2A-A: James Guthrie Jr

JAMES GUTHRIE c1765MD – a1862TN & Jane SMITH
of Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee

Parents: James Guthrie (c1720IRE-1801NC) & Elizabeth (MNU)
Birth: About 1765
Location: Maryland
Occupation: Farmer
Marriage: Jane Smith on 25 Feb 1791 in Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Before 1862
Death Location: Unknown, probably in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
Burial: Unknown, presumably in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
James was the eldest of two sons born to James & Elizabeth Guthrie. There is some question as to whether he was actually born in Northern Ireland or in Maryland. According to the 1880 census, his daughter Elizabeth listed his birth location as ‘Meriland’, so we’re going with that. James married Jane (Jeane) Smith. She was the sister of Mary Smith who had married James’ younger brother Robert only a month before. These two couples travelled together to Tennessee settling along the Robertson-Sumner County, Tennessee border area. James’ death occurred sometime after 1844 when he sold some property and 1862 when a deposition was given in a Smith v Smith lawsuit that names the Guthrie-Smith family members. The 1860 Mortality Schedule lists Jennet Guthrie as a widow by Nov 1859, and this entry is believed to refer to Jane (Smith) Guthrie, which would indicate that James died prior to 1859.

Parents: Andrew Smith & Elizabeth Kerr (presumably)
Birth: 1775
Location: North Carolina
Death: November 1859
Death Location: Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
Burial: Unknown, presumably in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
Andrew Smith & Elizabeth Kerr are believed to be the parents of Jane Smith and her 8 siblings, but there is no clear documentation on their identification.


1791/2 NC or TN – 1813/4 TN
James Guthrie was the eldest child of the family. He was named in his grandfather’s 1801 will. His cousin, Reverend Allen Washington Guthrie, wrote in ‘A Sketch of Tennessee and Missouri Guthries’ about James who was a young soldier during the Creek Indian War, about 22, and died in the hospital of a lingering disease. Apparently, Allen’s father / James’ uncle, Robert Guthrie, had been drafted to go to the Creek War. James volunteered as a substitute generously offering to take his place saying, “You have a large family and if you are killed your family will suffer and I have nobody but myself, and it would not matter so much if I should get killed.” It was arranged and he was accepted on condition that Robert run the risk of the next draft. He went. He was not killed in battle, but died of a lingering disease in camp in the hospital. My father, according to the arrangement, took his place and was again drafted. He was not well at the time. He reported at the place of rendevous, perhaps twenty miles from home, was there honorably discharged. The cause of his discharge was unfittness for service. This all happened before I was born, but I have often heard my parents talk about it and they evidently had a very tender place in their hearts for that boy.” Never married. No Children

1793/4 NC or TN – a1820
David is a name that is rarely used within the Guthrie family, but it is unknown whether that is significant. He was a soldier in the 1st Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers serving under Captain John Wallace. He died sometime close to the 1820 census. Never married. No Children.

1793 NC or TN – 1855TN
Robert Guthrie was named in his grandfather’s 1801 will inheriting 10 pounds to be accrued with interest by his parents. At about 19 years of age he served in Capt. McCall’s company of Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. Hi married Aseneth C Motheral, the daughter of Samuel Motheral & Sarah McMenamy, on 19 Oct 1820 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee. Sarah’s brother Alexander had married Mary Guthrie, a daughter of James & Elizabeth (MNU) Guthrie, so there was another Guthrie-McMenamy family connection. Robert and Aseneth (Motheral) Guthrie were members of the Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church and lived on Dry Fork Creek in Sumner County, TN. They had 8 children:
1) Allen B Guthrie (farmer) 1821TN-1863MO married Rebecca J Morrow +children
2) William Porter Guthrie (farmer) 1823TN-1895TN / Never married.
3) James Irvin Guthrie (farmer) 1827TN-1904TN married Nancy Elizabeth Guthrie +children
4) Robert Henry Guthrie (farmer) 1830TN-1856KY married Rebecca Jane Dobbins +children
5) Sarah Jane Guthrie 1832TN-1904KY married Ira J Bogan +children
6) Mary Ann Guthrie 1835TN-1926TN married 1st Francis Monroe Griffin +children, 2nd Theopholis Robey
7) John W Guthrie 1836-40TN-1840TN died in early childhood.

Y-DNA Project Participants: Yes
Autosomal DNA PRoject Participants: Yes

Elizabeth Guthrie was born and baptized in Sumner County, Tennessee. She was a member of the Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She married James Martin on 26 February 1818 in Sumner County, TN. They lived in neighboring Wilson County, TN and had a family of 9 children:
1) Ritchmond Martin born 1819TN. No further details known.
2) William G Martin born in 1821TN. No further details known.
3) Etherly B Martin born in 1823TN. No further details known.
4) Margaret J Martin born in 1825TN. No further details known.
5) Sarah A Martin born in 1827TN. No further details known.
6) Andrew S Martin born in 1832TN. No further details known.
7) Elizabeth Eunice Martin 1832TN-1910TN married William Henry Holman +children
8) John H H Martin born abt.1839TN married Margaret A E Taylor +children
9) Robert W Martin born 1840TN-p1900TN / Never married.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: No

1800TN – p1870TN
Sally was born about 1800 in Sumner County, Tennessee and married David Spear Kerr on 4 Nov 1819 in Sumner County, TN. This is the same Kerr family associated with the Smith family, so they also share some Kerr ancestors. Sally and David settled in Maury County, TN where they raised their 11 children”
1) Elizabeth Jane Kerr 1821TN-1850TN married Andrew Jackson Irving ‘Jack’ Patton +children
2) Egbert Brown Kerr 1823TN-1889TN married Nancy Cowsert +children
3) James Porter Kerr c1824TN-p1905TN / Never Married
4) William Harrison Kerr 1827TN-1868TN married Arkansas ‘Annie’ Leonard +children
5) David Spear Kerr 1828TN-1888TN married Eliza Rogers. No known children.
6) Robert Madison Kerr 1831TN-c1887TN married Mary Elizabeth Stevenson +children
7) Andrew Harvey Kerr 1835TN-1908TN married Sarah Elizabeth Harrison +children
8) Sarah Ann Kerr 1836TN-1915TN married Robert Simpson Cowsert +children
9) Mary L Kerr 1836TN-1914TN married John J Cowsert +children
10) Susan C Kerr 1844TN-1923TN / Never Married
11) Harvey Kerr 1848TN-1869TN / Never Married

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: Yes

1802TN – 1850TN
Joseph Guthrie was born on 23 Sep 1802 and baptized in Sumner County, TN. He was a member of the Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church and married Mary McNeely on 18/19 Sep 1826. They lived in Sumner and Wilson Counties, TN. Joseph died about 1850 and Mary about 1860 while most of the children were still young. Some of the younger ones ended up in Benton, Illinois, which might be a clue in tracking down some of the other family members.
1) Sarah J Guthrie born about 1830 in TN. No further details.
2) Robert M Guthrie born in 1832TN. No further details.
3) Elizabeth Guthrie born in 1834TN. No further details.
4) Eunis A Guthrie born in 1835TN. No further details.
5) Lurana Guthrie born in 1836TN. No further details.
6) John Guthrie 1837TN-p1865 married Amanda Walker +children
7) Susan Guthrie 1841TN-1925IL married William J Beaty +children
8) Martha Guthrie 1842TN-1929IL married Augustus Reidel. Any children unknown.
9) William Guthrie born in 1845TN. No further details.

Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: Yes

1805TN -1872MO
William Guthrie was born on 16 Jun 1805 in Sumner County, TN. He was a farmer and Cumberland Presbyterian Church Minister preaching at Mt Sharon along with John Beard and Eli Guthrie. In 1830, he is found as a single man living in Humphreys County, TN. Neighbors include James Forrest, probably his cousin, and John & Jean (Guthrie) Madden, his uncle and aunt. William may have been married to a daughter of Edward Wildridge. He was officially named as guardian of Samuel William Guthrie, born 1838, as an heir of his grandfather Edward Wildridge. William married Emily B Cole on 23 July 1840. They lived in Humphreys and Dyer Counties, TN and later moved to Missouri settling in Dunklin County. William and Emily had 8 children.
1) Samuel William Guthrie 1838TN-1904OK married Margarett E Carr +children
2) Thomas S Guthrie 1841TN-1868TN / No further details known.
3) Ewing Eli Guthrie 1843TN-1893AR married 1st Mary E McNeely, 2nd Annie Lillard Morrow +children
4) Harriet Jane Theresa Guthrie 1846TN-1913TX married John Henry Lynch +children
5) William James Guthrie 1848TN-1879AR married Mary Josephine Wright +children
6) EB Guthrie 1851TN-1851TN died in infancy.
7) EA Guthrie 1852TN-1852TN died in infancy.
8) Altamera Prudence Guthrie 1853TN-1858TN died in early childhood.
9) Elenora Cornelia Guthrie 1857TN-1907MO married James N Yale +children.

Y-DNA Project Participants: Yes
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: Yes

1807TN – 1881TN
Andrew H Guthrie was born on 19 Oct 1807 in Sumner County, TN. He should not be confused with A H Guthrie, his first cousin, the son of Robert & Mary (Smith) Guthrie. Andrew married and later divorced Charity (MNU). They had no children. He married Emily Wright in Sumner County, Tennessee on 3 January 1839. This family continued to live in Sumner County.
1) William Donald Guthrie 1839TN-1863VA (Civil War – Chancellorsville) / Never Married
2) James S Guthrie 1841TN-1864VA (Civil War – Johnson’s Mill) / Never Married
3) George W Guthrie 1842TN-1864GA (Civil War – Marietta) / Never Married
4) John Montgomery Guthrie 1844TN-1915TN married Almyra Teresa Hogin +children
5) Mary Ann Guthrie 1845TN-1902TN married Jefferson Monroe Covington +children
6) Robert Taylor Guthrie 1847TN-p1900OK married 1st Mary Wise, 2nd Elizabeth Malissa Barnard +children
7) Louisa Tennessee Guthrie 1849TN-1909OK married George Thomas Barrett +children
8) Emma Aldora Guthrie 1851TN-1939TN married Miles H White +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: ?

1809TN – 1840IL
Eunice Jane Guthrie was born on 8 October 1809 in Sumner County, TN. She was married to Alexander Latimer on 1 Oct 1829, the presiding minister being her uncle Rev. Robert Guthrie. The family moved to Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois where she died in 1840 at the age of 30. She is buried in Cherry Grove Cemetery. They were parents to six children. Her husband Alexander remarried on 4 March 1841 to Julia Ann Hart, with whom he had an additional 5 children: Washington Keys Latimer, Pleasant Hart Latimer, Milton Latimer, Sarah Jane Latimer, and Cordelia Ann Latimer. Upon Julia’s death in 1850, Alexander married for a third time on 5 Sep 1850 to Sarah Candace Chesney with whom he had 5 daughters: Narcissa Lenora Latimer, Eliza Alice Latimer, Harriet Ellen Latimer, Clara Candace Latimer and Emma Chesney Latimer.
1) Elizabeth Ann Latimer 1832IL-1842IL died in childhood, aged 10.
2) William Guthrie Latimer 1833IL-1898WA married 1st Martha Pierce +children, 2nd Rosanna Lynch +children
3) Mary Louisa Latimer 1834IL-1914MO married Henderson Ritchie +children
4) James Smith Latimer 1836IL-1893IL married Sarah Ann Beard +children
5) Joseph McDowell Latimer 1838IL-1842IL died in early childhood, aged 3.
6) Robert Alexander Latimer 1840Il-1843IL died in early childhood, aged 2.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descends from a female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: ?

1812TN – 1862TN
Anna Martha Guthrie was born in 1812 in Sumner County, TN. She married Richard Pond on 13 August 1832 and they lived in Sumner County, TN raising their family of 10 children there. She died on 12 Dec 1862 and is buried in White House, Sumner, TN.
1) William Guthrie Pond 1833TN-1889TN married 1st Nancy J Lane +children, 2nd Malvina Brown
2) Milly Pond 1835TN-p1850TN. No further details.
3) John Luther Smith Pond 1836TN-1905TN married Amanda Frances West +children
4) Stephen Franklin Pond 1840TN-1905TN married Willie Morgan Durham. No known children.
5) Andrew Jackson Pond 1842TN-1904TN married Eliza Griffin +children
6) James Richard Pond 1844TN-1925AR married Mary J M Roberts +children
7) Elizabeth ‘Bettie’ A Pond 1846TN-1906TN married Reuben Thomas ‘Bose’ Searcy +children
8) Sarah A Pond 1847TN-1903TN married Joseph Porter Johnson +children
9) Margaret Victoria Pond 1850TN-p1870TN. No further details.
10) Thomas Etherly Pond 1852TN-1935TN married Sarah Frances Hester +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descends from a female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: ?

1815TN – 1850-60TN or KY
Lorena Lucinda Guthrie was born in Sumner County, TN in 1815, the youngest child of James & Jane (Smith) Guthrie. She married on 18 Jan 1837 to Alvis Snodgrass Harder. They lived in Sumner County, TN. Lucinda’d DOD and location are unknown, but it was sometimes between 1850-1860. Alvis remarried to Elizabeth Harriette by 1860 and was living in Ohio County, Kentucky at that time.
1) Josephus Irvin Harder 1837TN-1919KY married Drucilla Dobbins Carby +children
2) Acenith Angeline Harder 1839TN-1881KY married William W Grant +childen
3) Susan Elizabeth Harder c1843TN-p1880KY. No further details.
4) James R Harder 1843TN-1926KY married Nancy ‘Mittie’ Artie Johnson +children
5) Sarah Malvina Harder 1845TN-1916KY married James W Grant +children
6) Westley Harder 1846TN-a1860 died during childhood.
7) Nicholas A Harder 1849TN – p1860Ky. No further details.
8) William H Harder 1852TN – p1880KY married Mary Jane Carby +children
9) Emily Ann Harder 1855TN-1912KY married Wiley Marion Johnson +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descends from a female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: ?

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