2A-D: George Guthery

of Greene County, Pennsylvania and Ross & Pike Counties, Ohio, USA

Parents: John Guthery 1744PA-1823OH & Lydia Baldwin
Birth: 26 March 1779
Birth Location: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Marriage: Sarah Howard on 20 July 1799 in Ross County, Ohio, USA
Death: After 1820
Death Location: Possibly in Illinois, USA
Burial: Unknown, possibly in Illinois, USA
George Guthery was the fifth of twelve children. The area his family lived was in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania at the time of his birth, but became part of Washington County in 1781 and then Greene County in 1796. During the next year or two following George’s birth, the family moved by floatboat down the Monangahela and Ohio Rivers and then up the Scioto River to settle in what is now Pike County, Ohio. George grew to manhood there. According to his youngest sister Lydia Guthrie Peters, George married Sarah Howard. Their marriage record is dated 20 July 1799 in Ross County, Ohio. The couple had 4 children known to her: Samuel, Baldwin, John, and Priscilla. She revealed that George and his family had moved to Illinois and that he died there, but that she had heard nothing from his family since.

Parents: Unidentified (She was a cousin of Ellen Howard who married George’s brother John.)
Birth: Before 1775 (census-based estimate)
Birth Location: Unknown
Children: Samuel, Baldwin, John, and Priscilla
Death: Unknown, probably after 1820
Death Location: Unknown, probably Ohio or Illinois.
Burial: Unknown
Three Howard women married into this Guthery family. Sarah married George. Her sister Nancy married Aaron. Their cousin Elinor ‘Ellen’ married John. The data for the Howards is probably available, but so far I have only found a few trees with limited data.


Abt. 1804OH – 18??
The only actual data found on this son is his name. The family history interview of Lydia Guthery Peters, the sister of George Guthery, identified Baldwin as one of his four children. The birth order for these children is unknown. Lydia named Baldwin after Samuel, but I have a tentative birth date (source unknown) of 1804. I found no other verifiable data to show that this child lived to adulthood.

Abt. 1806OH – 18???
Like his brother Baldwin Guthrie, there is virtually no evidence of John’s existence other than the mention by his aunt Lydia (Guthery) Peters in the interview. The DOB of 1806 may be arbitrary.

Abt. 1810OH – Aft.1880
Online trees have some elements of a different Samuel Guthrie‘s life and death mixed up with this man. The other man was born in Ireland on 11 Jun 1810, lived in various townships in Whiteside County, IL, and died there on 17 Mar 1887. He was buried in Springhill Cemetery in Whiteside. Census and probate records will clear up the identity of his family members.

This Samuel Guthrie was also born about 1810, but in Ohio. I have not found an exact DOB for him. He was already presumably married to Theodosia Crossman by 1833 when their son John was born. Other children were Baldwin (1837), George (1839), Emma (1845), and Priscilla (1848). Samuel was a farmer. They lived in Pearl, Pike County, Illinois for decades and can be found on the census records for that location. The last record found for either Samuel or his wife is the 1880 census of Spring Creek, Pike County, Illinois where he is listed as a retired farmer. Their seventeen year old grandson George Guthrie was living with them at the time.

As a consequence of the mix up between Samuel Guthrie and the other man by the same name, there is also a discrepancy in the DOD listed for Theodosia (Crossman) Guthrie, which identifies her DOD and burial location as that of Ann (McNeill) Guthrie, the wife of the other man. Theodora died sometime after the 1880 census when she was already 70 years of age.

1) John W Guthrie 1833IL – Aft. 1880, possibly TX. m1 Marasha Ann Henry, m2 Mary E Turnbow, +children
2) Baldwin Guthrie 1837IL – 1922IL m. Elizabeth Hack (1863) +children
3) George W. Guthrie 1839IL – 1925KS m. Margaret Jane Miller (1860) +children
4) Emma C Guthrie 1845IL – 1884MO m. Jared W Clark (1864) +children
5) Priscilla Guthrie 1848IL – 1850-60IL presumably died during childhood.

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

1801-10OH – 1847OH
Birth order of the children is unknown. It is possible that Priscilla was the oldest or the youngest. She was the only daughter named by George’s sister Lydia (Guthery) Peters. The only reference point found is the 1830 census of the David Foster household in Pike County, Ohio. Priscilla Guthrie married David Ross Foster in Pike, OH on 15 Nov 1829. If this is the correct daughter for this family it is possible evidence that they remained in Ohio longer than we think. Priscilla and David were parents to Andrew (1830), Sally (1833), Isaac (1835), James (1837) and Nancy (1843). They are also credited as being parents to Joseph Foster (1826), which would either make him a prenuptial child, or the child of David by another partner or wife. The death record does not list his parents. Priscilla died in Pike County, OH in between 1843-1847 as the widower David remarried to Julia Ann Butcher on 15 Apr 1848 in Pike County, OH. They had two children, Margaret Jane (1852) and Jacob (1853). They moved to Louisa County, Iowa.

1) Joseph Foster 1826OH-1884IA m. Catharine Dyke (1847) +children
2) Andrew Jackson Foster 1830OH-1902IA m. Margaret Lawrence (1851) +children
3) Sally Foster 1833OH-aft.1903 – marital and family status unknown, living at the time of brother Isaac’s death
4) Isaac Foster 1835OH-1903IA m1. Millie J Wood (1856), m2. Maggie C Friederichsen (1885) +children
5) James Y Foster 1837OH-1902IA m. Martha Jane McCurdy (1863) +children
6) Nancy Foster 1843OH-1900IA m. Alexander Albaugh (1861) +children

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


Nancy (Foster) and Alexander Albaugh
The Muscatine Journal

1 Mar 1900 – Thursday
Obituary of Joseph Foster
The Muscatine Journal
2 Sep 1902 – Tuesday

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