After exhaustive research and documentation, I have determined that I am in fact a direct descendant of one John Gould (alternate surname spellings: Goold, Gold, Goolde, Gowle, etc.), Crusader Knight, b. 1195, of Seaborough, Somersetshire, England. Several lines of Goulds descend from John, among them some rather interesting characters in English, American and Australian history. I am looking for more information concerning the family, and am especially interested in determining if
1. there is a documented connection between "my" John Gould line and the line that runs from Thomas Gould, b. ca. 1430, of Bovington, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and
2. if there are any other Gould and/or associated family genealogies that have been documented anywhere else in the world that can be compared and contrasted to what I have on hand . . . and I have a lot on hand.
I have a large and growing genealogy of Goulds from all over the world and am more than happy to share what I have available. Any information from other descendants or relatives would be greatly appreciated.
My earliest American ancestor is, as luck would have it, also named John Gould; he and his brothers Robert (Goold) and Thomas landed at Hull, MA ca. 1663/4. I have virtually nothing about Thomas, but suspect that he may have either moved to Salem, MA or to Long Island, NY. Robert was reportedly the first bricklayer in New England. Robert's descendants stayed in New England for several generations (alongside those of Zaccheus Gould, discussed below). John, my ancestor from Hull, moved first to Connecticut (where he apprenticed as a tailor and met and married Sarah Axtell, reportedly the daughter of Daniel Axtell, regicide), then to Long Island, NY (hence the possible connection to Thomas Gould on Long Island) and moved from there to the Horseneck neighborhood of what is today known as Caldwell, NJ, where he provided funds for the building of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, NJ. He is buried in the Old Burying Ground, right next to the church. Some of his life is documented in a book, "A Puritan Heritage," which is out of print but details the affairs of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, NJ.
Oh, and to make things just a bit more interesting, I'm descended from Thomas Gould's line as well. One of his descendants was a fellow named Zaccheus Gould, of Topsfield, MA. Z's genealogy is fairly-well documented; there is a book about his line in the Topsfield, MA library that documents several generations of descendants of his, so if any of his relatives are out there, I'd like to hear from you, too!
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