Guthrie Genealogy

GENETIC GENEALOGY of GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP 2A

William Guthrie & Esther McClellan & Frankey Haley

GFG2A - BRANCH H - CLUSTER 5

William Guthrie

Son of John Guthrie & Ann Hill

Birth: 1736

Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania

Married 1st: Esther 1759 York County, PA

Married 2nd: Frankey 19 Jan 1796 Shenandoah, VA

Death: Abt. 1803-1804

Location: Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA

Buried: Presumably in Shenandoah County, VA

Esther McClellan

Daughter of Thomas W. McClellan & Jannet Trimble

Birth: 1740

Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania

Sons: John, Daniel, William

Daughters: Nancy, Ann, Esther, Polly

Death: 1794

Location: Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia

Buried: Presumably in Waynesboro, Augusta, VA

Frances 'Frankey' Haley

Daughter of Benjamin Haley

Birth: abt. 1756

Location: Virginia

Marriages: 1) Alexander Wright, 2) Edwin Young

Guthrie Children: Haley Guthrie

Death: 7 Apr 1835

Location: Page County, Virginia

Buried: Presumably Shenandoah or Page, VA

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

1736: BIRTH of WILLIAM GUTHRIE

William was born in 1736 to John & Ann Guthrie, their eldest child according to John Guthrie's estate records, even though family origin stories state that John & Ann were married before their voyage to America about 1730. His birth location is stated as Chester County, Pennsylvania and was likely in the Londonderry Township area that at the time encompassed John Guthrie's land on Octararo Creek.

1740: BIRTH of ESTHER McCLELLAND

Online trees list Esther McClelland's parents as Thomas William McClelland & Jannet Trimble. LRG states in section for The McClellans in 'American Guthries and Allied Families', p565, "William McClellan, "whose descendants are in York and Adams Counties," Pa. It would appear that Thomas who m. Mary Guthrie, and Esther who m. William Guthrie (p.160) were children of this William." 

1759: MARRIAGE of WILLIAM GUTHRIE & ESTHER McCLELLAND

William removed from Chester to that portion of York County, PA, which was called the Monaghan Settlement, now embraced in northwestern Adams County, PA. {LRG,p.160} It is supposed that this is where his marriage to Esther McClelland took place.

1760: BIRTH of SON, JOHN GUTHRIE

John was born in 1760, the eldest of William & Esther's children, probably in York County, Pennsylvania. John was about 17 when his family made the move to Augusta County, Virginia. It wasn't until he was 34 that he married his first cousin Margaret Gilkeson, the daughter of Hugh Gilkeson and Elizabeth Guthrie. (Elizabeth Guthrie was the sister of his father John Guthrie). They became parents to 4 sons and 6 daughters and remained in Augusta County Virginia the remainder of their lives. Margaret died in 1832 and John in 1845. John is the direct ancestor of a DNA Project Participant: WSG

1763: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, NANCY GUTHRIE

Nancy was born on 30 December 1763 in York County, Pennsylvania. She was about 14 when her family moved to Augusta County, Virginia. On 14 Jan 1794, at the age of 30, she married Isaiah Roberts. They emigrated to Highland County, Ohio. Nancy died there on 13 June 1807. Isaiah survived her by 43 years. He passed on 17 April 1850. They are both buried at Roberts Cemetery Number 1 in Taylorsville, Highland County, Ohio.

 

1764: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ANN GUTHRIE

Ann's birth would have had to have been in York County, Pennsylvania. She married Isaac Blain, most likely in Augusta County, Virginia. The couple is known to have emigrated to Kentucky, and had a son named James Blain, who after his parents' deaths, moved to Missouri. {LRG} 

1765: REV JOHN CUTHBERTSON VISITS

"(Esther McClelland Guthrie) was a devout Christian. Rev John Cuthbertson, itinerating Covenanter minister, in his diary of his ministerial labors, under date of 1765, May 20, says 22 miles to sister's (his own sister), conversed with Esther Guthrie," etc." {LRG, p694, ref:129}

1766: BIRTH of SON, DANIEL GUTHRIE

Daniel purchased 170 acres in Beverly Manor, part of the land he lives on, from his father, William Guthrie Sr on 2 May 1795. (Augusta County VA Deeds Liber 28, Folio 337). He sold part of this property on 9 Jan 1799 to John Guthrie, Jr for 90 pounds, 40 acres, conveyed to him by William Guthrie, Sr, 2 May 1795. (Augusta County VA Deeds, Liber 30, Folio 212). Afterward, Daniel moved to Kentucky where he married Nancy Shackleford who was born 27 July 1780. Their marriage took place in Lincoln County, Kentucky on 26 Dec 1800. There were two women by this name who married Guthries, the other being married to Henry Guthrie (1754-1837) of the Halifax County Virginia family. Daniel & Nancy had 2 known children, a son John and a daughter Catherine. The family is enumerated in Lincoln, KY in 1810 with Daniel Guthier as the Head of Household, but I cannot find the family until 1850 where Nancy is listed as a widowed head of household living with her daughter Catherine. Nancy Shackleford Guthrie died on 31 July 1857 (alternate DOD = 2 July 1857) and is buried in Union Cemetery, Hopkins County, Kentucky. The GUTHRIE DNA PROJECT does not currently have anyone representing Daniel's descendants, assuming that their son John had male descendants.

1767: RESIDENCE in YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

"William Guttery, taxable in Hamilton's Bann township, York Co., Pa., Dec. 1, 1767, for tax of 1768." (The Scotch-Irish in America, Vol 8, p 370)

1769: BIRTH of SON, WILLIAM GUTHRIE 

William was born on 11 November 1769 in York County, Pennsylvania. He married Katharine Lehre on 8 June 1797 at the home of Henry Payne, located between Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky. They were the parents of 5 sons and 6 daughters. The family settled in Ross County, Ohio where they were enumerated in the 1820-1840 censuses. Katharine died in 1843. After the death of his wife William moved with his unmarried children to a farm near Paris, Edgar, Illinois. William died on 9 Oct 1855. The GUTHRIE DNA PROJECT does not currently have anyone representing William's descendants.

1771: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, ESTHER GUTHRIE

Esther was born in 1771 in York County, Pennsylvania. She emigrated to Augusta County, Virginia with her family when she was about 6 years of age. She married a Mr. Monroe, probably in Augusta County, Virginia. 

1772: REV JOHN CUTHBERTSON VISITS

"Again (Rev Cuthbertson) mentions stopping at their home.-- "1772, Aug 6. 8 miles to Guthries." This was while they were living in York Co., Pa." {LRG, p694, ref: 129} 

1773: BIRTH of DAUGHTER, POLLY GUTHRIE

Polly was born in 1773 in York County, Pennsylvania. She emigrated to Augusta County, Virginia with her family when she was about 4 years old. She married a Mr Bigham, probably in Augusta County, Virginia. 

1777: EMIGRATION from PENNSYLVANIA to AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA

"He moved his family to Augusta County, Va., early in 1777, locating on land about three miles west of Waynesboro." {LRG,p.160} 

"Guthrie vs Stuart: Bill filed Sep 23, 1789;--William Guthrie moved from Pennsylvania to Augusta in 1777, and bought land from Alexander Stuart ten miles below Staunton." (Chalkey's Abstracts of Augusta Co., Va., Vol 2, p.65) Note: Perhaps Stuart, a kinsman, induced him to move to Virginia. {LRG, footnote 126, p.693} 

1777: REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENLISTMENT

"Leaving his family in their new home (William) immediately returned to Pennsylvania, and enlisted in the Seventeenth Regiment of Pennsylvania Continental Line, May 27, 1777."

U.S. Pension Records afford the following concerning his military career: 

U.S. Pension Records: "Guthrie, William, private, Pennsylvania S.T. 35997. Certificate No. 15956, Kentucky Agency, Act of March 18, 1818. Age 35 in 1821, died March 10, 1823. Applied for Pension from Henry County, Kentucky in 1818. Enlisted from York County, Pennsylvania in 1777, in Captain Alexander Company, General Waynes Brigade. He was in the Battle of Brandywine, Paoli, Germantown and Monmouth. He removed from Pennsylvania to Augusta County, Virginia in 1777." 

Clan Guthrie Genealogy Update Winter 2005 gives us:

When William & Esther McClelland Guthrie first came to the Waynesboro, Virginia area, they left their oldest son John with his Grandfater John in Pennsylvania. But by the time the Revolutionary war broke out, (the younger) John was about grown, so when William (his father) enlisted in the Colonial army in General Anthony Wayne's brigade, he sent for his son John to come down from Pennsylvania and run the farm while he was in the war. William was in four Revolutionary battles namely Paoli, Monmouth, German-Town, and was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwalis at Yorktown.

1787: DEATH of FATHER, JOHN GUTHRIE

"To wife Ann. . ." "Entire estate to be sold and the proceeds divided among my nine children. Viz:-- William, Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, Ann, John, Marjory and Abigail, and my granddaughter, Ann Guthery, daughter to James Guthery, deceased, in equal shares; My sons Thomas Love and Alexander Andrews, executors." Test:-- John Gardner, James Love, Andrew Fleming. Proved 16 Feb 1790. (Chester County, PA Wills)

Thomas Love, during the administration of John Guthrie's estate, submitted a partial account on 28 Sep 1791 taking credit for the payment of 33pds, 6s, 8d paid to each person listed including William Guthrie.

"To William Guthrey in part of his legacy."

The final account of the executors was filed on 21 June 1814. Included in the list of distributions: "To William Guthrie, (eldest son, entitled to two shares under the will) 129pds 12s 17d." 

c1794: DEATH of WIFE, ESTHER McCLELLAND GUTHRIE

Approximate date of death is 1794. {LRG, p.160} (See Footnoted 129) 

Clan Guthrie Genealogy Update Winter 2005 gives us:

When William returned from the War, or shortly thereafter, his wife Esther McClelland Guthrie died and was buried in a field opposite from where their house used to stand. 

1795: EMIGRATION from VIRGINIA back to PENNSYLVANIA

"In 1795, selling his home to a son, (William) returned to Pennsylvania." {LRG,p.160}

On 20 March 1795, William Guthrie, of York Co., Pa., Power of Attorney to Isaiah Roberts of Augusta County, VA. Teste:--Daniel Guthrie. (Augusta Co., Va., Deeds, Liber 28, folio 332) 

On 2 May 1795, William Guthrie, Sr sold to Daniel Guthrie, 170 acres in Beverly Manor, part of the land he lives on. (Augusta County Virginia Deeds, liber 28, folio 337) 

1796: MARRIAGE of WILLIAM GUTHRIE to FRANKEY YOUNG

William Guthrie married Frankey Young of Shenandoah County, Virginia on 20 Jan 1796. Rev. John Coonts (Shenandoah County Virginia Marriages). The information provided by William to the War Department for his pension application indicates that his wife was dead prior to 1820. 

Frances, also known as Frankey, was the daughter of Benjamin Young. He mentions his daughter Frankey Guttery in his will. Frankey was married 3 times. First to Alexander Wright, with whom she may have had several children. Next, to Edwin Young in December 1785 in Orange County, VA. He died in 1793. Her marriage to William Guthrie occurred in 1796 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

1796-1800: BIRTH of HALEY GUTHRIE

There is a lot of confusion in online trees and message boards about this man. His name is frequently changed to Page Guthrie, which probably originated with a notation about his descendants living in Pendleton County, WV in the book on Pendleton History by Morton. Phonetic spellings also pop up: Ali or its variant Eli, and extensions of the name to Alec or even Alexander.  Original documents found so far list him as Haley Guthrie.

Haley married 11 Jun 1821 to the widow Dearing. The transcribed record lists the couple as Haley Guthrig and Annia Dearing. The wife is most likely the woman later noted to be Fanny. She is documented with him in a property sale in November 1821, the same year. She may have been an Allen by birth. 

Haley is credited with as many as 6 children, 4 of which are likely to be his. 1) Elizabeth who married Henry Howdysheldt was listed in her marriage record as Elizabeth Dearing making her a likely daughter of Annia/Fanny Dearing and her first husband, 2) William Guthrie, whose direct line descendant is a Y-DNA match for GFG2A - Branch H, is probably Haley and Fanny's first child, 3) Nancy E Guthrie who married Ahio Hartman, 4) a daughter who may have been named Ruhama according to other researchers of this line, 5) Jane Guthrie who married 1st George Bolton with the permission of her mother Fanny Guthrie, and 2nd Robert Eye, 6) Andrew Jackson Guthrie who was apparently born about 10 years after Haley's death. It does appear that Jackson was Fanny's son, but he cannot be Haley's. A Y-DNA sample from one of his descendants should settle that question.

Haley Guthrie died about 1831, just after the creation of Page County, VA from Shenandoah County, VA where Haley had lived most or all of his life. Probate records on the Appraisement and Sale of his estate were recorded 8 March 1832. The administrator of his estate was the same man who handled the administration of his father's estate, Daniel Strickler. Notations on administration and interest due from 1 Jan 1833 were made 31 Aug 1839.

Fanny's son, Andrew Jackson Guthrie was born about 1841. This may have been about the time that the family moved from Page County, VA to Pendleton County, VA (later WV). Her daughter Elizabeth had married Henry Howdysheldt in 1833. They were living in Rockingham, VA in 1850. Fanny and Andrew J were living next door to William Guthrie and his first wife Sarah Hartman, who had married in Pendleton in 1849. Daughter Nancy had married Ahio Hartman in Rockingham, VA in 1844, but they were also in Pendleton by the 1850 census. Daughter Jane also married in Pendleton, VA in 1849, to first husband George Bolton.

Fanny lived until about 1879. Her probate records are recorded 12 Jul 1879 in Pendleton, WV.

1798: WITNESS

William Guthrie had already physically returned to Virginia by 13 March 1798 when he was a witness to the sale of land between John Moore & Rebecca, his wife, of Shenandoah, and Thomas Jones, shoemaker, of same.

1800: EMIGRATION from PENNSYLVANIA back to AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA

By Jan 1800, he gets around to officially revoking the POA he ascend to Isaiah Roberts.

On 28 Jan 1800:--William Guthrie of Shenandoah revokes the power of attorney given 20 March 1795 to Isaiah Roberts to transact his business in Virginia; William is late of York Co., Pa., and has now returned to Virginia. (Chalkey's Abstracts of Augusta Co., Va., Vol. III, p.217) {LRG, p.694, ref:132} 

c1803-1804: DEATH of WILLIAM GUTHRIE

1804: ESTATE SALE

An account of the sale of William Guthery decd the 9th day of November 1804. Buyers include the Widow Guthery, Alexander Wright, Benjamin Wright, John Wright, Martin Groves, Daniel Strickler, Isaac Strickler, John Payton, John Roads, Joseph Woods, and others. (Will Book F)

1805: ESTATE INVENTORY AND APPRAISMENT

At a court held for the County of Shenandoah on Monday 9th day of December 1804 this inventory and appraisement of the Estate of William Guthrie decd was returned and ordered to be recorded (Will Book F)

1806: ESTATE ACCOUNT

The estate of William Guthrie decd in account with Danl. Strickler, admr.

1835: DEATH OF FRANCES 'FRANKEY' (HALEY) GUTHRIE

Frankey died on 7 April 1835 in Page County, Virginia with probate records posted that year. A lawsuit was brought against the estate by the children of Edwin Young, her first husband, presumably her stepchildren, seeking to recover the monetary equivalent of her dower. "Frankie Guthrie died in June of last"; "Frances Young, widow to Edwin, took her dower in slaves, then she married William Guthrie."


ALTERNATE RECORDS ATTRIBUTED TO THIS WILLIAM GUTHRIE APPEAR TO BE ERRONEOUS:

These must belong to a different William Guthrie...

1820: PENSION RECORDS

"He states in 1820 that his wife is dead, he has not seen his son for several years and lives with his daughter, who has nine children. His property consists of a cow, a calf and a horse. John Blackburn, who was a lieutenant in Captain James Moore's Company, testified to knowing William Guthrie during the Revolution." (U.S. Pension Record)

Most likely daughter is Ann Guthrie Blain, although there are no Blain households listed in Henry County for 1820. There is an Ann Blain listed for Crab Orchard, Lincoln, Kentucky.

1823: DEATH of WILLIAM GUTHRIE 

"William Guthrie, private, Pennsylvania Line. Aug 12, 1818, $96, age 87 (at death). Died March 10, 1823, in Henry Co." (Year Book of the Kentucky Society S.A.R. 1896, p.165) 

When William returned from the War, or shortly thereafter, his wife Esther McClelland Guthrie died and was buried in a field opposite from where their house used to stand.