2A-J: James McCarthy Guthrie

James McCarthy Guthrie 1869TN-1899TN & Margaret C Johnson
of Meigs County, Tennessee, USA

Parents: Joseph Guthrie 1825IRE – 1909TN and Julia J McCarthy 841IRE – 1924TN
Birth: 13 March 1869
Birth Location: Tennessee, USA
Occupation: Farmer
Marriage: 4 February 1892 in Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Death: 18 July 1899
Death Location: Tennessee, USA, probably in Meigs County
Burial Location: Baldwin Cemetery (also known as Ragland-Baldwin Cemetery, Ten Mile Cemetery) in Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
James was the eldest son of Joseph Guthrie and Julia McCarthy. He married Maggie Johnson when he was about 22 years old. His occupation as a farmer is inferred from the 1900 census listing his widow in that occupation. He was only 30 at the time of his death. No obituary found.

Feral L Bratcher Johnson 1836TN-1896TN and Elizabeth McPherson 1844TN-1886TN
October 1872 or 1872 (Memorial Stone lists 1871)
Birth Location:
Ten Mile, Meigs, Tennessee, USA
Occupation (After Death of Husband): Farmer
Guthrie Children:
Willie McCarthy (1893), Elizabeth Julia (1894), Mattie T (1897), James Barton (1898), Farris Lacey (1900)
Married 2nd: Joseph Harmon Abbott on 21 August 1902 in McMinn County, Tennessee, USA
Abbott Children: Samuel C (1903), Charlie Hubert (1906), Gordon Thelmer (1909), John H (1912/13)
Death: Aft. August 1913 (Memorial Stone lists 1912)
Death Location:
Konawa, Seminole, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Location:
Violet Springs Cemetery, Asher, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, USA

The 1900 census reveals that Maggie had given birth to 4 children, but that only 1, her daughter Elizabeth, survived, which means that she was pregnant at the time of the census with her 5th child, Farris Lacey. Two of her brothers were living with her at the time of the census, presumably to help run the family farm. Maggie remarried two years later to Joseph Abbott. They moved to Oklahoma. There is a discrepancy regarding Maggie’s DOD as being either in 1912, according to her headstone, or in 1913. Her youngest son, John H Abbott’s DOB is reported as being on 2 August 1913, but it could be that his guardians got the year wrong and he continued using that year the rest of his life. Trees report the death of Joseph Abbott as “after 1912” or in 1930 New Mexico. No documentation found. Their sons are found living in the homes of relatives during the 1920 census.



William ‘Willie’ McCarthy Guthrie was born 11 March 1893 in Meigs County, Tennessee. He was 5 years old at his death on 27 August 1898. He is buried at Baldwin Cemetery (incorporated in 1960 as Ten Mile Cemetery) with other family members.

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

1894TN – 1997MD

Lizzie was born on 9 December 1894 in Meigs County, Tennessee. Her father, J. M. Guthrie, died in 1899 and mother Maggie remarried in August 1902 to Joseph Harmon Abbott. They moved to Oklahoma soon afterward. Only 14 at the time of her marriage on 14 Apr 1909, Lizzie married Charles Lafayette Abbott, the younger brother of her stepfather Joseph. They had 1 daughter and 4 sons. Sometime between 1922 and 1930, Lizzie and Charles divorced. The 1930 census still lists Lizzie as married, probably because it was socially stigmatized to be a divorced woman. She ran a boarding house. In the meantime, Charles was working as a blacksmith for the Railroad in Oklahoma City, lodging at the same place as Lizzie’s younger brother, Farris L Guthrie, working as a carpenter in the oil industry. He died about 1937 per the SSDI, location unknown. Between 1930-1940, Lizzie remarried to Harry S Smyth (Smith), younger than her by 6 years. He rented a Machinist Shop and they made their home in Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland. He died in 1956. Lizzie lived to be 103 years of age. She died on 14 December 1997. They are buried at Hillcrest Burial Park in Cumberland, MD.
1) Emma Laura Abbott 1910OK-1997MD m1. 1925WV Julian Clyde Bazell, m2. Bruce M Mackey +children
2) William McCarthy Abbott 1911OK-1995WV m.Lula Blanche Myers +children
3) Vaughn C Abbott 1914OK-1936MD. Died at 22 years of age, unmarried.
4) Timothy Carl Abbott 1916OK – 1980FL m.1950FL Gretchen Marie Edwards
5) Wayne Stanley Abbott 1922IA-2001MD m. Eleanor R (MNU)

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


Mattie was born on 5 January 1897 in Decatur, Meigs, Tennessee. She was about 20 months of age at her death on 20 September 1898. She is buried with the family at Baldwin Cemetery.

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


Another child died in his infancy. James Barton Guthrie was born on 31 August 1898 and died at 11 months of age on 9 July 1899 in Decatur, Meigs County, Tennessee.

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


Farris Lacey Guthrie was the only son of the Guthrie half of the family to survive to adulthood. He was born on 20 August 1900 in Meigs, Tennessee, USA. Initially a farmer, he found work in construction for the oil industry and later at Tinker Air Force Base. One Christmas Eve in 1927 he married Victoria Louise Holt in Konawa, Seminole, Oklahoma. They had 3 daughters. Farris died on 14 October 1970 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, OK. His widow died 27 August 1987 at 86 years of age. They are buried at Resthaven Memorial Park in Rock Creek, Pottawatomie, OK.
1) Edalene Bodie Guthrie 1929OK-2007OK m1. 949 Melvin Carter, m2.Billy Hodge +children
2) Billie Doris Guthrie 1931OK-1995OK m.1950TX John Lawton Biffle +children
3) (Living) Guthrie b.abt.1936OK m.1954OK Bernard B Lewis Jr +children

Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Male Children
Autosomal DNA Participants: No