, MA – Philip of Montague and Esther Gale ½ Cousin
11.  Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, MA – Rowland Stebbins 10th g.
12.  Norton Cemetery, Otis, MA – Keziah Goss Haskell Rose
13.  Center Cemetery, Peru, MA – Roger Haskell, Keziah’s son
14.  Hillside Cemetery, Thomaston, CT – Blakeslee’s are part of the Ebenezer Goss family
15.  Ancient Burying Grd, Hartford – 10th gg Andrew Warner ancestor of the Scott’s
Source:  A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, by David Allen Lambert, New England Historic & Genealogical Society, 2002.  This book can be helpful in trying to locate a cemetery and also a list of the burials for that cemetery in a printed or published form if one exists.  Locating a tombstone is difficult if you have an alphabetical listing.  Mr. Lambert gives the local Cemetery Association or Office to contact for information. Since this was published in 2002 for Massachusetts only you may still have to contact the local public library or the town hall for help.
Here is an example of the short form: 

Quick Stop Cemeteries – Photos only
Name: _____________________________________________
Location:  __________________________________________
Date Established:  _________________________  Size _______
Entrance Sign               Dedication Plaque                    
North    East     West   South       Find A Grave             Book/Pub
Optional Individual Graves:
The bigger form – it is two pages.  There is room to draw a map of the cemetery but I found I did not have the time.

Date Film and Photographed _____________________________________
Cemetery Name _______________________________________________
Year established: ______________________________________________
Cemetery Location _____________________________________________
Size of the Cemetery:  ___________________________________________
Website:  ______________________________________________________
Burial Pubs:  Find A Grave       Pub Book         Other
Still Photos:
Photos of:  Cemetery Entrance Sign                  Dedication Sign
Parking area: 
Cemetery Office Hours: ____________________ Phone _______________
Photos of the cemetery overalls – View North  East   South   West
Photos of individual grave sites and their locations: See attached list
Video of the cemetery:
            Location of the cemetery – view of the entrance and highway to.
            Entrance sign
            Cemetery Office
            Overall    North  East  South West
            Individual Graves: 
Drawing a map of the cemetery note location of the grave:  fence, rock wall, roads – (leave space)
You should be able to copy these forms by using your mouse to copy only the post or a portion and cutting and pasting into Word!

Monday, April 18, 2011: Granville Revisited

April 18th was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts.  I had planned to go to Granville and visit their town hall on this day. Well, that did not happen.  Everything was closed.  There was no mail, no garbage pickup and all town halls and libraries were closed.  I usually check for holiday’s but this I missed.  Granville’s Town Hall only has town clerk hours on Monday.  So that makes things a little difficult to plan a visit.

I had visited the Granville Public Library on Wednesday April 6th in the afternoon and did this side trip from Springfield because it had hours that didn’t work with the town clerk.  I met with Rose Miller the Town Historian and she suggested that when I came back to Granville we could visit.  I called her to tell her my problem and she also had a problem too in her schedule.  We figured out that we could meet around 1 pm at the Granville Public Library.  The library was going to be closed but she had access. She was meeting with a man from New York who was researching his family.  So our plans were set and I would come down much later in the day rather than get their by 9 am.   This was good because I could take my time.

Meanwhile, I spent the morning busy with chores and I left the Comfort Inn about 11:30 am.

It takes about an hour, maybe a little less, to drive from Pittsfield to Granville. I used Hwy 20 and changed to Hwy 8 and then turned east on Hwy 57.  I had no problem at the intersection for I-90 and was able to keep on Hwy 20 south.

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.  Going down Hwy 20 was easy.  The town of Lee was a lovely town and they even had a bookstore which was tempting but I did stop I kept going.

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 top 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?

Granville has an interesting history as Rose describes it.  The area where the library is located was East Granville. The Granville Center was Granville and then there is West Granville. Well, Tolland broke off because it was too far to travel and everything shifted.  There is no longer an East Granville although you will see it in the records.  It is where the Granville Library is located and the Granville Country Store.  So that means there is Granville, Granville Center and West Granville in today’s world.  West Granville is not that close to the library area.  The town hall is in Granville Center.  The Main Cemetery is along the road north of Granville Center where the road dips and rises.

Entering Granville established 1754 – Solomon Goss was born in that year?

The road to Granville is up and down, around and wiggling here and there.  I pondered what it would be like if there was snow and I am not sure I would be able to get around with all the hills and dales.  You come first to Tolland and that is when the New Boston Road becomes the W. Granville Rd.  Next is West Granville and it is about a few miles to Granville Center and then it becomes the Main Rd.

I came upon the Main Road Cemetery and tried to find a place to park along the road.  They come fast on this road.  The Main Road Cemetery is on the north east side of the road and there is room to park there but I did not want to try doing a U turn for I was headed to the library.  The cemetery is hilly so you do have to step carefully because you could fall if you are backing up and not paying attention. Again it was mushy due to the rain so that made it slippery. In certain parts you can look down on other houses and lawns. One of the houses was just beautiful and the land around it was immaculate. This cemetery is in pretty good shape.  I saw evidence of repair of a few stones using metal rods to fix the cracked pieced knitting them back together.  They had tape with numbers written on some of the stones and stuck on the sides.  Others had orange tape tied on them??   You can see one of the orange ribbons in the photo below.

This stone has flaked off the inscription, not unusual
There is a stone wall parallel to the road and parking to the left
An iron gate to walk through, no driving in this cemetery

I found who I was looking for?  Peter Gibbons and Sarah Green  Gibbons.  The parents of Lemuel Gibbons who married Marry Goss sister to my Solomon, Ebenezer and Nathaniel and the others.  Mary was a daughter of Philip and Mary Kendall Goss.  Peter and Sarah married in Hardwick and I believe they came with Zachariah Haskell and Keziah Goss Haskell to the Granville area?  I cannot seem to prove it? I found Roger Haskell the son buried at the Center Cemetery in Peru!  I have not been able to find any further information out about Lemuel in the Granville area.  He is truly a mysterious person.  Now Lemuel is not my ancestor.  He married into the Gosses.  I am interested in him because he married Mary and she is the ancestor of my cousin Ken Goss.  Lemuel was not in the deeds in Hampden County, however, his father Peter was.  I think  a probate file for Peter might be interesting to see.  Although he died after his son Lemuel many years later.

Find A Grave has a listing for the Main Road Cemetery and a listing for the Gibbons buried there.  Someone has posted a lot of information on this family with links to other memorials that do not have a stone.

In Memory of Peter Gibbons who died Dec. 6, 1822, Age 92 and Sarah his wife who died Feb. 8, 1811 age 80.

Sarah is at this link and Lemuel is listed as one of her children. As you can see the links are very long when you go to an individual listing.

I cannot find a grave for Lemuel Gibbons in the Granville area.  The Find A Grave listing for him also does not have any idea where he is buried but does mention the confusion over the information about his potential death place.  The Gibbons family were very prominent in Granville and had many descendants.

The interesting thing is that Paul H. Goss didn’t really acknowledge this Mary Goss, a sister.  I have seen her birth in the records of Granville on a Family History Film #185380.  There is also a book titled “Turning of Hearts:  William Davidson Gibbons Family History Family History Book 929.273 G352 that talks about the Gibbons family and its connection to the Goss family.

No more dallying for it was a little after 1 pm and I headed to the Granville Public Library to meet Rose Miller the Historian.  She was waiting patiently in her car and fortunately it wasn’t for me but for her appointment.  He was late!  He did appear as I was getting out of the car and had his three little girls with him.

Rose took us into the library and the alarm went off so she disappeared quickly.  She opened the door to the Historical Room of the library and we settled in at the table.  She began helping him which was fine with me.  I needed to eat my lunch.  I asked where I could eat my sandwich.  Rose gave me permission.  I was content to listen to these two discuss his family research and try to find and figure people out.  He had come from New York to the library today for his appointment with Rose and she was willing to come in on a holiday.  The girls were told they could read books in the children’s room but they had to put them back. So they were content for at least one hour and then the energy level increased.

Granville Public Library
Timothy Mather Cooley kept very careful vital records of the Granville Church.

She handed him cemetery records, histories of Granville and more.  She reviewed Timothy Mather Cooley’s church records trying to find information to help him.  She had pulled the land cards that the surveyor had compiled and shared those with him. Rose explained that he would have to go to Westfield or Springfield to access the land records and deeds at the Registry of Deeds for Hampden County.  There are two offices for this Registry of Deeds but the websites don’t tell you which is the one you need to go to.  So you will have to call to ask.

Unfortunately I did not catch his name but he had gone to the Granville Town Hall and the clerk had not been able to find any information for him on his people.  She had accessed her cards to find the information.  I listened intently at this point.  Cards, no original records….hmmmm….?

Rose and the young man worked on the research for a good hour and more before he packed up and headed out.  I just realized he probably ran into trouble because the government offices were closed for Patriot’s Day.

Rose and I headed back to the Main Road Cemetery.  She was going to help me by taking a picture of me with the graves.  I had not done that when I visited earlier that day.  She pulled her car over and we went into the Main Street Cemetery which does have a grassy area next to the cemetery but be careful for the ground is real soft and you could get stuck.  Having her take a picture or two meant I didn’t have to set up my tripod and use the timer.  See the photo above.

More Main Road Cemetery in Granville

I pointed out the tape and ribbon on some of the stones and she puzzled over that.  We walked around a little and Rose remembered and commented on some of the bigger stones.  Rose’s husband Hank had been the one who ran the Historical Room in the library and he was avid in his pursuit of genealogy and history.  He is the one responsible for a lot of the records in this library.  Before him there was another lady who was also devoted to the history of Granville.  There are a lot more records there than you think.  If they don’t have original’s they have copies.  Hank has been gone 11 years and Rose stepped in to help.

We left the cemetery and I followed Rose up the road into West Granville. I had pondered which house she lived in but was not prepared for the Saltbox that I saw.  WOW!  It was built in 1730.  It was a brown color with a light blue door with a flag on it.  The yard area was lovely and wooded.  Her husband had wanted a lot of land something like 120 acres and they ended up with 30 acres???  She chatted happily and gave me permission to photograph anything I wanted but it was her home so I restrained myself.  The barn on the right which is somewhat shrouded was something like 150 years old.

We entered the sun room and I was greeted with a delightful room filled with knickknacks but not overly done.  Rose quilts and braids the most wonderful oval rugs. She had them all around the house.  They were soft and wonderful on the feet.  The wide wood planked floors were amazing.  Rose is a “hooker” and no it isn’t the other definition.  It is someone who hooks rugs and she has wonderful wall hanging rugs.  These are picture rugs that you can hang on the wall or place on the floor.  They are small maybe 3 ft by 2 ft?  She has them scattered her and there. This is fine rug making. The quilts she had made were hanging on a railing in the staircase were gorgeous.  All handmade. It was like stepping back in time.

The rooms in the home are all delightful and have either the white wall, or a wallpapered wall or the dark knotty pine I love or a dark wood beam.  The kitchen as she called it had this huge fireplace with this stone interior and a oven for baking on the side.  She had her rustic kitchen in the end area.  Around the fireplace was a sitting area.  Oh and books everywhere!

All the rooms were charming and filled with her treasures and collections.  Her bedroom on the second floor was to die for.  She had an office with the slanted roof and her husband had his office which looked like it had not been disturbed.  Her sewing room was next to the powder room on the first floor.  It was very tiny but charming.  Silly me was stroking the wood panelling and touching the stone around the fireplace.  Talk about heaven and seeing the real thing rather than a photograph in a decorating magazine.  I was truly in heaven.

I usually book into old B&B’s but this was my first time inside a Saltbox house that was an actual family’s home.  Why she invited me, of all people, I don’t know but I was very much touched by her kindness and generosity.

She then served me tea in lovely fancy cups with a saucer, which reminded me of my Mom, and let me eat the homemade chocolate chip cookies that a friend had given her.  She doesn’t like chocolate chips cookies so she wanted me too to finish them off.  I left one for her.  We chatted about life.  What a delightful and lovely day and what a wonderful surprise.
She took me upstairs to her office and showed me this card file collection of the Granville surveyor’s records and we studied them for Goss, Haskell, Gibbons, Davidson and more names. The surveyor had done a study of the deeds in the area and who bought what land and sold to another.  I took pictures of the ones that interested me.  I will compare his findings with my own research on the deeds and see what this will reveal.

Deed Records by a former Granville Surveyor carefully preserved

My time was done and I needed to move on.  It was 4 pm.  I had another cemetery to visit and I had to go back to Peru.  I had misplaced my prescription glasses and I decided that the Center Cemetery was where I had lost them.  I needed to take a chance and retrieve them if I could.  This meant a little more driving than I had planned.

I waived goodbye and thanked Rose for her kindness and help.  Off I went back onto Hwy 57 heading west back to New Boston and then up Hwy 8.  The sky was darkening and the rain was beginning by the time I got to Otis.  I was going in search of the Norton Cemetery in East Otis.  So I turned on Hwy 23 at Otis and drove about a mile or more to the Norton Road.  I entered a road with a sign that said “Closed MUD.”

I proceed cautiously but I went too far up this gravel road.  So I turned back and there was the cemetery on the right.  I parked the car and was greeted by a very unhappy dog belonging to the house across from the entrance to the cemetery.  The owner was trying to contain him.  I gathered my things and proceeded into the cemetery which is only about 1 block from the entrance onto Norton Rd.  I had been concentrating on the right side of the road and the houses so that is why I missed it as I drove in.  You park and walk into this cemetery.

Norton Cemetery, East Otis, MA

The cemetery is on a slope and it is in an open area with a stone wall around it.  I easily found the Haskell family and there was Keziah Goss Haskell Rose’s grave broken in half.  Fortunately I could see the inscription and it was really something to see that name “KEZIAH” across the top.  The stones are to the right as you enter the cemetery and along the road side near the stone wall and lined up together.

It reads Keziah the widow of John Rose died Aug 17, 1815 age 87
Philip Haskell, June 6, 1756, d April 18, 1849.
He served his country in the Revolution from its beginning to its close.

This Peter Haskell is a brother of Roger and therefore son of Keziah Rose (Keziah Goss Haskell Rose) and son of Zachariah.  There are more graves but seem to be more of his wives and it looks like he married several times?  I have some work to do.

The real fun was seeing the name “Keziah” carved in a tombstone.  This Keziah caused quite a problem along with her mother back in the 1930’s and 1940’s when Paul H. Goss was trying to figure who was who and who married whom.  I just wish we could find her mother Keziah Cooley Goss Brown and where she is buried?  Someone on the internet said Timothy Brown headed to Winchester NH but he is not on the list in the Evergreen cemetery there and neither is Keziah?

The doggie was still not happy with me as I climbed into my car but the man was kind and made sure his puppy was undercontrol and had put him on a leash.  Funny, this medium sized dog was wagging his tail as he barked at me!  I decided not to push my luck.

Here is a very nice blog on this cemetery which was a great help to me in finding it:  They also have a video.

Here is a listing of the burials:

Time to head back to Otis and then turn north onto Hwy 8 and head for Hinsdale.  I did go through Becket Center and North Becket again and this time I continued up Hwy 8 rather than drive the Washington Mountain Road and bounce myself around.  Hwy 8 is much better to drive. It was starting to rain heavier as I continued north.  I am so glad roads don’t move around like the stairs at Hogworth in Harry Potter!!!!  I know I said that before, HA!

The drive took about half an hour.  I went through the town of Washington and back into Hinsdale and turned onto Hwy 148 and up the hill to Peru and right to Center Cemetery.  I put on my slicker and my tenny runners and turned and there I spotted my glasses on the ground in the puddle with the arms sticking up right where I had parked the car the day before. HURRAH!  Now I can see when I drive.  I mean, I can see things but they are a little fuzzy and I can’t read some of the smaller signs.  They are transition lenses so it helps with the sun and glare.  No more 20/20.  Sigh!

Before I left I walked quickly up the hill and said goodbye to Roger, Mary and Zechariah Haskell turned and headed back from Peru to Dalton and into Pittsfield.  No he is not the Zechariah I seek but probably Roger and Mary Haskell’s son.  Darn!  However, finding Philip and Roger Haskell the two brothers and the sons of Zechariah and Keziah Goss is pretty cool!  I had help for others are tracking these lines online and I thought I would help out a little with some better photos of these cemeteries.

Again driving through Pittsfield was easy because of the holiday (Patriots Day).  I didn’t realize that when I visited Pittsfield and the Berkshires that I was going to get a total view of the highways in the area.  As I was coming up the hill to the NARA turn off and getting close to the Comfort Inn I noted Mazzeo’s Ristorante was open.  There were cars crowding the parking lot but I turned in anyway and parked.

The wine I chose was wonderful – David Norman from Australia?  I had Fettucine Alfredo with broccoli and the plates was a perfect size.  Sometimes Fettucine can be a never ending bowl.  It was good I was hungry.  They had a great Caesar salad which I ate all of and usually don’t.  It was definitely a people watching environment.  There was a waitress with very blonde hair in a ponytail and she was very intent on her job and zipping about with determination.  Their uniforms were black shirt and pants.  She was also very pretty. I think she was a budding future restaurant owner because of her determination?

It was a very slick restaurant and modern, my table was a dark wood coated to a gleam.  It was noisy but apparently it was popular!  I had been curious passing by it and so now I was content.

Time to go get ready an move on tomorrow and head back to Connecticut.

Sunday: April 17, 2011: A Change of Plans – Peru, MA & Wahconah Falls

It is Sunday in the Berkshires and everything is closed.  That is okay, I need a little time to recover.

The Dakota Restaurant had a brunch from 10 to 2 pm and I decided to try it.  I arrived about 1 pm and they had a full buffet.  It was very good and even better than Old Sturbridge Village.  The waiter who served me did everything:  take orders, tend the bar, bus the tables.  Next stop was feeding the car.  Gasoline was at $3.50 to $4+. Ouch!

I proceeded up Holmes St. to Arrowhead the museum and soon discovered that I completely misread the website and that they are not opened till after Memorial Day.  I just went back and revisited it and the information is at the very bottom of the website about opening times.  Here is the link away Herman Melville.

I ran into the Executive Director Betsy and she told me that Melville had been coming to the area since a child of 13.  Greylock Mountain was the inspiration for Moby Dick. Like everyone I read “Moby Dick,” and new it by heart.  Of course, you have to see the Gregory Peck movie version.

I learned that they give tours every hour at his home starting at 10 am when opened.  Betsy informed me that they have just received the paperwork to go ahead and repaint Arrowhead, which is really in need of some help and funds to do so.  The paint was peeling as I wandering around taking photos.  They have to proceed carefully because of the historical significance of the house.  No power washing here.

The Movie Website gives some information about this movie:  It was done in 1956 and it was not bad.  I believe that Patrick Stewart was Capt Ahab and did a TV version in 1998 with Gregory Peck in another role.  Patrick Stewart was formerly Capt. Picard in Star Trek Next Generation.

There are other interesting things you can do in the Berkshires like the Hancock Shaker Village, The Berkshire Museum or the Museum of the Gilded age.  Betsy tried to entice me but I was more interested in the Center Cemetery in Peru, Massachusetts and decided to drive there and investigate.

Well, I missed the turn to Hinsdale and ended up at Wahconah Falls State Park.  I had thought of stopping there on my way to Pittsfield on Friday but changed my mind.  Well there it was so I followed this other car onto the turn and gravel road and headed to the Falls.  A short walk after parking the car and I found something reminiscent of home! Awe this is more like it.  Raging water over rocks!! Enjoy!!


A short easy and pleasant walk.

I have noticed that although there is forest which is mixed with deciduous and pine trees, there is no undergrowth like ferns and bushes in these forests and like back home.  It was very pretty and there are barbecues situated here and there, ready for a picnic. It looked like there were trails to follow.

A young couple was at the falls and I asked how to get to Hinsdale.  She corrected me and called it Hinnnsdale.  Oops!  I smiled.  Well she was right, I missed the sign. So from Hwy 9 you turn onto Hwy 8 which takes you to Hinsdale with a sharp turn left onto Hwy 143 and head up a very steep hill to Peru (formerly Partridgefield, officially changed to Peru in 1805.)

My quest was to find Haskell’s.  Roger Haskell the son of Zachariah (Zechariah) Haskell and Keziah Goss Haskell was buried in the Center Cemetery in Peru.  Now this cemetery might also be called “Hill Top.”  My theory is they all came west together.  No one knows where Zachariah and Keziah Goss Haskell are buried.  I was hoping to find a sign.  I did find their son Roger and his wife Mary’s tombstones.

As I turned south to go to the cemetery  after reaching the center of Peru. I drove by a chained Doberman Pincher. Lots of the dogs that live in the country in Massachusetts do not like cars.  I had never witnessed this behavior.  He was chained but it seems dangerous for the animal??

The Center Cemetery was very wet.  There were puddles by some of the stones, mushy grass, mud and my shoes got really wet.  It was threatening rain even though the pictures doesn’t seem to indicate it with the fluffy clouds.  The cemetery is sort of on a hill and slope.  It is a good size.  I tried to pull the Aveo in but she protested and spun her wheels so I carefully turned around so I could get out and didn’t go any further which put me in a puddle.  Ugh!



I found Roger and his wife and other Haskell’s.  One tombstone was toppled over and I could not budge it and the danger of hurting myself was imminent so I backed off.  It is a Zechariah Haskell but not the one I want to find.  Darn!

I am a little worried about this cemetery.  It is out in the open but it does seem to need to be cared for?  I worry about our heritage and see it slipping away.  The ground was so soft and the tombstones were leaning in all directions and lots of breakage.  I know it was a rough winter and there has not been a lot of time to get to repair, I hope they do.

Roger Haskell is on the left and Mary on the right

Roger Haskell died Apr 8, 1842 age 90 years (hard to read he was leaning over.  Next to him on the right, Mary Haskell died Dec. 13, AD 1849 aged 86 years and 23 days.

More Haskells – Hannah Haskell wife of Cullen B. Watkins 1843 to 1931 on the left


Little Bertha, Precous Jewel on the left, George Haskell 1844 to 1914.


It needs a shovel and several people to move it and flip it, not to mention fixed it.

The Berkshire Collection had a book titled Cemeteries of Hinsdale and Peru.  I took copies of the Center Cemetery but messed up some photos so I will have to revisit that book.  There was a handwritten notation that listed Haskell names in the collection but only gave page numbers.  I was going too fast and running out of time at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  The lesson, take photocopies as well of critical stuff.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery but it is not complete.  I have more photos of this cemetery and will post them later when I get a chance.

The Peru Church with two steeples!! The Library is to the left!

I returned on Hwy 148 to Hwy 8 to Hwy 9 to Dalton and then Pittsfield which was quiet today because it was Sunday so I was able to study the city of Pittsfield.  I missed a Rite Aid because it was housed in a building butted up to others.  If I could describe Pittsfield it is that the streets are wide in the downtown area.

I really didn’t want to eat at the Dakota for I had done that twice but the Italian ristorante was not opened so I had dinner in my room in the Comfort Inn.

Before I had left for the day and went to brunch about 1 pm I called Rose Miller of the Granville Library and explained I had a problem.  The original plan was to go to the Granville Town Hall and view vital records with the town clerk who was there in the morning and afternoon on Mondays.  Well with Patriot’s Day that was not going to happen.  Rose also had a conflict but an appointment at the library at 1 pm.  She had access for it was also closed.  So I would drive down to Granville and visit with her and see the Main Street Cemetery.

Chores and dinner done, I settled in to bed.

Friday, April 15, 2011: The Berkshires!

The Old Mill Inn in Hatfield is an amazing Bed and Breakfast.  Breakfast was delightful in a more formal dining room.  This inn is set on the Miller river and has had many incarnations but it was original a grist mill.  It is just lovely! 

The innkeeper Ted, was a very brave young man who purchased the building, renovated it and is the force behind all the decorations and the great food.  The Inn also has other activities like a monthly tea, mystery theatre and other events.  He is in the process of updating his website so keep and eye out.  See the link to this mill to the right under Travel links.

There is a dam on the river and it just roars as the water spills down

It is bright yellow. My photos does not do it justice!

I cannot dally however, for I am off to the Berkshires where Philip Goss of Brookfield (IV) and Mary Kendall Goss settled before heading for the Susquehannah River and the Wyoming Valley once owned by Connecticut.  Philip and Mary are my 5th great grandparents.  I descend from their son Solomon Goss and his wife Olive Scott.  Solomon Goss was born in Granville in 1754 or somewhere near there. 

I leave the Old Mill Inn and make my way over to the town of Northampton taking Chester Hwy 10/5 and south into Northampton and east onto Bridge Street that took me right to the Bridge Street Cemetery. I am stopping at the Bridge Street Cemetery to view the monument of Rowland Stebbins.  Rowland is a 10th great grandfather.  Rowland is the 3rd great grandfather to Keziah Cooley Goss who married Philip Goss (III) in Brookfield.  I am stopping because a grave that old is very difficult to find.  Technically it is a monument to him as one of a line of Stebbins that came from England.  It was erected by a descendant who tried to figure out which grave was his but finally decided to create this tribute. 

I could not enter through a gate and drive the cemetery for the cemetery was LOCKED UP TIGHT!  So I parked on Bridge Street out front.  It was about 10:30 am.  There were several gates but all were chained with locks.  I walked around this very large cemetery trying to get in.  No luck! Well I did something that I will not describe.  About 11:10 am a truck appeared and the gate was opened on Parsons Street at the very end next to the houses.  He didn’t come over and ask me how I got in.  He seemed occupied and on his cell phone???  Most cemeteries are dawn to dusk or they put the hours on the fence.  Once I saw that the gate was opened I retrieved my car and drove around the cemetery looking for the Find A Grave photos of the tombstones. 

Finally the gates were opened about 11:10 am

Located in the front along Bridge Street to the right

There are two photos for Rowland Stebbins at Find A Grave.  I found the tombstone that is chunky with the curved head and the inscribed plaque but not the tall one?  I was all over that cemetery?  Hmmm…..! There is little information given at Find A Grave and not much on the actual location of the stones that area featured in the photographs. 

Northampton is the county seat of Hampshire County which was the old county from which several separated like Hampden, Berkshire and Franklin.  The Hampshire County Registry of Deeds is located in Northampton.  I was going to go there but my time was fast disappearing and I decided not to seek out Philip Goss’s deed in Warwick that I discussed in a past post.  The Family History Library has them microfilmed so I will check that out instead.  Northampton is a very interesting city and there is this college there called Smith?  Hmmm… is that one of those fancy colleges? HA!

Northampton city center

Smith College:  It is located a little more west and up Hwy 9.  As I was driving along there were all these students milling about.

Be careful people in Massachusetts walk across a street when they want to and in any direction they choose.  One guy was a little scary!

Before leaving on my trip I had consulted the online weather reports and the mention of snow had made me prepare and alternate route to Pittsfield if I needed it. I can drive in snow but would rather not.  I had wanted to drive Hwy 9.  Ted of the Old Mill Inn said it was a good road and I would enjoy it for it was scenic. 

Off I go through Northampton and up Hwy 9 which takes me north to Haydenville, Williamsburg, Goshen, Cummington, Windsor and curving around to Dalton and then into Pittsfield. Once out of Northampton it becomes a country road again.

Just west of Cummington is the Old Creamery Grocery Store.  I stopped their for lunch and they had quiche!!  It was very good.  It is a country store with all kinds of foods, a deli, wine, groceries, gifts and more.  They have a little eating area. You can find it at this link for Hidden  It will be on the left and it is big and white.  Park on the west side where there is more room.  I asked for a local wine and ended up with a California wine titled Berkshire Red?  Don’t take there word for it and read carefully the prices are a bit high?

My itinerary which I had prepared before I left had me going to the Registry of Deeds for the Middle District for Berkshire (pronounced Berkshur, hey I am trying!).  It is located in Pittsfield.  I decided that I had the deeds I needed from Hampden County when I had visited that Registry early in the trip.  I need to prepare an Excel spreadsheet and post that here so keep and eye out for that data.  So this meant that I could do other things and I decided since it was about 2:30 – 3 pm that I would just go ahead and register at the Comfort Inn south of Pittsfield and get settled.  I was going to be in this area till Tuesday so I might as well reevaluate my situation and do some chores…like laundry!

Once in Pittsfield the road takes you on Hwy 9 to Hwy 7/20 south.  The Comfort Inn is just past the big sign pointing the way to the Pittsfield NARA branch of the National Archives.  Unfortunately this NARA branch will be closing at the end of the summer – I think in September?  I do know that the microfilms will be transferred to the Pittsfield Athenaeum (old title for a library).  Other records I am not sure?  I did not visit it because it houses federal records and I need town and county. 

Driving through downtown Pittsfield was very interesting.  It was not a problem.  I just followed the signs.  It was busy with traffic but no worse than being at home. 

Pittsfield City Center


Pittsfield City Center from the Berkshire Atheneaum

Bed and Breakfasts are wonderful and I love the old houses and the history of each of them. The great food. They do have their challenges like no elevators to carry your luggage up.  The stairs in the older B&B’s can be very steep and narrow.  Fortunately most of my hosts had been helpful and helped me carry things to the room.  My hubbie was at home and he usually covers this for me. 

This was something my sister taught me. If you are staying at a lodging place only one night take only what you need and leave the rest behind: like valuables, sleep wear, a change of clothes and a toothbrush to the room.  So I know pack another bag to stuff things into.  My car rental had a special anti theft devise.  So that would discourage it being stolen. 

The Comfort Inn was a different situation so I took all my luggage and most of my stuff in to get it better organized.  The next week I would be on the go and staying at B&B’s for one or two nights. The Comfort Inn in Pittsfield is really south of Pittsfield and on the border with Lenox.  The sign is right there at the entrance.  It is on the east side of Hwy 7/20.  This street is very busy and turning left on it can be an adventure.  The Comfort Inn entrance is next to a green chain link box and up a hill behind the Dakota Restaurant. 

Instead of running off and doing some research I stayed in the room which was a handicap room with a huge bathroom.  Why they gave this room to me I don’t know?  I spent the time getting organized, rearranging my schedule and other chores.  It had a microwave and refrigerator so that was good.  It also had two beds so I could spread my stuff out.

The attendant at the desk told me about a Stop and Shop up the street and on the left side.  So I went up there and purchased some items.  Dinner was in the room and I got to take it easy.

Please Note: As you have probably guessed I have returned to my home on the West Coast and physically the trip is over.  I will continue to post my adventures over the next week or so and hopefully get this all written up.  So keep reading there is more to come.

Thursday, April 14, 2011: Montague to Hatfield, Massachusetts

My time in Winchester, New Hampshire was very short.  The goal had been to find Philip and Hannah Goss grave sites at the Evergreen Cemetery.  Having accomplished that goal I went in search of their son Philip Goss who married Esther Gale.  I took Hwy 10 south to Northfield and skirting the Connecticut River.  I turned west on Hwy 2 and crossed the  French King Bridge.  What an awesome bridge. 

The Connecticut River looking north

Looking down on the Connecticut from the French King Bridge

Greenfield is where you will find the Registry of Deeds for Franklin County but the dates will be later.  They do have abstracts of the earlier deeds. (See link to the right for this Registry).) They have a library in Greenfield that has an historical room but I think you need to make an appointment.

I was thinking of staying in Deerfield for the night but discovered the Old Mill Inn in Hatfield and decided that was more on my route. Besides I didn’t have time to dally and this is suppose to be a really historical place to visit:  Instead of going to Greenfield and Deerfield I turned left at Main Street and went over a bridge cross the Connecticut River again.  There was construction and the bridge was down to one lane going south?) and headed south to Montague and the Burnham Cemetery.  I did go a little to far and ended up in across another bridge and in Cheapside and had to turn around.

Philip and Hannah Goss’ son Philip who married Esther Gale left Winchester, NH and migrated to Montague now Franklin Co., Massachusetts it was Hampshire Co.  He and Esther are buried in the Burnham Cemetery.  This Philip is the son of Philip and Hannah Goss who I just visited buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester, NH. 

I had a little problem finding the cemetery but again dump luck.  It is on High Street and off Turnpike Road. The sign is missing? The Find A Grave has a listing. It is very small cemetery which was good because I was really getting tired and hungry.

Goss Headstone to the left in a group
The backside of this large stone reads:
1869 Frank E. Goss 1906
His wife
1856 Evelyn S. Huntley 1916
1883 David W. son 1957
1883 Rector L. son 1959
Smaller Stones in a row – Goss family members

Smaller stones left to right
1. Marie B. Goss 1905 to 1982
2. Rector L. Goss 1883 to 1959
3. Evelyn S. Huntley wife of Frank E. Goss 1856-1916
4. Frank E. Goss 1869-1906
5. Mabel M. Goss, wife of Earl M. Stables 1887 to 1962
6. Ralph H. Goss 1891-1938
7. Earl M. Stables 1886 to 1942
8. David W. Goss 1883 to 1957

Philip Goss and Esther Gale Goss’ Obelisk
In the middle of the cemetery

There is writing on all the sides of this tombstone.  Philip’s side is on the other side to the right facing away from me.  I think it is west?   

Philip Goss

Find A Grave has a great photo of this stone.  I was dealing with low light and back lighting as the sun set behind me so mind were not doing as well.  More information is at Find A Grave on this family.

Philip Goss born Oct. 17, 1757 Lancaster, Worcester Co., Died Jun. 23, 1840, Montague, Franklin Co., MA.  Esther Goss born 1756 (I have 13 Jul 1755, Sutton, Worcester Co., MA -Goss Newsletter), died Feb. 21, 1831 in Greenfield, Franklin Co., MA.

I have more photos and will upload them later.  Watch for a post that gives the links to them. There are other families close to these stones and that is very interesting.

I was tried and hungry but very pleased and happy that I was able to find these two Philip Goss’, father and son.  The manuscript that David Goss prepared that I mentioned in the last post covers many of the descendants of Philip and Hannah Goss, but for some reason he does not talk much about Philip Goss and Esther who went to Montague.  This is not a criticism but more an observation on his writing.  I know that there is always never enough time nor money to do genealogy.  The important point is that this is definitely a whole family line that went in another direction from the Philip Goss IV that Paul H. Goss talked about in his manuscripts and articles.   

The Goss Obelisk surrounded by other stones?

Once I was done at the Burnham Cemetery my goal was to get to Hatfield and check in at the Old Mill Inn. I headed south on Hwy 47.  Another bridge crossing over the Connecticut River to South Deerfield. I sought out River Road and headed south again to Hatfield another long township and I finally turned west on School St.

I was going to stop and have dinner at Mamma Maria’s in Hatfield but I found the Fish Tales instead and it seemed to be in the same location? Apparently the information on the Internet is old and Mamma Maria’s is long gone by 2 years.  Fish Tales gave me a good dinner of Atlantic Salmon.  So I was happy.  Oh and tartar sauce which is a food group (a quote from Bert Simpson the cartoon character that I have expanded on). The bar was lively and they had this huge TV on the wall and Law and Order was on?  Hmmm….no sports?

According to the waitress at the Fish Tales the Old Mill Inn was just down the road.  I followed her advice and was able to find it fairly easily.  You can’t miss it.  The Mill is bright yellow and a good size.

My room looked down on the front area and parking lot.  It was decorated in old antiques, oriental rugs.  There was a hint of the industrial origins of the building on the ceiling and more.  Upon entering the building you find yourself in a fancy Victorian style living area that leads into the formal dining room.  To get to your room you go through the door and up the stairs to the 2nd floor.   It was all very charming. The Old Mill Inn will be getting a new website soon.

Me, well I had a big day and I was very tired.  I was soon in bed.

Thursday, April 14, 2011: Warwick, MA: Formerly Gardiner’s or Roxbury, Canada

Heading west on Hwy 117 I merged onto I-90 for 1.5 miles and then it became Hwy 2 (George Stanton Hwy) past Leominster, Fitchburg, Westminster, Gardner, East Templeton.  I decided to not take a chance on road construction so I turned at Athol onto Hwy 32 and drove along through Athol and Orange.  I found Athol to be a lovely town with stores and shops and I would have liked to dally more but I had an appointment to get to and I was already a little late. I turned north on Hwy 78 and headed for Warwick, MA. I love Massachusetts.  You are where you want to be in no time.  

Warwick was at one time known as Gardiner’s Canada or Roxbury Canada. This is where the cousin Philip Goss who married Hannah Ball migrated to.  This Philip Goss 1720-1804 was a half 1st cousin once removed of my Philip Goss IV 1724-1778 who married Mary Kendall. 

Here is a chart that might help clarify the relationships of these Philip Goss’ that caused quite a mixed up.

First Generation:
PHILIP (1) GOSS, the Immigrant Ancestor of
ca 1654 to 1698
Roxbury and Lancaster, Massachusetts
Buried Old Settlers Burying Field, Lancaster
Married 1st, Hannah Hopkins
Married 2nd Mary Prescott
2nd Generation
PHILIP (2) GOSS 1676-1747
Married Judith Hayward
Buried Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield
JOHN (2) GOSS b. 1/20/1693 d. abt 1743
Married Mary
Unknown burial place
3rd Generation
PHILIP (3) GOSS b. ca 1700 d 1742
Married Keziah Cooley
Unknown burial place
PHILIP (3) GOSS, b. circa 1720 at Lancaster, MA.
Married Hannah Ball
Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, NH
4th Generation
Married Mary Kendall of Lancaster
Unknown Burial location, Mary is in the Scott Cemetery in Luzerne Co., PA
PHILIP (4) GOSS, of Montague, Massachusetts.  1757-1840
Married Esther Gale
Burnham Cemetery, Montague, MA
5th Generation
PHILIP (5) GOSS, Jr., Harveyville, Pennsylvania 1787-1870
Married Hannah Derby
PHILIP (5) LAMPSON GOSS of Brighton, Ohio 1799 to 1878
Married Serena Stella Porter

The Town of Orange came very quickly and I was soon on Hwy 78 going north.  The Warwick sign was there within minutes but it took several miles to get to the town center.  Everything is very close in Warwick.  There is a triangle shape in the center of the town. The Warwick Library is on the northeast side while the  town hall is right next door to the Warwick Historical Society.  They are right there on the southwest corner. 

Larry Carey, President of the Warwick Historical Society was waiting patiently for me at the door.  I had called to let him know I would be slightly delayed. 

Warwick Historical Society & Museum

Warwick Library

Warwick Town Hall

He had a land map for me of the settlers. He gave me their last copy. I had a description of the land that Philip Goss purchased:

Philip Goss acquired land in Warwick, as witnessed in a document in the New Hampshire County deeds, June 10, 1763.  Joseph Williams of Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Mass. Yoeman, a Lot in Warwick, 150 acres, the 66th Lot in the 2nd Division.”  Vol. VI, p. 183 Hampshire Deeds. 

Warwick is now in the county of Franklin and the Registry of Deeds for Franklin is in Greenfield.  In order to find this deed I would need to look in the Hampshire County deeds.  The Registry of Deeds for Hampshire County is in Northampton.  According to the Registry of Deeds in Greenfield they do have abstracts of the Hampshire Co. deeds that are before Franklin Co. was established. 

We found the 66th lot in the 2nd division and that is the land that this cousin Philip Goss purchased when he came to Warwick.  Larry didn’t know where things were on the map till I pointed out Morse Lake and then he knew immediately.  When he realized where the land was he told me that at this time today there are no roads back in that area. 
The Warwick Historical Society is doing a wonderful job of adding their holdings to their website.  You have to go and see it.  There website made me laugh.  It is really hard to know the date of some document or record and they are at least honest when they write they don’t know.  The point is they are making an effort to get their holdings online for all to review.

The Warwick Cemetery – Anna Goss has been documented by the Warwick Historical Society and you can also get a listing at Find A Grave. There is one Goss name in this cemetery. Click on the link to the Warwick Cemetery and see the tombstone of Anna Goss.  What her relationship is? Well, I don’t know at this time?

Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, Franklin Co., MA

Now this Philip Goss was a restless man and he didn’t stay long in Warwick but headed north into New Hampshire.  That was my next goal.

Warwick Directions Sign

Thursday, April 14, 2011: Bolton and the Rev. Thomas Goss

I had no time left and needed to get on the road.  So I headed east past the Old Common Burial Field on the Old Common Road and past the Eastwood Cemetery on Wilder Road.

So my next stop was the South Cemetery in Bolton where I had determined that the Rev. Thomas Goss’ Memorial by his friends was located.  I found the cemetery with a little bit of getting lost and just dumb luck.  It is on the S. Bolton Road off the Berlin Rd. 

I walked that whole older section with no luck.  Drove around the rest but I could not find the gravestone or the memorial plaque for the Rev. Thomas Goss?  If anyone knows where it is please let me know.  I really wanted to get a photo with me and this memorial. 

South Cemetery, Bolton, MA

The Rev. Thomas Goss was the pastor for the Bolton Church for 40 years when they kicked him out.  He had loyalist leanings.  One of his sons went north to get out of the area for awhile.  This man was a son of Capt. Philip and Judith. 

I did make it to Bolton and found the Bolton Library and tried to figure out where the Rev. Thomas Goss’ house use to be.  I was not having any luck.  Next time I will arrange with the Bolton Historical Society to visit and have them help me with these historical events. I really didn’t have the time this time.  I was told that they have a lot of information on the Goss family but they have not specified if it is about the Rev. Thomas Goss family only. 

Bolton Public Library

I stopped at the Apple Harvest in Bolton which is a nice place to stop for groceries and food to go.  They have other items as well like canned goods. I faced the car west and headed up 117 to Hwy I90.

April 14, 2011: Revisiting the Old Settlers Cemetery Extra

I headed for the Old Settlers Burial Field across the rail road tracks. Again in the northeast corner of the Middle Cemetery there is a path.  Currently a limb of a pine tree is hanging down in front of it and it is not a wide path.  With the leaves covering the ground it a little obscure.  You walk down the path to the railroad tracks and cross over.  Before you get to the pole painted gray with an orange top (on the left of the railroad tracks) and the cement block (on the right of the railroad tracks) you can see the path down into the cemetery and the tombstones in the distance surrounded by woods.

There is a first stone that marks the name and entrance to the cemetery.  It is charcoal in color! 

I had found a map of this cemetery in the History of Lancaster book by A. Marvin and made a copy of it so I could figure out where Philip Goss was buried.  Someone on Find A Grave had put the numbers from this book there so I could identify Philip by the #156. 

It took just a little searching this time and I found him but it was just this little rock covered with lichen.  There was a triangular shaped stone a few feet away with 1698 on it.  The funny part is the stones were not in a line but out of angle to the row.  I later thought that the grave was situated looking at something.  John Prescott the founder of Lancaster’s memorial plaque is not far. Hmmm…? 

Finding the tombstones of Philip Goss of Roxbury was pretty amazing and something I had wanted to do.  As I was filming about 5 dogs came running at me of assorted breeds.  A lady was walking with them and apologized.  Let’s see?  More like 7 dogs.  Apparently she cannot read that this is not allow.  The dogs didn’t seem to care about  the gravestones.

I have more photos and a video which I will upload after I return home. 

Footstone for Philip Goss (1654 to 1698)

Headstone for Philip Goss (1654 to 1698)

I was now done with my visit to Lancaster, Massachusetts and I needed to set forth on my next adventure.  First Bolton and then I turn the car west to Warwick, Massachusetts.