Processing and rehousing of this collection
were funded in part by a grant from the Topsfield Historical Society.
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Gould Family Papers
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Gould Family Papers
contains financial, legal, and civic papers for family members living in Boxford and
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
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
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
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
See Appendix I for a partial family tree.
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, 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
Perley, Thomas W., b. 1831
Pingree, Asa, 1807-1869
Kimball & Gould (Topsfield, Mass.)
Administration of estates
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Boxford--First Parish
Footwear--Trade and manufacture
Public schools--Massachusetts--Newburyport--North Writing School
Schools--Massachusetts--Newburyport--North Writing School
Boxford (Mass.)--Town records
Topsfield (Mass.)--Town records
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
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.
Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1988. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
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.
William E. Kimball Papers, 1826-1884, MSS 219
Topsfield Historical Society Collection, 1661-1970, MSS
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.