The article can be found at the Topsfield Public Library in the reference section.
Sundial Sundial, 1697. In back of Parson Capen house in Topsfield, MA.Photo by Kristen Galardi
The article details the preservation of present and future plans and the years of effort and dedication put forth by local residents and fund raisers. A great read! (and some added genealogy details by Melissa).
The property is now the central location of Topsfield's Historic headquarters. A climate controlled archives center, a host for several artifacts---including a musket from Revolutionary war and much more! The barn is also a facility for private and community events. Stop by the Topsfield library or tour the Gould Barn to learn about the great journey that brought back a 300+ year old structure to life!
|Birthday celebration held at the barn|
Zaccheus Gould (1589-1668) son of Richard Gould and Mary Colder. He was one of the founders of Topsfield and married Phebe Deacon daughter of Thomas Deacon and Marsha Field. The couple had one son John Gould (1635-1709) m Sarah Baker October 14, 1660
John (December 1, 1662 - 1724), married Phebe French in 1684
Sarah (December 18, 1664 - 1723), married Joseph Bixby, Jr. in 1682
Thomas (February 14, 1666 - 1752), married first Mary Yates in 1700. Thomas married second in 1728/29, the widow Mary Stanley
Samuel (March 9, 1669/70 - 1724), married Margaret Stone in 1697
Zaccheus (March 26, 1672 - 1739), married Elizabeth Curtice in 1703
Priscilla (November 2, 1674 - 1715), married John Curtice, Jr. in 1695
Joseph (August 24, 1677 - 1753), married Priscilla Perkins in 1712/13
Mary (June 16, 1681 - May 11, 168)
Bond from the From the Hansen/Gould Family History site
A bond, given by John Gould (1635-1710) in 1664, before his father’s death, promising to pay £24 to each of the five daughters of his sister Priscilla (Wildes) upon their attaining the age of 21 years. Priscilla had died nearly fourteen months before, and Wildes was married again to the unfortunate Sarah Averill. The bond is witnessed by John and Thomas Baker, brothers-in-law of John Gould. Upon the reverse of the same paper is a receipt by Timothy Day for the share of his wife Phebe.
Home built in 1670 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Because the property was subdivided, it is no longer at its listed address, 73 Prospect Street.
Gould family clip from the Archives: Another Fire in Topsfield Saturday, December 17, 1836 Gloucester Telegraph (Gloucester, MA)
Also check out these sources: An Account of Some early Settlers of West Dunstable, Monson, and Hollis, NH Vital Records of Topsfield, Massachusetts: To the end of the year 1849 Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Town Records of Topsfield, Massachusetts by Joseph Dow With Lists of Members and Their Revolutionary Ancestors