2A-B: Adam Guthrie

ADAM GUTHRIE born 1714-33PA – died 1798PA & MERCY IRWIN
of Pennsylvania, USA

Parents: Robert Guthrie & Miss (FNU) Darlington (Theory)
Birth: Between 1714-1733
Birth Location: Pennsylvania
Marriage: About 1755 presumably in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Cordwainer, Farmer
Death: 1798 before 6 July
Death Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: Seceder Cemetery, near Brandywine Manor, Chester, Pennsylvania
The family of Robert Guthrie is one created as the hypothesis of ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families’ author Lawrence R Guthrie based on his research and correspondence with descendants. It is believed that Robert was married to a Darlington, but there is no documented evidence to prove that connection. The identification of several sons including Adam is also theoretical. Direct paternal line Y-DNA tests conclusively prove that Adam’s line belongs to Guthrie Family Group 2A (GFG2A). Adam Guthrie was born sometime between 1714-1733, these dates calculated from tax records and the census-based age ranges of his eldest children. He is included on a list of men who settled between 1720-40 in the area of East Caln now included in West & East Brandywine, Chester, PA. Tax Records listing him in West Nantmeal as a Freeman begin in 1756. Adam Guthrie married Mercy Irwin about 1755 (definitely by 1759 when they were named as a married couple as heirs of John Irwin). Their children are documented through property records. Mercy died in 1793 and Adam about 1798 (before 6 July). They are believed to be buried at the Forks of the Brandywine Seceder Cemetery (aka Brandywine Manor Secession Church Graveyard, Old Seceder Burying Ground) likely in unmarked graves.

Parents: George Irwin & Jane Matlack
Birth: 1738
Birth Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death: 1793
Death Location: Honey Brook, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: Seceder Cemetery, near Brandywine Manor, Chester, Pennsylvania


We don’t have an exact DOB for Adam & Mercy’s son William Guthrie. Census based estimates indicate he was born between 1756-1774 (possibly narrowed to 1761-1770). He married Hannah MNU. They lived in Chester County, PA. There is another William Guthrie living in the county at approximately the same time, so it is unclear which household belongs to this man. Only one child has been positively identified at this point.
1) William Guthrie Jr c1780sPA-p1830PA married Ann Iddings +children

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

Hannah was born about 1760, with a census-based birth range being 1756-1774. She married Adam Campbell. In 1781 he paid Chester County, PA property taxes on 94 acres, 1 horse and 2 cattle. They were located in West Caln in 1800, Brandywine in 1810, and still in Chester County in 1820. In that census year it appears to be Adam and his wife that are enumerated. Based on the numbers listed, Adam & Hannah appear to have had at least 1 son and 3 daughters.
1) (Unidentified Son) Campbell born 1785-1790
2) (Unidentified Daughter) Campbell born 1791-1800
3) (Unidentified Daughter) Campbell born 1795-1800
4) (Unidentified Daughter) Campbell born 1801-1810

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendants of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: No verifiable descendants

1756-74PA-18??PA or OH
Adam Guthrie was born about 1762. He lived and died on the old family homestead of his father, Adam Guthrie Sr. His marriage to Mary Elton took place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia on 30 Nov 1792. The Elton family was in residence in Kennett, Chester, PA by 29 Apr 1777 when John & Mary Elton and family, including daughter Mary, were named in the Kennett Meeting House records: Martha, Anthony, John, Bathsheba, William, Susanne, Mary, Samuel, and Joseph. The Eltons were Quakers. Adam Guthrie is later mentioned in the Quaker Meeting Records of the New Garden Monthly Meeting in Chester, PA. Adam and Mary (Elton) Guthrie had 2 known children. According to author LRG, Adam is believed to have died about 1806, presumably in Chester, PA, however the bio of son Robert E Guthrie states that his parents had also lived in OH, which is where he married bet. 1813-15. Adam’s brother Robert was living in Moon, Allegheny, PA during the 1810 & 1820 censuses. There was also an Adam Guthrie household listed for 1810 with 1M & 1F 26-45 (1766-1784) and 2 sons 10-15 (1795-1800) that appears to be a good match for Adam’s family. The fact that they don’t appear on the 1820 Moon census corroborates the story that they may have moved to OH.
1) Robert Elton Guthrie 1795PA-1846IL married Eva Catherine Spawr +children
2) Adam Guthrie c1804PA-1872PA married Phoebe Mercer Jones +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: Yes
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: Yes

You have to do a little digging through the records to find information on Robert Guthrie. He was born about 1764 in Pennsylvania, presumably in Chester County. Between 1791 and 1799 in Peters Township, Washington, PA, Robert and his wife Margaret (MNU) appeared before James Mitchell JP for the purposes of signing documents associated with the family indenture related to Adam Guthrie’s estate. (Caution: This is not the Robert Guthrie who married Margaret Wilson and 2nd Ruth Wilson.) This Robert Guthrie was living in Washington County in the 1790s, and moved to Allegheny County by 1800 where he was living St Clair with his wife and 2 daughters. In 1810 and 1820 they were located in Moon, Allegheny, PA, and by 1830 had moved to Lackawannock in Mercer County, PA. The 1850 census lists Robert, 86, a farmer, and his wife Margaret, 71 living in Wilmington, Mercer, PA. Only one of their children is believed to have been identified to date, Sarah.
1) (Unidentified Daughter) 1795-1800
2) Sarah Guthrie abt.1802PA-1860-70PA (unverified daughter) married Sathelius Middleton Crail +children
3) (Unidentified Son) 1805-1810
4) (Unidentified Daughter) 1805-1810
5) (Unidentified Son) 1811-1820
6) (Unidentified Son) 1811-1820
7) (Unidentified Daughter) 1811-1820

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

Mary Guthrie was born on 15 March 1770 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and baptized on 14 April 1770. On 18 October 1791 in West Fallowfield, Chester, Pennsylvania, Mary Guthrie was married to James Love. He was the son of Thomas Love and Martha Ann Guthrie, the daughter of John Guthrie & Ann Hill (or Emmons) from GFG2A-Branch H. They raised a large family in Chester County, PA remaining there throughout their marriage. Mary died on 20 Sep 1849 and James a few years later on 20 Oct 1854. They are buried at Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Chochranville, Chester, PA. The Loves and Allied Families has a subsection in ‘American Guthrie and Allied Families, pp557-561.
1) Martha Love 1702PA-1879PA married James Ross +children
2) Elizabeth Love 1794PA-1837 remained unmarried. No further details.
3) Thomas Love (Rev.) 1796PA-1879DE married Sarah Latta +children
4) Sarah Ann Love 1798PA-1858NJ remained unmarried.
5) John Adam Love 1800PA-1883IL married Anna Maria McClellan +children
6) James McClure Love 1804PA-1880IL married 1st Elizabeth Thompson +children, 2nd Martha McNair +children
7) Robert Love 1807PA-1838NJ married Ann Thompson Fair +children
8) Hannah Love 1809PA-1894PA remained unmarried
9) Mary Love 1811PA-1883PA remained unmarried
10) Rebecca Love 1814PA-1823PA died in childhood.

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

Sarah Guthrie was born on 22 August 1772 near Guthriesville, Chester, Pennsylvania. She married John Thompson about 1790 presumably in Pennsylvania. They lived in West Marlborough and Doe Run in Chester County. John died in 1816. Sarah lived until 18 Sep 1861 and is buried at the Coatesville Presbyterian Cemetery.
1) William H Thompson 1791PA-1823PA married Mary Ann Herb +children
2) John J Thompson 1796PA-1820PA married Mary (MNU). No children identified.
3) Joseph M Thompson 1800PA-1867PA married Sarah (MNU) +children
4) Samuel C Thompson (M.D.) 1807PA-1857PA remained unmarried.
5) (Unidentified Daughter) Thompson

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Project Participants: Yes

Martha Guthrie was born about 1774 probably in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She married Robert Elton Jr in Lancaster County, PA on 10 April 1794. No further data found.

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

Also known as Jean, this daughter was born about 1775 presumably in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She married John Hannah prior to 20 Oct 1798 when they were among those named as releasing their rights to property inherited at the time of Adam Guthrie’s death. The Historical Collections of Harrison County, in the State of Ohio lists a brief sketch about the Hanna family immigration from Ireland to America and mentions John Hanna & Jane Guthrie. She died on 28 March 1848 and he died on 23 September 1853 both in Bridgeville, Allegheny, PA.
1) Elizabeth Hanna 1799PA-1858PA married Thomas Alexander +children
2) William Hanna 1801PA-1876PA married Mary Ann McCreary +children

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

John Guthrie was a house carpenter. He was born about 1775 probably in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He is the only person listed in his household in Brandywine in 1800. He married Mary Shughart between 1800-1808. They had 4 children. John was only about 39 at his death. He wrote his will on 12 April 1814. Probated in 1815. Mary remarried to Joseph Smith on 14 November 181 at the Forks of the Brandywine Church.
1) Phebe Guthrie born 1800-1814PA married Joseph Armstrong. No further details.
2) John Guthrie (blacksmith) born 1800-1814PA – died after 1833. No further details.
3) Adam C Guthrie (carpenter) 1809PA-1858MD married Margaret Wagoner +children
4) Mary Ann Guthrie born 1800-1814PA. No further details.

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

1776PA – Unknown
Daughter Elizabeth Guthrie was born about 1776 presumably in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She remained unmarried.

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

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