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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DANIEL H. GOULD, a prominent resident and a Selectman of Plainfield, was born in Charlemont, Mass., November 23, 1837, son of Aaron and Lucinda (Albee) Gould. Mr. Gould’s father was a native of Heath, Mass., and in his early manhood learned the trade of a blacksmith. He settled in Charlemont, where for some years he followed his trade in connection with farming. He later resided in Hawley and Buckland, having been employed at farm work in both places. He was originally a Whig in politics and later a Republican. He died at the age of eighty-one years. His wife was born in Pelham, Mass., daughter of Laban Albee. She became the mother of seven children, all of whom are now living. They are: Lemuel, Wilson, Daniel H., Gilbert A., Joanna R., Mary A., and Luther E. She died aged seventy-three years. Mr. Gould’s parents were Adventists in religious belief.

Daniel H. Gould resided at home, and assisted his father in carrying on the farm until his majority, when he purchased one hundred and twelve acres of land in the town of Hawley. After conducting that farm for eight years, he sold it, and bought another, containing one hundred and seventy-five acres. This also he sold, and it is now the property of D. Ingraham. He then bought the Alford farm of one hundred and twelve acres, which he still retains. In 1885 he moved to Plainfield, and bought the place of Colonel Richards, containing seven acres of land. He also purchased L. Campbell’s blacksmith shop; which he has since conducted successfully. Besides the blacksmith business, he now manufactures and repairs wagons, sleighs, and other conveyances. More recently he bought the Hallock farm, which consists of seven acres of meadow land. Mr. Gould is a Republican in politics, and is active in public affairs. He is a Constable of Plainfield, has been a member of the Board of Selectmen for the past five years, and served on the School Committee while living in Hawley.

On March 24, 1858, Mr. Gould was united in marriage to Maria Sprague, daughter of Rufus Sprague. Mr. and Mrs. Gould have two children, namely: Carrie E., born in April, 1862, who was married to John King, and died August 10, 1886, leaving one daughter, named Anna; and Clark F., born in 1864, who resides at home.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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