Rare Book Found

Never overlook that “box of stuff” inherited from earlier generations. Clues to the family tree could be hidden inside. A contributor to Guthrie Genealogy recently found and digitized what he believes is a rare or unique book by relative W. Hardin Guthrie (1888-1949). This “homemade effort” may be an ongoing draft as it includes edited notes in the margins. In the tradition of other genealogical books some parts appear to have been gathered from familiar sources. The book’s compiler, William Hardin Guthrie, was born on 31 January 1888 in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Frank C Guthrie, Sr, and Virginia ‘Jenny’ Hardin. This family belongs to Guthrie Family Group 2A descending from the Branch I line of Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell. The final third of the book focuses on that branch, but the remainder appears to include a variety of Guthrie genealogies, edited family sketches, and documents for multiple families. See Table of Contents below, download a copy, or wait for the preview to load.

GUTHRIE FAMILY: Genealogy of the Guthrie Family
W. Hardin Guthrie

Guthrie Family: Genealogy of the Guthrie Family

If you don’t want to read through the entire book, here are some notes on the content:

Missing pages 1 – 6 

The dedication, preface, Guthrie crests, Guthrie Castle in Scotland, Martyr’s Monument, Greyfriar’s Churchyard, Edinburgh are listed in the Table of Contents, but missing from the book above. This could be because the entire document appears to be formatted as some stage of a draft.

The Guthries of Scotland, p7-8

As with many family histories covering Guthrie ancestry, this one includes a general blurb about the name’s connection to Forfar in Angus, Scotland. Also provides a general description of the locale.

The Scotch in Guthries in Point of Race p9 – 21

A rather lengthy discourse about the various ethnic populations within early Scotland and how that may have played out for the Guthries in appearance and character in general.

The Guthrie Name p21-25

Suggests that the Guthrie surname may have come into use as early as the Crusades (1095-1291) when surnames began to come consistently into use. Points out that there is no proof of such, nor whether anyone of the Guthrie surname was actually a crusader.

There are also the common versions of how the Guthrie name came into being, as well as mentions of a saint of Briton named Guthlac, and the Danish king Guthrum.

Confusion with Other Names; Variations in Spelling p26 – 27

Comments on how some similar surnames may or may not be actual variations of Guthrie.

DNA testing now provides a better insight as to whether or not certain lineages match other individuals of the Guthrie name.

The Guthrie Coat-of-Arms p28

Information on heraldry in general plus a description of the Guthrie Coat of Arms its design origins. Includes the story of Alexander of the House of Guthrie and the “Lily Maid of Galloway”

Guthrie of Lunan p36-40

Lunan is a parish in the county of Forfar (Angus) located about 7.5 miles NE from Arbroath. See Lunan, Angus, Scotland Genealogy for info and FHL records search.

Mentions Sir William Wallace and Squire Guthrie.

Mentions the family of Alexander Guthrie and wife Marjory.
Lists 3 sons: David, James, and William.
Repeats the story about the Lily Maid of Galloway.

Guthrie Castle and the bell are mentioned.

Then the chapter skips to a quote by Rev. Thomas Guthrie regarding the Guthrie family in Forfarshire. Note that in his own autobiography he claimed his Guthrie line was unrelated to the Guthries of that Ilk, and Y-DNA testing has confirmed that.

Next mentioned is Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh and Rev. James Guthrie, known as the Martyr of Scotland. It is mentioned that the minister was “the son of the Laird of Guthrie”, a relationship statement which has never been determined to be valid. Specifically which man with that title was his father? James was born in 1612 and died in 1661. John Guthrie, Bishop of Moray, was 11th Laird having purchased the lands and title of Guthrie from his cousin Peter Guthire, 10th of Guthrie. The Bishop had no surviving sons at the time of his death in 1649 and the husband of his eldest daughter Bethia Guthrie (born 1623), another Guthrie cousin named Francis Guthrie served as heir to land and title. If he was a son of a Laird of Guthrie he would have had to be a younger son of Patrick Guthrie, 9th Laird, and Jean Blackwood, or Patrick’s son Peter, 10th Laird, who sold the land and title to John Guthrie, Bishop of Moray.

Some Religious and Political Influences p41-42

Claims that the while the ancient Guthries were Royalists flourishing under the patronage of the monarchs, they were often caught up in rebellious situations both political and religious, which prompted their exodus from Scotland.

Scottish Guthrie Pedigrees p43-57

The author acknowledges that there are few surviving familial records to prove antecedent lineages.

This section begins some random examples of Guthrie lineages. Remember this was a time when everyone thought all Guthrie families were in some way connected to that ancient historical line by blood, which is not valid.

Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland provides mention of the Guthries of Guthrie. Listed is the family of John Guthrie, Esq., (17th) of Guthrie who m. 1798 Anne Douglas. Children: John (18th of Guthrie), William, Elizabeth Jane, Margaret, Anne, Jane, and Helen. Residence during the 1841 census is Guthrie Castle. Baptismal records for Elizabeth Jane and Margaret are found in the OPR. 

FYI: Online trees have misidentified the Laird’s son William Guthrie who died 25 Nov 1880, a single man. See OPR records. They have listed him as William Guthrie (c1808-1848) who m. Margaret Duncan.

Next listed are a couple of lines about William Guthrey / Guthrys from American records as if the author is trying to make a connection between the Guthries of Guthrie, above, and a local family.

Next mentions a John Guthrey enlisted in Maryland in March 1777 and allowed a pension while a resident of West Fallowfield Twp, Chester, PA. Aged 65 in 1818, so born in 1753. Four kids: James, Anne, Patsy, and Jane. Died 24 Nov 1820 in Augusta, VA at home of son James.
FYI: This family is GFG2A-Branch H John Guthrie 1753PA-1820VA, son of John Guthrie and Ann Hill, m. Margaret ‘Peggy’ Holmes.

The author discusses a couple of entries listing the name John Guthrie wondering if they are the same man as above. He states that a Dr James A Guthrie of Philadelphia maintained that there was a connection between the Guthries of New Castle County, Delaware, which includes those of Chester County, PA, and those of the south, claiming a connection between the Guthries of Maryland and the Guthries of Chester PA and Augusta VA.

FYI: We now have genetic proof that the Guthries from GFG2A have branches in all of those locations. However, there are also Guthries from unrelated groups there as well.

The pagination is a little mixed up here. The last daughter of the Laird, Helen Douglas Guthrie, is at the top of the next page (original 33, handwritten 46), which continues the commentary on the Guthries of Guthrie and their forebearers.

Guthrie of Haukerton p58

This is the lineage of the Guthries of Haukerton presented in Burke’s Landed Gentry.

The author comments that it is not improbable that many descendants of this line are in America. He specifically suggests that immigrants from Fife, Scotland settled in Prince Georges County, Maryland, which may have included a Guthrie from the Haukerton line named James Guthrie.

James Guthrie, The Martyr p59

Returning to the subject of Rev James Guthrie. A retelling of his beliefs and the situation that led to his execution in 1661. This source mentions that James had only 1 son, William, then a child. This is the first book I have seen that mentions “several daughters”. There has only been 1 daughter named in official documents: Sophia. 

It is also mentioned that “One American branch of the family claims to be descended from the Martyr’s son, who it is said owing to continued persecutions, went to northern Ireland, from whence descendants came to America at a later period.” 

FYI: This lineage is not specified nor any source data given. All written documentation on the minister’s son, William Guthrie, indicates that he died as a young man while in college.

William Guthrie, The Minister p62

This section focuses on another Covenanter, Rev. William Guthrie, who is frequently misidentified as being the son of Rev. James Guthrie. Most accounts indicate that the two men were cousins. William was the eldest son of James Guthrie of Pitforthie and Janet Lyon. This minister wrote The Christian’s Great Interest.

It is mentioned that a copy of the book was brought to America by John Guthrie, whom it is said was a descendant of the same or a closely related line. John settled in Westmoreland County, PA and is identified as GFG2A-Branch G. Whether or not this line does have a family connection to the Guthries of Pitforthie remains unknown. Rev. William Guthrie had no surviving sons. He did have several brothers whose descendant lines remain untraced.

Religion, p66-68

This is a one paragraph blurb about Guthries and their religious independence.

Guthries Leave Scotland for Ireland p69-71

After a general of reasons the people of Scotland left their native shores for Ireland, the author comments on the Guthries who moved there making some observations about when and why.

Firstly, they went at varying dates and in varying numbers, rather than a mass migration of people of the surname. 

No one of the Guthrie name seems to have gone to Ireland at the time of the planting of Ulster. At least none who made it on the list of grantees appointed by King James.

Nor were there any prominent migrations prior to the Cromwellian Revolution. Certainly, none were officially settled there by him. It was not until after the Restoration in 1660 when the Guthries began to leave Scotland.

A vague mention of families leaving Scotland for Ireland in 1660, 1665, 1680 and 1702 is made without any information on the identity of those Guthrie families, or the source of the info. 

One or more Guthries are said to have been defenders of the city of Londonderry during the seige of 1689. No details on this, but perhaps there is data to be found.

A William Guthrie was a ruling elder in the Ballykelly Presbyterian Church in 1710.

A James Guthrie was living at MaGuire’s Bridge in County Fermanaugh in 1725.

Ireland as our Forefathers Knew It p72-75

HIstorical background on Ireland and the Scot-Irish.

Character of the Scotch Settlers p75-77

Discourse on the experience and mindset of the settlers.

The Ulstermen p78-79

“The Guthries were not in Ireland so long before coming to America as to become very throroughly Ulstercised.”

Leaving Ireland for America p80-81

Key migrations of Scots and Scot-Irish to America have included people of the Guthrie name.

Mentioned here:
1) Guthrie family of King and Queen County, Virginia. This is John Guthrie often mistaken for John Guthrie of Middlesex County, Virginia. Reportedly received a Virginia land grant from the crown. May be the source of the genetic and/or historical origins GFG4 or GFG5 family.

2) James Guthrie, an inhabitant of Prince George County Maryland in 1676. This is the man the author believes could be tied to the Haukerton line. 

3) Samuel Guthrie, a man without a family, died in Woodbridge, NJ in 1685.

4) Robert Guthrie of Block Island. Includes a handwritten note stating he was from Edinburgh.

5) John Guthrie arrived in Boston after about 20 years in Ireland. A native of Edinburgh vicinity. This is probably John Guthrie of the Three Brothers Origin Story from GFG2A-Branch F.

6) Some Guthries on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1720s.

7) A history of James Guthrie and descendants connected to one of the Maryland families, but uncertain if this James is related to the James in question. Refers to one of the family sketches included in the book, and uncertainty whether that James Guthrie connects to the James Guthrie he believes may be related to the Haukerton line. 

The Guthries of Somerset County, Maryland p82-87

Patrick Guthrie and wife Angelina of Somerset County, Maryland.

Includes deed information in buying and selling property.
Probate data in Worcester County, MD (formed from Somerset) in 1758 mentions sons Phillip and Moses, and daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Esther.

Discussion of a few other early Maryland Guthrie men.

The administration of the estate of James Guthrie 20 Jan 1753 in Worcester, MD naming Hannah Guthrie as administrator.

Dorcester County, MD records also mention property called Guthrie’s Choice or Guthridge’s Choice.

Mentions Alexander and Bernard Guthrie who left Maryland before the Revolution and settled in Cumberland, VA.

Other Guthries residing in Maryland originally settled in Halifax County, Virginia.

A James Guthrie left Maryland about the beginning of the Revolution and settled in North Carolina. This is James Guthrie of GFG2A-Branch A.

A couple of William Guthries are mentioned.

A John Guthrie of Maryland served in the Revolution, later lived in Chester, PA, and then in Halifax VA.

Finally, the author brings up the topic of his own ancestors. “We are to trace the descendants of James Guthrie who married Miss Bussle or Bussell.” After mentioning that it not known that this particular James Guthrie ever lived in Maryland, “it is thought that he did.”

The author mentions the oral history of James Guthrie having sons Thomas, James, John, and a fourth named either Robert or William. Only Thomas’ line is certain in his estimation. He speculates on the identity of the other brothers, especially James Guthrie.

Robert Guthrie, Pioneer of the Revolutionary Period, and Some of His Descendants p88-89

This section discusses GFG3’s Robert Guthrie, son of Francis Guthrie from Chester County, PA, who lived in Maryland and later moved to Virginia. 

The Treking Route of the Pioneers p90

Pioneers followed roadways and routes created by their predecessors.

Thomas Guthrie and His Descendants p91-95

Even though the author has previously mentioned James Guthrie and Miss Bussell as his earliest ancestors, he begins here with the only generation for which he has proof of lineage. Thomas Guthrie is identified as a Cumberland County, PA soldier in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Class in service July 1777. There is also a 1779 Cumberland Tax Record, which he does not mention.

Speculation begins on where Thomas Guthrie came from prior to being in Cumberland, PA. Even though W. Hardin Guthrie has previously mentioned the Guthrie-Bussell connection, there seems to be no understanding of where that theorized relationship originated because rather than looking in Connecticut and Pennsylvania for ancestors, he turns to documents in Virginia. Perhaps it was a deliberate effort to widen the scope of his search since Thomas and Mildred Guthrie leased a farm in Fauquier County, VA in 1792.

The story of the Three Brothers was first published in 1864 by Seymour Guthrie in ‘A Brief History of a Branch of the Guthrie Family Beginning with the Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1680…’. That story focuses mainly on the brother named John Guthrie, but mentions brothers Robert and James. Text from an earlier chapter suggests that W. Hardin Guthrie has seen this book because he identified 1680 as a key year. The next publication of note was ‘Records of the Guthrie Family of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Virginia’ by Harriet Nancy Dunn & Eveline Guthrie Dunn in 1898, again focusing mainly on John Guthrie, but expanding on additional families both related and unrelated. Next up was ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families’ by Laurence R Guthrie in 1933 who referenced both of the above sources and added correspondence and family legends from multiple descendant lines.

Considering that Thomas Guthrie is known to have leased a farm in 1792 Fauquier County, he suggests considering the 1782 Tax List (Census Substitute) as there is no surviving 1790 VA census. Thomas Guttery and a few others of that name are listed for Cumberland County VA. However, that man is most likely Thomas Guthrey from GFG4. W. Hardin Guthrie concluded that the Cumberland VA record was probably not his Thomas Guthrie.

Looking at the records of Fauquier County, Virginia, an indenture dated 29 June 1792 is listed wherein Thomas Guthrie leases property on Rocky Run from John James of Stafford County, Virginia not only for the period of his own lifetime, but also the lifetime of his son John Guthrie. Deed transcription is included.

Next came the move from Fauquier County, Virginia to Woodford County, Kentucky. The author describes the family’s probable route. Excerpts from various Woodford County documents are included.

W. Hardin Guthrie transcribed a document written by Isaac Newton Guthrie, a grandson of Thomas and Mildred (Howell) Guthrie by their son James. Here is a scan of the original.

Thomas Guthrie Jr p96-99

Thomas Guthrie Jr’s DOB is listed in this book as 8 Oct 1775. This date is not taken directly from the handwritten document by I. N. Guthrie, above, nor from Thomas’ gravestone, which lists his DOD and his age at his death. Calculating the latter gives a DOB of 10 Mar 1776.

Much of the text on Thomas Guthrie Jr’s family and life appears to be the same published in LRG’s ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families’. It is possible that W. Hardin Guthrie was using AGAF as a source, or that he or his father, Frank C. Guthrie, provided LRG with some of the family data. Some of LRG’s correspondence from Sterling Price Guthrie on GFG2A-Branch I is found at FamilySearch beginning with the generation of Thomas Guthrie Jr.

The Wood Family p99-100

Lucy Wood was the wife of Thomas Guthrie Jr. Information on her family is listed here.

William Guthrie, son of Thomas Jr p101-104

Notes on the family of William Guthrie.

John Guthrie, son of Thomas Jr p105

Notes on the family of John Guthrie.

Indenture Between Hayly Guthery and Fanny and John Allen p106

The letter from LRG should have come prior to the inclusion of this indenture because it makes for a confusing transition from the discussion of Thomas and Mildred’s descendants to a different Guthrie family from another region. See letter p.109.

It appears that Frank C. Guthrie had been corresponding with Rev Laurence R Guthrie about the possibility that Thomas’ line was connected with the Guthries of Cumberland County since there was another Thomas frome that area. Frank apparently requested more info from LRG on certain Guthries in VA and ended up receiving a transcription of an indenture dated 4 Nov 1822 between Hayly Guthery and Fanny his wife of Shenandoah County, Virginia and John Allen of Culpepper County, Virginia. John was a relative of Fanny’s as James Allen dec’d had willed the land to his daughter Fanny now Fanny Guthery

Letter from Lawrence R Guthrie p109

LRG wrote that he made copies of original Halifax County VA data that he received from F C Guthrie and was returning it to him. He stated he had just received information on Rockingham and Cumberland Counties, but there is little to show for it as most records were destroyed during the Civil War. Note that Rockingham is rather amusingly misspelled in the letter. I will let you discover that for yourself. Sorry LRG! As a minister I am certain you never registered the typos. He engages in some general speculation on who may or may not be related, but doubts that the family lines can successfully be traced through documentation.

Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Virginia p110

More on Cumberland County Virginia. A letter is included from Wirt Johnson Carrington who was researching for a Miss Guthrie, possibly Clarissa Guthrie. There is a handwritten note by C. Guthrie at the bottom indicating that “this is not our Thomas,” but asks that the info be sent to LRG.

Excerpts from Halifax County documents are included here. These are all associated with GFG4 descendants.

Will of Edmund Andros to Edward Guthry p116

Next, the search turns to the King and Queen County, Virginia line of Edward Guthrie. This is a transcription of the 753 acre land grant in K&Q at the mouth of the Mattapony River dated 25 Oct 1695. According to the documentation we do have, Edward’s line came from England rather than directly from Scotland. It has also been associated by various theories to be the ancestral line of GFG4’s Thomas Guthrey (YDNA does not match any other Guthrie Family Group) or GFG5’s William Guthrie. However, there may be no way to genetically prove such a relationship as there is no other traceable lineage to test. This means that we are dependent upon a random YDNA test from yet another line to prove extended family relationships that might provide additional clues.

Although the Guthrie-Howell line is tied to GFG2A-Branch I, it currently remains a theoretical or inferred relationship. We still need a direct line male Guthrie descendant of Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell to participate in Y-DNA testing in order to prove their Family Group origins.

Will of A Spotwood to John Guthery p117

Another King and Queen County document.

Notes and Corrections p118-119

This section focuses on possible errors and corrections to the Thomas Guthrie lineage listed in the previous chapters.

The Guthries of Maryland by Rev L R Guthrie p120-126

There are at least 3 different Guthrie Family Groups with Maryland connections, all of which are touched on here without a definitive differentiation. Also presumably included in the information from LRG is the data on The Treking Route and Cumberland, VA.

A few paragraphs about “Thomas Guthrie His Antecedents and Descentants” touches on the tradition that Thomas was the son of a James Guthrie and Miss Bissell, although it is typed here as Russle.

At that point in the correspondence, LRG does not appear to have settled on an origin for James. He rules out the King and Queen County, VA tribe, but feels certain that James had an origin in Maryland. However, the two James Guthrie men listed are already spoken for by GFG1A in Worcester and GFG2A-Branch A near Baltimore and later North Carolina.

Next, LRG comments on the tradition that Thomas had three brothers listing them as James Jr, John, and the third being either a William or Robert. However the Robert Guthrie mentioned as an example is the one attached to GFG3A. 

Sketch of Tennessee and Missouri Guthries by Rev A W Guthrie p127-148

The next section provides a look at the Guthries of GFG2A-Branch A. This document was received by LRG on 23 Dec 1922, and apparently shared with either Frank or Hardin Guthrie.

This is all about James Guthrie and his wife Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) who came from Northern Ireland and first settled near Baltimore, MD. Near the start of the Revolutionary War the family moved to Orange County, North Carolina. There were 2 sons: James Jr and Robert, and 6 daughters: Mary, Ann, Martha, Margaret, Jean, and Elizabeth. James Sr died in Orange County bet. Nov 1800 and Feb 1801. His wife Elizabeth was last noted in an Orange County property sale with two of her sons-in-law in 1810. Both sons moved from North Carolina settling in Tennessee along the Robertson-Sumner County border. For the next 200 years descendants lived along Dry Fork Creek near Gallatin, Sumner County, TN. Some moved to Missouri.

Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee is also home to Isaac Newton Guthrie of GFG2A-Branch I and his descendants, which no doubt gave Frank and Hardin Guthrie reason to suspect further connections. 

Genealogy of the Southern Branch of the Guthrie Family by F C Guthrie and Clara H Guthrie p149

Frank C Guthrie (1860-1948) authored this family story with his niece, Clara H Guthrie, the daughter of his eldest brother, George Nuchols Guthrie 

The indexing in the book is a bit confusing, but it seems likely that every section following this header is a part of the titled story. No doubt this is the source of the section in AGAF called “Thomas Guthrie and His Descendants compiled by Clara Harrison Guthrie” (p.267)

Indenture between John James and Thomas Guthrie p150

A copy of the same indenture 29 Jun 1792 between John James of Stafford, VA and Thomas Guthrie of Fauquier for the least of a farm on Rocky Run.

James Guthrie of Cumberland Valley PA p153-154

This section is all about GFG2A-Branch G’s James Guthrie who m. Jeanette (Wilson) Moore and their son James Guthrie Jr who m. Jennet Culbertson. LRG’s book actually mixes up some of the records for these two men. Most importantly because he mixed up their wives. That confusion seems to have started here because the text continuously identifies James Sr’s wife as ‘Jean Culbertson’. 

Interestingly, Archibald Guthrie who died in 1779 PA during the American Revolution (GFG2A-Branch D) is listed as a son of James Guthrie. Descendants of Archibald do not possess the unique genetic mutations / markers of inheritance that are present in Branch G Y-DNA.

The Early Guthrie Family of the Cumberland Valley, p155

Mentions 3 Guthrie pioneers: David, William and James being either 3 brothers or a father and two sons.

In AGAF, p.181 writes that “the name David is an error. It should be James.”

So that makes the prospective father or brother of the named individuals.

One interesting element is the mention of Robert Guthrie and Margaret Love. There are several “Love” connections within GFG2A. Robert and Margaret’s family is currently unattached to any known set of parents. The descriptions of his locations would appear to make him more likely to be a descendant of Robert Guthrie and Miss Darlington.

Culbertson p156

A blurb on the Culbertson family history.

The top of p157 looks like it continues the Guthrie family information listing Archibald Guthrie as the son of James and Jean (Culbertson Guthrie. Again, it looks like the author intended to discuss James Sr’s generation rather than James Jr and wife. Also, Archibald’s descendants do not match the GFG2A-Branch G specific markers.

This James Guthrie is listed as the son of James and Jean (Culbertson) Guthrie when in fact he is the man who married Jean / Jennet Culbertson. I am uncertain about the Barr connection. He had a sister, Elizabeth, married to Isaac Parr.

Barr p158

Info on the Barr family.

William Guthrie, son of James and Jean Culbertson p158

This “son” does not belong to the family of either James Guthrie Sr or Jr. The William Guthrie identified here belongs to GFG6 and so is genetically unrelated to any of the GFG2A branches. William’s father was also named William. They came from Ireland and first settled in Delaware before this William moved to Cumberland County, PA and later Westmoreland. GFG6 looks to be an old and expansive Family Group rather than an obvious result of a colonial-era adoption or paternal event. William’s wife was Mary Welch rather than the Margaret Campbell listed. William Guthrie and Mary Welch married in 1772 and She survived him by 21 years.

Campbell p158

Comments on the Campbell family refer to Margaret Campbell mentioned above.

Heads of Families p159

Guthrie Heads of Families in the 1790 census.
Also a random list of records excerpts mentioning the name Guthrie.

Page 166 presents an interesting finding. Since this appears to be a draft or work-in-progress, the author has crossed out certain paragraphs which are apparently found either inaccurate or something he does not want to include.

A direct statement “James Guthrie married Miss Bussle, father of Thomas Guthrie of Fauquier County, Virginia, who married Mildred Howell,” is crossed out. This sentence is part of a lineage written by Phobe Guthrie, eighth child of Caleb Guthrie and Betsy Smith Guthrie. born 14 Sep 1831.

Included is a blurb on Thomas and Mildred.

Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell p167

Next is a lineage of Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell descendants written by Isaac Newton Guthrie. grandson of that couple via their son James.

Indenture Between Thomas Guthrie Jr and Thomas Guthrie Sr p169

A transcription of the indenture.

John Guthrie to William Risk, Sep 1829 p170

A transcription of the indenture

Thomas Guthrie Sr to James Guthrie p171

A transcription of the indenture

James Guthrie, son of Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell p172

The header for this section is actually James Guthrie – Miss Bussle, so whatever the crossed out text meant above, it seems that W. Hardin Guthrie has not ruled it out.

Here begins a more detailed look at descendants.

Children of James Guthrie and Elizabeth Gibbs p176

Family details.

Picture of Isaac Newton Guthrie p186

The picture is not actually included. Notations on the page suggest that it was to be added later.

Picture of Martha Ann Montgomery Guthrie p187

The picture is not actually included. Notations on the page suggest that it was to be added later.

More family details on the following pages…

Isaac Newton Guthrie p188

George Walter Gilmore p192

James M Guthrie, MD p195

Isaac Newton Guthrie Jr p198

Eugene Burr Guthrie p198

A header across this page indicates “A tentative sketch” suggesting that it may have also been acquired elsewhere. The bulk of the sketch reviews the lineage of the Guthries of Guthrie, makes a brief segue into Edinburgh and Ireland and then identifies John Guthrie of King and Queen County, Virginia as the 3x-great-grandfather of Eugene Burr Guthrie (1773TN-1941TX) who was the son of Isaac Newton Guthrie Jr and Mary Cage.

Nathan Lewis Guthrie p216

Henry Clay Guthrie p219

Harry Aloysius Guthrie p220

Picture of Hon. William Montgomery p222

This man was the father of Martha Ann Montgomery, 2nd wife of Isaac Newton Guthrie Sr. The picture is not actually included. Notations on the page suggest that it was to be added later.

William Montgomery p223

A biographical sketch of William Montgomery and family. Includes handwritten notes.

Isaac Newton Guthrie and Martha Ann Montgomery p232

Details about the family.

Picture of Frank C Guthrie p235

Father of the author, W. Hardin Guthrie. The picture is not actually included. Notations on the page suggest that it was to be added later.

Frank C Guthrie of Nashville, Tennessee p236

William Hardin Guthrie p236

Milton Merritt Guthrie p236

The picture is not actually included. Notations on the page suggest that it was to be added later.

Residence of Frank C Guthrie p241

Photo included.

Jeptha Dudley Guthrie p246

Nancy Guthrie p254

Elizabeth Guthrie p259

Robert Guthrie, son of Thomas Guthrie and Mildred Howell, p259

Caleb Guthrie p269

The Ricketts and Goodes, p269

Info about associated families.

Gibbs, Scott County, Kentucky, p273

The courthouse burned resulting in records loss.

Deed of Julius Gibbs p275

Partial transcription of a surviving document and other records.

Miscellaneous Items p281

Family data and documents.

Will of Julius Gibbs p282

Transcription of the will.

Isaac Newton Guthrie’s Will p284

Transcription of the will.

Adam Guthrie and Aunt Betsy p290

What appears to be another acquired sketch of a Guthrie family. This refers to the family of James Guthrie and Elizabeth Dunlap, both of whom died at sea on the way to America in 1775. Adam Guthrie was their only son. He moved from Virginia to Kentucky. We do not have any YDNA project participants representing his line.

Letters p291

This section begins with a letter addressed to Clara Guthrie. It shows that Frank Guthrie had turned over all of his genealogical notes to Clara. The letter provides some details about Adam Guthrie, above.

Next some notes and letters about different Guthrie families.

Days Lived Over Again by G. N. Guthrie p303

An address delivered by George Nuchols Guthrie at an annual reunion party for the Teachers and Pupils of Liberty School, Gallatin, TN. Published in the Sumner County News 6 Oct 1910.

Inscriptions on Monuments in Scotland copied by F C Guthrie p308

Notes on the subject.

Miscellaneous p310

There is no page 310 attached, so this most likely refers to additional items stuffed into a folder labelled Miscellaneous.

These include:

  1. A clipping of Goodspeed’s Biographical Sketch of Isaac N. Guthrie, son of James and Elizabeth (Gibbs) Guthrie.
  2. Isaac N Guthrie’s handwritten document about the family of Thomas Guthrie and Mildren Howell and descendants.
  3. A typed copy of Sumner County Bible Records – copied from a bible dated 1836 owned by Mrs Frank Dulin of Gallatin, Tennessee.
  4. Pages copied from ‘History of Woodford County’ by Wm. E. Railey, Versailles, KY 1968 on the family of Thomas Guthrie Sr and Mildred Howell.
  5. A typed draft of ‘The Guthries of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, with crossed out data and notes. 
  6. A few pages pulled from a book on The Guthrie Family focusing on Origin of the Guthrie Name and the beginnings of the Three Brothers origin story
  7. Sumner County, Tennessee Bible Records. Appears to be another publication listing similar data.


  1. Really fascinating! Enjoyed the fact that the book touched a bit on my line and filled a couple holes for on the military history. Definitely a good find!

    • After reading through it in detail, the book appears to be a draft rather than a fully published work. It has been fully digitalized. The PDF is attached to the site and can be downloaded there.

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