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) are my spouse’s 6th great-grandparents. Their son, Abraham Goss (1762 – 1847), is my husband’s 5th great-grandfather.

In 1754, Johan Georg Goss immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany. In 1755, he married Elizabeth Hughlett in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1758, their oldest son Johan Georg “George” was born. Their middle son Jacob was born 1760, and their youngest son Abraham was born in 1762.

In 1776, war was declared in the American colonies. Within a few years, both older sons, George and Jacob, had enlisted in the Continental Army. On 3 July 1778, in modern-day Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (then Westmoreland County, Connecticut), a battle was waged, pitting a force of 1,000 Tories and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) allies against 5,000 inhabitants of the valley—mostly women and children gathered at Forty Fort. More than 300 Patriots and civilians were killed; some survivors alleged that the Iroquois warriors hunted and killed fleeing settlers, before torturing to death dozens of people who had surrendered. Both George and Jacob died in what would eventually be dubbed the Wyoming Valley Massacre.

Sixty years after the massacre, a monument was erected to those who perished in the Wyoming Valley Massacre.

Shortly after the death of two of his sons, Johan Georg enlisted in the Continental Army as a private in the Fifth Pennsylvania Regiment, although at that time he was nearly 50 years old. His wife, Elizabeth, joined the cause as well, serving as a nurse and cook for the Continental Army. In 1779, Abraham Goss, although only a young teenager, enlisted in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment, serving as a fifer and drummer. Thus, the Goss family stood united in their country’s cause, until circa 1780/81, when Johan Georg was also killed in battle.

According to oral tradition, a grief-stricken Elizabeth visited General Washington’s headquarters, petitioning for her son Abraham’s release. As she had already lost her husband and two sons, General Washington understandably granted her request. Soon, Elizabeth Goss and her son, having lost most of their possessions in the Wyoming Massacre, retired from military service to forge a new life in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

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6 thoughts on “Goss Family Helps Forge a New Nation

  1. Kristin Grip

    This is my family, too. Abraham is my 4th great grandfather & I descend from his son Isaac. Elizabeth’s story is so unique, especially for her time. She is my Patriot in the DAR.

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  2. Such a tragic loss for the Goss family. You don’t hear as much about the women, but it sounds like Elizabeth was quite a remarkable lady. She joined the war effort, alongside her husband. And if she would not have confronted George Washington about her son, Abraham, there would not be any Goss descendants today.

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  3. Sad, but nonetheless interesting. Nice to there’s a monument.

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  4. Hello, Lisa. Welcome to my blog. It is always nice to “meet” new cousins.


  5. My 5th great grandfather was Abraham Goss, I am decent through his daughter Sarah ‘Sally’ Goss Kephart (1808 – 1887) on my mothers side.

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  6. I love your family history!

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