2A-J: John Francis Guthrie

John Francis Guthrie 1873TN – 1953TN & Jalia Alberta Baldwin
of Meigs County, Tennessee, USA

Parents: Joseph Guthrie 1825IRE-1909TN and Julia J McCarthy 1841IRE-1924TN
Birth: 3 January 1873
Birth Location: Tennessee, USA
Occupation: Farmer (Agriculture)
Marriage: 25 August 1908 in Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Death: 1 February 1953 (aged 80)
Death Location: Ten Mile, Meigs, Tennessee, USA
Burial Location: Buttram Cemetery, Dayton, Rhea, Tennessee, USA – Section 19, Lot 19

Parents: Sideon Stephen Baldwin and Sason Ellen Boggen
Birth: 19 April 1881
Birth Location: Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Children: Julia Sue, Jane Baldwin, Joseph Gideon, Thomas Franklin
Death: 12 May 1950 (aged 69)
Death Location: Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Location: Baldwin Cemetery, Meigs County, Tennessee

John Francis Guthrie was the youngest of the family, born on 3 January 1873. His marriage to Bertie Baldwin took place in 1908 and they lived in Sweetwater, Meigs, Tennessee. He was a farmer. He also served for a time as the Postmaster. In 1918, John registered for the WWI Draft. He was 45 at the time, his description indicating that he was tall and slender with black hair and brown eyes. They were parents to 4 children. Bertie died on 13 May 1850. During the last 6 months of his life John moved to Ten Mile in Meigs living with his son Thomas. No cause of death is given on his death certificate, but John was 80 years old at the time.


1910 TN – 1975 TN

Julia was born on 15 February 1910 and grew up in Meigs, Tennessee. Prior to her marriage she was a student nurse. Julia married at 23 years of age to farmer Lee Midas Powell on 20 Dec 1933 in Monroe County, Tennessee. They had three sons: William Guthrie Powell (1935), Wayne Lee Powell (1937), and Joseph Thomas Powell (1939). Julia died on 4 December 1975 and Lee on 15 April 1988. They are buried at the West View Cemetery in Sweetwater, Monroe, Tennessee.

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

1911 TN – 1988 TN

Jane was born on 13 August 1911. She was enumerated in her family home up to the 1930 census when she was 18 years of age. She completed 3 years of high school. During the 1940 census Jane was still single and living as an inmate (patient) in Knox County, TN at the Eastern State Hospital for the Insane. No notations on the census record to indicate a reason for her admission. The census allows for location designations for 1935, but there is no record listed. The 1950 census shows that Jane was still a resident (patient) at the Eastern State Hospital (State Mental Institution). She appears to have remained single. No known children. Jane died in September of 1988 at the age of 77. She is buried at Baldwin Cemetery.

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

1913 TN – 1962 TN

Joseph Gideon Guthrie, more commonly known as Joe, was born on 23 January 1913. He completed one year of high school education. He performed odd jobs and later got into the retail sales business. He enlisted in the army on 13 April 1942 during World War II. Before the 1950 census he had married Bessie Parker. She worked as a bank teller. They lived in Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee on Morgan Street. Joe died on 3 April 1962 while Bessie lived another 23 years. She died on 20 Nov 1985. They are buried at Willard Park Cemetery in Harriman.
Children: Unknown.

Y-DNA Project Participants: N0
Autosomal DNA Participants: N0

1914 TN – 1989 TN

The youngest child of the family, Thomas was born on 30 Dec 1914 in Meigs County, TN. After high school, he attended Hiwassee College, Lincoln Memorial University, and University of Tennessee Law School at Knoxville. He was a teacher, attorney, and Rhea County School Superintendent. In 1943, Thomas married Dorothy May Shaver, who had attended Chattanooga Business School after graduating from Rhea Central High School. She worked as a secretary, sales representative for World Book Encyclopedias, and opened the first Merle Norman Cosmetics store in Dayton. The couple had two children: Joy and Joe. Dorothy died on 1 Oct 1984. Thomas’ death came five years later on 17 Oct 1989. They are buried at Buttram Cemetery in Dayton, Rhea County, Tennessee.
Children: 2

Y-DNA Project Participants: N0
Autosomal DNA Participants: N0