Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Mary Smith Guthrie

Female 1867 - 1951  (84 years)


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  • Name Mary Smith Guthrie 
    Born 1867  South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Name Mary Smith Black 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-87951 
    Died 15 Jan 1951  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 17 Jan 1951  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I87951  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2021 

    Father John Guthrie,   b. CALC 18 May 1832, , Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1913, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Morton,   b. CALC 17 Apr 1840, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1928, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1864  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F24530  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Douglas Black,   b. 1861, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1949, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 9 Mar 1887  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Mary Black
     2. Elizabeth Edgar Black,   b. 1889, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1985, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     3. Margaret Wallace Black,   b. 21 May 1890, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1972, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. George Inglis Black,   b. 25 Nov 1893, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1947, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Mary Ann Bella Black,   b. 29 May 1900, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1986, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F20685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mrs. George D. Black Passes - A life dedicated to her family and God ended on Monday when death claimed Mary Smith Guthrie, widow of George D. Black, at her home on "Wilton Farm," Blenheim townline. The late Mrs. Black had been in indifferent health for some time and eventually succumbed to pneumonia following a fall in her home. Mrs. Black was a lifelong resident of the community and, in her prolonged span of nearly 84 years, she was a sterling example of the fine Scottish characteristics of Christian living and devoted motherhood. A daughter of John Guthrie and Elizabeth Morton, she was born on the farm now owned by her son-in-law, Ernest Cochrane, on the 9th concession. Her father was a Scottish pioneer in the district and her mother, though born near Ayr, originated from the same hardy race. These forebears could be best described as patriarchal families, for their descendants branched out through this community until they now number in the scores. In 1887 she was married to George D. Black, who predeceased her, a year and a half ago. The wedding took place at the farm home now owned by William Kinnaird, Jr., directly across the road from the farm where the couple spent the remainder of their days. This union was blessed with one son, George Inglis, who passed away a few years ago, and three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Cochrane (Margaret), Misses Elizabeth and Mary, residing at home. Working together and living the joys and disappointments of life together, Mr. and Mrs. Black found the years slipped by only too rapidly. But it was a divine blessing that two people so extremely happy should not soon be parted, and they enjoyed the singular distinction of celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary before Mr. Black's death. Originally Mrs. Black was a devout Presbyterian, one of the foremost members of Stanley Street Church in Ayr, but transferred her membership to Knox United when church union was consummated. Her intense interest in the missionary work of the church found an outlet in the Woman's Missionary Society, where her sustained efforts were rewarded with a life membership in the Kate M. Thomson Auxiliary. In social life, she turned to the Ayr Women's Institute which benefited for many years by her unceasing efforts toward its advancement. For the most part, however, Mrs. Black found her life fulfilled in the home, and it was here that she could be found by her neighbors, happily regulating the tenor of her domain. By way of diversion, Mrs. Black became a profound reader and could ably discuss the works of many of the masters. In her death, the community mourns the loss of a woman whose every action bespoke the sterling qualities of the Scottish people who pioneered this district\emdash kindness, integrity, ambition, Christianity and determination. All of these virtues were component parts of Mrs. Black's character, and the impression left by her way of living is indelibly stamped in the minds of her scores of friends and neighbors as an example well followed. Besides three daughters, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. David B, Scott, Galt, and a brother, Morton Guthrie, Ayr. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive. The funeral was held from her late residence this (Wednesday) afternoon, with service conducted by Rev. W. D. Goodger. Interment was made in Ayr Cemetery.

      The Ayr News Jan 18 1951 pg 2

  • Sources 
    1. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      [Front/West] George/ born/ April 14, 1847/ died Aug. 18, 1850/ James/ born/ Nov. 27, 1863/ died/ Nov. 28, 1865/ children of/ William & Maria Bell/ Bell/ George Douglas Black/ born/ Wilton Farm, Ayr/ 1861 - 1949/ his wife/ Mary Smith Guthrie/ born/ Goshen Farm/ died/ Wilton Farm/ 1867 - 1951/ at Rest/ Black/

      [Right/South] William Bell M. D./ born In/ Dumfries Scotland/ June 11, 1820/ died/ Jan. 25, 1870/ Maria E. Kitchen/ wife of the Above/ 1827 - 1913

      [Back/East] George Black/ born At/ Sillerbithall Scotland/ died At/ Wilton Farm Ayr/ Mar. 5, 1899 In his 83rd year/ Mary Edgar his wife/ born At/ Dunlop Scotland/ died At/ Wilton Farm Ayr/ Nov. 9, 1908 In Her 81st year

      [Left/North] John Bell/ 1826 - 1910/ his wife/ Mary Parsons/ 1831-1916/ James Black/ 1855 - 1922/ Margaret Guthrie/ his wife/ 1856 - 1886/ his wife/ Janet Rodger/ 1866 - 1947/ Elizabeth E. Black/ 1889-1985/ Mary A. Black/ 1900-1986

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Elizabeth Morton Age: 23 Birth Date: abt 1841 Birth Place: Canada Marriage Date: 26 Apr 1864 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: Robert Mother: N Smith Spouse :John Guthrie Spouse's Age: 31 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1833 Spouse Birth Place: Scotland Spouse Residence: Blenheim Township Spouse Father: D Spouse Mother: Mgt Wyllie Residence: Dumfries Township

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: George D Black Age: 25 Birth Date: abt 1862 Birth Place: Blenheim, Ontario Marriage Date: 9 Mar 1887 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: George Black Mother: Black Spouse: Mary Smith Guthrie Spouse's Age: 19 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1868 Spouse Birth Place: South Dumfries Spouse Father: John Guthrie Spouse Mother: E Guthrie

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Mar 1887 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jan 1951 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 17 Jan 1951 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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