David Goss, cabinet-maker and undertaker, fourth son of Martin and Margaret (Strong) Goss, was born near Lancaster, Pa., March 27, 1813. When he was two years of age, his parents came to Hocking County, Ohio, and settled near Millville, where he lived until manhood, working on a farm and attending the common school. He began working at the cabinet trade when a boy, and when twenty-one years old opened a shop near Millville, where he worked three yeare, In 1837 he purchased the farm where he now resides, and worked at his trade until 1882. He has preserved measures of 2,500 coffins made by him during the time He has been engaged in the business.  April 8, 1846, he married Magdalena, daughter of Frederick and Leah (Fought) Friesner, of Hocking County. They had ten children, five living - Martin, of Hocking County; Ellen, wife of John Evans; Effie, Ida, and Edward at home. Israel died in infancy; Simeon at eight years of age; Mary at four years of age. Frederick was drowned in the Hocking river June 4, 1865, aged thirteen years; and Emma, June 3, 1878 in her twentieth year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Goss was born March 18, 1827, and died July 22,1871. She was a member of the Albright Church. He and his daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883.