2A-F: William Guthrie

of Fairfield & Litchfield, Connecticut and Chenango, New York

Parents: John Guthrie 1700CT – 1756CT and Abigail Coe 1702CT – 1747CT
Birth: 30 December 1730
Birth Location: Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Occupation: Farmer
Marriage: Susanna Kirby about 1755 in Connecticut
Death: August 1806
Death Location: Jericho (now Bainbridge), Chenango, New York, USA
Burial Location: Unknown, presumably in Chenango County, NY
Notes: William received a bequest from his father John Guthrie at his death in 1756 including 1/5 of his lands in Judea, Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut equally divided for quantity and quality between him and his four brothers. Also, one half of the dwelling house, a yoke of oxen, a bay mare, and four sheep. William had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Woodbury. He married Susanna Kirby about 1755. He and his wife changed congregations in 1764 when they were admitted to the West Preston Congregational Church of Litchfield County, CT. William and his brother Ephraim Guthrie signed a petition to annex their society to New Preston in 1767. He and his wife Susanna had 9 children, only one son. They removed to Jericho, New York, now Bainbridge, in 1787. Some of the family settled in New Berlin, NY. William is first mentioned in the local records at a town meeting held 19 April 1791. He remained in Jericho (Bainbridge) until his death in August of 1806. His widow, Susannah, lived until March 1813.

Parents: John Kirby 1691-1760CT and Hannah Stow 1696-1780CT
Birth: 3 Feb 1733/4
Birth Location: Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Guthrie Sons: William Guthrie (1768)
Guthrie Daughters: Rhoda (1758), Anna (1761), Lois (1765), Eunice (1768), Mary (1770), Sarah (1773), Jemima (1776), and Ruth (1780)
Death: March 1813
Death Location: Jericho (now Bainbridge), Chenango, New York, USA
Burial Location: Unknown, presumably in Chenango County, NY


Abt. 1757 CT – 5 March 1828NY
Eunice may be the eldest child of William and Susanna “Suse” (Kirby) Guthrie. Her DOB is an estimate from a barely legible grave marker listing her as 71 years of age at her death on 5 March 1828. She married James Graham of Farmington on 30 April 1778 in Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut. They were parents to 1 son and 4 daughters. James died in 1837. They are buried at Kirby Cemetery in Bainbridge, Chenango, New York.
1) Livina ‘Lucy’ Graham abt.1783CT – 30 Jun 1849NY m.John Warren Harpur +children
2) Almira Graham abt. 1785CT – 6 Feb 1854NY m.Hyman Parker – children unknown
3) Clarissa Graham 27 Dec 1786CT – 15 Dec 1863OH m.Daniel Hyde +children
4) William Graham abt.1789NY – ???? – Died unmarried.
5) Melinda Graham 22 Sep 1792NY – 8 Feb 1871OH m1.William Harper Yuma’s, m2.Lawrence Fosdick +children

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

25 May 1758CT – 26 Nov 1838NY
Rhoda grew to adulthood in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her birth was recorded in Kent on 25 may 1758. She married Heth (Heath, Heith) Kelsey on 30 April 1778 in Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut. He was a Revolutionary War Patriot Soldier. Their first two children were born in Connecticut, but they made the move to Jericho (now Bainbridge), Chenango, New York, probably about the same time as Rhoda’s parents in 1787. Their last two children were born in New York. Rhoda died at 80 years of age on 26 November 1838. Her husband lived until he was 95 dying on 5 July 1850. They are buried at Coventry Cemetery in Coventry, Chenango, New York.
1) Clara Kelsey 5 Mar 1779CT – 4 Mar 1848NY m. Cornell Smith Jr +children
2) Hath Kelsey 20 Sep 1783CT – 3 Jul 1846NY m. Clarissa Hamblin +children
3) Caroline Kelsey Abt.1793NY – 1859NY m. Abraham ‘Abram’ N VanAlstyne +children
4) Rhoda Ann Kelsey 1800NY – 27 Mar 1821NY m.Alpheus Wright +children

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

12 Oct 1761CT – 14 Sep 1793NY
Anna Guthrie was born in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut on 12 October 1761. She married a Kirby cousin, Reuben Kirby, on 29 October 1782 in Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut. They had 3 daughters. They also made the move from Connecticut to Chenango County, New York. Anna died in Afton at 31 years of age on 14 Sep 1793. She is buried at the Kirby Cemetery in Bainbridge. Reuben Kirby died in 1827 at the age of 67 years old. He had remarried in 1794 to Naomi Patterson with whom he had other children.
1) Laura (or Lorra) Kirby 6 Oct 1783CT – 30 Jan 1836 m. Miles Hinman +children
2) Lois Kirby 13 Mar 1788NY – 17 Jul 1745PA m.1830 Robert Wallis Foster – no children
3) Sarah ‘Sally’ Kirby 8 May 1791NY – 1885NY m. Sylvester Smith – no children

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

6 Aug 1765CT – 27 Jul 1787NY
On the 6th of August in 1765, Susanna gave birth to her third daughter. Lois Guthrie was born in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut. She was the first wife of Rev War Col. Witter Johnston (1753NY-1839NY). Tragically, Lois died at only 21 years of age. Whether the cause of her death was illness or childbearing is unknown. They had no known surviving children. Witter remarried to Jane Campbell (1771-1817) on 24 Feb 1791 at Cherry Valley in Otsego, New York. They became parents to 3 sons and 4 daughters. Jane died in 1817, and Witter again became a widower. He died on 4 October 1839 at the age of 86. He is buried at Pioneer Cemetery in Sidney, Delaware County, New York along with his wives and several children.
None Known

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

4 Dec 1768CT – 14 Mar 1813NY
William Guthrie was the only son of the family. He was born on 4 December 1768 in Washington, Litchfield, CT. About 31 at his marriage in 1799 to Sarah Whitney (1775-1859), they moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge) where they raised their family of 3 sons and 5 daughters. William died in Jericho on 14 March 1813. Probate is dated on March 20th. He is buried at Kirby Cemetery in Bainbridge, Chenango, New York. His grave memorial is marked with a masonic symbol. The widow Sarah died in 1859.
1) William Guthrie 8 Aug 1800 – 16 Jul 1880 aged 79y 8m 8d, a merchant m. Sarah Ann Rhynder – no children
2) Gershom Hyde Guthrie 14 Jan 1802NY – 28 Mar 1845/55 NY m.1836 Elizabeth Ketchum +children
3) Sarah Guthrie 5 Nov 1803NY – 27 Oct 1833 m.1823 Zachariah Tarble +children
4) Susan Guthrie 25 Jan 1805NY – 15 Nov 1867 m. Philo Kirby +children
5) Olive Guthrie 6 Aug 1806NY – 17 Apr 1874NY m. Allen Randall +children
6) Emaline Guthrie 11 Aug 1808NY – 23 Apr 1868NY m. Samuel Stowe -no children
7) George Whitney Guthrie 15 Feb 1810NY – 30 May 1883NY m.1854 Emma Gossen +children
8) Ophelia Guthrie 31 Aug 1812NY – 11 May 1844PA m. Washington L Lane +children

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

22 Dec 1770CT – 25 Sep 1860IN
Mary Guthrie was born in Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut on 22 Dec 1770 and baptized on 27 Mar 1771. She was only 16 at her marriage to Roderick Moore in Chenango, New York on 2 June 1787. He was a Revolutionary War Patriot Soldier. They had a large family of 10 known children. They moved to Switzerland County, Indiana. Roderick died there in 1841 and Mary in 1860.
1) Cynthia Ann Moore 21 Mar 1788NY – 1825IN m. John Perley Ford +children
2) Erastus Moore 24 Sep 1790NY – 8 Nov 1841IN m. possibly Ann Taylor + children
3) Lucretia A Moore 20 Nov 1792NY – 1860IN m.1819 Ethyl Bert Lyon +children
4) William Moore 14 Feb 1795NY – 22 Jun 1795 died in his infancy.
5) Jeremiah Moore 12 Jul 1796NY – 30 Jul 1800 died at 4 years old.
6) Almon Moore 30 Jun 1800NY – Sep 1845IN m. Laura Luna / Lura Pierson +children
7) Mary Ann Moore 28 Oct 1802NY – 10 Sep 1823IN died at 20 years of age, unmarried.
8) Philena Moore 16 Jul 1805NY – 19 Mar 1877IN m.1824 John Barker +children
9) Roderick Erastus Moore 20 Nov 1808NY – 1861 m. Mary Ann Phillips +children
10) Charlotte Moore 1 Jan 1811NY – 1895IL m1.1830 Jesse Thurston, m2.1856 John Meakin +children

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

28 Aug 1774CT – 4 Aug 1841
Born on 23 April 1774 in Litchfield, Connecticut, Sarah Guthrie was baptized on 28 Aug 1774. When she was 23 Sarah married Daniel Merwin on 28 Jan 1796.
1) Talcott Merwin 18 Oct 1794NY – 13 Apr 1850 m. Phebe Teed +children
2) Chauncy Merwin 26 Feb 1798NY – 12 Jul 1868MI m. Orra Norton +children
3) Susan Merwin 20 Apr 1800NY – 26 May 1865MI m.Samuel Adams Hubbard +children
4) Samuel Rosseter Merwin 3 Jan 1802NY – 23 Feb 1855NY m. Eliza Harpur +children
5) Rhoda Merwin 2 Apr 1804NY – 28 Jun 1870 m. Moses Norton +children
6) Sally Marie Merwin 2 Mar 1812NY – 8 Feb 1863IA m.1837 Loren Kellogg Hammond +children
7) Rebecca Ann Merwin 26 Oct 1815NY – 10 Jul 1852 m. Hiram Ellis +children

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

1776CT – 13 Mar 1809NY
Jemima was born in the year America proclaimed its independence from Britain. She was baptized on 7 July 1776. Jemima married Gershom Clark Hyde (1768-1801), a physician. He graduated from Yale in 1788. They settled in Jericho (Bainbridge), NY where he served as a county judge. They had at least 2 children. Jemima was still in her 20s at her husband’s death in 1801. She is listed as the Head of Household in 1803 Tax Records for Chemung, NY. Jemima died on 13 March 1809 at 33 years of age. Gershom is buried at Saint Peters Churchyard.
1) Ira Hyde 1800NY – 1876NY m. Sarah ‘Sally’ Humphrey +children
2) FNU Hyde – a son who died in his infancy

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

1780CT – 12 Dec 1830NY
The youngest child of William & Susanna (Kirby) Guthrie, Ruth was born in Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut and baptized on 13 Aug 1780. She married David Cooper, on 31 Dec 1800. They lived in Jericho (Bainbridge) Chenamgo, NY. He was in his 40s at his death on 2 Apr 1820 leaving Ruth a widow with 8 children. She died on 12 Dec 1830. [Need source data for these children]
1) Eliza Cooper 5 Oct 1801NY – aft. 1870CA m.1818 John Daggett +children
2) Huldah Cooper 3 Oct 1803NY – 1835NY – No further details known
3) Harriett Cooper 27 May 1805NY – ???? – Uncertain daughter. Trees linked to other people. Need info.
4) Samuel Post Cooper 30 Apr 1807NY – 3 Nov 1807NY died in his infancy
5) Sally Cooper 20 Jan 1809NY – ???? – No further details known
6) Susan Cooper 20 Aug 1812NY – ???? – No further details known
7) William E Cooper 15 Mar 1814NY – 1890NY m. Sarah Harrison +children
8) Charles D Cooper 5 Nov 1816NY – ???? – No further details known

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


Bainbridge Village (formerly Jericho)
“The name Jericho became infamous in 1813, when the still unfinished meetinghouse became the victim of arson. In embarrassment, the citizens requested a name change, and on April 15, 1814, Jericho became Bainbridge, named after Commodore William S Bainbridge, hero of the War of 1812.”

History of Chenango County
“Reuben Kirby and Wm Guthrie, his father-in-law, came from Litchfield, Conn., their native place in 1787….”