Zaccheus Gould and Me

It can be hard to feel a connection to your Ancestral grandparents. That is why I adore finding physical connections to their lives. When I find a home that they lived in, I can point it out and say, “That’s where they lived. They were really here. It’s more than a name and date on a piece of paper!”

I had already followed my family tree to John Wildes. I descend from his first wife, Priscilla Gould. He soon remarried, Sara and that wife was hung as a witch. John married a third time, to a woman whose husband had been hung as a witch.

Fascinated with the Witch trials, I learned I came from near 6, I think, important families from that era and I spent my time checking out those facts. I overlooked Priscilla, John’s first wife.

Running into cousins online, I fell into some wonderful information. Priscilla Gould was daughter to Zaccheus Gould. He was a founder of Topsfield,Massachusetts and his home still stands. This is incredibly significant as I now have yet another family home still standing. This makes five homes standing that I have found so far. All are on the national register.

Zaccheus Gould’s home in Topsfield,Massachusetts, click here.

He is my 9 Greats, Grandfather. And I can’t wait to go take a peak and a picture of this home.


Here is my Lineage.

Susannah Allen > Ruth Balentine > Sara Kohler > Inez (Allen) Kohler > Mary (Page) Allen >John Page Jr. > Mary (Newcomb) Page > Capt John Newcomb > Ebenezer Newcomb > Sara (Wildes) Hayden > Priscilla (Gould) Wild > Zaccheus Gould



  7 comments for “Zaccheus Gould and Me

  1. Melissa McGovern
    August 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    hello! I just discovered my that Zaccheus is my 11th great grandfather! I am so excited his house still stands and can’t wait to go see it! I also cannot believe to tie to the salem witch trials! Thank you for sharing!

    • August 17, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Your welcome! It’s awesome when you find a house still stands, it makes their lives so real.

  2. Mark Weaver
    February 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Hello. I just found this site and it looks very interesting. Zaccheus Gould is a direct line ancestor. My Gould, Sexton, Young and Phillips line later went to Virginia, what is not WV. I would love to share information.

    • Mark Weaver
      February 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Sorry for the typo. I meant to say is now part of WV.

    • March 10, 2018 at 12:11 am

      I am so sorry for taking so long to reply. After 18 years, I changed jobs and have been deep in orientation. My love of genealogy has taken a back seat and I am only now catching up on it. I typically respond within a day or so.

      Regarding Gould, my research lead me to find misinformation in the lineage that was done for me. I still cannot prove with certainty that I do or not descend from Zaccheus.

      The lineage that was prepared for me states that Priscilla Gould’s son, John Wild moved to Braintree and married Sara Hayden. But I also find that the same John Wild, died at 25 in Topsfield, unmarried. I also find in Braintree information that John Wild came from England, never mentioning any ancestry from Topsfield. But I also find he came from John and Priscilla in Topsfield. I have yet to clarify.

      If you have any information that would help solve my lineage, I would love that. Thank you for writing,


  3. daniel gould
    November 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    my name is Daniel Gould, Falmouth, Mass

    I have been meaning to take my namesake, Daniel,from Natick, to see the house.

    I have a book that traces the family from Zacheus’ arrival

    I would like to be in touch by e-mail, if you want.
    I’m lucky to be able to have this information.

    Are you aware that Joseph Smith, founder of The Morman Faith, is the grandson of a Gould from Topsfield?
    Fair winds,
    Daniel Gould

    • February 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I have not been on here in months due to a number of reason, my research has been completely ignored. Also, usually I am alerted when there is mail and alas I was not alerted to your letter. Life is now back on track and I can now dive back into my favorite hobby.

      I was provided with the genealogy that included the line from John Wild of Braintree, Mass to Zaccheus Gould. I working with that line, I have encountered a hiccup in the work. I now am unable to feel secure in the lineage. I can find proof for and for against the lineage. I must prove parentage for John Wild, son of Priscilla Gould and John Wild Sr.

      And no, I had no idea That Joseph Smith is the Grandson! Interesting!

      Thank you for writing and I am sorry I was not alerted and that I have been absent.

      Susannah Allen

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