Ancestral Family Topic 1726

 1726   Enoch Gould (c.1670-1720)
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Enoch Gould, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Enoch Gould might describe his life as follows.

I was born in England about 1670, during the reign of King Charles II, and was apprenticed to become a weaver. Living in The Netherlands a decade later was James Scott, the Duke of Monmouth, whom Charles II claimed was his son by a Welsh woman, although others doubted his real parentage. I was 15 when Charles II died and his brother, the Catholic Duke of York, ascended the throne as King James II. But Monmouth, a Protestant like myself, invaded England to claim the throne for himself.
Landing at Lyme, Monmouth claimed his mother’s marriage was valid and denounced James as a usurper who had murdered Charles II. In one day 1,500 men enlisted in his army. With several thousand more rebels, I too joined with Monmouth to march against the English king.
Risking all, we attacked the royal army at Sedgemoor in the night, but Lord John Churchill rallied the Household troops and overpowered us, slaughtering scores where they stood. As many as 300 of my comrades were hanged and about 800 charged with “high treason,” me included, were banished to Barbados,  where I was bound to serve Lt. Gen. Abel Allen, a wealthy sugar planter of St. James’ Parish, for 10 years. Freed in just 5, I became a respectable Bridgetown merchant with my own church pew. Many here knew William Mayo, a surveyor and cartographer who made the official map of Barbados. He married my daughter, Frances, and they went to live in Virginia.

Enoch and other “Rebels Convict” were conditionally liberated 17 March 1691/2. They received no compensation for time served, were forbidden to leave the island without the King’s permission, and forced to join the militia.
We have not identified Enoch’s 1st wife, Mary. He married 2nd 4 July 1697, Mary Thompson who had married 1st Joseph Pike in St. James’ Parish 31 Aug. 1694. Pike, a mariner, was buried 31 March 1696 in St. James’ Parish.

Life in Barbados
Enoch Gould fared better than most rebels. He owned property in St. Joseph’s Parish by 1702. In 1710 he and William Mayo, along with others, received permission to construct a new pew in St. Michael’s Church. In 1715 he was living in St. Michael’s Parish where Bridgetown stood. Living with him then was his 2nd wife, Mary, aged 51, and another female, aged 15. In 1717 Enoch was identified as a Bridgetown merchant.

Enoch makes his will
Enoch Gould wrote this will.

Will of Enoch Gould
25 February 1719/20
In the name of God, Amen.
I Enock Gould of the parish of St. Michael and Island of Barbados, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and every [sic], do hereby revoke all former Wills by me heretofore made and do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner following.
Imprimis. I give unto my loving wife Mary Gould — One bed and its appurtences, all the furniture of her chamber, One silver Tankard, my horse & side sadle, all my pewta dishes and plates, all my potts and ketles, One silver Porringer and three silver spoons. Also I give her for and during her natural life one Negro man named London and one Negro woman named Diana. I also give her one hammack, all which to be in lieu of and in full compensation of dower.
Lastly, all the rest and residue of my estate both reall and personall, I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Frances Mayo, and to her heirs for ever, and I do appoint my son-in-law William Mayo sole Exr. of this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty-fifth day of Febry., One Thousand, Seven Hundred & Nineteen.
Enock Gould.
Signed, sealed and published as the Last Will and Testament of Enock Gould, in the presence of us.
Edwin Carter.
Henry Doldron.
Patience Punet.

A porringer was a shallow cup or bowl with a handle and hammack was a “hammock.” The word appurtenances meant “accessories.”

Descendants of Enoch Gould
Information about the children of Enoch Gould, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Frances (Gould) Mayo (1693-),  
William Mayo,   

Selected sources
Brandow, James C. “The Mayo Family of Virginia.” The Virginia Genealogist. 28:83-87 (1984). • Records related to Enoch Gould of England and Barbados.

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