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The Young's and Gould's Leave Massachusetts ~

A story submitted by Sarah Crites.  She states The account is very short - 4 pages - but I still enjoy reading it.  My family moved from Berks County PA, to, what is now, Pendleton County, WV in  1750, and I have been trying to put together their problems while traveling,  but this narrative (Gould) is happy and seems like a camping trip. My family  (Hoover) had to travel by horseback because there were no roads for wagons,  only old Indian trails. Gad, it is hard to get those stories pieced  together.

The source of this story: Finally got an answer from the "Gould Trip" article owner. She had to go through her files and that's why she was so long getting back to me.  She said she has the document but it appears to have been an  unpublished manuscript, and since she didn't make any notes about where she  got it, that means it is in public domain.

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Young/Gould travels

June 29, 1817, upon receiving a request from certain brethren residing at Randolph, Virginia, for letters to enable them to unite with others dwelling in their own vicinity in church relation.  The request coming from Randolph, Virginia, dated June 2, 1817.  Voted to defer matter to Lord’s day after next.

       Joseph Field, Pastor

July 13, 1817, attended to the request alluded to in the above vote and voted to recommend Lydia, the wife of Robert Young.

In our narrative we are about to start on this long journey.  I began with our first known ancestor in England.  Thomas Gould, born 1455, and have you step by step from one generation to the next, covering twelve (12) generations. Robert Young and Lydia Gould, together with Captain Gilbert Gould and all the Gould’s of Gould Hollow, no doubt had been listening to the stories of the wonderful lands in these parts, the frostless June in sunny Virginia.  Aaron Gould a cousin had come here in 1808.  Already many Massachusetts and Connecticut families had come on; … the Phillips from Dedham Massachusetts , the Sextons from Worthington Massachusetts, the Morgans from Connecticut, the Aldens and other Phillips from Ashfield (Massachusetts), etc..  Reports were coming back from Virginia from those who had just come, that good, black land could be purchased cheap, so Robert Young and Gilbert Gould decided to sell out and with their families make the seven weeks journey overland by wagon.  The month of October, 1811 is selected as the proper time to start.  It is the time of plenty; the harvest time of the year when grain and provisions have all been gathered and can be procured en-route.  Wild grapes, nuts, wild fruit, hay for the teams could be gotten with little or no effort.  Robert and Lydia now have seven children.  Pascal Paoli, aged seventeen years is old enough to help do part of the driving; Anne aged fifteen years is able to help her mother with Louisa the baby in arms, Anson is aged thirteen years, Gilbert is aged eleven years, Festus is aged eight and one half years.  They are old enough to help Pascal Paoli attend the horses.  Loyal is five and one half and _____ my grandmother is aged eighteen months.  Captain Gilbert Gould with his wife Mahitable, now have three (3) very small children, having just lost their baby Dwight two months previous.  Eliza the oldest is aged eight years, Chandler is aged six years and Laura is aged four years.

The old Mohawk Trail leads to Shelburne Falls, thence to Springfield, Massachusetts and the Hartford, Connecticut where it intersects with the old Boston to New York post road which traveled to New York, thence across the Hudson River via the Hoboken Ferry, thence to Philadelphia, to Baltimore, where the old Braddock road west we pass over South Mountain into Hagerstown, thence over the North Mountain , Sideling Hill Mountain, Polish Mountain to Cumberland, Maryland; thence through the Narrows where Will’s Creek breaks through the Allegheny Mountains.  (There was no other practical way whatever.  They could have come over the Alleghenies, except through Cumberland Narrows) thence over Big Savage Mountain, Little Savage Mountain, Negro Mountain, Keyser’s Ridge, Deer Crossing Mountain, via Fort Necessity, General Braddock’s Grave, via Hopwood to Point Marion Pennsylvania, where Monongahela River is reached, affording a natural water level route via Morgantown, Fairmont, Webster to Buckhannon, thence to this place.

It must have required a week or more to pack-up, load the wagons, select the most important articles, leaving behind all the heavy articles and bringing along the lightest.  Precious keep-sakes must be brought along; a large wooden chest was probably the heaviest one piece that was loaded, this to contain valuables, dishes, china-ware, clothing, blankets, books, tools for making looms and spinning wheels and house-hold furniture, seeds for the garden and medicines.  The money matters were given much thought by Robert Young and Captain Gilbert Gould.  They were to buy farms on their arrival here and there was not a single bank in existence wet of the Allegheny Mountains, therefore they must bring gold coin.  Where to carry it safely was a question.  Robert and Gilbert mo doubt had one of those old homemade leather buckskin bags with a drawstring.  The women folks, well! – of those articles fastened about their waists that bulged up and bent behing to hold up their hoop skirts in place, I believe they called it a bustle.  It was made of wire.  I remember very clearly when I was a small boy seeing one of those things around our house and I thought for a long time it was a mousetrap.  However, there never was a better place for a woman to carry her money.  They could not find it.  I feel sure that Lydia Gould carried her little private sum to West Virginia in that way.

It required seven weeks for the trip.  No doubt the men folks slept some nights in the woods around the camp fire, wrapped in blankets, while the women folk, with little Louisa, stayed at some farm house or may have often slept in the wagon.

Last October I had the pleasure of spending two days squirrel hunting in Maryland.  Along in the evening I was alone, returning to the farmhouse where I was stopping.  I was following this old Braddock’s road over the mountain up to the summit, known as Keysers Ridge.  This old road had been abandoned since 1818 but can be followed through the woods and mountains for half the distance from Fort Necessity to Cumberland.  I was thinking as I trudged along on this lonely trail of our ancestors, hat they undoubtedly traveled this narrow way.  My luck had not been so good for squirrels that day.  My mind recalled the story often told by many here and elsewhere, that the Phillips came all the way from Massachusetts here in ox carts and what hardships they must have suffered, and that Robert Young and Captain Gilbert Gould came in three horse wagons.  It must have been a terrible experience.  I pondered these sayings over on my mind and I began to wonder who invented those stories of such hardships. I decided then and there alone in that forest that if the game should now abound those woods, such as deer, bear, wild turkey, pheasants, speckled trout and black bass in those clear unpolluted mountain streams, with the pure air to breath and the cool, clear running spring water, as then, and give me one of the Phillips, Brooks or G. O. Young of today for company, and I would consider it the trip of my life time, and we would walk bare-foot all the way and help pull the ox cart to boot.

 My friends, it was no hardship.  Don’t let us say these things again.  Elijah Phillips never said it and he made the journey.  He talked about the trip the rest of his life.  He considered it one of pleasures of his lifetime.  It might, however, have been a little inconvenient for the women folks, but I doubt that very much.  I have heard that they complained and with the thoughts that they would soon be settled in a country of rich soils, frostless Junes, where crops never fail, they dismissed from their minds such mighty inconveniences as cooking wild turkey, venison or frying those bright boneless, speckled trout in the open.

The real hardships began later on; later on my friends in those sad days if sixty-one (61) when the very souls of men and women, descendants of these emigrants here in Frencgh Creek, were sorely tried, as I will later tell you about.

Very shortly after these ancestors, our first in Upshur County, had arrived it became apparent that a church of their denomination was needed, but there was hardly enough prospective members to support a minister.  It was often told here, just how this church was organized in the year 1818 and I will not go into details but wish to remind you that it must have been a source of great pleasure to both Lydia and her brother Captain Gilbert Gould to think that they had taken the principle part in organizing this historical church, almost an exact repetition of what their grandparents had done in far away Brookfield, sixty-eight years previous.

My friends and kin folks, I have already talked to long, but I must make some remarks concerning the children of Robert Young and Lydia Gould.  Pascal Paoli, as you have already learned, was the eldest.  I have now recorded over six hundred and fifty (650) of his descendants.  If we had waited ten years longer I doubt if we could have covered half that many.  They are scattered throughout the west.  I find

NOTE: There is one page missing here.  The copy made clipped 1/3 of the page and there fore cannot be transcribed with any sense of understanding.

It talks of evolution, Dayton Tennessee, Mr. Darrow…….etc.  It is of importance to include.

A look at the route they traveled


1. Thomas 1455 Unknown Jahan _____ Sept. 28, 1520 Bovington Eng.
2. Richard 1479 BovingtonEng Joan _____ Apr. 25, 1531 BovingtonEng
3. Thomas 1502 Bovington Eng. Alice _____ Nov. 21, 1547 BovingtonEng.
4. Richard 1531 Bovington Eng. Jane Weeden Oct. 8, 1558 BovingtonEng.
5. Richard 1553 Bovington Eng. Unknown 1604 Bovington Eng.
6. Zacchaus 1589 Bovington Eng. Phobe Deacon 1668 Topsfield Mass.
7. John June 21, 1635 Bovington Eng Sarah Baker Jan. 26, 1710 TopsfieldMass.
8. Samuel Sr. Mar. 9, 1669 Topsfield Mass. Margaret Stone Dec __,1724 Topsfield Mass.
9. Samuel Jr. Jan. 18, 1701 Topsfield Mass. Mehitable Stile Dec.__ ,1791 Brookfield Mass.
10. Nathan Sr. Jan. 8, 1733 Topsfield Mass. Martha Gilbert 1816 French Creek W. Va.
11. Lydia July 3, 1772 Brookfield Mass. Robert Young Feb. 6, 1857 French Creek W. Va.
11. Gilbert Feb. 25, 1779 Brookfield Mass.   Mehitable Taylor Apr. 5, 1877 French Creek W. Va.
11. Nathan Jr. Mar. 19, 1776 Brookfield Mass. 1st Esther Alden
2ndCemantha (Phillips) Burr

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