John Gould (1610 - 1691) MP

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Birthplace: Towcester, Northamptonshire, , England
Death: Died in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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John Gould sailed to America from England in July 1635. The ship he came on was named "Defence" He came over with his first wife. They were both 25 years old


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Towcester, Northamptonshire, , England

First Generation
1. John1 GOULD was born circa 1610 in England[1,2]. This is estimated from the fact that he was aged 66 in 1676.
John died in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 21 March 1690/1; he was 80[1,2].
John Gould, aged 25 and a husbandman of Towcester, Northamptonshire, England and his wife Grace, 25, sailed on
the Defence from London to New England. First Mr. Edward Pearce, was master of the ship, but he was replaced
before the voyage by Thomas Bostock. The ship embarked 20 June 1635 until it sailed on 18 July 1635[3]. The
Goulds were some of the first to embark on the ship. They embarked on 20 June 1635. “In the Defence de Lond. m.
PEARCE vrs. New England p. Cert fro two Justices of Peace & Minister of Towcester in Co. Northampton:
Jon GOULD - 25 yers husbandman
GRACE his wife - 25 yers.[4]”
John was an official inhabitant of Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA by 1635. Once here, he also changed his profession
from Husbandman to Carpenter[2]. He was still taxed in Charlestown in 1658[2]. By 1636, John Gould owned 6 lots in
Charlestown: his own house-lot was north of Mill Hill and he had title to 1 cow common. In addition, he owned 4
acres in Linefield; 1.5 acres in the Mystic marshes; 10 acres in the Mystic woods and 25 acres in the Waterfield That
same year, he also acquired 1/2 of hay-lot number 3. On 22 September 1636, he was also given leave to build by Mr.
Bunker’s new house in order to keep double rails to low water.
In 1648/9, He sold two acres of land in Charlestown to R. Hale. In 1649, he bought 1/2 of a cow common from
Abraham Hill. That same year, he sold his house & lot to W. Edmands and sold 6 acres on Molton Point,
Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA -- “not desc.” -- to Major Solomon Phipps, with £7 to be paid by Phipps by
29d:7m(September):1649/50. This latter deed was officially recorded in 1685[2]. In 1650, John and his wife Jane sold
9 acres of land in Charlestown. This deed was officially recorded in 1664. In 1654, they sold 8 acres to H. Dunster.
In 1687, John & his wife Hannah [a.k.a. Johanna] gave or sold a lot of land to their son Daniel. The deed was
officially recorded in 1697, with John Gould, Jr. as witness[2]. Finally, in 1689/90, they made a gift of deed to their
grandson Thomas Gould, Jr., son of John’s now-deceased oldest son, Thomas Gould, Sr.[2]
John was admitted to the Church at Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 25d:1m(March):1638[2]. He must have made
Freeman (since he was allowed to serve in the militia), but I’ve not yet found record of it. In 1682, when he was 73
years old, John was excused from training with the militia[2].
John Gould’s will was dated 3 January 1688/9 and was probated on 19 June 1691. The aforementioned Thomas
Gould, Jr. inherited the land by the pond from “slues” to Cutler’s Hill, with the dam, John Gould Jr.’s fence & Thomas
Cutler’s land serving as boundaries. If Thomas died, this land was to go to his uncle John Gould, Jr. Apparently, the
younger Thomas did, indeed, die without issue and the land reverted to his uncle John. For, in 1709/10, the “…lot
willed by father to his gr.-son Thomas…” was given by John2 Gould, Jr. to his own son, Daniel[2].
Sarah Gould’s husband, John Burbeen was left 5s. Sons John Gould, Jr. & Daniel Gould were to inherit all the
“moveables” after their mother Johanna/Hannah died. Daniel Gould & N. Cowdry were named executors of the
Before 1635 when John was 25, he first married Grace [surname not known], in England[1,2,5], who died after 20
June 1635[3,4]. On that date, she and her husband John embarked aboard the Defence. Beyond that, we have no
definite records of Grace Gould. Thomas could have been their child or may have been the child of John Gould & his
second wife, Mary.
They possibly had one child:
2 i. Thomas

July 7, 1611
Age 1
Saratt, Herts, Eng
July 7, 1611
Age 1
Age 21
Age 25
Age 25
Charlestown, MA
July 1636
Age 26
Charlestown, Middlesex Co., MA
December 15, 1637
Age 27
Boston, MA, USA
February 17, 1640
Age 30
Charlestown, Middlesex Co., MA