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