1A-C: Hugh H Guthrie

Hugh H Guthrie 1847 PA – 1931 PA
and Frances Elizabeth ‘Fanny’ Shakely and Rosannah Seybert
of Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA

Parents: William Guthrie (b1811-20IRE-d1850CA) and Jane Steele (1822PA-1903PA)
Birth / Location: 26 February 1847 in Wayne or Perry, Armstrong, PA, USA
Occupation: Farmer
Marriage 1st: Fanny Shakely about 1866 in Pennsylvania, USA
Marriage 2nd: Rosanna Seybert about 1915 in Perry, Armstrong, PA, USA
Death / Location: 10 April 1931 in Perry, Armstrong, PA, USA
Burial / Location: Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Butler, PA, USA

Parents: John Snyder Shakley (1812 PA – 1852 PA) and Catherine Reep (1819 PA – 1884 PA)
Birth / Location: 14 July 1846 in Parker’s Corner, Butler, Armstrong, PA, USA
Occupation: Homemaker
Children: William Grant (1868), Anna M (1870), Elmer (1871), Daniel W (1873), Ida May (1875), Infant (1877), Etta Jane (1878), Milard Garfield (1880), Samuel N (1884), Eva W (1886)
Death / Location: 23 September 1905 in Butler County, PA, USA
Burial / Location: Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia, Butler, PA, USA

Parents: Henry C Seybert III (1822 PA – 1905 PA) and Mary Ritzert (1836 PA – 1885 PA)
Birth / Location: 17 March 1860 in Bradys Bend, Armstrong, PA, USA
Occupation: Housekeeper (Servant) / Homemaker
Children: None
Death / Location: 22 March 1937 in Donegal, Butler, PA, USA
Burial / Location: Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia, Butler, PA, USA

Hugh H Guthrie was the 4th child and the 2nd of 4 sons of William and Jane (Steele) Guthrie. His father was involved in the manufacturing/trade business and went to California in 1850 for contracting work, and died there in October when he drowned in a river. Hugh’s mother remarried to George Knox and soon several Knox siblings were added to the family. Knox and his wife officially signed a Quit Claim to the Guthrie property legally turning it over to the Guthrie children. Hugh was a farmer throughout his lifetime. He married Fanny Shakely and had 10 children. When his wife died in 1905, his children were already married and/or living elsewhere. He hired a housekeeper, Rosanna Seybert, and later married her. Hugh fractured his right femur about April 2nd after a fall, and died of uremia on 10 April 1931 in Perry, Armstrong, PA. He was 84 years old.

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

1868 PA – 1959 PA

A biographical sketch of William G. Guthrie reveals he was born in Armstrong County, PA on 21 Oct 1868. He was reared on the home farm in Perry Township, and attended the neighborhood schools. After leaving the farm he went into the oil fields and worked in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio fields for four years. In 1892 he came to Ellwood City and continued in the oil business util August 1898 when he became identified with what was then the Manufacturers’ Gas Company, which later became the Manufacturers’ Light and Heat Company. He served over ten years as its superintendent. his marriage to Susanna J Welsh, of Butler County, Pennsylvania, took place in August of 1891 prior to the move to Ellwood City. They moved to Erie, Pennsylvania by 1920 and remained there. William worked as the Steel Plant foreman in 1920, a Press Worker at the Steel Works in 1930, after which he semi-retired continuing to work a maintenance role even at the Lutheran Home for the Aged, where he died at 90 years of age on 6 Sep 1959 with a number of health issues. His wife Susannah had died sixteen years earlier on 21 Dec 1943.
Children: None
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants

1870 PA – 1913 IL

Anna was born on 3 February 1870 in Perry, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Apparently an independent sort, she moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a dressmaker. Sometime between 1900 and 1905, Anna moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois where, on 5 July 1905, she married George C Haeffner, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the son of German immigrants. She was 36 that year.

The Chicago Tribune published a death notice on 2 Mar 1913: HAEFFNER–Anna M. Haeffner, beloved wife of George Haeffner, daughter of Hugh Gutherie of Parker’s Landing, Pa. Funeral from late residence 456 E. 34th St., March 3, at 1pm. Internment Oakwood’s. Butler [Pa.] papers please copy.

After her death, George remarried to Mabel Richards on 14 Apr 1917 in Chicago. He died on 27 Oct 1921 and is also buried at Oakwoods.
Children: None
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

1871 PA – 1950 OK

Elmer was born on 23 Sep 1871 in Perry, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, and attended school there. He worked as an oil producer in Butler County, Pennsylvania. He married on 2 Oct 1895 to Laura Eva Vensel, a daughter of Alfred and Emma (Gerner) Vensel. The couple had 2 sons: Arthur B (1900) and Lester John (1906). Elmer died in 1950 and Laura the following year in 1951.

The Leader-Times, Kittanning, PA: Cousin of Local Resident Killed — Ford City, April 1– Word was received here by Mrs Ralph Foster 526 Fourth Avenue, of the death of a cousin, Elmer Guthrie of Tulsa, Okla., in an automobile accident there last week. The body of Mr Guthrie was taken to Butler, Pa. for burial.
Children: 2
1) Arthur Burdell Guthrie (21 Mar 1900 PA – 31 Jan 1951 OK)
Sapulpa Daily Herald, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Friday, February 2, 1951: Arthur Guthrie Dies of Heart Attack in Tulsa — Arthur B Guthrie, 50, died of a heart attack Wednesday night at his home in Tulsa. he is the nephew of Mrs J.D. Guthrie, 1800 S Main, this city. Mr Guthrie, a stage electrician, had made his home in Tulsa and Sapulpa for the past 30 years. He was a member of the Sapulpa Stage Electrician’s union. Besides his aunt here, Mr Guthrie is survived by one brother, Lester, of Los Angeles. His father Elmer Guthrie of Tulsa was killed in a Tulsa traffic accident last year. [Article Continues]

Arthur was a bachelor. His remains were returned to Butler County, PA for burial.
Children: None Known
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants

2) Lester John Guthrie (8 Apr 1906 PA – 23 Aug 1970 CA) m. Lela ‘Winifred’ Johnson +children
Lester was born in Petrolia, Butler County, Pennsylvania on 8 April 1906. His father’s work in the oil fields kept the family migrant every few years. During the 1920 census, when he was 14, they were living in Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma. Lester became a draftsman. He was living in Missouri when he married Lela ‘Winifred’ Johnson on 17 August 1928. They settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly a decade. Their two children, a daughter born in 1931 and a son in 1932 were born there. By 1938 they had moved to Los Angeles County, California and were living in San Antonio. during the 1940 and 1950 census years. He died there on 23 August 1970. Winifred died 27 December 1988. They are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

1873PA – 1879 PA

Daniel W Guthrie was born on 12 August 1873 in Perry, Armstrong, PA. He is on the US 1850 Mortality Schedule for his death on 21 June 1879 due to issues with his lungs and diarrhea. Daniel is buried at the Steel-Guthrie Cemetery in Armstrong County.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Died in Childhood / No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants

1875 PA – 1914 PA

Born in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on 4 August 1875, Ida May Guthrie was the second of four surviving daughters. She was living with her parents at 25 years of age during the 1900 census without any noted occupation at the time. Ida’s marriage to Warren Eber Hutchison took place in Butler, PA on 7 October 1903. He was a farmer. They settled in Clay, Butler, PA and had 3 children together: Frances ‘Fannie’ Amelia (1904), Warren Hugh (1906), and Bertha May (1909). Ida died on 9 March 1914 at the age of 38 due to stomach cancer. She was buried at West Sunbury United Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Her husband now had 3 young children at home. He remarried on 2 June 1915 in Portersville, PA to Rose ‘Rosa’ May Clark. They had a son, Miller Clark born in 1916. They remained in Butler County until 1936 and then moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida where Warren and Rosa were owners and operators of a retail & wholesale feed store. Rosa died in 1956 at 73 years of age, but Warren decided to stick around a little longer. He was 96 at his death on 17 Jan 1979 in Volusia, Florida.
Children: 3
1) Frances Amelia Hutchison (2 September 1904 PA – October 1984 PA) m. Wilson S Watterson +children
Fannie lived in Butler County throughout her lifetime. She was about 9 or 10 years old at her mother Ida’s death in 1914. She wed Wilson S Watterson on 11 Feb 1927. A coal miner for the first 20 years of their marriage, Wilson changed jobs by 1950 to work in the Steel Mill. Their first child “Baby Patterson” was stillborn on 21 dec 1927. They had a daughter Dorothy (1930) followed by four sons: Donald Arthur (1932), Ronald Adrian (1932), Doyle Merle (1935), and Loyal E (1935). Fannie’s death occurred in October of 1984. Wilson died in 1988.
Children: 6
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

2) Warren Hugh Hutchison (15 October 1906 PA – 23 August 1982 FL) m. Eleanor Rivers
Warren was born in Petrolia, Butler, Pennsylvania on 15 Oct 1906. Sometime prior to 1930 he had moved out of the family home and was working as a private family chauffeur. He married Eleanor Rivers sometime between 1930 and 1940. By then he was working as a mechanic in a service garage. Warren served in the US Army during WWII beginning 28 March 1944, which included foreign service during the period of 16 April 1945 to 23 October 1945. He was separated from active service on 28 October 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reserve, PA. Warren completed an application for Veteran Compensation for his service, also naming his wife, Eleanor R. Hutchison then living in Beaver Falls, Beaver, PA on 14 Feb 1950, as his beneficiary. Eleanor died of breast cancer on 1 Jan 1960 in Darlington, Beaver County, PA. She was only 51 years old. Warren moved to Florida where his father and stepmother Rosa had settled. Warren died on 23 August 1982, his residence being on Ormond Beach, Volusia, FL.
Children: None
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

3) Bertha May Hutchison (21 November 1909 PA – 24 March 1998 OH) m1. Theodore Robert Tagg, m2. Joseph George Ondre, m3. Frank S Komer +child
This daughter was difficult to track down. Bertha May Hutchison was born on 21 November 1909 in Clay, Butler County, Pennsylvania. Her mother Ida May died in 1914 when Bertha was only about 5 years old, so it was her stepmother Rosa who raised her from that young age. By the time she was 20, Bertha had moved to Cleveland, Ohio and married Theodore Robert Tagg on 30 Nov 1929. He was a mechanist working in a shop. They had a son, Merle Hugh, born in 1930. Bertha started working as a seamstress in a shirt factory by 1940. The couple divorced sometime between 1941-1949. By 1950, Theodore is on his own and listed as divorced. Bertha remarried prior to the 1950 census to Joseph George Ondre. He was a landscaper. He died at 36 years of age on 14 May 1951. The following year, Bertha married again, to Frank S Komer in Cuyahoga County, OH on 25 Nov 1952. Bertha died on 24 March 1998. Her husband Frank lived until 2009.
Children: 1
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

1877 PA – 1877 PA

Buried at Steel-Guthrie Cemetery in Perry Township, Armstrong County, PA:
GUTHERIE, Infant d. 20 Jul 1877, s/o H & F.E. Gutherie, The great Jehovah from above an angel bright did send and took our harmless little dove to joys that never end.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Died at Birth/Early Infancy – No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants

1878 PA – 1962 IN

Etta Jane Guthrie married at 19 years of age to Silas Albert Munn. He was a son of Orion Francis and Susanna (Buzzard) Munn also from Armstrong County, PA. Silas worked in the oil fields as an oil pumper and driller, and later an oil well contractor. They moved from Pennsylvania to Grant, Wetzel, West Virginia soon after their marriage, which is where their daughter, Farest Virginia was born in 1899. The oil business kept them moving. Next came Robinson, Crawford, Illinois in 1910. Son Robert Hugh was born in 1912 in Lawrenceville, Illinois. They were living in Vincennes, Knox, Indiana during the 1920 census, and in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana by 1930, which is where they finally settled, but perhaps not completely. The 1930 census of Terre Haute lists Etta Munn, 51, married, as the Head of Household. Silas is not listed, nor is he found listed anywhere identifiable. Son Robert, 18, is living at home with his mother. Can’t find Etta or Robert in 1940, but Silas A Munn, 64, is back in Perry Twp, living with his brother, and working as a Beekeeper. According to his 1947 death certificate, Silas was married and not divorced. He died in Rayburn, Armstrong, PA on 5 Nov 1947 of myocarditis, occupation, beekeeper. He was buried in West Monterey Cemetery in Clarion, PA. Etta Jane (Guthrie) Munn died on 28 May 1962 in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana of degenerative heart disease. She was 83. Her remains were interred at Roselawn Memorial Park in Vigo County,.
Children: 2
1) Farest Virginia Munn (14 July 1899 WV – 28 November 1987 IN) m1. Peter Edward Phillips, m2. John ‘Jack’ Arthur Lowe, m3. Mack Mace

Those who have transcribed her records have listed Farest Virginia Munn as Forest and even Faust on occasion. The name may be intended as Fairest, but is spelled Farest on most official documents. She was born on 14 July 1889 in Grant, Wetzel, West Virginia when her parents were temporarily living there as part of her father, Silas’ migratory career in oil drilling. She was 18 when she was first married to Peter Edward Phillips on 11 March 1918 in Hamilton County, Ohio. He was a Greek immigrant born in Sparta, had served in the US military during WWI, and worked as a confection merchant. During the 1920 census, they were living in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana. This marriage presumably ended in divorce sometime between 1920 and 1930. During the 1930 census, “Fairest Munn” is 30 years old, living in her own rented household in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, and working as the manager of a beauty shop. Her marital status is listed as single rather than separated or divorced, and she is using her maiden name. Terre Haute is also the town her mother and brother were residing in 1930. Her (ex) husband, Peter Phillips, remarried and moved to Florida where he died in 1951. The next year, on 16 May 1931, Farest married John Arthur Lowe. A naturalized US Citizen, Jack was an English immigrant born in Leigh, England in 1899, and a resident of Terre Haute. During the 1920s, he started out as a painter in an auto shop. During the 1940s and 1950s, he sold auto insurance. During this time Farest may have been was a homemaker and did not keep up with her ownership of a Beauty Shop, but she did not give up the role completely. By 1950, she was working as a beautician and sales clerk in a department store. Jack died in Terre Haute in 1956 and was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park. Some time after her husband’s death, Farest moved to Brazil, Clay County, Indiana where her brother and his family were residing. At the age of 68, Farest married Mack Mace. He was born in Poland, Indiana. This was also his third marriage and he had chilled by his first wife who were born bet. 1923-1933, so by this time were all adults. Mack was a Depot Man/Express Agent at a Railway Express Agency. He died on 27 Feb 1978 in Brazil, Clay, Indiana. Farest lived another nine years. She passed on 28 Nov 1987 of acute congestive heart failure and was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana.
Children: None
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

2) Robert Hugh Munn (22 January 1912 IL – 6 December 1997 IN) m. Evanette Marie Urwin +children

Robert was born in Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Illinois during a time when his father was working in that area. His parents appear to be separated during the 1930 census. Robert was 18 at the time, attending school, and living with his mother, Etta (Guthrie) Munn. When he was 28 years old in 1940, he completed his WWII Draft Registration Card, and was working at Fischer Auto Sales as a salesman. He listed himself as single, but with dependents, likely his mother. Robert served in the US Army being enlisted on 11 Dec 1943 and discharged on 14 Feb 1946. Very soon afterward, on 28 May 1946, Robert married Evanette Marie Urwin, a daughter of William ‘Harry’ and Anna (Smith) Urwin. They settled in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana and moved in with Evanette’s widowed mother, Anna, was now the proprietor of their Printing Shop. Robert worked as its Printer, while his wife, who had been doing secretarial work in her parents’ printing shop, continued in that role. They had two sons: William Robert (1847) and John Ray (1948), both of whom died during their infancy. Evanette died in Brazil on 24 July 1994 at the age of 76. Robert outlived her by 3 years. He died there on 6 Dec 1997.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Surviving Descendants

1880 PA – 1938 OK

Milard Garfield Guthrie was born in Petrolia, Butler, Pennsylvania. He married at 24 years of age to Marion ‘Elizabeth’ Thomas on 12 Nov 1904. She was a daughter of David and Catherine (Buchanan) Thomas from Waynesburg, Greene, Pennsylvania. Her father was a plasterer. For a time they moved to Lawrenceville, IL where Milard worked as a contractor in the Oil Field. They had 3 children, a son Garmen (1905), and two daughters, Opal Marion (1908) and Kathrine Frances (1915). Their son was killed and Elizabeth severely injured during a train-buggy accident in 1907. They moved from place to place for Milard’s work in the oil drilling business.

At the time he completed his WWI Draft Card, they were living in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas and Milard was drilling for the Minnesota-Kansas Oil Company. They were there during the 1920 census, but divorced about that time. Milard apparently suffered from some mental instability or illness. On 14 July 1952, a petition for a court hearing was entered by J.S. Shaver, indicating that Milard G. Guthrie, 52, of a place near Bowden, Tulsa County, was an insane person and a proper subject for custody and treatment in a hospital for the insane, petitioning the court to deal with the case. Afterward, he was admitted to the State Hospital designated as an insane person. J.S. Shaver was indicated to be Milard’s designated guardian. The documents in the probate packet indicate he contracted a medical disease that directly contributed to his mental condition, which included delusions of grandeur of persecution. There was no mental history within the family noted in the records. His health had been good until 1929, but he had been undergoing treatment for his delusions for only 2 years. Milard died in Tulsa on 6 March 1938, and was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Elizabeth eventually remarried after an unknown period to a (FNU) Edmonston. Having survived the train and buggy accident that killed her son, her own death followed another accident. At 83, Elizabeth suffered severe injuries as a pedestrian hit by a car. She died about 3 hours later. Her remains were interred at the Sunset Plot in Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.
Children: 3
1) Garmen Guthrie (27 August 1905 PA – 16 July 1907 PA)
The first child, and only son of the family was named Garmen. He was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The boy was only 1 year, 10 months, and 16 days of age at his death due to a railroad accident that fractured his skull. He died in Claysville, PA on 16 July and was buried 18 July 1907 at Washington, PA. The couple later filed a lawsuit for $10,000 in damaged against the Railroad company.

Special to the Pittsburgh Post: Washington, PA, July 16– Two persons were killed and a third was seriously injured this morning when a buggy occupied by the three was struck by a Baltimore & Ohio passenger train at the Bell avenue grade crossing at Claysville. The Dead. ROY BLAYNEY, 17 years old, son of H. R Blayney of Claysville. GARMEN GUTHRIE, 22 months old, son of Milard G Guthrie, of Washington. The Injured. MRS. ELIZABETH GUTHRIE, wife of Milard G Guthrie; one arm broken, cut about head and face; taken to North Wheeling hospital. The view of the crossing was obstructed by a barn and a freight train, and Blaney did not see the fast westbound Kenova express approaching. his horses were on the track when the train struck them. Both were instantly killed. Mrs Guthrie is a daughter of David Thomas, a contractor of Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Daily)

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Died in early childhood / No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – Died in early childhood / No Descendants

2) Opal Marion Guthrie (13 Feb 1908 PA – Aft. 18 May 1929 OK) m. William J Dryden

For a family that seemed surrounded by difficulties, Opal Marion Guthrie spent some time in the spotlight before she disappeared from the records. It is probably a miracle that she was born because her mother must have been in the early stages of pregnancy when the horse and buggy she and her son were in was hit by an express train. Opal’s father, Milard G. Guthrie, was in the oil contracting business and this work kept the family somewhat migrant every few months or years. The Tulsa newspaper announced the arrival of Milard G Guthrie, wife, and child (singular) in 1911, suggesting only one of the two daughters was with them. Personal difficulties within the family led to the mother to file for divorce about 1920, although it does not have appeared to go through. Oddly, 5 year old Katherine, Opal’s sister, was not living with the family during that census. Despite her mother’s divorce filing and alimony petition, they may have stayed together, for a 1923 article announced: Miss Opal Guthrie entertained 30 of her friends at a formal dance and buffet supper on Monday, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Guthrie.

Whatever was going on at home, good things started to happen for Opal. On 10 Jan 1926, the Tulsa World paper published a photo and noted: Miss Opal Guthrie who left Friday for Cincinnati where she is a student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. The 13 June 1926 Tulsa World announced her return: Miss Opal Guthrie, daughter of Mr and Mrs M.G. Guthrie of 1018 Sunset drive. Miss Guthrie has recently returned from Cincinnati, Ohio where she has been attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studying under the well-known Madame Berta Gardina Reiner. Miss Guthrie, who possesses a beautiful dramatic soprano voice, will sing at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning. The young artist appeared in several large recitals given at the conservatory during the winter and spring.

The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, OK) on 9 June 1927: Former Ardmore Girl Engaged as Radio Artist. To begin a series of engagements with the KVOO radio station at Tulsa, Miss Opal guthrie, a much admired singer of that city, will broadcast a program Thursday evening beginning at 7:30 o’clock. Miss Guthrie, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Guthrie, 1018 Sunset Drive, Tulsa, has signed with KVOO to give a 30-minute program each week. Her engagement is from 7 to 7:30 o’clock each Thursday evening. Many Ardmoreites will remember Miss Guthrie. With her parents she left Ardmore several years ago, and has studied since with recognized voice authorities in the east. Mr and Mrs Guthrie have many friends in this city, where the former was engaged as drilling contractor on the Harris-Strawn lease in the Healoton field.

On 21 August 1927, Tulsa World published an extensive article (see Reading and Resources below) announcing that Opal Guthrie had achieved a high note at the Orpheum Theater by winning a contract with musical revue producer Gus Edwards. according to the arrangements, Opal Guthrie would remain in Tulsa for several weeks, while Edwards made plans for her future, which would likely include singing in motion pictures under his management. She was still there in September when another announcement was published stating that Opal had been engaged by Edwards for a two week singing stint at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.

The Star Maker” himself had ticked Opal Guthrie on the fast train to fame and fortune, or at least a successful life as a singer. So, what happened? On 18 May 1929 back in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Opal married William J Dryden. They tied the knot and it was announced in the paper on 20 May 1929. They disappear after that, or at least the records that remain make it difficult to positively identity them.
Children: None Identified
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants

3) Frances Catherine Guthrie (10 October 1915 OK – 17 APR 1981 TX) m. John L Williford

The first mention of this daughter is found on 19 Nov 1920 in the Witchita, Kansas newspaper reporting that her mother, Mrs Marion E Guthrie has petitioned for divorce from Milard G Guthrie, and request alimony to support her two children, Francis Catherine, 10, and Opal Marion, 12, and herself. This family had been listed in Witchita for the 1920 Census enumerated there in January, but it listed Milard, wife Elizabeth M., and daughter Opal M, and several lodgers. From later records, she appears to go by Katherine with a ‘K’ spelling rather than a ‘C’. She would have been 4 years old at the time of that census, but is not listed. Was that an oversight?

There is a Frances K Guthrie listed in Witchita, Kansas in 1920, who was born in Oklahoma about 1916. She is living in the household of John H Butts, 67, his wife Clara, 59, and their daughter Bernice, 29. The relationship listed for Frances K Guthrie is “daughter” 4-2/12. This household is just 2 doors away from the Guthrie household, and it appears that her name was written over something else, so it may be that they assumed she was also a daughter, but changed then name and not the relationship. This family may simply have been helping Elizabeth out with child care while she was having marital/money/lodger issues.

In 1930, Katherine would only be 14-15, and hopefully living with her family, but it appears that is not the case. Milard, Elizabeth, and Opal were living in Tulsa, OK through most of the 1920s. The US City Directories for Dallas, TX show:
1931: Mrs Marion E Guthrie trav. h832 Blaylock Dr. Apt 3 (No listing for Katherine)
1932: Mrs Marion E Guthrie r422-1/2 E Jefferson Ave. (No listing for Katherine)
1934 Mrs Marion E Guthrie at h422-1/2 E Jefferson Ave. and Kath. Guthrie at r422-1/2 E Jefferson Ave.
1937: Frances K Guthrie stenographer Kennedy Machine & Brass Co. r107 E 10th
1937: Kath Guthrie r107 E 10th

Katherine married John L Williford, prior to the 1950 census. They also divorced, date unknown. During this census year they were living in Dallas, TX with Katherine’s mother, Marion E Edmonston, 65, widowed. John worked in a wholesale warehouse. Katherine worked as a stenographer and later as an accountant in Dallas, Texas. She developed Parkinson’s Disease when she was in her late fifties or early sixties, and died at 65 years of age on 17 April 1981. Her body was cremated and the remains interred at the Restland Crematory.
Children: None Known
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants

1884 PA – 1885 PA

Samuel was born on 2 February 1884 in Perry, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and died on 20 February 1885. He was buried at the Steel-Gutherie Cemetery.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants

1886 PA – 1976 AR

Good going, Eva! Here’s a fun way to jumble up the Autosomal DNA results of your descendants. Marry a Guthrie from a different Guthrie Family Group so that they have matches from multiple groups.

Eva Viola Guthrie was the youngest surviving member of Hugh and Fanny’s family. She was born on 30 March 1886 in Armstrong County, PA. This family’s genetic group is Guthrie Family Group 1A, so Hugh’s direct paternal line is connected with that historical family.

On 26 June 1907, when she was 21, Eva married James Daniel Guthrie, the son of Perry Carlton and Mary Ellen (Motter) Guthrie. James worked as a Tool Dresser in the Oil Fields. His Guthrie Family Group is GFG2A-Branch G. He also descends from 2 Guthrie lineages, but within the same group. His 2xGGP William Guthrie, son of James and Jeanette (Wilson) Guthrie, married his widowed cousin, Mrs. Elizabeth (Guthrie) Brownlee, daughter of John and Jane (Reed) Guthrie. Their branch of GFG2A had come to Pennsylvania during the 17302-40s from Ireland.

This couple lived in Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma for many years, They had 3 children: James Alvin (1909), Dorothy Irene (1911), and Viola (1915). Eva’s husband James died there on 20 Feb 1975. On Sunday, 2 Mar 1975, The Sapulpa Daily Herald published: Our heartfelt thanks to all who extended comforting sympathy and help in our recent sorrow. For the beautiful service, floral offerings and other kindnesses, we are deeply grateful. — The James D. Guthrie Family. He was 92.

Eva died the following year on 6 February 1976 while in Little Rock, Arkansas while living with her daughter Dorothy. She was 89. The Sapulpa Daily Herald published the family’s Card of Thanks: We are sincerely grateful to friends and neighbors for their many acts of sympathy during our bereavement. We especially thank Rev. Majors and staff, Dr Burnett, nursing staff at BMH 294. — The Family of Eva V. Guthrie.
Children: 3
1) James Alvin Guthrie (31 Jan or 1 Feb 1909 PA – 13 Oct 1981 CA) m1. Rachel M (MNU), m2. Mabel Virginia Marks +children
This man’s DOB is listed differently on his birth certificate than in his obituary. The birth record documents his birth on 31 January 1909 in Clarion, Pennsylvania. The obituary and some other notations lit 1 February 1909. HIs father’s work took them to Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma where he grew to adulthood. He was married twice. The first time was to a Rachel M (MNU) bef. 1930 in Oklahoma. She worked as an operator. No records for divorce or death found. The second marriage was to Mabel Virginia Powell on 4 Nov 1934 in Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma. They had two children together: James Powell (1940) and Kathleen F (1942). He and Mabel were divorced sometime before 1950, and probably at least before the birth of her next son, Roy Edward Marks in 1949. Her second husband was Major James Edward Marks. All of the children are listed with the Marks name on the 1950 census.

James Alvin Guthrie was living in California by 1965, and moved to Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County a few years before his death, which occurred on 13 October 1981. According to a police report, he had poor mobility requiring the use of a walker. A blaze broke out in his apartment and he collapsed when taking refuge in the kitchen. He died of smoke inhalation. Ironically, an uninstalled smoke detector was sitting on the counter when the police inspected the scene. His obituary indicates that James had 13 grandchildren, but the records don’t specify the identity of their mother. His son, James Powell Guthrie, died at 20 years of age, was presumably unmarried, leaving one surviving daughter, Katherine (Guthrie) Martin.. The California Birth index does list several Martin children born in various locations whose Mother’s maiden name was Guthrie, so this daughter might be the one.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Surviving Sons (This would have been GFG2A Y-DNA.)
Autosomal DNA Participants: No (Descendants should expect a mix of GFG1A and GFG2A matches)

2) Dorothy Irene Guthrie (22 March 1911 LA – 24 Dec 2010 AR) m. Lloyd E Kellar +children
Dorothy Irene Guthrie was born in Oil City, Caddo, Louisiana on 22 March 1911. The family settled in Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma for a time. When Dorothy was 23, they were living in Little Rock, Arkansas where she married Lloyd Ellsworth Keller, a son of John Franklin and Laura Estella ‘Stella’ (Warner) Keller. Lloyd worked as the manager of a Food Mart in 1940. During the next census year of 1950, they were still in Little Rock. Lloyd was a wholesale biscuit salesman, while Dorothy worked as a clerk at credit bureau. They had one son born in 1939. Lloyd Keller died in Little Rock on 26 June 2005. He is buried at the South Heights Cemetery in Sapulpua, Creek, Oklahoma. Dorothy died five years later on Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 2010 in Little Rock, and her remains were also interred at South Heights Cemetery.
Children: 1
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No (Descendants should expect a mix of GFG1A and GFG2A matches)

3) Viola Guthrie (13 July 1915 LA – 9 Sep 1932 OK)
Like her older sister, Viola was born in Oil City, Caddo, Louisiana. She came with her family to Sapulpa in 1918 where she attended school. At 17, she was a popular member of the senior class and active in its organizations. Viola attended classes on Thursday, became seriously ill on Friday and died of peritonitis after only a few hours. The Sapulpa Herald published her obituary on Saturday, and the funeral was held at 2 o’clock the next day, Sunday, at the Methodist church, with Rev. J. P. Atkins officiating. Burial was made at South Heights Cemetery.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants

BEF. 1900 PA – BEF. 1900 PA

This infant is counted within the 11 children enumerated by the 1900 census listing the number which Fannie had given birth, only 7 of whom were still living.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Died at Birth/Early Infancy – No Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants


BOOK: 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens. (1908). United States: Richmond-Arnold publishing Company. Digital Repository: Google Books.
[Includes Biographical Sketch for William G. Guthrie]

BOOK: Durant, P. A., Durant, S. W. (1877). History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania: With Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories. United States: L. H. Everts Company. Digital Repository: Google Books

WEBSITE: Steel-Gutherie Cemetery Perry Township Armstrong County Pennsylvania
Data collected and contributed by Doris Shuttle for the Armstrong County Genealogy Project. Digital Repository: pa-roots.com

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: The Pittsburgh Daily Post, Wednesday, 17 July 1907, ‘Run Down by Train’. Digital Repository: Newspapers.com

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Tulsa World, 21 Aug 1927, Sunday, Page 5. ‘TULSA GIRL WINS STAGE CONTRACT’ Digital Repository: Newspapers.com

Gustave Edwards (August 18, 1878 – November 7, 1945) was an American composer, songwriter and film director. He also was a vaudevillian, organised his own theatre companies and was a music publisher. Bing Crosby played Edwards in a fictionalized version of his life in the 1939 film The Star Maker.

FINDING AID: College of Music of Cincinnati – CCM Historical Records, 1878-1955
Repository: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library
Phone: 513-556-1959

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