Born: Oct 1790
Location: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Parents: James Guthrie & Elizabeth Eilor
Married: 12 Oct 1817 in Glasgow, Beaver, Pennsylvania
Died: 15 June 1874
Location: Proctor, Wetzel, West Virginia
Castilla Simpson aka 'Cassie' or 'Cassy'
Parents: Eliab Simpson & Elizabeth Murray
Children: 9 (or 10) sons and 1 daughter
Died: 25 April 1879
Location: Halls Mills, Wetzel, West Virginia
1790: BIRTH of ROBERT GUTHRIE
One descendant list Robert with the middle initial of "V", but there is no source material to prove it or to tell us what the "V" stands for. Robert was born October 1790 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
1800: BIRTH of CASTILLA SIMPSON
Castilla was born in 1800 Virginia to Eliab & Elizabeth (Murray) Simpson. Based on the following, we would expect her birth to be in Monongalia County. Castilla's name has a variety of spellings in documents Castilia and Castilla being the most common. However, it looks like she was called Cassie (alternate spelling Cassy). Her name is spelled Cassy on a marriage document for a daughter and son Lewis has one daughter named Cassie.
From the book "History of Monongalia County" page 714. "Eliab Simpson married Elizabeth Murray, came from Delaware and settled on Willaim Wadkin's place on Scotts Run about 1794. Eliab has 2 brothers, William and David who came out but who went west."
1800: CENSUS of VIRGINIA
There is no existing 1800 census for Virginia and both the Guthries and the Simpsons were living there at the time.
1810: CENSUS of MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Household of Jas Guthrie: 1M&1F 45+ 1M 16-25, 3M & 1F 10-15 , 3M & 2F <10 (12 Total)
Robert would be 20, and so should be the 1M of 16-25. However, his brother James should also be in that age category. Robert married in 1817 and James in 1823, so one would think they would both be at home. Apparently not. One of the two oldest sons is either living outside their parents' household in 1810, or a birth date is listed inaccurately.
1813: WAR of 1812
ROBERT & EDMUND GUTHRIE served in Capt. Samuel Kennedy's Co VA Militia (Monongalia Capt. Samuel Kennedy Artillery Norfolk May 2 - Aug 30 1814)
Robert volunteered in the Fall of 1813. Was called under general orders on 31 March 1814. Honorably Discharged at Fort Norfolk on 29 Aug 1814.
1814: COURT RECORDS of MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
In June of 1814, ROBERT & EDWARD GUTHRIE are among signers of a petition to have a road surveyor appointed. Note that Edward might be Edmund. Despite being busy with the militia, these two somehow had the time to sign a petition about a road.
1815: COURT RECORDS of MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Benjamin Sapp, laborer, indicted on charge of assault (11 Nov 1815) on ROBERT GUTHRIE, 2 Dec 1815. Jmes Scott, yeoman, summoned to give envidence to the grand Jury, 2 Dec 1815. March 1816 Term, demurrer filed & sustained.
ROBERT GUTHRIE, laborer, alias ROBERT GUTTREY, summoned to answer to an indictment against him for an assault 11 Nov 815 on Benjamin Sapp, 2 Dec 1815. James Scott summoned to give evidence to the grand jury, 2 Dec 1815. March 1816 Term. demurrer filed & sustained.
NOTE: Benjamin married Robert's younger sister Sarah in 1816, so I have to wonder what these two were fighting about.
1817: MARRIAGE to CASTILLA SIMPSON
Robert Guthrie married Castilla Simpson on 2 Dec 1815 in Glasgow, Beaver, Pennsylvania.
What took them all the way up the Ohio river to get married? Was Castilla's family living in Glasgow? Did Robert & Castilla travel there looking for the minister?
1820: RESIDENCE UNKNOWN, PROBABLY MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
I can't seem to find Robert & Castilla on the 1820 census. If you view the census images for Western District, Monongalia, you will note that the entire "G" section is left off of the alphabetical listing.
1820: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH J. GUTHRIE
Elizabeth was born on 6 June 1820 in Monongalia County, Virginia. She married Joshua Goddard on 25 Dec 1845. According to the 1900 census, Elizabeth had 11 children, 5 of whom were still living. Elizabeth herself lived to be 100 years, 11 months, and 15 days old. She died 14 April 1921 in West Virginia, probably in Proctor.
1821: TAX RECORDS of MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
ROBERT GUTTERY: 1 white male >18; WIDOW GUTTERY: 1 white male >18, 3 horses
1822: COURT RECORDS of MONONGALIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Samuel Sapp & ROBERT GUTRY summoned to speak on behalf of Benjamin Sapp 8 April 1822, assault on Ezekiel Haddox, guilty.
NOTE: Now that Benjamin is his brother-in-law, Robert is speaking on his behalf.
1822: BIRTH of SON, JAMES GUTHRIE
James was born on 14 March 1822 in Monongalia County, Virginia. He emigrated with his family to Tyler (now Wetzel) when he was a boy of 6 years of age. He married Harriett Furbee in 1852. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. James was a minister and a merchant. The family lived in Proctor & Halls Mills in Wetzel until his death on 14 July 1888. Rev James Guthrie is represented in the DNA Project by his descendant Gregory Scott Guthrie.
1823: BIRTH of SON, WILLIAM GUTHRIE
William was born on 4 March 1823 in Monongalia County, Virginia. He was about 5 when his family moved to Tyler (now Wetzel) County, Virginia (now WV). William married Marie Louise Tomlinson in 1853. They emigrated to Minnesota. 5 sons and 2 daughters. William died on 31 Oct 1913 in Victor, Wright, Minnesota. None of his direct descendants are currently in the DNA Project.
1824: BIRTH of SON, ELIAB GUTHRIE
Eliab, probably named for his maternal grandfather, was born in 1824 in Monongalia County, VA. He was about 4 when his family moved to Tyler (now Wetzel) County, Virginia (now WV). He married Hannah (LNU). They had 3 sons and 1 daughter. Between 1860-70 they emigrated to Iowa. Eliab died on 21 Dec 1873 in Confidence, Wayne, Iowa. There is no current participant in the DNA Project from Eliab's line.
1828: EMIGRATION to TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
According to a biography of son Rev James Guthrie (b.1822) listed in Hardesty's History of West Virginia, parents Robert & Castalia settled in Wetzel when he was 6 years old. Wetzel was formed from Tyler in 1846.
1828: BIRTH of SON, ROBERT GUTHRIE JR
Robert's connection to his parents is proven by documentation on two Wetzel County WV marriage registers listing his parents' names. He is not actually named in any census records with them because the earlier records only enumerated family members rather than naming them. Robert married on 10 Apr 1856 at the age of 28 to 17-year-old Rachel Ann Noble. The marriage record indicates that he was born in Monongalia County, VA, but was then a resident of Wetzel County. Robert & Rachel were parents to 3 daughters: Elizabeth Ann, Rosilla, and Rosetta. The middle daughter died young. Rachel also died about 1861 and the two girls were afterwards "being raised" by their maternal grandparents, Thomas & Elizabeth Noble. Robert remarried on 12 Jan 1866 to Barbara Lancaster. He was a 37-year-old widower and she a first-time bride of 21. This couple also had three children: John A., Charles, and Virginia. We do not currently have anyone representing Robert Jr's line in the DNA Project. It is unclear whether the male line continued. John A Guthrie appears to have remained single, and presumably childless. Charles married Clara Melott in 1891 and they had at least 1 child, a daughter: Cordia Cecil Guthrie, born in 1897. I have not been able to find this couple in the census records to determine whether they had any sons.
1829: BIRTH of SON, PURNELL GUTHRIE
Purnell was born about 1829, the year after his parents settled the family in Tyler County. He was enumerated with the family in 1850 when he was 21, but I lost track of him after that. No further information.
1830: CENSUS of TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Household of Robert Guthrie: 1M 30-40 (1790-1800: Robert), 1F 20-30 (1800-1810: Castilla), 1M 10-15 (1815-1820: ? - this should be female...Elizabeth), 3M 5-10 (1820-1825: James, William & Eliab), 2M&1F <5 (1825-1830: Purnel, Samuel & a female).
There are a couple of mysteries on this census record. Elizabeth, who would be 10, is not enumerated, but an unknown male of 10-15 is listed. An unknown female of <5 is also listed.
1830-1831: BIRTH of SON, SAMUEL GUTHRIE
Depending on Samuel's actual DOB, he might be one of the 2 males <5 years of age on the 1830 census. It appears that Samuel remained a bachelor throughout his life. He died sometime after the 1880 census when he was listed as a farm worker in the household of Josiah Hart. No further information.
1833: BIRTH of SON, JOHN AMOS GUTHRIE
John was born in 1833 in Tyler, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Ann Ashby in 1854. They emigrated to Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho. 3 sons and 6 daughters. John died 14 Oct 1909 in Burley, Cassia, Idaho. His line is represented by William Leroy Guthrie in the DNA Project.
1835: BIRTH of SON, COMMODORE CHARLES PERRY GUTHRIE
'Commodore' is a name and not a military title in this instance. Chances are that this is a War of 1812 reference. See: Commodore Perry. Commodore P. Guthrie aka Charles P. Guthrie was born 15 August 1835 in Tyler County, Virginia. He married Phebe M. Payne in 1857. They remained in WV. 4-5 sons and 2 daughters. There is currently no representative for this line in the DNA Project.
1837-1838: BIRTH of SON, MARTIN V. GUTHRIE
Martin was born in 1838 in Tyler County, VA. He remained a bachelor and worked as a farmer and shoe cobbler. He died 7 Jun 1918 in New Martinsville, Wetzel, West Virginia.
1838: BIRTH of SON, LEWIS G. GUTHRIE
Lewis was born 6 July 1838 in Tyler County, VA. He married Lucy H. Tomlinson on 31 Oct 1861. They emigrated to Minnesota. 4 sons and 7 daughters. Lewis' line is represented by Clarence R. Guthrie in the DNA Project.
1840: CENSUS of TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Household of Robert Guthrie: 1M&1F 40-50 (1790-1800:), 3M 15-20 (1820-1825:), 2M&1F 10-15 (1825-1830), 3M 5-10 (1830-1835), 1M <5 (1835-1840).
1849: PROPERTY RECORDS of WETZEL COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Deed from Sampson & Susanna Thistle to Robert & Castilla Guthrie: 143 acres of land on Little Fishing Creek. Payment was 214 acres of land in unnamed location.
1850: CENSUS of DISTRICT 64, WETZEL, VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: Robert Guthrie, 59, Castalia 50, William 27, Purnel 21, Samuel 19, John 17, Commodore P. 16, Louis 12, Martin 10
1860: CENSUS of NEW MARTINSVILLE, WETZEL, VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: Robert Guthrie 70, Castilla Guthrie 60, Samuel Guthrie 22, Martin Guthrie 20. Post Office: New Martinsville
1870: CENSUS of GREEN, WETZEL, VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: Robert Guthrie 81, Castilla Guthrie 70, Samuel Guthrie 40, Martin Guthrie 28. Post Office: New Martinsville
1874: DEATH of ROBERT GUTHRIE
Robert died on 15 June 1874 in the Proctor District of Wetzel County, West Virginia. His burial location is unknown.
1879: DEATH of CASTILLA SIMPSON GUTHRIE
Castilla died on 25 April 1879 in Halls Mills, Wetzel, West Virginia. Her burial location is unknown.