2A-H: Mary Guthrie

Mary Guthrie 1747PA – 1835OH and Thomas McClelland
of Chester County, Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Clermont, Ohio, USA

Parents: John Guthrie 1708IRE – 1790PA and Ann Hill (or Emmons) 1715IRE – 1814PA
Birth: 1747
Birth Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Marriage: Thomas McClelland on 15 December 1762 at Middle Octorara Church
McClelland Children: John (1765), Daniel (1767), Agness ‘Nancy’ (1768), Thomas Stanhope (1777), James (1781)
Death: 1835
Death Location: Ohio, USA
Burial Location: Unknown, presumably in Ohio

Parents: William McClelland (whose descendants are in York and Adams Counties, PA)
Birth: 1740
Birth Location: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Unknown, probably a farmer
Military Service: Unknown
Death: 1800
Death Location: Columbia Township, Hamilton, Territory Northwest of the Ohio
Burial Location: Unknown, presumably in Ohio

Mary Guthrie was the 4th child, 3rd daughter of John & Ann (Hill) Guthrie. She was born about 1747 in Chester County at the area of Andrews Bridge near Octorara Creek. Her family were members of Middle Octorara Church. The Rev. John Cuthbertson performed her marriage to Thomas McClelland on 15 Dec 1762. He is believed to be a brother to Esther McClelland who married Mary’s eldest brother William Guthrie.

At some point between the time of their marriage and Thomas’ death in 1800, the family moved to Hamilton County, Ohio where Thomas McClelland acquired land on the Little Miami River.

Hamilton County, Ohio was established on 2 January 1790 as part of the Northwest Territory, named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. At the time it covered all of the area west of the Scioto River to what eventually became the boundary of the Indiana Territory and extended north to the present Michigan line. Columbia Township was founded in 1791. It was reduced in size in 1803 when Butler County was established to the north. Prior to 1860, much of the township was sparsely populated with farms.

Based on this data, it seems most likely that the McClelland family moved to the Northwest Territory during the 1790s. Thomas McClelland wrote his last will and testament on 10 July 1800 leaving bequests to his family and naming wife Mary McClelland and son-in-law Robert Townley as executors. Mary’s death is reported as being in 1835 Cincinnati, Ohio.



Went to Virginia. See Cabells and their Kin, p339, img 374 or 696. This source reveals that younger brother, Thomas Stanhope McClelland went to Virginia after his graduation from Dickinson College and joined his older brother John McClelland there. No further details found.

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


According to a biographical sketch found in the History of Clermont County Ohio, Daniel McClelland arrived there from Greenville, TN joining his brother-in-law, Robert Townley, in Batavia where they engaged in building a mill. Daniel then moved to Milford. The first tannery in Milford was opened about 1808 by John Losh who later sold it to Daniel McClelland who increased its capacity in connection with a shoe shop. Daniel continued to resided in Milton until 1835 after which he went to Indiana. Daniel died 18 Oct 1847 at 80 years, 8 months, and 12 days of age. His remains are interred at Pisgah Methodist Church Cemetery. His wife Nancy (Beasley) McClelland lived in Milford, Clermont, Ohio until her death on 22 July 1857. She is buried there at Greenlawn Cemetery.
1) Mary McClelland 1794TN-1886IL m.1815OH Cornelius Stewart +children
2) Thomas McClelland 1796-1841OH m.1817OH Matilda Morning +children
3) Anne Emmit McClelland 1801TN-1885OH m.1821OH Andrew McGrew +children
4) Martha McClelland 1803-18?? m. Cyrus Pierson. No further details.
5) Eliza F McClelland 1805TN-1886OH m. James Combs (previously married) – No children
6) John Henrick McClelland 1808-1891OH m.1837OH Frances ‘Fanny’ Moore +children
7) Edward McClelland 1810OH-1837OH. No further info.
8) Daniel McClelland 1815OH-1893IN m.1839IN Margaret Whitsett +children
9) Joseph D McClelland 1817OH-1883IN m. Sarah B McClanaghan +children
10) James A McClelland 1821OH-1909IL m.1845IN Elizabeth Riley +children

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


Agness McClelland was born in Pennsylvania in or about 1768. She used the nickname Nancy. Her marriage to Robert Townsley took place on 7 August 1787 in Pennsylvania. They had settled in Clermont County, Ohio by 1806 when Robert is found on the early tax records. The 1820 census is the first for Batavia, Clermont, Ohio listing the Robert Townley household with 1M and 1F 45 and over, 2M 26-44, 1M16-25 (incl.1M 16-18) and 1F16-25, 2M and 1F 10-15, and 2F under 10. Both Robert and Nancy died in the Fall of 1838. Robert Townsley wrote a will naming wife Nancy Townsley, a granddaughter, Margaret Moorehead, and sons William & John Townsley. Based on the numbers in the census records, not all of the children were identified within the will. The name of another son, Thomas Finley Townley is documented in the DAR lineage book as a descendant of John Townley (80539). Presumed son Robert Townsley Jr is also the HOH during the 1830 census listings. A search of Clermont marriages shows a Sarah I Townsley married a Fergus Morehead on 27 Sep 1818.
CHILDREN (Incomplete List, Unknown Birth Order):
Sarah I Townsley born 1776-1794 m.1818OH Fergus Morehead +children
William Townsley born 1781-1791 m.1813OH Julianna Smith +children
Thomas Finley Townley born 1795OH m.1821AL Gertrude Francisca Eslava +children
John Townsley born1801-1810 m.1828 Sally McEffee +children
Robert Townsley Jr born 1801-1810 m.1829OH Emeline Rollins. No further details.

Mary Townsley to Bethuel Morris 29 Dec 1814
Margaret Townsley to Benjamin S Rue 10 Mar 1818
Jenny Townsley to John Wheeler 1 Apr 1819
Nancy Townsley to Isaac Vail 17 Jan 1820
Joseph Townsley to Betsy Reese 16 Jan 1822
James Townsley to Nancy Donham 4 May 1823
Belinda Townsley to Alphes Rolings 8 Aug 1829

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


Two books on the Cabell family include information on Thomas Stanhope McClelland. He was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on 4 Feb 1777. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1795, afterward choosing to join his elder brother, John Guthrie, who was living in Virginia. There, he read law under Judge Archibald Stuart, in Staunton, and was admitted to practice law in the courts of the commonwealth on 12 Apr 1799. Thomas was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates between 1801-1802.

In 1803, Thomas married Margaret Cabell (1785-1863) from Union Hill where they resided for a while before removing to Lynchburg. He practiced in the courts of Amherst, Campbell, Franklin, etc, including being one of the lawyers employed to settle the estate of Patrick Henry, the orator. Thomas purchased the Montezuma estate in Nelson County, Virginia from the executors of Hector Cabell, and in 1813 sold out his interests in Lynchburg to permanently settle there. Thomas S McClelland died at Montezuma on 30 Aug 1835. “He was a man of fine intellect, and was regarded as one of the best lawyers in this part of the State. Professionally and personally, he was a man of the highest character.”

Went to Virginia. See Cabells and their Kin, p339-342, img 374-378 or 696. This source indicates that Thomas’ mother Mary Guthrie’s maiden name was thought to have been Stanhope due to his middle given name.
1) William Cabell McClelland 1804VA-1805VA died in his infancy
2) Anna Maria McClelland 1806-1847 m.1842VA Bryan W Nowlin +child
3) Elvira Bruce McClelland 1808VA-1875VA m.1826VA John Henry +children
4) Thomas Stanhope McClelland 1810VA-1910VA m.1849 Maria Louisa Graf +children
5) William Cabell McClelland 1812VA-1813VA died in his infancy
6) Laura McClelland 1814-1852VA m.1833VA George Mercer Yuille Miller, Esq. +children
7) John Milton McClelland 1816VA-1835VA died at 19 years of age. Unmarried.
8) Ellen McClelland 1817VA-1827VA died at 10 years of age.
9) Margaret McClelland 1820VA-1875 m.1840VA Ludwell H Brown +children
10) Sarah Cabell McClelland 1822VA-1908WA m.1854VA Robert Rittenhouse Barton +children
11) Mary Carter McClelland 1824VA-???? m.1847VA Rev John Andrew Scott +children
12) James Bruce McClelland 1827VA-1862VA m.1850VA Nannie Leftwich Otey +children
13) (Unnamed Infant) McClelland 1830-1830
14) Martha Edmonia Preston McClelland 1831VA-1901VA m.1853VA Eli Shores Tutwiler +children

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


James McClelland was born about 1781 in Pennsylvania. No further data.

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


Matty McClelland seems to have been single at the time of her father’s death in 1800. No further details.

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


Anny McCleland married a man of the Smith surname prior to 1800. No further details.

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


Polly McClelland married a man of the Mason surname prior to 1800. No further details.

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


WEBSITE: The Growth and Development of Ohio’s Counties: 1777-1851

BOOK: Guthrie, Laurence R., ‘American Guthrie and allied families : lineal representations of the colonial Guthries of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, some post-Revolutionary emigrants and of some allied families‘, Kerr Printing, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1933. Digital Repository: Family Search. 

BOOK: The Cuthbertson Diary – A Biographical Sketch of the Rev. John Cuthbertson, The First Reformed Presbyterian Minister in America from 1751-1791, Published Pittsburgh, PA, 1878. Digital Repository: The Digital Shoebox Project at Digitalshoebox.org [See the “G” images on p.25-28]

WILL: The Last Will and Testament of Thomas McClellin, Decd. Columbia Twp, Hamilton County, Ohio, 1800.
Volume 2, pp490-492, images 602-603. Repository: Family Search, FHL Film # 005434373.

BOOK: Everts, Louis H, ‘History of Clermont County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers‘, Philadelphia, 1880. Digital Repository: Hathitrust.org. [See Daniel McClelland, pp.464-465]

WILL: The Last Will and Testament of Robert Townsley, Decd. Clermont County, Ohio, 1838.Wills, Vol D1-E, 1836-1844 p.163-165.

MARRIAGE RECORDS: Clermont County, Ohio Marriage Records, 1800-1850. [See Townley Images 231-231]

BOOK: The Cabells and their kin : a memorial volume of history, biography, and genealogy. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1895. Digital Repository: Ancestry.com. [See Margaret Cabell and Thomas Stanhope McClelland beginning on p339.]

BOOK: Davis, Thomas Frederick, ‘A genealogical record of the Davis, Swann, and Cabell families of North Carolina and Virginia‘ Family Edition, Jacksonville, FL, 1934. Digital Repository: Internet Archive.