GUTHRIES of ORKNEY SCT / GA / SC and IRE / MA / NY
Guthrie Family Group 9 currently consists of 2 participants whose most recent common ancestor remains unidentified. One line is from the Orkney Island in Scotland and the other from Ireland. Both descendants are from American lineages.
CLAIM TO FAME
LINEAGES ASSOCIATED with GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP 9
- Descendants of Thomas Guthrie 1732SCT-1797SC & Jean Duncan
- Descendants of John Guthrie 1817IRE-p1860NY & Bridget (MNU)
Thomas Guthrie was born in Stromness, Orkney, Scotland. All but one of his children with Jean Duncan was born in Scotland. They traveled to America as indentured servants to Thomas Brown, possibly as payment for their passage. They arrived in Georgia in September of 1774. By 1788 they resided in the Camden District of South Carolina, and in 1790 were listed in the census of Abbeville, South Carolina. There is no known documentation identifying Thomas Guthrie’s parents, nor do any genetic clues lead us in that direction.
John Guthrie is documented in the 1860 census of New York, a blacksmith married to Bridget (Maiden Name Unknown). His birth location is listed as Ireland. Their daughter Susan’s 1847 birth was in Massachusetts, while the next child, Patrick Guthrie, is listed as being born in New York in 1851 Further data on John’s origins may be found in immigration records, or in other documentation in Massachusetts.
It seems most likely that the common ancestor of these two lineages will be found in Scotland in the 1600s, or in the generation immediately prior to Thomas, namely his parents.
There is too little genetic data to analyze for specific markers of inheritance, which might reveal whether Thomas and John were either closely or more distantly related.
Due to the limited number of participants in the group, it is difficult to determine whether these two families share an older, longer Guthrie lineage, or if multiple other surname matches might indicate the presence of a Causal Event prior to Thomas and John’s generations. Padgett and Green are the two most prevalent surnames.
Is This Your Piece of the Puzzle?
Consider helping everyone out by sharing your knowledge about your family line. There may be only a handful of people in your immediate family, but hundreds or thousands more around the globe who share your more distant Guthrie ancestry. A little bit of research can potentially provide someone with the clue they need. Contact Ann if you have info to share, want to write an article, or collaborate to create one.