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Nathan Gold (Gould)

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Death: March 4, 1694 (70)
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Faiffield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Gold and Judith Gold
Husband of Martha Gold and Sarah Gold
Father of Sarah Thompson; Deborah Clark (Gould); Lt. Nathan Gold, Jr., Governor of Connecticut; Abigail Seleck and Martha Davenport

Occupation: Farmer, Deputy Governor of Connecticut
Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Maj. Nathan Gold, of Milford and Fairfield

Reconnected to parents, John Gould and Judith Gould. His parents still need actual evidence versus Find A Grave and a biography of Jay Gould. - Hatte Blejer March 1, 2015

Came to US in 1646-1647 from St Edmund Bury (or Bury St Edmund) Co, Suffolk, England. Purchased land in Milford, Conn 1647 & 1649. Sold land in Milford, Conn Dec 31 1649/50 & moved to Fairfield. Bought land in Fairfield in 1657. Town Clerk in Fairfield, served as judge of the "sea-side" Courts. 1657 was made an assistant and appointed as Magistrate by General Assembly.

He with Gov. Winthrop & others (19 in all) joined in the petition to Charles II of England to grant charter to Connecticut and he was named Assistant to the Governor in that new charter which was granted in 1662. 1664 he was made commander in chief of the military forces in Fairfield Co to provide against attacks by the Dutch.

Married (1) Martha Harvey, widow of Edmund Harvey in 1652 and (2) Sarah Pippen Yeo, widow of Thomas Yeo circa 1663. He died on 4 Mar 1693 in Fairfield, Conn. He was buried in Old Burying Grounds, Fairfield, Conn.


"GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL HISTORY OF NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA" Under the Editorial Supervision of John W. Jordan, LL.D. Volume II, page 895-896. (1913)

"The GOULD family has been established in America since its earliest colonial days. Nathan Gould, or, as he was known, Major Nathan Gold, removed from Saint Edmondson, Cambridge, England, to Fairfield, Connecticut, during the reign of Charles II, and was one of the first settlers of that town; rendered much military service; was a wealthy landowner in 1649-1653; a member of council, 1657-1694; died March 4, 1694."


  • Genealogical and Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania, Volume 2 By John Woolf Jordan
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  • The Gould family has been established in America since it's earliest Colonial days. Nathan Gould, or as he was known, Major Nathan Gold, removed from St. Edmonson, Cambridge, England to Fairfield Connecticut, during the reign of Charles II., and was one of the first settlers of that town; rendered much military service; was a wealthy landowner in 1649-1653; a member of council 1657-1694; died March 4, 1694. In 1657 he married Martha, widow of Edmund Harvey. Children, not in order: 1. Nathan, of whom further, 2. Sarah, died 1723. 3. Sarah, born 1660; married, 1684, John Thompson, of Fairfield; died June 4. 1747. 4. Deborah, married George Clark, of Milford, Connecticut. 5. Abigail, married, January 5, 1685. Jonathan Selleck Jr., of Stratford. 6. Martha, married (first) John Selleck, (second) Rev. John Davenport, April 16, 1695, of Stamford, died December, 12, 1712.
  • (II) Nathan Gold (as it was spelled at that time) was the son of Major Nathan and Martha Gold, and was born December 8, 1663, died October 3, 1723. He was recorder of town of Fairfield many years; was assistant, 1694; lieutenant-governor, 1708-1723; chief justice of supreme court, 1712. He married Hannah, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John and He-
  • Pg.896
  • lena (Wakeman) Talcott; married (second) Sarah ---- . Children: .... etc.


  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 47 edited by Richard Henry Greene, ....
  • No. 85. GOLD ........... WILLIAM ISAAC WALKER
  • 1. Major Nathan Gold,(!) b. ...... , at ...... , Eng.; d. Sunday, March 4, 1693-4, at Fairfield, Conn., and is supposed to have been buried in the Old Burying Ground, Fairfield, Conn., along side of the grave of his son Nathan2 Gold, but no stone marks his grave; m. ...... (subsequent to May 22, 1648, the date of death of Edmund Harvey), at ...... (Fairfield, Conn., probably), to Martha ( ...... ) Harvey (2nd wife and widow of Edmund Harvey; her parentage is as yet undetermined), b. ...... ; d. ...... (previous to her husband it is thought, as she is not mentioned in his will dated March 1, 1693-4), at ......
  • Res. He came over to this country in 1646-7 from St. Edmund's Bury (or Bury-St. Edmund's), Co. Suffolk, Eng.; he purchased land in Milford, Conn., in 1647, and again in 1649. On Dec. 31, 1649 (or 1650), he sold his land in Milford and removed to Fairfield, in which town he first bought land in 1652. He was Town Clerk in Fairfield and served as a Judge of the "sea-side" courts. In 1657 he was made an Assistant and was also appointed as a Magistrate by the General Assembly. He, with Governor Winthrop and others (19 in all), joined in the petition to Charles II of England to grant the Charter to Connecticut and he was named an Assistant to the Governor in that new Charter which was granted in 1662. So he was an Assistant under the old and new charters from 1657 until his death in 1693-4. The fact that he was named an Assistant in the Charter of Charles II is ample proof of his standing in the Colony. No gentleman would have been called upon to sign the petition for the Charter, and none would have been named an Assistant in the New Charter, but those who had maintained a high reputation in England before coming to this country. In 1664 he was made Commander-in-Chief of the military forces in Fairfield County to provide against attack by the Dutch. He was a member of the Committee on War in 1665 and was made a Major in 1673 and commanded the Fairfield troops in war against the Indians in 1675. In 1684 he was one of a committee of five sent from Connecticut to New York to congratulate Governor Dongan on his arrival in New York and to settle the boundary dispute between New York and Connecticut. He made his will on March 1, 1693-4, and died at Fairfield, March 4, 1693-4, 3 days after making his will. His death is thus recorded in the Town Records of Fairfield:—"Major Nathan Gold departed this life into the mansions of rest upon the Day of Rest, on the Sabbath, it being the 4th of March, 1693-4." Almost from the moment of his arrival in Fairfield for nearly 40 years he had been a leader in political, military and ecclesiastical affairs of the town and colony. No man in the country was more respected or honored than he, and none in New England stood higher in the esteem of the Lords of the Council Chamber at Whitehall. In his will he mentions his only son Nathan, his daughters Sarah (wife of John Thompson ot Fairfield): Deborah (wife of George Clark of Milford); Abigail (wife of Jonathan Selleck of Stamford), and Martha (widow of John Selleck). The will does not mention an elder daughter who m. Dr. Josiah Harvey of Fairfield, as she had died childless before her father's death. No mention is made of his wife who also died before him. Schenck's History of Fairfield, vol. i, p. 370, states, "The name of his first wife is not known." If he was married previous to his marriage to the widow of Edmund Harvey there is at present no evidence of the fact; and his wife Martha ( ...... ) Harvey-Gold was certainly the mother of his children.
  • Children, 6 (Gold): 1 son and 5 daughters, all probably b. in Fairfield, Conn., and all by his wife Martha ( ...... ) Harvey-Gold— viz: (1) a dau. (baptismal name not known), b. ...... ; d. ...... (previous to March 1, 1694), without issue; m. Dr. Josiah Harvey, of Fairfield, Conn. (2) Sarah, b. ...... 1660 (about, see age and date of death); d. June 4, 1747, in her 87th year, at Fairfield, Conn., and was buried there in Old Burying Ground, gravestone; m. April 25. 1694, to Deacon John Thompson, of Fairfield, Conn., b. ...... 1651; d. March 1, 1734, aged 83, at Fairfield, Conn., and buried there in Old Burying Ground, gravestone. (3) Deborah, b. ...... ; d. ...... ; m. George Clark, of Milford, Conn. (4) Nathan, b. ...... , 1663 (see age at and date of death); d. Oct. 3, 1723. aged 60 years, at Fairfield, Conn., and was there buried in Old Burying Ground, gravestone; m. (1) Hannah Talcott, dau. of Col. John Talcott, of Hartford, Conn.; m. (2) Sarah ...... (5) Abigail, b. ...... ; d. ...... ; m. Jan. 5, 1685, to Capt. Jonathan Selleck, of Stamford, Conn, (son of Jonathan Selleck, b. 20-3-1641. at Boston, Mass.; d. Jan. 10, 1712-13, at Stamford. Conn.; will dated Dec. 21, 1712; m. May 11, 1663) and his wife Abigail Law (dau. of Richard and Margaret (Kilbourne) Law, of Stamford, Conn.), b. July 11, 1664, at Stamford, Conn.; d. June 11, 1710, at Stamford, Conn. (6) Martha (see below).
  • 2. Martha Gold (Gould), b. ...... , at ...... (probably at Fairfield, Conn.); d. Dec. 1, 1712, at Stamford, Conn.; m. (1) ...... at ...... , to Capt. John Selleck (son of Major Jonathan and Abigail (Law) Selleck, of Stamford, Conn.), b. ...... , at ...... (Stamford, Conn., probably); he was of the Class of 1690 at Harvard College, and was probably born some 21 years previous to the year of his graduation; d. ...... (subsequent to 1690, in which year he graduated from Harvard, and also subsequent to March 16, 1692-3, as on that date he was appointed on a committee at Stamford, Conn., to treat with the Rev. John Davenport relative to the Rev. Mr. Davenport's settlement in Stamford; and previous to March 1, 1693-4, on which date he is spoken of as dead in will of his father-in-law Nathan Gold), at ..... She m. (2) April 18 (or 16), 1695, at ...... (Stamford, Conn., probably), to Rev. John Davenport (son of John and Abigail (Pierson) Davenport, of New Haven, Conn., and Boston, Mass.), as his 1st wife, b. Feb. 22, 1668-9, at Boston, Mass.; d. Feb. 5, 1730-1, at Stamford, Conn.; he m. (2) ......, at ...... , to Elizabeth (Morris) Maltby
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  • (widow of William2 Maltby and dau. of John and his 3rd wife Hannah (Bishop) Morris of New Haven, Conn.), b. ...... , 1675, at ......; d. Jan. II, 1758, at Stamford, Conn.
  • Res. John Selleck resided at Stamford, Conn.; he lived for a considerable time in the family of Jeremiah Peck of Greenwich, Conn., who "helped him in his initiation into the Latin tongue," after which he was "for several years partly with Mr. John Harriman (Harvard University, 1667) of New Haven." Rev. John Davenport resided at Stamford, Conn.; he was pastor of the church there; graduated at Harvard College 1687. He was a member of Yale College corporation from 1707 until his death. Major Jonathan Selleck of Stamford. Conn., the father of John Selleck, the first husband ol Martha Gold (Gould), in his will dated Dec. 21, 1713, gives his books to Rev. John Davenport of Stamford.
  • Children 7: by her 1st m. (Selleck), none that are known of; by her 2nd m. 7 (Davenport), Abigail, John, Martha, Sarah, Theodora. Deodate, Elizabeth; by his 2nd m. 3 (Davenport), Abraham, James, Elizabeth Morris; by her first husband William2 Maltby, Elizabeth Morris had one son, William3 Maltby, who m. Sarah Davenport (of the next generation) as her 1st husband (see below).
  • 3. Sarah Davenport, .... etc.


  • The History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, from the Settlement ... Vol. I. By Elizabeth Hubbell Godfrey Schenck
  • Pg.370
  • GOLD, GOULD — NATHAN GOLD came from St. Edmundsbury in South Britain. He pur. land at Milford Ct. in 1647 (Milford T. Rec. Vol. I. p. 101.) On the 12. Dec. 1649 he "pur. George Hubbard's dwelling-house & home-lot at Milford, & all his upland & meadow, with all the appurtenances thereto belonging." On the 31. of Dec. following, he sold the above purchase to John Streame, & re-moved to Fairfield. Here he first pur. John Foster's homestead on the Frost Square, which he sold to Thomas Sherwood 15. Dec. 1653. He next pur. of Alexander Bryan, Richard Perry's homestead on the Newton Square 8. Dec. 1653 ; & also Edmund Harvey's homestead on the n. e. of sd Newton's lot. On the 30. Nov. 1653, he pur. Thomas Newton's homestead, lying between Richard Perry's & the parsonage land ; & through Alexander Bryan sold it to Dr. Thomas Pell 9. Feb 1653/4. He next pur. 11. May 1654, Rodger Ludlow's homestead & home-lot of six acres on the n. e. corner of the Ludlow Square ; & also Ludlow's pasture lot, at the present time occupied by Mrs. Abraham Benson, the widow of a Revolutionary officer. The name of his first wife is not known. His second wife was Martha wid. of Edmund Harvey of F. His name is mentioned in the Connecticut Royal Charter of 1662. He died 4. March 1694, greatly revered & beloved by the people of the town ; & honored throughout Conn. New England, & in fact throughout the country for his christian character, sterling worth, & great usefulness. His will is dated 1. March 1693/4 1 , in which he gave to his "only & well beloved son Nathan" his home lot & new house, buildings & fences, bd. s. w. by the home stead of Nathaniel Burr, & on all other sides with highways ; also the opposite pasture-lot with buildings & accommodations, & the house he built for him on this land, with 2 1/2 acres adjoining ; 1/2 of his building lot in the woods ; 3/4 of his long-lot, & 3/4 of his interest in the Perpetual Common, & other lands; one horse, a yoke of oxen, cart, plow, & carpenter's tools, & all stock & other estate, which he had previously given him ; also his Bible, wearing-apparel, arms, ammunition & staff, & his farm in the woods, lying on both sides of the Saugatuck River. To his four ds. viz : Sarah wife of John Thompson of F., Deborah w. of George Clark of Milford, Abigail w. of Jonathan Selleck of Stamford & d. Martha widow of John Selleck, he gave the remainder of his estate, to be equally divided among them. Dr. Josiah Harvey of F. m. an elder d. of Major Nathan Gold, who died childless before her father. Martha was the widow of John Selleck, another s. of Jonathan Selleck I,* who died before Major Nathan Gold. Martha next m. 16 April 1695, the Rev. John
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  • Davenport of Stamford who "was born in Boston 28. Feb. 1669, & was the s. of John Davenport Esqr. the only s. of Rev. John Davenport, the ecclesiastical founder of New Haven. He grad. at H. C. in 1687, & commenced preaching in 1690. By Martha Gold Selleck he had seven children viz: "Abigail who m. Rev. Stephen Williams D.D. of Springfield, & became the mother of an illustrious family ; John of New Canaan ; Martha who m. Rev. Thomas Goodsell of Brandford ; Sarah who first m. Capt. William Maltbie of New Haven, & second Rev. Eleazer Wheelock D.D., the founder & first president of Dartmouth College; and thus became the ancestress of a talented & noble lineage ; Theodore who d. early ; Deacon Deodate of East Haven ; & Elizabeth who m. the Rev. William Gaylord of Wilton, Conn. Mrs. Martha Davenport d. 1. Dec. 1712." Her death was deemed no ordinary event, as attested by the extraordinary record of it found in Book I. p. 110 of Stamford T. Rec. as follows: "That eminently Pious & virtuous, Grave & whorthily much Lamented Matron Mrs. Martha Davenport, Late wife of the Reverend Mr. John Davenport, Pastor of ye Church of Christ in Stamford, Laid down or exchanged Her mortal or temporall Life, to putt on Immortality & to be crowned with Immortal Glory ; on ye 1st Day of )Decemb. 1712." Mr. Davenport next m. Mrs. Elizabeth Maltby d. of John Morris, by whom he had two children ; Hon. Abraham & Rev. James Huntington's Hist. Stamford, p. 270.
  • LIEUT. GOV. NATHAN GOLD 2. s. of Major Nathan Gold 1. m. Hannah d. of Col. John Talcott 2. of Hartford, & sister of the great lawyer, John Read of Boston. His children were Abigail b. 14. Feb. 1687, who m. Rev. Thomas Hawley of Ridgefield, Conn. 8. Nov. 1738 ; John b. 25. April 1688, who m. Hannah Slawson ; Hezekiah (birth not recorded) grad. at H. C. in 1719, m. Mary Ruggles, & became a minister at Stratford, where he d. 22. April 1761 ; Nathan 6. April 1690 ; Samuel 27. Dec. 1692 (F. T. Rec.) ; Sarah bapt. 23. July 1696 ; Sarah again bapt. 3. March 1699/1700 ; Onesimus bapt. 19. Oct. 1701 ; David bapt. 3. Dec. 1704 ; Martha bapt. 8 Feb. 1707 (at which time the father is called the Worshipful Nathan Gold), & Joseph, b. 21. Oct. 1711. Lieut Gov. Nathan Gold died the 31. Oct. 1723, when but sixty years of age. His tomb-stone, well preserved, is in the Burial Hill Cemetery. His will is dated 13. Sept 1723. (Superior Court Rec. Hartord, Vol. 3 1/2 p. 545-6) in which he gives his eldest s. John a double portion of his estate ; to s. Samuel one single share, including what he had already given him ; to s. Hezekiah "50£ over & above what he had expended upon his learning ; "to son-in-law Rev. Thomas Hawley, of Ridgefield, who had m. his d. Abigail 100£. besides her mar. dower : to d. Martha (who m Samuel Sherman) 200£ ; sons Onesimus, David & Joseph one single portion of his estate.
  • .... etc.


  • The National Cyclopedia of American Biography ... V.1-, Volume 7 By George Derby, James Terry White
  • Pg.218
  • GOULD, Jay (or Jason), financier, was born in Roxbury, Delaware Co., N. Y., May 27, 1836, son of John Bur and Mary (More) Gould. The Gould family figures in American history from early colonial times, and many of its member have attained eminence. The original ancestor, Maj. Nathan Gould (or Gold), came from St. Edmondsbury, in the south of England, in 1646, and settled in Fairfield, Conn. He was one of the nineteen petitioners for the charter of the Connecticut colony; from 1657 was a member of the provincial council, and died in 1694. His son, Nathan Gould, Jr., was deputy-governor of Connecticut (1706-24), and became chief justice of the supreme court of the colony in 1710. His wife was a daughter of Lieut.-Col. John Talcott, of Hartford, and by her he had nine children. Samuel, their fourth son, born in 1692, married Esther Bradley of Fairfield, in 1716; and two of their sons, Col. Abraham and Capt. Abel Gould, rendered distinguished service in the revolutionary war. Abraham Gould was married to Elizabeth Burr in 1754, and had six children; one of them, Abraham Gould, Jr., settling in Delaware county in 1789, where his son, John Burr Gould, the father of Jay Gould, was born in 1792. .... etc.


  • Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the ... By Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
  • Pg.316
  • 1. New York Sun. 28 November 1880.
  • 2. Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage records. Vol. 28, p. 297, #27811.
  • 3. Major Nathan Gold was born 1625 in Langley, Herts., England, the son of John and Judith Gould.
  • 4. Nathan Gold first married Martha Harvey, who died in 1658 without issue. He then married Sarah Phippen, a native of Dorset, England, in 1660. They had six children, of whom Nathan Gold, Jr., as the only son. Nathan Gold died in either 1693 or 1694 in Fairfield.
  • 5. Nathan Gould, Jr., was born 2 December 1663 in Fairfield and died 3 October 1723.
  • 6. The children of Nathan, Jr., and Hannah included Hezekiah, who became a minister. He graduated from Harvard College in 1719 and died in 1761. he was married to Mary Ruggles, the daughter of Rev. Thomas Ruggles, Sr., of Guilford and seems to have spent most of his adult life in Guilford. Hezekiah had a son, also named Hezekiah, who graduated from Yale in 1752 and went into the ministry. This Hezekiah spent most of his life in Cornwall, Conn., and died in 1790. Nathan, Jr., and Hannah also had a daughter, Abigail, who married Thomas Hawley in Fairfield in 1712.
  • 7. Samuel Gold died 11 October 1769 in Fairfield.
  • Pg.317 .... 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.


  • History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1 edited by Donald Lines Jacobus
  • Pg.534
  • Selleck, Jonathan, s. of David. Deputy for Stamford, May 1670, May 1671, May 1672, May 1673, Mary 1675, May 1676, May 1683, May 1685, May 1687; Assistant, 1695 to 1700 inclusive; Peace messenger to New York, May 1674; Commissioner, N. Y. Boundary, Oct. 1674; called Lt. as early as 1670 in Col. Records (appointment not found); Capt., Stamford Trainband, July 1675; Capt., Fairfield County Troop, K. Philip's War, Jan. 1676; Commissioner for Stamford and Greenwich, 1689, and for Stamford, 1690-94; Sergt.-Major, Fairfield County, May 1696; Judge, Fairfield County Court, 1698 (relieved 1700).
  • Born at Boston, 20 May 1641; Maj. Jonathan d. at Stamford, 10 Jan. 1712/3.
  • He m. at Stamford, 11 May 1663, Abigail Law; dau. of Richard.
  • Will 21 Dec. 1712, proved 3 Feb. 1712/3; gr. son Jonathan Selleck; gr. son Gold John Selleck; gr. dau. Theophila Selleck; gr. dau. Abigail Selleck; gr. son Jacob Moon, son of Dr. Jacob Moon of New York; Rev. John Davenport, pastor in Stamford, all my Latin, Greek and Hebrew books; gr. son Nathan Selleck, residue.
  • Children, two recorded at Stamford:
    • +Jonathan, b. 11 July 1664.
    • David, b. 27 Jan. 1665 [1665/6], d. y.
    • John, m. Martha Gold, dau. of Maj. Nathan; she m. (2) 18 Apr. 1685, Rev. John Davenport.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.535
  • Selleck, Jonathan, s. of Jonathan. Deputy (Stamford), May 1705, May and Oct. 1706, Apr. and May 1707, May 1708; Justice, 1699-1703, 1705-10; Surveyor for Fairfield County, 1700.
  • Born at Stamford, 11 July 1664; Capt. Jonathan d. 11 June 1710.
  • He m. (rec. Stamford) 5 Jan. 1685, Abigail Gold; dau. of Maj. Nathan; she d. 20 Dec. 1711.
  • Will 19 Jan. 1708/9, codicil 15 Apr. 1709, proved 5 Feb. 1710/1; son Nathan, my gun that is called Whenham's gun; gr. son Jacob Moon (his mother, my dau. Abigail Moon dec'd); dau. Theophila Selleck, two silver spoons, of which one hath her gr. father and gr. mother Gold's name on it; son Jonathan; dau. Abigail Selleck; son Gold John Selleck; mentioned will of my father-in-law Nathan Gold, Esq. Inv. of Capt. Jonathan, 5 Feb. 1710 [1710/1].
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  • Children, recorded at Stamford:
    • Nathan, b. 12 Sept. 1686; m. (1) 12 Aug. 1708, Susannah Hooker, who d. 5 Oct. 1709; m (2) (at Jamaica, L. I.), Dec. 1710, Mrs. Mary Sands, who d. 15 July 1712; m. (3) (at Hempstead, L. I.), 1 Jan 171[3}, Mrs. Sarah Sands.
    • Abigail, b. 3 Apr. 1688, d. 19 Nov. 1706; m. 11 Jan. 1704/5, Dr. Jacob Moene, of New York, who after his wife's death returned there from Stamford and m. again.
    • Theophila, b. 11 Feb. 1694/5; m. 25 Feb. 1720, Samuel Penoyer, of Stamford, with whom she conveyed 1740 to Ebenezer Silliman one-sixteenth part of Maj. Nathan Gold's right in Fairfield commons, inherited from mother Abigail Selleck dec'd
    • Jonathan.
    • Abigail, b. [6 Feb. 1706/7], d. at Fairfield, 16 Mar. 1772 ae. 65 yrs. 1 mo. wanting 1 day (g. s.); m. (rec. Fairfield) 8 Oct. 1728, Ebenezer Silliman.
    • Gold John.


  • Maj Nathan Gold
  • Birth: Dec. 14, 1623 Haverhill, England
  • Death: Mar. 4, 1694 Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • NATHAN GOLD (in the records, he dropped the "u" from the English spelling of Gould)immigrated from Bury Saint Edmunds, county Suffolk, England around 1643 settling in Milford first where he bought and sold land.
  • He removed to Fairfield around 1650 and married his first wife, the widow Martha Harvey. They were the parents of one known daughter, Sarah (married Deacon John Thompson). Martha died about 1658. John married second Sarah (Phippen) Yeo, the widow of Thomas Yeo, on May 14, 1660 in Milford. They were the parents of two of my ancestors, DEBORAH (GOLD) CLARK and the HON. NATHAN GOLD, Lieut. Gov. of the Colony of Conn. Their other children: Abigail (Gold) Sellick, and Martha (Gold) Sellick Davenport.
  • By 1670, he was the richest inhabitant with the most land in Fairfield. For many years, he served as assistant to the Governor of the Colony of Conn. & deputy to the General Court in Hartford representing Fairfield. He was one of the nineteen petitioners name in the Charter of Connecticut.
  • On behalf of Fairfield he signed a land grant between the Indians and Fairfield for a tract of land between Fairfield and Stratford. He was a member of the Committee on Defense against the Dutch and was a reprsentative to the First Colonial Congress in New York in 1690.
  • From the Fairfield Town records: "Major Nathan Gold parted this life into the mansions of rest, upon the day of rest, on the Sabbath, it being the 4th of March, 1693-4." His will was proved March 4, 1693/4.
  • Rev. Joseph Webb preached his funeral sermon. In all probability his remains lie near his son, Nathan Gold, Jr.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • John Gould (1584 - 1650)
  • Spouse:
  • Sarah Phippen Gold (1633 - 1692)*
  • Children:
    • Sarah Gold Thompson (1660 - 1747)*
    • Deborah Gold Clark (1661 - 1697)*
    • Nathan Gold (1663 - 1723)*
  • Burial: Old Burying Ground, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 28971312
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  • GOULD, Nathan
  • b. 14 DEC 1623 England
  • d. 4 MAR 1693/4 Fairfield, Fairfield, CT.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1657 Milford, New Haven, CT.
  • Spouse: HARVEY, Martha
  • b. ABT 1630
  • Children:
    • GOULD, Deborah b. 1659 Fairfield, Fairfield, CT.
    • GOULD, Sarah b. ABT 1661 Fairfield, Fairfield, CT.
    • GOULD, Nathan
    • GOULD, Abigail
    • GOULD, Martha
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Came from St. Edmundsburg, England, in 1646. Moved to Fairfield in reign of Charles II. Was one of the first settlers of the town. He was a wealthy and educated gentleman, and is often mentioned in Smith's History of New York. He was one of the nineteen petitioners named in the Charter of Connecticut, dated April 12, in the fourteenth year of the reign of Charles II, 1646, which petition was signed by no gentleman unless he had a high reputation in England before he came to New England. Inventory of his estate, œ400. 3s. 6d.

Was member of Committee of Defence against the Dutch, 1662. Representative to First Colonial Congress in New York, 1690. Major of Dragoons, 1675.

Settled in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1649. Chosen member of the Council in 1657, and held the office for many years. His name is mentioned in the Connecticut Royal Charter of 1662. Died March 4, 1694, "greatly revered and beloved by the people of the town, and honored throughout Connecticut, New England, and in fact throughout the country, for his christian character, sterling worth, and great influence and usefulness."

Assistant 1657; Member of the Committee of War 1665; Major 1673; commanding troops from Fairfield County in King Phillip's War. Will was dated March 1, 1693. Among other bequests he gave to Abigail his daughter, wife of Jonathan Selleck, certain property.

Nathan Gold is approved by this Court to bee put to election at the next Gen'l Court of Election, for to bee a Magistrate in this Jurisdict for the yeare ensuing Apl 9. 1657

May 1657 This court doth confirm Mr Gold to bee Leitent at Fairfield.

May 1660 This Court doth appoint Mr Gold (and two others) to hear and determine ye difference twix Norwolk inhabit and ye Indians there.

The Charter of Connecticut as sent by Charles II, King of England, appoints a Body Pollitique and Corporate by the name of Governor and company of the English Colony of Connecticut with a common seal -- to have one Governor, one Deputy Governor and twelve Assistants.

This article covers ten pages of instructions and authority for the government of the Colony, Nathan Gold being one of the twelve Assistants.

Oct 10. 1667 This Court grants to Mr Nathan Gold the sume of Three Hundred Acres of land for a farm, whereof there may be forty acres of meadow if it may be found -- provided it may not be prejudicial to a plantation or any former grant.

June 26. 1672 And it is hereby declared that till farther order be taken Capt Nathan Gold shall be deemed Cheif military officer of the County of Fayrefield.

Aug 7 1673 Capt Nathan Gold is chosen Major for the County of Fayerfield.

Aug 6. 1675 The Indians still proceeding in their hostile attempts (against) the English: it is ordered by the Council that there be forthwith raysed in the County of Fayrefield, seventy dragoons to be in readiness for a march with their armes and ammunition compleate, upon an houers warning: Maj Gold and the Comds of that County or so many of them as shall meet together, to proportion the members to be raysed in each plantation, and to appoint a Lut. Ensgn. and two Sarjnt for the Company

Nov 22. 1675 The Council did order and empower Maj Gold to take special order that the souldiers returned to that County under conduct of Capt Seely be forthwith prepared with accomodations of cloathing, armes and horss, sufficient for the march: and that ten hatchets be purchased for ten of the souldiers of that County to be worn by their sides instead of swords.

Nov 14. 1683 Nathan Gold (and four others) were appointed a Committee to visit New York to meet Col. Tho. Dungan Esq. Gov. of his Highness the Duke of Yorke, to congratulate him on his safe arrival in these parts according to your commission, which you may show him.

In treating with him about settlement of bounds between that Territory and this Colony, you shall not exceed his demands of twenty miles eastward from Hudson River, but get him to take up with as little as may be.

You are to see his power to treat and conclude, or if that appear not to your satisfaction, then you must treat and conclude only conditionally, and with this proviso, that his Magesty and the Duke's Higness shall please to ratify it.

You are to remember all along to make his Honor sensible how firm and legal the former settlement was, and that our varying from it, is to oblige his Honor and promote a perpetual good correspondence between this his majesty's colony and his royal Heighness' territories and the successive Governors of them both.

May 8. 1684 The Court having heard the agreement made by the Committee, to settle the bounds between this Colony and New York, they approve of what was done and appoint Maj Nathan Gold, Jonathan Selleck and John Bur. who are hereby commissioned to attend the service of laying out the line.

May 13. 1680 This Court upon good reasons given by Maj Nathan Gold, to the satisfaction of the court do free him from building upon that home lot that lyeth between Mr Nathan Burrs home lot and his own, without any penalty, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

April 11. 1690 Owing to war with French and Indians and what opportunities to plant and sow being uncertain, and danger of transportation to Boston by reason of pirates, it is ordered that no corn or provisions of any sort be shipped on board any vessel, in any part of this Colony to be transported out of the Colony, for the space of three months, without special licence from the Governor or two assistants -- upon penalty of Confiscation or forfeiture. Assistants in Fairfield County Maj Nathan Gold and John Burr.

Oct 8 1691 Whereas there has been a long and continued controversy between Isaac Hall and Samuel Hall that hath made much trouble, it is recommended to our Hon. Gov. that Maj Gold and Mr John Bur take the pains and use their best endeavors to settle them in a good and peaceful way according to the rules of riteousness. If that does not do they are to put each of them in peaceful possession of their respective rights, and whoever disturbes the peace of the other, shall forthwith be secured and punished according to law

In the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, the name of Major Nathan Gold appears over sixty times in connection with public documents, relating to the laws and government of the Colony.

Jay Gould, the prominent New York financier, was a sixth descendant of Major Nathan Gold.

Major Nathan Gold was in Milford, Connecticut, as early as 1647, in which year he purchased George Hubbard's dwellinghouse and home lot at Milford and all his upland and meadow.

On thirty-first of next December he sold the same and moved to Fairfield.

Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Vol. i, pp. 294, 299, 353.

Lamb's Biographical Dictionary, p. 317.

Schenck's History of Fairfield County, p. 370.

Selleck's History of Norwalk.

Society of Colonial Wars, District of Columbia, p. 12.

Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Vol. ii, pp. 3, 77, 183, 206, 347, 382. Vol. iii, p. 135.

Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Vol. iii, pp. 60, 141. Vol. iv, pp. 16, 63.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol. ii, p. 257.

National Cyclop‘dia American Biography, Vol. vii, p. 218.


Lived in Milford, New Haven Co, CT and Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT

Magistrate; Asst Judge for General Court Assistant of CT Colony 1659-87, 1689-94 Patentee of the Royal Charter 1663

Major of Fairfield troups

Helped settle the boundary between CT and NY states Signer of Royal Charter of CT in 1662 One of richest men in colony at death. Some family members use name Gould.


Major Nathan Gold was one of nineteen petitioners named in the Charter of Connecticut, dated April 12, 1646

Additional information is available from Cliff Gould at


came from St. Edmundsburg, Eng. in 1646 and was one of the 12 Assistants to the Governor of CT. He one of the first settlers of Fairfield Co. CT.; appointed Major of Dragoons in 1675, he commanded troops in King Philip's War. He was a Representative to the First Colonial Congress in NY

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Maj. Nathan Gold, of Milford and Fairfield's Timeline

December 14, 1623
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Age 36
Fairfield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut,
January 1661
Age 37
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
December 8, 1663
Age 39
Probably Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 41
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
Age 44
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
March 4, 1694
Age 70
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
March 4, 1694
Age 70
Faiffield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA