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John Q. Goss, 1827-1918

RG3516.AM:  John Q. Goss, 1827-1918

Papers:  1857-1892
Bellevue, Sarpy County, Neb.:  Soldier, lawyer, legislator
Size:  1 box; 0.5 cu.ft.


John Q. Goss was born at Somersetshire, England, March 8, 1827. He came to American in 1844, settling in Ohio where he taught school for about nine years. He read law and was admitted to the bar in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1857. He came to Nebraska two years later and located at Bellevue. Goss represented Sarpy, Washington, Burt, and Cumings Counties in the territorial legislature in 1860. In 1862 he was appointed quartermaster general of the territory of Nebraska and later that year enlisted in the Second Nebraska Cavalry, serving until 1863 when he was promoted to first lieutenant. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Sarpy County in 1864 and held numerous other county and municipal offices. Judge Goss was a charter member of the Nebraska Lodge No. 1, A.F. & A.M., which he joined in 1869, and held office there for years. He was also a member of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias, which he joined when it was organized in the state. He was also organizer of the first Pythian Lodge in Missouri. A wife and one daughter, Mrs. Emma Thompson survived him. John Q. Goss died on March 19, 1918.


The collection consists of one box of manuscript material divided into three series: 1) Manuscripts, 1862-1892; 2) Legal documents, 1857-1873; and 3) Real Estate Records. The bulk of this collection consists of manuscripts written by John Goss about the Indian Campaign in South Dakota in 1862-1863. Also included are deeds, commissions in the Nebraska volunteers, admissions to practice before the bar, and a real estate transaction book, ca. 1850s-1860s.

Note:  See the Nebraska History index for articles relating to John Q. Goss.


Series 1 - Manuscripts, 1862-1892

Box 1
  1. History of the Nebraska Soldiers Association, 1892
  2. Diary of the South Dakota Indian Campaign, 1862-1863

Series 2 - Legal Documents, 1857-1873

  1. Deeds and commissions

Series 3 - Real Estate Records

  1. Real Estate Transaction Book, ca. 1850s-1860s



Bellevue (Neb.) -- History
Dakota Indians -- Wars, 1862-1865
Goss, John Q., 1827-1918
Indians of North America -- Wars
Land settlement -- Nebraska Territory
Nebraska Soldiers Association
Real estate business -- Nebraska Territory
Sarpy County (Neb.) -- History
United States. Army. Nebraska Cavalry Regiment, 2nd


DDS/cr   01-13-1970
Encoded TMM   04-07-2010


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