1A-F: Margaret Guthrie

Margaret Guthrie 1742 VA – 17?? and Richard Daniel
of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia

Parents: William Guthrie b.1682-98 – d.1781-2VA and Frances Willbourn
Birth: 9 October 1742 in Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia
Baptism: 7 November 1742 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia
Marriage: 2 October 1762 to Richard Daniel in Middlesex County, Virginia
Daniel Children: Richard (1765) [Unverified]
Death: Unknown
Death Location: Unknown
Burial Location: Unknown

Parents: Richard Daniel (1678VA-1727VA) and Elizabeth Wortham (1686-1758VA)
Birth: 17 March 1721
Baptism: 15 April 1772
Occupation: Unknown
Death: 1770
Death Location: Middlesex County, Virginia
Burial Location: Middlesex County, Virginia, presumably

There is quite a bit of information we don’t know or that remains unverified about Margaret Guthrie, her husband Richard Daniel, and potential descendants.

Margaret’s birth on 9 October 1742 and baptism on 7 November 1742 are documented in the Christ Church Parish Register to parents William Guthrie and his 2nd wife Frances Wilbourn. Her marriage to Richard Daniel is found in Virginia records for Middlesex County dated 2 October 1764 when Margaret would have been 21 years of age.

Richard’s identity is unverified, but he appears to be the best candidate available in the right place at the right time to be the husband of Margaret Guthrie.

The Virginia Wills and Probate Records include Administration Bonds for Richard Daniel dated 6 Feb 1770, which are believed to be attributed to this man. It appears that Richard died intestate (without a will) and that William Daniel, presumably a relative, was assigned administration of his estate.

“William Daniel, James Wortham, and Joseph Tuggle are held and firmly bound to James Milley, James Mountague, George Daniel & Wiliam Roane Gent. Justices of the Court of Middlesex County, now sitting, in the sum of one hundred Pounds to the Payment whereof, well and truly to be made to the said justices and their successors, we bind ourselves, and each of us, our and each of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals, this Sixth Day of February in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy and in the Tenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third. // The condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bound WILLIAM DANIEL administrator of all the Goods, Chattesl, and Credits of RICHARD DANIEL deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession, or Knowledge of him the said WILLIAM.” // (See original for continued form text).

According to the 1959 ‘Middlesex Virginia Daniel Descendant’ by Mann & Mann, the immigrant Daniel ancestor was named Capt. William Daniel, born about 1625 and died in Middlesex, VA 20 Feb 1698. Presumably, Margaret Guthrie’s husband Richard Daniel is among his descendants. The authors list Richard Daniel, son of Richard Daniel and Elizabeth Wortham, born 17 Mar 1721 in Middlesex, Virginia, baptized 15 April 1722, and died intestate c.1770 as being married two to three times. His first wife was Ann Bristow whom he married about 1742. The second marriage prior to 3 June 1760 was to Sarah Tuggle. He “may have married (3) October, 2, 1764, Margaret Guttery.” The source lists 7 children by the first marriage, the eldest being William Daniel (1743/4), John (1746), Agatha (1748), Richard (1750), Oliver (1751), Elizabeth (1755), and Ann (1758). At the time of Richard Daniel’s death in 1770, his son William Daniel would have been and adult eligible to act as his administrator.

Of the 3 marriages, Margaret Guthrie and Richard Daniel is the only one with a marriage record. No children are found for the marriage to Sarah Tuggle.

Online trees are the only location found listing a child for Richard Daniel and Margaret Guthrie: Richard Guthrie. His DOB is listed as 1765, but in North Carolina. DOD listed as 1840 Henry County, Georgia. There is no source data, no location similarities, and only the matching name to link him to the Middlesex VA man. He reportedly was born in NC, is listed as the Richard Daniel of the 1800 Halifax, Warren County, NC census, the 1810 Wilkesborough, Wilkes, NC census, the 1820 Walton, GA census, 1830 Fayette, GA census, and in 1840 Henry, GA.

What happened to Margaret (Guthrie) Daniel after her husband’s death in 1770? Did she predecease him? If not, she may have remarried. Margaret was under 30 at the time she was widowed. One possibility is found in the Christ Church, Middlesex, VA records for July 1771, a marriage between M. Daniel and Churchill Gibson. Unfortunately, his records appear to be just as difficult to identify and untangle as those of Richard Daniel. Margaret’s fate remains a mystery.
Daniel Children: Unknown
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants – None

If there are any descendants out there for the theorized son, Richard Guthrie (1765-1840) let me know if you have Guthrie DNA matches for analysis.


PROBATE DOCUMENT: Administration Bond. Richard Daniel. 6 Feb 1770 Middlesex County, Virginia. Virginia, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1900, Administration Bonds, Volume 2, 1767-1810. Digital Repository: Ancestry.com

BOOK: Mann, R. Neville., Mann, C. Cleek. (1959). Middlesex: Virginia, Daniel descendants Cedar Bluff, Ala.. Digital Repository: Hathi Trust Digital Library.

BOOK: Teetpr, Henry D. (1920). Early history of the Daniel and Daniels families in Europe and America. Publisher: W.M. Clemens, Pompton Lakes NJ. Digital Repository: Internet Archive.