A Surprise In the Mail: Abel Goss of Lower Waterford, Vermont published 2011

I have always loved surprises and this was a good one.  In the mail came a beautiful dark green bound book .  It smells wonderful it is so new and the pages of this book are shinny and crisp.  It was written by my half 8th cousin once removed, David Philip Goss. I am serious!  At least that is what my Legacy Database tells me about our connection? 

Our common ancestor is Philip Goss (I) of Roxbury who later migrated to Lancaster and is buried there in the Old Settler Burial Field in Lancaster (the one over the railroad tracks) with the date 1698 as his death.  This Philip married twice. first to Hannah Hopkins whom I descend from and second, he married Mary Prescott in 1690.  She was a granddaughter of John Prescott founder of Lancaster.  My half cousin descends from Philip and Mary’s son John Goss, a half brother to my Capt. Philip Goss who is buried in the Old Indian Cemetery in Brookfield with his wife Judith Hayward Goss.

The book is:  Abel Goss of Lower Waterford, by David Philip Goss, Otter Bay Books, 2011. 

This book is literally “hot off the press.” 

My half cousin found this blog and was very surprised to see his name and manuscript listed in the post dated Monday, April 25, 2011 – For Thursday, April 14, 2011 Winchester, New Hampshire.  I had yet to introduce myself and one day I got this wonderful email from a happy excited person.  So I guess we are now even for he has surprised me with this wonderful book which is an updated and expanded version of the PDF I mentioned in the Winchester post. 

This is exciting because David takes the descendancy of Philip Goss of Roxbury and Mary Prescott Goss down through their son John Goss and his wife Mary (Woods) Goss to their son Philip Goss who was the one that married Hannah Ball and tells the real story.  This family left Lancaster, Massachusetts and headed up to New Hampshire and settled there.  Meanwhile another Philip Goss, a cousin and a son of Philip Goss (III) of Brookfield and Keziah Cooley, headed to North Granby, Granville, Becket and then to the Wyoming Valley where the Susquehanna River flows.  Some of the descendants of that Philip stayed there in the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania area and others headed further west to Ohio. This is my line. 

Meanwhile, Philip and Hannah Gosses children headed to other parts of New Hampshire and Vermont and then they went west to places like Wisconsin, Colorado and Washington State! Here is a brief summary of the descendancy discussed in the book: 

Philip Goss of Roxbury and Lancaster marries a 2nd time to Mary Prescott
John Goss, their, son, marries Mary Woods and their son is named Philip Goss.
Philip Goss marries Hannah Ball and migrates to Winchester, NH and settled there.
Their son Abel Goss married Irene Sprague and they name a son Abel.
This Abel married Amanda Hebard of Waterford, Vermont
From there the line goes down to David the writer and compiler of this new book.

The book has an index, footnotes with abundant sources, great photographs and examples of documents.  David writes lots of narrative and explanations.  A job well done!

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this book, please contact the writer of this blog or leave a comment and I will be happy to get you in touch with David.

The DAR Library in Washington DC – Revisiting the First Visit!

Like I said, if you have any ancestor that could have been involved in the American Revolution you need to go and look at the DAR holdings either online at their website or go and visit.  I suggest both if you can!

www.dar.org

I have DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and Mayflower in my line but I have yet to apply.  I plan to do this in the next six months.  I am finally ready.  We all have to get to a certain place when we feel it is time.  Well the time has come, but first I want to travel to Ohio again and see if I cannot find out more on the Goss family.

My first experience with the DAR was back in 2000 when I was very green in genealogy.  I just sat there in awe the first time…all those books!  I dangled my feet off the chair and knew that I was on a path of learning all I could about my ancestors.  When I say I was green, well, I didn’t even know what the Patriot Index was? 

I was looking at the research of my Aunt Miriam and she suggested the following names:  Keller and Delano.  She did not include “Goss.”  I was too knew in the research to know anything about these other surnames names so I decided to look at the “Goss” name.  Well that was an historical day for me. 

The librarian explained to me about the DAR Patriot Index and of course I studied the names and decided on the Philip Goss file.  Well this librarian brought me the Philip Goss file and the Goss file. He handed it to me, this tall man, and said “You probably want to see this too.”  When my order came he had me move upfront to a table to look at the information. They now have a lot of information online at their website and in the Seimes Computer Lab at the DAR Library.

So I sat at the table and looked through the files and found all kinds of interesting documents and of course I copied just about everything.  I found documents from a Flora Montanye Osborn, someone named Wingert and a Paul H. Goss??? 

When I returned home I started to study these documents in detail and low and behold the connection to Mayflower was revealed to me in a manuscript written by Paul H. Goss. 

The connection was:  Judith Hayward Goss (wife of Philip Goss II) was the daughter of Anna Hayward who married John Hayward and was the daughter of Resolved White and Judith Vassall.  Resolved was the son of William White and Susanna of the Mayflower.  Remember I visited Philip Goss and Judith Goss’s graves in the Old Indian Cemetery in West Brookfield, MA in previous posts on this blog.

My Aunt Miriam and my father said there was Mayflower in the family line.  Since then I have been on this quest for more Goss family history using and collecting Paul’s manuscripts, Flora’s leads and other research leads. 

Philip Goss IV and his son Solomon Goss are in the DAR Patriot Index and I was able to pull some applications the last time I visited to see what  sources these individuals used.  I discovered that Flora came into DAR through her other family line and put her daughter through on the Goss line.

Now that I know more I can also study the Delano line which starts with Mary Delano Keller whose daughter Elizabeth married Daniel D. Spracklin.  Mary’s father was Stephen Delano and her mother was Lovina Smith.  Stephen’s father was Stephen Delano and he married Mary Shaw.  The last time I was at the DAR I was able to pull the only DAR application for Stephen Delano who married Mary Shaw.  This line goes back to Philippe Delano (de lay Noye) of the Fortune. 

The DAR Constitution Hall

Our Nations Capitol – Several years ago

The Keller line is still a mystery.  No one yet knows who the parents of John Keller, Mary Delano Kellers husband are.  Maybe when I visit Ohio in August, I can find a small tidbit that will open that door? 

April 19, 2011: From Litchfield to Thomaston – Ebenezer Goss Country

I love New England!  You can get someplace so quickly by car.  After Litchfield I headed east on Hwy 118 and turned south on to Hwy 254.  It would take me through Northfield into Thomaston, Connecticut.
There is a road named Blakeslee along Hwy 254 and I found it surrounded by large grassy fields.  It is very short.  Now is this were they had their land?  Hmmm….don’t really know.  It was very pretty.



Thomaston was part of Plymouth before it separated. I am heading into Ebenezer Goss and Blakeslee country.  Ebenezer Goss was the younger brother of Solomon Goss and son of Philip and Mary Goss. 

As I drove south from the Blakeslee Road sign I studied the area and saw large fields and then houses on both sides of the Hwy and as I entered Thomaston the houses increased.  I really didn’t know where exactly Ebenezer and Bede had lived but it was suppose to be 1.5 miles on the Hwy to Northfield from Thomaston.  This would be south of Northfield and a little ways after you get to the Knife Shop Road?  This is where they had their children Mary, 1782 to 1841, David 1786-1848, Carver 1791-1821 and Beder 1796-1879.  I kept on going.  The house was still standing in the 1930’s?

Ebenezer married Bede Blakeslee a daughter of David and Abigail Blakeslee.  Some records refer to her as Obedience.  Married 18 May 1752.  Ebenezer packed up the family left Plymouth (Thomaston) about 1804 and headed to Ohio.  The history books for Portage County describe the journey. 

This is a link to a Family Tree online titled “My Goss Family” compiled by Claudette M. Beerman-Rogers.  My cousin Ken Goss has mentioned her several times and visited with her when she lived in Portage County, Ohio.  She has since migrated and moved away but she still has this tree posted about the Goss Family and it has some interesting tidbits on the Goss family and on Ebenezer Goss’s line. 

The town hall for Thomaston was built on land that use to be the old cemetery.  The burials were removed to the Hillside Cemetery in what is called the Ancient Cemetery a part of the larger cemetery.

Find A Grave has a memorial and picture of the David Blakeslee tombstones.  There are lots of Blakeslees in this cemetery and a lot more exploring that could be done. 

Finding the Hilltop Cemetery is very interesting.  I came into Thomaston on Hwy 254 going south and it is basically through a valley and then you come to the stoplight and the main street which runs parallel to the Naugatuck River.  I turned right onto S. Main St. and started to head for Waterbury.  This was tempting but going to Waterbury was a trip in itself.  Digging into the Scott Family was a tall order and I just didn’t have the time this time. So I turned around and looked up to the left trying to spot the cemetery on the hill and there it was among the trees.  I turned onto Center and then onto Marine St. and there was the entrance.

Hilltop is truly on a hill.  Driving around is an interesting experience there are levels that go higher.  This cemetery is huge and not for trying to find graves without some help.  I suggest the cemetery office and a map. 

Entrance to the upper level.
Really a Hilltop Cemetery, Thomaston, CT

You can drive around the Hilltop Cemetery on paved roads.  There are graves tucked in areas that are wooded and you have to walk to them.  There is a pond but don’t drive that road it stops and you don’t want to get stuck in the soft grassy areas.  I think another road ends too so be careful!

So I spent about 45 minutes wandering the Hilltop and didn’t find the Ancient Cemetery?  Well, much to my surprise I had blown right by it.  The entrance is at the very front almost across from the entrance sign I showed earlier and before you get to the maintenance building.  You don’t have to go into the main cemetery and you can park in the maintenance building parking lot.  It was not a problem when I was there no one was around. 

Ancient Cemetery next to the front entrance of Hilltop Cemetery, Thomaston, CT

Ancient Cemetery entrance, Hilltop Cemetery, CT

Frankly I am very worried about this cemetery which is tucked back up a path in the woods.  It was in sad condition with tombstones toppled over and half buried. 

As you can see from the entrance you have to climb a little but it is not too bad.  You do need to find parking and walk in.  There is a path through the woods and I would say about 1 block in?

Path to Ancient Cemetery looking to the entrance.

Path to Ancient Cemetery looking to the tombstones

I found David Blakeslee’s tombstones about in the middle of the burial area. 

Capt. David Blakeslee Bede’s father’s tombstone

David Blakeslee died Feb 11, 1781 Plymouth, Litchfield County, CT.

I had pondered taking photos of cemeteries in detail but I just didn’t have the time.  I felt the tug a lot at this cemetery even though it really wasn’t my family line.  I come down from Ebenezer’s brother Solomon Goss.  I came here to honor my cousin Paul H. Goss and his line down from Ebenezer. 

I have more photos which I will upload when I get the chance for this cemetery.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Granville again, Yes a Third Time! Then on to Litchfield

Time to leave Massachusetts and return to Connecticut. The Patriot’s Day Holiday had forced a change of plans.  I had really wanted to visit the Granville Town Hall and I was determined that today I would stop there. This meant that I might have to give up some other side trip or outing. My ultimate goal was Bristol and their public library history room which was open 2-4 pm. 

I checked out of the Comfort Inn and headed back to Connecticut. This Comfort Inn is not as good as others that I have stayed at.  I actually have upgraded from Days Inn’s to Comfort Inn’s and received much better accommodations.  My room was okay except for the huge bathroom and no shelving for the handicapped.  Loved the shower with all the handle bars and movable shower head.  Showers can be a challenge when you travel. 

The laundromat was on the first floor in a stacked arrangement and I put all my quarters into the dryer first….AUGH!!  The receptionist told me to go to the corner for more change.  Hmmm….what has happened to the concept of Petty Cash? I am sorry, I should not rant!  There are so many more motels around this area of Hwy 20/7 that they might be worth checking out and as far as I could see they all looked in good condition?  Comfort Inn does serve breakfast and they have a points reward program.  I have liked my past rooms and the service. 

Coffee Maker carefully situated on the sink!

My goal is to head for Litchfield, CT but before that I want to stop in Granville and visit the town hall.  I originally planned to stop in Barkhamsted and try to find the tavern of Thomas Goss brother to Philip Goss IV who migrated to Simsbury, Granby and Granville.  I think his tavern is where the Christmas Tree farm is north of Barkhamsted Center.  The original burned a while back.  Still seeing where he lived would be interesting. I didn’t have the time if I was to be in Bristol at the library before the History Room closed at 4 pm.  There is a Barkhamsted Historical Society and it might be a good idea to do a little more investigating before attempting this.  I will talk a little more at Thomas Goss later in this post.

I knew the road to Granville.  So it was easy to drive down Hwy 20 to Hwy 8 to Hwy 57 and make my way along.  I passed the covered bridge again just north of New Boston and turned sharply left onto Hwy 57 and headed east to Granville.  This second time went fast and I zoomed by Rose’s home.  Someone was raking in the yard.  I kept going although it was tempting to stop and say hello? 

The Granville Town Hall is a bright white.  I was a little concerned that the Administrative Assistant might not be there but I spotted a car and knew it was open.  I had been told by the town clerk when I called that if she was not there I could leave a note if I wanted something.  I had confidence that I would be able to access the records for Granville. Rose told me the Administrative Assistant should be there but I should call.  I did email but it was like a holiday and the chance she would see it would be small. 

Granville Town Hall, MA

You park on the right side or in the back.  You enter the building through the door in the back.  The front doors are locked. 

The Administrative Assistant was there and helping a man with his taxes.  I explained I wanted to look at the vital records and she said the town clerk was not in but I could look.  She led me into the town clerk’s office and took me behind the wood swing gate to the metal filing cabinets and on top were metal card files.  She cleared off a desk area for me to work.  She explained that the information was in the card file.  She left returning to her office on the other side.  No one was in the room.  These are cards with hand written names, dates and information on them and not much else in information. 

The vital records of Granville, MA in the dark metal card file drawers.

I studied the dates and pulled out the drawer I wanted and started taking photographs of the cards that I was interested in with the names Goss, Haskell, Rose, Gibbons etc.  I looked at birth, marriage and death. 

Before I left I wrote out a note asking for the birth record for Solomon Goss and gave my $5.00.  I asked were the original records were and was told they were too fragile and that was about it.  I am very confused? This is the second town hall in Massachusetts and so far no original records.  Now that is not very many town halls.  Hmmmm….!!  I did appreciate being given access to these records on the cards. 

Granville Town Clerks Office

No more time for dallying.  So I headed west on Hwy 57 back to New Boston and turned the car south Hwy 8 and headed back to Connecticut.  Boy did it come fast.  A lake came into view on my left and I realized that Connecticut was very close.

Not always easy to get a sign like this with no parking in site!

Now I was planning to turn and go to Riverton and then north and around to Barkhamsted Center but decided that I need to press on.  I was soon in Winsted and it was now or never to go east to Barkhamsted?  I opted to continued south on Hwy 8 which had become a very nice four lane highway and was a dream to drive on. 

Well, I might not have investigated Barkhamsted but I could stop in Litchfield and check it out.  My question was “Where did they hang poor Thomas Goss?” 

Barkhamsted is where Thomas Goss lived and he murdered his wife Eunice because he thought she was a witch or as the story goes?  Thomas Goss was a brother to Philip Goss IV who married Mary Kendall.  Thomas had been in Granville and then he migrated to Barkhamsted.  He is listed with Philip Goss on the Granville Land Map that I viewed at the Granville Public Library. 

Now I would publish the newspaper articles for Thomas Goss describing his arrest and the hanging but there is a “reproduction prohibited without permission” at the bottom.  So here is the source:

1.  Article #2 – No Title Connecticut Courant and Weekly Intelligencer (1778-1791); Aug. 29, 1785, ProQuest Historical Newspapers pg. 2.  This is about the trial of Thomas Goss (written Gofs) for the murder of his wife.  “guilty of willful and premeditated murder!”

2.  Article #5 – No Title Connecticut Courant and Weekly Intelligencer (1778-1791); Aug. 29, 1785, ProQuest Historical Newspapers pg. 3. “Litchfield, Nov. 15, Laft Wednefday Thomas Gofs, late of Berhamfted was executed at this place, pursuant to the fentence of the Superior Court for the murder of his wife, — His defence, upon trial was Infanity…” “and under pretense that his wife was a witch…” I obtained this on the internet at a Connecticut Library which has access to the newspapers.  You might be able to get copies in some other way? 

Thomas Goss served in the Revolutionary War and that might have caused some problems afterwards. Here is one source about this service.

Book:  Litchfield County Revolutionary Soldiers – Honor Roll, Josephine Elli Richards, Editor-in-Chief, published by Mary Flloyd Tallmade Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1912 Pg 41 – Thomas Goss Bark. Men, page 19 – Rec. Conn. Men. 17, 471

Soon I was at the turn off for Hwy 118 to Litchfield which is not that far to go.  Litchfield is wonderful.  I immediately liked what I saw.  They have a great big town green that is divided up with streets and you do have to pay attention to the streets signs and highway signs.  I turned on South St. (Hwy 63) and then parked my car across from a long line of buildings that must be their downtown area. 

Litchfield Shopping!

There was a restaurant named DiFranco’s and I decided to give it a try.  Perfect, just what I wanted a sit down restaurant with a variety of items to choose from.  I sat in the window so I could watch the action outside. 

People looking very much like lawyers were coming in and out of this building that looked more like a church and I asked a man if it was the courthouse and he said “yes.”  You can see rain drops on my camera lens!

Down the street to the east on the corner was the Litchfield Historical Society.  It was after 11 am and I knew that I might after all be in luck and be able to visit it.  Sure enough it was open.  I was greet by a nice friendly receptionist who asked me to sign in and I think I paid $5.00?  I told him what I needed was to find out information about Thomas Goss and he sent me downstairs to the Archives. 

Right on the corner !

One of the attendants behind the desk offered to help and I told her about Thomas Goss and she jumped up and went into the back through a door and a few minutes later she and another person came out with a file folder with a few items in it about Thomas Goss.  They had the two articles I had obtained from the Connecticut newspaper and have listed above and another article from the Litchfield paper which she gave me a copy. 

Source:  Republican-American (Waterbury newspaper?) Sunday June 13, 2010 “Race’s murderous hill has history of hangings pg 1 and continued on page 4A by Brigitte Ruthman.  “It was known as “The Gallows,” just off the Town Green and a half-mile from the courthouse and jail. It is where, during the 1700s and 1800s at least four convicted murderers were hanged….hangings were conducted at a hangman’s tree.”  Several cases are presented in this article with names.  “Thomas Goss was a 52-year old innkeeper who was said to have showed signs of insanity in 1785.  “He fancies himself beset by the minions of the spirit word and used to speak of goblins harassing him,” according to historical accounts, “and began calling himself the second Lamb of God.”  He killed his wife with an ax, believing her to be a witch and “smeared her gore over the bodies of her three children: to keep her form casting a spell on him.  He then walked to a neighbors house to confess his crime.  He was hanged at Litchfield Nov. 7, 1785.”

How sad!!!! The descriptions of the hangings are documented in “Legal Executions,” a comprehensive reference by Daniel Allen Hearn at the Connecticut State Library.  I have not check this source from the newspaper article.” 

I asked her were he might have been hung and she mention Gallows Lane featured in the article.  Then she said quietly that they really didn’t know.  I said “Gallows Lane and where is that?”  So she pulled out a another map not the Walking tour map of Litchfield that I had found and showed me it was south on Hwy 63. Gallows Lane is flat when you first approach and then there is a steep hill to a valley below. It is very short with trees on one side and houses on the other.  The tree is long gone but it is believed to be haunted. I guess I have watched too many CSI’s. 

Now there is another family of interest in Litchfield.  Oliver Wolcott Sr. buried in the East Cemetery in Litchfield and Oliver Wolcott Jr.   Their houses are in Litchfield on Hwy 63.  The Walking Tour of Historic Litchfield.  According to this map the Litchfield Library is Oliver Wolcott Jr’s home and across the street is opposite Wolcott St. as it butts up to South Street is Oliver Sr’s home. 

Well this is what happens when you hurry! The Library at Litchfield
Oliver Srs. Home

Litchfield would be worth returning to and exploring it was lovely even in the rain!

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.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Gibbons&GSiman=1&GScid=2364126&GRid=45468842&

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:  http://stuofdoom.com/main/?p=808  They also have a video.

Here is a listing of the burials:  http://www.uscemeteryproj.com/massachusetts/berkshire/norton/norton.htm

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.

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.

http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/

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:  http://www.historic-deerfield.org/  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.  http://theoldmillonthefallsinn.com/#/content/start/

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

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.

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 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.