The Guthries of Hanover County, Virginia seem to be the earliest ancestors amongst the group's lineages. It is possible that all of these lineages lead back to a common VA ancestor, or they could include some who came to America during a separate immigration.
Woody & Arlo Guthrie. Musicians Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie and son Arlo Davy Guthrie are descendants of GFG5 via the line of Shadrick Guthry 1722SC-1850MS & Malinda Bodley.
Descendants of William Guthrie 1722VA-1798KY (Eleanor Harris Abbott)
Descendants of Shadrick Guthry 1772SC-p1850MS (Ruah Ann Roberts)
Descendants of Dempsey Guthrie 1774NC-1860IL (Margaret_____)
Descendants of James Guthrie c1795GA-1862IA (Nancy Corn)
Descendants of Henry Guthrie 1812GA-1855GA (Manerva Lyon)
Descendants of Goodson McDaniel 'Mack' Guthrie 1827NC-bef1900TN (Matilda Caroline Howard)
Shadrick Guthry was born in South Carolina in 1772. He was married twice. First to Ruah Ann Roberts in 1840 Yalobusha County, MS, with whom he had 4 children, including the ancestor of our project participant, James Henry Guthrie 1843-1905. Secondly, to Malinda Bodley, with whom he had 5 sons. The name Shadrick or Shadrack is found in other branches of this Guthrie Family Group.
Dempsey Guthrie was born in 1774 in North Carolina. His marriage to Margaret (nee Unknown) reportedly took place about 1797 in Kentucky. Known children include 4 daughters and 1 son, including our participant’s ancestor Henry Andrew L Guthrie 1807-1871. This family moved to Illinois and lived in Ridge Prairie, Madison County, IL and Southwest, Montgomery, IL.
James Guthrie was born in 1795 in Georgia. He married Nancy Corn in Jackson County, OH on 17 Dec 1817. They had 10 children. Their son Leroy Guthrie 1823-1862 is our project participant’s direct ancestor. This family moved to Iowa about 1845 settling first in Monroe, Jefferson County, and later in Des Moine, Jasper County.
Let’s start with the man and get to this mystery about this particular Guthrie line. Goodson McDaniel ‘Mack’ Guthrie was born about 1827 in NC to reported parents Shadrack Guthrie 1785-1825 & Flora Chambers. Grandparents possibly John Guthrie 1757VA-1822NC & Ann___, and Great-Grandparents William Guthrie 1722-1798 & Eleanor Abbott. If this connection can be verified, it would provide Guthrie Family Group 5 with its earliest known Guthrie lineage, residing in Hanover County, Virginia.
Back to Mack. His story involves bigamy and aliases. “Goodson is suspected to have fathered 17 children. However, "it is not yet known if all of the children in Buncombe Co. are his, or if he is a step-father to a few.” There are 3 women who were either wives or partners to Goodson McDaniel Guthrie. He and his families can be found in various locations in NC and KY, sometimes using the alias “Daniel” as a surname. Goodson went by the alias Mack Daniel. Some stories claim this was because he was hiding out and using a different surname. Others state that Mack was adopted by a Daniel family. Some of his descendants still use the Daniel surname today. (Source: Michelle Flood research posted on Ancestry)
There are no significant hints in the genetic markers to indicate if one lineage is closer to the others within the group. This can sometimes be revealed at the Y-67 or Y-111 levels with enough participation from group members.
The Guthries of Hanover County, Virginia seem to be the earliest ancestors amongst the group’s lineages. It is possible that all of these lineages lead back to a common VA ancestor, or they could include some who came to America during a separate immigration.
As of Dec 2015, only 2 of the Guthrie participants from this group have tested at the Y-67 marker level, while some of the non-Guthrie surname matches have done so. This may falsely make it appear that the Guthrie surname is less prominent among the matches. The Guthrie lineages show the least genetic diversity/mutational changes when compared to the Moubray and Penn surnames, suggesting that the common ancestor is more distant.
The Moubray surname comes from 2 matches who descend from Andrew Moubray born about 1750 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The Penn matches also stem from a Virginia line, one tracing to a James Penn and the other to a Thomas Penn, both born about 1818 in Virginia.