D: Adam Guthrie & Mary Anderson

Adam Guthrie c1740s – 1827 & Mary Anderson
of Ireland and Virginia, Franklin, North Carolina, & Kentucky, USA

CONTENTS:
Origin Theories
Mistaken Identities
The Family of Adam Guthrie & Mary Anderson
Historical Highlights
The Guthrie DNA Project


ORIGIN THEORIES for GFG7 – BRANCH D

According to Tennessee researcher Penelope Johnson Allen in an article for ‘Leaves from the Family Tree’ originally written for the Chattanooga Times Sunday Magazine, Adam Guthrie is a lineal descendant of Niall MacGuthrie whose pedigree has been traced from King Fergus of Connaught through Miles, the son of Cobtatch to Gothfrith, the Lord of Brefney. Exactly how Adam Guthrie’s ancestors connect to this family from the Irish Gaelic Middle Ages is a mystery, if they are actually related at all. For now, it is an interesting origin story that may or may not have any basis in fact.

Moving forward in time by about a millennium, GFG7 – Branch A has documented roots in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is there that we will more likely be able to find potential connections for the other branches of this Guthrie Family Group.

MISTAKEN IDENTITIES

Adam Guthrie is frequently mistaken for:

SCT/GA/SC
Adam Guthrie c1761SCT-bef.1797, son of Thomas Guthrie & Jean Duncan of GFG9. He is not mentioned in Thomas’ 1797 will and is believed to have died prior to that date. No known descendants. Now that we have a Y-DNA test for the Guthrie-Anderson line conclusively proving them to belong to GFG7, we can completely rule out descent from GFG9’s Guthrie-Duncan line.

IRE/VA/KY
Adam Guthrie 1762IRE-1826KY & Hannah Polke, son of James Guthrie & Elizabeth Dunlap. Adam was their only son. His children include James Guthrie (1792-1868), US Secretary of the Treasury / Kentucky State Senator. Others were: Elizabeth (1789), Edmund (1791), John Berry (1794), Mary (1796), Sarah (1798), Nancy (1800), Hannah (1801). This line has similar locations to the Guthrie-Anderson line, but that Adam Guthrie and this one are not the same person.

IRE/DE
This is also not Adam Guthrie, son of William Guthrie, an Irish immigrant to colonial Delaware living in Mill Creek Hundred. That family is associated with GFG6 and is therefore genetically unrelated.

THE FAMILY of ADAM GUTHRIE & MARY ANDERSON

ADAM GUTHRIE
Parents: Unidentified
Born: Abt. 1740-1745
Location: Ireland, County Unknown
Marriage: Bet. 1766-1775, reportedly in Augusta County, Virginia
Occupation: Unknown
Died: 20 August 1827
Location: Cumberland County, Kentucky, USA
Buried: Cumberland County, Kentucky, USA (presumably)
Notes:
According to his origin story, Adam Guthrie, the “immigrant ancestor of the Guthrie family in East Tennessee came to America from Ireland in the latter half of the 18th century and found his way to Kentucky.” He lived in a few places that no longer exist. During the 1770s he was a resident of Fincastle County, Virginia. It was formed from Botetourt County in 1772, but abolished in 1776. By the 1780s, Adam was living in the Western Territories of North Carolina, in what is now present day Sullivan County. He was one of many resident of the short-lived State of Franklin petitioning for release of obligations, taxation, and duties to the North Carolina government. In 1793, Adam Guthrie received a land grant for 123 acres along the north bank of the French Broad River in Greene County, NC (now Sevier, TN). When two of his sons, James and George, moved to Cumberland County, Kentucky, the family followed settling along Illwill Creek in the region of the Upper Cumberland River in present day Clinton County, Kentucky.

MARY ANDERSON
Parents: Unidentified
Born: 18 March 1744
Location: Augusta County, Virginia
Sons: James (1777), George W (1780), Thomas (1789)
Daughters: Elizabeth Mary (1784), Nancy (1786)
Died: 1824
Location: Cumberland County, Kentucky, USA
Buried: Cumberland County, Kentucky, USA (presumably)
Notes: “Adam Guthery” is listed in the 1784 will of George Anderson Sr who identified him as his son-in-law. This is not “my” George M Anderson whose will was written in 1778 and probated in Bedford, VA. However, the number of autosomal connections between my family and the Guthrie-Anderson line suggest they could be related.

CHILDREN:

JAMES GUTHRIE
1777VA – 1852KY
I have yet to find a document that clearly identifies James Guthrie’s birthplace. His birth year is listed as either 1777 or 1784, the latter being calculated from his listed age on his death record, which also identifies his parents as “Adam & M Guthrie”. The same record lists his Place of Birth as “Not Known”. The 1850 census, 2 years prior to his death, erroneously lists his birthplace as Kentucky. Census records list him as 26-44 in 1810 (born 1766-1784), 45 and over in 1820 (born before 1775), 50-59 in 1830 (born 1771-1780), 50-59 in 1840 (born 1781-1790), and as 73 in 1850 (born 1777). James’ father, Adam Guthrie, is documented in Fincastle County, Virginia in 1773 and in the Western Territory of North Carolina (now Sullivan County, Tennessee) by 1779, so the location is probably either Virginia or NC (now TN).

James Guthrie married Sarah ‘Sally’ Atchley (1785VA-p1860KY in Cumberland County, Kentucky. He was a farmer. Their children include 5 sons and two daughters. James died on 20 Sep 1852 in Clinton County, Kentucky. Sally survived him and was still living during the 1860 census.
1) Thomas Guthrie abt.1808KY-bef.1846KY married Catherine Bryson (1834) +children
2) James Anderson Guthrie 1808KY-1894KY married Mary E Keen (1842) +children
3) Rebecca Guthrie 1812KY-1899TN married Hugh Alexander Tompkins +children
4) Albert M Guthrie abt.1815KY-1893KY married 1st Lydia Patrick (abt. 1841) +children, 2nd Agnes Keen +children
5) Adam Guthrie abt.1817KY-aft. 1880 married Mary E Vance (abt. 1842) +children
6) Armenias Guthrie 1819KY-1897KY married Matilda C Vance (abt. 1844) +children
7) Lydia Guthrie 1823-aft.1880 remained unmarried as of the 1880 census.

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

GEORGE W GUTHRIE
Abt.1780__ – Aft.1840IL
George is another son with a birth date and location that remains up for debate. The 1820 census lists him as 26-44 (born 1776-1794). In 1830 he is 50-59 (born 1771-1780), In 1835 he is 50-60 (born 1775-1785), and in 1840 50-59 (1781-1790). These age ranges do not fully overlap, but the dates suggest that he is more likely to have been born in the Western Territory of North Carolina than in Virginia. George and his brother James Guthrie moved to Cumberland County, Kentucky around 1800 where they married. George’s spouse’s identity is unconfirmed. Their 9 children are listed as being born in Kentucky. Before 1830, George moved his family to Fayette County in central Illinois. He died there sometime after the 1840 census. Some trees list him as George Washington Guthrie or George William Guthrie. They also attach the marriage record for William Guthrie and Hannah Smiley (1Feb1800 Greene, TN) to the latter entries.
1) Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Guthrie 1803KY-aft.1880IL married David Sidwell +children
2) Thomas Guthrie 1805KY-aft.1865IL married Mariah (MNU) +children
3) Adam Allen Guthrie 1808KY-aft.1860IL married Mahala Sidwell +children
4) George W Guthrie 1811KY-1878KS married 1st Jane Austin (1834IL) +children, 2nd Margaret Harris Cothern (1848IL) +children
5) Lavinia Guthrie 1812-abt.1843IL married Rev. Isaac Denton Sidwell +children. She was the 2nd of 3 wives.
6) Lydia Guthrie abt.1814KY-bef.1860 married Oliver Williams (1840IL) + children.
7) Nancy Guthrie 1817KY-1901IL married Richard Austin (1834IL) +children
8) Jackson S Guthrie 1819KY-1892IL married Mary Luvista Austin (1841IL) +children
9) Gilbert Guthrie 1825KY-aft.1880IL married 1st Emily Yates Maughan (1849IL) and 2nd Mary Ann Staton (1869IL) +children

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


ELIZABETH MARY ‘POLLY’ GUTHRIE
Abt. 1784__ – 17/18??

NANCY GUTHRIE
Abt. 1786__ – 17/18??TN

THOMAS GUTHRIE
1789SWT – Aft.1840TN

1772: FORMATION of FINCASTLE COUNTY, VIRGINIA
This county was created in 1772 from Botetourt County, the boundaries of which then extended all the way to the Mississippi River. Fincastle was abolished just 4 years later in 1776, and divided into three new counties: Montgomery, Washington, and Kentucky.

1773: JAMES ENGLISH (INGLES) vs. ADAM GUTHRIE (GUTHERY)
Fincastle County, Virginia in March of 1773
A lawsuit was filed against Adam Guthrie by James English.

1779: NEIGHBOR to HENRY SIMPSON and COL. PENDLETON
Western Territory, North Carolina (Now Sullivan County TN)
On 2 Oct 1779 Henry Simpson acquired 100 acres on the waters of Reedy Creek adjoining Col. Pendleton and Adam Guthery’s property. Grant File #1789

1779: PROPERTY
Western Territory, North Carolina (Now Sullivan County TN)
On 6 Oct 1779 Adam Guthery for William Tatham acquires 500 acres adjoining Anderson’s Bottom and Nathan Page’s property, includes said Guthery’s improvement where he lives and on both sides of Reedy Creek. Grant File #1827

On 6 Oct 1779 Adam Guthery for George Anderson, a minor orphan of John Anderson, son of George, deceased, acquired 200 acres on Reedy Creek adjoining Nathan Page and John Kitt’s properties on both sides of the creek and includes said Anderson’s improvement.

Property Location: Reedy Creek, near Long Island, currently Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee. (See Floyd’s site for commentary.)

1783: FORMATION of GREENE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
Greene County was formed in 1783 from a part of Washington County.

1784: FORMATION of the STATE of FRANKLIN
Greene County, Washington County, Sullivan County and the Western territories of North Carolina all participated in the creation of the State of Franklin. Greeneville was designated as the capital. During this period the people had divided loyalties about the government, which ultimately led to the dissolution of the State of Franklin in 1788.

1787: STATE of FRANKLIN PETITIONER
Adam Guthrie, his brother-in-law, Gilbert Christian, and nephew, George Christian were among the “Inhabitants of the Western Country” petitioning the General Assembly of North Carolina. (Transcript)

1788: COLLAPSE of the STATE of FRANKLIN

1784: DEATH of FATHER-IN-LAW – GEORGE ANDERSON SR
Augusta County, Virginia, USA on 12 June 1784
Page 144. George Anderson Sr. –To wife; to grandson, George, infant, son to testator’s deceased son and heir-at-law, William, 100 acres where William lived, adjoining Paterson’s Island; to sons, George and James, executors; to grandson, George Anderson, son to testator’s deceased son, John, infant; to son William’s daughters, sisters of grandson George, supra; to son-in-law, Gilbert Christian; to son-in-law, Adam Guthery; to son-in-law, James Andiddle; to son-in-law, Wm. Anderson; to daughter, Jane. Teste: Robert Kenney, James Magonel. Andrew Anderson. Codicil, 9th June, 1788. The 100 acres devised to grandson George is now devided between him and his mother Margaret, and at her marriage or death, then her 50 acres to testator’s grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mary Margaret, Robert, Jane, and Nancy Anderson. Teste: James Anderson, Wm. Anderson, Wm. Brooks. Proved, 21st April, 1789, by Kenny and Anderson, and on 22d April, 1789, executors qualify. 

The Dec’d: George Anderson, Sr
Wife: Unidentified, but living at the time of the writing of the will.
Children of George Andrerson Sr: William Anderson, John Anderson (dec’d), Jane Anderson, Unidentified Daughter (Anderson) Christian, Unidentified Daughter (Anderson) Guthery, Unidentified Daughter (Anderson) Andidle, and Unidentified Daughter (Anderson) Anderson.
Heir-at-Law: William Anderson (son of George), dec’d
William Anderson’s wife: Margaret
William & Margaret Anderson’s children: George Anderson (an infant), daughters
John Anderson’s children: George Anderson
Son-in-Law: Gilbert Christian
Son-in-Law: Adam Guthery
Son-in-Law: James Andiddle
Son-in-Law: William Anderson
Miscellaneous Grandchildren: Elizabeth, Mary Margaret, Robert, Jane, and Nancy Anderson.

1793: LAND GRANT
Greene County, North Carolina, USA
Adam Guthrie received a 123 acre land grand on the north bank of the French Broad River in Greene County, North Carolina (now Sevier County, Tennessee). This property neighbored that of Col. James Hubbert (Hubbard), who was married to an Elizabeth Anderson. Floyd Owsley speculates that Elizabeth was a close relative of Mary (Anderson) Guthrie

1809: MOVED to KENTUCKY
Cumberland County, Kentucky about 1809
Two of Adam & Mary (Anderson) Guthrie’s sons, James and George, had already made the move to Cumberland County. The family followed about 1809 crossing the Cumberland Mountains and settling along Illwill Creek in what is now Clinton County, Kentucky.

1820: US FEDERAL CENSUS of KENTUCKY
Paoli, Cumberland County, Kentucky
The Adam Guthrie Household:
1 Male 45 and over
2 Females 26-44
Persons Engaged in Agriculture: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total Household Members: 3

RESOURCES & RESEARCH:

Website: Adam Guthrie and Mary Anderson – Pioneer Family of East Tennessee – Coordinated by Floyd L Owsley
Website: Genealogy.comGenealogy Report: Descendants of Adam Guthrie – by Ronald-S-Guthrie-TN
Transcript: Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country [State of Franklin, 1787]
Website: NC Land Grant Images and Data
Website: TN County Formation Maps1784 (State of Franklin)