Don, your Clark recruiter must have recruited my Knowlens into the war then. John Nelson and William never returned and Freeman returned less an arm. The Clarks mentioned in the Journal were a Mr David J Clark of Glenburn who was associated with Capt Nye's group at Fort Jarvis on the Fish River (later Fort Kent) in April 1839 and Capt James Clark who was military commander at Fort Fairfield in May, 1839. I did a quick look through rosters to learn more about Capt Clark. He commanded a light infantry company with men from the Hampden/Herman area of Penobscot County. Watson R Goss was a member of Capt William Mills Rifle Co which rendezvoued in Bangor on Feb 20th, 1839. Pay records indicate that he was in Bangor on that day because he was given "0" miles travel. Another unusual note on the muster report-which was created on or about Feb 20th, is that his name appears near the end of the roster, out of alphebetical sequence. He's number 43 after James Young. Also following his name are those members of the rifle co- about 15 who left the company at Fort Fairfield on April 11th to enlist in the Civil Posse. On the pay roster he is placed correctly, No 15. For 2 months and 25 days his pay- less expenses- was $29.75 (that included a clothing allowance of $7.08 of which he only used $4. 25) He mustered out May 15th in Bangor.
My gr gr grandfather's Uncle Thomas Knowlen married the niece of your Goss ancester-Thomas Knowlen 2nd married Clarissa Rowe, daughter of Dorcas Goss and Gilbert Ayers Rowe. Thomas as born 1822 in Levant and Clarissa b 1825 in Levant- both ended up in Masardis in the 1840's and at Portage for the 1850 census. The 100th Anniversary booklet put out by Masardis in 1933 says that Mrs Goss (I presume Elizabeth) joined her husband in Masardis and laughed about the allegations of infidelity he was rumored to be involved in.