William M. Gould

William M. Gould, a successful planter and an influential citizen of Pike    
County, was born in this county May 4, 1848. His parents, William B. and     
Sarah (Campbell) Gould the former a native of Philadelphia, and a farmer by  
occupation, had a family of nine children - seven girls and two boys - all   
of whom grew to maturity with the exception of one, viz., Isabella,          
Cassandria, Sophronia, Susana, Annie, Lizzie, Jerome and William ... Mr.     
Gould was a members of the Masonic fraternity, Pike Lodge No. 91, in which   
he held all the principal offices. He served as representative of Pike       
County for several years. In July, 1861, he entered a home company, was      
elected first lieutenant of the company, marched to Van Buren, where they    
were organized into the Fourth Regiment, under Capt. Black, and participated 
in the battle of Pea Ridge. Their captain died and Mr. Gould was elected in  
his stead, but he resigned this commission in 1862, on account of ill        
health, and returned home, where he remained until his death, May 25, 1874.  
He was born October 15, 1816. His widow still survives, and is residing with 
her oldest daughter. The immediate subject of this sketch was reared in Pike 
County, and remained at home until he attained his majority, when he took    
his belongings, which consisted of a horse and saddle, and started in life   
for himself, choosing farming as his vocation. July 11, 1876, he married     
Miss Mary Branch, a native of Tennessee, by whom he has six children, viz.,  
Willie, Lula (deceased) Johnnie, Frank, Laura and Katie. Mr. Gould is now    
the owner of a well-stocked farm of 280 acres of good land, sixty acres of   
which are under an excellent state of cultivation. He is a member of the     
Masonic fraternity, Pike Lodge No. 91, and takes an active part in           
furthering the interests of the community. Mrs. Gould is a member of the     
Methodist Episcopal Church, South.                                           
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
pages 327-328.                                                               
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