The Lewis county family bearing the name Gould, descend from an early family of that name, who settled on Long Island, New York.
(I) Christopher Gould, son of the Long Island settler, was born there June, 1790, died in Lyons Falls, Lewis county, N.Y., Aug. 7, 1882. When he was a small boy, his father died, leaving the mother, Annie (Brown) Gould, with a family of young children to maintain, rear and educate. She removed with them to Albany county, New York, where they grew to mahood, and the devoted mother died.
The children were:
John, Samuel, Christopher, Lydia, Mary (Dolly), and Patience.
Christopher learned the carpenter's trade, serving a regular apprenticeship under a competent instructor, and became a finished expert mechanic. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and in 1829 he removed with his family to Lewis county, N.Y., making the journey in wagons loaded with their household and other effects. He settled in the town of Greig, and followed his trade there until 1859, when he removed to Lyons Falls, and there ended his days, dying in 1882, at the extreme age of ninety-two. He married, in 1815, Catherine Van Walkenburg, born in Mayfield, Albany county, N.Y. 1793, daughter of the early Dutch family of that name.
Children: two who died in infancy, Lydia Anne; Gordias H., see forward; Jesse; Sarah; Matilda; Frank; Minerva; Theodore; and H. Amanda.
(II) Gordias H., son of Christopher and Catherine (Van Valkenburg) Gould, was born in Albany county, N.Y., Sept. 12, 1848, died Aug. 6, 1882, at Lyons Falls, Lewis county, N.Y. When the family removed to Lewis county, he was taken with them, being then eleven years of age. He learned the trade of wheelwright, then a most lucrative one, all grinding of grain for domestic use being done by revolving stones that required constant attention, and necessitated the service of a wright. He was mechanically gifted and could do about anything regarding the use of tools. He built the first steamboat ever seen on the Black River.
He followed his trade and etablished in Lyons Falls a sash and blind factory. He was active in politics, but never sought public office. He married in 1847, Mary, born Aug. 26, 1825, daughter of Ebenezer Plumb.
Children: Gordias Henry P., H. Anna, Minnie E., Sarah M., Katie M.
(III) Hon. G. Henry P. Gould, only son and eldest child of Gordias and Mary (Plumb) Gould, was born at Lyons Falls, Lewis county, N.Y., June 10, 1848. He was educated at Fairfield, Herkimer county, and at Lowville Academy. He entered business life as a bookkeeper for Snyder Brothers of Port Leyden, where he remained three years, gaining valuable business experience. In 1869 he purchased a tract of timber on Moose river and manufactured lumber, conducting his own business until 1874, when he formed a co-partnership with the heirs of Lyman R. Lyons, and engaged extensively in lumber. They purchased the property formerly owned by Marshall and Henry Shedd, located near the junction of the Moose and Black rivers, and prosecuted the business with vigor until 1877, when Mr. Gould leased the half interest of his partners and continued the business under his own name.
In 1880, he built a mill and filled with the best modern machinery for the manufacture of wood pulp, from the abundant forests of spruce, in that locality. The pulp mill with a capacity of seven hundred and fifty tons of dry pulp yearly, and the sawmill an output of ten million feet of manufactured lumber yearly, rapidly laid the foundation of his large fortune. In 1891 he organized a company and purchased the paper mills at Port Leyden, and Fowlerville, Lewis county, to consume the out-put of his pulp mill. In 1893 the capital stock was increased, and another paper mill built, located at Lyons Falls.
In 1906 the capital was increased two million dollars and all the mills in that vicintiy were brought under one ownership and management. he is president and principal owner of the Gould Paper Company, and a large owner and president of the St. Regis Paper Company of Carthage, N.Y., with three paper mills and three pulp mills under his control, manufacturing white paper for newspaper and printing purposes, manilla and fiber paper. The machinery used is of the newest and most perfect type, and the method of turning wood into paper is the most perfect that ingenuity can contrive and money procure. In the Lyons Falls mill is a fast-running electrically driven machine for the newspaper product that has not a duplicate anywhere in the world. One hundred tons of paper is finished every twenty-four hours. The company owns vast traces of timber, and Mr. Gould personally has large holdings in Canada. Without other aid than a far-seeing vision, indomitable courage and untiring energy, he has built up this vast business and one of the large fortunes of New York.
Outside his manufacturing he has other business interests and official connection. He is president and director of the Glanfield and Western Railroad Company, a director of the First National Bank of Utica, and is interested in many companies and corporations not named. He is the largest employer of labor in northern New York, employing about five hundred in his mills alone. He is respected and loved by all with whom he comes in contact. His unostentatious charity is known only to those who administer it or are benefited. He is a firm and loyal friend. His beautiful home is an ornament to the picturesque region in which it is located, and Lewis county esteems him a model citizen.
In public life he has been prominent and borne his share of public duty. A Democrat all his life, he stands high in the councils of his party. From his first entrance into public life as supervisor of the town Lyondale, which he held eight years, he has been an active force in Democratic party life. In 1881 he was the candidate of his party for the state assembly against the most popular man in the Republican party in that section, and a large adverse majority in the county against him; yet he was elected, as he was again in 1885, 1891 and 1892. During his legislative career he was active and earnest in his efforts to secure wise and needed legislation, concerning, waterways, forest preservation, game and fish protection. From his admission to the assembly, his championship of measures affecting these vital subjects was intense. He served on the committee of fish and game, and succeeded in having a law passed codifying the fish and game laws of the state. As chairman of the committee on canals he had in charge a bill appropriating one million dollars for waterways improvements. He ws intensely interested in the preservation of the Adirondack region and a material aid in passing the "Adirondack Preserve" bill of 1892. His legislative career was an honorable one and reflects credit upon his constituents as well as upon himself. He was a candidate for presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1888. In party conventions he is always a delegate and called to councils of the party leaders. He was a delegate in 1882, to the Syracuse convention that placed Grover Cleveland in nomination for governor of New York, and to the national convention of 1884, that gave him to the national party as their standard-bearer for president of the United States, and the first successful candidate of the party since James Buchanan. With his uncompromising loyalty to the party, he declared for "sound money," repudiated the candidates of the regular convention in 1896, and supported Palmer and Buckner, the gold candidates of the party, and again in 1900 advocated the election of President McKinely, again, repudiating the platform of the Kansas City convention and its candidates. He made his declaration of revolt against what he belived to be false doctrine, not quietly or to friends, but in open regular party conventions where all could know his sentiments.
He enjoys the friendship of every Democrat of priminence in the state, and is respected for his political independence and manly opposition to what he believed wrong. He is a member of Port Leyden Lodge, F. and A. M.
He married (first) Sept. 15, 1870, Elizabeth Pritchard, born at Steuben, Oneida county, N.Y., in 1846, died 1893, who bore him three children. He married (second) Dec. 14, 1894, Nellie Church of Lyons Fals, who died in 1906.
Children: 1. Lua E., born Aug. 15, 1871; married Louis E. Babcock. 2. Harry P., July 22, 1873; married May, daughter of R. J. Richardson, of Lowville, N.Y.; one son, Gordon Harry Pritchard. 3. Anna C., May 12, 1880, died March 6, 1881. 4. Eleanor C., Dec. 20, 1895.
John Gould, said to have been born in England, settled in New Britain, Connecticut. He married Catherine Lewis, who was also of English ancestry.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Gould, was born at New Britain, Conn. He was left an orphan at the age of nine years, and when a young boy went to sea as a cabin boy, following the sea for twelve years. After his marriage he located at Harrisburg, Lewis county, New York, then almost a wilderness, cleared land and followed a farmer's life. He was a Whig in politics until that party was broken up, afterwards being a Republican. He and his wife were members of the Methodist church.
He married Persis Johnson, a resident of Owego county, N.Y.
Seth P., John, Horace W., Adeline, George Washington, who is mentioned below, and Harriet.
(III) George Washington, son of John (2) Gould, was born at Harrisburg, N.Y. March 20, 1827. He followed the trade of machinist for several years and in later life was a farmer. He was a faithful member of the Methodist church. He was interested in public affairs and held various town offices in Watson. He was a Republican.
He married, April 11, 1848, at Martinsburg, New York, Mary Ann Clobridge, born July 6, 1831, at Turin, N.Y., daughter of John and Charlotte (Case) Colbridge, granddaughter of Christopher Columbus Clobridge, who came from Ireland, a soldier in the British army under Burgoyne, deserted and joined the American army under Washington. At the close of the revolution he married Hannah Burk and followed the occupation of farmer in Connecticut.
Children, four born in Harrisville, three youngest at Watson:
1. Sarah Georgietta, born Sept. 11, 1849.
2. George Hudson, Nov. 8, 1851, mentioned below.
3. Lewis Johnson, Nov. 27, 1854.
4. Cassius Emm, July 9, 1858.
5. Sanford P., May 30, 1865.
6. Emily J., July 3, 1868.
7. Persis E., July 11, 1878.
(IV) George Hudson, son of George Washington Gould, was born in Harrisburg, Lewis county, N.Y., Nov. 8, 1851. He attended the district schools, and the Martin Institute for a year while Professor Harry C. Northam was principal. After leaving school he helped his father on the farm for several years. In 1874 he began to teach school and continued most of the time until 1883, when he engaged in business as a lumber contractor and jobber. In addition to the business he has also conducted a large farm and bought and sold lumber. He has been successful in business.
In politics he is a Republican. From 1901 to 1908 he was supervisor of the town of Watson. He held at other times various town offices, and possesses a great influence over his party. He has been a member of Petrie's Corner Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, since 1890, and was master for two years. He is also a member of Lowville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.
He is an able, aggressive business man, honest, upright and just in his dealings, a popular and influential citizen.
He married at Lowville, Oct. 22, 1877, Mary A., born in Watson, Sept. 6, 1856, daughter of Richard and mary (Rowland) Shaw. She had sisters: Emma Augusta and Cynthia Eveline; brothers: Emmett James and Richard F. Shaw.
Children of George Hudson Gould:
1. Milton Marverse, born July 4, 1879; educated in the common schools and in Utica Busienss College; a lumberman; married Nettie M. Saunders; children: Mary Etta, Lumilla M. and Faith H.
2. Lilliam Marion, born Feb. 9, 1881; married Jonas Ebersol, a farmer; they have no childern.
3. Gertrude Mabel, Jan. 24, 1887; married Robert Oudekirk, a lumberman; she attended school at Lowville and was valedictorian of the class of 1905.
(V) Milton M., son of George Hudson and Mary A. (Shaw) Gould, was born in the town of Watson, Lewis county, N.Y., July 4, 1879. He was educated in the public schools and at Utica, N.Y. Business College. After leaving school he assisted his father with his farm labor for a time, then engaged with Theo. B. Bosslin, an extensive lumber dealer of Croghan, N.Y., to become foreman of one of his lumber camps. He remained with Mr. Bosslin for several years, and became an expert lumberman. About 1904 he began business for himself, his first contract being to cut, skid and put in the stream several thousand cords of pulp logs. This venture was a financial success and encouraged him to continue. He later entered into partnership with his father, George Hudson Gould, who was a successful jobber and constractor. The firm soon gained a strong foothold in the lumber business, where they are highly regarded.
Mr. Gould is a most courteous gentleman and thorough man of business. His standing is high among the solid influential men of his county and town.
He is an active Republican, and interested in all that concerns the welfare of his town. He is a member of the Methodist church, Lowville Lodge, No. 134, F. and A. M.; Lowville Chapter, No. 253, R.A.M.
He married Nettie M. Saunders, Dec. 26, 1900, daughter of Augustus and Harriet (Van Atta) Saunders.
1. Mary Etta, born Aug. 20, 1901.
2. Lumilla M., Dec. 12, 1903.
3. Faith H., Sept. 20, 1907.
[Transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910, so any subsequent children are not on the list.]
This name has passed through various forms of spelling, such as Goold, Goolde, Gold, Golde and Gould, which latter is generally used at the present day. It can be traced, with accuracy, in England to the middle of the fifteenth century. Zaccheus and John Golde, brothers, came to America from England in 1638 and settled in Massachusetts. Nathan Gold came from Bury St. Edmunds, England, and was in Milford, Conn., in 1647. He bought and sold a house and lands that year, and soon after purchased in Fairfield, where he resided until his death, March 5, 1694. He was an assistant to the governor in 1657, and was so named in the royal charter in 1662. In 1670 he was styled captain, and was reckoned the richest inhabitant of the town, later being called major.
No record of his first wife appears. He married (second) in 1657, Martha, widow of Edmund Harvey. The records show the following children, but there were probably others:
Nathan, Sarah, Deborah, Abigail and Martha.
Nathan (2), only son of Nathan (1) and Martha Gould, was born Dec. 8, 1663, and died Oct. 3, 1723. He was a member of the council in 1702, and deputy governor in 1707, and chief justice of the supreme court in 1712. It is reasonably certain that William Gould was a member of this family, either an unrecorded son of Nathan (2) or son of an unrecorded brother of the same.
(I) William Gould, born 1687, appears as a large landholder in Milford, Conn., with a wife and children. He was among the original proprietors of New Milford, same state, and a landholder there, where he died Dec. 15, 1730. A millwright by trade, he assisted in building the first grist mill and received in compensation land at Park Lane, on which he built his home.
He married (first) in 1706, Abigail Disbrow, of Milford, who died in 1714; (second), 1717, Mary Adkins.
About the same time he removed to New Milford.
Children of first wife:
William, Job (mentioned below), and Annis.
Children of second wife:
Abigail, Samuel and Mary.
Annis became the wife of Joseph Buck (see Buck, IV).
(II) Job, second son of William and Abigail (Disbrow) Gould, was baptized in March, 1719, in New Milford, probably born about 1709, in Milford, and died Feb. 17, 1795, in Sharon, Conn., where he settled in 1763, having a farm on the mountain.
He married (first), June 17, 1731, Sarah, born Jan. 19, 1707, daughter of Samuel and Dorothy Prindle, of New Milford; (second), in Sharon, March 26, 1767, Martha Hurlbut.
Joel, Abigail, Rachel, Job, William, Sarah, David (mentioned below), and Annis.
(III) David, fourth son of Job and Sarah (Prindle) Gould, was born Nov. 16, 1745, in New Milford, and died April 19, 1824, in Sharon, where he resided on the paternal homestead.
He married, Nov. 4, 1772, at Sharon, Mary Brewster, born June 30, 1761, died March 2, 1840, daughter of Captain James and Faith (Ripley) Brewster, and descended in the fourth generation from Rev. William Brewster of the Mayflower colony.
Rev. Vinson, Mary (died young), James Brewster, David, Sarah, Rachel, Betsey, Almira, Rev. William (mentioned below), and Mary.
(IV) William Ripley, fourth son of David and Mary (Brewster) Gould, was born May 27, 1789, in Sharon, and died July 2, 1867, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He was a Congregational clergyman, located successively at Gallipolis, Ohio, and Sharon and Torrington, Conn.
He married Eunice York, of Stonington, Conn.
William Ripley, Mary, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Jane and John Vinson (twins), (John mentioned below.)
(V) John Vinson, youngest son of Rev. William Ripley and Eunice (York) Gould, was born Oct. 14, 1829, in Torrington, and was educated at Marietta College, Ohio, and New York University, graduating in 1848. He was a civil engineer, and resided in Paducah, Kentucky, where he died Sept. 18, 1876.
He married, Feb. 22, 1857, Mira Rebecca Bronson, born Feb. 1, 1839, daughter of Charles T. and Victoire (Campbell) Bronson.
William Tillotson, Mary Victorine, Mira Rebecca (mentioned below), and Frances Bronson.
The son, a civil engineer, resides at Hastings-on-Hudson.
The eldest daughter is the widow of Elbridge Palmer, and resides at Peducah, with her youngest sister.
(VI) Mira Rebecca, second daughter of John V. and Mira R. (Bronson) Gould, was born March 16, 1863, in Paducah, and became the wife of Leffert L. Buck, of New York (see Buck, VIII).
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