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GUY, William, clergyman, born in England in 1689, died near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1751. He was appointed in 1712, by the Society for the propagation of the gospel, assistant minister in St. Philip's church. Charleston, and the same year was elected minister of St. Helena parish, Port Royal island. Having received only deacon's orders, he went, in 1713, to England, where he was advanced to the priesthood, and was sent back by the society as missionary in the same parish. His field of labor was very large, and included the lands occupied by the Yamassee Indians. Mr. Guy was unwearied in the discharge of his duties, but when the Yamassee war began, in 1715, he narrowly escaped with his life by taking refuge on board an English ship that was lying in the river, bound to Charleston. He was next sent as missionary to Narragansett, Rhode Island, where his labors were very effective. After the lapse of two years--from 1717 till 1719--finding that his health was seriously affected by a northern climate, he was transferred, at his own request, to South Carolina. He became rector of St. Andrew's church, about thirteen miles from Charleston, and continued there until his death. Mr. Guy was highly esteemed by the society under whose auspices he labored, as was shown by their appointing him in 1725 their attorney in the province, to receive and recover all bequests and donations made to them, and to give acquittances.
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