Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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Goos Family

 

Daniel Goos
     Daniel Goss (1815-1870+), a Dane, and his Bavarian born spouse, Katharina B. Goos (1829-1870+) had come to Ocean Springs with their three children, Daniel Goos Jr. (1847-1870+), Barbara Goos (1848-1860+), and Ellen Goos (1849- 860+), after a short residency at Biloxi.  On February 27, 1850, they had acquired in Biloxi, from Louise Alexandrine Leocade Hatrel Fourchy and Alexandre Fourchy of New Orleans for $2500, the property at present day 138 Magnolia Street.  The Creole Cottage now situated here is known as Mary Mahoney's Old French House.(HARCO, Ms. Land Deed Bk. 5, p. 256)  In January 1851, the Goos family sold their Biloxi residence to Samuel Friedlander of New Orleans and moved to Ocean Springs.  The selling price at this time was $5000.  It would appear the Biloxi home was builtby Goos and sold to Friedlander.  Basis for this postulation is the doubling of the property value and that Kendall brick was used in its construction.  The Kendall Brickyard existed from 1849-1854 at Back Bay, now D'Iberville.(HARCO, Ms. Land Deed Bk. 5, pp. 480-481)

     At Ocean Springs on Washington Avenue, Daniel Goos invested his money in the mercantile business as he advertised in The Ocean Springs Gazette of March 24, 1855, as follows:  

D. Goos, Dry Goods and Produce MerchantKeep constantly on hand a large and well selected assortment of dry goods, groceries, tin ware, crockery, hardware, cutlery, medicines, boots, shoes, clothing, (several items illegible), carpenter's tools, school and blank books, saddles,  bridles, trunks,etc.  The above assortment will be sold at New Orleans prices. (March 3, 1855, p. 4)  

     Daniel Goos also owned land and probably resided in the present day Alto Park area of Ocean Springs, which is now bounded by General Pershing, Kensington, and Ward.  General Pershing Avenue was called Goos Avenue until its German sounding name came into disfavor during the years of World War I (1914-1918).  It was only logical to replace this Teutonic nomenclature with that of the American general from Missouri who led our American Expeditionary Force in Europe during the Great War, General John Joseph Pershing (1860-1948).  At Ocean Springs, three Goos children were born: Rosalie Goos (1851-1860+), Emma Goos (1853-1860+), and Fredericka Goos (1855-1860+).(1860 Federal Census-Calcasieu Parish, La. M653R409, p. 240)  

Lake Charles 

     In late 1855 or 1856, the Goos family relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Here Mr. Goos made his livelihood as a lawyer and sawmill owner.  In 1860, he had a net worth of $28,000.  Eight additional children were born to the couple in Louisiana: Georgiana Goos (1856-1870+), Christian Goos (1857-1870+), Catherine Goos (1859-1860+), Delphine Goos (1860-1870+), Frederick Goos (1863-1870+), Walter Goos (1865-1870+), Albert Goos (1867-1870+), and Marie Goos (1869-1870+).  By 1870, Mrs. Goos had delivered fourteen children into the world.  At this time, Daniel Goos' next worth had decreased to only $25,000, indicating that the family had survived the Civil War in relative good economic order.  Also Daniel Goos was employed as a machinist.(1860 Federal Census-Calcasieu Parish, La. M653R409, p. 240 and 1870 Federal Census-Calcasieu Parish, La.)  

     It is interesting to note in the Social Security Death Index that an Albert Goos (1889-1953), Walter Goos (1901-1977), and Daniel W. Goos (1930-1998) expired in Calcasieu Parish, indicating a high degree of certitude that they were descendants of Daniel and Katherine Goos.  
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