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From my book "Line of Descent of George Roger Gilbert"


The Posterity of John Guild of Dedham is the first part of the book by Charles Burleigh of Portland, ME, "The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile, and Gile Family", published by Brown Thurston & Co. 1887.



First Generation.

JOHN GUlLD, 1 supposed to have been born in England about 1616 came to America in the year 1636, with his brother Samuel and sister Ann. He was admitted to the church at Dedham, Mass., July 17,1640, and bought in this year twelve acres of upland on which he built a house which was occupied by himself and descendants for more than two hundred years. He was made a freeman May l0,1643, and as one of the original grantees had assigned to him and his heirs forever, three roods and twelve rods, more or less, to which he added by grants and purchases, considerable other real estate in Dedham, Wrentham, Medfield, and Natick. He was thoroughly honest in all his dealings, industrious and frugal, modest in his deportment, and retiring in his habits. He never held any office, and the town records show his attendance at town meeting but once in several years, and then on an occasion of considerable excitcment in relation to making alterations and additions to the meeting-house. He married, June 24, 1645, ELIZABEIH CROOKE, of Roxbury, who transferred her relation from the church of that place to the church in Dedham, July 4,1649. She died Aug. 31,1669. He died Oct. 4,1682, leaving the following will:

Know All Men By These Presents, That I, John Guild of Dedham. in the County of Norfolk, in the Massachusetts Colony, in New England, being at present weake in bodye, and in expectation of my departure out of this world, do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form as followeth, viz.:

First, I give unto my three children, Samuel, John and Elizabeth all my wearing apparel, to be equally divided among them, as well linen as woolen. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth, two cows, one of wch is at present in her hands, and my bed and all belonging thereunto, as also all that is in my chest that is suitable for her use; Further, I give onto my sd daughter all my land Lying near the Falls, in the dividend called Natick Dividend, to her and her use forever, and one booke of Mr. Burroughs, called Gospel Conversation.

I give and bequeath unto my son John Guild, all my land lying in Wrentham, as well upland as meadow, as also my lott near Meadfield, in the dividend called Meadfield Dividend, to him and his heir forever; also, I give unto my sd John my looms and four sleays, which are suitable for present use, as aIso one wheel wth ye blades, and a booke called Sound Believer. I give and bequeath unto my son, Samuel Guild, all my house lott with my dwelling house and barne, with my land upon Wigwarm Plaine as also my meadow at Fowle Meadows, and eight acres, of land, more or less, at Ragged Plaine, and also all common rights in lands to me in any belonging which are not a'ready mentioned in this my will, and for a full manifestation that this above written is my reall will I have hereonto set my hand and affixed my seal, this third day of October in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred eighty two.

In presence of Nathaniel (Sig.)
Sterns, Thomas Metcalf,

It was certified in court, Nov. 3, I682, " that he was, to the understanding of the witnesses, of disposing mind." The following inventory of his estate was made Nov. 4, 1682:

His wearing apparell, hats, shoes, and Stockins£ 3 19
His Bible and other books, 16-8, in money 4-8. 1
A feather bed, with all thereunto belonging 7 10
Some small pieces of linen -8, two sheep skins, a great chest, and two boxes 10-8, one table and chalr -6, a brush 10-8 1 12
One cow, 50-8; his looms, slays, wheel, and implements belonging to weaving -5 7 10
His lot in Natick Dividend £8; his lot in Meadfield Dividend £8, 16
His lot in Wrentham, with his common rights there, 16
His meadow at Fowle Meadows, with 8 acres of upland at Ragged Plaine 10
His land upon Wigwarm Plaine, and the swamp adjoining thereto, with one at Clapboard Trees 20
His dwelling house, barn and house lott 70 £ 153 11

Children : all born at Dedham:

1. 2 John, 2 b. Aug. 22, 1646; died young.
2. +3 Samuel, b. Nov. 7, 1647; m. Mary Woodcock
3. +4 John, b. Nov. 29, 16 49; m. Sarah Fisher.
4. 5 Eliezur, b. Nov. 30, 1653; d June 30, 1655.
5. 6 Ebenezer, b. Dec. 21, 1657; d. April 21, 1661.
6. 7 Elizabeth, b Jan. 18, 1660; probably d. young, not mentioned in father's will.


SAMUEL GUILD 2 (John 1), son of John and Elizabeth (Crooke) Guild, born in Dedham, Mass., Nov. 7, 1647, married, Nov. 29, 1676, MARY WOODCOCK, daughter of Samuel and Ann (Herring) Woodcock, of Dedham. She was born March 9, 1631-2. He was a member of Capt. Moseley's Company in King Philip's war in 1675; was made a freeman at Salem, May, 1678. In 1703 he was one of a committee to invest and manage school funds, a selectman of Dedham from 1693 to 1713, and a delegate to the General Court in 1719. He died in Dedham, Jan. 1, 1730.

Children born at Dedham:

1. +9 Samuel, 3 b. Oct. 12, 1677; m. Sarah Hartshorn.
2. +10 Nathaniel, b. Jan. 12, 1678; m. Mehitable Farrington (or Hartshorn)
3. 11 Mary, b. May 9, 1681; d. May 27, 1768; m. May, 1714, John Fuller, of Dedham
4. 12 John, b. June 18, 1683; d. Oct. 29, 1684.
5. 13 Deborah, b. Sept. 16, 1685.
6. +14 John, b. Oct. 2, 1687; m. Abigail Robinson
7. +15 Israel, b. June 11, 1690; m. Sarah
8. +16 Ebenezer, b. July 23, 1692; m. Abigail Daggett.
9. +17 Joseph, b. Sept. 13, 1694: m. Abigail Fisher, Hannah Curtis, Beulah Peck.
10. 18 Elizabeth, b. April 14, 1697


9. SAMUEL GUILD 3 (Samuel 2, John l), son of Samuel and Mary (Woodcock) Guild, born in Dedham, Oct. 12, 1677, married, Jan. 8, l700-l, SARAH HARTSHORN. She was born in Reading, 1679. He moved from Dedham to Windham, Conn., about 1714, thence to Lebanon in1716, where he died May 29, 1750, leaving the following will:

In the name of God amen, The 6th day of February 1748-9, I, Samuel Guild. of Lebanon, in the County of Windham, Connecticut Colony, in New England, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and memory thanks be given to God; therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament: That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend to earth to be buried in decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching such earthly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the folllowing manner and form

Imprimas,I give and bequeath to Sarah my dearly beloved wife, the sum of twenty five pounds in bills of publick credit, of the old tenor, making good to her the discount or sink of s'd bills of credit to be levied out of my estate, together with all my household goods debts, and movable effects, and likewise my dwelling house, that is to say that part of it which I built, exc!usive from the other part which my son Samuel built for himself, to be improved by her during her natural life; and furthermore, so much cyder and apples out of my part of the orchard, as shall be needful for her support during her natural life. Likewise to be allowed a sufficiency of fire wood.

Item,I give to my well beloved son Samuel Guild, my cane with which I used to walk, or in lieu thereof twenty shillings of ye tenor.

Item,I give to the heirs of my well beloved son Jeremiah Guild deceased:
in the first place I give to my well beloved granddaughter Cynthia Guild, daughter of ye above sd Jeremiah Guild, the sum of five pounds, old tenor.

Item,I give Mary Guild, daughter of said Jeremiah Guild, the sum of five pounds, old tenor.

Item,I give Samuel Guild son of the above sd Jeremiah Guild the sum of five pounds in bills of credit of the old tenor.

Item,I give to my grandson, Jeremiah Guild, son to said Jeremiah Guild deceased. the sum of five pounds in bills of publick credit of the old tenor.

ItemI likewise give all the remainder of my estate which I have not already given and disposed of, in this my last will and testament, to my five daugters: that is to say, to my well beloved daughter Sarah, the wife of James Wright, to my well beloved daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Lyman, to Phebe my well beloved daughter, the wife of Samuel Woodward, to my well beloved daughter Elizabeth, the wife of John Sweatland, to my well beloved daughter Abigail, wife of Benjamin Abel, which estate hereby given to these my daughters, here above named, shall be equally divided between them, each one having an equal proportion. Again, I likewise constitute, make and ordain my trusty and well beloved sons-in-law, James Wright and Samuel Woodward, to be my executors of this my last will and testament; and I do hereby disannul, revoke and disallow all and every other former testaments, legacy, and bequests executed by me in any ways before named, willed, and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed sealed, published, pronounced and SAMUEL GUILD.

declared by the said Samuel Guild as his last will and testament, in the presence of us the subscribers Jacob Spoford, Robert Bennett, Wm. Lines.


1. 28 Samuel, 4 b. Nov. 19, 1701; died young.
2. 29 Sarah, b. Dec. 26, 1702; m., April 23, 1734, James, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Sykes) Wright, of Lebanon , Conn., who died Sept. 11, 1750. He was a Lieutenant of the Colonial Militia, and deacon of the church. Children: (l) Susana, b. Aug. 21, 1725, (2) James, b. March 21, 1727: (3) Jabez, b. April 24, 1728; (4) Sarah, b. Feb. 4, 1731; (5) Irene, b. Feb. 4, 1733; (6) John b. Feb. 20, 1736; (7) Joseph, b. July 4, 1738; (8) Josiah, b. Sept. 26, 1741.
3. +30 Samuel, b. Sept. 27, 1794; m. Catherine Allen
4. 31 Mary, b. July 25, 1707; d. July 4, 1797; m. July 25, 1727, Dea. Thomas Lyman, of Lebanon, Conn. He b. July 6, 1704; d. Aug. 17, 1783.
Children : (1) Mary b. Feb. 20, 1728; (2) Sarah, b. June 11, 1730 Ê(3) Eunice, b. July 29, 1732; (4) Rachael, b. April 15, 1735; (5) Thomas, b. June 28, 1737; (6) Henry, b. May 19, 1739; (7) Hannah, b. Aug. 4, 1741; (8),(9) Joseph and Benjamin, b. July 6, 1744; (10) Daniel, b. July 9, 1746; (11) Rachael, b. Sept. 3, 1747; (12) Abigail, b. May 5, 1752. (See Lyman Genealogy)
5. +32 Jeremiah, b. July 3, 1711; m. Ist, Mary Dudley; 2d, Elinor Evarts.
6. 33 Phebe, b. April 26, 1713; m., Jan. 14, 1732, Samuel Woodward, of Lebanon.
Children: (I) Phebe, b. Oct. 30, 1733; (2) Samuel, b. Nov. 5, 1735; (3) Rhoda, b. Feb. 8, 1738.
7. 34 Elizabeth, b. Oct. 6, 1716, m., April 15, 1736, John Sweetland jr., of Lebanon. Children: (I) Elizabeth, b. May 6, 1737; (2) John, b. April 12, 1739; (3) Cynthia, b. June 24, 1742; (4) Samuel, b Aug. 21, 1744.
8. 35 Abigall, b. June 19,1721; m. Benjamin Abel, he b. May 23, 1715.

Fourth Generation

32 JEREMIAH GUILD 4 (Samuel 3, Samuel 2, John 1), son of Samuel and Sarah (Hartshorn) Guild, born at Dedham, Mass., July 3, 1711, married first, Nov. 1l, I731, MARY DUDLEY; married second, ELINOR EVARTS, daughter of James and Mary (Carter) Evarts. She was born at East Guilford, Conn., Dec. 9, 1714. His will was made at Middletown, Conn.,in 1748.

Child by Mary Dudley:

102 Cynthia, 5 b. Lebanon, Sept. 15, 1732; m., Sept. 7; 1752 John Woodward Children: (1) Nehemiah, b. Aug. 14, 1753; (2) Triphena, b. Dec. 4, 1754.

Children by Elinor Evarts:

1. 103 Mary, m. ____ Marshall.
2. +104 Samuel, b. Jan. 3, 1743; m. Abigail Doolittle.
3. +105 Jeremiah, b. Sept. 4, 1746; m. Hannah Hale.

Fifth Generation

105 JEREMIAH GUILD 5 ( Jeremiah 4, Samuel 3, Samuel 2, John 1) son of Jeremiah and Elinor (Evarts) Guild, born in Middletown, Conn., Sept. 4, I746 married first, Jan. 15, 1775, HANNAH HALE, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Turner) Hale, of Middlefield, Conn. She was born June 27, I756 and died in Warren, May 9, 1800. He married second, Sept. 2, 1800. LUCINDA FENTON who was born in Coventry, Nov. 13, 1768, and died Feb. 22,1849. When a young man he made several voyages to the West Indies, and having studied navigation, he purchased a sloop for the purpose of trading on his own account.

During one of the voyages his vessel was seized and burned by the British, and with his brother Samuel, who was with him at the time, he was carried a prisoner to Halifax. When released on parole, he returned to Middletown and engaged in farming on the land owned by his mother and some additional which he had purchased. In the spring of 1793 he bought one hundred and fifty acres of land at Warren, moved his family to this place, and commenced manufacturing charcoal for several iron works in the vicinity. He was an honest, upright man, and a member of the Episcopal Church at Trinity Parish, Milton, which edifice he had taken an active part in building. He died at Warren Jan. 31,1822.

Children by Hannah Hale:

1. 313. Sally, 6 b. July 16, 1777; d. July, 13, 1840; m. Jan. 31,1796, Orange Bissel who was born Feb. 12, 1775. He was a farmer and tavern-keeper at Milford, N. Y., and died April 7, 1841. Children: (1) Laura (Bissell), b. 0ct. 16. 1796; d. Nov. 16, 1860; m. June 6, 1815 Lyman Brooks. (Children : (I) Louisa, m. Sylvester B. Prentice, and had (A) Joseph Lyman, m. Mary R. Anderson; (B) Louisa B., m. William A. Simpson. (II) Reuben, d. young. (III) Adelia, d. age 31, m. Byron J. Bicknell. (IV) Justus, d. age 24. (V) Edwin C. m. Helen Keyes, and had (A) Edwin W., (B) Leroy, (C) Howard (D) Nelson. (VI) Emily, m. Ralston Close, and had (A) Charles. (VlI) Mary, d. age 45; m. Romeo W. Lewis. Children: (A) Harry, (B) Hattie, (C) Olivia. (VIII) Hattie E., m. Rev. W. D. Stevens. Children: (A) Sarah B., (B) Edgar, (C) Frank, (D) Emma. (IX) George L, m. 1st Mary L Baird; m. 2d, Hattie Bothwell Child: (A) Mary L (X) Laura. (2) Julia (Bissell), b. Feb. 14,1798; d. Dec. 14, 1853; m. Jan. 1, 1816 Solomon Barnard. Children: (I) Julia Ann, m. James Eggleston. Children: (A) Niles B., (B) Emeline, (C) Laverne (II) Emiline, m. Erastus Soule; child: (A) Julia B. (III) Eliza. m. George W. Sayre. Children: (A) Harriet G., (B) David L., (C) Edwin B. (IV) Louisa (V) Rozelia. d. March l0, 1868. (VI) Celestia (3) Sa1ly (Bissell), b. Sept. 16, 1799; d. July 3, 1874; m. 1830, Abner Bowe. Children: (I) Charles R., d. age 35, m. Jerusha Ferry. Children . (A) Albert, (B) Lucius, d. 1873, (C) Mabel (II) Lucius, d. age 21. (III) Eugenia M., m. Homer Clark. Children: (A) Lucella, (B) William, d. 1874. (IV) Emily, d. age 28 (V) Nina S. (4) Hannah (Bissell), b. June, 1802 died young. (5) Eiza (Bissell) b. June 3,1803; d. Jan. 24 1871; m. Burton Graham. Children (I) Romanzo, d. young. (Il) Raselus d. young(III) Charles R, m. Phebe Weaver. Children: (A) Ida (B) Mary, (C) Charles B (IV) George H., m. Louisa Bailey. Children: (A) Louisa, (B) Samuel. (6) Charles (Bissell) b. April 7, 1805, d. Jan. 10, 1873; m April 12, 1827 Sarah A. Ackley. Children: (I) Mary J., m John Markell. Children: (A) Decetta, (B) Clara (II) Orange, m. Olive Jordan. Children: (A) Lewis W., (B) Abbie, (C) Jeremiah, (D) Herbert S., (E) Sarah L. (III) Emily, m. Charles Fenton. Children: (A) Anna, (B) Mary, (C) Frank. (IV) Dinsmore, died young (V) Matilda. (VI) Ann Eliza, died young. (VII) Charles D. (VIII) Frank m. Olive Waters. Child: (A) Mabel. (IX) George W, m Kate Webster. Children: (A) Albert, (B) Fred, (C) Nellie. (X) James M., m. Nellie Blood. (Xl) Ann, m. Gilbert Cone Children: (A) Eva,(B) Lewis. (Xll) Julia m. Arthur Babcox (7) Lucius (Bissell), b. Jan. I0, 1807; d. Nov. 17, 1862; m. Maria Bowdish (8). Mary Sophronia (Bissell), b. March l0, 1809; m. Ist, I858, John Weller, 2d, 1863, Lyman Brooks. (9) Emiline (Bissell), b. Aug. 24, I810; died young. (10) Russell (Bissell), b. March 14, 1813; m. 1st, 1844, Rebecca Bailey; m. 2d, 1857, Mary Wright. Children: (I) F. Annie (II) Pau1, (11) Emilus (Bissell), b July I6, 1815; d. Sept. 29,1849, m. Adelia Darling. Children: (I) Charles d. young; (II) Frank. (12) Emily (Bissell), b. July 16, 1815, m. Jan. 20, 1836, Amos Sweat jr. Children: (I) Herbert, m. Sarah L. Waters; (II) Jennie E., d. age 19 (III) Julia d. age 9 (IV) Emilus B. (13) Jeremiah (Bissell), b. May 12, 1817, m. Oct. 23, 1850, Mary Terrill. Children: (I) Mary C., b. Sept. 11, 1851; d. June 6, 1867, (II) Lillie, b. Sep. 27, 1853; d. July 5, 1855. (III) Nellie L., b. Aug. 28,1856, m. Dec. 7, 1876, John W. Thomas. (IV) Laura, b. July 12, 1858. (V) Julia, b, Feb. 2, 1861 (Vl) William, b. Nov 6, 1869.
2. +314 Timothy, b Oct 21, 1779, m. Parna Plumb.
3. +315 Gad, b. March 31, l782; m. Ist, Anna Osborn; m. 2d, Sarah Taylor.
4. +316 Alban, b. Aug. 21, 1781, m. Roxanna Dickinson.
5. +317 Everitt, b. April 3 1786, m Hannah Perkins.
6. +318 Desdemonia, b Nov. 4, 1789, d. May 26,187l m. May 29, 1814, Samuel Wright who was born March 1, 1789; d. March 12, 1875. He was a farmer at Milton, Conn. Children: (1) Mary Ann (Wright), b. June 19, 1815; d. Sept 1, 1875; m. Dec. 24, 1833, Beecher Perkins. children: (I) Ellen, b. March 23, 1837; m. Henry F. Wells. Children: (A) Ruth, (B) Harry, (C) Hattie, (D) Charles P. (II) Harley P., b. March 20, 1843; m. 1865 , Carie Morgan. children: (A) Walter O., (B) Mary E., (C) Robert H., (D) Alice L., (E) Ella M. (2) Alice (Wright) , b. March 12, 1817; m. Sept. 13, 1843, Robert Ferriss. children: (I) Samuel G., b. Nov. 19, 1845, d. April 17, 1846; (II) Mary A., b. Oct. 16, 1847, d. Sept. 28, 1864; (III) Edward R., b. Dec. 21, 1849, d. June 6, 1855. (3) Clarissa (Wright) , b. Sept. 18, 1818; m. April 7, 1841, Henry B. Bissell who was born April 10, 1814. children: (I) Lewis, b. Feb. 13, 1842; m. 1875 Clara Aldridge; child, (A) Alice E. (II) Philip, b. April 7, 1843; m. 1872, Henrietta L. Dudley; children: (A) Anna L., (B) George D. (III) Amelia, b. Sept. 16, 1844; d. Young. (IV) Ellen, b. Oct. 19, 1846; d. young. (V) Samuel, b. June 16, 1848; (VI) Alice, b. Dec. 25, 1850; m. 1876 Walter G. Germond. (VII) Francis, b.April 16, 1852; m. almira Piper. (VIII) Cornelia, b. June 3, 1854. (IX) Amelia, b. June 3, 1854 (4) Everett Hale (Wright), b. Milton, Nov. 21, 1823; m. Sept. 22, 1852, Louisa S., daughter of Seth and Sally (Catlin) Landon. He was a farmer at Milton, selectman, member of the legislature and the Episcopal Church; died Jan. 29, 1863. Children: (I) Samuel L., b. Jan. 28, 1861, d. Sept. 16, 1863; (II) Seth G., b. July 16, 1864, d. Aug. 30, 1865; (III) Charles Catlin, b. Feb. 8, 1867.
7. +319 Jeremiah, b. April 15, 1792; m. Laura Clark. 320 Clarissa, b. Aug. 3, 1794; d. Aug. 1847; m. 1814, Calvin Collins. He was a farmer at Parma, N.Y.. Children: (I) John H. (Collins), b. April 19, 1817; m. Sarah M. Talmadge. Children; (I) Irving, b. Aug. 29, 1844; m. Catherine Wellman, Child: (A) Henry. (II) Samuel B., b. Oct. 18, 1846; m. Helen Clark. children: (A) Harvey, (B) Nellie. (III) William A., b. Oct. 21, 1848; died young. (IV) Mary F., b. March 16, 1851; died young. (V) Gertrude M., b. Aug. 30, 1852 (VI) Franklin T., b. Feb. 28, 1855. (VII) James B., b. Oct. 13, 1857. (VIII) Charles H., b. Oct. 21, 1865.

Sixth Generation

From my book...........

Great - Great - Great - Grandfather

52. Everett Guild - (Everett Emmett Guild, 26; Mary Emily Guild, 13; Harry Emmett Barber, 06; Mildred Barber, 03; George Roger Gilbert, 01) - Born at Milton, Connecticut on April 3, 1786, he was the fifth child and fourth son of nine children of Hannah (Hale) and Jeremiah Guild. He also had five younger half -siblings as the result of the second marriage of his father to Lucinda Fenton. In Delhi, Delaware County, New York, on May 5, 1810, he married Hannah Perkins, born August 31, 1785, the daughter of Rufus Perkins. There were eight children and numerous grandchildren that resulted from this marriage. Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Walton, Delaware County, New York, which is located some 15 to 20 miles Southwest of Delhi, New York. In Walton, young Everett was a successful saddle maker and kept a harness shop. Excerpts from History books and the collection of an elderly citizen gives evidence of his shop keeping abilities.

Monday, March 27, 1972

I went to the Binghamton Public Library to see what I could find about Isaac Darrow.

I found a "History of Delaware County" which I had not seen before and I looked through the section on Walton. Walton was formed from parts of Franklin Township. The following are direct quotes from the book!..................

"Everett Guild settled on Mount Pleasant and opened the harness business in 1810."

Prior to l8l0 John and Nathaniel Steele kept a harness shop where S. B. Fitch and Company's store now stands, and later Everett Guild carried the business on very successfully, on the spot now occupied by Guild's store."

From the section on Politics -

"l874 - Edwin Guild - President, Village of Walton"

Saturday, April 29, 1972

Arose early and decided to go to Walton, New York to visit the library. I left Binghamton (Johnson City) at 9:30 a.m.. I found the library but it would not open until 1 pm.. The library is called the William B. Ogden library and is only open form 1-3 pm. on Saturday.

I decided to visit the cemetery while waiting for the library to open. The caretaker was there and he told me there were 10 graves to be opened.

He showed me the books containing names of persons buried in the old part of the cemetery. I did not find Everett E. Guild listed as buried anywhere in that part of the cemetery. His wife Susan P. is buried in a plot with her sisters - Ann Steele and Mary Bangs - and what appears to be a niece, Mercy, who married Wallace Franscisco and are both buried there with Clyde Franscisco, probably a son. The list did not mention Amy Darrow (? - 1851) but that name and date appear on the monument in the cemetery plot. Neither Isaac Darrow nor Everett E. Guild seem to be buried there.

The caretaker told me of an old cemetery near the Walton High School. I went there but vandals had made a shambles of it. Only three stones were left in any shape to be read.

I ate lunch at "Jerry's Restaurant". Then I went to the library where I found no new books of interest to me. I did meet the niece of Harriet Moore Guild who had come to get a picture from the library attic. I helped her take the picture and frame from the attic. She is a member of the local Historical Society and they are going to have the picture refurbished. After I helped her, she suggested I talk with Miss Eells who lives at 11 Townsend Street. The librarian suggested I talk with Emily Shinn, the daughter of Edwin L. Guild and granddaughter of Truman Guild, she thought!!

Across the street from the library is Christ Church (Episcopal) and Mrs. Raymond Guild lives two houses from the church.

I went to Miss Eell's house. She is elderly, small, thin, an ex-school teacher, very pleasant and helpful. The librarian put her age at 90. She seemed awfully spry for 90, to me. She took out some old books and I copied from them:

From a collection of newspaper clippings made by her grandmother-

"Retracing our steps back to the corner of Delaware Street and Gardiner place, next west of Mr. Gay's stood the residence of Mr. Everett Guild, on the site of Hon. N.C. Marvin's present residence and Mr. Guild's harness shop stood next, now the drug store of Guild and Childs,..." ..............

I copied from "History of Walton" a book published by R.R.Donnelly and Sons CO, Printers, Chicago: ...............

"From 1815 up to about 1830, the town experienced what might well be called 'Hard times'. Several merchants had utterly failed in business who had given extensive credits to their customers and their forced collections caused a great deal of hardship, and in some cases, real distress among the people, so that at one time, during these troubles the writer well recollects there was but one man in the village who owned the house he lived in, Mr. Everett Guild."

I left Miss Eell's house and went to "Jerry's Restaurant" to eat supper. After supper I returned home.

Everett was deeply involved in the construction and guardianship of the Church of England that was a part of Walton life. His wife, Hannah Perkins, was a member of the Congregational Church of Walton, New York. Perhaps his frugality and business acumen prompted his fellow church members to enlist his help in the construction of the new church edifice. The following evidence comes from the "History of Delaware County" :

From the section about churches -

Christ Church (Protestant Episcopal)

"The only record of such organization is the report of a vestry meeting, held February 28th, l83l, at which it was resolved to secure subscriptions for the purpose of erecting a house of worship. This first vestry was composed of the following named persons; Thomas Noble and Everett Guild,wardens; Issac Ogden, Robert North Junior, James Smith, William B. Ogden, Jetur Gardiner, Joshua Pine, Bennett Beardsley, Benajah Hawley, John T. St. John, Adna Mallory and Rufus Smith, vestrymen."

That same church, Christ Church, still exists in the same spot and exactly as it did when built in the 1830's. It is constructed of stone and exists across the street from a later stone constructed library. I tried to get information concerning baptisms and memberships important to me but to this day have not received anything. I have not pressed the issue as I have the Guild Genealogy to which I can refer. As is true in most of my searching, I felt the need to find all information I could, about all my ancestors, in whatever place, while being at the place they lived.

After a life of nearly 65 years, while still owning a successful business, Everett's mind began to leave him. At the same time his wife was suffering from ill health and some mental confusion. He choose to end his suffering by ending his life in the way described by the following find from my notes.

"The Delaware Gazette", Delhi, Wednesday morning May 1, 1850

(This too is a weekly newspaper)

"Suicide - Doct. C. Howard, one of the coroners of this county, was called on Thursday ^ last to hold an inquest on the body of Mr. Everit Guild, of Walton, who committed suicide that morning by cutting his throat with a large knife. Mr. Guild was about 65 years of age. His business was saddle and harness making and was in easy circumstances. He had resided in Walton about 40 years, had raised a family of children, and was highly respected and esteemed in all the relations of life. His health for some months past had been feeble, with occasioned symptoms of derangement of the mind, which had partially effected him several years since, from the same cause, depression of spirits, bro't on by enfeebled health."

His wife outlived her husband by seven months and her obituary suggests that, but not for his suicide, he most likely would have survived her. Everett may have found the propects of her approaching death and his own health problems to be more than he could handle and so chose to preceed her in death.

"The Delaware Gazette" - Wednesday Morning, December 4, 1850

Died: - at Walton, on the 26th ult. , Mrs. Hannah Guild, aged 65 years.

The deceased had been a subject of much bodily suffering for several years - at times seriously affecting the balance and vigor of her mind which was so prominent in the Christian devotion of earlier life. The peaceful termination of a long and severe conflict affords relief to surviving friends - and the hope of rest in heaven is more than recompence for present sorrow.

From Poststerity of John Guild:

317. Everitt Guild 6 (Jeremeiah 5, Jeremiah 4, Samuel 3, Samuel 2, John 1), son of Jeremiah and Hannah (Hale) Guild, born at Milton, Conn. April 3, 1786, married at Delphi, N.Y., May 5, 1810, Hannah Perkins, daughter of Rufus Perkins. She was born Aug. 31, 1785, and died Nov. 27, 1850. He was a saddler and harness-maker at Walton, Delaware Co., N.Y., and died there April 25, 1850.


802 Everitt Emmett 7 , b. Delphi, N.Y., May 6, 1811; m. Jan. 1, 1838, Susan P. Darrow.
Child : (803) Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, 1840.

804 Lyman Perkins 7, b. July 27, 1813; d. Walton, N.Y.

805 Edmond 7, b. May 22, 1816; d. May 26, 1816

806 Adelia 7, b. July 22, 1817; m. Oct. 3, 1839. Gabriel A., son of Amasa and Elizabeth H. (Seymour) Hoyt, of Walton. He was born Nov. 6, 1816; was a farmer and a member of the Congregationalist church at Walton; died Sept. 15, 1882; widow resides at Walton.

807 Emily 7, b. Jan. 1, 1820; m. March 25, 1849, Benjamin Franklin, son of Dudley and Lydia (Ferris) Griswold, of Norwich, Conn., and Walton, N.Y. He was born at Orwell, Vt., July 2, 1815; is engaged in the jewelry and fruit business at Elwood, N.J.; has been postmaster seventeen years and a ruling elder of the Presbyterian church twenty-five years.

+808 Edwin7, b. Sept. 6, 1822; m. Harriet More.

+809 Truman 7, b. Sept. 1, 1825; m. Elizabeth M. Keen

+810 Marshall 7, b. Jan. 27, 1829; m. Sophia E. Beach.

Seventh Generation

Great - Great - Grandfather

26. Everett Emmett Guild (Rev.) - (Mary Emily Guild, 13; Harry Emmett Barber, 06; Mildred Barber, 03; George Roger Gilbert, 01) Born May 6, 1811 in Delhi, Delaware Co., NY., the son of Everett and Hannah (Perkins) Guild. He married in Delhi, NY, on January 1, 1838, Susan Pardee Darrow, born April 11, 1813 in Hamden, Delaware Co., NY, the daughter of Isaac and Amy (Tiffany) Darrow. One child, Mary Emily, was born of that union. Everett Emmett died Thursday, May 13, 1880 at 4:30 P.M. while seated at the dinner table at his Prospect Avenue home in Binghamton, NY. He was 69 years of age at death. His body was to have been taken to Walton, NY, the long time home of his and his wife's families, for burial. Althought an inscription for his wife appears at her families gravesite, no mention is made of Everett or of two of his brothers-in-law that one would think would be buried with their wives. After his death his widow moved back to Walton where she passed away on July 24, 1890. She was 77 when she died.

Much of the information concerning Everett Emmett Guild was introduced to me through a previously researched and printed book called POSTERITY OF JOHN GUILD OF DEDHAM, MASS. , which I found in the Albany State Education Library. It contains among other things the following :

802. Everitt Emmett 7 , b. Delphi, N.Y., May 6, 1811; m. Jan. 1, 1838, Susan P. Darrow. His early advantages for obtaining an education were rather limited, and after leaving the public school he studied theology under the direction of Rev. Stephen R. Smith, a prominent Universalist minister then of Clinton, N.Y. In 1835, he commenced to officiate as a clergyman. His theological views were somewhat peculiar, resembling those of the Hicksite Quakers, and he called himself a Quaker Universalist. He was quite fond of debate upon all the exciting questions of the day and was a somewhat volumninous writer, contributing numerous articles to the newspapers and magazines. In 1844 he published a denominational book entitled " The Universalist's Book of Reference," and in 1875, a little work called "The Pro and Con of Supernatural Religion." From a brief sketch of his life in the book last named we extract the following: "As a man and a citizen he was without reproach. In Theology, he was a Pantheist; in philosophy, a Materialist; in Medicine, an Eclectic; in Religion, a Rationalist, and in morals, a Utilitarian." He died at Binghampton, N.Y.; the widow resides at Walton, N.Y. Child : (803) Mary Elizabeth (Emily), b. Aug. 12, 1840.

The complete sketch of his life follows:


When the foregoing pages were nearly ready for the press I wrote to Mr. G. requesting a short notice of his past career, believing that the same would be acceptable to the readers of this little volume. In his reply he declined the suggestion, saying he did not think his life had been eventful enough, or that it had possessed importance enough to justify anything being said about it.

I still felt that a brief sketch of the writer of the foregoing pages would be acceptable to those who read them. I wrote to Dr. T. L. Brown of Binghamton, whom I knew to be well acquainted with Mr. Guild, requesting him to send, unknown to his friend, a short account of his journey in life. He kindly sent the following, and every reader will undoubtedly thank the Doctor for the interesting sketch of the man who has led so blameless a life, who penned the foregoing sensible pages, and who was too modest to write a word about himself.



Dear Friend:

Everett Emmett Guild, was born in Delhi, Delaware County, New York, May 6th, 1811. His parents were from New England, his father was a native of Connecticut, his mother of Massachusetts. When he was three years of age the family moved to Walton, sixteen miles from Delhi, on the west branch of the Delaware River, where the subject of this notice was reared until he became of age. His father was an Episcopalian, liberal and tolerant in his views and feeling; his mother was a Congregationalist, strongly religious, very sincere, and took unwearied pains to indoctrinate the minds of her children into the creed of her church. She, however, possessed a great share of good sense, and attached more importance to a correct life than to a correct belief. She was a conscientious believer in supernatural religion and the divinity of the Bible. These facts are mentioned in order to show under what religious influence Mr. Guild was brought up.

Aside from his own efforts to educate himself, he has had no advantages of education except those afforded by the common school, and a course of study of theology under the direction of Rev. Stephen R. Smith, a prominent Universalist clergyman, then of Clinton, Oneida County, N.Y..

In 1835 he commenced officiating as a clergyman, preaching mainly in the counties of Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego in New York and Susquehanna, Luzurne and Wayne in Pennsylvania. He commenced his public career with views more nearly resembling those of the Hicksite Quakers than any other and always called himself a Quaker Universalist.

He attached but little importance to forms and ceremonies, but insisted most strenuously on the practice of morality and virtue. It was often remarked by some who heard him preach: " He will never succeed; he preaches too much truth;" or, " He insists too much on honesty." During his ministry he engaged quite extensively in theological debate, holding some ten or twelve public discussions with prominent clergymen of the Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Christian and Second Adventist denomin-ations. All these debates, however, excepting one, were engaged in by him in answer to invitations given by his antagonists. Mr. Guild always identified himself with the progressive school of theologians and did not hesitate to give the advocates of new views an open field and fair play. Possessed of an inquiring, investigating turn of mind and devoting much time to study and reflection, he kept constantly making advances, until at last he was completely emancipated from all traditional beliefs, and conscientiouly adopted the opinions which are set forth in this book. These views, as he informs us, are the result of more than forty years of patient, persevering and untiring investigation. Mr. Guild is emphatically a "self-made man." He affords a fair example of what an individual may accomplish for himself by well directed effort. He appeared upon the stage of public action, with less than a hundred dollars in his possession, and, unaided by the patronage of rich or influential friends, and although holding opinions at variance with those of the majority in the communities in which he has resided, he has succeeded in procuring for himself and family a decent support, and in gaining the respect and good will even of those who were the most bitterly opposed to his opinions.

In his youth he was distinguished for his love of athletic sports and exercises. In running, leaping, wrestling, lifting, ball-playing, etc., he was seldom excelled by his youthful companions. He was also fond of hunting, fishing, and trapping, and was greatly successful in these pursuits. In the meantime he was an active member of a debating club in the village where he resided, which met once a week during the Winter season, and it was in this school that he acquired the habit of investigating and learned the art of debating and of public speaking. Mr. Guild is naturally inclined to be thoughful and serious, but is also fond of innocent mirth, and relishes jokes, ancedotes, and amusing stories right well. He is an intuitive logician. It is as natural to him to arrange his ideas in a logical method as it is to breathe. His antagonists in public debate very soon learned never to concede to him his premises, for if they did they were sure of being "driven to the wall". Mr. Guild has a passionate thirst for knowledge, and has devoted a great deal of time to the acquisition of useful information.

There is scarcely any subject that ever engaged human attention and interest that he has not investigated to a greater or less extent. He is uniformly good-natured and treats everybody with proper deference and respect. He never obtrudes his opinions on others; but, when questioned, never hesitates to openly and frankly avow them. He has the most perfect command of himself, and although possessed of a sanguine, nervous, excitable temperment, it seems almost impossible to throw him from his balance even under the most trying circumstances.

Some of his antagonists in public debate tried their best to irritate and "provoke him to wrath," but never succeeded in a single instance. On one occasion when his opponent was aggravatingly insulting, abusive, and full of wrath and shook his fist in his face expressing wonder that God should suffer such a wretch to live, Mr. G. arose and very coolly remarked, "that he had often said that he would be willing to trust his eternal destiny to the decision of the worst man that ever lived; but now", said he, "I take that back. I have found one man that I dare not trust to that extent."

On the same occasion the debate was attended thoughout by the wife of a Presbyterian deacon. At the close she remarked that Mr. S. might be the most orthodox in his belief, " but surely," said she, "Mr. G. is by far the most amiable man, and manifests most of the Christian spirit."

None of his opponents ever complained of his treating them in any other than a fair, respectful, and gentlemanly manner. Among the various anecdotes related of him, here is one that is quite amusing as illustrative of his tact in warding off designed insults : He was attending a quarterly conference of the Chenango Association of Universalists, which was held in a Baptist church, very much in opposition to the wishes of some of its proprietors. He was appointed to preach in the forenoon of the second day. On going to the church in the morning a slip of paper was found pinned to the door, on which was written this passage of scripture, " O' full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil," etc. It was handed around among the preachers, and the inquiry arose what should be done with it. Mr. G. very quietly told them to hand it to him and let him dispose of it as he saw fit.

After the preliminary services in the pulpit, he rose to preach his sermon; but before naming his text, he coolly took from his vest pocket the slip of paper, read it and explained the circumstances under which it was found. He then remarked that he supposed it was designed to characterize the preachers then present as children of the Devil, and so far as it was intended to apply to him, he begged the privilege of assigning a few reasons for thinking that he was not a child of the Devil, as follows:

First, It is a law of Nature that children should bear some resemblance to their parents in their physical conformation. The Devil, it is said, has a cloven foot, but if you examine my feet, you will find no such deformity.

Second, It is also nature's law that children should resemble their parents in their natural character and disposition. The Devil is said to be constantly seeking whom he may devour, but I was never known to devour a single human being, nor to manifest the least disposition to do so.

Third, My mother is a member of the Congregational Church, and if you go to her and tell her that I am a child of the Devil, she will indignantly repel the charge and show you the way to the door.

Mr. G. was never a sectarian nor a proselyter in the ordinary acceptation of these terms. He simply proclaimed what he believed to be the truth, and left it optional with his hearers in regard to signing creeds and connecting themselves with ecclesiastical organizations. He is a reformer, and has been identified with all the principal reforms of his day, such as the dress reform, the dietetic reform, prison reform, reform of the criminal code, etc. He advocated the gradual emancipation of the Southern slaves, and engaged zealously in the advocacy of the policy of making the public lands free to actual settlers. He assisted in starting a paper in Honesdale, Pa. devoted to this cause, and was one of its principal contributors.

Being an intimate acquaintance and friend of Galusha A. Grow, a Congressman from Pennsylvania, and once Speaker of the House of Representatives, he was instrumental in bringing that subject to his notice, the result of which was that Mr. Grow introduced the Homestead Bill into Congress, and championed it until it became a law. He is also an ardent advocate of the temperance cause.

He has been a somewhat voluminous writer. Contributions from his pen have appeared in a number of different papers. In 1844 he published a denominational book, entitled, "The Universalist's Book of Reference." It has passed through five editions, and is believed to have had a larger sale than any other book of the kind, except one, ("The Life of Rev. John Murray,") which has been much longer in market.

As a public speaker, Mr. Guild is slow, cool, deliberate, argumentative, methodical, logical, impres-sive, and as forcible as his physical strength will admit of. He makes no attempt at oratory, and uses only such words as are in common use. He has a peculiar faculty of expressing himself clearly and intelligibly, and of making himself most thoroughly understood. He always has an object in view, and shoots straight at the mark. Having a vivid perception of the connection and relation of one truth to another, and of the unity of truth, his discourses are often too thorough, elaborate and exhaustive to suit the taste of the unthinking multitude and can be appreciated only by intelligent, thinking men. He views all subjects from the standpoint of reason and common sense, and seems to scorn to make use of the tricks and arts so often employed by public speakers for mere sensation and effect. He appears to rely wholly on argument and persuasion to accomplish his purpose. O. G. Fowler once remarked of him, when examining his head, "This man has a reason for everything he believes and for everything he does; his head is full of ideas, and arguments with him are as plenty as blackberries in August."

As a clergyman, no charge was ever brought against him, except that of heresy.

As a man and citizen, he is without reproach. He now resides in Binghamton, N.Y., has retired comparatively from the active duties of life and claims to have enjoyed as much of life as usually falls to the lot of mortals. In theology, his is a Pantheist; in philosophy, a Materialist; in medicine, an Eclectic; in Religion, a Rationalist, and in morals a Utilitarian.

Truly yours.

T. L. Brown.

Binghamton, N.Y., Oct. 18th, 1875