Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Samuel W. Guthrie

SAMUEL W. GUTHRIE, a veteran of the Civil War, and a prominent farmer residing in section 33, Fairview township, Labette county, Kansas, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1845, and is a son of John and Rosanna (Stoody) Guthrie. John Guthrie was a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and was born in 1818. He died in Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1885, his wife's death having occurred in 1845. She was born in Washington, Pennsylvania. They reared but one child, - Samuel W., - the subject of this sketch.

Samuel W. Guthrie was eight years old when his parents moved to Ashland county, Ohio. In 1858, they moved to Vermilion county, Illinois. Mr. Guthrie obtained his schooling both in Illinois and Ohio. In 1864, he enlisted in Company F, 51st Reg., Ill. Vol. Inf. His regiment was attached to the Army of the Cumberland. He was wounded at Franklin, Tennessee, and was in the hospital for four months. He was then transferred to the 4th Reg., Veteran Reserve Corps, and was sent to Rock Island, Illinois, to do guard duty. He remained there until September, 1865, when he was mustered out. He then returned to Vermilion county, Illinois. There he remalned but a short time, when he went to Carthage, Missouri. In Carthage Mr. Guthrie was engaged in the milling business until 1874, when he returned to Vermilion county, Illinois, and was married. In 1875, Mr. Guthrie moved to Douglas county, Illinois, and lived on his farm there until 1891. In that year he settled in Labette county, in section 33, Fairview township, where he has since lived. He is engaged in general farming and stock raising, and has been very successful. He is a man of thrift and energy, and his farm is generally improved, and presents a fine appearance.

In 1875, Mr. Guthrie married Alice M. Gray, who was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1861. She is a daughter of William and Sarah (Harman) Gray. William Gray is a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and was born in t816. In 1845, he moved to Clinton county Indiana where he worked at his trade, that of a cooper, and at farming. In 1859, he settled in Vermilion county, Illinois. At the present writing he is living in Sidell, Illinois, where he is engaged in farming. His wife, Sarah (Harman) Gray, was a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and was born in 1822. She died in Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1894. Mr. Guthrie and his wife have reared the following offspring: Harvey, deceased; Mary (Mills), of Vermilion county; Alfred W. and Lizzie (Wilson), both of Vermilion county; Sarah, deceased; and Clara, of Vermilion county.

Mr. Guthrie has been a member of the school board for a number of years and is an active member of the church known as the Society of Friends.