2A-F: James Guthrie (II)

of Fairfield & Litchfield, Connecticut and Chenango, New York

Parents: John Guthrie 1700CT – 1756CT and Abigail Coe 1702CT – 1747CT
Birth: 5 April 1732
Birth Location: Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Occupation: Unknown
Marriage: 17 July 1755 at Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut
Military Service: Revolutionary War Soldier (Lenox, MA)
Death: 22 April 1804
Death Location: Sherburne, Chenango, New York, USA
Burial Location: Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne, Chenango, New York, USA
Born in Connecticut, James joined the First Congregational Church of Woodbury in 1752 and married Abigail Betts. Their children were born in Connecticut. He inherited land in Judea from his father. In 1771, the family moved to Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts where they joined the First Congregational Church. James involved himself in the local government and committees. He drew up documents including one known as ‘The Covenant‘ directing representatives of the town assembly to support the Continental Congress in any decision made to declare independence from Great Britain. James and two of his sons, Samuel and Joseph, served in the Revolutionary War as patriot soldiers. In 1792, after selling the last of his Massachusetts property, James and family removed to Bainbridge (formerly Jericho), New York, and quickly settled in Sherburne. The Meeting House on West Hill was the first church building to be erected in Sherburne. The society was formed in the home of James Guthrie, Tuesday, 25 November 1800. James Guthrie died in Sherburne on 22 April 1804, and his widow Abigail in 1814.

Parents: Unknown
Birth: 21 July 1742
Birth Location: Connecticut
Guthrie Sons: Samuel (1756), James (1757), Joseph (1761), John (c1763), Benjamin (1763), Nathan (1767)
Guthrie Daughters: Abigail (1762), Sarah (c1763), Esther (1765)
Death: 1814
Death Location: Sherburne, Chenango, New York, USA
Burial Location: Unknown, No Marked Grave in Sherburne West Hill Cemetery listed at Find-a-Grave
Online trees list Abigail as the daughter of Elias Betts and Abigail Birchard, whose daughter was born on 7 Feb 1746 and baptized 23 Mar 1746 in Wilton, Connecticut. The same source, Church Record Abstracts, indicates that their daughter died on 21 Oct 1783. This information is incongruous with what has been presented in Records of the Guthrie Family (Dunn & Dunn) and American Guthrie & Allied Families (LRG) in relation to the Abigail Betts who married James Guthrie. The latter author basically quotes the earlier work of Dunn & Dunn. I have not found any original source info to prove Abigail’s DOB or DOD. The 1800 census of Sherburne lists the household of “James Guthery” with 1 male and 1 female 45 and over, and 1 female 10-15, which infers that Abigail was still alive at that time.


1756CT – 1808MA

Samuel Guthrie, the eldest of James and Abigail’s children, was born in Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut on 23 May 1756. He was about 15 years old when his parents moved to Lenox, Massachusetts. He enlisted as a patriot soldier in the Revolutionary War serving along with his father and brother, Joseph. After the close of the war he studied medicine and attained fame as a physician and surgeon. Dr Guthrie was twice married. First marriage occurred before 1782 to Sarah MNU by whom he had 2 sons. Presumably, Sarah died prior to 1789 when the second marriage occurred on 9 August 1789 in Stafford, Connecticut to widow Mrs Anna (Bicknell) Wickmal. They also had two sons.
1) Samuel Guthrie (Physician, Chemist, & Inventor) 1782MA-1848NY m.Sibyl Sexton +children
2) James Guthrie 1784MA-1860OH m1.1813 Elizabeth Ainsworth, m2.1851 Anna Byram +children
3) Rufus Guthrie 1792CT-1871MA m1817CT Abigail ‘Nabby’ Bradley +children
4) Alfred Guthrie 1798MA-18?? – marital status unknown, children unknown – medical professional

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

1757CT – abt. 1813OH

The Barbour Collection lists James Guthrie, the son of James Guthrie and Abigail Betts’ DOB as 19 November 1757 in Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut. A baptismal date of 5 March 1758 is also given. The authors of “Records of the Guthrie Family” mistakenly identified this James Guthrie as the man who married Mehitable Hickox. See blog entry on CT/MA: Guthrie-Hickox. Also take a look at the Message Boards at Family Search and Ancestry to view the original discussion points. Note that descendants of James Guthrie and Mehitable Hickox are now officially in an Ungrouped Family Status pending Y-DNA testing, which may reconnect them to GFG2A-Branch F.

The son of James Guthrie and Abigail Betts would have been about 14 years old when his family moved from to Lenox, Massachusetts. His parents remained there until 1792, which means they were residing there during the course of the Revolutionary War. Because his identity was mistaken for the man who served in Connecticut and therefore associated with the Guthrie-Hickox widow’s pension file, James Guthrie Jr’s probable Revolutionary War service is either credited to his father, James Guthrie Sr, or intermixed with it. Brothers both older and younger than James serviced in the war, and there are definitely Massachusetts records found at Fold3 showing Revolutionary War-era service by a James Guthrie, but whether it was this James or his father is unknown. His father was in his early 40s while James Jr was also old enough to be required to serve in the local militia.

After the war, James Guthrie appears to have moved to Chemung, Montgomery County, New York, where his uncle William Guthrie settled. He is listed on the 1790 census. Herkimer County formed from Montgomery in 1791. Three years later James Guthrie purchased land in Herkimer, conveying some of it to his brothers. During this time period, his parents, brothers, and their families moved from Massachusetts to New York settling in Sherburne. This township was located in Chenango County, which was formed from Tioga and Herkimer Counties.

By the time of the 1800 Census of Sherburne, James Guthrie Jr’s household included 10 members: 1M and 1F 26-44, 1M 16-25, 2M10-15, 2M and 3F under 10. Property records show that his wife’s name was Elizabeth. She was also called Betsy. In April of 1812 James and Elizabeth sold their land in Sherburne and moved to Avery Township in Huron, Ohio. Avery was later renamed Milan and is now located in Erie County, Ohio after the county was split.

Within a year of their settlement in Avery, James Guthrie Jr and his son, David B Guthrie, died. No cause of death has been determined, but their deaths were within a very short span of one another. Probate documents are found in Ohio and back in New York providing further evidence of family connections.
1) Unidentified Son – born 1774-1783 in Sherburne, Chenango, NY
2) David B Guthrie – born 1785-1794 NY – died Dec 1812 OH, married, 1 daughter
3) Erastus “Rassatas” Guthrie – born 1785-1800 NY – died 1817 OH, probably unmarried
4) Dr. Anslem Guthrie – born 1785-1790 NY – died in Ontario, Canada, m1. Amanda Perry (divorced), 1 daughter m2. Unidentified Dolsen
5) Unidentified Son – born 1791-1800 in Sherburne, Chenango, NY
6) Unidentified Daughter – 1791-1794 in Sherburne, Chenango, NY
7) Elisa Guthrie – born 1791-1794 NY – died 1821-1822 OH, m.1821OH Jacob Bouck
8) Abigail ‘Abby’ Guthrie – 12 Aug 1798 NY – 23 Apr 1820 OH, m.1813OH Daniel Sherman +children
9) Beulah Ann Guthrie – 9 Apr 1808 NY – 15 Dec 1898 IL, m. 1827OH William H Sly +children

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

1761CT – 1845NY

Joseph Guthrie was born on 8 October 1761 in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut and moved with his family to Lenox, Massachussets. At the age of 16 years old, he enlisted in the Continental Army as a drummer boy and served for seven years. Joseph married Phoebe Abbott on 10 Nov 1784, and they had several children before moving to Sherburne, Chenango, New York where they completed their family circle. There, Joseph became a prominent citizen and during the first election in the county became Justice of the Peace, an office he held for 28 years. Phoebe died in 1833, with Joseph outliving her by 12 years. He died at 83 years of age on 20 Jan 1845. They are buried at Sherburne West Hill Cemetery.
1) Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Guthrie 4 Oct 1785 – 17 July 1855. Unmarried.
2) Sarah Guthrie 8 Jan 1787 – March 1859NY. Unmarried.
3) Diantha Guthrie 3 Oct 1789 – 24 Oct 1840NY. Unmarried.
4) Chauncy Abbott Guthrie 11 Oct 1790 – Apr 1828 m. Eliza Dunn +children
5) Justus Smith Guthrie 14 Oct 1792NY – 22 Dec 1854. No children.
6) Almira Guthrie 5 Jan 1795NY – 10 Sep 1884 m. James Green +children
7) Phoebe Satira Guthrie 14 Mar 1798NY – 4 July 1822/3. Unmarried
8) Joseph Guthrie 9 Jan 1801NY – 9 Feb 1837. Unmarried. NY Supreme Court Counselor
9) Lauren Lucian Guthrie 6 May 1804NY – 15 Jun 1829NY. Unmarried. – Violinist
10) James Guthrie – possible son as he is buried near Joseph and Phoebe. No DOB/DOD listed.

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

1762CT – ????

Get ready for another shake up in this family tree. According to online sources, Abigail married Thomas Morehouse in Danbury, Connecticut on 23 January 1773. However, the Barbour Collection notes that Abigail, daughter of James and Abigail, was born on 1 August 1762, which would make her only 10 years of age at her marriage. This is likely another case of mistaken identity. One of the Morehouse children uses the middle name of Knapp. Could Morehouse’s wife, Abigail Guthrie, actually be the daughter of John Guthrie and Patience Knapp instead? They have no identified daughters and a list of ‘presumptive’ children. The inscription on Abigail (Guthrie) Morehouse’s grave marker indicates that she died 22 Sep 1830 at 79 years of age, which would make her DOB about 1751, and therefore too early to be a daughter of James Guthrie and Abigail Betts.

So, the real daughter of James and Abigail was born on 1 August 1762 in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut. If still alive when the family moved to Lenox, Massachusetts, she would have been 9 years of age. They remained there until 1793 when she would have been 21. So her marriage would most likely have been in Lenox, MA or in Sherburne, NY if she lived to adulthood and married. No evidence found.

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

1763CT – 1828NY

James and Abigail’s daughter Sally was born on 24 November 1763 in Connecticut. She married Josiah Averill about 1809 and had 3 known children.
1) Lucretia Averill 1812NY – 1893MI m. Benjamin Curtis +children
2) Nelson Averill
3) Delos Averill

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

abt. 1763CT – before 1850NY

John Guthrie was born about 1763 plus or minus a year or two. He married Polly Purdy. They lived in Sherburne where he served as its 2nd Postmaster for a time. They had 6 children. Polly died many years before him. He died between 1840 – 1850 in New York.
1) Minerva Guthrie born about 1794NY – died in Thomasville, GA. Unmarried.
2) Mariah Guthrie born abt. 1798NY
3) Gloriann Guthrie born abt. 1809NY m.1829NY Nelson W Carpenter
3) John Guthrie born abt. 1816NY – died 8 Jul 1873MI m.1861 Lucinda Hall
5) William Henry Guthrie abt. 1817NY – bef. 1880MI m. Sarah Maria (Dimick) Adams +children
6) Albert Guthrie

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

1763CT – 1836PA

Born on 11 July 1763 in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut, Benjamin Guthrie moved to Lenox, MA with his parents and siblings. He married Milly Milke on 17 July 1785 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT. Benjamin was a member of the First Congregational Society of Sherburne where they lived. ‘Records of the Guthrie Family’ mentions that he moved to Pennsylvania, which may have been only temporarily. Records show that he returned to New York. He died in 1836 and his wife Milly in 1840.
1) Chauncey Guthrie 1790-1828 (farmer) m. Fanny Salisbury +children
2) Elsie Guthrie 1792-???? remained unmarried.
3) Abigail Guthrie 1792NY-1824NY m. Amasa Sprague +children
4) Clarissa Guthrie 1795-16 Apr 1841NY m. Nathaniel Beckwith (farmer) +children
5) Lewis Guthrie 1796NY-????
6) Almond Guthrie 1797-1868NY (farmer) m.1820 Elizabeth Salisbury +children
7) Philemon Guthrie 1801NY-1887MO m.1825PA Harriet Louise Leonard
8) Samuel Guthrie 1802NY-????
9) Charles Guthrie 1807NY-after1850 (shoemaker) still single in 1850

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

1765CT – After July 1822NY

Esther (or Easter) Guthrie was born 15 July 1765 in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut. She married Thomas Jenks, probably in Lenox, MA where they were located in the 1790 census. Afterward, they appear to have moved to Sherburne when the Guthrie family relocated there. Thomas died between 1800 and 1810. By that census year, Esther was listed as the Widow Jinkes. She died sometime after 22 July 1822 when she and her adult children sold land in Chenango County, NY to Stephen Harrington for $300.
1) Belinda Jenks 22 Mar 1786MA – 21 Jul 1850MI m.1808 Ebenezer Jackaway +children
2) James Lawrence Jenks 1787MA – 1839NY m. Susan Godfrey +children
3) Elmer Dickerson Jenks m1. Abigail Gardinier, m2. Matilda Hawley Wallace +children

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

1767CT – 1820NY

Nathan Guthrie was born 14 October 1767 in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut. He lived in Lenox, MA with his family during his youth. Like his eldest brother Samuel, he studied medicine and became a physician of some note in Sherburne, Chenango, New York. Like many in the family he settled there after the return from Massachusetts. Nathan was married twice and had children by each of his wives. Mabelle Patterson (1768-1805) married him on 28 Nov 1792.. A couple of years after her death, Nathan remarried to Mrs Abi (Richardson) Hale. ‘Records of the Guthrie Family’ and ‘American Guthrie’ describe Nathan as “a man of great intelligence, with a profound insight into both the physical and mental natures of men. He enjoyed to an unusual degree the confidence and affection of his community. Nathan Guthrie died in 1820.
1) Luman Guthrie 1793NY-1848NY m. Sophronia Shepard +children
2) Aurelia Guthrie 1796NY-1858MI m.1822NY Chester Savage +children
3) Harvey Guthrie 1799NY-1876OH (Blacksmith) m.1822NY Mary Beach +children
4) Francis ‘Frank’ Guthrie 1801-1881 (Minister) m.1821 Elizabeth Hughes +children
5) James Guthrie 1803NY-1871OH (Blacksmith) m1.1832 Harriet Shepard, m2.bef.1850 Theria Shepard +children
6) Jesse Guthrie 1811NY-1893NY (Teamster) m.bef1836NY Hannah R Crean +children
7) Joseph A Guthrie (Physician) 1815NY-1892M m1.1844NY Eunice Town, m2.1847MI Emma Convos +children

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