Ancient Middlesex with Brief Biographical Sketches of the Men who Have Served the Country Officially Since Its Settlement (Google eBook)

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Somerville Journal Print, 1905 - Middlesex County (Mass.) - 336 pages
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He is a descendant from John Gould, the first settler of Charlestown End, now Stoneham (1635), and Francis Whitmore, often mentioned as an officer and otherwise of the town of Cambridge ( 1636), whose grave stone is in the old cemetery in Med- ford square. Both were troopers in King Philip's War, John Gould bearing arms until after seventy-two years of age,* Jacob Gould, great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, with two of his sons, were minutemen of Stoneham, and all three were in the Concord fight. They went from the old homestead at the head of Spot Pond, the land surrounding the same, now owned by the Commonwealth, having been in the family during many generations. The locality was first mentioned by Governor Winthrop, he having visited it in 1632. Tradition has it that one of the Goulds rode without saddle or bridle a favorite white mare into the trenches at Bunker Hill. Before the firing began, he turned the faithful beast loose, and she trotted safely back to her barn in Stoneham. It is also said that he wore on that day an old-fashioned shaggy beaver, of which he was very proud. It was lost in the rush of the retreat. Being railed by his companions, he returned over the ground, found the hat, and bore it away in triumph, but riddled with bullets. 


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Page 38 - In the former city he was attacked with cholera during a severe epidemic, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. He died April 9, 1849, sincerely lamented, having successfully performed the great work with which he had been intrusted.

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