John D. Guile was born 7 Jan 1781 in Saratoga Co. NY, moved with his family to Chenango Co. NY about 1806, and in 1850 was a blacksmith in Cortland, Cortland Co.

Clement Guile born 26 Feb. 1806, Saratoga, NY, m. Ann Wilson, died 7 March 1849, New Berlin, Chenango County. They had one child, who wrote the letter quoted below.

Theresa Guile, born about 1809, probably Chenango County, married Harper. Theresa had the family bible, and her descendants supplied the family record from it, along with commission record of Lt. Benjamin Guile, to the Library of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan.

John Guile, born 4 Jul 1812, probably Chenango County married Sally A. Harrington about 1838 at Batavia, NY, and died 14 Aug 1901 at Spring Arbor, Jackson Co. Michigan. He was a farmer. In Michigan, he spelled the name Gyle, while his obituary and descendants use Gyles. How the name changes!

His grand-daughter, Mary Guile Brown Shepard, in an 1887 letter, says, "The place of birth of either grandparents I have not, but they lived at Saratoga during the Revolutionary contests in sight of the Schuyler mansion and I have the old paper making my Great Grand Father, Benjamin Guile, First Lieutenant dated June 2 in the second year of our Independence, 1778, and signed by Governor Clinton..... I also have the paper making my father Clement Guile Major in the State artillery dated August 27, 1831.
I had no brothers or sisters and have no children."

In research on the family, I found some 20 descendants of Samuel(1) Guile involved with the Battle of Saratoga alone, and other Guile veterans located in Chenango Co. At the time of the Revolutionary War, many branches of the family existed, with the ones in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York spelling the name Guile, in the New England states, the name was more commonly spelled Gile.

Samuel (1) Guile was one of the 12 Founders of the Town of Haverhill, (now Mass.) in 1640.

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