Dicey Guthrie was a Berrien native who lived in the county all of her life. And apparently all her life there was disagreement over the spelling of her first name, which appears variously as Dicey, Dicy, Dicie, or Disy.
She was born January 16, 1867, a daughter of Martha Newbern and Samuel Guthrie, and grew up in the 1144 Georgia Militia District, the Rays Mill district. Her father was one of the men who hunted down the Berrien Tiger in 1849. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the 54th Georgia Regiment.
Ray City History reader Dinah Harrison Watson shared that Dicey Guthrie married William Henry Watson in 1881. They were married August 24 of that year in Berrien county, GA.
Dicey and William Watson made their home on the Ray City and Mud Creek road northeast of Rays Mill in the Empire Church community, in that part of Berrien county that was later cut into Lanier County. About Mr. Watson, the Tifton Gazette said in the winter of 1903-04, “Mr. W. H. Watson has killed forty-nine porkers, of very good average, this season. Mr. Watson is one of our hustling farmers.”
Children of Dicey Guthrie and William Henry Watson were:
- Samuel Solomon Watson 1884 –
- Mary Martha Watson 1886 –
- Mark Mitchell Watson 1889 –
- Isaac Linton Watson 1891 –
- James Pleasant Watson 1898 – 1989
The Clinch County News
January 16, 1953
DEATH OF MRS. WATSON
Mrs. Dicy Watson, widow of the late W. H. Watson, age 86, of Berrien County, died New Years’ Day. She was a daughter of Samuel and Martha Newbern Guthrie, pioneers of Berrien County. She was married in 1881 to Mr. Watson. Their home was in the Empire Church community, and burial was at that church. She was a faithful member of Empire Church. Four sons survive, also one brother, Colly Guthrie of Jacksonville.