The Generations of Thomas Pine Petznick
Thomas Pine Petznick
Notes for Truman Guild
The first house on Liberty Street was built by Truman Guild.
TRUMAN GUILD may properly be classed among the most prosperous business men of Walton, Delaware, N.Y., where he is senior member of the firm of T. Guild & Son, druggists. Mr. Guild is purely American, his grandfather Jeremiah Guild, having been born in Warren, Conn., September 4, 1746, in which town he also died in 1822. His mother, who was early left a widow, passed away in 1792, at the age of seventy-two years.
Jeremiah Guild was a navigator, who followed the sea for many years, experiencing the marvellous escapes and exciting adventures of a sailor's life. During one voyage his vessel was seized by the British, and he and his brother were taken prisoner and carried to Halifax. After their release he returned to Middletown, Conn., and later removed to Warren, where he engaged in the charcoal trade in connection with the iron works in that place. Mr. Guild was a member of Trinity Parish, and was most influential in the building of the church.
Mr. Guild married Miss Hannah Hale, of Middlefield, who became the mother of nine children, five of whom were sons: Timothy; Gael; Albon; Everett, the father of the subject of this sketch; and Jeremiah. When but forty-four years old, this tender, loving mother was taken away; and September 2, 1800, the husband was again married, to Miss Lucinda F. Eaton, who was born in Coventry in 1768, and lived to reach her eighty-first year. Five children were the issue of this second marriage, all of whom have passed away: Lucinda; Frederick, a soldier of the late war; Sophrona; Truman; and Anna Maria.
Everett, son of Jeremiah and Hannah (Hale) Guild, was born in Warren in 1773, and died in Walton in 1849. On May 5, 1810, he married Miss Hannah Perkins, of Massachusetts, who was born August 31, 1775, and died November 27, 1850. Soon after their marriage they settled in Walton, N.Y., where Mr. Guild gave his attention to the manufacture of harnesses and saddlery. Like his father, he was a member of the Episcopal church, and in politics a Democrat. He and his wife were parents of nine children, namely: Everett; Lyman; Delia; Emily; Edwin; Truman; Marshall; Emma; and Edward, who died in infancy. Only two, Marshall and Truman, are still living. Everett E. was a Universalist minister in Binghamton, where he died when seventy-six years old, leaving one daughter. Edwin was a prominent merchant of Walton, where he died aged sixty-four, in 1884, mourned by a widow and one son. Delia became the wife of Gabriel Hoyt of Walton, in which town she passed away in 1892, being seventy-five years old and the mother of eight children. Lyman, a harness-maker, was born in Walton in 1813, and died at his birthplace in the prime of life. Emily, who was born in 1817, married B. F. Griswold, and died in Atlantic City in the fall of 1892, leaving one son.
Truman Guild was born in Walton, September 1, 1825, and like most of his brothers, learned the harness-maker's trade from his father. In 1849, on the fifth day of September, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Keen, daughter of George M. and Matilda (Saybolt) Keen. The Keens were natives of Orange County, where Mr. Keen was employed as a stone-mason. They were the parents of nine children, and lived to a good old age, Mr. Keen dying in Pompton in 1865, aged eighty-one, and Mrs. Keen living till her ninety-sixth year, when she died, December 23, 1871. Of these children the following are now living: Mary Jane, widow of William F. Wood, a livery man, of St. Joseph, Mo.; Abigail M., wife of W.T. Palmer, of Milwaukee; Valentine Mottkeen, who is a railroad machinist at Scranton, Pa.; George P.; a drayman in Honesdale, Pa.; Frederick; Ira; Lucy; and Elizabeth, the wife of the subject of this sketch.
Although Elizabeth was very young at the time of her marriage, she was an excellent housekeeper, and with her husband's aid has guided to maturity four children, namely: George Everett Guild, born November 9, 1850, a Presbyterian minister of Scranton, Pa., who married Mary Clark, of Florence, Mass., by whom he has three children - Clark G., E. Burnham, and Gertrude E.; Fannie M., widow of Herbert Twaddell, who has three sons - Ralph S., Howard J., and Everett E.; Edwin L., a druggist in partnership with his father, who married Julia C. Ogden, of Walton, and has two children - Edna S., eight years of age, and Emily O., who has see but four summers; Harriet E., wife of Henry O. Tobey, a grocer of Walton, who is mother of two daughters and one son - Anna G., Martha B., and Truman C. Mr. and Mrs. Guild have been called upon to part with two sons and three grandchildren, who have passed on to the eternal home. The family are all members of the Congregational church, where they are constant and interested attendants.
Mr. Guild is a Democrat, but has never held office in that organization, content that his vote should always favor the men best qualified in his estimation to rule the people of this land. A gentleman of rare mercantile ability, high moral principles, and genial, affable manner, he has founded a reliable business, in the successful conduct of which he is ably assisted by his son. The sterling qualities of Mr. Guild are most thoroughly appreciated by his large circle of friends, all of whom regard him as a man of noble character and upright life.
BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW LEADING CITIZENS OF DELAWARE COUNTY
"TRUMAN GUILD was born in Walton in 1825, and has been identified with the growth of the town ever since. In 1847 he married Elizabeth M. Keen, and for twenty years has been in business. He is now in the drug trade; firm name, Guild & Childs."
In the 1860 census Truman is listed as a farmer age 34. He and his wife have 5 children and a domestic Frances Grant age 18 who lives with them. Next door is farmer George Eells and his family. In the 1870 census Mr. Truman Guild is a druggist, age 44, and his wife Elizabeth age 37 keeps house. Children included George age 18, harness maker, Fanny age 16 at school, Edwin age 12, and Hattie age 10. J. J. Townsend age 62 a retired farmer and his wife Harriet age 60 also reside with them. Next door is E.P. Berray a carriage maker. In 1900 the Guilds had been married for fifty years. At that time Mary Hitt a 57 year old widow resides with them as a servant. By 1910 Truman is a widower and living with daughter Harriet E. Tobey and her son Truman C. age 19. Another daughter Fanny also makes her home with them. She was widowed and had 4 children 3 of which are still living.
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