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Excerpt from Encyclopaedia of Biography of Illinois, Vol. 2
And Esther Gould, and father of the. Chief Justice, was born in Augusta on the 5th of October, 1806; studied law at Harvard law school and with his father, and was for a long time chairman of the commissioners of Penobscot county. He married Catherine M. Weston, daughter of Hon. Nathan W'eston, who was chief justice of the common pleas of Massachusetts, and after Maine was admitted as a state, was a member of the Supreme Court of that state, being associate justice from 1820 to 1834, and chief justice from 1834 to 1841. Chief Justice Weston's mother was Elizabeth Bancroft, an aunt of the historian, George Bancroft, who had been previously married to Nathaniel Cheever, and two of whose grandchildren were the well known abolitionist divines, Rev. Dr. George B. Cheever and Rev. Henry T. Cheever. The maternal grandmother of the Chief Justice was Paulina Bass Cony, daughter of the Hon. Daniel Cony of Augusta. She was a relative of Bishop Bass of Massachusetts, and a descendant of John Bass, who married the daughter of Priscilla and John Alden. Her maternal grandfather was Rev. Philip Curtis of Jamaica Plain. Judge Cony was a revolutionary soldier, was present at the surrender of Burgoyne, and was a leading man in the Kennebec valley during a long life. He had four daughters, Mrs. Ruel Williams, Mrs. Nathan Weston, Mrs. Samuel Cony, and Mrs. John H. Ingraham, familiar names to the people of Maine. The Chief Justice is connected through the yvelds with Chief Justice Shaw, through the Curtises with Benjamin R. Cur.
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