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Goss Family Papers

Identifier: A-0187


  • Creation: 1859

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Goss was born November 16, 1835 in Troup County, Georgia, the son of Jesse Hamilton Goss and Rhody Ann (Baker) Goss. The 1850 census shows 14-year o old William to still be living with his parents in Troup County, Georgia, the second of four children. Ten years later, William A. Goss is shown in the 1860 census as a 22-year old schoolteacher residing in Chireno, Nacogdoches County with his aunt Mary Newport(Goss)and her husband Washington G. Atkinson.

The National Park Service's "Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System" lists 19 men in the Confederate military with the name "William Goss." There was a private William Henry Goss in Company F, 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, during the Civil War. This regiment recruit soldiers from Troup County, so it is likely this is the same individual as in the collection. The company roster shows Goss enlisted March 4, 1862 and was last recorded as absent without leave March 1, 1864.

[1] Benjamin Goss Sr. m. Elizabeth Hamilton

...[2] Benjamin Goss Jr. m. Susannah Davis

......[3] Mary Newport Goss m. Washington G. Atkinson

......[3] Jesse Hamilton Goss Sr. m. Rhody Ann Baker

.........[4] William Henry Goss


--"Atkinson, Washington G." 1985. Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corp., 142-143.

--Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, ed. 1978. The People of Nacogdoches County in 1860, An Edited Census. Nacogdoches, 1978, 62-63.

--National Park Service. 2018. Soldiers ans Sailors Database. Online at (Accessed 18 January 2018).

--"Troup - Ben Hill County, GA - Military - Civil War Co. F 21st Regiment 'Ben Hill Infantry.'" USGenWeb. Online at (Accessed 18 January 2018).

--"William H. Goss" [Household 639, District 800, Troup County, GA]. 1850 United States Federal Census. 2018. HeritageQuest Online. Online at (Accessed 18 January 2018).

--"William Henry Goss." 2018. Geni. Online at (Accessed 18 January 2018).


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This collection consists of five items described in one folder and housed with other collections in a banker's box.

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Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository