An American Family History

The Guild Family of Leeds County, Ontario

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.

Timothy Guild born October 21, 1779 in Milton, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Jeremiah Guild and Hannah Hale.

He married Parna Plumb. Parna was born in 1783 in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Timothy and Parma's children included:

Hermon Guild (1802, married Abigail Polly),
Henry Guild (1804, married Sarah Page),
Julius Guild (1806, married Margaret Mallory),
Jarvis Guild (1808, married Abia Andress),
Caroline Guild (1811, married William Johnson),
Israel Guild (1813, married Elizabeth Mallory),
Jeremiah Guild (married Asenath Monroe), and
Alban Guild (married Lydia Avery).

About 1812, they moved from from Milton to New York and then to Mallorytown, Ontario, Canada.

According to Douglas McCalla in Consumption Stories: Customer Purchases of Alcohol at an Upper Canadian Country Store in 1808-1809 and 1828-1829, H. Guild was one of the principal buyers of alcohol in Yonge Mills having bought 31 quarts of whisky in 1828/9.

Timothy died on December 25, 1838.

Alban, Herman, Jarvis and Jeremiah appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.


Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.




The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

from The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family by Charles Burleigh

Timothy Guild (Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Samuel, John son of Jeremiah and Hannah (Hale) Guild, born at Milton, Conn., Oct. 21, 1779, married Parna Plumb, of Middletown, Conn. He was a farmer, moving to Milton, N. Y., in 1812, thence to Mallorytown, Ont., where he died, Dec. 25, 1838.

Hermon [Guild], b. July 15, 1802; m. Abigail Polly.

Henry [Guild], b. 1804; m. Sarah Page, and died at Clark, Ont. . .

Julius [Guild], b. July 26, 1806; m. Margaret Mallory.

Jarvis [Guild], b. Dec. 22, 1808; m. Abi Andress.

Caroline [Guild], b. April 30, 1811; m. Aug. 1, 1836, William Johnson, who was
born Sept. 21, 1807. . .

Jeremiah [Guild], m. Asenath Monroe; lives at Guilds, Ont.

Alban [Guild] m. Lydia Avery. . .

On February 7, 1813, the American army raided Elizabethtown (present day Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario). The Americans crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and seized equipment, freed American prisoners, and captured Canadian men.

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