Biography of Anson Goss
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The subject of the following sketch is a native of Shalersville township, Portage Co., Ohio, where he was born, July 29, 1834. His paternal ancestors boasted of a Scotch extraction, and were descended from the rugged character of the Higblanders. His grandfather, John Goss, and his grandmother, Polly Davidson Goss, reared a family of three sons and five daughters. Ormond, the third of the family, and Anson's father, was born June 29, 1802. On the maternal side Anson is descended from pure English stock; his mother's father, Elisha Haven, was born at Montpelier, Vt., Jan. 28, 1772, and married a widow, Mollie Streator, whose maiden name was Goodell, Jan. 22, 1790. By this alliance there were five sons and four daughters. Roby, the sixth child, and mother of Anson, was born at Montpelier, the home of her parents, Aug. 22, 1804. They removed to the Western Reserve, Portage Co., Ohio, in 1819. There three of the family still reside.

Ormond Goss, in occupation a stone cutter, emigrated to Ohio, where the matrimonial alliance with Roby Haven was contracted, March 12, 1829. They reared a family of four sons and two daughters, viz., Henry, Ruth, Anson, Fred, Polly, and John P.

Henry, having purchased a soldier's claim, came to Bangor township in 1853, and laid his claim on government land. A severe drought occurring on the Reserve, many, his father among the number, disposed of their dairy cows, and sought a climate less subject to such changes. Henry's parents were attracted by him to Bangor, and came on a tour of inspection, little expecting to be satisfied with its soil, timber, or climate, but were so happily disappointed that they secured one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 22, made arrangements for some clearing and the building of a log house, and returned to Ohio.

In the spring of 1854 the parents and remainder of the children, except Anson, removed to this claim in Bangor. In the following autumn he also came and located his first piece of land, the east half of the northeast quarter of section 22, which cost him the small sum of sixty dollars, three shillings an acre.

Dec. 31, 1859, he married Mary Jane Vanauken, daughter of John Vanauken, of Bangor. He keeps his old log house, which is incorporated with the view of his present residence, to remind him of their beginning in life. They struggled together during the twenty years which have elapsed night and day, and by their industry, economy, and skillful management have amassed a snug little fortune, owning now seven hundred and twenty acres of land, a large amount of which is under cultivation and with good farm buildings; being a skillful mechanic, these he has superintended in construction. Mr. Goss is a man who never allows pleasure to interfere with his business, it seemingly being his greatest pleasure to push his business interests, and in this he certainly commands the admiration of all whose notice he attracts.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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