OLD GOSS CONDITIONS
This is from an email I had a couple of years ago.
Just outside of the present town is the site I
mentioned before where
Ephraim and Anna's cabin stood. Behind it, isolated now, on a hill is the
old Goss cemetery where they are buried. It is on private land, but I have
been there, just last summer. The owners gave me permission. It is
covered in weeds. Every tombstone, except one, has fallen. About 20
graves are there, mostly children, and I believe some servants. Ephraim's
tombstone is hugh and laying flat on the ground. These fallen stones are
made of limestone and their inscriptions are fading away. The only stone
standing is Anna's. It was made of pink marble and is still now as it was
then. That was how I found the cemetery. Her beautiful pink marble stone
appears to be standing all alone, peeking above the weeds, on the hilltop.
When I got closer, I tripped on Ephrain's fallen stone. As I picked my
way through the weeds, I found most of the other stones.
It is an embarrassing shame that Gosport has allowed the cemetery of the
town founders to be in such a terrible shape. Ask anyone in town, even
those who have lived here for years, where the cemetery of Ephraim Goss and
his family is, and most never even heard of it. The owners of the property
where the cemetery now stands are involved in community affairs and are the
descendents of other early settlers in Gosport. Yet, they have allowed
this historical site to fall away.