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Goulding, Captain Palmer

Goulding, Captain Palmer

Male 1695 - 1770  (75 years)

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  • Name Goulding, Palmer 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 1695  Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Settled Abt 1718  Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    came from Boston 
    Served 1741  Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    represented Worcester in the Massachusetts General Court in Boston and served on five committees, 
    • Palmer Goulding (born 1695) - served in the House of Representatives from Worcester, 1741, head had five committees; as a Worcester Selectman in 1731, 1737, 1741, 1743; married Abigail Rice (c1689-1770) in 1722, 5 children; a farmer.
    Military 17 Jun 1745  [5
    and commanded a company at the Reduction of Louisbourg 
    • Epitaph: "He commanded a company at ye Reduction of Louisbourg, June 17,1745"
    Military 1763  Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Regiment of Col. John Chandler
    _AMTID 302051502088:1030:155362986 
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    _UID 1BF37770199FD14EA664276D0812A79CC73F 
    Buried Feb 1770  Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Address:
    Old Oak Street Burial Ground 
    • Epitaph: "He commanded a company at ye Reduction of Louisbourg, June 17,1745"
    Died 11 Feb 1770  Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Person ID I4811  Tree_1
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2018 

    Father Goulding, Captain Peter,   11 Oct 1703, Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Palmer, Sarah 
    Family ID F1612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rice, Abigail,   1689, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   1770, Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 4 Dec 1722  Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9
    • married by Justice Minott; both were residents of Sudbury.
    Children 
     1. Goulding, Capt. Palmer Jr.,   18 Feb 1723, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   30 Jan 1792, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Goulding, Abigail,   24 Sep 1724, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   Yes, date unknown
     3. Goulding, Col. John,   3 Oct 1726, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   22 Nov 1791, Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Goulding, Millicent,   2 Nov 1728, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   Yes, date unknown
     5. Goulding, Zurvillah,   25 Dec 1730, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   Yes, date unknown
     6. Goulding, Windsor,   4 Dec 1732, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   18 Jul 1802, Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     7. Goulding, Patty,   Abt 1733,   Yes, date unknown
     8. Goulding, Deacon Ignatius Sr.,   6 Sep 1734, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   5 Nov 1814, Phillipston, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Goulding, Peter,   30 Dec 1736, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   17 Jul 1790, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     10. Goulding, Abel,   4 Mar 1739, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   1817, Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     11. Goulding, Elizabeth,   10 May 1741, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F1611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1695 - Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - came from Boston - Abt 1718 - Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Dec 1722 - Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsServed - represented Worcester in the Massachusetts General Court in Boston and served on five committees, - 1741 - Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 1763 - Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Old Oak Street Burial Ground - Feb 1770 - Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Feb 1770 - Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • He organized and commanded a company from Worcester County which took part in the capture of Louisburg in 1723. He built his house in Salem Square, where the church now stands, and carried on several lines of business. He had a tannery, made shoes, cured hams and had a malt house. Richard Rogers kept the public school in this house. Palmer Goulding was an assessor, constable and selectman of the town of Worcester. He died in Holden, but was buried in the graveyard on the Worcester Common, where his headstone was found by workmen in 1899 and buried there. [Historic Homes, Vol. III, pg. 156]

      [Reminiscences of Worcester, pg. 48] Capt. Palmer Goulding came here from Boston, about 1718, and settled in the north precinct, afterwards Holden, where he died Feb. 11, 1770, aged 75, and was buried on the old Worcester Common burial ground. He was prominently engaged in the French and Indian Wars, and commanded a company at the reduction of Louisburg, June 17, 1745.

      Page 214-215 of Three Puritan Families: "Palmer Goulding, of the 2nd generation in America, was born in Sudbury, Mass, in 1695. He inherited the rights to his father's land in Worcester, and came here about 1718. His farm extended east of Plantation St. to the lake, and south of Franklin St. to the land of Francis Harrington. Palmer Goulding later bought 1000 acres south of the Common in Worcester, and built his home at Salem Square (site of Covenant Church), which remained in the family for 2 generations. His trade was that of a cordwainer, or shoemaker, and he built a tannery and malt house next to his home, serving the needs of the little settlement. He became an important man in Worcester, serving as a constable from 1726 to 1729, as a selectman from 1730 to 1737, treasurer in 1738 and assessor from 1732 to 1734. During the French and Indian wars he was a captain in the militia, and distinguished himself in the capture of Louisburg. Palmer Goulding moved to Holden, Mass, where he died in 1700 and was buried on Worcester Common. He married Abigail Rice of Concord, Mass, by whom he had eleven children, the 8th child named Peter."

      [pages 80-81]: "Tradition says he once visited his brother at the South, and returned horror-stricken by the cruelties of slavery, and alienated from his brother for the part he took in them."

  • Sources 
    1. [S397] Grafton, History of (Frederick Pierce), pg. 492.

    2. [S395] Worcester County, HH&I, G&P, Vol. 3, pg. 156.

    3. [S414] Reminiscences of Worcester, pg. 48.

    4. [S1078] Legislators of Massachusetts General Court, 1691-1780, 14 December 2014; pg. 3083.

    5. [S424] Worcester Common Cemetery, Epitaphs, pg. 10.

    6. [S1565] Massachusetts Officers in the French & Indian Wars 1748-1763, listing for Capt. Palmer Goulding.

    7. [S1727] Goulding, Palmer (1695-1770) - FAG #54511411, 11 Feb 1770; 1695–1770; 54511411.

    8. [S401] Worcester Common Cemetery Inscriptions.

    9. [S691] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, pg. 102.