2A-G: Jane Guthrie

Jane Guthrie abt1767 IRE – 1853 PA and John Beatty
of County Derry, Northern Ireland and Pennsylvania, USA

Parents: John Guthrie 1725 IRE – 1797 PA and Jane Reed 1726 IRE – 1780 PA
Birth: Abt. 1767
Birth Location: Londonderry, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Marriage: John Beatty on 31 Dec 1789 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Beatty Sons: John Guthrie (1789), Samuel R (1793), William (1805)
Beatty Daughters: Nancy (1787), Elizabeth (1791), Jane (1793), Margaret (1797), Sarah (1798)
Death: After 1850, probably 1850-1860
Death Location: Pennsylvania, USA – Probably Armstrong County
Burial Location: Unknown

Parents: Samuel Beatty b. abt. 1730 IRE – 1805 PA and Margaret Lemmon
Birth: 1761-1765
Birth Location: Unknown, most likely Pennsylvania
Occupation: Unknown, probably a farmer
Military Service: Unknown
Will Written: 14 Nov 1838
Death: 24 Dec 1838
Death Location: Perry, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Location: Pennsylvania, USA – Unknown, probably in Armstrong County

This Beatty-Guthrie connections has become victim to misidentification and copying errors in online family trees. Having the names John and Jane makes it a little too easy to attach these folks to the wrong vital data. The Allied Families section on The Beatty’s in American Guthrie and Allied Families primarily focuses on William Beatty and Sarah Guthrie, the siblings of John Beatty and Jane Guthrie, but it does provide us with a little bit of information on the Beatty family’s origins. Two brothers, Samuel and Joseph Beatty, sons of a John Beatty in Northern Ireland, had come to Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Joseph Beatty remained there, but Samuel settled in Westmoreland County, and married Margaret Lemmon. They are the progenitors of the Beatty line associated with this Guthrie family (GFG2A-Branch G). Their children were John Beatty who married Jane Guthrie, William Beatty who married Sarah Guthrie, Jennie Beatty who married George Crawford, Samuel who married Mary Kiskaddon, Margaret Beatty who married William Reed, and Mary Beatty who married James Walker, not necessarily presented in birth order.

John Beatty both 250 acres of land in Sugar Creek Township, Armstrong, PA in November 1813. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in Sugar Creek Township in January 1814.

The next complication is that we don’t have exact Dates of Birth documented for either John or Jane, so the tendency is that people have grabbed random information for any John or Jane who seems to fit the profile. The best we can do is estimate DOB from census records. This couple married in Westmoreland County, PA on 31 Dec 1789. They were in their own household in Washington Twp. on the 1790 Census: John Beatty – 1M 16 and Over, 1M Under 16, and 1 F. Listed on the same census page as the households of Wm Guthrie, Saml Beatty, Wm Beatty, and John Guthrie.

RESIDENCES: This family moved from Westmoreland County, PA to Armstrong County, PA. The most likely census trail leads us to 1800: Buffalo, Armstrong, PA to 1810 and 1820: Sugarcreek, Armstrong, PA to 1830: Perry, Armstrong, PA.

Perry Township was formerly a part of Sugar Creek. It was officially organized as Perry in 1845.

AGE CALCULATIONS: In 1790 John is simply listed as 16+ years of age, born before 1774. By 1800, John was either 26-44 or 16-25 (born 1756-1774), probably the latter, and Jane 16-25 (1756-1774). By 1810, John is in the 45+ category (born before 1766) and Jane is 26-44 (1766-1784). Both are 45+ in 1820 (born before 1775). John and Jane are both listed as 60-69 in the 1830 census (born 1761-1770). By narrowing these parameters, John was probably born between 1761-1764 and Jane between 1761-1770. We have one more census year to consider for Jane since she lived longer than John. I’m not certain where she was living in 1840, but she was in Perry, Armstrong, PA in 1850 and is listed as 83 years of age (born about 1767). Some trees have listed Jane with the same DOB as her sister Sarah, 12 Aug 1763, but there is no indication in the current records that they were twins. AGAF does not list any DOB for Jane Guthrie. Other dates found appear to be those of different women of the same name. The best estimate of John’s DOB is 1761-1765 and Jane’s DOB is “about 1767”.

When and where John and Jane (Guthrie) Beatty died is also listed quite differently in various trees and even in memorials on Find-a-Grave, apparently because of misidentification errors.

The family was living in Perry, Armstrong, Pennsylvania in 1830 and were still there when John Beatty died. He wrote a will dated 14 Nov 1838 identifying himself, his surviving wife, Jane, and his children: Jane Campbell, Margaret Hall, Elizabeth Fowler, Agness Sheppard, John G Beatty, Samuel Beatty, William Beatty. Also leaves to John Beatty Guthrie, Sarah Guthrie’s son, $15. Names William Campbell and William Beatty his executors. The will was recorded, sworn, and subscribed on 1 Feb 1839.|

After the death of her husband, Jane (Guthrie) Beatty remained in Perry, Armstrong, Pennsylvania. She is likely the older woman listed in the household of her son, William Beatty, in Perry during the 1840 census, as she was also named as a member of his household there in 1850. She was listed as 83 years of age in 1850. Although her exact date of death is unknown, Jane most likely died in Perry, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, and is also probably buried with her husband John Beatty somewhere in Armstrong County.


Abt.1793PA – 15 Mar 1878PA

According to ‘The Beatty Book’ the eldest child of John and Jane (Guthrie) Beatty was named Jane Ann. I have yet to find a document with her middle name including in the published Campbell history, so will for now simply list her a Jane. She was born about 1793 in Pennsylvania. Many trees list all of the children as being born in Perry, Armstrong, PA, but the Beatty family did not pruchase land there until 1813, so Jane was likely born in Westmoreland County. She married William Campbell on 11 Apr 1811 and they eventually settled in Fairview, Butler, Pennsylvania. William died on 30 July 1841, but Jane survived him by almost 37 years. She died on 15 March 1878.
1) Jane Campbell 1812PA – 1822PA died when she was about 10 years old.
2) John Campbell 1813PA – 1814PA died during his infancy.
3) Ann Campbell 1815PA – 1882PA married Thomas Fletcher +children
4) William C Campbell 23 Feb 1817PA – 2 Jun 1871PA m Elizabeth Goe +children
5) John Beatty Campbell 12 Dec 1818PA – 21 Mar 1889PA m1. Mary Reed, m2. Esther Kealer +children
6) Juliette Campbell 14 Nov 1821PA – 2 Jan 1881PA m.1820 Alexander Baird Storey +children
7) Washington Campbell 8 Oct 1823PA – 8 Jul 1891PA m. Hannah Jane Gibson. No children.
8) Nancy Campbell 5 Feb 1825PA – 25 Sep 1906PA m. Thomas Craig +children
9) Robert C Campbell 1829PA – 21 Aug 1866PA m. Isabella Wick +children
10) Joseph Freemont Campbell 28 Feb 1831PA – 29 Dec 1913PA m. Elizabeth Shields Porter +children
11) Margaret Jane Campbell Feb 1833PA – 28 Oct 1912PA m. James Ray. No children.
12) Shepard Reed Campbell 7 May 1835 PA – 11 Sep 1911 IA m. Matilda Jane Speer +children
13) James Guthrie Campbell 1838PA – 1863. Civil War Sergeant. Killed during Civil War.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

31 May 1795PA – 18?? m.1817PA

Agness Beatty was born on 31 May 1795. Nancy is a common nickname for Agnes, which stems from the name Annis in the Middle Ages, which later became Ann, then Nan and Nancy. Use of Nancy as a nickname for Agnes is common in Scotland. This particular Nancy married James Benjamin Shepard about 1816-1817. They had 6 known children born in Pennsylvania.
1) Jane Ann Shepard 27 Nov 1817 – 1846 m. Robert Campbell (teacher) + children
2) Zerah Beatty Shepard Apr 1820 – 16 Feb 1892 m. Mary Ann Sedgwick + children
3) Ira Guthrie Shepard 13 May 1824 – 10 Oct 1864 m. Carolina MNU. No verified children.
4) Nancy Margaret Shepard 1827 – 1895 m. Washington Hogan +children
5) James Benjamin Shepard 1829 – 1895 m.1855 Lydia E Hurlbut +children
6) Priscilla Erwin Shepard 6 Dec 1832 – 11 Jun 1911 m. James McKee Hogan +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

3 June 1797 – 30 May 1884

m1. William Hall, m2. James Guthrie (widowed brother-in-law)

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

22 Apr 1800PA – 14 Jan 1852

m. Isabella Walker +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

abt.1802 – d.1839


Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No Known Descendants

9 May 1805PA – 1 Oct 1854PA

see beatty book p 55

m. Elizabeth Ann Sedgwick _children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: Yes

Abt. 1808PA – 1847PA

m.1826 George Carson Fowler +children. He m2. Mary Magill.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

abt. 1813PA – 18 Dec 1835PA

m. James Guthrie s/o Wm Guthrie & Agness Nancy Dixon +child

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: Yes


BOOK:  Cherry, Lu Ann Kennedy. ‘The Beatty book : the descendants of Samuel Beatty of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, including the families of Guthrie, Sedwick and Sutton‘. The Amundsen Publishing Company, Decorah, Iowa, 1995. Digital Repository: Family Search.

BOOK: Guthrie, Laurence R. ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families: lineal representations of the colonial Guthries of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, some post-revolutionary emigrants and of some allied families’, 1933. Reprinted, Gateway Press. [See Book IV Allied Families, The Beatty’s, p.483-487]

WILL of JOHN BEATTY: Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993.

BOOK: Burns, Mariah Florence. ‘History of the descendents of John Campbell & Ann Christy, who migrated to Western Pennsylvania from Argylshire, Scotland‘, Butler, PA., 1923. Digital Repository: Family Search. [Includes the Campbell family ancestry and details about the family of William Campbell and Jane Beatty.]