St Lawrence, Bovingdon, as rebuilt in the mid 19th century

   The Gould family was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times. English and German: from Old English, Old High German gold (‘gold’), applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair. The Coat of Arms: On a gold and blue shield a lion counterchanged.
   Our Gould ancestors hail from Bovingdon, Herts, England. The name Bovingdon is probably derived from the Old English "bufan dune" meaning "above the down" since the settlement grew up as a clearing in the hill top forest. Until the early years of the 20th century it was little more than a small farming village and (along with its sister village of Flaunden) was a hamlet within the larger parish of Hemel Hempstead.
   There has been a church in the village since at least the early 13th century, called St Lawrence. The current church dates only from the nineteenth century (above) since the old medieval church was falling down and had to be rebuilt in 1845. The tower is more or less original though. The church is dedicated to St Lawrence, and still contains a number of memorials from the old church and the effigy of an unknown knight dating from about 1360. The parish registers survive from 1674 although some transcripts exist back to 1604. In 1235, Thomas Gould, apparent trustee of the church, signed a document giving the vicar of Hemel Hempstead the nominations of curates for Bovingdon and Flaunden.
   Our oldest known ancestor in this line, RICHARD GOULD, SR., was born in 1530 in Bovingdon. (He died in 1558.) Richard married a woman named JANE in 1552. Jane was born about 1532 in of Stoke, Mandeville, Bucks, England. She died before 29 Mar 1560 in Herts, England. They had the following children:


  • RICHARD GOULD II was born about 1553 and died before 25 May, 1597.
  • HENRY GOULD was born about 1555 in of Stoke, Mandeville, Bucks, England. He died in 1604.
  • ALICE GOULD was born in 1556 in of Stoke, Mandeville, Bucks, England.
  • JANE GOULD was born in 1557.
  •    RICHARD GOULD, JR., was born in 1553 in Stoke, Mandeville, Bucks, England. He died 1 before 25 May 1597 in Bovingdon, Herts, England. Richard married ELIZABETH. Elizabeth was born about 1558 in of Stoke, Mandeville, Bucks, England. She married Richard GOULD Jr. They had the following children:


  • RICHARD GOULD III was born about 1578 and was buried on 9 Sep 1629.
  • JEREMY GOULD was born in 1581 and died in 1654.
  • JOHN GOULD Sr was born in 1586 and was buried on 11 Jul 1633.
  • PRISCILLA GOULD was born in 1586/7 in Bovingdon, Herts, England. She married JOHN PUTNAM. Children listed below.
  • SARAH GOULD was born about 1588 in , Bovingdon, Herts, England.
  • ZACHEUS GOULD was born in 1589 and died on 30 Mar 1668.
  •    PRISCILLA GOULD was born about 1586 in , Bovingdon. She married JOHN PUTNAM, born before January 17, 1579/80 in Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England; In 1634, they emigrated from Buckinghamshire, England, to America. They had the following children:


  • ELIZABETH PUTNAM was christened on 20 Dec 1612 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England; died Aft. 1643.
  • THOMAS PUTNAM was christened on 7 Mar 1615 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England; ; married (1) Mary Verne; married (2) Ann Holyoke October 17, 1643 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; married (3) Mary Veren September 14, 1666; married (4) Mary Veren November 14, 1699; and died on 5 May 1686.
  • JOHN PUTNAM Elder was christened on 24 Feb 1616 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 5 Nov 1620.
  • DEA NATHANIEL PUTNAM was christened on 11 Oct 1619 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England, and died on 23 Jul 1700.
  • SARAH PUTNAM was christened on 7 Mar 1623 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England.
  • PHOEBE PUTNAM was born on 27 May 1627 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England. She died on 7 Apr 1710.
  • JOHN PUTNAM Younger was christened on 27 May 1627 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England; He married REBECCA PRINCE on July 03, 1652 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts and died on 7 Apr 1710.

    RICHARD GOULD, SR. (b. 1530) married JANE (b. 1532) and begat...

    RICHARD GOULD, JR. (b. 1553), who married ELIZABETH (b. 1558) and begat...

    PRISCILLA GOULD, who married JOHN PUTNAM (1579 - 1662) and begat...

    JOHN PUTNAM II, who married REBECCA PRINCE and begat...

    PRISCILLA PUTNAM (b.1657), who married JOSEPH BAILEY and begat...

    SARAH BAILEY, who married ISRAEL JOSLIN (1693 - 1761) and begat...

    SARAH JOSLIN (b. 1722), who married JOSEPH MUNYAN (1712 - 1797) and begat...

    JOSEPH MUNYAN (d. 1831), who married MARY MARSH (1750 - 1820) and begat...

    AMASA MUNYAN (b. 1800), who married SUSANNA HENNING (1802 - 1821) and begat...

    MARY ANN MUNYON (1823 - 1899) married WILLIAM POTTER (1819 - 1894) and begat...

    LOUISA EDITH POTTER (1856 - 1891) who married ABRAHAM CANE WINTERS (1829 - 1893) and begat...

    NELLE WINTERS (1885 - 1974) who married WILLIAM PRITCHARD (1880 - 1958) and begat...

    DOROTHY PRITCHARD (b. 1918) who married ERWIN WENK (1910 - 1982) and begat...

    MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) who married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).


    Marriage Records of Lynn, Essex, MA; FHL film #0547549 1635-1885 "Thompsons First Families" compiled by E. D. Larned; Munyan Families;
    FHL film #2972 and "Commemorative Biographical Record of Windham and Tolland Counties; pg 122 8; FHL film #982,349; Also Ancestral File; Family History Library, LDS Church.