My great-grandfather was R.F. Goss (Robert Frederick Goss Sr.). He was born in Missouri November 8, 1854 and was the son of Jesse S. Goss (b.Jan 23 1829) of North Carolina and Sarah Small. Jesse S. Goss moved his family to Missouri sometime before 1860,and lived there until his death Feb 211902. Robert Frederick left Missouri, and his father Jesse, sometime after 1870.
He is shown in the 1870 Greene County Missouri Federal census living with his father and stepmother. By 1880 he is shown in the Grayson County, Texas federal census living with Reverend Constantine Dryden, as a boarder and farm laborer. Not long after this census was taken he married Sarah F. Williams also shown on the 1880 Grayson census. They were married in Whitesboro. I have copies of the family Bible that they started on their wedding day June 20th 1880. Reverend Constantine Dryden, Methodist, performed the ceremony.(The Bible is over 100 years old and falling apart. It was in the posession of a distant family member who is now deceased.)
Going forward 20 years to the 1900 census of Grayson County, Robert Frederick Goss (shown as railroad flagman) and Sarah F. are shown with 6 children: Jessie James b.Nov18 1883 d.Dec15 1910;Fanny (FrancesElizabeth)b.Mar 21 1888 d.Jul 11 1960;Hester Ann b.Feb 20 1892 d.Apr 5 1967; Arvin (mispelled in census as Arvnel)who is my grandfather Robert Arvin b.Feb 15 1896 d.Apr 7 1943; and Charles Calvert b.Feb 10 1899(died as a child June 6 1900). These names and births are also listed in my family Bible copies, and match the census records for ages and names. My grandfather Robert Arvin was always called by his middle name Arvin.There was also another child who
died, named Exeyodus b.May 14 1893 d.Jan 8 1894.
Robert Frederick died Apr 12, 1901 in a tragic train accident in Denison. The following is an article that appeared in the Sunday Gazetteer Apr 14, 1901.
MET A HORRIBLE FATE
Flagman Goss is killed at the Main Street crossing.
R. F. Goss, The M K and T flagman of the Main Street crossing, was run over and killed Friday at 3:30 p.m. by switch engine No. 31, in charge of Engineer sales. No two persons ever see an accident alike and there are several versions of just how it happened. Several eye witnesses state that a party of ladies had left the depot platform to cross the tracks. A switch engine was moving near the crossing and Goss advanced to give them warning.He was so intent on watching the ladies that he did not see a switch engine which was coming on the track on which he was standing. The engineer supposed of course that the flagman would step to one side as he had done a hundred times. But he did not move and was crushed and mangled to death, his body being literally cut into fine particles and strung along the rails for a distance of 25 yards.After the accident the remains were put into a sack and carried to the M K and T freight depot.
The deceased has been here for a number of years employed at the freight department. When Jimmy Cater went to the hospital at Sedatis, Goss took his place. He was a man about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and four children to mourn his untimely fate.
This article matches death date in our Bible, job description shown in 1900 Grayson census, and family stories of Robert Frederick Goss. I found this article while looking for an obituary of Robert Frederick. Records this far back are not available from M K and T, I've checked.
Sarah F. died Mar 6, 1915 in Denison of pneumonia. In the 1910 census she had been working as a laborer at the cotton mill.Also shown in that census is my grandfather Robert Arvin working in the cotton mill as a spinner. He was only 14.
Jesse James Goss was not named after the outlaw Jesse James, but after his grand- father's Jesse S. Goss and James F. Williams. He worked as a boiler maker, married Mabel Irene Fowler in 1908, and commited suicide on Dec. 15, 1910 by gunshot in Amarillo. Younger brother Robert Arvin(my grandfather), only 14, traveled from Denison to Amorilla, retrieving Jesse's body, signing the death certificate, and taking him back to Denison for burial at Oakwood.I do have a copy of the death certificate.
Robert Frederick, Sarah F., Jesse James, and Charlels Calvert are all buried at Oakwood Cemetary in Denison, Texas. The headstone is very old and hard to read, but parts of names and dates can still be read.
My grandfather Robert Arvin Goss was born in Denison Feb 15,1896. He was only 5 years old when his father died in the train accident. By 1910 he lives at Route #6 Denison, Texas with his mother, and is working as a spinner at the cotton mill.
In 1914 he joined the Navy at Dallas, Texas. He was 18 years old, 5ft 5 in tall, weighed 125 lbs, and already had a tatoo "A. G. star 1911".
He served in the U. S. Army during WWII, and when he came back in 1946 he married Rose Alvarado. They had two daughters, Anita Rose and Roberta Linn. I am Roberta Linn. The name Robert was passed from generation to generation ending with me, Roberta.
A. G. stands for Arvin Goss, I don't know what the star and 1911 are for. He lists his address as still being Route #5 Denison. He stayed in the Navy until his death in San Diego Navy hospital on Apr 7 1943. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans national cemetery.
He married Laura Hill Scarborough of Alba, Texas on Dec 29 1919. She was born May 2, 1900 and died in 1981. They moved back and forth from Denison to San Diego, CA until about 1936 when they made San Diego their permanant home.
They had four children: Robert Arvin Jr. (my father) b. Aug 2 1923 d. Mar 24 1994; Harold Dougas b. Aug 1 1925 d. abt 1995; Helen Louise b.Jul 8 1935 (the only child born in Denison) still living; James Ferrel b.Aug 10 1938 still living. Robert Arvin Goss Jr. (My father) was born in San Diego, and except for the moves to Denison as a child, lived in San Diego all of his life.
"This is my grandmother Laura Hill Scarborough Goss with my dad on her
left, Robert Arvin Jr., and my uncle Harold Douglas on her right. The year is 1930"
Sarah F. Goss is shown on the 1910 census as owner of the property at Route #6 Denison, but I could not verify that through property sales records.