Birth: 5 January 1867
Birth Location: Paris, Henry, Tennessee, USA
Marriage: 24 December 1896
Death: 2 September 1949
Death Location: Paris, Henry, Tennessee, USA
Burial: Johnson Chapel Cemetery
Birth: 26 August 1874
Birth Location: Tennessee, USA
Sons: Walker Harley, William Clarence, James Ripley, John Dorris
Daughters: Eva Mae, Dollie Lee, Annie Erdal, Addie Mildred
Death: 19 March 1958
Death Location: Paris, Henry, Tennessee, USA
Burial: Johnson Chapel Cemetery
1867: BIRTH of WILLIAM RUFUS GUTHRIE
William Rufus Guthrie aka "Will" was born in Paris, Henry County, Tennessee on 5 January 1867. He was the 5th child of William Francis Guthrie & Esther Jane Lemonds and their 2nd son.
1870: CENSUS of DISTRICT 4, HENRY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: W.F. Guthrie 43 mw farmer 1000 TN; A.J. 37 fw TN; A. fw 10 @ school TN; J. 9 mw @ sch TN; M.E. 7 fw @ sch TN; T.? 5 fw TN; N.C. 11/12 fw TN; A.E. Lemmonds 19 fw TN; W.R. (Lemmonds? or Guthrie?) 3 mw TN. (Possibly out of order.)
The 1870 census is a bit confusing because William Rufus is listed out of order and beneath A. E. Lemmonds making it appear that he is W.R. Lemmonds rather than W.R. Guthrie. His direct descendant, Larry Lee Guthrie, Sr, most definitely has Guthrie DNA, so there is no doubt that William Rufus belongs to the Guthrie part of this household.
1874: BIRTH of MARY ANN WALKER
Mary Ann Walker aka "Marie/Marrie" was born to John Berul Walker & Tabitha Ann McFadden in Henry County, Tennessee on 26 August 1874.
1880: CENSUS of DISTRICT 4, HENRY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: F. William 53 farmer TN NC NC; E Jane 47 TN - - ; F John 19; E Molly 16; Poky 14; R William 12; Nelly 9; George 7; Minna 5; Ripe 1. All children TNx3; Next household is Dock Guthrie & family (black).
1896: MARRIAGE of WILLIAM RUFUS GUTHRIE & MARY ANN WALKER
A licensed for marriage was obtained on Christmas Eve 1896. Will and Mary were married that same day in Henry County.
SOURCE: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Ancestry.com
1897-1898: BIRTH & DEATH of DAUGHTER, EVA MAE GUTHRIE
Will and Mary welcomed their first child into the world on 5 November 1887, but little Eva Mae Guthrie died before her first birthday of unknown causes on 23 September 1898.
1899: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, DOLLIE LEE GUTHRIE
Dollie Lee Guthrie was born in Paris or Puryear, Henry, Tennessee on 25 April 1899. She was enumerated with her parents in District 4 in 1900 and in Puryear in 1910. She married at the age of 17 on 6 Jan 1917 to Herbert Crudup "Crude" Williamson, a son of Gus Williamson & Caroline Hinchey, also of Henry County. They had at least 3 children: Annie Williamson, Christine Williamson, and Lowell Williamson. Crude was a farmer. They were in Henry County in 1920. In 1924 Crude and Dollie were listed in the Chattanooga City Directory, but they were again in Henry County by 1835. Crude died in Paris, Henry, Tennessee on 8 September 1988 at the age of 90. Herbert Crude Guthrie is buried at Shady Grove Cemetery in Paris, Henry, Tennessee. The Find-a-Grave memorial page lists him with a spouse by the name of Veltman LaVella (Kirk) Williamson (1926-2002), their marriage taking place per the tombstone inscription on 30 Dec 1953. Dollie survived him, so I must assume that there was a divorce sometime between 1940-1953. I am also guessing that Dollie had relatives in Florida. She died on Marco Island, Collier, Florida on 9 Feb 1990. She is buried at Jones Chapel Cemetery.
1900: CENSUS of CIVIL DISTRICTS 4, 17, HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: Will F 72 head June 27 72 mx42yrs farmer; Eliza J 67 wife Feb 1833 67 mx42yrs 9ch 6liv; Will R 33 son Jan 1867 33 mx3hrs Farm laborer; Mary A dau-in-law May 1875 25 mx3yrs 2ch 1liv; Dollie 1 gr-dau Apr 1899.
1901: BIRTH of SON, WALKER HARLEY GUTHRIE
Son Walker Harley Guthrie was born in Henry County, Tennessee on 14 January 1901. He lived in Henry and Humphries Counties. He married 9 June 1951 at the age of 50 to 35-year old Elizabeth Warren. She died in 1996. He died a year later on 5 September 1997 at the Hawthorne Care Center in Brandon, Florida, age 96.
1902: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ANNIE EDRAL GUTHRIE
Annie Edral Guthrie was born on 14 April 1902 in Henry County, Tennessee. She married on 18 September 1920 when she was 18 years old. Her husband was Fred Taylor Jackson. They had 1 son: James Harold Jackson. Fred died in 1954. Annie died on 6 September 1982 in Henry County, Tennessee. She was 80. They are buried at Jones Chapel Cemetery in Paris, Henry, Tennessee.
1905: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ADDIE MILDRED GUTHRIE
Mildred was born on 29 April 1905 in Henry County, Tennessee. She was enumerated with her parents in Puryear, Henry County in 1910 and District 7, Henry County in 1920 and 1930. Mildred married Jesse Tildon Jackson when she was 25 years old on 7 April 1931. He was a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. They had at least 1 child: Jesse Nyle Jackson making Paris, Henry, TN their home. Jesse died there on 1 November 1972. Sometime after that Mildred moved east to Lexington, South Carolina, presumably because she had a relative living there. She died in Lexington, South Carolina on 21 January 1999.
1908: BIRTH of SON, WILLIAM CLARENCE GUTHRIE
The father of DNA Project Participant Larry Lee Guthrie Sr was born on 5 May 1908 in Puryear, Henry County, Tennessee. Clarence was enumerated in his parent's household in 1910 and 1920, and then moved to Paris in Henry County and worked as a waiter at a lunch stand while his sister Mildred Guthrie worked as a sales lady in a variety store. On 30 May 1937 he married Rosa Velt Greene. Within three years they had moved to Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. During the 1940 census Clarence and Rosa were living with her brother-in-law's family where Clarence was again listed as a waiter. They had 3 sons. At some point the family returned to Paris, TN and owned and operated the Guthrie Drive In Restaurant. Clarence died in Paris, Henry County, Tennessee on 6 June 1979. Rosa lived until 1997 passing away on 15 January of that year in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee.
1910: CENSUS of PURYEAR, HENRY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: William R Guthrie 44 marriedx1-12yrs Farmer; Mary A 34 married x1-12yrs-6children 5living; Dollie L 11; Harley 9; Annie 8; Mildred 5; Clarrance 1; Johnie Walker 12 nephew. All TNx3.
1910: BIRTH of SON, JAMES RIPLEY GUTHRIE
James aka Jimmie Ripley Guthrie was born on 10 December 1910 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee. He was enumerated with his parents in the 1920 and 1930 census records. He married on 21 June 1940 Margaret Aileen Collins in Henry County, Tennessee. They had at least 1 son. James Ripley Guthrie died on 19 August 2003 in Humboldt, Gibson, Tennessee at the age of 92. His wife Margaret died 23 December 2008, also at the age of 92.
1913: BIRTH of SON, JOHN DORRIS GUTHRIE
John is the youngest child of William Rufus & Mary Ann (Walker) Guthrie. He was born on 3 January 1913. Online trees indicate that he married and had 6 children. He died of pneumonia at age 96 in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee on 17 January 2009. His obituary was published in the Knoxville News Sentinel and is available at Genealogy Bank. Excerpt: He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. He taught Sunday school for thirty five years and was Deacon for Life. John was born in Paris Tennessee in 1913. John married his sweetheart three months before leaving for the South Pacific for 34 months to serve in WWII. After returning they started a family and he graduated from Peabody University School of Law. He was an attorney for the Veteran's Administration working with the Federal Government for 40 years and retired at age 91. In 1957 he moved his family from Nashville to Knoxville. He enjoyed life to the fullest; he was known for his gardening, passion for the Vols, love for his Lord and his family. John was buried at Highland Memorial Cemetery.
1914: DEATH of FATHER, WILLIAM FRANCIS GUTHRIE
William Francis Guthrie died on 22 December 1914 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee.
1917: DEATH of MOTHER, ESTHER JANE LEMONDS GUTHRIE
Just three years after his father's death, on 25 February 1917, his mother Esther also died. They are both buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Henry County, Tennessee.
1920: CENSUS of CIVIL DISTRICT 7, HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, USA
GURTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: Rufus mw 53 farmer general farm; Marrie 44 wife, Harley 18 laborer home farm; Annie 16, Mildred 13; Clarence 11; James 9; Doris 7. All TNx3.
1930: CENSUS of DISTRICT 7, HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: William R 63 head farmer; Mary A 55 wife; Mildred 22 daughter saleslady; James R 19 son; Darris J 17 son. All born TNx3. Next door to nephew John H Walker.
1940: CENSUS of HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, USA
GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: W. R. Guthrie mw 73 TN same house in 1935 farmer; Marie fw 66 TN same house in 1935.
1949: DEATH of WILLIAM RUFUS GUTHRIE
William Rufus Guthrie died on 2 September 1949 due to a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke). His residence was his home farm near Paris, Henry, Tennessee. He and his wife are buried at Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Paris.
1958: DEATH of WIFE, MARY ANN WALKER GUTHRIE
Mary Ann Walker Guthrie died of myocardial insufficiency on 19 March 1958 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee. She is buried at Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Paris.