Two participants whose Y-DNA has numerous matches with men of the Benbow surname rather than any established Guthrie Family Group.
Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. The city of Guthrie on Cottonwood Creek near it junction with the Cimarron River, north of Oklahoma City, was founded virtually overnight on 22 April 1889, with the opening of the Indian lands to settlement. The gathering place of homesteaders, a station on the Santa Fe Railway, it was named for Judge John Guthrie, a son of William Guthrie and Margaret Japp. It served as the capital of the Oklahoma Territory, and the state government was maintained there until 1910, when it was moved to Oklahoma City. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)
Due to the prominence of their son, Judge John Guthrie, we know a little about William Guthrie and Margaret Japp’s origins from published biographies and obituaries. Unfortunately, these do not include more details about William’s parents or the origins of his Guthrie lineage. We do know that William Guthrie was born in Perth, Scotland. He was educated at Glasgow and at the University of Edinburgh. Sources claim that due to the laws of primogeniture, his father’s estate went in its entirety to his eldest brother, and that William felt “stung by a sense of injustice”. He left Scotland for America about 1825 and settled in Switzerland County, Indiana. It is in that county that he met and married Margaret Japp, who was also born in Scotland, having come to America as an orphan with her foster family.
ONLINE CONFUSION & LINEAGE CLAIMS:
Various online trees list a number of different candidates for William Guthrie’s parents and grandparents. One book on the history of Cass, Indiana lists his parents as John & Elizabeth Guthrie. None of them seem to have any evidence attached. If you have some, please share it with the project.
One of the two men listed "Robert Guthrie 1773SCT-1856TN (Elizabeth Smith)" as his furthest known ancestors. Investigation shows this to be an error. The name and dates for Robert Guthrie are associated with the man who died in Giles County, TN and belongs to a different genetic group. The Robert Guthrie who married Elizabeth Smith was born 30+ years earlier in Scotland, and it appears that neither of his sons married or produced offspring.
This appears to be a case of a paternal event or adoption, but it is not an isolated incident as two Guthrie men from opposite sides of the country have the same BENBOW Y-DNA. More DNA matches are required to determine how far back the Benbow connection goes. Testing from other Guthrie-Japp descendants might reveal a connection to a different Guthrie Family Group, or provide further Benbow Y-DNA evidence.