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James Gould
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Birth: 1772
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1852
Saint Simons
Glynn County
Georgia, USA

James Gould built the original lighthouse on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The story of Mr. Gould and the building of the lighthouse are chronicled in Eugenia Price's novel, "Lighthouse." He was the son of Captain James and Kate Gould. He was the husband of Jane Harris whom he married in 1803 and father of Horace Bunch Gould; James "Jim" F. Gould; Mary Gould; and Jane C. Gould Richardson. He originally went to St. Simons Island to cut timber for the United States Navy, but with the invention of the cotton gin, he stayed and became a planter. In 1807, James Gould was hired by the Treasury Department as chief architect of a project to build the lighthouse on the northside entrance to St. Simons Sound. The tower was completed in 1808 and was composed of brick and tabby and stood seventy-five feet tall, twenty-five feet in diameter. A ten-foot lantern (lit by oil lamps suspended on chains) topped the white, tapering, octagonal structure. In 1809 he bought an 800 acre plantation he called "New St. Clair," on the east side of St. Simons. In 1810 he was appointed by President Madison as the lighthouse's first keeper, which required that he climb the tower and tend the lights several times per day, including periodic checks throughout the night. In 1818 the skilled builder had completed a large estate house for himself and his family. Gould and his daughter Mary made enough money from long staple "Sea island" cotton to buy an adjoining tract of 800 acres they called Black Banks Plantation. He eventually gave Black Banks to his oldest son James, who later sold it to his brother Horace. He retired in 1837 due to failing health. Sadly, his beloved lighthouse was destroyed by the Confederate Army in 1862, but rebuilt in 1872. 
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  James Gould (____ - 1788)
  Kate Gould (____ - 1796)
  Jane Harris Gould (____ - 1820)
  Mary E. H. Gould (1809 - 1872)*
  Horace Bunch Gould (1812 - 1881)*
  Jane Gould Richardson (1815 - 1883)*
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Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery
Saint Simons Island
Glynn County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Mz Fish
Record added: Jun 19, 2010
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 Added: Oct. 27, 2013
James Gould built the first St. Simons Lighthouse in 1808 and was the first keeper. He established a plantation at Rose Hill and then moved to Black Banks.
- Georgia Girl
 Added: Mar. 13, 2013

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