A Tour of Huntington and Fairmount Twp., Luzerne County Part III

The Old Goss Cemetery (Trescott) below Harveyville
This cemetery is very difficult to find. From the Scott Cemetery continue on the Waterton Road till you get to the turn off for the Huntlock-Harveyville Road. It is a slight right. Take that road till you spot some rather new houses out in the open on your right. When you see them you know you are close. Once again you get back into a tree lined road and the buildings/houses are on the left. Continue along the road till you spot yellow markers. The cemetery is in the flat area between the yellow markers. There is a driveway but that is private property to the south of the area. There is no parking on the street unless you have a truck or 4 wheeled vehicle.

I visited this cemetery twice. The first time we did park in the driveway at the house to the south with permission but the second time I came there was a big black dog. I am sure he was friendly but I did not want to push my luck.

I would like to thank the Goss Cemetery group at Yahoo Groups for cleaning up this cemetery. I was told the leader of that group passed away. It was probably in worse shape last year but nature is trying to reclaim her again. I am grateful to them for taking pictures and posting them at the Goss Cemetery Group. Again you have to join Yahoo Groups to join the Cemetery group.
The first time I came I was not prepared to climb the steep knoll that is there. It also took me awhile to figure out a way to climb the little hill for it was slippery from the rain the night before. See the picture up above for the height from the street to the top. It was also overgrown again an that obscured the way up. I finally plunged in and climbed it. Once there you see the condition. I was not able to go very far. I thought I could walk along the chain link fence but the vegetation was a little to daunting. I did return a couple of days later with gloves a pruner and a stick. However, when I saw the big dog I decided it was not a good idea. I have the names from publications and information at the LCHS and NEPGS and I have the pictures at the Goss Cemetery group.

I did manage to get a couple of pictures of graves and found Titus Seward’s. I really could have used my husband’s sister regarding any poisonous plants for all I had on was a T-shirt and my arms were bare the first visit. I wanted the stick for balance to climb the hill and look for anything that might be hiding in the bushes.

The cemetery is marked by a wire gate that is sort of just sitting there and there are pieces of a chain link fence lying on the ground as well. I could see that chain link fencing did outline the area.

I declined to get out of my car with the dog there. I did get to stand there on the ground of the cemetery for a little while the first time. I was leaving on Wednesday to continue on my adventure. It is times like these when I wish I didn’t live so far way. I would have been up there on the knoll cleaning up.
Make a note: bring dog biscuits next time!
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4 Responses to A Tour of Huntington and Fairmount Twp., Luzerne County Part III

  1. Michael says:

    Bonnie,
    Thank you so much for going here and posting this story. I’m the 6th Great Grandson of one of the Sewards buried in this cemetery. In fact, Enos Seward (who married Sarah Goss, possibly one of your ancestors?) was a Patriot in the Revolutionary War, serving in the Massachusetts Militia. Some day I hope to get to this cemetery, and I will definitely bring some clean-up equipment with me. Does the local historical society not maintain old cemeteries in PA?

    • bonmac says:

      Michael: Thanks for stopping by. This PA Wanderings is getting old but it is nice when a cousin finds it. Enos is the husband of Sarah Goss who is my ancestor. She would be a 4th great grand aunt of mine. Her brother Philip Goss IV as I call him was my ancestor. You might want to go over to my Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. Blog and read up on what I have done on that blog so far for the Goss family. I will be getting more and more toward the older history. I have been doing Solomon Goss’s descendants and I am almost done with that part. As for the Old Goss Cemetery by Harveyville, a man has moved in next door and he has gone in and cleaned it up. He is my friend on Facebook, finding this blog and asking me questions just like you. I don’t think you will get much help from the local historical society in Shickshinny. There was a group taking care of it years ago but the leader passed on. I can get you in touch with George when you are ready. Here is the link to my other Goss Blog: http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/ At some point I will try to get charts up so that it makes more sense. Trying to search blogs is not that easy. Bonnie

  2. jeannettecword says:

    Enos Seward and Sarah Goss are my 4th great grandparents. Although My father was adopted by Joe Seward, his probable biological father is a decedent of an Ellen M Goss, whose ancestors I have not found.
    Do you know about https://www.wikitree.com/ ?
    check out:
    https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Seward-Family-Tree-383

    I visit my family in Columbia County, PA (right next to Luzerne County) about 3 to 4 times a year – I could try to get to some cemeteries like the Goss one to take pictures and maybe clean up a bit.

    • BJ MacDonald says:

      Jeannette: I am sorry, a lot has been happening at our house but hopefully it is all settling down now. It is always a pleasure to talk to a Seward Descendant. I have some interesting research on this family that I will share on my other blog “Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio.” You can find the link at the right of the PA Blog. This is my, well almost first blog and it is getting old. It will be incorporated into the Solomon Blog in the next year and I will take it down. Let me go to the links you have provided and I thank you. I actually visited the Goss Cemetery when it was over run with forest after the Cemetery group had cleaned it up but unfortunately there leader died and it was once again neglected. I do write about that visit in the PA blog, maybe you saw it. Anyone a man moved in next door named George and he is taking care of it. He found me and I helped up with the information about that old cemetery. Let me email you directly rather than online and I can bet you in touch with him. He is a real character and a friend on my Facebook.

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