George Gould during all the years of his active life was engaged in farming. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war and is now living a retired life in the city of Sheboygan. He is a son of John and Margaret (Edwards) Gould. John Gould was a native of Wales, who came to the United States in 1840 and after a residence in this country of two years returned to Wales and immediately thereafter removed from that country with his family to the United States, making his first settlement in Pennsylvania, where he continued to live for one year. After that time he moved to Maryland and from there to Ohio. In that state he continued to reside for two years and then, in the year 1849, he removed with his family to Wisconsin and settled on a farm in Eldorado township, Fond du Lac county, where he continued to live during the remaining years of his life. He passed away in 1861, his wife, Mrs. Margaret Gould, survived him until the year 1871. Two children were born to them, George and John.
George Gould was born in Wales, December 4, 1825. He was reared in his parents' home and remained under the parental roof during the early years of his life. On the opening of the Civil war he enlisted in Fond du Lac county in November, 1861, in Company F, and continued to follow the fortunes of a soldier until the close of the war. He was engaged in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and several other equally important engagements. After receiving his discharge from the United States service he returned to this state and purchased a farm in Fond du Lac county, where he engaged in farming and remained for a period of ten years. Eventually selling this farm at a handsome profit, he rented a farm near Plymouth, on which he lived for three years, and then invested his money in a property of six acres where Kohler is now located. Here he continued to live for twenty-two years and then disposed of his home. He then removed to Sheboygan, where he and his wife are now living a retired life. His brother John was a widower and continued to live with the subject of this review, until the time of his death, which occurred in 1900.
George Gould was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Geralds, a daughter of Edward Geralds, on January 1, 1868. No children were born to this union but Mr. and Mrs. Gould became the foster parents of one daughter, Nellie, who is now the wife of Edward Rossell. Mr. Rossell is employed in the Northwestern shipping department and to him and his wife two children have been born, Charles and Elizabeth.
Mr. Gould is a republican in politics and has been from the earliest years of his majority an enthusiastic, devoted and unwavering member of that great political organization, which he has consistently followed in all its national, state and county campaigns. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Sheboygan. Though a native of a foreign land, Mr. Gould has found that his adopted country has been all to him that he could wish for and under her flag he has marched and fought in her defense, having acquitted himself as a loyal soldier, freely offering his life to the maintenance of an undivided nation that posterity might enjoy the blessings of freedom under the stars and stripes He is now living a well earned, retired life, in the enjoyment of the good things of earth which are now within his reach as a result of the industry and economy which he practiced during the working period of his mature years. He is a respected and honored citizen of the county in which he lives and in the community in which he has recently established his home.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL