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tian name. Jackson, like Johnson,
originally meant the son of John. The name is
numerous among the early settlers, and it reached
the climax of its distinction in Andrew Jackson, one
of the most brilliant and daring presidents. The
following family is not connected with the Jackson
family of Madison, New Hampshire, which is de-
scended from Dr. James Jackson. He had a son
James who married Abigail Merrill, of Conway,
and they had seventeen children. Three of their
sons, Thomas, Daniel and William, became ordained
ministers, and their descendants are numerous in the
central part of the state.

(I) Aaron Jackson, the original American an-
cestor of this farnily, came from England to South
America during the eighteenth century, going thence
to Salem, jNIassachusetts, and finally settling in Stark,
New Hampshire. Little is known about him except
that he fought in the Revolutionary .war, and married
a woman named Cole, who lived in Stark. This town
was originally incorporated as "Piercy" in 1795, and
the petition of incorporation is signed by four Coles,
Jonathan, Nathan, Clafford and Edmund. The sig-
nature of Aaron Jackson follows, the only one of
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that name, and if the ancestor of this line was in
Stark at that time it must be he. In that case he
was a man of prominence among the early settlers,
being chosen on the first board of selectmen, March
3, 1795, and again in 1799, 1800-04-06. In 1S09 he
was taxed for one horse, two oxen, four cows, two
acres of pasture, one arable, two mowing land. The
name of Aaron Jackson (2) appears on the board
of selectmen in 1817-18-19. He had sons : Aaron,
Moses and Jonas Isaac.

(II) Moses, son of Aaron and Sarah (Cole)
Jackson, was born at Stark, New ITampshire, May i,
1800. He was a farmer and stood well in the com-
munity, being honored with all the town offices. He
was selectman in 1826-4:2-43-44-50-51-60. Moses
Jackson married Lucy Furbush, probably of Stark.
!Moses Jackson died in 1887.

(III) Hiram, son of Moses and Lucy (Furbush)
Jackson, was born at Stark, New Hampshire, April
27, 1825. He was a farmer and also managed a saw
mill, though during the latter part of his life he
devoted himself entirely to farming. He joined the
Congregational Church early in life, but in later
years remained at home with his invalid wife. Hiram
Jackson married Lucy Rich, daughter of Enoch
Chaney and Sarah (Rowell) Rich, of Stark, New
Hampshire. They had two children : Dexter M.,
who died in 1891, and Albert Henrj^ whose sketch
follows. Moses Jackson died at Stark, April 7,
1906.

(IV) Albert Henrj^, second son and child of
Hiram and Lucy (Rich) Jackson, was born at Stark,
New Hampshire, November 16, 1859. He was edu-
cated in the common schools and worked on the
farm till he was eighteen years of age. He has been
in the mill business since then, and is now mill
engineer for the Percy Lumber Company. Fie is
a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to
the Grange, the Knights of Pj'thias, and the Odd
Fellows. In 1882 Albert Henry Jackson married
Clementine L. Rich, daughter of Daniel Rich. She
died in 1895, leaving no children.-



The absence of complete records precludes
GOSS the writing of a connected history of the

very early generations of the Goss family
in New Hampshire. Richard Goss was of New
Hampshire as early as 1689. Richard Goss, a twin
brother of Robert, of Greenland, had twenty acres
of common land granted him in Rye in 1701. Robert
Goss was of Portsmouth in 1693, and was probably
the same Robert who settled at Greenland, near
Green Bay. From these pioneers have sprung gen-
erations of descendants, energetic and successful,
moral and patriotic.

(I) Jonathan, son of Richard Goss, married,
May 22, 1735, Salome Locke. They had five chil-
dren : Richard, Salome, Jonathan, Joseph and Eliza-
beth.

(II) Jonathan (2), third child of Jonathan (i)
and Salome (Locke) Goss, was born in 1743. He
served in the Revolution in Captain Parson's com-
pany, and later sailed in the privateer "Portsmouth,"
under command of Samuel Seavey, and was cap-
tured and taken to England, where he died of
smallpox in Dartmoor prison. He married, Feb-
ruary 16, 1769, Elizabeth Brown, by whom he had
two sons, Joseph and Jonathan.

(III) Jonathan (3), son of Jonathan (2) and
Elizabeth (Brown) Goss, was a farmer. He was
in the War of 1812, and served in Captain Berry's
company of Light Infantry. He died August 29,



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185 1. He married Patty Davison, who died May 21,
1843. Their children were : Sarah Blake, William
Davison.

(IV) Sarah Blake, eldest child of Jonathan (3)
and Patty (Davison) Goss, was born September 13,
1797, and married, November 24, 1S25, Captain
Daniel Lord. (See under Batchelder, IX).



The origin of the Goss family in America
GOSS dates from the early Puritan settlement in

Massachusetts. John Goss came from
England, probably with Winthrop in 1630, and be-
came a freeman in Watertown, Massachusetts, May
18, 1631, and died - February 16, 1644, one
of the first settlers in Watertown. He mar-
ried Sarah , and had seven children. Philip

Goss, who may have been a son of John and Sarah
Goss, of Watertown, resided at "Muddy River,"
or Roxbury. He married Hannah Hopkins, and had
Philip, Hannah, Mary, and probably others. Philip
Goss died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, and adminis-
tration on his estate was granted May 26, 1698. The
authentic history of this branch of the Goss family
begins with Philip, whose sketch follows. It is quite
probable that he was Philip (3).

(I) Philip Goss, born in Lancaster, Massachu-
setts, in 1720, moved to Winchester, New Hampshire,
where he was a leading man, and was one of the
signers of the articles of agreement at the reorganiz-
ation of the church in 1764, his colleague on the part
of the people being Josiah Willard, and the other
party to the agreement was the pastor. Rev. Micah
Lawrence. He married, intention published April
16, 1748, Hannah Ball, of Bolton, Massachusetts,
who was born in 1727, and had: John, Hannah,
Philip, Abel, Levi, Mercy, Sarah, David, Nathaniel
and Samuel.

(II) Abel, fourth child and third son of Philip
and Hannah (Ball) Goss, was born in Winchester,
New Hampshire, March 31, 1763. He lived a few
years in Hartford, Vermont, and moved March i, 1793,
to Waterford, Vermont, near the Connecticut river, a
part of the town not then much settled, where he
lived, active in labor and usefulness, until his death,
May 29, 1825, aged sixty-two years. He married, May
3, 1787, Irene Sprague, who was born February 16,
1763, and died October 5, 1853, in the ninety-first
year of her age, retaining her faculties to the last,
and leaving to surviving friends that "memory of
the just which is blessed." The children born of
this union were Mehitable, Otis, Milo, Zenas, Rich-
ard, Irene. Abel, Charles x . and Zebina.

(HI) Richard, fifth child and fourth son of Abel
and Irene (Sprague) Goss, was born ]\Iarch 29,
1794, and was the first white child born in that part
of the town of Waterford. Most of his life was
spent in that town and in Littleton, New Hampshire.
He married (first), June, 1817, Betsey Buck, of
Waterford, who died in Littleton, November 22,
1850. He married (second), Mrs. Eliza (Wells)
Luce, of Barnet; she died in August, 1880. The
children, all by the first marriage, were : Azro Ash-
\ey, Richard O., Horace S., Levi. Silas Buck, Lyman
B., Abel Brown, Reuben C, George W., Charles,
Betsy Jane and Laura Ann. He died in Kansas,
February 12, 1883, while on a visit to his son George
W. The remains were brought to Waterford for
interment.

(IV) Abel Brown, seventh son and child of
Richard and Betsey (Buck) Goss, was born in Water-
ford. Vermont. October 24, 1828. and died there Au-
gust"24, 1896. aged sixty-eight years. He lived on the
farm at his fathers until he was twelve years of age,
when he went to live with Elisha Brown, of the same



town, and there remained until reaching his majority.
He then learned shoemaking in Milford, INIassachu-
setts, where he worked ten years. After spending
a year in Webster City, Iowa, and other parts of the
west, he settled in Waterford, where he passed the
remainder of his life. He was a deacon in the Con-
gregational Church, and held town offices. He mar-
ried, October i, 1856, Lucv Stoddard Ross, who was
born in Waterford. Vermont, February 21, 1837,
daughter of Royal and Eliza Mason Ross, and sister
of Jonathan Ross, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who
. was chief justice of the supreme court of that state
from 1890 to 1900. She died January 5, 1S94. The
children of this union were Herbert Irvin, Harlan
Page, Eliza INIason, Edward Raymond, Ethel Abby,
and Mary Lucy. Herbert is mentioned below. Har-
lan is a farmer in Waterford, Vermont. Eliza is
editor of the Berlin Reporter, in Berlin, New Hamp-
shire. Edward is a farmer and merchant in Water-
ford, Vermont. Ethel died at Waterford, June 22,
1892. Mary married Miner' B. Carpenter, and re-
sides at Concord, Vermont.

(V) Herbert Irving, eldest son of Abel B. and
Lucy Stoddard (Ross) Goss, was born in Waterford,
Caledonia county, Vermont, December 4, 1857. He
attended the country district school, and later the
St. Johnsbury Academy, from which he graduated
in 1880. After teaching two terms of school he
studied law in the office of Bates & Macy, at St.
Johnsbury, Vermont, where he was admitted to the
bar in June, 1883. Following this a year was spent
in Minnesota, mostly in Minneapolis; but in 1884
he located in Lancaster, New Hampshire, forming
a partnership with the late Hon. Jacob Benton,
which continued two years. He then removed to
Gorham, where for a year he was in partnership
with the late General A. S. Twitchell. In Novem-
ber, 1888, he settled in Berlin, where he has since
resided. In 1891 he formed a partnership with
Daniel J. Daley, which continued till January i,
1903- When Mr. Goss went to Berlin it was a vil-
lage of about twenty-five hundred inhabitants. His
residence in Minneapolis had opened his eyes to
the increased value which must accrue to lands as
the development of the place progressed, and though
without means of his own, he with others promoted
several important land transactions. The stock of
one corporation, which at one time owned a large
part_ of the residential portion of the city of Ber-
lin, is- now his exclusive property; only the less ac-
cessible lands are now left, however. In 1892, he
with others, organized the Berlin Aqueduct Com-
pany. Later it was reorganized as the Berlin Water
Company, the stock then being held by Mr. Goss
and Mr. Daley, who sold the property some five
years ago. This company supplies the city of Ber-
lin with water for domestic and fire purposes. For
twelve years Mr. Goss has been a director in the
People's Building and Loan Association, and for
several years he was a director in the Berlin Sav-
ings Bank and Trust Company. In 1902 he with
others built the Berlin Street Railway, a road which
connects the two villages of Berlin Mills and Berlin
Falls, and extends to Gorham, having a total length
of seven and one-half miles. He has been a direc-
tor in this road ever since its organization. In
1894 he was elected county solicitor for Coos
county, being on the first Republican county ticket
ever elected in Coos. He was renominated and re-
elected in 1896 and 1898. In 1903 he was elected to
the_ legislature, and was given a place on the ju-
diciary committe, one of the most important com-
mittees in the house. As a lawyer he has achieved
a good measure of success. He has a clear analvti-



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cal mind, which readily grasps the salient points
in a controvcrs}-, and makes the best use of them
when they are developed. His legal opinions are
well considered ; and as an advocate he is earnest
and forceful. His various' business enterprises have
given him a wider experience in commercial mat-
ters than falls to the lot of most lawyers. Having a
taste for literature, he wrote "T. Thorndyke," a
novel, the plot of which is laid in northern New
Hampshire. This story at once became widely
popular. One hundred and fifty copies were sold
in Berlin, New Hampsire, alone within a week from
the date of its issue. In his religious belief he is
liberal, but he attends the Episcopal church. Mr.
Goss is a member of the Sabatis Lodge, No. 95,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Berlin.

He married, October 8, 1886, Agnes Rooney,
who was born in Leeds, Province of Quebec, May
29, 1870, the daughter of James Rooney and Eliza-
beth Shepherd Rooney. Both her parents were na-
tives of Ireland. They have five children : Ethel
Elizabeth, born February 16, 1888; Irvin James,
born October 6, 1889; Herbert Abel, born Decem-
ber 26, 1891 ; Philip Henry, born October 10, 1895 5
John Arthur, born February 21, 1899.

(I) Nathan Goss w-ith his son Joseph belonged
to the Stratham militia. The Revolutionary rec-
ords of New Hampshire on the return of Captain
Joseph Parsons' company, on Great-Island, Novem-
ber 5, 1775, gave Nathan Goss as second lieutenant.
The name of Nathan Goss is on the pay roll of
Captain John Dearborn's company, Colonel Jona-
than Moulton's regiment of militia, which marched
from Hampton, New- Hampshire, and joined the
army under General Gates near Saratoga, October,
1777. His date of entry into the service was Sep-
tember 30; date of discharge October 10; time of
service four months, five days ; allowance for travel
to Saratoga at three pence a mile out, and two
pence home; distance two hundred and fifteen
miles; and allowance four pounds, nine shillings,
seven pence. Nathan Goss was selectman of Rye
in 1775 and 1781. "December 9, 1775, it was voted
that Nathan Goss should represent the parish in
the General Assembly." "May 16. 1775, it was voted
Nathan Goss should go to Exeter to Congress."
Late in life he removed to Epsom. He married
Deborah Wiggin, by whom he had sons Joseph
and Samuel, and probably other children.

(II) Samuel, son of Nathan and Deborah (Wig-
gin) Goss, was born in 1756. The name of Samuel
Goss, corporal, is twentieth on the roll of those of
Captain Mark Wiggin's company. Colonel Long's reg-
iment, w-ho receipted for pay received at Portsmouth.
Jam:ary 14, 1777. In another roll he is described
as one of those of that companj- "who are fit to
march to Ticonderoga, being for one month's ad-
vance pay from 7th January to 7th February, 1777."
He is said to have served three years in the Revo-
lution. He was a hardy, robust, energetic man.
and after the Revolution he removed from Green-
land to Epsom, and there bought of his brother
Joseph a tract of land since known as the Goss
homestead, and there he died at the age of seventy-
five years. He married, in 1779, Abig^ail Lucas,
of Pembroke, who was born in 1759. Their chil-
dren were : Daniel, Nathan, Susan Jane, Deborah,
Samuel, and Jonathan, whose sketch follows.

(III) Jonathan, youngest child of Samuel and
Abigail (Lucas) Goss, was born in Epsom, July
16. 1793, was by occupation a blacksmith and farmer,
and was also a soldier in the war of 1812. Like
his father he was rugged of frame and strong of
constitution, and well qualified to act a part in the



frontier settlement where he was born. He was a
man of untiring energy and indomitable courage,
and successful in life. That characteristic that is
said to be pre-eminent in the New Englander was
his in a marked degree — he was of an ingenius and
inventive turn of mind, and very fond of mechan-
ical employment. He originated many mechanical
devices, some of which are in use and unsurpassed
at the present day. He possessed wonderful mus-
cular power, and performed many extraordinary
feats of strength which are remembered by some
of the older inhabitants of the community. His
son remembered that on one occasion when the
father was more than fifty years of age he lifted
with one hand a forty gallon cask of cider. He re-
alized his own want of education, recognized the
value of liberal literary instruction, and gave his
children all the advantages that his circumstances
in life afforded. He married, September, 1816.
Sally Yeaton, who was born July 30, 1793, and they
were the parents of seven children: Noah, William,
Hannah Y., Nancy L., Sally, Mary C. and An-
drew J.

(IV) William, second son and child of Jona-
than and Sally (Yeaton) Goss, was born in Epsom,
July_ 13, 1S20. He obtained his education in the
public schools, assisted his father on the farm and
in the shop, and remained at the paternal homestead
until he was twenty-five years of age. After his
marriage he settled on a farm adjoining that of his
father, and remained there till March, 1855, when he
sold that farm and purchased the place where he
subsequently resided, close to the railroad station,
in Epsom. There he gave his attention to stock
raising, and by prudence, industry and skill,
achieved success not only in raising stock but also
in dealing in real estate. Convinced of the possi-
bility of making use of the natural advantages and
creating a village about him, Mr. Goss began to
erect houses and form the nucleus of a village,
since called in his honor, Gossville. He pur-
chased the house in which his father was
born, and also the one in which he was
born, moved them over to his settlement, re-
fitted them, and made them into residences which
are still in use. He also built many houses, so
that the greater number of residences in the village
are the fruit of his labor. The old Baptist church
building he moved into the village and converted
into a store. In this way he constantly and assid-
uously labored to build up a prosperous village
about his abode. _ The erection of a new church at
Gossville was principally due to the energy, perse-
verance and personal influence of Mr. Goss. When
others lost courage and hope, he took the lead in
the matter and carried it forward and saw it suc-
cessfully and satisfactorily terminated. In rrianu-
facturing Mr. Goss took a leading part, and was a
prime mover and promoter of the building of a
shoe factory in which he owned a controlling inter-
est, which employs sixty hands or more, managed
by liis son, Nathan J. Goss, who is agent for the
business.

Mr. Goss was by inheritance a Democrat, and
throughout his life always cleaved to the faith of
his father in the democracy of Jefferson and Jack-
son. He was honored by his townsmen with the
office of selectman, which he filled one term, and
that of representative to which he was twice elected.
He was a member of the Baptist Society. In all
the relations of life Mr. Goss was a true man, in
whom his fellow citizens recognized high integrity
and sterling worth. Mr. Goss married (first). June
2, 1846, j\Iaryetta,' daughter of William and Esther



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(Fowler) Abbott, of Pembroke. She died May
3, J873. He married (second), December 23, 1873,

S. Rebecca Randall, widow of Crockett.

By the first marriage there were four children :
John Abbott, whose sketch follows. Elizabeth J.,
born September 2, 1849, married Alfred Porter
Bickford, of Epsom. Noah William, born July 12,

1861, grain merchant and grocer at Pittsfield ; mar-
ried Clara Jackson. Nathan Jonathan, born Sep-
tember 13, 1863, married Ida Marden, children :
Ethel and Nathan, Jr.

(V) John Abbott, eldest child of William and
Maryetta (Abbott) Gcss, was born in Epsom. Au-
gust 26, 1847, and died in Pittsfield, February 3,
1903, aged fifty-six years.. He was educated in
the common schools and Pittsfield Academy. At
the age of fourteen he became an apprentice to
learn blacksmithing, which paved the way to car-
riage manufacturing, for which he had a decided
taste, and in which he was interested througout his
entire career. He became a resident of Pittsfield
in 1876, entering upon the duties of cashier of the
Pittsfield National Bank, succeeding Josiah Car-
penter. When it was proposed to move the bank
to Dover, Mr. Goss exerted himself with great
zeal for its retention in Pittsfield, and was suc-
cessful in the undertaking, the bank being reorgan-
ized under the direction of a new set of stockhold-
ers, and put upon a sound financial basis, Mr. Goss
remaining cashier. In 1884 he founded the Farm-
ers' Savings Bank, which he called the pride of his
life, of which he became treasurer, which office he
held until his death. Although professionally de-
voted to his duties and responsibilities imposed
upon him by three banks, his enterprising mind
took a wider range, and through his efiforts j^ublic
conveniences were added to the village. He was
active in the organization of the Aqueduct Com-
pany, was interested in the formation of the Pitts-
field Gas Company, and served as treasurer of both
companies from the time of their incorporation un-
til his demise. Realizing the value of an institution
for higher education in the village, he was a prime
mover and active in erecting the buildings of the
present Pittsfield Academy. He made his presence
felt in the affairs of the town, acting as its treas-
urer for ten years, and also as treasurer of the
school fund for the same period. In these posi-
tions his services were efficient, and he never failed
to promote the interests of the town whenever it
was possible. In politics he shared the faith of his
ancestors. Pie was elected representative to the
state Icgi.-lature in 1892, and while there was further
honored by being one of the representatives of the
state of New Hampshire to the World's Columbian
Exposition, at Chicago, in 1893. He was an es-
teemed Odd Fellow and Mason, a member of Cor-
inthian Lodge. No. 82, Free and Accepted
Masons, and Suncook Lodge, No. 10, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, fiftieth of Pittsfield, and a
valued member of the Amoskeag Veterans of Man-
chester. His life was a busy one, as every enter-
prise of magnitude in his village or town claimed
his attention or assistance in some way. _ His fel-
low citizens reposed great confidence in him, as he
never undertook the management of an enterprise
in which he did not succeed. He married, June 15,
1869. Electa Ann Carpenter, born August 2. 1847,
daughter oi Charles H. and Joanna (Maxfield)
Carpenter, of Chichester (See Carpenter, XVII),
and they became the parents of three children :
Charles Carpenter, mentioned hereafter. Clara
Helen, who married Herbert B. Fischer, of Boston,
assistant cashier of the Pittsfield National Bank.



She died September 22, 1906, leaving one son, Rob-
ert Hathaway. William Abbott, a graduate of Hol-
derness School for Boys at Plymouth, now a student
in Harvard University. Mrs. Goss was educated in
the public schools and at a select boarding school
in Concord, from which she graduated. After the
death of her husband she took his place as cashier
in the bank, and has ever since filled the position
with great credit to herself and satisfaction to pa-
trons. She is a lady of culture and unysual execu-
tive ability, and is one of the leaders of Pittsfield
in social, financial and educational matters.

"(VI) Charles Carpenter, eldest son of John A.
and Electa A. (Carpenter) Goss, was born Febru-
ary 9, 1S71, in that part of Epsom known as "Goss-
ville." In 1876 he was taken by his parents to Pitts-
field, where his father was to serve as cashier of the
Pittsfield National Bank, of which his maternal
grandfather, Charles H. Carpenter, was and still is
president. He attended the public schools of Pitts-
field and Phillips Exeter Academy, and went from
the latter institution to Dartmouth College, where
he took the degree of B. S. in 1893. He had literally
grown up in the banking business, having been ac-
tually employed in the National and Savings Banks
from boyhood with intervals in his school life.
After graduating from Dartmouth, he was emploj^ed
in the Shawmut National Bank of Boston. From
there he was called home by the last illness of his
father to take his place in the Pittsfield banks.
During his stay in Pittsfield he was town treas-
urer and prominent in the business and social life
of the town. In 1900 he organized the Merchants'
National Bank of Dover with Charles H. Carpen-
ter, president, John A. Goss, vice-president, and
Charles C. Goss, cashier. Mr. Goss removed to
Dover, and has since managed that institution and
the Merchants' Savings Bank of Dover, which he
organized in April, 1901, of which he is treasurer.
He is active in* other financial enterprises, is treas-
urer of Strafford county, and a director in the
Pittsfield National Bank. He is a young man of
energy and sterling integrity, and in seeking his



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