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Permelia Ann Fokes Guthrie
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1832
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1922
Lee County
Texas, USA

~♥~ 2nd Great GrandAunt ~♥~

Daughter of John Fokes Sr. and Abagail McLennan Fokes.
Giddings News
Giddings, Lee County, Texas
August 4, 1922

Mrs. Permelia Ann Guthrie

Lee County lost another of it's old settlers in the death of Grandma Guthrie which occurred Monday morning, July 24, at the old Guthrie homestead near Lexington.

Sister Guthrie was born in Pensacola, Florida in April, 1832. Her mother, Mrs. Abigail Fokes, with her six children of whom Permelia was the youngest, landed with other immigrants at Columbia after a voyage of months on board a three-masted schooner. After a needed rest, the company pursued their journey to "McLennan's Bluff: on the Brazos River. The heads of the families lost no time in locating their "head rights". Mrs. Fokes, mother of Sister Guthrie, located on the San Gabriel River six miles north of Thorndale; two of her brothers, Laughlin and Neil, settled at Pond Creek. Neil afterwards moved farther up the Brazos and gave his name to McLennan County.

In the fall of the year 1835, an Indian raid was made on the Pond Creek settlement and Sister Guthrie's grandmother and Laughlin McLennan were murdered by the Indians, their bodies thrown in the house and burned up. Another uncles was met a little ways form the house and was filled with 25 arrows. Mrs. Laughlin McLennan and her three boys, John, Neil and Daniel were taken captive. Mrs. McLennan died in captivity. John returned to civilization after ten years, but the other two boys were lost trace of. John had taken to many Indian ways and was known as "Bosque John". He was used as an Indian interpreter.

A later raid was made on the San Gabriel settlement and another aunt, Mrs. John McLennan was captured with some small children. Taking advantage of the drunken condition of her captors, however, she made her escape across the river and got away. Sister Guthrie's mother then moved to what is now Burleson County. Here, her daughter, Permelia, met and married George W Guthrie of Caldwell, Texas. To this unions seven children were born, four of which are still living.

Brother Guthrie was a consistent member of the Cole Springs Baptist Church which was organized under a brush arbor at Cole Springs about 1854. Sister Guthrie in 1881 joined the Cole Springs Church of which church she was a member at the time of her death.

Sister Guthrie lived a quiet, sincere and unostentatious life; she loved the home, her children, her friends and her God. She never turned down a distress call by day or night and she was thoroughly self-sacrificing in all that she thought or did. She has lived well, her life has been a labor of love and of holy benediction to all who knew her.

For some years she has not been able to get around much although her general health was good. She had lost the use of her lower limbs. It was her desire and prayer that the end might come more quickly, which prayer was fully realized. Sunday night she retired as well and cheerful as ever but about 4 o'clock in the morning she called her granddaughter, Mrs. John Boswell, where she was staying and told her she felt like she was smothering. She asked to be raised in bed. Presently, she said, "Child, I believe I am dying". She asked for a drink of water and then quickly but gently she fell asleep in the arms of Jesus.

Sister Guthrie is survived by one son and three daughters; Mrs. J.D. Guthrie of Lee County, Mrs. P.A. Clark of Lee County, Mrs. Fannie Parker of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Laura G. Jones, District Clerk of Lee County. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

On Monday afternoon at four o'clock loving friends gathered at the old home place and carried the remains to the Guthrie burying ground where interment was made. Rev. A.L. Caraway, assisted by the writer, officiated at the obsequies.

All who knew her loved her and we count it a blessing to have known her, and we hope to be ready for the summons when it shall come, as our Sister was. This is our loss and her infinite gain. 
Family links: 
  John Fokes (1801 - 1834)
  Abagail McLennan Fokes (1787 - 1865)
  George Washington Guthrie (1823 - 1902)
  Joseph Daniel Guthrie (1849 - 1926)*
  Charles Franklin Guthrie (1851 - 1904)*
  Thomas A. Guthrie (1855 - ____)*
  Catherine Elizabeth Guthrie Tyler (1856 - 1911)*
  Permelia Ann Guthrie Clark (1861 - 1938)*
  Laura Guthrie Jones (1867 - 1924)*
  Mary Elizabeth Fokes Locklin (1819 - 1902)*
  John L Fokes (1820 - 1860)*
  Charles Neal Fokes (1828 - 1864)*
  Catherine Fokes Anderson (1830 - 1912)*
  Permelia Ann Fokes Guthrie (1832 - 1922)
*Calculated relationship
Guthrie Cemetery (old)
Lee County
Texas, USA
Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Aug 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20891766

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