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Samuel Jacob Gould

Question: Was Samuel Jacob Gould one of the oldest men to serve in the Mormon Battalion in 1846?

Answer: Samuel Jacob Gould was born on 15 August 1786 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He was the only child of Jacob Gould and Elizabeth Green.

Samuel married Sarah Ann Childs in 1818, and they had seven children. Samuel became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in July 1844. The only one of his family who shared his beliefs was his oldest son, John Calvin Gould. His wife did not share his beliefs, so Samuel left the rest of his family in Michigan, and he and John Calvin headed to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the Saints.

Samuel and John did not get to enjoy Nauvoo very long, as the persecution forced them out of Nauvoo in the early winter of 1846. They moved on to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here in July of 1846, Samuel and his son, John Calvin, enlisted in Company C of the Mormon Battalion, and started for California. Samuel was sixty years of age at this time, and his son, John Calvin was 25. Samuel was one of the oldest men, if not the oldest, to serve in the Mormon Battalion. After traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Samuel and John Calvin were sent with the Sick Detachment of the Battalion to Pueblo, Colorado. There he and John Calvin spent the winter of 1846-47. They arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in July of 1847, just a few days after Brigham Young’s Vanguard Company. They were released from service and didn’t have to go on to California.

Samuel was a member of Parley P. Pratt’s Company who explored Southern Utah during the winter of 1849-50, going as far south as Santa Clara, Utah. Samuel’s son, John Calvin, died in 1850 in Humboldt Sink, Pershing, Nevada. He was buried in an unmarked grave between the Carson River and the Humboldt Sink.

Samuel Gould was a member of the company which was asked to help settle the valley of the Little Salt Lake (later named Parowan). On 1 January 1851, Samuel married Fanny Ward (Lister) in Salt Lake. Some of the company arrived in Parowan on January 13, 1851 while others came later and made roads and built bridges for those who were to follow later. Samuel Gould was a member of this company and did not arrive in Parowan until May 8, 1851. His wife, Fanny, and her two sons John and William by a former husband, and Fanny’s mother were with him.

Samuel and Fanny had four children: Jacob Brigham, Samuel Lyman, Susanna Webster, and Emily Jane. All were born at Parowan, Utah. Samuel later married Cynthia Wright who bore him one child, a daughter Sally. In 1861 Samuel moved with his wife, Fanny, and her family to Utah’s Dixie. After residing in Dixie five or six years, Samuel moved his family back to Parowan where he had formerly lived, and there he passed away 30 December 1869, at the age of 83. He was buried in the Parowan City Cemetery. The tombstone has his birth date as 1778, which is incorrect.

Source: Excerpts from “A History of Samuel Gould,’;

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