Monthly Archives: March 2011

Goss Family Helps Forge a New Nation

One of the first Gosses to arrive in the colonies was Johan Georg Goss. Johan Georg Goss (1730 – 1780) and his wife, Elizabeth (1735 – 1810), my spouse’s 6th great-grandparents. Their son, Abraham Goss (1762 – 1847), is my husband’s 5th great-grandfather. From there, this line descends as follows: John B. Goss (1801 – 1877), son of Abraham; then William L. Goss (1838 – 1920), son of John B.; then Margaret Louise Goss (1864 – 1917), daughter of William L.; then Verna Blanche Stott (1887 – 1956), daughter of Margaret Louise; and then Mary Geraldine “Gerry” Williams (1906 – 2002), daughter of Verna Blanche and my husband’s grandmother.

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Tangled Threads in Families’ Tapestries

Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

Genealogy is all about uncovering the past. Occasionally, in our quest to discover those who preceded us, we discover common ancestors interwoven throughout the lines. Here are some of our family’s more recent overlapping ancestries:

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Italian-Born Brothers Serve in U.S. Military

As children, three Italian-born brothers (Walter, Renzo, and Angelino Caimi) emigrated to the United States. The Caimi brothers grew up American and were very proud of their adopted country, so it was natural that these patriotic young men would choose to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Four Generations of Francis Ancestors

The known patriarch of the Francis line (from my mother’s paternal line) was a man by the name of Capt. Henry Francis (my 7th great-grandfather).

Capt. Henry Francis served and died in the American Revolution. On 14 October 1780, the four militia companies of Montgomery County, Virginia, together with the North Carolina militia, met and defeated the Tories at the Battle of Shallow Ford, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Three Francis kin fought in this skirmish: Captain Henry Francis and his sons, Henry and John. During the battle, Captain Henry Francis was shot in the head and died. He was the only Patriot who perished in this battle. Son Henry was only a few feet from his father when he fell. Captain Francis was buried at the site of the battle.

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The Spangler Progenitor

My spouse’s grandmother was a Spangler. From the Bavarian region of Germany, Spangler (Spengler) was an occupational name for a maker of buckles, a derivative of a diminutive form of Middle High German spange, meaning clasp or buckle. My spouse’s family spans back to the 12th century to George, the earliest known Spangler (Spengler).

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