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James Gould

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
Death: 1783 (54)
Nassau, New Providence Island, The Bahamas
Immediate Family:

Son of James Gould and Mary Gould
Husband of Susannah Gould
Father of Jane Higgs; Mary Lightbourn; Walter Gould; Susannah Gould; William Gould and 2 others
Brother of Walter Gould; Catherine Gould; Samuel Gould; Nathaniel Gould; Mary Almy and 2 others

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About James Gould

James Gould, Sr. is the progenitor of a large number of Bahamian families.

Life in Rhode Island

James was born in May 1728 in Newport, Rhode Island, to James Gould (1696 - 1768) and Mary Rathbun (1700 - 1779). He had at least two siblings -- a brother named Samuel, found in Bahamian family records, and a sister named Mary.

His parents were Quakers with strong colonial American roots. His grandfather Walter Clarke was the first native-born Governor of Rhode Island. One of James' third-great-aunts was famed Rhode Island leader and minister Anne Hutchinson. His second-great-grandfather John Coggeshall, Sr. was the first President of the Rhode Island General Assembly. His third-great-grandfather Rev. Francis Edward Marbury was a famed English clergyman and playwright, while another third-great-grandfather, Lewis Latham, was Falconer for King Charles I.

Life in the Bahamas

By the mid-1700s, James had arrived in the Bahamas. On Christmas Day 1753, he married Susannah Pinder in Nassau, New Providence. She was 15 years old, which would not have been unheard of for a Bahamian marriage during that time period.

Their children were:

  • Jane Gould -- b. c. 1756 at Harbour Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas; m. Capt. Samuel Higgs 1775; d. July 14, 1830
  • Catherine Gould -- b. September 30, 1759; m. Thomas Thompson April 7, 1774 in Nassau; d. c. October 14, 1799
  • Mary Gould -- b. September 30, 1759; m. Paul Lighbourn June 24, 1778 in Nassau; d. July 1800 in Nassau
  • Walter Gould -- b. February 12, 1761
  • Susannah Gould -- b. 1767
  • William Gould -- b. c. 1770


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James Gould's Timeline

May 1728
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
Age 27
Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas
September 30, 1759
Age 31
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
September 30, 1759
Age 31
The Bahamas
February 12, 1761
Age 32
The Bahamas
Age 38
The Bahamas
Age 41
The Bahamas
Age 54
Nassau, New Providence Island, The Bahamas