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Content Gould

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Daughter of Daniel Gould and Wait Gould
Sister of Thomas Gould; John Gould; Priscilla Hart; Waite Peckham; Mary Gould and 3 others

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  • The family of Zaccheus Gould of Topsfield By Benjamin Apthorp Gould
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  • 49. RICHARD5 GOULD, born about 1553, son of Richard of Stoke Mandeville, is recorded as of Bovingdon, in the parish register of Chesham, co. Bucks, in 1604 ; there deceased.
  • Children :
    • 60. RICHARD, b. about 1578, d. 1629, married Mary
    • 61. JEREMY, " 1581, d. 1654?, married 1604 Priscilla Grover
    • 62. JOHN, b. about 1584, d. 1650, married Judith
    • 63. ZACCHEUS, b. 1589, d. 1668, married Phebe
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  • 61. JEREMY6 GOULD, son of Richard of Bovingdon ; born about 1581 ; married 1604 Nov. 27 at Chesham, Priscilla, daughter of William Grover of Codmore. Was assessed in 1623 for property in Halton and Weston Turville, co. Bucks. In the registry of his marriage he is called son of Richard Gould, late of Bovingdon.
  • He was in Rhode Island as early as 1638 ; on 1639 Jan. 28, was witness to will of Henry Russell, in which Zaccheus Gould was trustee ; and in 1639 sold land in Weymouth to his brother Zaccheus.
  • Family tradition states that he went back to England, and returned in 1642 bringing his wife and three children, — Daniel aet. 16, Thomas and John. He settled in the part of the island which is now Middletown, where some of his descendants still live, and there his wife Priscilla died, later than 1655, and was buried on the farm. Soon afterward he returned to England where he died. He wrote to Job Lane (Geneal. Register xi, 104) 1854 June 6, that he intended to return to New England.
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  • In another letter (ibid. xvii, 266) he speaks of his son Simon, then (1653) living in London.
  • Children:
    • 84. MARY, m. 1640 William Jeffrey, one of the earliest settlers in Massachusetts Bay, — before Endicott or Winthrop; d. 1675
    • 85. SIMON living 1653
    • 86. DANIEL, b. ab. 1625, m. 1651 Dec. 18, Wait Coggeshall; died 1716 March 26
    • 87. THOMAS, m. 1655 Elizabeth [Balston] previously wife of John Coggeshall ; died s.p. 1693 Aug. 20
    • 88. HENRY, bapt. at Aston Abbotts 1631 July 12; must have died young
    • 89. JOHN, m. Margaret, widow of Edward Hart; died s.p. 1680
    • 90. Daughter, said in Austin's Geneal. Dict, to have married William Withington
  • [Jeremy Gould was witness 1631 Jan. 24 to codicil of the will of Alice Lucas of Wingrave, co. Bucks.]
  • 62. JOHN6 GOULD of King's Langley. .... etc.
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  • 1. JEREMY GOULD, of Newport.
  • This brother of Zaccheus is no. 61 in the enumeration of his lineage upon page 19 of this volume ; and his children are given on page 20 (nos. 84 to 90).
  • No record of his first arrival in New England has come to light. There is ground for the belief that he was in Rhode Island as early as 1638, and it is so stated by Savage ; yet the earliest mention of him, which I have found here, is in a mortgage recorded in Suffolk Deeds (I, 16), as follows :
    • "Jeremy Gould of Weymouth granted unto Joseph Hollway, of Sandwich, all that house and house-lot and meadow, which he lately purchased of said Joseph, as security for the payment of twenty pounds, upon the 24 day of June in the year of our Lord 164-. This was by indenture, dated the 1 Oct. 1639.
  • Less than four months later, 1639 Jan. 28, he was witness to the will of Henry Russell of Weymouth, as heretofore stated on page 26.
  • We also find in Suffolk Deeds (I, 18), that William Coddington of Newport of Aquidneck, appoints 1641 April 26, and again 1641 Aug. 23 and Sept. 17, his well-beloved friend Mr. Jere. Gould, to be his attorney in the Massachusetts.
  • In Suffolk Deeds (I, 54, 56), it is recorded that he sold a house and land in Weymouth to James Parker of Strawberry Bank, who conveyed the same to Zaccheus Gould 1644 Nov. 26, as already stated, page 30. The latter conveyed the property to Capt. William Perkins, by deed dated 1645 April 2.
  • It would appear, from family tradition, that he went back to England, and returned in 1642, bringing with him his wife and three sons, Daniel, aged 16, Thomas and John. He established himself in what is now Middletown, R.I., where some of his descendants still live. His wife Priscilla died there, and was buried on the farm. After this bereavement, he went again to England, where he died.
  • Mary2 Gould, apparently the eldest child of Jeremy, married William Jeffrey about 1640, and died in 1675. .... etc.
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  • Daniel2 Gould, born about 1625, died 1716 March 26, came to New England in 1642, with his mother and two brothers, as stated on page 19. He married 1651 Dec. 18, Wait (b. 1636 Sept. 11, d. 1718 July 9), dau. of John and Mary Coggeshall. In 1656 he embraced the doctrines of the Quakers. Coming from Salem to Boston in November, 1659, in company with Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson he was imprisoned, and whipped with thirty lashes. In 1700 they published a pamphlet on the subject. He was the ancestor of the Gould family of Rhode Island.
  • Children :
    • Mary3, b. 1653 May 2; m. 1672 June 22 Joseph Bryer; d. 1690-1 Jan. 9.
    • Thomas3, b. 1655 Feb. 20; m. 1690-1 Elizabeth Mott; d. 1734.
    • Daniel3, b. 1656 Oct. 24; m. Mary Clark.
    • John3, b. 1659 May 4; m. 1685-6 Sarah Pryor; d. 1704.
    • Priscilla3, b. 1661 June 30; m. John Hart, son of Thomas and Freeborn [Williams, dau. of Roger] ; d. 1688-9 Jan. 23.
    • Jeremiah3, b. 1644 May 5; drowned 1666 April 27.
    • James3, b, 1666 July 13; m. Katharine Clark.
    • Jeremiah3, b. 1668-9 Feb. 2; d. 1670 Aug. 2.
    • Content3, b. 1671 May 23; m. 1692 John Whitpin of Philadelphia; d. 1720 Sept. 3.
    • Wait3, b. 1676 May 8; m. Joseph Peckham, son of John and Sarah ---- : d. 1725 March 14.
  • Thomas2 Gould, who died 1693 Aug. 20; m. 1655 Elizabeth (d. 1696), daughter of William and Mary Balston. .... etc.


  • Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of ... By Henry Whittemore
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  • GOULD, or GOLD; --- Adam Gould, of Groton, by wife Rebecca, had Dorcas, born 1683, removed to Woburn, there by wife Hannah, had Thomas, born 1689; and his wife died soon.
  • CHRISTOPHER GOULD, of Hampton, 1660.
  • DANIEL GOULD, of Newport, a freeman there 1655, represent. 1672, married 1651, Wait Coggeshall, probably daughter of the first John, had Mary, born 1653; Thomas, 1655; Daniel 1656; John, 1659; Priscilla, 1661; Jeremy, 1664; James, 1666; Jeremy, again, 1669; Content, 1671; and Wait, 1676. The date of his death is not found.
  • EDWARD GOULD, of Hingham, a pailmaker, came in the "Elizabeth" from London, 1635, aged 28, was of Hawkhurst, Co., Kent; living in Boston, in 1657.
  • FRANCIS GOULD, of Chelmsford, had been of Braintree, by wife Rose had there Hannah, born 1655; and john 1657, who probably died young; and at C. had John, again, 1660.
  • HENRY GOULD, of Ipswich, by wife Sarah, married 1675, had Sarah; Elizabeth, 1677; Jane, 1679; and Joanna, 1681.
  • JAMES GOULD, of Haverhill, took oath of fidelity, 1677.
  • JARVIS GOULD, of Hingham, cordwainer, came in the "Elizabeth," 1635, aged 30, servant to Clement Bates, removed to Boston, 1656, leaving John.
  • JEREMIAH GOULD, of R. I., 1638, is in list of Newport freeman, 1655.
  • JEREMY GOULD, of Weymouth, 1639.
  • JOHN GOULD, a husbandman from Towcester, Northamptonsh., came in the "Defence," 1635, aged 25, with wife Grace, 25; but nothing is found of his settlement.
  • JOHN GOULD, of Charlestown, had wife Mary in 1636, who died 1642; daughter Mary baptized 1637; Sarah, 1637, Elizabeth, 1640; Abigail, 1642; by another wife, Hannah, who died 1647, had Hannah, 1644; and John, 1647, died soon. By the same records he is favored with another John, 1648, probably by another wife, Joanna; both father and son living 1678. He may have been one of the early settlers at Reading.
  • JOHN GOULD, of Newport, 1655, represent. 1672, but no more can be learned of him.
  • JOHN GOULD, of Topsfield, only son of Zaccheus, born about 1637, in England, freeman, 1665, the greatest landholder in the neighborhood, married 1660, Sarah, perhaps daughter of John Baker, who died 1709, had John, born 1662, Sarah, 1664; Thomas, 1667; Samuel, 1670; Zaccheus, 1672; Priscilla, 1674; Joseph, 1677; Mary, 1681, and he died perhaps 1710.
  • JOHN GOULD, of Taunton, married Mary, daughter of Robert Crossman, 1673, had mary, born 1674; Hannah, 1677.
  • JOHN GOULD, of Stamford, married a daughter of George Slawson.
  • NATHAN GOULD, of Fairfield, 1652, married Martha, widow of Edmund Harvey, an assistant, 1657, and every year but one following; was named for some rank in the Royal Charlter of 1662; in 1670 was the riches inhabitant. He wrote his surname without the u, but perhaps the universal pronunciation caused the change. he died 1694, in his will names only son Nathan, and daughters Sarah, Deborah, Abigail and Martha.
  • NATHAN GOULD, of Salisbury, 1660, by wife Elizabeth, had Mary, born 1661; Elizabeth, 1664; and Samuel, 1668; was of Amesbury, 1690, freeman that year. In his will names wife Elizabeth, and children Joseph, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Samuel.
  • ROBERT GOULD, of Hull, married, 1666, Judith, and had second wife Jane Smith, a widow, daughter of Thomas Harris, of Boston; was freeman 1680.
  • THOMAS GOULD, of Boston, came in the "Jonathan," 1639, aged 32, may have been the freeman of 1641, but
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  • that is doubful; was perhaps first of Cambridge, by wife Mary had Jacob, born 1643, died 1662.
  • THOMAS GOULD, of Newport, 1655, married Elizabeth, daughter of William Balstone, may have been many years of Wickford, 1674.
  • THOMAS GOULD, of Charlestown, with wife Hannah, joined to the church, 1640; had Hannah, baptized 1641; became a Bapt., was long imprisoned for his falling off, but ultimately discharg. with reput. He had second wife Mary, before all his troubles were over. He died perhaps 1674, at Boston, and in his will names wife Mary, son Samuel, daughters Mary Skinner, Mehitable Goodwin, Mary Bunker, and her two children, Abigal Shapely, son, Nathaniel Haywood, and daughter Hannah Gold.
  • THOMAS GOULD, of Boston, married, 1656, Frances Robinson, had probably other children, besides Ann, born about 1685, who married Nathaniel Green.
  • ZACCHEUS GOULD, of Lynn, 1640, had son Daniel, it is said, born about 1650, who went, probably, with other of his neighbors to Reading.
  • ZACCHEUS GOULD, of Wyemouth, 1639
  • ZACCHUES GOULD, of Ipswich, 1644 (in that part which was soon incorp. as Topsfield), came from Hants Green, near Potter's Row, in Co. Bucks; left good estate to only son, John, and four daughters, perhaps both at Rawley and Topsfield. His daughters were Phebe, Martha, Mary, and Priscilla.
  • Arms: Or, on a chevron, between three roses, azure, three pineapples, [sometimes thistles], slipped of the first.
  • Crest: An eagle's head, erased, azure. In the beak a pineapple, or.
  • MASSACHUSETTS.--- Chandler's Hist. of Shirley, 428; Daniel's Hist. of Oxford, 523; Temple's Hist. of N. Brookfield, 605; Marse's Sherborn, 93; Ballou's Hist. of Milford, 773-5; Cleveland's Topfield Anniv., 52.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE--- Kider's New Ipswich, 379-83; Norton's Hist. of Fitzwilliam, 585; Cochrane's Hist. of Antrim, 512; Haywood's Hist. of Hancok, 613; Stearn's Hist. of Rindge, 536-8
  • OTHER PUBLICATIONS:--- Gould Gen., (1841), 2 pp.; (1872), 109 pp.; (1895), 353 pp.; Savage's Gen. Dict., II, 284-7; Am. Ancestry, I, 32; III, 197; IV, 178; VI, 158; Binney Gen., 24, 88-93; Dwight Gen., 976-80; Walworth's Hyde Gen., 813-6.


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