Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


Nearly a score of immigrants of this name came to New England in the first century of its settlement. The original name was Gold and the additional letter was a question of fancy.

(I) Jarvice Gold came to America with the family of Clement Bates, in the ship "Elizabeth," Capt. William Stagg, and took an oath in London, April 6, 1835, [sic, must be 1635] and his age is given as thirty years. The party brought a certificate from the justice and the minister of the parish of All Hallows, Lydd, county of Kent, England. They probably sailed that month and were with Parson Peter Hobart's company in the settlement of Hingham, Mass., that year. He was granted a home lot of five acres July 3, 1636, but removed to Boston before 1646, where he died May 2, 1656, aged fifty-one years.
His wife's name was Mary, whom he married about 1644, and they were designated in the records, as of the church of Hingham. She was alive March 11, 1649, but he outlived her. He was a cordwainer and they had at least two children:
John, born July 28, 1646.
Joseph, born March 11, 1649, who died before 1656.

(II) John, eldest child of Jarvice Gold, was ten years of age at his father's death, and married, Aug. 21, 1673, Mary, a daughter of Robert Crosman, a prominent settler of Taunton, Mass., where they lied and where he died Dec. 14, 1711, aged sixty-five years. He was a cordwainer and was a trooper in Capt. Edward Hutchinson's company in King Philip's war, 1675, and was in the first squadron of the military company at Taunton in 1682.
Mary (died young), John, Hannah, Joseph, Nathaniel, Mary, Jabez, Benjamin and Elizabeth.
In this family in this third generation the name was changed to GOOLD, which spelling should be adhered to by their descendants.

(III) Joseph, son of John Gold, born about 1680, went to Kittery, Maine, where he married, about 1705, Bethiah, daughter of William Furbush, the first of the name in the town which is now that part called Eloit. Joseph Goold was a weaver and was a soldier in Capt. Thomas Leonard's company in Col. Nathaniel Byfield's regiment in 1700.
He died May 10, 1762, aged about eighty-two years.
Mary, Bethiah, William, Samuel, Joseph, Hannah and Sarah.
The son Joseph Jr. was a selectman and served with Sir William Pepperell at the siege of Louisburg in 1745, and he had five sons in the revolutionary army. There are numerous descendants.

(III) Benjamin, younger brother of Joseph, was born in Taunton, Mass. about 1693. He went to Kittery, Maine, about 1713 and married, Feb. 9, 1716, Rebecca, a daughter of Daniel and Dorothy (Pray) Furbush, who was a niece of his brother Joseph's wife. He was a cordwainer and a farmer. Rebecca Furbush was born in Kittery, now Eliot, April 19, 1694, and died in 1782, aged eighty-eight years. They bought land at what is now Goold's Corner, in Eliot, Maine, in 1719, and this land was occupied by them and their posterity one hundred and seventy-eight years. They were Quakers.
He died in 1781, aged about eighty-eight years. He was a soldier in Capt. Noah Emery's company Oct. 15, 1754. [trans note: Quakers, huh? And in the military?!]
Benjamin, John, Sarah, Samuel, James, Nathaniel, Daniel and Mary.

(IV) Benjamin (2), eldest son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Furbush) Goold, was born at Kittery, now Eliot, Nov. 27, 1717, and married, in 1744, Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Ferguson of the same town. He was a cordwainer and a good farmer and served in Capt. Noah Emery's company in 1754, a corporal under same captain in 1759, and also in Capt. Charles Frost's company in 1762.
He died in March, 1806, aged over eighty-eight years.
Abigail, John, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Daniel (a revolutionary soldier), Alexander (a revolutionary soldier), Phoebe and Mary.

(V) Benjamin (3), third child of Benjamin (2) and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Goold, was born at Kittery, now Eliot, Sept. 15, 1747, and was a Quaker. He went to Windham, Maine, in 1774, and married Dec. 24, 1775, Phebe, daughter of Nathan and Mary (Gray) Noble, of Gray, Maine. Her father was a descendant of Thomas Noble, the emigrant, and he served in the army at Louisburg in 1745 and 1758, and in the expeditions to Canada in 1757 and 1759, and at the siege of Boston in 1776. Jan. 6, 1777, in the Eleventh Mass. Regiment, under Colonels Ebenezer Francis and Benjamin Tupper, for three years, and was killed at the battle of Saratoga Oct. 7, 1777, aged fifty-four years. His two sons served in the army.
Benjamin GOOLD was a cordwainer and a thrifty farmer. He served his town as highwy surveyor, assessor of taxes and as collector. He died at Windham, Nov. 12, 1807, aged sixty years. His wife was born at New Milford, Connecticut, May 15, 1749, and died at Windham Feb. 19, 1817, aged sixty-seven years. Her great-grandfather, John Noble, was the founder of New Milford, Conn.
Simeon, Nathan, Daniel, Betsey, Mary, Ezra (died young), Ezra, two children who died in infancy, and Abner.

(VI) Nathan, second child of Benjamin (3) and Phebe (Noble) Goold, was born in Windham, Maine, April 10, 1778, and married first, March 13, 1803, Miriam, daughter of John and Sarah Swett, of Windham, who died Feb. 15, 1805, aged thirty-three years.
John and Benjamin.
He married second, Dec. 27, 1807, Betsey, daughter of James and Edna (Knight) Gowen, of Falmouth, afterwards Westbrook, Maine. Her father was born in Kittery and represented Falmouth, Maine, in the general court in 1819, and was a descendant of William Gowen, who married Elizabeth, the daughter of Nicholas Frost, the first settler of Eliot, Maine, May 14, 1667.
William, Miriam and Nathan, all of whom married.
Nathan Goold, senior, was a respected and honored citizen of Windham, serving the town in several capacities. He was a justice of the peace, chairman of the selectmen eight years, and represented his town in the general court in 1816. He was captain of the town militia company and saw servuce at Portland in 1814. He was a delegate to the Brunswick Convention in 1816, organized the first Sunday school in his town and died April 5, 1823, aged almost forty-five years. His wife, Betsey, was born in Westbrook May 15, 1781, and died in Windham, Oct. 22, 1866, aged eighty-five years. She was a woman who was equal to her responsibilities and her name is revered by her descendants.

(VII) William, first child of Nathan and Betsey (Gowen) Goold, was born in Windham, April 13, 1809, and married Sept. 9, 1834, Nabby Tukey, the daugher of Seth and Nabby (Tukey) Clark, of Portland, where she was born May 27, 1816. Seth Clark was a soldier of the war of 1812, and a much respected citizen. Her mother was a granddaughter of John and Abigail (Sweetser) Tukey, of Portland, the first of that name of his family in America, in 1744, who had four sons in the revolutionary army, one of whom, Stephen, was her grandfather. She had three ancestors in the expedition to Louisburg in 1745. Her father was a descendant of Lieut. William Clark, one of the first settlers of Dorchester and Northampton, Mass., whose name is still revered in their history. Her paternal great-grandfather was Colonel Samuel How, of Belchertow, Mass., who was a captain at Crown Point in 1755 and 1756, also in the expedition to capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1757. He was a delegate of the Provincial congress in 1774 and 1775 and was in the congress at Concord, Mass., when the men and means were voted for the beginning of the revolution. He was a lieutenant-colonel in the Lexington alarm, and in Jan., 1776, was chosen colonel. He had four sons in the army and was one of the most prominent and useful citizens of his town. Ezra Clark, Seth Clark's grandfather, took an active part in the revolution at Northampton and had five sons in the army.
Naccy Tukey Clark was a descendant of John Winter, Rev. Robert Jordan, John Robinson Jr. and Colonel Ezekiel Cushing of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She was a woman of strong character, charitable and interested in the welfare of others. She died at Windham, Sept. 27, 1897, aged eighty-one years.
William Goold learned the trade of a tailor, a business he carried on many years. His school education was very limited. He resided both in Portland and in Windham, where he was a respected citizen, representing the latter in the ligislature and his county in the senate of the state. In 1873 he was elected a member of the Maine Historical Society, became the corresponding secretary and was a member of the standing committee. The fourteen papers read before the society by him show the range of his knowledge and must remain a valuable addition to its published collections.
He did much newspaper work of historic nature and was the author of "Portland in the Past," a volume of 543 pages, a most valuable addition to Portland's written history. He was the historian of Portland in his time, was quiet, modest and retiring in dispositon, exceedingly observant, with a tenacious memroy, and had a great store of knowledge relating to the early history of Portland. His narrations were always spirited and enterprising.
1. Mary Elizabeth, who married George H. Harding in 1869, and died June 12, 1881, aged forty-four years. She left a daughter, Margaret Ellen.
2. Abba Louise, see forward.
3. Francis Clark, who served with credit in the navy during the civil war, a respected citizen of Foxboro, Mass., who had two sons, Frank Willard and Philip Atherton.
4. William Willis, a respected citizen of Portland, who has two sons, Allan Owen and Paul Phillips, both married.
5. Nathan, who died young.
6. Nathan, see forward.
7. Ellen, a schoolteacher.
8. George Mather, who died Oct. 24, 1904, aged forty-eight years, leaving one son, Henry Deane.
William Goold died in the house on his farm, at Windham, where he was born, May 22, 1890, aged eighty-one years. His life was without reproach.

(VIII) Abba Louise, second child of William and Nabby Tukey (Clark) Goold, was born at Windham, Maine, April 30, 1838, and married in the same house Aug. 14, 1856, Moses Woolson, then principal of the girls' high school in Portland. The school building in that city was named the "Woolston School," in his honor. He died in Boston, Jan. 17, 1896, aged seventy-four years. He was a notable schoolteacher and had taught in Chesterfield, N. H., Brattleboro, Vermont, Bangor and Portland, Maine, Cincinnati, Ohio, Concord, N. H., and Boston, Mass. Mrs. Wollson graduated from the Portland girls' high school in 1856 and was the valedictorian of her class. She taught in Cincinnati, Ohio, Haverhill and Boston, Mass., and Concord, N. H. As an authoress she became known as Abba Goold Woolson. She is a notable lecturer on history and literature and has few peers as an authority on Spanish history. The Castilian Club, of Boston, was founded by her, she being its president many years, and at her retirement she was honored by being elected honorary president. She was the originator of the idea of Woman's Clubhouse in Boston and a hall in the Century building was named in her honor. She was a poetess at the celebration of the Centennial of Portland, in 1886, and at other occasions, and has been president of the Mass. Society for the University Education of Women and the Moral Education Association of Mass., and is an honorary member of the Maine Historical Society. Mrs. Woolson has a remarkably retentive memory and a wide knowledge of literature and history, and probably is the ablest woman mentally that Maine has ever produced. She resides at the old homstead at Windham. No children.

(VIII) Nathan, brother of the above, was born in Portland, July 8, 1846. He attended the common schools, and in his seventeenth year was apprenticed as a machinist and learned the trade, remaining in that business also as a timekeeper and bookkeeper for nearly eighteen years, after which he was in the office of a brush manufactory for over nine years, retiring in 1890 on account of ill health. From that time he has been much engaged in historical research. He was elected a member of the Maine Historical Society in 1892, and has been a member of the standing committee and is now the librarian; he is the custodian of the Wadsworth Longfellow House, being the active spirit in the preservation of Longfellow's Old Portland home, since the beginning of the undertaking in 1901. He has read fourteen valuable papers before the society, is author of the history of Peaks and House Islands, Windham, Maine, in the revolution, and has been a voluminous contributor to the newspapers on historical subjects. He is called Portland's historian. His most popular and best known book is "The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Longfellow's Old Home; Its History and Its Occupants." Mr. Goold has been much interested in Maine's part in the war of the revolution and is probably the best authority on that subject. He was one of the original members of the Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and has served that society as historian, secretary and is the registrar. It was by his recommendation that a momument to the memory of the Maine soldiers at Valley Forge was erected in that historic town. He is a member of the Maine Genealogical Society, an honorary member of the Paul Jones Club, of Portsmouth, N. H., and of the Belchertown, Mass. Historical Society.
He was formerly an active member of the Portland Fraternity Club and is now an honorary one, and is a trustee of the William Fogg Library at Eliot, Maine.
Mr. Goold has been a life-long resident of Portland, is much interested in its welfare, and is always ready and willing to impart his information. He never held a public office and is not a member of any secret society.


(For preceding generations, see Jarvice GOOLD, I).

(IV) James, son of Benjamin Gould (Goold), born June 5, 1730, died in Biddeford, Maine, 1810, resided in Arundel, Maine. He was a soldier in Sir William Pepperell's regiment in 1757 and was in the expedition to Canada that year.
He married (first) Feb. 7, 1750, Elizabeth Nason. He married (second) Hannah Hovey, dau. of Rev. John Hovey, and she married (second) in 1812, Colonel Caleb Emery.
He had twenty-one children.
Children of 1st wife:
Benjamin, James (was a revolutionary soldier and settled in Limerick, Maine), Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, Hannah.
Children of 2d wife:
John Hovey (mentioned below); Benjamin, Lyman, Alexander, Thomas F., Lydia, Ebenezer (of Parsonsfield), Samuel (died young), Samuel, Abel, and five others who died young.

(V) John Hovey, son of James Gould, born in 1767, died Nov. 6, 1837. He married Elizabeth Laselle, daughter of Matthew Laselle, of Kennebunkport, Maine.
He settled in Hollis.
John Erastus, Matthew, Lydia, Hannah, George, Alexander, Charles Francis (mentioned below.)

(VI) Charles Francis, son of John Hovey Gould, born in Hollis, Maine, May 10, 1808, died in Biddeford, July 25, 1861. He was educated in the common schools of Dayton, Maine. When a mere boy he came to Biddeford and became clerk in a general store. He continued for some years and finally engaged in the same line of business on his own account. He continued in business until about ten years before his death, when he retired.
In politics he was a Whig. At one time he was an overseer of the poor in Biddeford.
He married, Feb. 10, 1831, Olive Spring Berry, born in Saco, Sept. 19, 1806, died June 2, 1886.
Charles Otis, John, Alexander, Oliver, Mark Harris, Lucy Elizabeth, Anna Frances, Ruth, Mahla Eaton, Phebe Ellen, Royal Erastus (mentioned below).

(VII) Royal Erastus, son of Charles Francis Gould, was born in Biddeford, Maine, Feb. 8, 1852. He attended the public schools of his native place and fitted for college there. He entered Bowdoin Collee, where he was graduated in the class of 1873. He taught schools in Biddeford, Maine, and at Woodstock, Connecticut, the year following his graduation, and then began to read law in the offices of Wedgewood & Stone, of Biddeford. He was admitted to the bar in his native county in 1876 and immediately began to practice his profession in Biddeford. But he preferred the profession of teaching and after a year accepted a position in the public schools of Biddeford. After teaching nine years he was elected superintendent of schools of that city in 1885, and has filled that positon with conspicuous ability and success to the present (1908) time. Much of the credit for the high standards and efficiency of the schools of Biddeford is due to the energy, tact and fidelity and executive ability of development of the past score of years. Mr. Gould is well known in educational circles throughout New England.
In politics Mr. Gould is a Democrat; in religion a Congregationalist.
He is prominent in Masonic circles, a member of Dunlap Lodge, Free Masons, of Biddeford; of York Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Biddeford; Bradford Commandery, Knights Templar, of Biddeford; of Maine Consistory, Scottish Rite, thirty-second degree, of Portland, Maine; and of Aleppo Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, Boston, Mass. He is also a member of Laconia Lodge of Odd Fellows, of Biddeford; of Mavoshun Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Biddeford; of Squando Tribe, Independent Order of Red Men; and York county, Royal Arcanum.
He married, 1883, Elizabeth A. Nickerson, of Biddeford.
Carlisle R., born May 14, 1890, educated in the public schools of Biddeford.

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