Guthrie Cemetery Transcription & Photos
By Steven Reid
In 1984, Elijah Gormen of Boy Scout Troop 98 in Trenton, Missouri, documented and cleaned up Guthrie Cemetery as a service project. The tombstones were indexed by the Tree Climbers and include 7 names. My transcription yielded 8 names plus one missing tombstone. Tree Climbers did not have a listing for my #1 Mathew Nelson nor my #6 William Guthrie; I was missing the infant Guthrie tombstone. Other notes in [braces] indicate my own comments or other reconciliations with the Tree Climbers transcription.
In my August 2000 visit to Guthrie Cemetery, I discovered a cemetery which looked as if it had been at one time repaired, but had no current caretaker. Tall weeds were growing inside the fenced cemetery and plants had attached their runners to the faces of the tombstones. I could find no entrance so I had to play limbo between two lines of barbed wire.
This cemetery needs some sort of a regular care plan; also, someone needs to document better the #1 and #6 tombstones which have the dates partially covered by headstone support brackets.
This transcription is arranged in pattern beginning with the northwesterly most tomstone and numbered numerically into two rows following a counterclockwise direction (see plot below). This is a different numbering than the Elijah Gormen plot because I wanted to keep together the surnames and families. That is, #3-5 are children of #6 & #7 while #2 and #1 may be mother and son.
Guthrie Cemetery with northwesternmost
corner closest to view
MATHEW Died Aug 30 1873 Aged _2 Y's. __ M's 27 D's. [Spots with __ couldn't read.]
ELIZABETH J. wife of Thos. Nelson Died Aug 8, 1862 Aged 65 Y's 2 M's 13 D's
LOUISA E. dau of W. & E. M. GUTHRIE Died May __ 186_ [Tree Climbers transcription says died May 13, 1868 age 17y-9m-4d.]
ELIZABETH J. dau of __________________ [Tree Climbers says dau of W. & E. M. GUTHRIE] Died Nov. 2, 1869 Aged _7 Y's [Tree Climbers says 17] 3 M's 4 D's
WILLIAM A. Died May _ [Tree Climbers says 6th] 1866 Age ___________ [Tree Climbers says 31y-6m-21d.]
WILLIAM Died ___ 1_, 18__ [Support bracket covers date.] Aged 51 Y's 8 M's 11 D's
ELIZABETH M. wife of WM. GUTHRIE Died March 2_ 187_ Aged _9 Y's 7 M's 27 D's. [Tree Climbers says Died March 21 1874, Age 49Y 7M 27D]
|(8) [There is a remnants of a tombstone, but I
couldn't find any readable information. Tree Climbers
transcription has a stone for an infant daughter of S. B.
or D. & L. Guthrie with no birth/death dates.]
MATTIE N. Wife of H. B. HUBBARD born Dec 22, 1865 died Oct 23, 1881
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