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



  2 comments for “Zaccheus Gould and Me

  1. 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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