2A-K: Thomas Guttery

Thomas Guttery 1780GA – aft.1820
of Elbert, Franklin, and Hall Counties, Georgia, USA

Parents: Robert Guttery / Guthrie 1750-52SC – 1799GA and Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ (MNU) 1756-1825GA
Birth: abt. 1780
Birth Location: Georgia, probably Wilkes County
Occupation: Unknown, probably farmer
Military Service: Unknown
Marriage: None Found (See Notes)
Death: After 1820
Death Location: Unknown, Last Documented in Hall County, Georgia, USA

The children of Robert and Betsy Guthrie were born ranging between 1770 and 1790 with Thomas being the middle child. His DOB is listed as 1780 but there are no records listing a specific year. The 1820 census of Capt. Buffington’s District, Hall County, Georgia lists the Thomas Guttery Household: 1M 26-44 (born 1776-1794), 1F 45+, 5 slaves. The female listed here is his widowed mother, Betsy. At her death in 1825, there were 6 slaves in the estate inventory. Two other documents provide clues as to Thomas’ age. He signed for his own receipt of inheritance from his father’s estate on 7 Feb 1801, suggesting that he was of legal age to conduct such affairs making him 21. He was on the Franklin County, Georgia Tax Lists for 1800, 1801, and 1803, also indicating that he was 21 or over.

There is no mention of Thomas Guttery in his mother’s estate papers. Eldest brother Leroy was the appointed executor. A search for the name Thomas Guttery (or spelling variants) in the 1830 census produces no results for men in the 40-49 or 50-59 categories for either Georgia or Alabama. The closest is a Thomas Gather 30-39 living in Limestone, AL with his family.

Many trees list this Thomas Guttery as the man who married Elizabeth Cape in Hall County, Georgia on 19 Aug 1827. The timing seems right as does the location in Hall County. However, the census records show that man was born 1810-1820, and that the family was living in Walker County, AL next door to John and Mary ‘Polly’ (Rylee) Guthrie, which suggests that he was their son of the same name. John had been living in Hall County Georgia during the 1820 census, also in Capt. Buffington’s District. John Guttery is the brother of this Thomas Guttery, which makes the Thomas Guttery who married Elizabeth Cape this Thomas Guttery’s nephew.

This means that the fate of this Thomas Guttery remains unknown.

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

* If you are a descendant of Thomas Guttery and Elizabeth Cape and would like to verify whether you descend from Thomas, son of John, rather than Thomas, son of Robert, please search for a direct line male Guthrie descending from Thomas Guttery and Elizabeth Cape to act as your representative. A Y-DNA test should confirm a genetic profile match to GFG2E rather than GFG2A.