Mary Stiles Paul Guild
Vermont girl who went to work in the Lowell mills and wrote letters home to her father, 1845-1849.
Date of Birth01/26/1830
Date of Death12/12/1899
Mary Stiles Paul was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, on January 26, 1830. A year later her family moved to Woodstock where they remained until 1840 when they moved to Barnard, Vermont. Mary's mother died a year later and she and her brother were "put out" to earn their board. In the fall of 1843 she went to work in the cotton mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, and stayed there for three years. After a period in Claremont, New Hampshire, she joined the North American Phalanx, a communal, utopian society based on the philosophy of French philosopher Charles Fourier in Monmouth County, New Jersey. In 1855, she returned to New England and married Isaac Orr Guild (1831-1903) on October 7, 1857. They lived in Lynn, Massachusetts. Their children were Irving Tracy Guild (b. Dec. 30, 1860) and Sydney Paul Guild (b. Aug. 31, 1862). Mary Stiles Paul Guild died on December 12, 1899.
- Mill girl