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William Gould 1819-1876

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William Gould was born on 29 June 1819 at Pilsbury Grange, the son of Edmund Gould 1782-1833 and his wife nee Margaret Peake 1783-1844. He was baptised at Hartington on 5 July 1819.

He married Harriett Grace on 3 October 1850 in Bruera, Cheshire. She was born in about 1825 at Saighton in Cheshire, the daughter of Charles Grace and his wife nee Rebecca Thomas (1).

The newly-weds emigrated to Australia on the "Anna" only a few weeks later, embarking at Liverpool on 20 December 1850 and arriving at Melbourne on 27 April 1851.

They lived at Macclesfield in South Australia for many years, but eventually moved to Belvidere. They had five sons and a daughter (2):

Edmund Gould 1851-1895. He was born on 29 July 1851, and died on 29 June 1895.

Charles Gould 1853-1889. He was born on 21 March 1853, and died on 28 February 1889.

William Gould 1854-1924. He was born on
1 November 1854, and died on 14 February 1924.

Nathaniel Gould 1856-1941. He was born on 6 September 1856, and died on 11 June 1941.

Mary Elizabeth Gould 1858-1859. She was born on 1 July 1858 at Macclesfield, and died there on 31 March 1859.

Gilbert Gould 1860-1861. He was born on 28 September 1860 at Macclesfield and died there on 7 January 1861.

The "Mr Grace" in the passenger list of the "Anna" was Charles Wilkinson Grace, the brother of Harriet Gould nee Grace.

William Gould died aged 57 on 3 November 1876 at his home in Belvidere, South Australia. He was buried on 5 November 1876 in the church cemetery at Macclesfield (3).

His wife Harriet died on 11 February 1888 at Yanipy in Victoria, Australia.


(1) The notice of the wedding in the Derby Mercury dated 9 October 1850 reads as follows: "At Churton Heath, near Chester, on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, by the Rev. J. Harrison, William, second son of the late Mr. Edmund Gould, of Pilsbury Grange, Derbyshire, to Harriet, only surviving daughter of the late Mr. Charles Grace, of Stamford Heath, near the above city."
(2) Information on this family has been kindly supplied by Trevor Byrnes, who is a descendant.
(3) His obituary in the Southern Argus dated 9 November 1876 reads as follows: "Macclesfield - On Sunday last the remains of the late Mr. Gould of Belvidere were interred in the church cemetery here; having been an old resident."
That in the Observer dated 11 November 1876 reads: "Death - On the 3rd November at Belvidere William Gould formerly of Macclesfield."
That in the Chronicle dated 11 November 1876 reads: "Death - Gould- On the 3rd November at Belvidere, Mr. William Gould late of Macclesfield storekeeper, Aged 57 years. Respected by all who knew him."