This group has several American lineages stemming back to colonial times without definitive proof of its ancestral connections on this side of the water much less ties back to Scotland. Recent matches have provided a few interesting clues. A Guthrie from New Zealand is the group's newest match, although the DNA does show a more distant connection between that participant and the other men in GFG3A. The furthest known ancestor of our NZ participant was born in Scotland in 1763.
GFG3A members have theorized that its American lineages may originate with Francis Guthrie born in Ireland c1710 and died in Pennsylvania (or Virginia or Tennessee). If you consider Francis Guthrie settled in colonial Pennsylvania in the 1730s, the most recent common ancestor between Francis Guthrie and the NZ line's ancestor would have been born no earlier than the late 1600s.
The most common surname matches for this group are Guthrie and Gray.
Descendants of Robert Guthrie 1727PA-1789VA (Esther Giles)
Descendants of John Guthrie c1760SCT?/VA (Mary Fuller)
Descendants of Alexander Guthrie 1777/8PA-1850IN (Eleanor____)
Descendants of Robert Guthrie 1777VA-1853OH (Frances Fowler)
Descendants of William Guthrie 1763SCT-1844SCT (Ann Hunter)
Robert Guthrie was born in 1727, possibly in Ireland or Pennsylvania. He was possibly a son of Francis Guthrie of Colerain Twp, Lancaster County, PA. A Robert Guttery appeared on a 1756 Tax list for Colerain Twp just beneath the entry for Francis. ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families’ author Laurence R. Guthrie theorized a father and son relationship between the two.
His marriage to Esther Giles most likely took place in PA, and the family later moved to Maryland where Robert jointed the Maryland Militia in Elizabeth Town (Elizabeth Hundred). The family was enumerated in the 1776 census of Frederick County, Maryland. Robert’s records for the next 12 years are found in Rockbridge County, VA, and Washington County, Maryland.
See Guthrie Family Group 10 for more discussion on this line.
Was there really an Ireland connection, or is that just rumor based on Robert’s theorized connection to Francis Guthrie and Francis Guthrie’s theorized connection to Guthrie Family Group 2?
John Guthrie was born in Scotland about 1755. His marriage to Mary Fuller is reported to have taken place in Virginia about 1783, an estimate based on the birth of their eldest son. Our two participants from this line descend from their son William Guthrie 1794VA-1876IN & Elizabeth Rigney.
Alexander Guthrie was born about 1777-1778 in Pennsylvania. His wife Eleanor’s maiden name is unknown. This family was located in Kentucky by 1803. They lived in Mason County, Kentucky and should not be mistaken for the Alexander Guthrie family living in Woodford, Kentucky. Moving to Ohio by 1830, the family moved again by 1840 to Marion County, Indiana.
Robert Guthrie was born in Virginia about 1778. He married Frances Fowler, and they had 6 known sons and 1 daughter. Their son Preston Guthrie 1816-1866 is the ancestor of our project participant. Robert & Frances resided in Cabell County, Virginia. The family moved to Lawrence County, Ohio after the 1850 census.
The introduction of the SCT-NZ line may provide a new direction for research for Guthrie Family Group 3A. The challenge is that William Guthrie of Scotland is of approximately the same generation as some of the earlier branch progenitors in VA and PA. This means that the common ancestor between him and the rest of the group ancestors is even further back. This at least lets you know more about the general area that this group’s Guthries may have lived in Scotland.