1A-C: Samuel Steele Gutherie

Samuel Steele Gutherie 1848PA – 1930MI and Mary Ann Williams
of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania and Wayne County, Michigan

Parents: William Guthrie (b1811-20IRE–d1850CA) and Jane Steele (1822PA–1903PA)
Birth / Location: 15 October 1848 in Perry Township, Armstrong, PA, USA
Occupation: Laborer in the Oil & Gas Industry / Oil Pumper
Marriage: Mary Ann Williams est. 1870 (before 27 Aug 1870) in Pennsylvania, USA
Death / Location: 29 November 1930 in Canton, Wayne, Michigan
Burial / Location: Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Butler County, PA, USA

Parents: John Williams 1807Wales – Bet.1870-1880PA and Anna (MNU) 1807-1881PA
Birth / Location: Pennsylvania, probably in Perry Township, Armstrong County
Children: John W (1871), Delbert Llewelyn (1872), Samuel (1875), and Anna Eliza (1879)
Death / Location: 1918 in Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial / Location: Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Butler County, PA, USA

Samuel and his descendants primarily use the GUTHERIE spelling variant compared to the GUTHRIE spelling adopted by most siblings and their descendants. He was born near Millers Eddy in Perry Township, Armstrong County, PA on 15 Oct 1838, third child, and second son of the family. Like many men who lived during this era Samuel found steady employment in the Oil & Gas industry as a laborer. He married locally to Mary Ann Williams, a daughter of hotel keeper John Williams, a Welshman, and his wife Anne (MNU). The year was probably 1869-70, but prior to 27 Aug 1870 when they were both listed together by the ‘Guthrie’ surname (transcribed as ‘Gathra’) while living and working at her parents’ hotel in or near Bradys Bend. Their children were presumably all born in Perry Township, those dates between 1871 and 1879. They moved to Allegheny, Butler County by 1880 where Samuel continued to work as an oil pumper. Mary Ann died in Pennsylvania in 1918, and was buried at Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia, Butler, PA. The 1920 census finds Samuel Gutherie living in Detroit, Wayne, MI with is daughter Anna Cohlhapp and family. Note that this is the one census year listing his father’s birthplace as Scotland, which would likely not have been obtained directly from him. At the age of 71, he was still working as a laborer for a machine company. During the 1930 census, Samuel appears to have finally retired as he is now 81 years old, and living with his son Samuel Guthrie and family in Canton, Wayne, MI. He died a few months later on 29 Nov 1930 in Canton. His remains were returned to Pennsylvania and buried at Bear Creek Cemetery with his wife, Mary Ann.

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

1871PA – 1871PA
Family Status: Died in Infancy

Samuel and Mary’s first child, John W. Gutherie, was born on 29 March 1871, but died at 2 months and 2 days of age on 31 May 1871. John was buried at Robinson Cemetery at Brady’s Bend, Armstrong, PA, USA. His tombstone is worn, bur reads his age at death and is inscribed as “infant son of Samuel S. and Mary Gutherie.

It seems likely that he was named for his maternal grandfather, John Williams, and so that might be the child’s given names.

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

1872PA – 1952PA
Family Status: Married – 1901 – Victoria Alice Clift (5 children)

Delbert Llewelyn Gutherie was born on 30 September 1872 near Millers Eddy, PA (Mapcarta), which is north of Bradys Bend township along the Allegheny River. the linked map also shows the locations of several of the local cemeteries including Steel-Gutherie. During his twenties, Delbert worked as a laborer, but joined the US Military serving from 9 July 1898 to 28 Dec 1898 having enlisted at Kittanning, PA. He served as a Private in Co. G. 16th Regiment, but they had no engagements. He was honorably discharged. After his military service, Delbert returned to his parents’ home and obtained work as an Oil Well Tool Dresser, which was also his father’s job at the time.

Working in the oil business kept Delbert within a certain geographic sphere. That was apparently enough to meet Victoria Alice Clift from Monroe County, Ohio. Monroe County is on the PA-OH border, and Butler County is not far from it. He was 28 at the time, and she was the 22 year old daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Miller) Clift. Charles Clift was a farmer, born in Ohio, whose parents had moved west from Delaware. Delbert and Victoria were married on 6 August 1901. They had 5 children: [Stillborn] (1902), Alvin Victor (1903), Carl Samuel (1906), Mary Elizabeth (1909), and Adda Annabelle (1916). Their family lived in Oakland, Butler, PA during the 1920s while Delbert was working as a coal miner, and the 1930s – 1950s when they owned and worked a farm. Delbert died on 4 Dec. 1952 in Butler County, Pennsylvania due to cerebral thrombosis at 80 years old. Victoria died on 16 May 1961. They are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Butler County, PA.
Children: 5
1) (FNU Daughter) Gutherie 1902 – 1902
This child is listed at Find-a-Grave was born on 22 Aug 1902, but passed away the same day probably Ohio or Pennsylvania. No other details.

2) Alvin Victor Gutherie 28 Oct 1903PA – 3 May 1972 PA (Electrician) m.Lillian Laura Buckley
Alvin was born in Armstrong County, PA. For a time in his 20s, he lived with his Aunt Anna Cohlhepp in Detroit and worked a Drill Press at an Auto Factory. He was back in Butler County, PA by 1934, approximately when he married Lillian Buckley. She was the daughter of John and Margaret Ann (Connelly) Buckley, born in Mercer, PA on 20 Apr 1914. By 1950 Alvin had learned new skills and was an electrician wiring houses and schools. Lillian and Alvin had 3 sons: Thomas Bert (1935), David (1938), and John Delbert (1941). She died on 13 July 1952 when their youngest was only 10 years old. Alvin did not remarry. He lived another 20 years until 3 May 1972. They are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Butler County, PA.
Children: 3
Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

3) Carl Samuel Gutherie 6 Jun 1906PA – Dec 1986PA (Coal Miner) m. Violet Watterson
Born in Perry, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on 6 June 1906, Carl was the youngest son of the family. They lived in Oakland, Butler, Pennsylvania where his father worked in the coal mines prior to farming. Carl also worked in the mines. He was only 20 years of age at his marriage to Violet Watterson, a daughter of William Birdell and Nellie Floretta (Smith) Watterson. They made a home in Pennsylvania’s Butler and Clarion Counties during their 51 year marriage. The couple had 1 daughter, Betty Victoria (1927). Both Carl and Violet died in 1986. She passed first in July, and he followed in December.
Children: 1
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Male Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

4) Mary Elizabeth Guthrie 23 Apr 1909PA – 23 Oct 1995OH m1. Wilfred Kingsley, m2. FNU Laulis, m3. FNU Gilpin
Mary was born either at Chicora or Millers Eddy, in Pennsylvania. She married Wilfred Ernest Kingsley in Wood County, Ohio on 11 Oct 1929. Wilfred was born 3 Mar 1908 in Ontario, Canada. They had one son, Wilford Ernest Kingsley. This young couple was listing in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan by the 1930 census where Wilfred worked as an assistant foreman at an Auto Factory. They rented their Chalmers Avenue family apartment. The marriage failed as Wilfred remarried and started another family with Leona Myrtle Shepherd. In 1840, Mary Kingsley was living with her brother Alvin Guthrie and his family in Butler, PA, noted to be divorced, and was working as a Manager’s Helper at the Electric Shop. During the 1950 census, Mary’s surname is listed as Laulis with a marital status of Separated. She is living with her son Wilford in Niles, Trumbull, Ohio, while working as a Rail Service Clerk at an Ordinance Depot. A divorce apparently went through. At the time of her death on 23 Oct 1995 in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio, Mary’s surname was Gilpin. She was buried at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield, Mahoning, Ohio.
Children: 1
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

5) Adda Annabelle Gutherie 11 April 1916PA – 28 Nov 1995OH m1.Joseph David Phillips, m2. Herman Wilbur

The youngest child of Delbert and Victoria (Clift) Gutherie, Adda Annabelle, whose name is sometimes found shortened to Ada B as in Ada Belle, was born on 11 April 1916 in Chicora, Butler, PA. Her first marriage came when she was about 17 or 18 shortly before 1935 when their first child was born. Her husband was Joseph David Phillips, born in 1907. Their children were Gerald Joseph (1935), Mary Anna (1937), and Betty Lou Philips. The Find-a-Grave site mentions they were born at Mineral Ridge, Trumbull, OH, which is where Joseph’s family was from. During the 1940 census in Austintown, Mahoning, OH, Joseph worked as a Timber Cutter (Lumberman). He was out of work during the 1950 census, but Adda had worked for 12 weeks that year as a Press Machine Operator at a Fabricating Plant. This couple divorced sometime after 1956, as Adda remarried a Herman Wilbur who later died in Trumbull, OH in 1969. Joseph was living in Youngstown, Mahoning, OH at his deaths over thirty years later on 23 Jun 1984, and was interred at Ohltown Cemetery in Weathersfield, Trumbull County, Ohio. Adda passed a decade later on 28 Nov 1995. She is buried at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
Children: 3
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

1875PA – 1917WV
Family Status: Married 1st – 1898 – Mathilda Katherine Ackman (3 children) / Widower 1906
Family Status: Married 2nd – 1915 – Mrs. Betty Gratten (Hunter) Cabell (step-children only)

Samuel Addison Gutherie was born about 1875. The majority of documents list him as ‘Samuel A’ or by his initials ‘S. A.’ only, but his middle name was documented at least once as Addison. He was born in Perry Township, Armstrong, PA, but his parents moved to Butler County, PA where his father worked in the Oil Industry as an oil pumper. His first marriage was on 25 Aug 1898 to Mathilda Katherine Ackman, known as Tillie, who was a daughter of Prussian immigrant Frederick ‘Fred’ Ackman, a glass worker. They had three sons: Melvin Charles (1899), Addison Lewellen (1901), and Samuel Frederick (1904). In 1902, S.A. Guthrie is listed at 262 S Main, a Teamster. In 1903, Addison S Gutherie is listed in the Pittsburgh City Directory, a driver living at 260-1/2 S Main. Tillie died in 1906 in Pittsburgh, PA. No death certificate found, but 1906 was the first year of the officially regulated reports. She is buried at South Side Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Samuel brought the children to his sister Anna (Gutherie) Cohlhepp in Butler, PA. Samuel and the boys were living with her family during the 1910 census. Between 1910 and 1920, the Cohlhepp family had moved from PA to Detroit, Wayne, Michigan taking their three nephews with them. The widowed grandfather, Samuel Steele Guthrie, 71, was also living with them at the time. However, Samuel Addison Gutherie was not. He was still in the Oil & Gas business and working for the Carter Oil Company when he met and married Betty Gratten (Hunter) Cabell. They married in Boyd County, KY on 23 Dec 1915. Betty was the widow of Robert W Cabell (1842-1913), and mother of 4: Garland (1879), Vivian (1898), Theressa ‘Tess’ Rea (1900), and Anne (1904). Unfortunately, Samuel Addison Gutherie did not live long after their marriage. On 20 Apr 1917, Donald O. Blagg was appointed as the administrator of S. A. Guthrie’s estate in Kanawha West Virginia. He had no real estate. The probate records not that he had money owed to him by his employer and had a little money in the Day & Night Bank of Charleston, WV as well as the Bremen Bank Company in Bremen, OH. His final resting place is unknown. His widow Betty (Hunter) Guthrie died on 25 Sep 1941 in Kanawha, WV after continuing to live in the Charleston area. “Bettie Hunter Cabell Gutherie” is the name on her tombstone. She died at 75 years of age and is buried at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lewisburg, Greenbrier, WV where her parents are buried.
Children: 3
1) Melvin Charles Gutherie 21 Jun 1899 PA – 12 Feb 1973 MI m. Vera Gunnell
Melvin was born in Pittsburgh just before the turn of the century on 21 June 1899. His father was working as a teamster driver. His mother’s death in 1906 prompted major changes for the family. They moved from Pittsburgh to more rural Butler County, PA to live with his aunt Anna E (Gutherie) Cohlhepp, her husband Peter, and cousins. His father’s work in the oil business took him away from his children, and so Melvin and his younger brothers remained with the Cohlhepp family when they moved from Pennsylvania to Michigan. Melvin served in WWI, as a private in Repair Unit #308 Company C. In 1920, Melvin was 21 years old and living in a big city again, Detroit, Michigan, where the Cohlhepp family had moved. He already ran his own business as an auto mechanic. A decade later he was an owner/manager in the Lumber Yard industry, and owned a home valued at $15,000. Quite a sum for those days. His marriage to Vera Gunnell occurred about 1829. They were living in Nankin, Wayne, Michigan during the 1930 census with their infant daughter, Rosemary (1930). Sons Melvin C (1933), and Thomas A (1936) followed. Melvin died on 12 Feb 1973 in Plymouth, Wayne, MI and Vera on 10 March 1975 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI. They are buried at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.
Children: 3
Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

2) Addison Lewellyn Gutherie 25 Feb 1901 PA – 21 Feb 1945 MI
Their second son, Addison, was born in Pittsburgh. He was baptized at 3 years of age in Petersburg, Ohio at Springfield Church (Congregational Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). HIs mother Tillie died when he was about 5 years old. His father brought the boys to his sister’s home in Butler County, and they went with them when they moved to Detroit, Michigan. Addison married at 24 years of age to 16 year old Goldie Magnolia Homes in Detroit. She was the daughter of Eugene and Hattie (Young) Holmes, born 10 May 1925. They set up house in Detroit where Addison worked as a truck driver for a street construction company. Two sons were born to the couple: Addison Llewellyn (1926) and Warren Clinton (1928). Goldie filed for divorce on 2/31/1936 stating conditions of cruelty and abuse. Alimony was granted. Their children were listed in the paperwork. The 1940 census shows Addison Guthrie, 39, divorced, living as a lodger at a the Field Hotel on Field Avenue, Detroit. He was still working as a truck driver, but now for a lumber yard. Addison died 21 Feb 1945 in Detroit and his remains were buried at Woodmere Cemetery. His ex-wife, Goldie was married three more times. She married the Milk Man on 18 Dec 1936, one month after her divorce to Addison was granted. Her second husband was Leroy Arnold Harchenhorn (1896-1962), a milk dealer for a milk company. The boys were living with them during the 1940 census. This marriage also ended in divorce filed by Goldie on 2 Sep 1942 stating cruelty. Divorce was granted 2 Dec 1942. They had no children. Goldie’s third try at a husband came about three years later on 20 Feb 1945 to Julius Semperger (1913-1989) in Detroit. He had previously been married to Mary Mycz and had one child together. Their divorce was granted 9 Nov 1944 at his request stating cruelty. Julius was a boilermaker at a steel mill. Goldie also divorced Julius on 14 Oct 1947. Sometime prior to 1950, Goldie had married for a fourth time to Lester W Nelson, and they moved to St Charles, Kane, Illinois. Her son, Warren Guthrie, his wife and year-old daughter were living with them. They were in Redford, Wayne, Michigan when Goldie died on 5 April 1954 at only 45 years of age. Lester lived until 13 May 1997. He was 85.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

3) Samuel Fredrick Gutherie 1 Oct 1904 OH – 7 May 1963 MI m. Catherine Mae Tallman
Born in Ohio, Samuel was about 2 – 3 years old when his mother Tillie passed away. He grew up in the home of his aunt, Anna (Gutherie) Cohlhepp and her husband Peter, while his father worked for the oil company. Samuel married on 10 Sep 1925 in Flint, Geneses, Michigan to Catherine Mae Tallman. They had a daughter (1927) and son (1932). The family primarily lived in Wayne County, Michigan until they moved to Greensboro, Georgia bet. 1935-1940 where Samuel managed a lumberyard until his retirement. Samuel died in Petoskey, Emmet, MI on 7 May 1963. Catherine lived until 31 Oct 1997.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: No
Autosomal DNA Participants: No

1879PA – 1942GA

Anna Eliza Gutherie, known as “Annie”, was born abt 1879 near Miller’s Eddy, Pennsylvania. She was 9 months old during the 1880 census of Allegheny, Butler, PA, which listed her as “Annalize”, her parents as S. S. and Mary Guthrye, as well as her older brothers ‘Elbert B’ (Delbert) and ‘Samuel A’. Guthrye. During the 1900 census, she was still single and living at home. She married Peter Albert Cohlhepp on 2 July 1902. He was a son of Baluster and Elizabeth (Rapp) Cohlhepp. Both parents were born in Pennsylvania, but his paternal grandfather was from Hesse-Cassell. Peter had been working as a Saw Mill laborer. They had 2 sons: Warren Guthrie (1903) and Herbert Atwell (1909).

In 1906, Anna’s sister-in-law, Matilda Katherine (Ackman) Guthrie died leaving her brother Samuel with three young sons. Samuel was working for an oil company in Ohio, and it was decided that the boys would live with their aunt. During the 1910 census, Peter, Anna, and their sons were living in Butler, Butler County, PA while Peter worked as a foreman at the Car Works. Her brother, Samuel Gutherie, 35, an oil driller and his three sons, Melvin, Llewellyn, and Samuel were there too.

They moved to Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, where Peter worked as Machinist in an Auto Factory. Anna’s brother left for his work in Ohio’s oil fields, and her nephews remained behind in Detroit essentially raising them along with her own son, Herbert. Sometime after 1935, the family moved from Detroit to Greensboro, Greene, Georgia. Peter and Anna had their own household, and he worked as the Superintendent of a Lumber Yard. Potentially the same Lumber Yard where his nephew, Samuel Fredrick Gutherie worked as a manager. Anna died two years later in Greensboro on 26 Oct 1942. Her remains were returned to Pennsylvania and she was buried at Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia, Butler County, PA. Peter lived out his days in Greensboro, but did remarry to widow Ethel May (McMichael) Taylor (1895-1991). He died on 29 Oct 1958 and his body was buried near his first wife’s at Bear Creek Cemetery.
Children: 2
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Surviving Heirs

1) Warren Guthrie Cohlhepp 12 Dec 1903 PA – 26 Mar 1916 MI
Peter and Anna’s eldest son, Warren Guthrie Cohlhepp had died in 1916 of diphtheria at 12 years of age. He had been a Boy Scout, and his gravesite includes a Boy Scout memorial marker. The organization had been founded in 1910.
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – Died Young / No Descendants

2) Herbert Atwell Cohlhepp 12 Jul 1909 PA – 7 May 1945 MI m. Genevieve May Webber
Herbert was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania, and moved with his parents as a boy to Detroit, Michigan. His three Guthrie cousins had come to live with them after they death of their mother when Herbert very young, son from his perspective they were probably there from his earliest memories. Warren Cohlhepp, his older brother, died in 1916 at only 12 years of age when Herbert would have been only 5 or 6. During the 1930 census, when Herbert was 21, he worked as a riding instructor and later as the owner of a Riding Academy. His marriage to Genevieve May Webber took place in Plymouth, Wayne, Michigan on 23 Jan 1937. They had no children. Herbert enlisted in the US Army on 29 April 1942, and was officially discharged 26 Feb 1945. Herbert had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He died a short time later on 7 May 1945 at only 35 years of age at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Allen Park, Wayne, Michigan. He was buried at Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia. His father Peter Cohlhepp was still living at the time of his death. His widow eventually remarried on 18 Oct 1946 to Vanno Janecek (1924-1974) and she passed away on 26 Aug 1994 in Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan. She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Children: None
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Descendants


BOOK: Phillips, Ethel Clift. (1982)The Ancestors And Decendants Of Charles Cary Clift’, Concordia Theological Seminary Offset Press, St Louis, Missouri. Digital Repository: Internet Archive.
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