2A-C: Mary Guthrie

of New Castle County, Delaware

Parents: Samuel Guthrie b. c1680-1700 – d.1746DE & Mary (MNU)
Birth: Est.1716-1730, Bef. 1746 (definite)
Birth Location: Pennsylvania or Delaware
Marriage: 26 Feb 1747 in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware at Holy Trinity aka ‘Old Swedes’ Church.
Death: After 1774
Based on the birth order suggested in the potion of Jane Vail in her 1774 petition to divide her mother’s estate, Mary Guthrie was the fourth of seven children. If she was at least 17 years of age during her 1747 marriage, Mary would have been born no later than 1730. Her brother Samuel, who is supposedly the 6th child married in 1745, so it is likely that Mary was in her early to mid twenties.

Very little is known about Mary Guthrie except that she was born, married Thomas Vail in 1747, and was still alive on 18 Oct 1774 when her older sister Jane Vail petitioned the court.

Parents: Unidentified
Birth: Unknown, presumably 1710-1730
Birth Location: Unknown
Death: 1776
Death Location: St George’s Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware

The Estate of Thomas Vail was administrated by Benjamin, Alexander, and James Vail of St George’s Hundred. They submitted an inventory of the estate on 14 Nov 1776. Settlement of the estate was submitted in April 1784. Notations within the settlement documents include: “They charge themselves with Cash recd by Benjamin Vail from Jane Vail on account of the estate of Mary Guthrey. £50.0.0.

The relationship between Mary Guthrie and Benjamin, Alexander, and James Vail is undocumented. Since Benjamin Vail received money from the estate of Samuel Guthrie’s widow, Mary Guthrie, it would appear that he is a possible son of Thomas & Mary (Guthrie) Vail.


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

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