Biography of William Guthrie
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Guthrie, William, son of Captain John Guthrie, the pioneer, was born on the old homestead farm (situated in the western part of Groton, now occupied by John G, Cobb), November 20, 1807. He was reared on a farm, and became a hard worker. He lived with his father until his marriage, May 1, 1833, his wife being Diana, daughter of Isaac Brown. They had three children: Olive Lavina, born April 8, 1834, who married Loomis Knapp and died in Groton; John, so named for his grandfather, the pioneer; and William Nelson, born March 13, 1845, enlisted in 1864 in the 9th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and killed before Petersburg in April, 1865. William Guthrie died November 3, 1846. John Guthrie was born August 19, 1838, and was brought up on the farm. At the age of twenty-two he began work for himself, and March 22, 1863, he married. He then bought the old home farm where he has since resided, and which he has brought into a state of excellent cultivation, the result of much labor and good judgment. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie, three of whom are now living; Floy A., wife of Frank Sovocool; John C., and Hattie B. While perhaps not one of the largest farmers of Groton, Mr. Guthrie is none the less enterprising and industrious, and a comfortable home is the result of his efforts. He is a Republican in politics, and the entire family are devoted members of the East Lansing Baptist church.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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