Guthrie Pioneer Family

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Frances (Dewitt) Guthrie
Frances (Dewitt) Guthrie
Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas

From - A History of Gilgal Landing and Rockport, Illinois pg 68, Louisiana, Mo Public Library DeWitt, Frances "Fanny" - Born April 17, 1812 - Died August 15, 1874

Fanny DeWitt, daughter of Elisha DeWitt and Margaret Crump was born in Woodford County, Kentucky. After the death of her parents, Frances was cared for by her grandfather, Thomas Crump. When she was sixteen she eloped from a boarding school in Louisville, Kentucky, to marry Charles Grandison Guthrie, her cousin. This marriage took place on April 24, 1828. At that time her guardian was her uncle, Daniel Crump.

Charles Grandison Guthrie was born 28 August 1802 in Bedford County KY the son of John Nancy (Crump) Guthrie of Virginia. He died 26 March 1883 in Pleasant Hill, Pike County IL. He married Francis Ellen Dewitt 24 April 1828 in Washington County KY. She was born 17 April 1812 in Woodford Co KY and died 15 August 1871 in Pleasant Hill, Pike Co IL.

The Guthrie children (all born in Martinsburg, Pike County) follow --

James M Sept. 16, 1828 - Dec 16, 1828

Henry Ross Dec. 28, 1830 - Jan 16, 1914

Zerilda Jane Feb. 28, 1833 - Mar. 16, 1908

Ira Briscoe Feb. 10, 1835 - Feb. 11, 1902 in Pike Co.
-- He married Elizabeth Azura Rowley 1 Nov. 1855 Pike Co IL.

Daniel DeWitt Dec. 23, 1836 - June ll, 1914

Mary Elizabeth Dec. 19, 1838 - Mar. 12, 1921

Nancy Margaret b. Mar. 1, 1840 - Feb. 5, 1917

Nicholas M. b. July 19, 1842 - May 21, 1863

John N. b. Sept. 10, 1845 - Sept. 13, 1847

Jeremiah Newton Dec. 11, 1847 - April 23, 1921

Frances Ellen Sept. 3, 1853 - June 7, 1835

William Elisha b. Jan. 19, 1859 - April 7, 1935

Two infant sons are buried on Aunt Polly Biscoe's farm near Six Mile Creek.

Guthrie, Charles Grandison Aug. 28, 1802 - Mar. 26, 1883

Charles Grandison Guthrie, son of John Guthrie and Nancy Crump was born in either Bedford or Franklin County, Virginia. Moved with his parents to Tennessee about 1805 where his father was a slaveholder. They probably later moved to Kentucky. He married Frances DeWitt, who was the granddaughter of his mother's brother, Thomas Crump. In the same year of their marriage they moved to Pike County, Illinois, making the trip with an ox team. Arriving in Pike County they camped at Stockland on Six Mile Creek and were advised to locate in that vicinity. Cutting his own road he found a good spring about two miles up the creek just over the line in Martinsburg Township where he built a cabin. He and his wife spent their declining years on a farm northeast of Pleasant Hill with their son Henry. They are buried in the Rowley Cemetery on Six Mile Creek northwest of Pleasant Hill.

Charles Grandison Guthrie was born in Bedford County, Virginia, or perhaps in that part of Bedford County that was cut off to form Franklin County in 1786. However, by the time he was eight years old the family was living in Montgomery County. Before 1820 they were living in Tennessee, probably in Claiborne County. When Charles Grandison was 26 he married Frances (Fanny) DeWitt, who was 16 at her marriage. During the early years of her life, Fanny DeWitt lived in the home of her grandfather, Thomas Crump. In Thomas Crump's will, made in 1827, he bills the "guardian of Frances DeWitt for five years $60.00". Frances and Charles Grandison were married on April 24, 1828 in Washington County, Kentucky. Consent was given for the marriage by Daniel Crump, the guardian of Fanny. Family tradition states that Fanny ran away from a boarding school in Louisville, Kentucky to marry. Charles and Fanny Guthrie came to Pike County, Illinois by covered wagon in the summer following their marriage. They arrived on Six Mile Creek in the southwestern part of Pleasant Hill Township on Oct. 16 (4). Coming to Pike County at about the same time was Fanny's older brother, Thomas Monroe DeWitt, who marred in Pike County in 1830. Richard Crump, uncle to Fanny and brother-in-law to Charles was also in Pike County by 1830. Family tradition says that Charles and Fanny were on their way to Missouri, but were persuaded to stay and settle in Illinois. The Guthrie's built their first home, a cabin, on the bank of Six Mile Creek about four miles northwest of the present site of Pleasant Hill, Ill. To reach this building site they cleared a road up the creek from the bluff of the Mississippi River. In 1855 their son, Henry, bought a forty-acre farm about four miles northeast of Pleasant Hill and Charles and Fanny lived on this farm the rest of their lives. Fanny died of cancer on August 15, 1874. Charles was crippled during the latter part of his life and died on March 26, 1883. They are both buried in the Rowley Cemetery, no longer used, on a farm later owned by Alvin Long. The cemetery is on the west bluff of Six Mile Creek and is in sight of their first home in Illinois.

The children of Charles Grandison and Fanny Guthrie were:
(A) James M., born September 16, 1828; died December 16, 1828.
(B) Henry Ross, born December 28, 1830.
(C) Zerilda Jane, born February 28, 1833.
(D) Ira Briscoe, born February 10, 1835.
(E) Daniel DeWitt, born December 23, 1836.
(F) Mary Elizabeth, born December 19, 1838.
(G) Nancy Margaret, born March 1, 1840.
(H) Nicholas M., born July 19, 1842.
(I) John N., born September 10, 1845; died September 13, 1847
(J) Jeremiah Newton, born December 11, 1847