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June 30, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Rosny: The Guthrie Family


Courtesy Forrest Guthrie Family and Mary Carolyn Mitton.

According to Mary Lou Guthrie: Forrest Guthrie is seated next to the tree. Louzanie is seated next to him. Forrest Jr. is seated next to Louzanie, in front of his mother Mary Frances. Next to Mary Frances is Mary Eliza, her first born. John Yancey Spencer is seated in the chair.


When this photo was copied in the 1990s, it was the property of Forrest Guthrie, III and persons in the photo were identified as follows by Forrest “Monk” Guthrie (1924-2011) and Elizabeth Jane “Tizzie” (Dunkum) Charlton Guthrie (d. 2013):

Forrest Guthrie; Louzanie Guthrie; Mary Frances “Dixie” (Spencer) Guthrie; Mary Eliza Guthrie;  Mary Frances (Spencer) Guthrie’s brother, John Yancey Spencer; and Mildred “Minnie” Walker Spencer.

The Guthries, however, were not specific as to which name went with which individual.

Mary Carolyn Mitton believes that the man in the chair is Forrest Guthrie (1899-1936) and that the woman seated closest to him is likely Mary Frances “Dixie” Spencer Guthrie (1875-1946).  The man seated by the tree is probably John Yancey Spencer (1866-1917).

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader identify precisely who’s who?

Corrected: 12/9/2019


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  1. Mary Lou Guthrie / Dec 16 2019 10:14 am

    Forrest Guthrie is seated next to the tree, Louzanie seated next to him, Forrest Jr seated next to Louzanie and in front of his mother Mary Frances, next to Mary Frances is Mary Eliza, her first born. John Yancey Spencer is seated in the chair. I don’t know the others.
    I am Mary Louzanie Guthrie, my father is Forrest Guthrie III, son of Forrest Guthrie Jr. and Forrest and Mary Frances raised my father after his father died when he was 12. I remember this picture hanging in the parlor at Rosny next to Forrest Sr. roll top desk ( time capsule) which held many fascinating things and as a child I went through it many times with this family picture next to me.

    I look forward to your “ramblings” and love learning something new with every reading.

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 16 2019 10:29 am

      Many thanks joining us at Slate River Ramblings and for adding these details to the Guthrie family post.


  2. Patt Findley Freedman / Jul 14 2014 4:35 pm

    A look inside and outside of Rosny – Like to hear more about those papers found in the floorboards. Have you got a copy of the Bolling Family cookbook yet? Lee Stifter and I sent one to your in-laws. Patt

    C-VILLE Charlottesville’s news & arts weekly – Light hearted: An 1817 farmhouse……rted-an-1817-farmhouse-upgrades...

    Named after Rosny, an obscure French poet, the house was built by the Bolling family, direct descendants of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 14 2014 7:48 pm

      Thank you, Patt. The photos are wonderful.

  3. mary louzanie guthrie / Jun 30 2014 2:23 pm

    forrest guthrie sr is seated on the tree root and mr. yancy is holding the twins born at rosny to edna oslin guthrie and forrest guthrie, jr.; their names are ann marie and colman guthrie. louzanie is the correct spelling of “zanie’s” given name.

    • mary louzanie guthrie / Jun 30 2014 2:42 pm

      please disregard my first response. i am incorrect. was looking at an old photo of mine. a much later vintage. in this photo the order is left to right:seated against the tree is forrest guthrie sr, louzanie “zanie” seated on the ground in front next to her father and seated next to her is forrest guthrie jr “bubba” also called “brother” behind him is mary “dixie” frances spencer guthrie, and standing next to her is mary eliza guthrie. mr yancy is in the chair andi don’t have the names of the the others but i know that these were their (zanie and mary eliza’s) cousins. there are quite a few photos of them in some of the old photos that were in the attic trunks( archives). which i am going through now.

      • Joanne Yeck / Jun 30 2014 4:21 pm

        Thanks for your comment. It’s great to have the Guthrie family identified. To reduce confusion, I have not posted your first response. Joanne

      • Julie Dixon / Jul 1 2014 6:29 am

        Mary Lou-
        If you come across any photos that include any part of the house, farm or landscape I’d love to get a copy of them- what treasures come from this attic!

      • Joanne Yeck / Jul 1 2014 6:32 am

        Julie, Many thanks for joining the conversation. Treasures from the attic is what Slate River Ramblings is all about! Joanne

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 3 2014 7:16 am

      Mary Lou, I’ve corrected the spelling of Louzanie’s name in the original post. Thanks. Joanne

  4. Margaret Thomas / Jun 30 2014 10:55 am

    Generally, most local records show that the Bolling/Guthrie/Dixon house & plantation is spelling Rosny (without the e), although to confuse everyone, Rosny is located on Rosney Road (with the e.)

    Margaret Thomas

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 30 2014 10:58 am

      Margaret, Many thanks for this comment. I will conform to the local majority! This reminds of Bellmont/Belmont. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet! Joanne

  5. Joanne Yeck / Jun 30 2014 9:30 am

    Kimberly, I’m getting keyed into that Spencer look. Strong, persistent gene pool! Joanne

  6. Kimberly / Jun 30 2014 9:28 am

    I certainly can’t tell you who is who, but the man by the tree has the “Spencer” look about him and the man in the chair most decidedly does not. 🙂


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