These Bible records were obtained in 1933 by Penelope Johnson Allen, during her research of the Guthrie family of Hamilton County, Tennessee. The Canterbury Bible was in the possession of Rush B. Guthrie of Harrison, Tennessee. In 1933, Mrs. Allen wrote a weekly genealogical feature called "Leaves From the Family Tree,” during her employment with the Chattanooga Times newspaper. Each week she focused on a local pioneer family by tracing the family roots back to colonial times. In 1982, these articles were published in a book, Leaves From the Family Tree, by Southern Historical Press.
William CANTERBURY and Betsyann LAWSON were married on Thursday, August 6, 1789.
William CANTERBURY married second Jain Calvert on Thursday, January 29, 1812.
Polly CANTERBURY, daughter of William and Betsyann, married Thomas GUTHRIE on Thursday, September 8, 1809.
Nancy CANTERBURY, daughter of William and Betsyann, married Edward CALVERT, April 19, 1809.
Rebecca CANTERBURY, daughter of William and Betsyann, married Samuel PATE, March 4, 1813.
Betty CANTERBURY, daughter of William and Betsyann, married John MURPHY, November 11, 1819.
William CANTERBURY was born 1761.
Betsyan LAWSON was born September 20, 1768.
Sally CANTERBURY was born June 9, 1790.
Polly CANTERBURY was born February 5, 1792.
Nancy CANTERBURY was born March 19, 1795.
Rebecca CANTERBURY was born May 25, 1797.
Hannah CANTERBURY was born March 11, 1799.
William CANTERBURY Jr. was born August 19, 1801.
Betsy CANTERBURY was born December 2, 1803.
Jane CANTERBURY was born June 4, 1806.
(NOTE: Polly Canterbury and her husband, Thomas Guthrie were early settlers of Hamilton County, Tennessee. Polly's sister, Rebecca Canterbury, married (2) Absalom Sivley. The Sivley family also lived in Hamilton County, Tennessee.)
by Floyd L. Owsley