Born: 14 March 1822
Location: Monongalia County, Virginia
Married: 23 Sep 1852 in Wetzel County, Virginia
Occupation: Farmer, Surveyor, Methodist Episcopal Minister
Died: 14 July 1888
Location: Halls Mills, Wetzel, West Virginia
Buried: Furbee Cemetery
Born: 28 April 1834
Location: Tyler, Virginia
Sons: Benjamin Franklin, John George, Robert Edward Lee, Samuel P, Sanford
Daughters: Virginia Frances, Amanda Jane
Died: 21 Feb 1887
Location: Wetzel County, West Virignia
Buried: Furbee Cemetery
1822: BIRTH of JAMES GUTHRIE
James was born in Monongalia County, Virginia. His father 'Robert Gutry', along with Samuel Sapp, was summoned to court on 8 April 1822 to testify on behalf of Benjamin Sapp, so that places his family within Monongalia County within 1 month of James' birth. During James' lifetime he worked as a farmer, surveyor, Methodist minister, and served in the state legislature from 1869-1870. (Source: Hardesty's History of WV)
1828: EMIGRATION to TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
According to a biography of 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 previously Tyler).
1830: CENSUS of TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Robert Guthrie Household: 1M 30-40 (1790-1800: Robert), 1F 20-30 (1800-1810: Castilla), 1M 10-15 (1815-1820: ?), 3M 5-10 (1820-1825: James, William & Eliab), 2M&1F <5 (1825-1830: Purnel, Samuel & Elizabeth).
1834: BIRTH of HARIETT FURBEE
Hariett was born on 28 April 1834 in Virginia, daughter of Elkiah 'Elsie' Postlethwait and John George Furbee. The Postlethwait family was originally from Greene County, Pennsylvania., but had settled in Tyler (now Wetzel) County where they married.
1840: CENSUS of TYLER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Robert Guthrie Household: 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). This is the only Guthrie household (of any spelling variant) enumerated for Tyler in 1840.
The John Furby Household: 1M&1F 30-40 (1800-1810), 1F 5-10 (1830-1835), 1M & 1F<5 (1835-1840)
There is another John Furby Household nearby in West Monongalia County listed next to a Caleb Furby.
1844: METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The Hardesty's History of West Virginia Bio on Rev. James Guthrie states 'he has had a home in that church since 1844'. I assume that means membership versus his early ministry, but I have no other specific info.
1850: RESIDENCE UNKNOWN
James does not appear on the 1850 census with his parents. In fact, he is not listed for Wetzel County, either in District 64 or New Martinsville.
1850: DISTRICT 64, WETZEL, VIRGINIA
The Fourby Household: John Fourby 44 Farmer; Alley 43; Harriet 15; Eliza 12; Lucinda 2
1852: MARRIAGE of JAMES GUTHRIE & HARIETT FURBEE
James & Hariett married on 23 Sep 1852 in Wetzel County, Virginia.
1854: BIRTH of SON, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GUTHRIE
Benjamin was born on 14 Nov 1854 in Wetzel County, Virginia. He was possibly named for a relative, Benjamin Franklin Sapp, rather than good ole Ben Franklin. He married Sarah Dakan. They had 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died in 1895. We currently have no direct male descendants of Benjamin's in the DNA Project. Ann Deemer is the current contact for this Guthrie line.
1855: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, VIRGINIA F. GUTHRIE
Virginia was born on 18 March 1855 in Wetzel County, Virginia. She married William H. Hall, original owner of the Grist Mill at Halls Mills, WV. Several children. Died in childbirth circa 1891.
1856: BIRTH of SON, JOHN GEORGE GUTHRIE
John was born on 3 March 1856, and presumably named for his maternal grandfather, John George Furbee. He married Virginia E. Briggs. Marriage Record: 6/119 John G. Guthrie, Jennie E. Briggs, 34, 26, Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., January 13, 1892, Henry Briggs Residence, A. E. Barnes. They were the parents of 1 daughter, Edith. No further details.
1860: CENSUS of WETZEL COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: James 36, Harriet 27, Benjamin 6, Virginia 4, John 4
1862: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, AMANDA JANE GUTHRIE
Amanda was the last child of this family born in the old state of Virginia. She was born on 29 Aug 1862 in Wetzel County, Virginia. She married Theodore Riley Parsons in 1882. No further details.
1863: WEST VIRGINIA GRANTED STATEHOOD
50 counties, including Wetzel, were separated from the state of Virginia.
1865: BIRTH of SON, ROBERT E. LEE GUTHRIE
Considering that Robert was born near the end of the Civil War, it should be pretty obvious for whom he was named. Robert was born on 4 Feb 1865 in Wetzel County, West Virginia. He married Sarah Ann Ruble in Wetzel on 6 Nov 1886. They lived in Proctor, New Martinsville, and Magnolia. 1 son and 6 daughters. Robert died in New Martinsville on 5 Dec 1951. There are currently no representatives for this line participating in the DNA Project.
1868: BIRTH & DEATH of SON, SAMUEL P. GUTHRIE
Samuel was born on 18 July 1868 in Wetzel County, West Virginia. He died in infancy on 18 August 1868.
1869: SERVED in LEGISLATURE
From 1869-1870, James Guthrie served in the legislature. He was a Democrat. (Source: Hardesty's History of West Virginia)
1870: CENSUS of PROCTOR, WETZEL, WEST VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: James 48, Harriet 37, Benjamin F 16, Virginia F 15, John 13, Amanda 8, Robert L 5
1873: BIRTH of SON, SANFORD GUTHRIE
Sanford was born in Proctor, Wetzel, West Virginia on 25 March 1873. He was listed with the family in the 1880 census. His parents died in 1887 & 1888. In 1900, Sanford married Ruth Jane McKimmie. Marriage Record: 9/436, Sanford Guthrie, Ruth McKimmie, 27, 17, Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., Wetzel Co., June 6, 1900, Samuel Postlethwait Residence, Samuel Postlethwait. They had 3 sons and 3 daughters. This line has a representative in the DNA Project: Gregory Scott Guthrie.
1880: CENSUS of PROCTOR, WETZEL, WEST VIRGINIA
The Guthrie Household: James 58 Merchant VA, VA, VA, Harriet 45, Virginia F 24, Manda J 17, Robert E 15, Sanford 7
1887: DEATH of HARRIET FURBEE GUTHRIE
Harriet died in Wetzel County, WV on 21 Feb 1887, probably in Halls Mills.
1888: DEATH of JAMES GUTHRIE
James died on 14 July 1887 in Halls Mills, Wetzel, West Virginia. Death Certificate: Guthrie, James, W, M, 7/14/1888, 66yrs, Proctor Dist, Neurelgia of Stomach, Parents: Robert Guthrie & Cassie Guthrie, Person Reporting Death: Daughter-In-Law