Friday, November 3, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 199: #278 Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) of Walpole, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) is #278 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #279 Mary Boyden (1708-1776)  in 1733 in Dedham, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800), who married #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808),in 1756.
*  their daughter, #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) who married #68 Aaron Smith (1765-1841) in 1795.
*  their son, #34 Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840), who married #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884)who married  #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)  in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                  Nathaniel Guild[1–7]    
*  Alternate Name: Nathll Guild[8]  

*  Sex:                     Male    

*  Father:                Nathaniel Guild (1678-1774)    
*  Mother:              Mehitable Hartshorn (1683-1771)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                  20 March 1712, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    
*  Will:                   29 September 1795 (age 83), will written; Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Death:                9 September 1796 (age 84), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5–6]
*  Burial:               after 9 September 1796 (after age 84), Guild Burial Ground, Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]    
*  Probate:             4 October 1796 (age 84), will proved; Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:           Mary Boyden (1708-1776)    
*  Marriage 1:        12 June 1733 (age 21), Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[8]    

*  Child 1:              Mary Guild (1735-1800)    
*  Child 2:              Nathaniel Guild (1739-1793)    
*  Child 3:              Mercy Guild (1742-1820)    
*  Child 4:              Susanna Guild (1744-1822)    
*  Child 5:              Samuel Guild (1746-1816)    
*  Child 6:              Mehitable Guild (1752-1816)
*  Spouse 2:          Mrs. Anna Rhoads (1722-1797)    
*  Marriage 2:       27 April 1777 (age 65), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

The Guild families of America were described in the book  The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family  by Charles Burleigh, published by Brown, Thurston & Company in 1887.  The sketch for Nathaniel Guild on page 37-38 says[1]:

"Nathaniel Guild4 (Nathaniel3 Samuel2 John1), son of Nathaniel and Mehitable (Farrington or Hartshorn?) Guild, born at Walpole, Mass., March 20, 1712, married first, June 12, 1733, Mary Boyden, of Wrentham; published to Anna Rhodes, of Stoughton, April 27, 1777. 
"He seems to have been, in his day and generation, a person of considerable enterprise, influence and usefulness. In a deed of land he is styled 'Gentleman,' and in those days it was no unmeaning title, being accorded with great discrimination. He received a grant of land in Dedham, near the house of John1 and acquired other lands by purchase. 
"There was deeded to him a certain mine, which was probably in Stoughton, and for the working of which he formed a company. At Stoughtonham he carried on an iron furnace, where during the Revolutionary War was manufactured large quantities of gun carriage wheels, shot, and other munitions of war; and in Sept., 1776, he reported to Richard Devens 'that he was making the wheels and the double-headed shot.' 
"About this time, also, he petitions " that men in his foundry may be exempted from service in the militia service, so that he may be able to supply garrison wheels and shot for the service," and Sept. 18, 1776, the prayer of the petition was granted, "it being of so great importance for the defence of this and the United States of America." Sept. 6, 1774, he was chosen at a convention of delegates of the people of Suffolk County, one of a select committee for the following purpose : 'Resolved, That under the present circumstances, it is incumbent on us to encourage arts and manufactures among us, by all means in our power,' and Nathaniel Guild, of Walpole, was appointed one of a committee 'to consider of the best ways and means to promote and establish the same, and report to this committee as soon as may be.' 
"He is said to have been quite a dignified and good looking man of medium height, and during the latter part of his life, wore a powdered wig, and usually a blue cloak. He died Sept. 10, 1796."
Nathaniel Guild was born 20 March 1712 in Dedham, Massachusetts, the third child of twelve born to Nathaniel and Mehitable (Hartshorn) Guild[2].

He married Mary Boyden on 12 June 1733 in Dedham[8].  She was the daughter of Thomas and Deborah (Wight) Boyden.  They had six children born between 1735 and 1752 in Walpole, Massachusetts.  

Mary (Boyden) Guild died in March 1776, and Nathaniel Guild married, secondly, Anna Rhodes on 27 April 1777 in Walpole[3].  They had no children.

Nathaniel Guild died 9 September 1796 in Walpole[5-6], and was buried in the Guild Burial Ground in Walpole[7].  The gravestone inscription is:

"Nathaniel Guild
Sept. 9, 1796
in the 87th year
of his age.

"Mr Nathaniel Guild lays beneath 
this stone. He gave the land for 
a burying ground and was the 
first person buried here."

Nathaniel Guild, yeoman of Walpole,  wrote a will on 29 September 1795 which was proved in 4 October 1796 in Norfolk County Probate Court[4].  The probate court proceedings are:
S.S. To all people to whom these presents shall come, William Heath Esq'r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c. in the County of Norfolk,within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sendeth greeting.
Know ye that on the fourth day of October, Anno Domini 1796, the Instrument hereunto annexed, purporting the last will & Testament of Nathaniel Guild, late of Walpole, in said County, Yeoman, deceased, was presented for Probate by Samuel Guild the Executor, there-in named; then present Nathaniel Billing & Isaac Felch, witnesses thereto subscribed, who made oath, that they saw the said testator sign,seal, and heard him declare the said instrument to be his last Will and Testament, and that they, with Jonathan Billing, subscribed their names as witnesses to the execution thereof in the said testator's presence,; and that he was then, to the best of their judgment, of sound and disposing mind. I do prove, approve and allow of the said instrument as the last Will & Testament of the before named de-ceased, and do commit the administration thereof in all matters the same concerning, and of his estate thereof he died seized & possessed in said County, unto Samuel Guild the before named Executor, well & faithfully to execute the said Will, and to administer the estate of the said deceased according thereto, who accepted of his said trust, and gave bond to exhibit an Inventory of the said estate, within three months & to render an Account, upon oath of his proceedings, within one year.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal of office, the day & year above written.                                    W Heath
In the name of God, Amen. I Nathaniel Guild of Walpole, in the county of Norfolk, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,yeoman, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound & perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, so make & publish this my last Will & Testament, in manner & form following (that is to say): First, I give & bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mehitable Guild (in consideration of the many years service she has done in my house since she became of age) one half of all my estate both real and personal, during her natural life; & in case she should marry, she shall quit said half, upon receiving one hundred silver dollars, well & truly paid by my Executor, & an equal share of my estate with her brothers & sisters. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Anna Guild, to the heirs of my son Nathaniel Guild deceased, to my son Samuel Guild, & to my daughters, Mary Plimpton, Mercy Hewins, Susanna Morse & Mehitable Guild one half of all my estate both real & personal, during the natural life of my daughter, Mehitable Guild, and after the decease or marriage of the said Mehitable, I give unto them the whole of my estate to be equally divided among them, after one hundred dollars has been paid out of the same to the said Mehitable, in case she marrys.
Also I do hereby appoint and ordain my son Doctor Samuel Guild Esq'r of Easton my sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament; hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty ninth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety five.                                                                                                          Nathaniel Guild 
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the abovenamed Nathaniel Guild, to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who have here-unto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator,                    Jon'a Billing Nath'l Billing Isaac Felch.                                                                                                                                                                 Exam'd Sam'l Haven Reg'r
Norfolk Ss. In Probate Court at Dedham, within & for the same county of Norfolk, on Tuesday the fourth day of October, 1796. Ordered that Samuel Guild Executor of the last Will of Nathaniel Guild late of Walpole, deceased, advertise notifications of his being Executor as aforesaid, by posting the same up in some public places at Walpole in said County, & by publishing it in the In-dependent Chronicle printed in Boston, within three months. Given under my hand, the fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety six.                W Heath Judge of Probate                                                     Exam'd Sam'l Haven Reg'r
Norfolk Ss. To Col. Ebenezer Clap of Walpole, Capt. Nathaniel Morse, & Mr. Isaac Felch, both of Sharon, all in the County of Norfolk, Greeting.You are hereby appointed a Committee to appraise on oath all the estate of Nathaniel Guild, late of Walpole aforesaid, Yeoman, deceased, and make return of your doings, together with this Warrant, into the Registry Office of the Court of Probate in &for said county. Given under my hand, this fourth day of October, A.D. 1796.                   W Heath Judge of Prob.                                                                                 Exam'd Sam'l Haven Reg'r

1. Charles Burleigh, The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family (Portland, Me  :  Brown Thurston & Company, 1887), pages 37-38, Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) sketch.

2. Don Gleason Hill (editor), The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Dedham,1635-1845 (Dedham, Mass. : Town of Dedham, 1886), Page 39, Nathaniel Guild entry.

3. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Marriages, page 132, Nathaniel Guild and Mrs. Anna Rhoads entry.

4. "Norfolk County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, 1793-1881," court clerk manuscript, Volume 2, Pages 501-503, will of Nathaniel Guild, 1795, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,843,573.

5. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 203, Nathaniel Guild entry.

6. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Walpole Births, Marriages and Deaths (Image 398 of 2213), Nathaniel Guild death entry.

7. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Guild Burial Ground, Walpole, Mass., Nathaniel Guild memorial #26680579.

8. Don Gleason Hill (editor), The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Dedham, 1635-1845, Marriages, page 60, Nathll Guild of Dedham and Mary Boyden of Wrentham entry.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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Gwen Kubberness said...

I love this photo of his grave with the flag. Thank you for sharing.

linda kaserman said...

I'm a descendent of John Guild 11th generation. This is the most info i've found on him in one place! I hope to find more useful information here! Thanks!