GFG5

GUTHRIES of HANOVER VA / KY / NC / SC / GA

The Guthries of Hanover County, Virginia seem to be the earliest ancestors amongst the group’s lineages. It is possible that all of these lineages lead back to a common VA ancestor, or they could include some who came to America during a separate immigration.

GUTHRIE RESEARCH TREE: GFG5

CLAIM TO FAME

Woody & Arlo Guthrie. Musicians Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie and son Arlo Davy Guthrie are descendants of GFG5 via the line of Shadrick Guthry 1722SC-1850MS & Malinda Badley.

LINEAGES ASSOCIATED with GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP 5

  • Descendants of William Guthrie 1722VA-1798KY & Eleanor Harris Abbott
  • Descendants of Levi Guthrie 1744-p1816KY & Elizabeth Yamons
  • Descendants of Shadrick Guthry 1772SC-p1850MS & Ruah Ann Roberts
  • Descendants of James Guthrie c1795GA-1862IA & Nancy Corn
  • Descendants of James Guthrie 1803NC-c1840/50 & Caroline Guthrie
  • Descendants of Henry Guthrie 1812GA-1855GA & Manerva Lyon
  • Descendants of John Guthrie 1807MD-1870CA & Fairvilla Riddell

GUTHRIE-ABBOTT
William Guthrie is frequently found listed in trees as a descendant of the Middlesex VA line (GFG1A). Y-DNA testing of William’s descendants reveals this is not the case. William Guthrie is said to have been born in Hanover County, Virginia and is mentioned as having had a brother named Levi. His wife Eleanor appears to have been the Widow Abbott at the time of their marriage as both are mentioned in the will of Peter Harris. As the earliest couple within the group William & Eleanor may be the progenitors of some or all of the other lineages associated with the group. This line moved from VA to KY.

GUTHRIE-YAMONS
Online trees frequently connect Levi Guthrie as a son of the GFG1A line from Middlesex VA without documentation to back it up. The genetics also prove no connection. Levi Guthrie is a name associated with William Guthrie, above. The age differences suggests that this Levi is probably a nephew or other relation rather than the brother mentioned. Levi married in Goochland County, VA to Elizabeth Yamons. They moved to Adair, KY.

GUTHRIE-ROBERTS
Shadrick Guthry was born in South Carolina in 1772. He was married twice. First to Malinda Badley with whom he had 5 sons. Secondly to Ruah Ann Roberts in 1840 Yalobusha County, MS, with whom he had 4 children, including the ancestor of our project participant, James Henry Guthrie 1843-1905. The name Shadrick or Shadrack is found in other branches of this Guthrie Family Group. 

GUTHRIE-CORN 
James Guthrie was born in 1795 in Georgia. He married Nancy Corn in Jackson County, OH on 17 Dec 1817. They had 10 children. Their son Leroy Guthrie 1823-1862 is our project participant’s direct ancestor. This family moved to Iowa about 1845 settling first in Monroe, Jefferson County, and later in Des Moine, Jasper County.James Guthrie was born in 1795 in Georgia. He married Nancy Corn in Jackson County, OH on 17 Dec 1817. They had 10 children. Their son Leroy Guthrie 1823-1862 is our project participant’s direct ancestor. This family moved to Iowa about 1845 settling first in Monroe, Jefferson County, and later in Des Moine, Jasper County.

GUTHRIE-GUTHRIE
This is a very interesting match for GFG5. It could significantly expand what we know about the group, or simply be a red herring. James C Guthrie 1803NC-1840/50NC married another Guthrie from the Carteret County, NC area. Caroline Guthrie’s ancestry can be traced back 4 more generations to Daniel Guthrie & Mary Little. Most of the Carteret lineages descend from that couple, who remain on our Ungrouped Guthrie Family list. Was James C Guthrie a cousin of Caroline’s being another descendant of Daniel & Mary? Or did he come from a different Guthrie family and just happen to be in the area. The Carteret lineages are known for intermarriages, so it is likely that is the case with James & Caroline, however we need more data and DNA tests.

GUTHRIE-RIDDELL
John ‘Jack’ Guthrie was born in Maryland in 1806. His marriage to Fairvilla Riddell was his second and took place in Kentucky about 1828. No info on the first marriage. The family moved to California. Jack and his son Washington were listed in the Napa Valley census in 1850.

GUTHRIE-LYON
Henry Guthrie was born in 1812 Georgia. His marriage to Minerva Lyon took place on 25 Feb 1834 in Newton, Baker, GA. Known children included 5 sons and 1 daughter. Son William Franklin Guthrie 1849-1910 is the direct ancestor of our project participant from this line. Henry & Minerva lived in Baker and Cobb Counties, GA. Their son William’s line moved to Alabama. 

DEVELOPING THEORIES


The Guthries of Hanover County, Virginia are currently the earliest ancestors amongst the group’s lineages. It is possible that all of these lineages lead back to a common VA ancestor, or they could include some who came to America during a separate immigration.

The most intriguing match is that of James C Guthrie and Caroline Guthrie of Carteret County, NC. If James, like Caroline, is a descendant of Daniel Guthrie and Mary Little, it would extend the earliest known match for this group back to the late 1600s in Virginia. Daniel Guthrie was reportedly born about 1690 in Virginia, lived in the Pasquotank, Perquimans, Currituck and later in Carteret County, North Carolina. In 1750 it was recorded that Daniel had abandoned his wife and minor son and left Carteret County.

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