The Goss family lived in the northeast corner of Georgia in Lumpkin County until 1851. Benjamin Goss, was born in 1777 in Granville, North Carolina. He married Martha "Patsy" Harbin about 1798. He had migrated to Georgia from South Carolina with his parents and his own family as early as 1818.
By 1833 Benjamin had twelve children. One theory is that since he fought in the War of 1812, he was given a land grant in Arkansas as payment. Part of the land that later belonged to my grandparents originally was granted by the United States to Benjamin Goss as of March 1, 1855. The Big Fork Creek bordered this piece of land. I will tell a little more about this land later.
Early records, dated August 16, 1851, show that Benjamin's daughter, Selina, and her husband, John Dilbeck, asked for letters of dismission from their church. They were preparing to move to Arkansas. The ones that I know of that joined the wagon train in the fall of 1851 were:
Benjamin Goss, 74 years old, and wife, Patsy (Harbin) Goss
Elijah Benson Goss and his wife, Lucretia Emeline (Turner) Goss
with six children: Martha Emeline Goss, 14; Nathaniel Benson Goss, 11, Sarah Salina Goss, 9; Malinda Elvira Goss, 6; Millicent Lucretia Goss, 4; and Mary Jane Goss, 1 year old.
Selina (Goss) Dilbeck, daughter of Benjamin Goss, and husband, John Dilbeck
with four children: Marion Asbury Dilbeck, 11; Benson Dilbeck, 9; Malinda Dilbeck, 6; and Jackson Dilbeck, 2.
Other children of Benjamin and Patsy Goss, that I believe were on the wagon train, were:
Malinda (Goss) O'Barr with at least two sons, Melton Asbury O'Barr and Marion A. O'Barr
Malinda was a widow at the time. Her husband was Ashley O'Barr and there is a story that gold was first discovered on his father's land in Hall County, Georgia in 1828. Malinda and her sons did move to Arkansas because their names were on a deed for land near Big Fork as grantors and grantees. Their name was on the deed for land that later became my grandparent's land near Big Fork.
Martha Goss, daughter of Benjamin and Patsy Goss. Her name was on the same land deed.
Melissa (Goss) Garmon, daughter of Benjamin and Patsy Goss, and her husband, Perry Garmon
Elizabeth (Goss) Kinsie, daughter of Benjamin and Patsy Goss, and her husband, Elisha Kinsie
Louisa (Goss) Ayres, daughter of Benjamin and Patsy Goss, and her husband, William Ayres
The names of Melissa, Elizabeth and Louisa and their husbands also were on the same deed for land near Big Fork.