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Processing and rehousing of this collection were funded in part by a grant from the Topsfield Historical Society.

Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Gould family
Title:Gould Family Papers
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Gould Family Papers contains financial, legal, and civic papers for family members living in Boxford and Topsfield.
Collection Number:MSS 233

Series List

SERIES I. Gould Family Papers
SERIES II. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Gould Family Papers contains financial, legal, and civic papers for family members living in Boxford and Topsfield. It has been organized into two series.

Series I. Gould Family Papers includes a volume of weaving and farming accounts of John Gould (1662-1724) and of tailoring accounts of Daniel Gould (1753-1842) and his wife, Mary (Booth) Gould (1751-1785). The papers of Andrew Gould (1805-1896) document his lumber, farming, and estate settlement activities. Andrew's 1847-1854 account books and Charles Gould's (1814-1896) account book (B1 F8) record entries with Andrew's general store, Kimball & Gould. Of note in the miscellaneous Gould papers is an 1823 diary and expense account for an unidentified Gould's trip from North Carolina. Other papers include financial papers for Abigail and Amos A. Gould and an 1861 disability certificate for Edward O. Gould. It is unclear which Samuel Gould the papers in Box 1 Folder 6 pertain to; they could have belonged to Samuel Gould (1759-1837) or his son, Samuel Lamson Gould (1785-1860).

Series II. Miscellaneous Papers includes a shoemaking account book of Andrew Gould's son-in-law, Thomas W. Perley; deeds for the Kimball family of Boxford; a series of nursery rhymes and games; First Parish Church of Boxford minutes and financial records; an 1843 planting record for a [Salem?] garden; list of Asa Pingree's real estate holdings; Boxford and Topsfield selectmen records; a resignation letter of George Rogers, instructor of the North Writing School, Newburyport; a description of strategic games "Kriegs spiel"; and miscellaneous deeds, correspondence, and financial papers of Topsfield and Boxford residents.

Biographical Sketches

John Gould was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on December 1, 1662, son of John (1635-1710) and Sarah (Baker) Gould. He was a weaver by trade. He married Phebe French (1667-1718) in 1684. They had 10 children. He died November 5, 1727 in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Daniel Gould was born in Topsfield on December 8, 1753, the son of Daniel (1699-1766) and Lucy (Tarbox) Gould. He was pursuing his studies at Dummer Academy in Byfield, at the time of the first hostilities in the American Revolution. Leaving school, he marched to Lexington in Captain Joseph Gould's company on April 19, 1775, and then enlisted in the militia. He served in the Army for nearly two years with his brother Samuel in a company of guards under Major Lee.

Returning, he entered Harvard College, where he graduated in 1782 and prepared himself for the ministry. He settled first in Wolfboro, New Hampshire, then in Bethel and Rumford, Maine. In Bethel, where he was installed in 1799 and remained until 1815, he established a classical school known as Gould's Academy.

He married Mary Booth (1751-1785) in 1782. He married Eunice Foster Perley in 1788. Later he married Ann M. Rawson. He had one daughter, Molly (September 1785- December 1785). He died on May 21, 1842 in Rumford, Maine.

Samuel Gould was born in Topsfield on March 6, 1759, the son of Daniel (1699-1766) and Lucy (Tarbox) Gould. He married Abigail Lamson (born 1758). He died on April 12, 1837.

Andrew Gould was born in Middleton, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1805, the son of Andrew (1777-1844) and Pamelia (Kinney) Gould. In 1829 he married Mary Prudence Lake (1809-1899). They had 12 children. He died in Topsfield in 1896.

Thomas W. Perley was born on January 21, 1831 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. He married Harriet Lake Gould (b. 1837), daughter of Andrew Gould (1805-1896), in 1857. They had one son. He died of consumption in 1871.

See Appendix I for a partial family tree.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Gould, Abigail
Gould, Amos A.
Gould, Andrew, 1805-1896
Gould, Charles, 1814-1896
Gould, Daniel, 1753-1842
Gould, Edward O.
Gould, John, 1662-1724
Gould, Mary Booth, 1751-1785
Gould, Samuel
Perley, Thomas W., b. 1831
Pingree, Asa, 1807-1869
Rogers, George
Kimball & Gould (Topsfield, Mass.)
Account books
Administration of estates
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Boxford--First Parish
Footwear--Trade and manufacture
Lumber trade
Nursery rhymes
Public schools--Massachusetts--Newburyport--North Writing School
Real property
Schools--Massachusetts--Newburyport--North Writing School
Boxford (Mass.)
Boxford (Mass.)--Town records
Boxford (Mass.)--Valuation
Topsfield (Mass.)
Topsfield (Mass.)--Town records


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Gould Family Collection, MSS 233, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The Gould Family papers is an integration and organization of three account books from the Topsfield Historical Society, two folders and two account books from Family Manuscripts of the Essex Institute. The volumes from the Topsfield Historical Society were deposited on June 27, 1975; John Gould's account book (B1 F1) was a 1956 gift of Mrs. O. A. Sibley; Andrew Gould's 1847-1854 account book and [Thomas W. Perley's] account book were purchased in 1931. The remainder of the collection is from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1988. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, October 2015.

Related Material

Gould, Benjamin Apthrop. The Family of Zaccheus Gould of Topsfield. Lynn, Mass.: Thos. P. Nichols, 1895.

Day book of Knowlton & Gould, 1788-1800, Fam. Mss. 531

William E. Kimball Papers, 1826-1884, MSS 219

Topsfield Historical Society Collection, 1661-1970, MSS 231

Appendix I

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