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? Darlington

Immediate Family:

Wife of Robert Guthrie
Mother of William Guthrie; Adam Guthrie and John Guthrie

Managed by: Emily Damiano
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About ? Darlington

c1700: BIRTH of MISS DARLINGTON The Darlington family is a fixture in Chester, Pennsylvania, so if Robert married a Darlington daughter it would've most likely been there.

Miss Darlington's given name might have been Elizabeth, but I have not found any original documentation to prove it. The 'Robert Pettengil Papers' indicate that her name was Rebecca.

An account of the Darlingtons in Poets and Poetry of Chester County Pennsylvania by George Johnson reveals: "The Darlingtons are among the oldest families of Chester County, and are the descendants of a common ancestor who came from England and settled in East Bradford Township, a few miles southwest of West Chester, early in the history of the county.

Look to this source for information on the Darlington family's arrival in America: 'Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Chester County, Pennsylvania: comprising a historical sketch of the county', by Samuel T. Wiley, Gresham Publishing Co., 1893, Microfilm 1000549 item 2; Index 568079 item 10, FHL.

"The Darlingtons of Chester County are descended from Job and Mary Darlington, of Darnhall, Cheshire, England, two of whose sons, Abraham and John, emigrated to America prior to 1711, and settled near the town of Chester, in what is now Delaware county. John, the younger of these two brothers, finally removed to Maryland, and to his history and that of his descendants, if any, has become obscure and uncertain."

"Abraham Darlington married married Deborah Carter, a daughter of Joseph Carter, and after her death without issue, in 1716, he wedded Elizabeth Hillborn, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hillborn, of Bucks County, and became the progenitor of the numerous family of Darlingtons in Chester county and its vicinity.”

10 Children: Mary, Deborah, Elizabeth, Abraham, Thomas, John, Hannah, Rachel, Job, and Rebecca."

If Robert's wife was a Darlington, she would almost certainly seem to have to be one of the women listed here. However, the following source provides details on each child and their marriages: 'Sesqui-centennial gathering of the clan Darlington', by Edward C. Darlington, 1853.

Contrary to the information in WILEY's historical sketch of Chester County, there was also another Darlington in the records: Joseph Darlington.

Joseph Darlington was listed in the same town at the same time as Abraham Darlington. The 1715 Aston Tax List lists Abraham Darlington and a Freeman, Joseph Darlington. Abraham was listed for Birmingham in 1726 & 1735, but Joseph had moved to Caln where he was listed in 1727 & East Caln in 1730.

'History of Chester County' by John Smith Futhey lists:

"Joseph Darlington was a single man in Aston in 1715, and in 1718-19 in Goshen, but in 1721 was a married man in Caln township, where he probably resided until his death."

Joseph Darlington is also listed prominently in the 1728 petition to divide Caln into two boroughs, West and East, and notes the exact location of his property on the northern section of the West Branch of the Brandywine.

Based on the marriage date given for Abraham & Elizabeth, it seems unlikely in my opinion that Robert Guthrie’s wife could be a daughter of Abraham & Elizabeth. Even if she was the first child born that would still make her only about 10 when the Guthrie children were estimated to be born. Could she then be a descendant of Joseph instead? Unfortunately, he also seems to be a contemporary of our elusive Miss Darlington rather than a candidate for her father.

There are still no clues as to why LRG and/or his genealogist source believed that Robert Guthrie's wife was a Darlington. One possibility is that they were mixing up their Guthrie lineages. To my knowledge, there are 2 Guthrie men with the middle name of Darlington: 1) Otho Darlington Guthrie, a grandson of John & Margaret (Brown) Guthrie, and therefore a potential grandson of Robert Guthrie, and 2) Robert Darlington Guthrie, a son of James & Margaret (Brown) Guthrie, a grandson of Robert Guthrie & Bridget Dougherty. Two considerations: First, both lines have women named Margaret Brown in them. Sheer coincidence, sign of an error, or a Brown family connection with the Darlington name? Second, that John remains the one "unproven son" of Robert, and that we also have no DNA evidence for Robert & Bridget (Dougherty) Guthrie's lineage.

Personally, I have my doubts that Robert Guthrie's wife was a Darlington at all, but I'm looking for evidence one way or the other.

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Fallowfield, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States