Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Thomas Gould



Thomas M Gould was born 1813 in New York. He married Elizabeth J. Ramsey Beeman on November 3, 1879 in Saginaw, Michigan. At the time of their marriage Elizabeth was 48 years old and Thomas was 66 years old. Elizabeth was born March 1829 in New York.


n the Book “History of Saginaw County, Michigan written by Michael A. Leeson and Damon Clark, page 863 states the following: “On October 16, 1875 that all that part of the township of Fremont, as now heretofore last organized, to-wit fractional township of 11 North range 1 east, be, and the same is, hereby set off from the township of Fremont, and organized into a separate township by the name of Lakefield, and the first township meeting in the said township of Lakefield shall be held at the dwelling house of H.C. Fessenden; that the first township meeting of said township of Lakefield shall be holden on the first Monday of April next and that H.C. Fessenden, Thomas M. Gould, and William C. Dickinson, be, and they are hereby appointed Inspectors of said township meeting, whose duty it shall be to preside at such meeting, appoint a clerk, open and keep polls, and exercise the same power as the inspectors of elections at any township meeting.”


Thomas Gould served in the following Lakefield Township offices:

  1. Elected to Superintendent of Schools on April 3, 1876

  2. Elected to Justice of the Peace on April 8, 1876

  3. Elected to Superintendent of Schools on April 1, 1878

  4. Elected to Justice of the Peace April 7, 1879

  5. Appointed to Overseer of Highways in District #3 on April 7, 1879

  6. Appointed to the Health Office on May 5, 1879

  7. Elected to Township Treasurer on April 5, 1880

In the 1880 Michigan Agriculture Census of Lakefield Township, Thomas Gould owned 15 acres of tilled land, 2 acres of meadow or pasture and 24 acres of woodland or forest.


In 1880 Thomas lived with his wife, Elizabeth, granddaughter Rosa Hayes and a school teacher, Earl Mattis.


Elizabeth Gould died on May 8, 1881 in Lakefield Township due to Quinsy, she was 52 years one month and eleven days old. Her occupation at the time of her death was a dressmaker.





SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; 1879 Saginaw County, Michigan marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth Gould; 1880 Michigan Agriculture Census; 1880 census; 1881 Lakefield Township Death Records.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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