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,
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