Name: Edward Gove
Birth: 19 SEP 1641 in Smithfield, London, Middlesex, ENG
Name Suffix: Capt
VITAL: "A strenuous man, and frank even to bluntness." Another rcd gives DOD as 29 Jul 1691.
BIOGRAPHY: Emigrated with parents to Charlestown MA in or before 1647. Several years after his 1660 marriage to Hannah they moved to Hampton. Large landholder, frequent litigator. When NH was made a province in 1680, EG became member of Assembly. In 1683, as member of assembly, he headed movement to overthrow the corrupt governor. The governor charged and convicted him of treason, along with 10 others. As ringleader, EG sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered; his estate was forfeit to the Crown, leaving his large family destitute. EG was cast in irons and shipped off to England and imprisoned in Tower of London in 1685, awaiting execution. He agitated for a pardon, and 3 years after imprisonment was pardoned and released from the Tower in 1686. His estate was restored and he returned to Hampton.
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Source: "The Gove Book" History and Genealogy of The American Family of Gove and Notes of European Goves, By William Henry Gove
(Salem, Mass: Sidney Perley, 1922, pp. 13-49)
"Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire" P. 278, Noyes, Libbey & Davis
Edward was a person of considerable property, lieutenant of the military company and somewhat popular, and as Randolph, an English devotee of Mason, affirmed, "a leading-man and a great stickler in the late proceedings of the assembly." He resolved, almost singlehanded, to redress his own and others grievances. "He makes it his business," said Randolph, "to stir the people up to rebellion, by giving out that the governor as vice-admiral acted under the commission of his royal highness, the Duke of York, afterwards James II, who was a Papist and would bring Popery among them; that the governor was a pretender and his commission was signed in Scotland. He endeavored, with a great deal of pains to make a party, solicited many of the considerable persons in each town to join with him to secure their liberties. Gove declared "that his sword was drawn, and the he would not lay it down till he knew who should hold the government." The governor, having received information of his movements, immediately sent messengers to Hampton and Exeter with warrants for the constables, requesting them to arrest Gove, but fearing this show of opposition and that Gove's party might become too strong for the civil power, he forthwith ordered the militia of the whole province to be in readiness.
Ira Gove, the early genealogist of the family, says that Edward Gove brought from London, in 1686, a pear tree, which he set out on his estate in Hampton, where it is now.
Hannah PARTRIDGE b: 8 JAN 1641/42 in Newbury, Essex, MA
1 JAN 1660/61
in Salisbury, Essex, MA
- Mary Gove b: 14 APR 1666 in of Hampton, Rockingham, NH