Location: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Death: July 1834
Location: North Springfield, Erie, Pennsylvania
Burial: Presumably in Erie, Pennsylvania
Birth: 28 October 1788
Location: Bedford, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Sons: Samuel, George, John, James, William
Daughters: Margaret, Jane, Eliza, Lucinda, Sarah
Location: Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania
Burial: Presumably in Erie, Pennsylvania
c1780: BIRTH of WILLIAM CAMPBELL GUTHRIE
Descendant Laurence R. Guthrie believes that his great-grandfather, William Campbell Guthrie, might have been born at the home of his grandfather Campbell's home in Peter's Township. William grew up primarily in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
1787: HUNTINGDON COUNTY FORMATION FROM BEDFORD COUNTY
Huntingdon was formed from Bedford County on 20 September 1787. Parts of this new county would later be used to form Centre, Cambria, and Blaire Counties.
1788: BIRTH of MARY ANN LYBARGER
Mary Ann Lybarger was born about 1786-1788. LRG lists the former and online trees the latter. No documentation either way. The Lybarger family is covered in the 'Allied Families' section of American Guthrie and Allied Families, on pp.564-565. Mary's parents were Nicholas Lybarger Jr & Christina Reed/Reid. She was born in Bedford County, PA and her family relocated to Springfield, Erie, PA.
1790: CENSUS of HUNTINGDON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Household of George Guthrie: 1M <16, 4M >16, 3F
William was about 10 years old in 1790. He would be the 1M under 16 years of age.
1800: CENSUS of FRANKSTOWN, HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA
GEORGE GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: 1M 26-44, 1F 45+, 1M 16-25, 1M & 2F 10-15
This census record is a little confusing because it seems to lack a man of 45+, which is the age category William's father should be listed. It also has some additional younger children who remain unidentified. William would be 19-20 years old in 1800 and still unmarried. He is likely the 1M of 16-25 living in his father's household.
1810: CENSUS of ALLEGHENY HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA
G GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: 1M & 1F 45+, 1M & 1F 16-25, 2F <10
In 1810, William would be unmarried and about 29-30 years of age. He does not appear to fit in any of the above categories. There is no William Guthrie listed as a Head of Household in 1810 for the areas we would expect him to be living. This was before the war of 1812 and before he was known to have secured property. William was likely living and working elsewhere during the 1810 census and enumerated in another household.
1812: SOLDIER in the WAR of 1812
William server during the war at Erie, Pa "where he worked on the boats built there for Perry and did guard duty. After the war he located on land near his uncle Samuel Holliday, in Springfield Township." He obtained 160 acres about 1-1/2 miles from Lake Erie from the Pennsylvania Population Company.
c1814: MARRIAGE of WILLIAM CAMPBELL GUTHRIE & MARY ANN LYBARGER
William & Mary were married for about 20 years, until his death in 1834. Ten children were known to be born into this marriage: Samuel, Margaret, Jane, Eliza, George, John, James, William, Lucinda, and Sarah.
1815: BIRTH of SON, SAMUEL GUTHRIE
Samuel Guthrie is the direct ancestor of DNA Project Participant #214109. He was born on 24 August 1815. His grandson, Laurence R Guthrie, writes, "Samuel Guthrie was reared in Erie County during the period when the first settlers were clearing forests and bringing the land into a state of cultivation. The country was wild and new; the life primitive. He never went to school a day in his life. Nevertheless he acquired the rudiments of an education, was a good pensman, understood practical arithmetic and was fairly well read."
As the eldest child and firstborn son, Samuel became the "mainstay" of the family for four years after his father's death. He traveled west in 1838 and ended up settling on land in Davis County, Iowa. He married Katharine Minear on 2 September 1841. They had 5 sons and 6 daughters. Samuel died in Davis County, Iowa on 16 March 1891 at the age of 75.
1817: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, MARGARET GUTHRIE
Margaret was born on 28 Jan 1817 in Springfield, Erie, Pennsylvania. Married Cornelius Devore (1805-1840). 2 children. Margaret died in 1903 and is buried in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Erie, Pennsylvania.
1818: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, JANE GUTHRIE
There seems to be some confusion about Jane's DOB. Her brother Samuel Guthrie kept a family bible in which Jane's DOB is listed as 18 May 1818. However, LRG's footnote 364 on p710 states that another date of 18 May 1817 was found in another record. The latter is impossible if her sister Margaret's DOB of 28 Jan 1817 is correct.
Jane married Daniel Eagly, a blacksmith in Springfield Township, Erie, PA. They had 1 son, Lawrence Eagly.
1820: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ELIZA GUTHRIE
Eliza apparently remained single. She is listed as "Eliza Guthrie" in the 1880 census of Springfield, living with her sister and brother in law Jane & Daniel Eagley. The Old Ladies Home recorded Eliza's DOB as 15 Oct 1818. The latter is an error as her sister Jane was born just 5 months prior on 18 May 1818. Her brother Samuel's bible record lists Eliza's DOB as 15 Oct 1820. She died 17 Jan 1903 and was buried in the old East Springfield Cemetery.
1820: CENSUS of SPRINGFIELD, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA
WM GUTHRIE HOUSEHOLD: 1M & 1F 26-44 (1776-1794), 1M & 3F <10 (1811-1820), 1 in Agriculture.
This is the first census year where William & Mary are listed with their family. In addition to William & Mary, the children would be Samuel, Margaret, Jane and Eliza.
1823: BIRTH of SON, GEORGE GUTHRIE
George Guthrie was born on 19 June 1823. "He purchased the interests of the other heirs to his father's homestead and lived on it. He married Mary Cox. In extending the clearings which his father had made he was crushed beneath a falling tree, dying the following night in great agony. This was about 1852." George & Mary had 2 children: Ella Guthrie and George W Guthrie.
1825: BIRTH of SON, JOHN GUTHRIE
John Guthrie was born on 21 Jan 1825. His life includes tales from the Gold Rush era. His trip west was funded by his brother William. The family never directly heard from him again, but received three different accounts of him. One old acquaintance reported him dead. The next account claimed that he was alive, but had been robbed by that same old acquaintance. The third was from a lady from California who set eyes on Samuel Guthrie for the first time and exclaimed, "Why; there is John Guthrie!" having known John in the west. Census records do not reveal any Pennsylvania-born men named John Guthrie living in California between 1850-1880.
1826: BIRTH of SON, JAMES GUTHRIE
James Guthrie was born on 19 Oct 1827. The family also lost contact with James. He worked on the Ohio River on a packet boat. One account claims that James drown while running logs in Wisconsin. Another that he died in the South. Yet another that he remained alive. Census listings of possible matches: 1860.
1829: BIRTH of SON, WILLIAM GUTHRIE
William Guthrie was born on 20 June 1829. "He bore a strong resemblance to his father. He was very tall and of great physical strength. He was a handsome man. His hair was auburn, his eyes dark brown and brilliant." William settled in Iowa in 1854. He was a wheelwright by trade. He married Elizabeth Matthews about 1856, who died soon afterward. He married 2nd to Sara L Rush in August of 1861. He died on 24 March 1889 after becoming overheated while burning brush on his farm. He and Sara were parents to 12 children. There is no participant in the DNA Project from amongst William's descendants.
1830: CENSUS of SPRINGFIELD, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA
WILLIAM GUTHREY HOUSEHOLD: 1M & 1F 40-49, 1M 15-19, 2F 10-14, 2M & 1F 5-9, 2M & 1F <5.
Those enumerated are: William (40-49), Mary (40-49), Samuel (15), Margaret (13), Jane (12), Eliza (9), George (7), John (5), James (3), William (1) and presumably Lucinda. The latter was not born until 12 Nov 1831, which seems a bit late for an 1830 census.
1831: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, LUCINDA GUTHRIE
Lucinda was born on 12 November 1831 and died in childhood.
1833: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, SARAH GUTHRIE
The youngest child of William & Mary was born on 11 Nov 1833. She married James Grant. They had 2 children and lived in Conneaut, Ohio. Both reportedly died before 1894
1834: LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
Written on 18 July 1834. Registered 10 August 1834.
1834: DEATH of WILLIAM CAMPBELL GUTHRIE
Although online trees list William's death as 5 July 1834, he wrote his will on the 18th. It was registered on 10 August 1834, so the DOD would be between the 18th July thru 10th August.
1840: CENSUS of ERIE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
MARY GUTHERY HOUSEHOLD: 1F 40-49, 2M & 2F 15-19, 2M 10-14, 1F 5-9, 2 in Agriculture, 1 Scholar.
At this time Mary was a widow. Her eldest son had already moved west, and her daughter Margaret had married in 1835. Household members: Mary, George & John, Jane & Eliza, James & William, and Sarah.
This is the one census year when she is listed as a Head of Household, after which we find her living in the household of one of her daughters, Jane Guthrie Eagley.
1850: CENSUS of SPRINGFIELD, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA
THE EGLY HOUSEHOLD: Daniel Egly 35 PA, Jane Egly 32 PA, Laurence Egly 7 PA, Mary Guthrie 66 PA, Sarah Guthrie 19 PA
1857: DEATH of WIDOW, MARY ANN LYBARGER GUTHRIE
Proceedings Index Vol 4 Page 100 Blk 3: Guthrie Mary File 5915, Daniel Eagley Admr, Reg Dkt, Rg DKT Vol B Page 261.