|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1635|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1710|
John Gould was born in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. In the town was an abbey and a register of the convent dates its foundation to 1133. A court book of a manor there says it was founded by the Doyleys and augmented by the Missendens pursuant to a vow. Sir William de Missenden gave the manor to the abbey and much later it became the House of Brudenells. Family tradition says an Uncle of John's was Master of the House of Brudenells, possibly Henry. A letter dated March 3, 1678, says "Mrs. Mary Gould is yet living and remains single still. Henry Gould is dead almost a year since."
In 1638, John and his parents arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Baker October 14, 1660 and they had eight children, John, Sarah, Thomas, Samuel, Zaccheus, Priscilla, Joseph, and Mary. About 1668, John became a stockholder in an iron foundry and eventually became a prominent resident of Topsfield, Massachusetts. Prior to the Salem Witch Trials, his nephew, John Wilde, wrongly accused him of treason.
John was known to be a very outspoken patriot against the oppression of King Charles II. He was jailed by the colonial governor in Boston for his disloyalty to the crown, but was later released.
In 1675-1676, John served during King Phillip's War, in the "Three-County Troop" under the command of Captain Hutchinson and later Captain Wheeler. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and put in command of the Topsfield Company of militia.
John is buried beside his father, Zaccheus Gould, at the Pine Grove Cemetery. Some descendents of the Gould family erected a monument at the cemetery commemorating John and Zaccheus. The Topsfield Historical Society commemorated John in the essay "John Gould – Patriot".
Edward Robert Hale, grandson of Mattie Gould Hale and a descendant of John Gould and Sarah Baker, provided the following information regarding the Gould's eight children. The information was taken from a book written about the genealogy of the Gould Family.
John (December 1, 1662 - 1724), married Phebe French in 1684
Sarah (December 18, 1664 - 1723), married Joseph Bixby, Jr. in 1682
Thomas (February 14, 1666 - 1752), married first Mary Yates in 1700. Thomas married second in 1728/29, the widow Mary Stanley
Samuel (March 9, 1669/70 - 1724), married Margaret Stone in 1697
Zaccheus (March 26, 1672 - 1739), married Elizabeth Curtice in 1703
Priscilla (November 2, 1674 - 1715), married John Curtice, Jr. in 1695
Joseph (August 24, 1677 - 1753), married Priscilla Perkins in 1712/13
Mary (June 16, 1681 - May 11, 1689 one month short of her eighth birthday
Zaccheus Gould (1589 - 1668)
Phebe Deacon Gould (1597 - 1663)
Sarah Baker (1641 - 1708)*
Zaccheus Gould (1672 - 1739)*
Pine Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: Duncan Sparrell
Originally Created by: Jo-Ann
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
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