Genealogical and Family History
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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.]


John Gove (Gobe or Goffe), immigrant ancestor, was born in 1604, in England; settled in Charlestown, Mass., where he was admitted a freeman May 22, 1638. He was admitted to the church May 3, 1647. He was a dealer and worker in brass. His will is dated Jan. 22, 1647, bequeathing to wife, sons John and Edward; daughter Mary to be adopted with wife's full consent by Ralph Mousall and his wife; to the latter he bequeathed a silver porringer and five pounds in money. It was provided that the legacies be paid out of the brass in the house or that which was to come from England.
The widow Sarah, born 1601, married (second), John Mansfield, who joined her in paying the legacies to her sons Dec. 5, 1655.
Gove bought his house and land in Charlestown Sept. 29, 1647.
1. John, has many descendants in Watertown, Cambridge and vicinity.
2. Edward, mentioned below.

(II) Edward, son of John (1) Gove, was born in Charlestown in 1639, according to his deposition made in 1667. He settled in Hampton, N. H., and became a very prominent citizen. He headed a movement to overthrow Governor Cranfield, of N. H., but the conspiracy failed, and he and ten others, including his son John, were arrested and tried for treason. He was found guilty and sentenced to death and his estate seized for the Crown. The others were pardoned after conviction, but he was sent to London and kept for three years in the Tower of London. At length he also was pardoned and his estates restored to him.
He is the ancestor of all the Gove families of New Hampshire and Maine.
Children, b. at Hampton:
1. John, born Sept. 19, 1661.
2. William, born Oct. 21, 1662; died March 1, 1663.
3. Hannah, born March, 1664; married Abiah Clements.
4. Mary, born April 14, 1666; married Joseph Sanborn.
5. Abiel, born July 23, 1667; died at Haverhill, Mass. Aug. 28, 1667.
6. Penuel, born July 10, 1668; married Philemon Dalton, Benjamin Sanborn and James Prescott.
7. Ebenezer, born June 23, 1671.
8. Edward, born May 13, 1673; died Nov. 12, 1675.
9. Jeremiah, born Oct., 1674; died Sept., 1692.
10. Rachel, born Jan. 26, 1676; died young.
11. Ann, born Jan. 9, 1677; married Jeremiah Conner.
12. Sarah, born Nov. 5, 1678; married Samuel Dearborn.

(III) John (2), son of Edward Gove, was born in Hampton, N. H. Sept. 19, 1661; married Sarah ____, and resided in Seabrook, N. H.
1. Mary, born Oct. 29, 1687; married Nehemiah Heath; died April 17, 1715.
2. John, born May 29, 1689; married March 24, 1720, Ruth Johnson, daughter of Edmund.
3. Hannah, born April 1, 1691.
4. Jonathan, born May 2, 1695; mentioned below.
5. Sarah.
6. Abigial, married Jan. 6, 1721, Joseph Norton.

(IV) Jonathan, son of John (2) Gove, was born in Hampton, May 2, 1695; married (first) July 21, 1720, Mary Lancaster, daughter of Thomas Lancaster; he married (second) March 23, 1730, Hannah Worthen. Gove died Aug. 6, 1760, and the widow Hannah married (second) Abner Philbrick, son of Thomas Philbrick.
Children, b. in Hampton:
Children of 1st wife:
1. Lydia, born 1720.
2. John, born 1722; probably settled at Deerfield, and also lived at Hampton Falls.
3. Mary, born 1724.
Children of 2d wife:
4. Hannah, born 1732; died young.
5. Nathan, born 1734.
6. Dille, born 1736; married March 28, 1754, John Bean.
7. Hannah, born 1738.
8. Sarah, born 1740.
9. Jonathan, born 1742; settled in Nottingham.
10. Michael, born 1744.
11. Samuel, born 1746.
12. Richard, born 1749; mentioned below.
13. Elijah, born 1751; resided in Weare, N. H.
14. Amy, or Anna, born 1754.

(V) Richard, son of Jonathan Gove, was born in Hampton Falls, Jan. 20, 1749. He married Sarah Morrison. He lived in Hampton Falls, later Seabrook, N. H. According to the federal census of 1790 he was then living in Seabrook, having two sons over sixteen, two under sixteen, and three females in his family. There were also of the Gove family living in Seabrook and having families: Stephen, Edward, Moses, Joseph, Enoch and Winthrop.
1. John, born 1810; mentioned below.
2. Jonathan, died Oct. 17, 1890, aged eighty.
And others.

(VI) John (3), son of Richard Gove (as appears from the records), was born in Seabrook, N. H. about 1810, died March 29, 1865. This John Gove removed to Limington, Maine, and married Rebecca Small, who was born in Montville, Maine. He was a farmer by occupation, and a Baptist in religion.
1. Louise Ann, born Nov. 21, 1825.
2. Sarah, born Aug. 28, 1827.
3. Eunice, born March 19, 1829.
4. Elizabeth, born July 8, 1831.
5. Almon H., born Feb. 10, 1833, mentioned below.
6. Ralph, born Jan. 5, 1835.
7. Frank, born March 7, 1837.
8. Mary S., born Aug. 29, 1839.
9. Clara, born June 23, 1843.
10. Abbie, born Jan. 30, 1845.
11. Lewis, born Sept. 29, 1851.

(VII) Almon H., son of John (3) Gove, was born in Limington, Maine, Feb. 10, 1833. He was educated in the schools of Limington and at the South Limington Academy. He was a farmer and shoemaker, conducting his farm after the custom of the times and working in the winter at shoemaking. He also worked at his trade in the factories at Haverhill and Lynn, Mass., and Portland, Maine, and continued active to the time of his death.
He was a Democrat in politics and was on the board of selectmen for two years. He was a Congregationalist in religion. During the civil war he was drafted, but could not pass the necessary physical examination.
He married Jennie H., born in Hollis, 1837, daughter of Moses and Molly (Gearey) Tarbox, granddaughter of Carroll and Betsey (Hooper) Tarbox, and of John and Lucy (Sedgley) Geary.
1. Clarence Usher, born in Limington, Dec. 7, 1859.
2. Roland Sumner, mentioned below.

(VIII) Roland Sumner, son of Almon H. Gove, was born in Limington, April 2, 1870. He was educated in the public schools of Limington and at Limington Academy. He taught school for two years in Limington, Hollis and Standish. He studied his profession at the Medical School of Maine College at Bowdoin, graduating in 1892 with the degree of M.D. He started to practice in Biddeford. After two years he became a traveling salesman for George C. Frye, wholesale druggist and dealer in surgical instruments, for a year, and then, in 1895, located his office in Sanford, where he has practiced since.
He is a member of the York County Medical Society and of the Maine Medical Association. Dr. Gove is a Republican in politics, but has never been active. He is a member of Preble Lodge, No. 143, Free Masons; of St. Armand Commandery, No. 20, Knights Templar; of Kora Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, Lewiston. He is past master of the lodge and has held office in the chapter. He is a member also of Riverside Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and of the Sanford Club. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Dr. Gove married, April 7, 1896, at Biddeford, Maine, Suzelle E., born at Cherryfield, Maine, Sept. 20, 1868, daughter of John and Alice (Gardiner) Welch, of Cherryfield, Maine. She is a member of the Congregational church. They have no children.

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