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Lewis & Roxa Guild Multi Generational South Dedham Roots

Lewis Guild (1786-1829)

Roxa Morse Guild (1792-1879)

Oliver Guild (1815-1836)

Born on February 18, 1786, Lewis Guild was the son of Oliver Guild and the grandson of Aaron Guild. Like his father and grandfather, Lewis Guild was a farmer and lived his entire life in South Dedham. His estate included the site of today’s First Congregational Church.

Lewis Guild property ca. 1858 southwest corner of Walpole & Winter Sts.

Site of Lewis Guild property as it appears in 2019

On November 28, 1814, Lewis Guild married Roxa Morse, who was born in Walpole.

The couple had three children: Oliver (1815-1836); Lewis, Jr. (1818-1887); and Sarah, who was born in 1820 and married Nathaniel Kingsbury of Wrentham.

Lewis Guild died on November 24, 1829 due to a liver infection. Roxa Guild never remarried. She lived with their son, Lewis, Jr. and his wife, Ann Miller Guild, in Walpole. Lewis, Jr. was a furniture manufacturer. Roxa Morse Guild died on November 10, 1879 of old age.

Their eldest son Oliver, born on March 29, 1815, died on September 28, 1836. Both Lewis and Oliver Guild have slate stones of their own, no doubt erected at the time of their deaths in 1829 and 1836 respectively. They are also memorialized on the granite stone in the family lot 64. It is possible that these two slate gravestones were dislodged during the flood of the cemetery in the 1850s and were then reset within this family lot.


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