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Joseph Gould 1715-1777

Joseph Gould was the son of William Gould 1677-1772 and his wife Anne Morewood 1679-1749.

He was baptised at Hartington on 25 October 1715. He lived in Bakewell and was a mercer by trade, a dealer in cloth and associated small wares

On 3 September 1750 he married Ellen Gilbert 1722-1792 at Monyash. She was baptised on 7 November 1722 at Alton in Staffordshire.

The bride’s father was Thomas Gilbert 1694-1742 of Cotton Hall in Staffordshire and his wife Elizabeth Philips 1691-1729. Her brothers were Thomas Gilbert 1720-1798 and John Gilbert 1724-1795 land agent of the Marquess of Stafford and the Duke of Bridgwater. Both brothers were industrial pioneers, collaborating on projects with James Brindley. Their waterways include the Duke of Bridgwater's Canal and the Trent and Mersey Canal. They also promoted other enterprises in Staffordshire, developing the Cauldon Low limestone quarries, and copper mining and smelting in the Manifold and Churnet valleys.

The Gould and Gilbert families became intertwined. In 1740 Joseph Gould’s brother Richard Gould 1711-1762 had married Ellen’s sister Elizabeth. And not only did Joseph Gould marry a Gilbert, but so did a son and a grandson. Both the forename and surname of Ellen Gilbert became favourite baptismal names in the Gould family.

On 26 November 1777 Joseph Gould died and he was buried at Bakewell on 30 December 1777. Ellen Gould died on 8 July 1792 and was buried at Bakewell on 11 July 1792.