Dicey Guthrie Watson

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.

Dicey Guthrie Watson. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Dicey Guthrie Watson. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

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.

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Family of William Henry Watson. (Left to Right) James Pleasent Watson, Mark Mitchell Watson, William Henry Watson, Samuel Solomon Watson, Dicy Guthrie Watson, Martha Watson Patten, Isaac Linton Watson. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

Family of William Henry Watson. (Left to Right) James Pleasent Watson, Mark Mitchell Watson, William Henry Watson, Samuel Solomon Watson, Dicy Guthrie Watson, Martha Watson Patten, Isaac Linton Watson. Image courtesy of http://berriencountyga.com/

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

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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.

Gravemarkers of Dicey Guthrie and William Henry Watson, Empire Cemetery, Lanier County, GA

Gravemarkers of Dicey Guthrie and William Henry Watson, Empire Cemetery, Lanier County, GA

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Samuel Guthrie Heirs in the Supreme Court of Georgia, 1920

In 1920, residents of Ray City, GA were once again appearing before the Supreme Court of Georgia. this time in the case of REGISTER et al. v. GUTHRIE et al.  The case concerned the estate of Samuel F. Guthrie, one of the early settlers of Berrien County.

The children of Samuel F. Guthrie and Martha Newbern were:

Lewis Guthrie  abt 1853 –
Josephene Guthrie 1856 –
Archibald Guthrie 1859 –
Samuel Guthrie 1860 –
Arren Horn Guthrie 1864 – 1932
Dicey Guthrie 1866 – 1953
James Berrien Guthrie 1868 – 1949
Martha Guthrie 1870 –
Linton Guthrie 1872 –
Betty Guthrie 1874 –
John Guthrie 1876 –
Dread Guthrie 1879-

Grave Marker of Samuel Guthrie

Grave Marker of Samuel Guthrie

When Samuel F. Guthrie  died, he left to each of his sons  a “two-horse farm.”  To his widow, he left “the Dowery.”  Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, there was a dispute among the heirs as to the disposition of their father’s land.

REGISTER et al. v. GUTHRIE et al.
(No. 1703.)

(Supreme Court of Georgia. June 18, 1920.)

(Syllabus by the Court.)

Executors and administrators <= 380(4)—Refusal of interlocutory injunction to restrain sale of realty purchased at administrator’s sale held not abuse of discretion.

The evidence was conflicting on the material points of the case. The court did not abuse his discretion in refusing to grant the interlocutory injunction.

Error from Superior Court, Berrien County ; R. G. Dickerson, Judge.

Suit by Josephine Register and others against S. F. Guthrie and others to set aside cloud on title, for an accounting, and for an injunction. Decree for defendants, and plaintiffs bring error. Affirmed.

The petition alleged that petitioners and defendants were the heirs of Samuel Guthrie, deceased, and that two of the defendants were the administrators of his estate; that defendants fraudulently entered into an agreement to suppress bidding at the administrators’ sale of the real property belonging to the estate of Samuel Guthrie, and to have one of the defendants bid in the property for the benefit of the others as cheaply as possible, and thereafter to account to the other defendants to the exclusion of petitioners. Petitioners prayed that the administrators’ deeds be set aside as a cloud on title, that defendants be compelled to account for the rents and profits received by them, and that they be enjoined from selling or incumbering the lands or the Umber thereon. Statement by editor.

W. R. Smith and R. A. Hendricks, both of Nashville, for plaintiffs in error.

J. D. Lovett, of Nashville, for defendants in error.

GiLBERT, J. Judgment affirmed.
All the Justices concur.

Register et. al. v. Guthrie et. al.

Register et. al. v. Guthrie et. al.

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