Goss Family Ties
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Philip Goss
Divorce of Hannah Hopkins
NOTE: This is the first place I found a ref. to John Goss being Philip's Father.
Ron Goss

References: Goss Family History, page 17, 1939 manuscript by Paul H. Goss. Located at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in Boston, MA.

Divorce of Hannah Hopkins (April 1690) - "Colonial Hopkins and Some of Their Descendants" notes by Timothy Hopkins, edited by Margaret Griffith, San Francisco, 1951, page 76. Condensed version follows:

   "Hannah bapt in the church in Roxbury by Rev John Eliot March 6, 1660, m Philip Goss, a sailor, the son of John Goss. On April 16, 1678 Hannah Hopkins was censured in the Church with admonication for fornication with her husband before yei wr maryed and for flying away from justice unto Road Island (Record of the Commissioners of the City of Boston). On October 9, 1678 Hannah Hopkins alias Gosse was called to confess her sins & manifest her repentance for fornication and running away to Road Island. She confessed and was absolved and received to take hold on the covenant (Roxbury Church Records). In 1690 Goss applied for a divorce on the grounds that she had left him and married another man in Jamaica (Early records of S.J.C. of Massachusetts, file 2553), to wit:

   To the honorable Simon Bradstreet Esq. Gov., Thomas Davenport Esq Dep Gov. and the rest of the Honorable Magistrates Sitting in Court of Assistants at Boston April 8, 1690. The humble Petition & Motion of Philip Goss humbly showeth: That your petitioner about twelve or fourteen years ago was married to Hannah Hopkins, daughter of William Hopkins of Roxbury and lived with her some years, but the petitioner being a saylor, and he being away at sea, the said Hannah removed to Boston and went to Jamaica with one Thomas Waafe, and told him her husband had sent for her to Jamaica. Mr Waafe left her there, and since that time he hath been there several times and saw said Hannah and she informed that she was married to one John Murray, a joyner, with whom she now liveth and hath a child by him said Murray borne of her body as she owned to Mr. Waafe and also to John Larkin whose evidences are now in the hands of Worshipfull Jno Phillips Esq. I have also a certificate from the clerke of ye Parish of Port Royall in Jamaica of her being marryed to said Murray. The premises being considered your petitioner humbly request the favor of this honorable Court that according to the Laws of God and this Jurisdiction he may be Divorced from said Hannah. She having broked convenant with him as may appear and your said petitioner shall as in duty bound shall ever pray. Philip Goss

Marriage to Mary Prescott contained in Concord MA Births, Marriages & Deaths 1635-1850, Nashua Library - married by Justice Minott, Page 42.

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