GOSSETT, Henry, of VA and Barren and Hart Counties, KY

Henry Gossett was born 4 Dec 1818[1] in Martinsville, Henry Co VA, the son of Cavin and Mary (Phifer) Gossett.[2] He died in Hart Co KY on 2 Jun 1912.[3] He was buried at the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery; his grave stone has no dates, just his Civil War unit.[4]

On 28 Nov 1843 in Barren Co KY, he married Elizabeth Pedigo. After her death, he married Elizabeth Hester, the widow of Birt Amos.[5] She was with him in 1870 and 1880, but he was called widowed in 1900 and 1910. It is likely he married a third time, as a widow survived him and filed for a widow’s pension.[6]

Elizabeth Pedigo was born 23 Nov 1824[7] in Barren Co KY, the daughter of William Pedigo[8] and his wife Elizabeth Cliff. She died 2 Mar 1861 in Hart Co KY.[9]

Elizabeth (Hester) (Amos) Gossett was in Logan Co KY in 1850 and Hart County in 1860. Her daughter Margaret Jane Amos married James H Bingham, Sr., before 1850; stepfather Henry Gossett was with the Binghams in 1900 and 1910. Margaret’s parents are named on her death certificate.[10]

Henry Gossett served in the Union forces during the Civil War.[11] He was in Co D, 33rd Regiment, KY Infantry, then transferred to Co K 26th KY Infantry.

Henry’s census record is as follows:

  • 1850 Barren Co KY, p 432, 411-421. Henry Gossett 30 m farmer $430 VA, Elizabeth 26 female KY, Peter F 5 m KY, Martha J 4 female KY, John C 3 male KY, Mary E 1 female KY.
  • 1860 US census, Hart Co KY, Dist #1, p 38: Gossett, Henry, 41 farmer 200 ditto [=KY], can read and write, Elizabeth 34 KY, can’t read or write, Peter 15 KY, Martha J 13 KY, Mary E 12 KY, John Calvin 11 KY, James T 10 KY, Judy T 8 KY, Catherine 7 KY, Henry G 2 KY.
  • 1870 US census, Hart Co KY, p 257, 226-226. Henry “Goset” 50 white male farmer 400 100 VA, can read & write male citizen, Elizabeth 40 female white keeping house KY, Henry 13 white male farm hand KY. Next door to James Bingham.
  • 1880 US Census, Hart Co KY, Waterloo Twp, p 324A. Henry “Gussett,” 61 white male farmer cannot read & write, KY VA VA, Elizabeth 57 white female keeping house cannot read & write KY NC NC.
  • 1900 US census, Hart Co KY. In household of James H Bingham, Nov 1838, Margaret Jane 1844, Henry Gossett, Dec 1818, age 82, VA, “father-in-law.”
  • 1910 FC Horse Cave, Hart Co KY, Henry Gossett, 91 widowed, VA VA VA, residing with stepdaughter Margaret and her husband James.

The children[12] of Henry and Elizabeth (Pedigo) Gossett were:

  1. Peter GOSSETT. Born on 30 Oct 1844 in Barren Co KY. Peter died in Barren Co KY, on 27 Jun 1927. On 30 Sep 1889 when Peter was 44, he married Viola GRADY in Glasgow KY. Born on 26 Feb 1859 in Adair Co KY. Viola died in Logansport IN, on 3 Jun 1944. They had the following children:
  2. William E (1890-1918)
  3. Robert G (1895-)

iii.        Albert G (1897-1946)

  1. Mary M (1899-)
  2. Henry Watterson (1901-1983)
  1. Martha Jane GOSSETT. Born on 4 Jan 1846 in Barren Co KY. Martha Jane died in Bridgeport, Caddo Co OK, on 29 Aug 1937. On 27 Jul 1866, she married Berry Rowlett PEDIGO, son of Elijah PEDIGO & Frances HARPER, in Hart Co, KY. Born on 12 Mar 1842 in Hart Co KY. Berry Rowlett died in Bridgeport, Caddo Co OK, on 5 Apr 1923. They had the following children:
  2.           Louisa Frances (1867-1868)
  3. Lucy Jane (1869-1918)

iii.        Esther Calvin (1870-1882)

  1. Peter Henry Ross (1872-1928)
  2. Elijah (1874-1919)
  3. Holland Bain (1877-1960)

vii.       Joshua Abraham Lincoln (1878-1959)

viii.      Berry Rowlett (1881-1882)

  1. Margie Elizabeth (1883-1885)
  2. Clyde Thomas (1885-1934)
  3. Dora Ritter (1887-1983)

xii.       Rosa M (1889-)

xiii.      Franklin (ca1891-)

  1. John Calvin GOSSETT. Born on 5 Oct 1847 in Metcalfe Co KY. John Calvin died in Hart Co KY, on 17 Oct 1910. In say 1871, he first married Martha SMITH in Barren Co KY. She probably died before 1880. They had the following children:
  2. Vardia Basil (1872-1946)
  3. Jacob (ca1879-)

On 25 Dec 1880 John second married Josephine EARL in Barren Co KY. They had the following children:

  1. Henry T (1884-)
  2. Hosa C (1887-)

iii.       Charley P (1889-)

  1. Mary E GOSSETT. Born in 1848 in KY. Mary probably died before 1870.
  1. James T GOSSETT. Born in 1850 in KY. James probably died before 1870.
  1. Judith Frances GOSSETT. Born on 30 Sep 1852 in Barren Co KY. Judith Frances died in Hiseville, Barren Co KY, on 11 Feb 1936. About 1875 when Judith Frances was 22, she married John Green EMORY in KY. Born in 1852 in KY. John Green died in Barren Co KY, on 7 Jan 1929. They had the following children:
  2.           Mattie (1877-)
  3. Linie (1879-)

iii.        Benjamin (1884-)

  1. Josephus (1888-)
  2. Robert (1890-)
  3. Lizzie (1891-)
  1. Permelia Catherine GOSSETT. Born on 9 Mar 1855 in Barren Co KY. Permelia Catherine probably died before 1870.
  1. Lewis W GOSSETT. Born on 13 Sep 1856 in Barren Co KY. Lewis W probably died before 1860.
  1. Henry G GOSSETT. Born on 11 Aug 1857 in Edmonson Co KY. Henry G died in Barren Co KY, on 3 Apr 1931. In 1880 Henry married Mary Susan STURGEON in KY. Born on 6 May 1865 in KY. Mary Susan died in Barren Co KY, on 13 Dec 1951.

They had the following children:

  1.           James A Garfield (1882-)
  2. Daisie (1884-)

iii.        Lilian (1886-)

  1. Julius (1887-)
  2. Mary Willis (1890-)
  3. Henry T (1892-)

vii.       Flora May (1894-)

  • Grace (1896-)

© 2009, 2015, Kathy Alvis Patterson

[1] John Paul Grady, “Henry Gossett-Elizabeth Pedigo family group sheet,” supplied 11 Jan 1967 by Grady (1805 Western Drive, Midland TX). This FGS lists only “1850, 1860 census” as references. Permelia and Lewis are not listed on the FGS.

[2] Barren Co KY, lawsuit regarding estate, filed 23 Nov 1848. Henry Gossett vs. James Gossett, George Franklin, Jane Franklin, William Barrett, Martha Barrett, Peter Gossett, Uriah Huffman, Peter Hay, Henry Sherby, Sanford R Pace, Hugh Wilson.

[3] Death certificate, published online at Ancestry.com.

[4] Henry Gossett tombstone, New Hope Cemetery, Hart Co KY, photo sent by Virginia Dossey.

[5] From Karen Kane, at https://alvispat.wordpress.com/gossett-henry-of-va-and-barren-and-hart-counties-ky/: Just a note about Henry Gossett – I would not have known that information (i.e., that Henry’s second wife was Elizabeth (Hester) Amos) if it had not been for my Great Grandmother telling me that Margaret’s stepfather was a Gossett. It was just a passing comment that I eventually followed up on. Glad I did since there isn’t much documentation to lead us to it.

Here is another bit of info she gave me about burials in New Hope Cemetery: (My notes in parenthesis)

“On right is Grandpa Gossett (Step father of James Harrison Bingham’s mother.)

On his left is, Aunt Lou Sanders, Hartford Sanders, and her son, Leonard.

James Harrison (Bingham)’s Mother and Gwendolyn Bingham at left of gate close to the fence.”

Another note on Henry Gossett – The following is from the diary of a local Dr. Godbey (Source: posted online by Sandy Gorin, the well-known researcher of Barren County, KY history):

From Dr. Godbey’s Diaries

Tuesday, April 16, 1912

Visited Henry Gossett, Sr. at Mr. Bingham’s. He is quite old, 93 years!

Claud broke up the garden. We got a letter from Hallie. I paid Claud one dollar to break up garden; paid Taylor one dollar, bal. on hauling corn. That makes us even, thank the Lord. We wrote Hallie a letter today.

[6] So why was an application filed for a widow’s pension in 1910, which by the way was before he died? Was it thought a widowed veteran could file for a widower’s pension?

[7] Grady, loc cit.

[8] William Pedigo will (1845), Barren Co Will Book, 246, Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office, Glasgow KY: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, Barren Co., Kentucky Will Book, page 246

I William Pedigo of the county of Barren and State of Kentucky being weak in the body but of usual good disposing mind and memmory wished to dispose of the worldly goods God has been pleased to bless me with, do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following…

ITEM 1st. It is my will after my death that my youngest daughter Louisa Jane Pedigo shall have when she arrives at the age of twenty one years or marries, Seventy five dollars in cash to purchase a horse bridle and saddle, Twenty dollars in cash to purchase a bed stead bed & furniture, Eight dollars in case to purchase a cow & calf, and Fifty dollars in cash. Also my two youngest sons George W. Pedigo & Elzy D. Pedigo when they arrive at the age of twenty one years or marry each one shall have seventy five dollars in cash to purchase a house bridle and saddle and fifty dillars in cash to be kept in money until the term or terms before named to them and their heirs and heirs forever.

ITEM 2nd. after my death it is my will that all my property both real and personal shall be sold by my executors and the ad. executor to make all lawful conveyance to the persons, and the proceeds of such sale together with the cash on hand, and all the cash that may be due me by notes or otherwise shall be collected by my executor if it can be done and after given off what is evised to my thre youngest children before named in the first item of this my last will all the balance of the proceeds of my estate shall be equally divided among all my chidren namely John Pedigo, Elizabeth Gossett, the wife of Henry Gossett, Martha Ann Mann, the wife of James Mann, George W. Pedigo, Elzy D. Pedigo and Louisa Jane Pedigo to them and their heirs forever hereby revoking all former wills by me make.

ITEM 3rd. I constitute and appoint Joseph Read my sole executor to execute and carry into effect this my last will and testament.

ITEM 4th. I direct the county court or any court this may come before not to demand any security whatever of my said executor Joseph Read his property standing bound for his faithful performance in executing this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal to be fixed this 16th day of January 1845.

ITEM 5th. Whereas my son Jesse acts disobedient with me at this and at otherwise believing he does not deserve an equal share with the balance of my children therefore my executor is to take fifty dollars out of the said Jesse Pedigo portion and divide it between my son John Pedigo and Sarah Bishop the wife of James B. Bishop twenty five dollars each witness this day and date in the fourth item.

[9] Death certificate, published online at Ancestry.com.

[10] Margaret (Amos) Bingham died in Hart Co KY (KY Death Records at Ancestry.com)-10 Jan 1844-24 Jul 1923.

[11] Enlisted as a Private on 1 September 1862. Enlisted in Company D, 33rd Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 13 September 1862. Transferred to Company K, 26th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 1 April 1864. Mustered out Company K, 26th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 30 June 1865 in Salisbury, NC. Filed for invalid pension 31 May 1880. See footnote.com (http://www.footnote.com/image/1447322/kentuckies%7cHenry%20Gossett%7cKentucky/). Pension certificate #627,975, and widow’s pension #701,435. Also, Clayton C. Simmons. Historical Trip through East Barren County KY, Evansville IL: Whipporwill Pub., n. d, p. 238. Henry Gossett is listed among Union veterans buried in Barren County KY.

[12] A lady in Kentucky had the family Bible; she shared it with another researcher who created Family Group Sheets which claimed to be based on the Bible record.

Published on February 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. It felt so good to find family. I came from Henry Gosset 5 time great grandfather.

  2. Hi Kathy –
    Margaret Amos Bingham (b. 10 Jan 1844 – d. 24 July 1923) was Henry Gossett’s step-daughter. She was the daughter of Elizabeth HESTER and Birt AMOS.

    Birt died possibly before 1850 and has been elusive. I found Elizabeth and Margaret in 1850 Logan County KY Census (Elizabeth, 22 and Margaret age 6). There is an Elizabeth Amos in Hart County KY Census in 1860, age 28. (By that time, Margaret had married James Bingham – abt 1859 – at age 15)

    Elizabeth Hester Amos married Henry Gossett after 1861. I have not been able to find a marriage certificate.

    Margaret Amos Bingham is my 3rd Great Grandmother.

    (I also descend from the Pedigos in Barren County.)

    Hope that helps!

    • This is wonderful. I have considered that the family gave the deceased mother’s information at the 1870 and 1880 census, but Henry’s widow, according to pension docs, was Elizabeth Gossett.
      Now I know.
      Kathy

      • I have a copy of a long-ago letter written by Ramona Kane. Was she your grandmother?

  3. No, Kane is my married name. I married a Yankee, so all his family is in New England. We don’t have a Ramona anywhere in that line that I have found.

    I am from Barren County originally and all my lines for the past 200 years are all in South-Central KY. Looks like our families have crossed paths. I have the Edward “Edwin” Pedigo line in my family on both sides and sometimes doubled up!

    Just a note about Henry Gossett – I would not have known that information if it had not been for my Great Grandmother telling me that Margaret’s step-father was a Gossett. It was just a passing comment that I eventually followed up on. Glad I did since there isn’t much documentation to lead us to it.

    Here is another bit of info she gave me about burials in New Hope Cemetery: (My notes in parenthesis)

    “On right is Grandpa Gossett (Step father of James Harrison Bingham’s mother.)
    On his left is, Aunt Lou Sanders, Hartford Sanders, and her son, Leonard.
    James Harrison (Bingham)’s Mother and Gwendolyn Bingham at left of gate close to the fence.”

    Another note on Henry Gossett – The following is from the diary of a local Dr. Godbey (Source: posted online by Sandy Gorin, the well-known researcher of Barren County, KY history):

    From Dr. Godbey’s Diaries
    Tuesday, April 16, 1912

    Visited Henry Gossett, Sr. at Mr. Bingham’s. He is quite old, 93 years!
    Claud broke up the garden. We got a letter from Hallie. I paid Claud one dollar to break up garden; paid Taylor one dollar, bal. on hauling corn. That makes us even, thank the Lord. We wrote Hallie a letter today.

    [Sandy Gorin’s] comments:
    I found several Henry Gossetts on the KY Vital Records web site, but none of them appeared to be this Henry Gossett, Sr. I know nothing about him , but I would say that to live to 93 years of age at the turn of the century was a feat to be proud of. I think that, probably, Claud is Claud Dupree Monroe (29 Mar 1891 – 23 Aug 1951), who was the son of G. W. Taylor Monroe and Alice (McClure) Monroe. Hey Doc! Feels good to be even, right?


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