1A-F: Frances Guthrie

Frances Guthrie 1737 VA – 1819 NC
of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina, USA

Parents: William Guthrie b. 1682-98 – d. 1781-82 VA m.2 Frances Wilbourn 
Birth Date: 21 September 1737
Birth Location: Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia
Baptism: 2 October 1737 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia
Marriage (1st): John Berry abt. 1759 (need source info)
Berry Children: William, John
Marriage (2nd): Griffin Tuggle on 10 January 1779 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia, USA
Tuggle Children: None
Death Date: After 2 August 1819
Death Location: Caswell County, North Carolina, USA
Burial: Unknown, probably in Caswell County, North Carolina, USA

Parents: Unverified (Possibly son of Thomas & Anne Berry born 22 Mar 1728/bapt 20 Apr 1729)
Birth Date: Abt. 1730s
Birth Location: presumably in Virginia
Occupation: Unknown
Death: 1775-1779
Death Location: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
Notes: Was John Berry one of the Revolutionary War Patriot soldiers mentioned in the Rev. War Rolls for Virginia?

Parents: John Tuggle/Tugwell & Catherine Nicholls
Birth Date: 5 August 1737
Birth Location: Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia
Baptism: 28 Aug 1737 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia
Occupation: Unknown
Marriage (1st): Unidentified Spouse
Children by 1st Wife: Nicholas Tuggle, Anne Tuggle
Death: 1807
Death Location: Chatham or Caswell County, North Carolina, USA
Burial: Unknown, presumably in Chatham or Caswell County, North Carolina, USA
Notes: From ‘The Tuggle Family of Virginia’ – Griffin Tuggle married as his second wife Mrs Frances Berry. The name of his first wife is unknown. That a son was born of the first marriage is shown by the fact that John Tuggle in his will dated 1 oct 1759 referred to “my grandson, Nicholas Tuggle.”

Based on the estimated DOB of Anne (Tuggle) Paschal in 1763, she should probably be placed as the daughter of Griffin Tuggle’s unidentified first wife. Yet Frances named Anne and two of her her daughters in her will. Might Anne have been born a Berry and later assumed the Tuggle surname of her stepfather, or was she a Tuggle by birth?

In 1770 Griffin Tuggle was admininistrator of the estate of his brother Henry. He was about 40 years old when the Revolutionary War began and was not in active service. However, he was a contributor of supplies as shown by the following entry from Middlesex County Militia: “To Griffin Tuggle for sundries furnished Oct 1781 – 3 pounds and 10 shillings.”

Upon Griffin Tuggle’s death, he names his ‘loving wife’ Frances and stepson William Berry to be his executors. His will indicated that Griffin was a resident of Chatham County, NC, but it was recorded in Caswell County, NC Will Book E, p.322. The widow survived her husband by 12 years. Her will was dated 2 Aug 1819 and was probated at the October term of the Caswell Court, recorded in Will Book H, page 283.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: None

1) Nicholas Tuggle (stepson) m. 1777 Susannah (Michelborough) Abbott +children
2) Anne Tuggle (stepdaughter vs. biological daughter?) m. Unk Paschall +children
3) William Berry (son)
4) John Berry (son)


BOOK: The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, VA. from 1653 to 1812, published by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia. Richmond, VA. Wm. Ellis Jones, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1897. Digital Repository: Internet Archive.

WILL of GRIFFIN TUGGLE: North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970, Caswell, North Carolina, Wills, Inventories, Settlements, 1803-1808, Volume E, page 322, image 167. Digital Repository: Family Search.

WILL of FRANCES TUGGLE: North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970, Caswell, North Carolina, Wills, Inventories, Settlements, 1817-1821, Volume H, page 283, image 147. Digital Repository: Family Search.

BOOK: Tuggle, Vivian S. (1970) The Tuggle Family of Virginia: Thomas Tuggle of Middlesex County, Virginia and his Descendants, 1630-1967. Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland. Digital Repository: Family Search.

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