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Warren Guild: A Sudden Death

Warren Guild (1807-1848)

Warren Guild was born in 1807 and christened on July 24, 1808. He was the son of Joel Guild and his wife Hannah Weatherbee Guild and was the grandson of Aaron Guild.


Warren Guild married Julia Ann Woodward of Watertown on February 4, 1843. The couple had four children: Willard, John Warren, Julia Ann, and Calvin. Warren was a farmer until his early death on August 17, 1848 at the age of 41. The cause of his death was listed as apoplexy. For centuries, apoplexy referred to any death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially if the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness. The most likely cause was either a stroke or a cerebral hemorrhage.


Guild’s gravestone reflects the immediacy and rapidity of his death. On his grave, the word “suddenly” is etched in italics. It reads:


In memory of

Mr. WARREN GUILD

who died suddenly

Aug. 17, 1848.

Aet. 41


Guild’s stone, which had been knocked flat, and footstone, were reset by volunteers in October, 2021. It now stands, once again, beside those of his father and mother.


Left with four small children, Julia Ann Woodward Guild made her own way in the world. The widow of Warren Guild, died in Brookline in 1889 at the age of 75. Her occupation was listed as housekeeper.


OPPV Mark Hoover preparing stone for re-set

Warren Guild's re-set gravestone

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