FRENCH CREEK — Nathan Gould, Sr., a Revolutionary War Patriot, was honored during the Descendants of the French Creek Pioneers gathering, Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the French Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery with a Daughters of the American Revolution bronze plaque.
Gould was one of the first residents of the French Creek area have settled here from Massachusetts. The ceremony was organized by the Elizabeth Zane Chapter of the WVDAR. The unveiling ceremony included an official DAR service and presentation of colors by the Upshur County Honor Guard. A large gathering of descendants were present at the ceremony.
Nathan Gould, Sr. was born, 18 Jan 1733, at Boxford, Essex Co, Mass. and died in 1816. He was the son of Samuel Gould and Mehitable Stiles of Boxford, Mass. His lineage runs: Nathan; Samuel, c1701-1791; Samuel, c1669-1724; John Gould, c1635-1709; Zaccheus Gould, c1589-1670, born in England and died in Mass.
Nathan married Martha Gilbert of Brookfield, Mass. His family resided in Charlemont, Hampshire County, Mass. Known children were: Jonathan, Benjamin, Mehitable, Benjamin (2nd), Paschal, Lydia, Nathan, and Gilbert.
During the American Revolution, he served under Capt. Ephraim Jennings, Col. David Wells, 5th Hampshire County Militia Regt. The company was called up at Shelbourne, Mass. as reinforcements for the Saratoga Campaign of 1777.
Nathan Gould, Jr. moved with his family from Charlemont, Hampshire County, Mass. in 1816 to the French Creek area of Upshur County. Nathan Gould, Sr. arrived later and died within two weeks after making the trip from Mass. to Va. (now W.Va.)