2A-O: Caroline J Guthrie

Caroline J Guthrie 1821 NY – 1903 NY & Amasa Jones & Stephen Dowd
of Montgomery and Wayne Counties, New York, USA

Parents: Ahiel Guthrie c1789MA-1851NY and Diantha Bullock 1782NY-1873NY
Birth: 24 March 1821
Birth Location: Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York, USA
Marriage 1st: Amasa Noah Jones on 30 August 1838
Jones Children: Judson Guthrie (1838), Josefa Caroline Dolly (1844)
Marriage 2nd: Stephen Dowd in 1859
Dowd Children: None
Death: 19 March 1903
Death Location: Butler, Wayne, New York, USA
Burial: Huron Evergreen Cemetery, Huron, Wayne, New York, USA

Parents: Luther Jones 1794CT-1868NY and Dolly Jones 1792CT?-1843NY
Birth: 30 August 1820
Birth Location: Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
Occupation: Baptist Minister at Rose Baptist Church
Death: 2 March 1856
Death Location: Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
Burial: Huron Evergreen Cemetery, Huron, Wayne County, New York, USA

Parents: Asahel Dowd 1774MA-1855NY and Tabitha Pease 1773MA-1835NY
Birth: 14 April 1808
Birth Location: Tyringham, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Farmer
Marriage 1st: Sally Griffin in 1827
Dowd Children by 1st Wife: Henry (1828), Orson Judson (1830), Lucinda (1832), Gilbert (1835), Nathan (1837), Ellen Sarah (1840), Sidney Judson (1843), Catherine (1844), Rhoda Nehusta (1846)
Death: 26 September 1889
Death Location: Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
Burial: Huron Evergreen Cemetery, Huron, Wayne County, New York, USA

Based on the naming pattern, Caroline’s middle name may have been Josefa like her daughter.

Tragedy struck the family when Caroline was nine years old. Her older sister Sophronia and infant brother Reuben died within a two month span in the Fall of 1830.

Caroline’s married when she was 17 to Amasa Noah Jones on 30 August 1838. Amasa became a minister. He preached at the Rose Baptist Church. They had two children: Judson Guthrie Jones (1839) and Josefa Carolina ‘Josie’ Jones (1844).

1850 US Federal Census of Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
The Rev. Jones’ Household:
Amasa N Jones 29 male Baptist Minister, born NY
Caroline Jones 29 female, born NY
Judson G Jones 11 male, born NY, attended school
Josephine C Jones 5 female, born NY, attended school

Amasa died in 1856 and was buried in Huron Evergreen Cemetery, Wayne County, NY. He was only 35 years old. At a Surrogate Court held at Clyde in and for the County of Wayne on 27 Dec 1858, County Judge SS Ketchum presiding, Caroline Jones filed a petition as the widow of Amasa N Jones late of the town of Huron, Wayne County, NY, deceased, asking that she be named administratrix of her husband’s estate, which was granted with sureties by Reuben Jones and Watson Dowd.

About 3 years later, Caroline remarried to widower Stephen Dowd, a farmer in Huron, Wayne, NY. His first wife, Sally Griffin, had borne nine children between 1828 and 1846. Several of the children were still minors. Caroline and Stephen had no additional children together, but were married about 40 years.

1860 US Federal Census of North Huron, Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
The Doud Household (Dowd) on 11 October 1860
Stephen Doud 52 male Farmer Real Estate: 2500, Personal Estate: 800, born Massachusetts
Caroline Doud 39 female Real Estate 1600, Personal Estate 1400, born New York
Sidney Doud 17 male, born NY, attended school
Catherine Doud 16 female, born NY, attended school
Rhoda Doud 14 female, born NY, attended school
Josefa C Jones 15 female, Comm. S Teacher, born NY, attended school

1870 US Federal Census of Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
The Dowd Household (Post Office: Rose) on 2 July 1870
Stephen Dowd 62 male white Farmer Real Estate 5000, Personal Estate 1200, born Massachusetts
Caroline Dowd 49 female white Keeping House, born New York

1880 US Federal Census of Huron, Wayne, New York, USA
The Dowd Household on 15 June 1880
Stephen Dowd white male 72 married Farmer self/parents born in Massachusetts
Caroline J Dowd white female 59 wife married Keeping House born New York, father born MA, mother born NY
Melissa M Granger white female 43 servant married Domestic Servant born New York, father born MA, mother born NY

1900 US Federal Census of Butler, Wayne, New York, USA
The Wilson Household on Wilson Street, Wolcott Village, on 5 July 1900
Lizzie Wilson, head, white female, Born June 1841, 59 single, Ireland/Ireland/Ireland; Imm1842; In USx58yrs; Farmer
Elnor J Wilson, sister, white female, born Dec. 1838, 61, single Ireland/Ireland/Irealnd; Imm1842; In USx58yrs
Caroline Doude, boarder, white female, born Mar 1821, 79, widowed, 2 children, 1 living, NY/NY/NY

Stephen Dowd died on 26 September 1889 and Caroline on 19 March 1903. They were both 81 years old at their deaths. They are buried in Huron Evergreen Cemetery.

Jones Children: 2
Dowd Children:
Y-DNA Project Participants:
N/A – Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:


Judson Guthrie Jones was the only son of Rev. Amasa Noah and Caroline J (Guthrie) Jones. He was born on 8 October 1839 in Huron, Wayne, NY. He married at 20 years of age to Ellen Sarah Dowd on 28 Mar 1860. She was by that date technically his step-sister as his widowed mother Caroline had married Stephen Dowd.

They lived in the area of Wolcott Village and Rose in Huron, Wayne, New York throughout their lives. Judson was a farmer and a Civil War Veteran discharged due to physical disability. They had seven sons and one daughter born between 1862 and 1883. Ellen Sarah (Dowd) Jones died at only 46 years of age in 1886. Judson did not remarry. He died on 24 April 1906 in Huron, Wayne, NY. He and his family are buried at Huron Evergreen Cemetery.

Jones Children: 8
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:

1. Everance Jones – died at 6 years old.
16 June 1862 – 15 Nov 1868 Huron, Wayne, New York, USA

2. Gilbert Marion Jones m. Mary Hutchinson +children
6 May 1864 Huron, Wayne, NY – 14 Jan 1961 Machias, Snohomish, WA

Gilbert married Mary Hutchinson 23 Feb 1884. Children: Laura Ellen, Luther, Andrew, Lizzie, and Augusta Eva. They moved to Washington State in 1903 living on a farm near Machias. He was a dairy farmer. Mary died in 1920. Gilbert lived to be 96 years of age. He died in 1961.
Jones Children: 5
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:

3. Hugh Luther Jones m1. Lyla ‘Lillie’ Agnes Beckie +children, m2.Eva Pauline (Walker) Kinch
1 March 1866 Wolcott, Huron, Wayne, NY – 5 Nov 1947 Snohomish,chidren patient by the name of Mary H Jones, born about 1874, married, born in Massachusetts. Stephen moved to Phoenix, Maricoapa, Arizona and remarried to Edna Maria Hall on 23 Dec 1952. Edna died in 1960. The Arizona Republican noted that Edna was born in Wolcott, NY and came to Phoenix from New Haven, Connecticut. Stephen died on 20 Oct 1966 at the age of 86.
Jones Children: 1
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:
N/A – No Surviving Descendants

7. Sidney Judson Jones – single, no children
22 May 1880 NY – 28 Nov 1910 CT

Find-a-Grave currently lists an error regarding the identity of this child of Judson and Ellen Jones. They have incorrectly linked Sidney Herbert Jones, a man born in Wales and married in Canada who worked as a fireman for the Great Northern Railroad. He was one of 96 who died in March 1910 in Wellington, Washington during an horrific railway / avalanche disaster. See Rubery Family Tree and O’Harrah Family Tree for info. Read about the disaster [story transcription].

The correct son is Sidney Judson Jones, born on 22 May 1880 in Huron, Wayne County, New York. He was still in his infancy as an 11-month old during the 1880 census. By the time of the 1900 census, he was 20 years old, the record showing his Birth Month and year as May 1880, He was living with his widowed father, Judson Jones, 60, and younger sister, Carrie E Jones, 16. At the time his occupation was listed as a farm laborer.

The 1905 New York State Census of Huron, Wayne, NY shows Sidney J. Jones working as a day laborer while living in the house of his brother, Llewellyn Jones along with sister-in-law Lucia and niece Vera.

On Wednesday, 30 Nov 1910, the New York Times reported: JONES, Sidney J., West Haven, Nov. 28, aged 31. Funeral to-day, 2:30 PM.

Part of the confusion may originate in the fact that Sidney’s brother Gilbert and sister Carrie had moved to Machias, Snohomish, Washington. Someone may have assumed the relationship. However, it appears that Sidney may have gone to New Haven Connecticut like his brother Stephen if the identified news report is correct. Perhaps a relative can obtain a copy of the Connecticut Death Certificate for verification.
Jones Children: 0
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:
N/A – No Descendants

8. Carrie Ellen Jones – m. Ernest Garfield Bailey + children
25 August 1883 NY – 13 February 1970 WA

The youngest member of the family was born in Huron, Wolcott, Wayne, New York on 25 August 1883. Carrie was only three years old at the time of her mother’s death. She was 17 and still living at home during the 1900 census of Huron, wayne County, NY. During the 1905 New York State Census, Carrie and her father Judson were the only ones left in the household. They were residing in Galen, Wayne, NY. She married Ernest Garfield Bailey in Wolcott on 1 August 1907. They quickly moved to Washington State being there by 1908 when their first child was born. Ernest Bailey worked as a shop machinist (1910), “planer-man” at a sawmill (1920), and a “section man” for the railway (1930). In 1940, at 59, he worked as a janitor for the railroad depot for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was 61 years old when he completed his WWII Draft Registration Card (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897. Unlike her husband, Carrie had attended 1 year of college. During this time her only listed occupation was that of a household housekeeper (her own). There were eight children to raise, three boys and five girls., born between 1908 and 1926. Ernest Bailey died in 1954. Carried died on 13 Feb 1970 in Moses Lake, Grant, Washington, USA. They are buried at Machias Community Cemetery in Machias, Snohomish, Washington.
Bailey Children: 8
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a Female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:


Josefa Caroline Jones, known as Josie, was born in Wolcott, Huron, Wayne, New York on 11 November 1844., the second of two children of Amasa and Caroline (Guthrie) Jones. She was six years old at the time of the 1850 census, when her family was living in Sodus. Her father died just 6 years later at the young age of 35. Josie’s mother remarried about 1859 to Stephen Dowd, a farmer. When she was only 15 years old, and living in her step-father’s home along with her mother and step-siblings, Josie was listed as a community school teacher, and also as attending school.

Josie married on 6 April 1865 to Ebenezer Wilson Newberry in Huron, Wayne County, New York. He was a farmer. They resided in Rose, Butler, and Wolcott in Wayne County, NY raising their three children. On 2 Jan 1881, Josie died. The Holley Standard, a local paper in Holley, NY, posted a small article commenting on how swiftly The Royal Templars of Temperance had paid out the $1000 insurance policy Josie had purchased for the benefit of her children. The family received a final check just 17 days after her death was reported.

According to Grip’s Historical Souvenir of Wolcott, NY, p.74, “Eben Wilson Newberry began business in Wolcott in September, 1874, undertaking and hardware, at the corner of Main and Mill streets. In March, 1884, he fitted up the old Presbyterian church building on the south side of Main street for undertaking and the furniture business. From 1897 until 1902 he was in the middle west. Then he returned to Wolcott and is in charged of the undertaking business of his son, E. Merritt Newberry, on Lake avenue.”

Eben remarried in Wolcott, NY to Cordelia Mary Forbush on 9 Aug 1883. They had two children: Mary Azubah (1884 or 1886) and Bradner Franklin (1888).

“E. W. Newberry was born in Huron, N. Y., June 3, 1841, and was educated at Leavenworth Institute and Falley Seminary. In August, 1862, he enlisted at Huron in Co. D, Ninth N. Y. V. Heavy Artillery. He was discharged in June, 1865, having served until he was made prisoner of war in the defences at Washington and the Army of the Potomac. He was captured at the battle of Monococy July 9, 1864, and was in the rebel prisons nearly eight months, until he was exchanged near the close of the war, being confined at various places but a greater part of the time at Dannsville, Va.Mr. Newberry has been active in the G. A. R. since it was organized and is the secretary of the Ninth Heavy Artillery Association. He was formerly quite active in politics and has served as coroner of Wayne county twelve years. He has two sons and two daughters: J. Myrta of New York city, E. Merritt of North Rose and Mary A. and Bradner F. of Wolcott.”

Ebenezer Newberry died on 21 Feb 1919 in Wolcott, Wayne, NY.

Newberry Children: 3
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – Descendant of a female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants: No


1.) Merritt Eben Newberry m. Mary Jane Lee +children
7 July 1868 NY – 12 October 1940 NY

Merrit Eben Newberry was born in Huron, Wayne, NY, the eldest sons of Eben and Josie (Jones) Newberry. “E. M. Newberry runs the undertaking and furniture business at North Rose where he is erecting a large building for his business. As soon as it can be arranged E. M. Newberry will open a furniture store in Wolcott.” (Grip, p.74)

Merritt married Mary Jane Lee in January of 1904 by whom he had five children: Elizabeth (1905), Robert (1908), Fletcher Albert (1909), Mary McAllister (1914), and Merrit Pember (1920). They lived in Rose, Wayne, NY prior to moving to Madison County where they lived in Lenox and later in Canasta. He died on 12 Oct 1940, but Mary lived until 1967. They are buried at Glenside Cemetery in Wolcott.
Newberry Children: 5
Y-DNA Project Participants:
N/A – Descendant of a female Guthrie
Autosomal DNA Participants:

2.) Josepha Myrta Newberry m. Dr. William Mersereau – no children
25 March 1870 NY – 8 August 1958 NJ

Myrta’s mother Josie died when she was only 10 or 11 years old. The 1880 Census of Butler, Wayne, NY is the only time the entire family is listed together. Myrta appears to have become a nurse and moved to California by 1900. The City Record dated 31 January 1894 lists the names and salaries of staff working for the Department of Public Charities and Correction at Bellvue Hospital. Nearly 50 trained nurses are listed at 426 East 26th Street with salaried ranging from $120.00 to $240.00. The Nurse with the highest salary is J. Myrta Newbury with $240.00. The City Directory of San Francisco, California for 1900 lists Miss J Myrta Newbury, superintendent of nurses at Alexander Maternity Cottage, 3700 California.

San Francisco Children’s Hospital
L to R:
Eye and Ear Building, Little Jim Building, Main Building, Alexander Maternity Cottage

Myrta Newberry returned to New York by 1908 when she married Dr. William Jay Mersereau in New York City on 14 Oct 1908. She was 38 years old at the time of their marriage. He was five years younger. They had no children. Myrta died in 1958 and William in 1964.

A motorboating journal for July 1936 published:

3.) John ‘Albert’ Newberry – single – no children

Albert was a well-known local athlete. He played short stop on the Wolcott ball team, which won the Wayne County championship in 1895, and the next season played left field on the Newark professional team. Later in the season he played quarterback on the Newark football team. He seemed in the best of health up to within thirty-six hours of his death. A short illness resulted in apoplexy. Albert died at 20 years of age. (Obituary – The Oswego Daily Palladium, Wed, 1 Dec 1897)


BOOK: Roe, Alfred S. (1893). Rose Neighborhood Sketches, Wayne County, New York, Worcester, MA.
See p. 349 “From 1841 to 1845, in which time Rev. Amasa N Jones was ordained…”

WEBSITE: Ministers of the Town of Rose. Digital Repository: wayne.nygenweb.net
ROSE BAPTIST CHURCH MINISTERS 1820 – 1970 Sources – Cora Steitler, “Rose Baptist Church, 1920-1960” (manuscript) Charles O. Oaks, “A History of the Rose Baptist Church, 1820-1870” (manuscript)
1841-45 – Rev. Amasa S. Curtiss, Amasa N. Jones (ordained) 

WEBSITE: Wayne County Family Biographies
1372. Rev. Amasa Noah Jones was born on 30 AUG 1820 in Huron, Wayne, NY. He died on 2 MAR 1856 in Huron, Wayne, NY. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Huron, Wayne, NY. He married Caroline Guthrie on 30 Aug 1838. Caroline married Stephen Dowd about 1860.

WEBSITE: Jones Extended Family

PROBATE DOCUMENT: Surrogate Court Administration Document – 27 Dec 1858 – New York, US Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999, Wayne County New York Minutes, Orders, Decrees, Volume F-H, 1854-1865, Page 46, image 302 or 728. Digital Repository: Ancestry.com.


Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Rochester, New York
Monday, 10 March 1924


Watertown Daily Times
Watertown, NY
Monday, 3 March 1975

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH of EBEN NEWBERRY: Grip (1905). Historical Souvenir Series No. 20. Wolcott. NY and Vicinity, June 1905. “Grip”, 109 Corning Ave., Syracuse, NY. Digital Repository: wayne.nygenweb.net.

PUBLIC RECORDS: The City Record. Official Journal. Volume XXI. Number 5,999. New York, Wednesday, January 31, 1893. Digital Repository: cityrecord.engineering.nyu.edu

PUBLIC RECORDS: The City Record. Official Journal. Volume XXII. Number 6,304. New York, Wednesday, January 31, 1894. Digital Repository: cityrecord.engineering.nyu.edu

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