Connecticut


1666: Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, New London
1726: Windham
1751: Litchfield
1785: Middlesex, Tolland


ONLINE CONNECTICUT GENEALOGY RECORDS

CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY – HISTORY & GENEALOGY

LIST of CONNECTICUT COUNTIES, FORMATION DATES, and MAPS


THE CONNECTICUT ARCHIVES

Documents related to ownership of real estate are recorded within each district by the Clerk of the Town. Image previews and paid downloads are available for some records, but not for the earliest deeds. These could potentially provide the best clues about John Guthrie, the immigrant, and whether or not Robert and James Guthrie were present in Connecticut.
See: Connecticut Land Records

PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF CONNECTICUT, 1636-1776:
Volume 1: April 1636 – April 1665 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 2: May 1665 – November, 1677 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 3: May 1678 – June 1689 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 4: August 1689 – May 1706 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 5: October 1706 – October 1716 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 6: May 1717 – October 1725 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 7: May 1726 – October 1735 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 8: October 1735 – October 1743 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 9: May 1744 – November 1750 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 10: May 1751 – February 1757 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 11: May 1757 – March 1762 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 12: May 1762 – October 1767 – One Guthrie Entry
p.172
Upon the memorial of Nathan Tibbals, Stephen Starkweather, William Wedge, Jedediah Durkee, William Guthrie, and Ephraim Guthrie, all of the society of East Greenwich in the town of Kent, representing the difficulty of attending public worship in said society, and praying to be annexed to the society of New Preston, where they can more conveniently attend &c.
Volume 13: May 1768 – May 1772 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 14: October 1772 – April 1775 – No Guthrie Entries
Volume 15: May 1775 – June 1776 – One Guthrie Entry
p.48
This Assembly do establish Joseph Guthrie to be Ensign of the 10th company or trainband in the 13th regiment in this Colony.


FINANCE and CURRENCY, Second Series, 1689/90-1820
p175
Guthrie, Joseph (A) Kent lister, certificate, 1773 — IX:48


CONNECTICUT ARCHIVES. REVOLUTIONARY WAR, JUNE 1765-MAY 1820 : Six Volumes and Index
p.108
Guthrie, James, Washington, petition with certificate by comptroller, showing that he served as a soldier in the regiment commanded by Col. Swift & that there is a balance due him of L11 1s 10d & praying for liberty to receive same. Resolve granting petition, May 1793 — III:221,222
Guthrie, Patience, Danbury, loss in Britain raid, mentioned, 1792 – I:51c,63v
Guthrie, Patience, Danbury, Western lands grantee, 1792 – I:63v


CONNECTICUT ARCHIVES. TOWNS AND LANDS, 1629-1789 : TEN VOLUMES AND INDEX: INDEX
p169
Guthrie, Ebenezer, Southbury petition – X:133b, 134a
Guthrie, Ephraim, Washington petition – IX:208b
Guthrie, Joseph, Washington petition – IX:208b
Guthrie, William, Washington petition – IX:209b
Gutterage, Gutrage, Gutteredge
” Col. – V:15
” Richard (A) – I:70b
” Richard, land from Mohegans – III:187L


COLLECTIONS of the CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 8
p.80
Ninth Regiment – Col. Webb.
Short Term Levies, 1779, Abstract Pay for the Six Months Recruits
Abraham Guthrie, Fairfield, Commencement of Service: 26 Aug, Expiration of Service: 4 Dec


COLLECTIONS of the CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 10
p.88
Campaign of 1758 / Pay Roll 1758 / Endorsed by Capt. Jos. Canfield
Ephraim Guthrie, Time of Enlistment: April 2, Discharged: November 11


LISTS AND RETURNS OF CONNECTICUT MEN IN THE REVOLUTION, 1775-1783
p.47
Returns of Men in Service, 1777-1779
Danbury
(The following men received bounty.)
James Guthery
p.123
James Guthra, Danbury, Company__, Regiment Col Beardly, Time they enlisted for: During Ye War, Detached to Serve til 1st Jan Next
p.154
Sixteenth Regiment
A Return of the Noncommision officers and Soldiers enlisted into the Connecticut Line of the Continental army belonging to the 16th Regiment of militia as Returned by the Commanding officers of the Companies on ye 10th Day of May 1779.
Capt. Richard Barnum’s – Danbury
(Includes)
James Guthrie
p222
Sixteenth Regiment
Recruits raised within the 16th Regiment to join the Connecticut Line in the Continental Army in the year 1780. Bounties paid them in july 1780, and for Blankets.
(Includes)
Abel Guthrie
p282
Connecticut Line 1781-1783 – Revolution Lists and Returns
May 16th Abel Guthrie, procured in New Fairfield
p.314
Third Company – Capt Betts – 3rd Regiment – Commanded by Col. Webb
Muster Rolls for February 1782
Abel Guthrie, Nov 19, 1780, Term: 3 years
p.330
First Company – Capt. Betts – 3rd Regiment – Commanded by Col. Webb
Muster Rolls for Dec 1782-Jan 1783
Privates Include: Abel (?) Guthrey, Term of Enlistment: 9 Months 14 days


CONNECTICUT LAND RECORDS

The indexed land records below can be found at USLANDRECORDS. The earliest online records are from 1792, but many do not include images of the records. Those documents that do include images can be previewed without purchase, but the site does charge for official image downloads.

Land documents remain at the Town Clerk’s office for each Township, and are not available at the county level. The only two locations found with any records online for the 1800s are Southbury and Middlebury. If you have access to the compiled records in book format, please share some info from those early records.


NEEDED DATA:

The following 4 small collections are at the Family History Library. If anyone has access to the FHL or CT State Library, please check them for GUTHRIE data.

Judd, Sylvester, comp.,Judd Manuscripts (Connecticut). Includes land, vital and town records, 1635 to 1850 with an index. (Microfilm of manuscript at Forbes Public Library, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1960.) FHL films 234515 to 234517 with index on film 250287.

Colonial Land Records of Connecticut, 1640-1846, Including Patents, Deeds, and Surveys of Land, Includes a partial index. (Microfilm of originals at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1954.) FHL films 3656 to 3658.

Judd, Sylvester and Connecticut State Library. Land Lotteries and Divorces of Connecticut, 1755 to 1789, with Index. (Microfilm of originals at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1954.) FHL films 3617 and 3618.

Winthrop, Robert C. Robert C. Winthrop Collection, Connecticut Manuscripts, 1631-1794. (Microfilm of originals at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1954.) FHL film 3644.


LAST WILL & TESTAMENT of JOHN GUTHRIE

In the name of God, Amen. I JOHN GUTHRIE of Woodbury in Litchfield County and Colony of Connecticut in New England, being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, but calling in mind ye mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all me each to die and willing that my estate be settled according to my mind, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all, I recommend my soul unto God who gave it and my body I recommend to ye earth when it shall please God to call me out of this world to be buried in decent and Christian manner, at the discretion of  my executors, nothing doubting but at ye general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God. And touching such worldly estate where it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

Imprimis.    I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, SUSANNA GUTHRIE, my sorrel mare, my black cow and six of my best sheep, all to be at her own dispose. I also give to my said wife the kitchen-room of my house, to be solely for her use during the time she remains my widow and no longer. I also give to my said wife my chest with one drawer, my best bed, bedstead, and sufficient bedding; a table, three chairs; one iron pot and iron kettle; my warming pan and box iron, to be at her own dispose forever and further it is my will and pleasure that my said wife have fifteen pounds per annum paid to her annually out of my estate by my five sons, WILLM., JAMES, JOSEPH, EPHRAIM, and EBENEZER, during the whole time she shall remain my widow and no longer, which shall be at her own dispose forever.

Nextly.      I give to my eldest son, JOHN GUTHRIE, of Kent, five shillings lawful money, to be paid to him by my executors out of my estate; which together with what I have heretofore given him will make his full portion of my estate.

Nextly.     I give to my second son, WILLM. GUTHRIE, a yoke of oxen, the one colored black the other a brownish color; also my bay mare with the white face and my pied cow and the one-half of my dwelling house; all to be his own forever. I also give my said son, William, one-fifth part of all my lands in Judea, in said Woodbury, to be equally divided for quantity and quality between him and his four brethren; to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him and his heirs forever, provided he pay to my above said wife three pounds lawful money per annum, annually, during the whole time she shall remain my widow. I also give to William, four sheep to be at his own dispose forever.

Nextly.     I give to my third son, JAMES GUTHRIE, my small pied cow; a year-old heifer and four sheep, all to be at his own dispose forever. I also give to James ye east lower room of my dwelling-house to be at his own dispose forever. I also give my son James, one-fifth part of all my land in said Judea, to be equally divided for quantity and quality between him and his four brethren to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him and his heirs forever, provided he pay to my said wife three pounds per annum, annually during ye whole time she shall remain my widow and no longer.

Nextly.     I give to JOSEPH GUTHRIE, my fourth son, one yoke of oxen, one a dun color, the other a pied color; my Dutch mare; two sows; one year-old heifer and four sheep; all to be at his a own dispose forever. I also give to my son Joseph on fifth part of all my lands in Judea to be divided as above-mentioned and provided he pay my said wife three pounds lawful money per annum, annually, during the time she shall remain my widow and no longer.

     I give to my fifth son, EPHRAIM GUTHRIE, my yoke of three-year old steers; my colt; two swine, one year-old heifer and four sheep; all to be at his own dispose forever. I also give to Ephraim one-fifth part of all my land in Judea to be divided in manner as above-mentioned, to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him and his heirs forever, provided he pay to my said wife three pounds lawful money per annum, annually, during the time she shall remain my widow and no longer.

     I give to my youngest son, EBENEZER GUTHRIE, my other yoke of three-year old steers; on yoke of one-year old steers and four sheep; all to be at his own dispose forever. I also give to Ebenezer one-fifth part of all my lands in Judea, to be divided in manner as above-mentioned, to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him and his heirs forever. provided he pay to my said wife three pounds lawful money per annum, annually, during the whole time she shall remain my widow and no longer.

     I give to my eldest daughter, MARY CALHOUN, one looking glass; four chairs, and four sheep, to be at her own dispose forever; which together with what I have heretofore given her makes her full portion of my estate.

     I give to my second daughter, ABIGAIL GUTHRIE, a two-year old heifer and one calf and four sheep; one bed and bedding; one pot; one large brass kettle; one peel; pair of tongs and trammel, a chest with drawers and warming-pan; all to be at her own dispose forever.

     I give to my third daughter, SARAH GUTHRIE, one yoke of year-old steers and one calf and four sheep; a bed and bedding, one pot and one kettle; one peel and tongs; one trammel; a trunk, on warming-pan; all to be at her own dispose forever.

Lastly.     I give to my youngest daughter, LYDIA, two year-old heifers and one calf and four sheep; one bed and bedding; one pot and kettle; one peel and one pair of tongs, and one trammel; one chest and a warming-pan; all to be at her own dispose forever.

     And it is my will that all my household goods herein, before not disposed of, shall be equally divided among my three daughters, ABIGAIL, SARAH, and LYDIA, to be at their own dispose forever.

     And further it is my will that all my husbandry tools shall be divided equally among my five sons, WILLIAM, JAMES, EPHRAIM, JOSEPH and EBENEZER, to be at their own dispose forever.

     And further it is my will that my executors make sale of my Litchfield lot of land and with the money obtained by such sale, to pay my just debts, funeral charges, etc., and that the over-plus of such money (if any be), shall be equally divided among all my children.

     And I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, WILLIAM GUTHRIE and JAMES GUTHRIE, to be sole executors of this my last will and Testament; and I do disavow and revoke all former wills and legacies and executors by me heretofore made and named, and do ratify this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof i have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of June, Anno. Dom. 1756. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by ye said JOHN GUTHRIE to be his last will and testament.

(Signed) John Guthrie

In presence of: Junia Ingraham, Joseph Calhoun, Increase Moseley


SOURCE: Connecticut Probate Records, 1719-1916, Film # 007627180, Vol. 3 – 4 1749-1760, images 248-251, Family Search


SOURCE: Probate Papers of Litchfield Connecticut on file in the Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Film 1636942 item 14, FHL

The BISSELL surname is connected with one of the Guthrie lineages theorized to have ties to our MD/PA Group. The name is frequently found in Litchfield County, which is an important center for the Guthries of MD/PA Group Branc F. The earliest  BISSELL probate records include:


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