3A: Robert Guthrie
Guthrie Family Group 3A
Robert Guthrie 1770 MD – Aft. 1794 VA
of Frederick County, Maryland and Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Parents: Robert Guthrie 1727PA – 1789VA and Esther Giles 1730PA or MD – 1806VA
Birth Location: Maryland, possibly in Elizabeth Hundred, Frederick County
Occupation: Unknown, probably a Farmer
Marital Status: Unknown
Death: Aft. 27 Mar 1794
Death Location: Unknown
Robert Guthrie was the youngest son of Robert Guthrie and Esther Giles. He was born about 1770 being listed as 6 years of age during the 1766 Provincial Census of Elizabeth Hundred, Frederick County, Maryland. His father was in Frederick County as early as 29 June 1869 when he and his brother John witnessed the will of Elizabeth Skiles, so it is very likely that Robert was born in the county.
The family moved to Rockbridge County, Virginia about 1785 when his father “Robert Gutherie” is listed in the Personal Property Taxes for the county with 1 tithe, 2 horses, 2 cattle.
The next time Robert is mentioned in known documents is in the last will and testament of his father written on 28 Feb 1788 in Rockbridge County Virginia. After making bequests to his wife, eldest son, and daughters, Robert Sr left the “residue” of his lands to his youngest sons, Richard and Robert Guthrie.
On 5 April 1794, Robert, Richard, and Richard’s wife Elizabeth, sold their share of land to James Robertson. After the sale, brother Richard Guthrie and his family moved to Montgomery County, Virginia. Robert’s oldest brother, John Guthrie, was still living in Rockbridge County, Virginia at least through 1805 when he still appears on the local Personal Property Tax list. That is the first year a Robert Guthrie shows up as “1 white male over 16”, but by that time John had a son named Robert who may been that person.
There is no definitive proof that Robert Guthrie Jr remained in Rockbridge County, Virginia after the sale of his shares of land to James Robertson in 1794.
The Robert Guthrie who married Frances Fowler and settled in Kanawha County, VA was born about 1778 almost a decade after Robert Jr’s documented birth. His line does possess GFG3A YDNA, but we believe that he was the son of Robert Sr’s brother, John. He does not seem like quite the right fit.
Where did Robert Guthrie Jr disappear to after 1794? Did he also go to Montgomery County, like his brother Richard? If so, the answers may be revealed in local deeds and property tax records. He does not show up in the marriage register. There is also no obvious evidence of the time or place of his death. We need some clues.
Guthrie Children: None Known
Y-DNA Project Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants
Autosomal DNA Participants: N/A – No Known Descendants
READING and RESOURCES
BOOK: Guthrie, Laurence R. (1933), 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. United States: Kerr Print. Company.
DOCUMENTS: Rockbridge County Virginia Deed Index Grantors. FHL Film #007898605. Letter G Index Starting at Image 102 thru Image 114 of 586.
IMG 106 – July Court 1805 – Guthrie, John & wife to Felix O’Neil – Deed – Book E – Page 404
IMG 108 – 1837 – 22 Aug – Guthrie, John to James Nelson – Deed – Book U – Page 51
IMG 109 – 1845 – 7 Jan – Gutridge, John to JB Dorman, trustee -Deed & Trust – Book Y – Page 254
IMG 109 – 1845 – 9 Oct – Gutridge, John to Trustee’s Account – Sales – Book Z – Page 35
IMG 111 – 1794 – 5 April – Guthrey, Robert’s hrs to James Robertson – Deed – Book C – Page 251
IMG 111 – 1794 – 5 April – Guthrey, Richard & wife to James Robertson – Deed – Book C – Page 251
IMG 111 – 1794 – 5 April – Guthrey, Robert & c to James Robertson – Deed – Book C – Page 251
DOCUMENTS: Rockbridge County Virginia Deed Index Grantees FHL Film #007895960. Letter G Index Starting at Image 104 thru Image 115 of 602
IMG 108 – 1796 – 6 Sep – Guthrey, John from William Miller & wife – Deed – Book C – Page 304
IMG 111 – 1841 – 1 June – Guthrie, John from James Nelson Trustee – Rel. Deed – Book V – Page 473
IMG 111 – 1845 – 9 Oct – Gutridge, John from Trustee – Sales – Book Z – Page 35
IMG 112 – 1828 – 10 Sep – Gutherie, Mariann from Samuel Clarke Trustee – Deed – Book Q – Page 48
IMG 113 – 1788 – 1 April – Guthry, Robert from Hugh Braford & wife – Deed – Book A -Page 699
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