The Story Continues: Ohio

Some of the Goss descendants left Pennsylvania and migrated to Ohio.  These are the descendants of Philip and Mary (Kendall) Goss who settled in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Ohio before the revolution and before it became Pennsylvania.

One of their sons, Solomon Goss and his wife Olive Scott headed west and first to what is called Dayton, Ohio about 1796 and something happened that made them migrate to Marietta, Ohio.  They were in Washington County by 1798 when their daughter Elizabeth married Andrew Lake. Their other daughter Lydia, married John Andrews Spracklin in 1819 and settled in Knox Co., Ohio.  Lydia and John’s son Daniel D. Spracklin married Elizabeth Keller, whose mother was a Delano. 

Solomon’s younger brother Ebenezer Goss migrated about 1804 to Portage Co., Ohio.  Their brother’s son John Goss also migrated to Portage Co., Ohio.  Various other family members came to Ohio as well.

In August 2011 I traveled to Ohio and I share that trip on the blog:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio 

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The Story Continues: To Massachusetts and Connecticut

This Pennsylvania Wanderings blog was done several years ago when I traveled to Pennsylvania in search of the Goss family history and historical sites in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  The area around Wilkes-Barre is where Philip Goss and Mary Kendall Goss migrated and settled.  They came out of Massachusetts from Becket and headed to the Wyoming Valley.  Mary she is buried in the Scott Cemetery in Huntington Township, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.  No one knows where Philip Goss is buried but probably somewhere in the area.  It was a very difficult time with the land wars between Connecticut and Pennsylvania and then the Revolution occurred making it very difficult for the settlers to establish themselves.  Many lost their lives in the conflicts.
Just recently in April of 2011, I traveled to Massachusetts and Connecticut to continue the search for the historical sites of my ancestors and specficially the Goss family. The blog “Massachusetts Meanderings and more…” continues the saga of the history of the Goss family.  Here is the link:

These two blogs are connected and follow the history of the Goss family from Lancaster, Massachusetts through several generations to Philip Goss the IV who settle in the Huntington Township in Luzerne County, PA.  One of his son’s Solomon Goss left the area about 1792 and headed to Ohio where he settled in Marietta.  Meanwhile, his brother Ebenezer Goss settled in Portage Co., Ohio about 1804.  In August of 2011, I will travel to Ohio and see what other information I can find on the continued migration of the Goss family.

I apologize for any broken links due to the age of this blog but I didn’t want to change or edit them for fear that the original intent would be lost.  If you have a problem and need my help, let me know and I will see what I can do to help.

Come along and enjoy!

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Reflecting on My Travels and Moving On!

Well, time moves so quickly and I have been back from Pennsylvania for over a month now. I have re-energized and relaxed from my very busy trip. I still have books to read and research to review from my adventures and that is on my to-do list.

Writing this blog while I was traveling was difficult and challenging but I found it to be very satisfying. I hope it has helped others. It was a good trip and I am pleased. I will leave it up for awhile but I will probably turn to other ideas for blogs like how to do genealogical research in the Pacific Northwest? So keep and eye out and go to my Profile on this blog for it lists other blogs. At the moment I am just having fun with my blog regarding my old cat Puffer. He is very political about pets. HA!

I am now turning my attention to other projects. On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 I will be giving a talk “Searching your Genealogical Roots” to the Rainier Chapter of DAR after their luncheon at 12 noon! They are located on Capital Hill in Seattle in a building that is a replica of Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home. Ah yes, another item for my to-do list – Join DAR! (Daughters of the American Revolution).

On Saturday November 1, 2008 I will be attending the Seattle Genealogical Society Seminar for Fall, Finding Your Past in Your Future, this is their website.

Just click on events and scroll to the seminar information.

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG) will be hosting a table at the SGS Seminar.

The Family History Expo VII, website is, is scheduled for November 8th in Bellevue and PS-APG will have a table there. So if you are in the neighborhood stop by and say “Hello.”

Update:  The Family History Expo is now the Family History Fair and they have one every year in November alternating between Bellevue an Redmond, Washington.  PS-APG tries to have a table every year, 2013.

I will be in Port Angeles on November 8th giving a lecture for the Clallam County Genealogical Society titled “Wills, Probate and More!!!”

Update:  This went very well and we stayed at a railroad B&B in one of their cars and had dinner in another dining car in Sequim.

So a lot is happening!
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Treasures from Pennsylvania

My package arrived safely yesterday. It took a week to get here because I chose the less expensive method. I have found that shipping accumulated research papers, literature, conference syllabi, and books that I buy along the way is better than trying to drag them home on the airplane. With the new rules about luggage and the fees airlines are requiring it is better to ship from a UPS store or find one at a Staples or Office Depot. It might cost a little extra but it is worth it. Fortunately the Sleep Inn Hotel gave me directions to a Staples in King of Prussia where they had UPS shipping.

I had little time to review and read all these treasures that I accumulated while I was traveling in Pennsylvania so that will be my challenge in the next months to unlock there secrets. Meanwhile I thought you might find it interesting to see what this packrat collected:

I had previous to the trip purchased a overview book on genealogy in Pennsylvania. This book is titled Pennsylvania Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD, Self-Published, 1997. Make sure when you look for this booklet that you find as recent a copyright as you can. There are older versions of them. I had the good fortune of attending two of Dr. Schweitzer’s lectures at the FGS 2007 in Fort Wayne and the recent FGS 2008 in Philadelphia. Dr. Schweitzer comes dress in costume and then presents his lecture from the view of the person he is portraying. His lectures are usually about migration patterns. He has written other booklets on different subjects. I also have his Revolutionary War Genealogy and Civil War Genealogy.

His book on Pennsylvania genealogy was very helpful in getting overview of the archives and records that exist in an area. He also gives ideas for research strategies at the various archives. I read it several times before I went to Pennsylvania. It is proving to be a valuable aid and I will use it in the future as well. Do you think he takes fan mail?

While at the 2008 FGS Conference in Philadelphia I picked up my copy of the Genealogical Proof Standard, Building a Solid Case, by Christine Rose, CR Publications 2005. As I get farther back in my research beyond the 1850 U.S. Census I find that it gets harder and harder to find information and to prove that someone is your ancestor or a relative of an ancestor. This is a guide to how use the sources you have found to build your case. It is a small booklet very easy to read.

Although I do have a book on state census that was out several years. I decided to buy the 2 Volume set by William Dollarhide, Census Substitutes and State Census Records Eastern States Vol. I and Western States Vo. II., Family Roots Publishing Company, 2008. This will act as a guide to my online research on census at Ancestry and Heritage Quest.

At Washington Crossing National Historic Park at the Visitor Center I purchased two books. The Pennsylvania Militia, Defending the Commonwealth and the Nation 1669-1870 by Samuel J. Newland, PhD, Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation, 2002. Mr. Newland is a Profession of Military Education at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. See my blog entries on the park. The park probably has a link for their store.

The other book was The Pennsylvania Line, Regimental Organization and Operations, 1775-1783, John B. B. Trussell, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, 2nd Edition 1993. There is some interesting information on the Artillery unit and more. This I will be studying carefully along with the book above.

I also purchased a souvenir copy of the Washington Crossings Historic Park, Pennsylvania Trail of History Guide, Stackpole Books, 2004. Since I was not allowed to photograph inside the buildings these was the best I could do.

At The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg where I stopped for several hours before heading for Sunbury I picked up a few booklets.

1. Sherman’s March to the Sea 1864 Atlanta to Savannah, by David Smith, Osprey Publications 2007. It is filled with photos, maps and interesting information. My great uncle Alexander Barclay marched with Sherman to the Sea. I have his Civil War service records and pension in which he talks briefly about this event in his life.

2. A souvenir booklet on The National Civil War Museum, An Illustrated Guide, The Creative Company 2007. Again more pictures of the museum and its contents and establishment.

3. I was surprised to find this booklet: The Civil War Research Guide, by Stephen McManus, Donald Thompson and Thomas Churchill, Stackpole Books, 2003. There actually might be more recent edition and that would be good because the Internet site chapter would be out of date quickly. However, it is still a good reference guide and I am curious as to what they suggest. Again go to my blog on my visit to the museum and see the link for more information.

When visiting the Northumberland Historic Society in Sunbury I picked up Index to Wills of Northumberland County Pennsylvania 1772-1859. It is a little booklet that I felt was helpful to me in determining family names. It will be useful in studying the county records to see if there are any gems in them for my family.

At the FGS I stopped by Retrospective’s booth and spotted a CD on Frontier Forts, this is based on the Report of the Commission to locate the site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, Vol. I and II, 2nd Edition, Thomas L. Montgomery Editor. I was very interested in forts now I can study the history of the different forts especially Forty-Fort from this CD.

My visit to the Luzerne County Historical Society prompted me to buy several titles:

1. Warrior Road, The Story of Sullivan’s March Through Pennsylvania Before the Invasion of the Iroquois Homelands, Narrated Auto Tour 3 DC’s & Guidebook, 2006. It was a little pricy but I decided it was worth it. I have yet to review the CD’s but I did review some of the guidebook while I was touring the Battle of Wyoming sites in Luzerne County. See my blog entries on the Battle sites.

2. I bought the book: The Susquehanna Frontier: Northeastern Pennsylvania during the Revolution Years, by James R. Williamson and Linda A. Fossler, Wilkes University Press, 1997. They also wrote the Zebulon Butler book that is so expensive. I am excited about reading this book and about the good sources it may provide. I wonder if they take accept fan mail?

3. The Battle of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, CD Rom, Rhino Media 2005. I hesitated on this but decided I would see what it might reveal?

I also have my conference syllabi from the Professional Management Conference (PMC) by APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) 2008. My copy downloaded from of Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained. Not exactly a book for bed-time reading but it will prove invaluable as I start to work through the Goss manuscripts and their sources/citations to prepare them for updating and publication.

The syllabi for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2008 in Philadelphia is on CD Rom this year. I could have purchased a big thick volume at the conference but decided not too. I am interested in reviewing the lectures I attended and studying the ones I could not because I cannot clone myself yet.

Lastly are of course are the piles of literature I picked up at the two conferences from the vendors in the Exhibit Hall. There is literature collected from societies, archives and libraries I visited. In addition, is the pile of travel literature I accumulated on Pennsylvania as I traveled through.


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Acknowledgements and Thank Yous!

My trip to Pennsylvania was a success. It was made that way because of the people I met along the way. I had great conversations with several individuals at the PMC and FGS Conferences. I will be contacting you to at least say “Hi.” I stopped at many archives and societies and had good experiences in each. See my individual blogs on many of them.

Here are some special thanks yous:

First to my roommate at the PMC and FGS Conferences, Barbara de Mare. Barbara is a fellow APG member and you can find her in the APG Directory. Barbara shared a room at the Marriott with me and I am grateful for her company. She also kindly took me to the Budget Rental Car lot at the Philadelphia Airport after the conference. Thanks a bunch! Barbara recently completed the DAR Certified Genealogist 4 day course at DAR in Washington D.C. I think that is pretty amazing.

Doug Nicols for all his tips on Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogy. Doug is also a fellow APG member and you can find him in the APG Directory. He is an expert on NE Pennsylvania genealogy and many other topics. He suggested I visit the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society in Shavertown. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to meet Doug personally because he was doing research in Germany and on his way to England! He saw my posting to the APG-L and answered my many questions. Thanks so much for the tips Doug.

A hearty thank you to Ann at the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society for assisting me with the cemetery records and making me feel welcomed. I am a member now and looking forward to more sharing.

To the Northumberland County Historical Society in Sunbury thanks to Jack and Ann for taking time to pull items from the shelves and pointing out possibilities in their collection. My goal there was to determine if records for the area of Wilkes-Barre were at Northumberland. The other counties could be Lycoming or Northhampton.
A big thanks to Mary, Elizabeth and Donna at the Plymouth Historical Society in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. They took time out of their busy lives to arrange to come down to the Society to open the doors. This was out of the regular hours. I enjoyed my chat with them and appreciate their answering my questions. I also joined this society and I received a lovely thank you card.

A thank you to Irene. I kept running into this fellow researcher at various Wilkes-Barre area archives. She offered me goat cheese, crackers and special apples from upstate New York. I brought the wine. We were sharing different rooms at the Best Western Genetti. Thanks a lot Irene. I ate all the apples and they were delicious. What a delightful and unexpected exchange of genealogical knowledge and sharing.

To Katherine at the David Library of the American Revolution for all her help, her friendly and guidance. We had several very interesting conversations about our genealogical experiences in old overgrown cemeteries and family history. What a great library there in Washington Crossing.

To John B. Koehler, Financial Specialist for Wachovia a thank you for the unexpected lesson on migration routes in Pennsylvania. John was having lunch at the Wagon Wheel in Shickshinny and overheard my conversations about where to get a Shickshinny T-Shirt and that I was researching my family. He has a love of history and we chatted while I ate my hamburger about the French & Indian War, the Revolution and other items of interest. This was another unexpected fun exchange.

A very big and hearty thank you to Donna Goobic of the Greater Shickshinny Historical Society for being my tour guide in the Shickshinny area. Donna opened her home and took time out of her life to show me around. She coordinated with me and the Historical Society my talk on Genealogy. Thanks for the T-shirt and all the fun stories and being willing to answer all my questions. I am still trying to say it right “Wapwallopen!”

To the Pineapple Bed and Breakfast in Washington Crossing a thanks to Kathy and Cookie for their warm hospitality. The story of Cookie finding the falcon and returning it to his owner was the kind of story that Puffer, my 133 year old cat likes to hear. I wonder if they found some strange pole in their shed? I could not take it home a little hard to carry on the plane. It was for stomping in steep cemeteries and it really is a handle for a broom. To Linda proprietor of the River View B&B in Sunbury a thank you. We had a wonderful chat at breakfast and I think that her B&B is one of the loveliest that I have seen. I wonder what adventures await Linda, she is quite the clever lady.

To Tony Brooks of the Luzerne County Historical Society for his interest in my research. I will be getting in touch with you Tony. Thanks for caring.

My trip to Pennsylvania was enjoyable and to all the people above I am grateful and to those that I did meet along the way and who answered my questions, helped me with directions, pointed me to food and more. Thank you!

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My Final Hours in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Taking the Trolley Tour at Valley Forge really helped to give a great overview of that national park. They only stop at two sites along the way and zoom by the other locations in the park, but at least that gives you an idea of where things are and then you can go and explore later. Unfortunately there is a lot of construction going on so that is cutting off areas of the park and I was not able to see the Artillery field.

As I left the park I stopped at the National monument and then I found Valley Forge road that took me to Hiway 202 and then Hiway 252 which was a little longer than the toll road 476 but I like to see the country side. Hiway 252 becomes 320 or N. Providence Road and led me right into Chester where I found the Days Inn just in time. I was hungry! King of Prussia was crazy, Chester was a little more relaxed and less overwhelming. In King of Prussia they have the huge Mall and that makes things busy.

There is a Staples on 202 off Henderson road not far from the King of Prussia Mall where I packed up some items and had them shipped home with UPS. I am finding that helpful when I can’t resist books and literature buy them at the conferences or along the way. With the new fees they are adding on the airlines added weight is not a good idea.

I settled in to the Days Inn in Chester and found a diner next door, yeah salad bar! Signs out of my room window pointed to I95 and that was good because I was going to be up at 3 a.m. to get myself to the Philadelphia Airport. My flight was at 6:08 a.m. and I was not going to miss it or be rushed.

I managed to get a little sleep but 2 a.m. was there before I knew it and I was up because I could not sleep and 3 a.m. was my real target. Soon I was out the door and on my way to the airport. Getting onto I95 was a little odd but I managed it in the dark. I was told to take Exit 12 on I95 going North to the Philadelphia Airport. I found the Car Rental Return Road without a problem and was back at the Budget Lot in without an incident. I had completed my circle of Eastern Pennsylvania.

This is a major major feat for me. As I have aged, I have found that I am less and less excited about driving and that swishing cards, big speeding trucks and unfamiliar territory, hills and other assorted driving conditions do not thrill me. So I plan and study the routes carefully and try not to scare myself and other drivers. I am patting myself on the back for this accomplishment. There were a few mishaps and I had to double back on some things because signage was terrible but no disappearing streets like in Hartford.

The Philadelphia Airport was sleeping when I got there at 4 a.m. There was no food or drink that I could see available. The United ticket counter was empty of humans till about 20 minutes later. The security for D gates had not opened up and that was another 20-30 minute wait. So I probably could have chopped off 30-45 minutes from my arrival time but I would rather spend it in the airport at the gate reading a good novel (like reviewing Eragon for the coming of the 3rd in the series due out Sept 20th) then get caught in long lines at the ticket counter, security or other problem unforeseen. I know I was born a worrier!

All went well and I was on my flight at 6:08 a.m. and on my way to Dulles, yeah United had me going from Philly to Dulles to Chicago – 3 flight changes. I had used my UA Mileage points and they changed it on me about a month ago. It worked. I made it through all three stops without a problem but it was a long day of being in airplanes and various airports. I am familiar with Dulles (Wash D.C.) and O’Hare (Chicago). So that helps. I actually go to the airport website before I go and get a map of the airport. Philly’s was terrible. The back of the Hemispheres Magazine in your airplane pocket has good information and maps on airports.

Things got a little dicey in Chicago when people were lined up due to messed up flights. I heard someone on their cell phone talking about running out of fuel? That sounded scary.

I was determined that since I got that far, Chicago, and United had already changed my flight plan to stick it out. The 3rd flight was delayed a little but according to my hubby we arrived on time in Seattle and he was glad to see me. He gave me a big hug and kiss and then he went off to find my luggage which actually was there. I must be the luckiest traveler ever. I just smoothly get through airports with very little trouble. My time may be up one of these days. HA!

So I am back on my own turf here in Shoreline, Washington a city just on the northern border of Seattle and still in King County but right on the border to Snohomish County. We walked into the door at my home at 4 p.m. Pacific time Sunday, September 21, 2008.

Now the process of unpacking, reviewing my research, documenting my research and figuring out what I have to do in the next weeks begins.

This is not totally the end of this blog. I will be fixing some glitches, contact those who have made comments and thank them for their interest, add more pictures and links and making some ending comments. I will probably keep it up for about a month and then move onto other things.

Thanks for watching!

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Valley Forge, In Search of American Revolution War History

Today I visited Valley Forge National Historic Park. I came to honor my cousin the Rev. Paul H. Goss and his ancestor Ebenezer Goss who served there. Ebenezer was a brother to my Solomon Goss and youngest son of Philip & Mary Goss. Paul wrote in one of his manuscripts that he walked Valley Forge trying to visualize what his 3rd great grandfather experienced.
The first stop was the Visitor Center where I looked at the shop and then signed up for the 1.5 hour tour of the park sites. The tour started at 1 p.m. and we first stopped at Muhlenberg Camp and listened to one of the park actors tell us about what it meant to participate in a revolution.
The cabins reminded me of logging camps. We then moved on and saw the National Monument Arch, the Pennsylvania Columns and Wayne’s statue other items. They did not stay long at these instead giving us time at only two stops.
The next leg of our journey was to Washington’s Headquarters and we went past David Potts house. They were doing construction at Washington’s Headquarters but we still were able to go inside and see what it might have been like for him. Along the way there were many deer crossing the road and in the fields. Two actually stopped us for about 5 minutes while they were on the road.
At Washington’s Headquarters there were actors out on the lawn, the Redcoats were there. Actually they had camped there at Valley Forge first before Washington made it a winter camp. One man was dressed in the red version of the Stuart colors and told me the reason the tartan on the ground was green and blue was to hide them when they were hunting. The group was eating their lunch and it smelled rather good. The tour was over and we headed back to the visitors center. I learned that the Artillery field was closed due to the construction. Ebenezer had been in the Artillery.

I set out in search of my road to Chester by driving through the park and revisiting some of the same places like the Monument arch and seeing the Pennsylvania Columns. I was soon my way to Chester my last stop on this tour of Eastern Pennsylvania. My actual wanderings were about to come to an end.

I had booked myself into the Days Inn in Chester which was a little ways from the Philadelphia airport. I drove through several towns along the way and saw many big houses and lovely settings as I made my way south. I found the Days Inn really easily and was soon having dinner at the diner next door. I settled in for the night. Wake up time 3 a.m. My flight 6:08 a.m. I have to return the rental car and get myself to the airport and get my ticket and check my bags. I hope I can do this without too much trouble. It will be dark. I do remember how to get to the car rental return because I watched Barbara, my roommate at FGS drive it very carefully when she dropped me off at the Budget Car Rental lot.

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The David Library of the American Revolution at Washington’s Crossing!

When I was preparing for this trip I stumbled on this library. Being the curious person that I am I could not pass up visiting it. So on Friday, September 19th I prepared to find out its secrets.

After a hearty breakfast, several cups of coffee at the Pineapple Bed & Breakfast I packed up my car and left to climb Bowman’s Tower a part of the Washington Crossing Historic Park. I was encouraged by a woman at the Visitor Center who felt it was spectacular and joined the tour I was on the day before. Apparently Washington used it for a look out while the Revolutionary army was camped here. It means driving along a road till you get to the gate and then up another road that is very steep and a little bumpy. You come to a parking area shaded by trees and you are on this hill which is pretty high up.

Today the wind was a little chilly, Fall was making it presence known. I waited while the attendant prepared the area for the day. When I was given the okay, I entered the elevator to the top. The elevator is enclosed so you don’t see anything at all. Once at the top you have to climb circular narrow steps to the lookout platform. The view was excellent but the wind was bitting…brrr. It was sunny and a beautiful day in the Delaware Valley. I quickly took my pictures of the surrounding views and returned down the tiny circular staircase and elevator. It was worth it. The park opens at 9 a.m. but you might want to wait till 9:30 a.m. Give the attendant time to get there and open up the two gates, visitor center and the elevator.

My real main goal to come to this area along the Delaware River was the David Library of the American Revolution. It is about ½ mile from the Pineapple Bed and Breakfast and before you get to the Visitor’s Center for Washington Crossing. As you are driving along the narrow road by the Delaware River which is on your left you come to a big open field on your right and a driveway with a sign indicating that it is the David Library. Can’t miss it unless you are driving to fast or enjoying the view of the river. Their driveway is long and travels through a big open field of green grass and over a little bridge. I arrived a little bit before 10 a.m. and the door was opened at that time by the Librarian.

The Librarian, Katherine, inquired about my interests and I told her my shopping list one was the very early militia specifically the Connecticut militia for the Wyoming Valley about 1776 to 1780. I was trying to pin down Solomon Goss and Philip Goss’ involvement in the revolutionary years. This was not my only interests. I had looked at their webpage before coming and studied their listings for microfilm, books, subjects and more. They have British information, Loyalist information and of course American Revolutionary War information.

As usual I was probably a little ambitious for one day of research. I proceeded to examine their book shelves, pulling books off as I spotted interesting titles. I love one stop shopping at a library. Their brochure reads “Dedicated to the study of American History in the era of the American Revolution.” This library was started by Sol Feinstone when he dedicated and donated his collection and gave them his farmstead. The present library was built in 1974. It is very nicely laid out, with plenty of room for tables to sit and spread out your research.

This library has three rolls of the Susquehanna Papers films from the Connecticut State Library. The library will tell you in the description where the information comes from. I looked at the Susquehanna Rolls of film and was happy to find several of the Liber’s and the actual copies of the pages of these liber’s. I immediately pulled my copies of Donna Bingham Munger’s “Connecticut’s Pennsylvania “Colony” 1754-180, Susquehanna Company Proprietors Vol. I.” I made copies of the references there for my family. I have all 3 copies of these books by Donna: Proprietors, Settlers and Claimants. I shared this information with the Librarian and I know that she will probably obtain copies and then review the films to get a really good description of them.

I looked at Obadiah Gore, Jr.’s diary which was a published booklet and found on one page a statement made that the lists for Capt. John Franklin’s militia are not found regarding the Sullivan Expedition. I am wondering if any of the militia for that time period prior survived?

Katherine assisted me with Bounty Land warrants that I had found on I had two signed by a Solomon Goss? I am wondering if there are my Solomon Goss and he was speculating? They are dated 1790 and the men who bought from him are from Connecticut? I do not know if it is Solomon Goss my 4th great grandfather yet, more research is needed. Katherine informed me that these federal records were destroyed in 1800 and then in 1812 the British did worse damage. We found more in the two books so I will have to go back to Footnote and do a little digging. She found several other things. I found a Comfort Goss 1832 petitioning the Congress.

Now I know that a lot of these sources can be found elsewhere in other repositories but when you have someone who knows these sources and they are all in one place it makes cross referencing easier and it also makes it easy to revisit something if you need to. There are always titles I have not seen and you can study them to see what secrets they contain. They had several books on Timothy Pickering’s papers, indexes and explanations of the collection in Massachusetts. Now I know that these books exist and I can revisit them when I have the time.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5 p.m., 215-495-6776, website

They do basic research for people and will answer questions. Katherine told me that she does do presentations and a tour on the sources in the library. I wish I could have her for my group. It is a little far for her to commute but they were talking about lecturing online at the APG Conference in Philadelphia two weeks ago. Hmmm….??

It was 3:30 p.m. and I was fading fast and getting tired. I had to drive from the library in Washington Crossing to King of Prussia so I could visit the Valley Forge National Park on Saturday. I had some driving to do in strange country and from what I was being told it was not going to be easy. I was getting hungry. So I packed up and said goodbye to this great resource. It was fun chatting and sharing stories with Katherine about family, stomping overgrown cemeteries. Thanks Katherine for your help.

Sometimes I wish I could be like Mr. Feinstone…wealthy and able to building fantastic libraries…!

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