GUTHRIES OF VAUGHAN YDNA / HALIFAX VA / NC / TN / MS / IRE
The earliest American ancestors from Guthrie Family Group 8 are Thomas Guthrie 1711VA-1786VA and Mary Cason. They lived primarily in Halifax County, Virginia. Genetic matches to our GFG8 participants suggest that this Guthrie family is genetically descended from a Vaughan family in County Cork, Ireland, but there are also direct paternal line matches to men of the Carter surname. Current research theory suggests that the Carter connection possibly originated with Ephraim Guthrie (c1794VA-p1800VA) as its progenitor.
CLAIM TO FAME
LINEAGES ASSOCIATED with GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP 8
- Thomas Guthrie 1711VA-1786VA & Mary Cason
- Nelson Guthrie c1788VA-1870MS & Catherine Lowe
- Thomas Guthrie 1800NC-p1850TN & Mary Russell
Thomas Guthrie was born 1711 in Virginia to unidentified parents. There are no DNA matches to Guthrie men who have lineages traceable to an earlier time frame. Thomas married Mary Cason and their son Cason Guthrie is the most recent ancestor common to the project participants of this line. The DNA matches to people of the Vaughan surname combined with the lack of any earlier identified Guthrie tells us that Thomas Guthrie is likely the result of a Causal Event, adoption or false paternity, between a Guthrie family and a Vaughan.
Nelson Guthrie was born about 1788 in Virginia. He married Catherine Low in Lincoln County, NC. There are a few other men of the Guthrie surname in that area who could be potential fathers or brothers to Nelson. The timing of Nelson’s birth is about right for him to be a grandson to Thomas Guthrie and Mary Cason, above.
Here is another man named Thomas Guthrie, this one born about 1800 in North Carolina. He was married twice, but the name of his first wife is unknown. Thomas settled in White County, Tennessee, moved to Warren County by 1840, and married in Van Buren County where he settled with his second wife Mary Russell. Considering the limited line of descent associated with this group, it seems likely that Thomas is also a descendant of Thomas Guthrie & Mary Cason, potentially a great-grandchild.
At the moment, all GFG8 participants of the Guthrie surname look like they could be descendants of Thomas Guthrie and Mary Cason. There is no documented evidence of Thomas’ parents, and also no genetic evidence pointing in the direction of another Guthrie line in which to place him.
The DNA matches to men of the Vaughan surname also seem to indicate that Thomas could be the first in a line of Guthrie men with Vaughan YDNA. If that is the case, then the Guthrie Family Group to which Thomas’ parents historically belong could be found elsewhere in Virginia. There are several groups with Virginia connections, so the potential for picking the wrong set of Guthrie group is significant.
There are several Vaughan men present on our participants’ YDNA match lists. Most of them list ancestors in County Cork, Ireland.
Is This Your Piece of the Puzzle?
Consider helping everyone out by sharing your knowledge about your family line. There may be only a handful of people in your immediate family, but hundreds or thousands more around the globe who share your more distant Guthrie ancestry. A little bit of research can potentially provide someone with the clue they need. Contact Ann if you have info to share, want to write an article, or collaborate to create one.
Leave a Reply