GOSS, JACOB, miller, was born near Hummelstown, Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 23, 1836. John Goss, his grandfather, was a native of Pennsylvania, of German descent, and was a farmer. Jacob Goss, Sr., father of Jacob, was born in Dauphin county, and attended the school of his township. He grew up on his father's farm and became a farmer, owning and cultivating a farm of one hundred and seventy acres in Derry township. He was also a stock raiser. He married Mary Landis, born near Derry Church, and they had five children: Eliza, living at Union Deposit; Jacob; Susan, wife of Jacob Shenk; Mary, wife of William Gordon, of Campbellstown, and John, residing in Harrisburg. Mr. Goss was a Republican. The family were members of the German Reformed church. Mr. Goss died in Derry township in 1878; his wife died in the same township. He was well known throughout the county and enjoyed the reputation of an honest man and a good neighbor.
Jacob Goss, Jr., lived with his grandfather at Donegal, Lancaster county, and attended the schools of that place. He remained with his grandfather working on the farm until he was nineteen, and then came to Conewago township and learned the business of milling with his uncle, remaining with him five years. Young Goss was full of enterprise and of a progressive spirit and was ambitious to have a business of his own. He bought the mill of his uncle and has operated it since that time with gratifying success. He also bought a small farm, made improvements upon it, and superintends its cultivation. He deals extensively in grain and feed and pays much attention to the mercantile branch of this business.
Mr. Goss was married in Conewago township in 1860, to Annie, daughter of Peter Wieland, natives of that township. Mr. and Mrs. Goss have four children: Melinda, wife of Levi Lehman; Peter, a miller of Elizabethtown, Lancaster county; Harvey, storekeeper, at Elizabethtown, and Annie, unmarried. Mr. Goss, in politics, holds Republican views. He is a member of the German Baptist (Dunkard) church. Mr. Goss began life poor, and has accumulated a comfortable competence. His success is honorable, inasmuch as it was achieved by industry, honesty and skillful management. He is genial in social intercourse, and is well liked by his neighbors.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 20 Feb 2001
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