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.


April 14, 2011 Thursday, Revisiting the Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, MA

Since I did not get to do all I had wanted in the cemeteries the day before because of the “pouring” rain I returned to the Middle Cemetery and resumed my march through it in search of Goss names. 

The Middle Cemetery in Lancaster is on Hwy 70 or what they call Main Street.  You can’t miss it.  It is on the east side of the street.

I had visually divided the Middle Cemetery up by using the outer boundaries and the roads that are outlined there.  They do not let you drive through anymore.  There are chains across the roads that access.  You can park on the green grass in front or on the side street. 

So I decided to start with the far right area up to the road and make that the first section.  I began walking an noting the names which I will make a list of later and add to a post. By the way the book by Henry S. Nourse on the vital records of Lancaster, lists the Middle Cemetery and it is not alphabetical.  Google has a copy but it is only a preview so some pages are missing.

Source:  The Birth, Marriage and Death Register Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643 to 1850, by Henry Stedman Nourse.  This looks like a reprint.  The Middle Cemetery starts on page 420 and the names I am interested in are on page 426 and 427.  Try your local large library or archives for this book or search on WorldCat for the closes library. 

I did give other sources to investigate on my earlier post about this cemetery. I made a video as well and will upload that when I return home after April 24th. 

Again, I found one Goss in this first section a Sarah.  I had started at Main Street working back toward the railroad tracks.  Here is Sarah again and I do not know how she fits in to the family?

Mrs. Sarah E. Goss wife of Mr. Jonas Goss died Jan 28, 1845 aged 24
Located in the front of the cemetery in the 1st section and not near the other Gosses

I then moved over and did the next area. I worked from the railroad tracks in the back of the cemetery forward to the front near Main Street.  I was moving quickly so I did not get all names just surnames to the best of my deciphering for some are very hard to read and faded.

The middle part of the cemetery between the two roads is much larger so I divided that up in half using an obelisk type tombstone with the name Fuller to help guide me.  I worked from the front to the back.  I moved over to the other side and found what I was looking for. 
Capt. Daniel Goss and his family.  These are the descendants of John Goss and Mary W. Goss through their son William.  John Goss is a half brother to Philip Goss who married Judith and is buried in the Old Indian Cemetery in West Brookfield.

The above photo starts on the left with Mr. Jonas Goss died Oct 18, 1840, in his 61, year. An honest man is the noblest work of God.
The second large tombstone is that of Judith Goss widow of Jonas Goss died Sept 22, 1871 age 90 yrs 4 mos 11 days.  (Apparently Nourse did his readings before her death so she does not appear in his listings).
The small one is Judith Goss died Aug 21, 1807 age 4 months, Ebenezer Goss died Dec 15, 1817 age 4 years and 6 months.  Children of Mr. Jonas and Judith Goss.
The one on the far right is in Memory of Nancy Goss, daughter of Mr. Jonas and Mrs. Judith Goss who died Jan. 25, 183, aged 12 years & 2 months.  The blooming youth departs in peace; She leaves her friends and is at rest.

The above photo is Sacred to the memory of Capt. Daniel Goss who died Dec 10, 1809 age 69 He was a just man, and perfect in his generation & he walked with God. He is on the left

The tombstone on the right is: Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Eunice Goss, Relict of Capt. Daniel Goss who died Jan. 7, 1813 age 66.  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. A woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised.

Behind theses are two other tombstones:
Polly widow of Capt. Daniel Goss died Jan. 21, 1856 age 80 yrs 6 mos.
Capt. Daniel Goss Jr. died June 11, 1841, age 81 yrs & 11 mns.

Once I found them, I stopped walking this cemetery. Now this might not be all the descendants and Goss names in this cemetery. Another option for a list of this cemetery is at Find A Grave, it might not be complete?  I will upload more photos and the video when I return after my trip.

I had to push on and cover a lot of highway today so I headed for the Old Settlers Burying Field and missed these Goss tombstones:

In Memory of Henry Lawton son of Mr. Henry and Mrs. Sarah D. Goss, who died Sept 2, 1830 aged 16 months.  Sleep on sweet babe and be at rest. To call the hom, God saw it best.
Mrs. Rebecca Goss, wife of Capt. John Goss, who died Jan 27, 1827 aged 43 years.  She was an exemplary, and humble christian.

Please Note:  I apologize for not posting but blogger is giving me editing and publishing problems.  So I am sorry for the glitches.  I think I have it fixed for now. I forge on!

Wednesday April 13, 2011: Lancaster Wanderings IV – The Thayer Memorial Library Special Collection

I was still at the Old Settlers Burial Field and it was fast becoming 3 pm and I decided it was time to go to the Thayer Memorial Library.  My hosts at the B&B gave me a tip that in the Town Hall you might find some interesting information.  I did not have time to go and investigate but maybe you could find some interesting information there?  Try the Town Clerk?

There is a parking lot on the street north of the church where the government and library buildings are.  I overhead the librarian mention this to a patron the day before.  It is easy to walk between the church and the library and a very nice place to park. You can park in front of the library but that is limited. 

Thayer Memorial Library on Court Square, Lancaster, MA, parking to the left

The Thayer Memorial Library has a Special Collections area.  It is  filled with history.  The history of Lancaster and beyond.  Recently they updated their website and it easy to find it for it has its own label – Special Collections.  Just look across the top area of the website.  Click on that and start exploring.  It really is important to make an appointment with Special Collections ahead of your visit.

So I headed out and back up the path an through the Middle Cemetery to my car.  I ran into another lady who was also going to the library to do research and she knew about me.  She told me the name and I said I had not seen it in the areas I had looked.  I could not help her.

Call the library and listen to the choices given and select the call # given and leave a message.  Also check the hours for the Special Collections is limited in hours although they can try to accommodate your needs.  Be prepared to explain carefully what you need and in detail for the head of this Special Collections will have everything laid out for you when you arrive and she will also access other information if you need her too.  You can also email her but the email bounced after they uploaded a new website for the library. 

My appointment at the Thayer Memorial Library in the Special Collections was at 4:15 pm when the collections opened and it was about 3 pm.  I decided I needed to get to the library and start doing some research. 

I wandered around the library trying to figure out where things are.  It has these many rooms.  Not many tables.  I found the history section in the back area  over to the right.  They did have the book on the Inscriptions of the Nashaway towns and that was helpful.  The book my Marvin on the History of Lancaster had a map of the Old Settlers Cemetery and I was able to find the Philip Goss (1654 to 1698) tombstone.  This was going to help. 

Marsha the Special Collections head found us at the table and introduced herself.  I was busy doing other things and then realized they were waiting for me.  I apologized.  The other lady had joined me and a young man who had been very helpful was sitting at the end of the table.  He was not going to be going to the Special Collections room in the basement but he did seem interested. 

We followed Marsha downstairs.  The Special Collections Room is down a hallway last door on the right past the bathrooms.  There is hallway into a big room filled with bookshelves stacked with records, books and more. 

Marsha had pulled items for us to review at these tables and we all set to work.  We only had 4:15 to 6 pm to work so I had to move quickly. 

My goal over the last ten years has been revisiting the sources that Paul H. Goss used in his manuscripts and articles to try to solve the Goss lineage problem.  I am getting down to just a few more to find but you do have to realize a lot of republication has taken place.  Paul died in 1963 and that was 48 years ago. 

Here are a few things I was troubleshooting on this day!
1.  In his manuscript he mentions the Frederick Lewis Weiss manuscript of “Early families of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1700,” published 1941.  This was only obtained at the Thayer Memorial Library.  It includes an index of the descendants of the founders of Lancaster mostly those connected to the the First Church of Christ in Lancaster 1653- to 1942.  I believe there are 3-4 volumes in binders of his notes on these families.  It has a pretty good history of the Goss family.

2.  Another item of interest was the Nourse notes.  These Nourse’s handwritten notes on the history of Lancaster.  I am referring to Henry Stedman Nourse the author of many of the histories of Lancaster and the vital records compilation. 

The title on the binder was:  Brief Historical & Genealogical Sketches of the Earliest Proprietors and Pioneers of Lancaster, MA 1883 Vol 2, H.S. Nourse Vol I. This is not in the catalog for I don’t have a print out.  I have to give credit to Elbert Garrett Goss for telling me about these notes.

3.  The descent of John Prescott, founder of Lancaster, MA 1645, from Alfred the Great, King of England 871-901 by Frederick Lewis Weiss.  This is a small pamphlet and I have to admit I am impressed.  Unfortunately it is not my line for Philip Goss I married first Hannah Hopkins and she went off to Jamaica and there was a divorce.  He remarried to Mary Prescott, John’s granddaughter for a second marriage.  My line is down from Hannah. 

4.  Paul H. Goss mentions a Joseph Willard and A Memorandum of LancasterMemoir and Miscellaneous Writings of Joseph Willard, Historian of Lancaster, Resident 1821-1833, died 1865 at the library. It contained information on this man but it was only on his family and other articles but nothing about Lancaster history specifically so I have to admit I am puzzled? Marsha looked high and low for anything else but did not find it. Now Paul was a Reverend and anything involving ministers he was very interested in.  So maybe this was one of his heroes? So this one source is still a mystery. 

Back when Paul did his research they did not do specific footnotes of the materials and so it is difficult to figure out what he is referring to and when he made the lists at the end of a section he really didn’t specify where he obtained the information.in the previous section?  I am not being critical of my cousin because that is how they did things back in his time frame of 1890 to 1963.  For the researchers of today it can be frustrating.  I am frequently noted to say: “Paul what were you thinking?”  Paul is a hero of mine and I marvel as to how did he ever figured this all out without a computer!!!! HA!

5.  The history of the First Church of Christ in Lancaster, MA 1653-1840 by Frederick Lewis Weiss.  This title was about the ministers who served and did not go into the members.

6.  I was curious about the descent of John Houghton Jr. who married Mary Prescott after the death of Philip Goss I in 1698. 

John Houghton of Lancaster, Mass. and some of his descendants, by Annie Lane Burr and Thomas Hovey Gage about 1925.  I found John Jr. and it referenced his marriage to Mary Prescott.  Houghton is a big name in Massachusetts.

7. Memorial of Josiah Kendall, one of the first settlers of Sterling, Mass., and some of his ancestors and of his descendants.  By Oliver Kendall, 1884.  This book is online at World Vital Records which is sometimes available at an archive free to access.  I just opened the book to see how it was organized and it was very nicely done.  The author had it presented well.  This Josiah is interesting and how is this Kendall Family connected to Mary Kendall?  Now I have tried to dig into the Kendall Family line and I have run into some interesting problems.  Paul’s version of the history of the Kendall family is very confusing in his manuscript and hard to follow.  I am not sure he really knew?  Anyway I am still puzzling it out.  This book states that the son of John Kendall who married 3 times and one of his wives was Elizabeth Comey and they had a son John Kendall b 1684 but he died young.  It was the son John Kendall born 1699 who married Deborah Richardson. 

This Josiah Kendall that is the subject of the above book was born in Sterling in 1712 and his parents are Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth Kendall, grandparents are Thomas Kendall and Ruth, great grandparents are Frances and Mary Tidd Kendall.  I hope I got that right!

A website The Tracks We Leave has interesting information about the Kendalls:
http://www.newenglandkendalls.com/whatsnew.html  They have a different John Kendall married to our Mary.  Hmmmm……?  Click on tabs on the right and start exploring.  Very interesting!!!  I am still pondering this all???
As usual you have to make decisions about what to dig for and not and time limits your choices.  I could be spending my life (I am) on this Goss family and into the next life. HA!

The room was cool, set to a low temperature and we all kept our coats on.  Marsha is at first a little serious and she really had a New York accent but after awhile she starts to giggle and smile and then she gets really into pulling records for you and wanting to know if she can help.  I have to admit that having the records all ready for me is pretty cool.  Sometimes I would just prefer to browse the stacks but you can’t always do that in an archive.  I asked what the rules were and Marsha told me that some items could be copied and what could not be.  So you do have to inquire. 

I had a list of things I wanted to ask so Marsha sat next to me waiting to assist me.

1. Garrison – West Regiment of Middlesex

She thought this was probably in Bolton past the Eastwood Cemetery there had been a garrison there.  This was mentioned in an article in NEHGR the year 1692

2.  Main Street in Lancaster.  Is it close to the original highway?

Yes it is but not specifics where given and I was just defining it so I could interrupt a map out of Nourse’s history of Lancaster that showed the land holdings of the early settlers.

3.  Atherton Bridge where is that?

On Bolton Road.  I found this link on historical bridges.  The bridge has since been rebuilt.  Marsha commented that she can’t believe she used to drive on the old rotted bridge and from the looks of it in the picture I can see why:  http://www.historicbridges.org/massachusetts/atherton/  This bridge is mentioned in deeds and descriptions in the history books for Lancaster.

4.  Prescott Mill is that in Clinton?

Yes, it is now where there are apartments called Prescott Mill Apartments.  I think it is on Water’s Street in Clinton. 

5.  Wecapekat Brook?

It is in Sterling and use to be very important in the past.  It is near Hwy 62 and Sterling Road.  I might need to do a little more digging.  I have not found a really good topo map and the Massachusetts one I have looked at and I want details like the names of the hills and more. 

6. Nourse and Marvin the authors of the histories of Lancaster, are they reliable?

She said they were both very good.  Sometimes a history book can be well done but others are not as great.

7.  I mentioned the Kendall connection to the Goss family

She said that the Sterling Library was good for Kendall information.  There was also a Kendall Road in Sterling and a Kendall Hill.  So she took out a piece of paper and drew an map for me. Then giggled that she had sent me on a wild goose chase!  I will double check before I go a wandering.  Her map and what my Streets and Trips mapping software tell me are not the same? 

These questions I asked have a lot to do with the descriptions that are in the history books regarding land and locations of former homes and more.  Of course on a map of today you can’t find them because they rename things over the years.  Please forgive me if I get things wrong.  I really need a detailed map of Lancaster and the area.  Also there are multiple spellings for a geographical feature which can really cause confusion. 

I had completed my research for the day.  There is so much more but I do need to get to my Legacy Database and the Goss Manuscripts and get that all organized when I get back to Seattle. There is so much information that I have. 

I asked if I could wander the stacks and she said yes, just don’t touch anything.  So I wandered through the aisle studying the titles and realized they have quite a collection of Massachusetts books, histories and series and more.  I believe it is all on the online catalog for at least accessing maybe not the Lancaster Collection?  If not you can call the library and it has a great list of the names of the department heads and their number and you can leave messages or use the email online.  Her email was bouncing when I tried it before I came on this trip but they had just launched a new website so I hope it works now. 

I asked whether there was a Lancaster Historical Society and she said that it was really the public part of the Lancaster Historical Commission which is listed under Departments at the town website http://www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/Pages/index.

I have not had much success at accessing them but they do hold meetings and announcement them on the town website.

There are maps of the historical sites in Lancaster.  One is so fuzzy I can barely read it and the other that is mentioned on the Town website has a broken link.  Another one I found has small print? I did not have time to try the Courthouse across from the Library.  They might have some information? What I do not know but it was a tip.

Clinton has an Historical Society and she said it was very good. http://www.clintonhistorical.org/. She also mentioned the Sterling Library was a good source.  I was surprised that there was no Lancaster Genealogical Society?  I did visit Clinton for dinner the first night and as I walked the town I started thinking “industrial” and Marsha smiled and said that Clinton was textiles?  Jack mentioned plastics for pharmaceuticals? Nypro http://www.nypro.com/ was the name he gave.  I decided I needed help so I give this link about Clinton at  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Massachusetts  The article gives some interesting links.  It is a start. 

I was content and very pleased with the afternoon work at the Thayer Memorial Library and I had fun. 

There is Goss History in Clinton but mostly John Goss history, the 1/2 brother to Philip Goss II (should be II).  I think Elbert Garrett Goss’s manuscript that I referenced at the Family History Library is probably a good place to start for that line of descent. 

When I rolled into town I got lost in Clinton and didn’t take a left when I should have to go to Lancaster.  No big deal but it is a bit of a challenge to get around Clinton.  Not the first place to go when you get to Lancaster till you start to get a feel for where you area.

Via Alto in Clinton, MA – Very nice!


Clinton’s downtown!

As I go on this trip I realize that I am just going to have to come back.  So when I go to Boston in a few years I will work my way west.  I was told that Massachusetts residents will live in a town and commute to Boston, even from West Brookfield?  “They just get on the turnpike!!!” 

I left the library happy and content, but tired and hungry.  Sandee’s was closed? So I found a Colonel Sanders Kentucky fried…I like the biscuits.  It was a good dinner if a little salty. 

I am hoping the rain has finally stopped!

Note:  Because there are so many Philip Gosses an in different generations, I prefer to use Paul H. Goss’s labeling to keep things straight.  So if I use the Roman Numerals please don’t assume it is attached to that person in their real name like Sr. or Jr.  One of Paul’s manuscripts is digitized by the Family History Library and you can get a copy there:  Here is the link Paul Henry Goss FHL  This copy is probably one of the final copies for in reading it I see that he has fixed things like spelling and other edits

April 13, 2011: Lancaster Wanderings III – Old Settlers Cemetery

Researching the Old Settlers Cemetery was not easy.  It is not that well marked and all say it is behind the Middle Cemetery.  Well sort of, more like a little north east of the Middle Cemetery. I did see a photo online that showed the entrance to the cemetery which was bounded by trees on either side.  That photo sort of clued me that it was going to be an interesting discovery. 

I walked the north and back boundaries of the Middle Cemetery and could not see the other tombstones in the distance.  Of course, I was not looking northerly.  It is more of a like look at an intersection diagonally across!

This is how you find it.  The trail leading to the Old Settlers Cemetery is on the north east corner of the cemetery.  Currently a pine tree limb has fallen in front of the entrance to the pathway.  The pathway is narrow and you almost don’t believe it is there.  You walk down to the the railroad tracks.  Once at the railroad tracks look north and you can spot a orange and gray painted pole on the left side of the railroad tracks and it is probably a snow measuring stick.  There is a cement block on the right with some funny letters on it.  Do not go to them but look to the right and you will then see another path but you do have to cross the railroad tracks. Be careful! Once you start walking north on the tracks and looking to the right (east) you can easily spot the tombstones in the distance.  From that point you should have no trouble finding the path down to the Old Settlers Cemetery.  The tombstones are in an open area surrounded by woods. The path is a little steep but not to hard to walk down.  It is also but wider than the other one. To get back to the Middle Cemetery note in the photo below (first) the railroad ties that point to the side.  There is a red old metal can that is near the entrance that you cannot see here.

Looking back to the path up to Middle Cemetery before crossing the tracks

Looking down into the the Old Settlers Cemetery

There is a tombstone as you enter in a very dark charcoal and it announces: 

Erected 1924
The cemetery is wedged in between forest on the left and on the back and water on the right or is that marsh land?  I would say it runs west to east. It is in fairly good shape for the age of the cemetery, much better kept than the Old Common Burial Ground.  There is still evidence of buried stones, breakage and moss. I studied every stone I could decipher and couldn’t find Philip.  I need help!!! I did find John Prescott’s Memorial Stone and it is not hard to find and relatively new. I was becoming tired and frustrated.  I worried  as to whether I was going to find the tombstone of Philip Goss 1698?  I was wet even with the slicker and very cold. Water was accumulating in the pockets so that made it difficult to put things into the pockets.
At the front of the Old Settlers

Looking towards the back of the Old Settlers

It is very peaceful in this cemetery except for the forest sounds.  It extends back to the trees with two big flat stones like the table top tombstones but no legs that look new and shiny.  They are under the trees.

Source:  History of the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts From the First Settlement to the Present Time 1643-1879, Rev. Abijah Perkins Marvin, Published by the Town, 1879. This book is at Google Books but the map of the Old Settlers Burying Ground is totally unreadable as are other pages?  I found a copy of the history in the Thayer Library and made copies of the map or rather a nice helpful young man showed me.  The inscriptions from the cemetery are there and I believe they are complete so you can at least get an idea.  I will try scanning when I return home a copy of the map.  There are numbers assigned to the inscriptions and those are indicated on the map.  I had identified where Philip Goss’s grave was!!!

Wednesday April 13, 2011: Lancaster Wanderings II – Middle Cemetery

The rain stopped while I was eating lunch at Sandee’s.  So I thought: let’s try the Middle Cemetery????

Well by the time I arrived it was raining again. Sigh!!  So I put my blue slicker on and bundled up. I wish I had my knit gloves! Brrr…!  I entered the Middle Cemetery on the south side rather than climb the stone wall and started reading stones. 

The list for the Middle Cemetery in online at Find A Grave.  It is alphabetized.  You can search it however once you bring up a cemetery by placing a name in the search box.  I was interested in Goss. Now someone said this Middle Cemetery was small but I don’t agree.  I think it is a good football field plus and there are lots of tombstones of various sizes, shapes and conditions. It would take several hours to go through and when it is just you alone that can be daunting.  Some are so hard to read and that is frustrating. If my hubbie was there we could break the cemetery up into halves and work it! Below are a couple of sources that can help you pin things down. I do try to find a print out in row order but that doesn’t always happen. 

I was looking for Goss descendants, these would be John Goss and Mary Wood’s descendants.  The 1/2 brother of Philip Goss II (1676 to 1747).  He remained in Lancaster and died about 1745.  They do not know where he is buried.  Mary went up to Stow and died 14 Dec. 1765. 

The Thayer Library had a copy of:  Inscriptions from burial grounds of the Nashaway towns: Lancaster, Harvard, Bolton, Leominster, Sterling, Berlin, West Boylston, and Hudson, Massachusetts, compiled by the Lancaster League of Historical Societies, Esther K. Whitcomb, editor, Heritage Books 1989.  I really need a copy of this book.  The Middle Cemetery is listed but it too is alphabetized. 

Another source is:  Births, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850, Edited by Henry S. Nourse, A.M., 1993.  This is at Google Books but it is still under copyright so I believe it is a preview and you cannot download it. So you will have to find this book in a large library or genealogical society or search it using WorldCat.

Henry Stedman Nourse 1831 to 1903- on the right at the front of the cemetery

The Middle Cemetery is located on Hwy 70 – Main Street.  There is room on the street out front on a grassy area where you can park your car.  Or you can park on the side street south of the cemetery called Bigelow Gardens.  It is residential so you need to respect the driveways and only park on the right side.  If you are coming south on the highway there is a bridge you cross and a big field of green to the right with a stone fence.  As you drive along you can spot the cemetery on the left.  Coming from the south going north you might see George Hill Road on the left and you will be at the cemetery very soon.  It is on the right.
Walking the Middle Cemetery was cold and miserable but I was happy looking at the names.  They do not let you drive your car through this cemetery anymore.  They have the three maybe four roads blocked with a chain. 

This cemetery is good size, probably 1 football field.  I started on the right as you face the cemetery (east) and divided the cemetery up into sections using the roads to be the marker for a section.  So I studied the names in the first section and found one Goss name. I worked from the front to the back.

Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, MA

Mrs. Sarah E. Goss, wife of Mr. Jonas Goss
died Jan 28 1815, age 24 years

Sarah did not show on my Goss list at Find A Grave.  So it might not be a complete listing?

I moved over to work my way forward.  I didn’t find any names that would work for me. The middle section was twice as large so I decided to break it up into two sections using a big obelisk with the name Fuller on it.  I worked my way from the back to the front studying the names.  It was still raining and I was missing my gloves, my hands were really cold. How is that for dedication?

I wish I had time to document this cemetery with photos and in order of the sections and rows.  I did not so  I was reading off names as I went along and taking general pictures of the cemetery.  It was raining too hard to use my video camera at this time.  Maybe I would be able to do that the next day before I left Lancaster?

I was not getting as far as I wanted and still had a lot of ground to cover and I need to get to the Old Settlers Cemetery which was set off in the back of the Middle Cemetery. 

The Middle Cemetery is bounded on the south by a residential street, on the north by a wooded area and on the west by the Hwy 70 or Main St.  In the back it is bounded by a little cliff and the railroad.  If you walk around trying to spot the tombstones of the other cemetery you won’t see them.  You have to cross the railroad tracks!!!

Note:  I did return the following day and will talk about that experience.  I have more photos and a video and will post when I return home at the end of April.