Nathaniel D. Gould

GOULD, Nathaniel Duren. b. Chelmsford (now Bedford), Massachusetts, 26 March 1781; d. Boston, Massachusetts, 28 May 1864.  Gould was a tunebook compiler and master of penmanship and engraving.  His most widely cited book is Church Music in America (1853).   Probably the most detailed description of Nathaniel D. Gould’s family and change of name is found in Jeffries Wyman’s biographical memoir of Gould’s son, Augustus Addison Gould (1805-1866), a graduate of Harvard College and distinguished physician and conchologist.  Wyman notes that Nathaniel D. Gould’s father, Reuben Duren (1747-1821), ‘was a builder of note and designed a truss bridge which he erected over the Pawtucket Falls, near...

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