Comment on John Gosse
This theory that Philip Goss, the merchant of Boston and Roxbury, was a son (or grandson) of John Gosse is based on more than 150 years of genealogical crap begun by Rev. John Lawrence in the 1840s. Unfortunately and without the application of critical thought, this bogus theory has been republished widely on the internet for all to see.
John Gosse of Watertown, Mass. has nothing to do with Philip Goss the Boston Merchant who moved to Lancaster, married as his second wife Mary Prescott, got nailed for adultery because the divorce to Hannah Hopkins hadn’t gone through yet and after dying in 1698, is buried there in the Old Settlers Cemetery.
John and Sarah Gosse had one son, Joseph, who died in 1631. When John Gosse died in 1643, his only surviving child (and sole heir) was Phoebe Gosse who moved to Long Island in 1648 and married a Robert Bull there in 1649. (See document noted below on John Gosse.)
This assertion about John Gosse being the father of Philip Goss of Boston is just plain wrong. When do you think Philip Goss was born? Most place it around 1650.
So if John Gosse died in 1643 seven years earlier, how does that work?? This is before sperm banks. See document noted below. Again Phoebe Goss, his daughter, was his sole heir.
As should be clear from this note, John Gosse was NOT an ancestor of Philip Goss of Roxbury, Mass. and of the descendants of that Philip Goss, whether the Philip Goss who moved to Pennsylvania and got killed by Indians in 1778 or the Philip Goss who moved to Winchester, New Hampshire and died of old age in 1804.
Best regards, David Philip Goss
See Report on JOHN GOSSE
The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).