This page was revised on July 5, 2005
First GenerationJoseph Cuthrell was probably a grandson of Gowin Cuthrell who died in Norfolk VA in 1711, but I don't know yet who his father was, since Gowin had at least eight sons. Family Bible records state that Joseph's wife was Sarah Etheridge, also a common name in the Norfolk area. I don't know who her parents were either. Can you help?
Second GenerationChildren of Joseph Cuthrell and Sarah Etheridge (may have been others)
Charles Cuthrell (died about 1826, Rowan/Davie Co. NC) m. Sopha Bell Maximilian Cuthrell (1793-1883) m. Margaret Ballentine (1783-1869), who was previously married to Jesse Sikes
Maximilian and Margaret married in Norfolk VA in 1817. Yes, as best I can determine, she was really ten years older than he was. They came to Davie County NC between 1820 and 1824. They first appear there in the census in 1830 in Rowan, Davie's parent county, but their daughter Eliza, born 1824, is listed in the 1850 census as born in NC. Charles Cuthrell was in Rowan County by 1815, and married there. When Charles died in 1826, Maximilian was named guardian of his five children, all of whom were under age. This fact, plus the observation that Charles had children named Joseph and Sarah, suggests to me that Charles and Maximilian were probably brothers.
There were other Cuthrells who moved from the Norfolk area to Davie Co. around the same time, and I am still trying to straighten out who belongs in which family:
Children of Thomas Cuthrell and ?
Family information sent to me by Addie Wallace in 1999 names six sons of Thomas Cuthrell of Virginia: Teagle, James, John, Richard, Nelson and Nathaniel. I believe that Teagle and Nathaniel are the men of the same names who end up in Davie County.
Teagle was in Portsmouth VA in 1830 and in Davie Co. NC in 1840. He died in Davie County in 1841. His widow Martha was still living in Davie County in 1860.
Nathaniel Cuthrell also came to Rowan/Davie County, where he married Sarah Fulford (1808-1899) in 1824. He died in December of the next year. They had one son, James N. Cuthrell, who remained in Davie County.
I strongly suspect that Joseph and Thomas Cuthrell, fathers respectively of Charles and Maximilian, Teagle and Nathaniel, were brothers. Can anyone prove or disprove this? If true, who was their father?
Third GenerationChildren of Charles Cuthrell and Sopha Bell
Sarah Cuthrell (ca. 1820-1851) m. John G. Cohee
Mary Cuthrell (ca. 1825-aft. 1880) m. Warren Skinner
Charles Cuthrell (deceased by April 1848)
By 1839, Joseph and Eli were of age, indicating that they were the oldest children. I don't know what became of either.
We do know that Charles, Mary and Sarah moved away, perhaps with their widowed mother. Sarah married John G. Cohee in Rush County IN in 1841; they later lived in Darke County, Ohio (thanks to Helen Cohee Wright for information on this family!). Mary married Warren Skinner in Darke Co. OH in 1847. In April 1848 John Cohee wrote to Maximilian Cuthrell, asking how much money was on hand for Sarah and Mary, and stating that their younger brother Charles "has decesed sens thay lefte that contey which will ad to each ones a small sum".
Children of Maxmilian and Margaret Cuthrell
At one time I considered the idea that Joseph F. might be Maximilian's nephew, son of Charles Cuthrell. However, in the 1880 census, Maximilian is living with Joseph F., and listed as his father, and Joseph F. is slightly younger than predicted for Charles Cuthrell's son, who was of age by 1839. I've concluded therefore that there were two Joseph Cuthrells, most likely first cousins named for their grandfather.
I've noticed that quite a few family trees list Laura Cuthrell b. 1829 as another child of Maximilian and Margaret. She was listed as living with them in the 1850 Davie Co. census, but was actually the daughter of Teagle and Martha Cuthrell.
Children of Teagle Walter Cuthrell and Martha Ann Herbert Whidbe
Child of Nathaniel Cuthrell and Sarah Fulford James N. Cuthrell (ca. 1825-ca. 1865), m. Nancy James (prob. 1830-1891)
Another Cuthrell line in Davie County begins with Thomas Cuthrell born about 1802 in Virginia, and in Rowan Co. NC by 1826, when he married Anna Jane McClannen (d. before 1845). I don't know his relationship to Charles, Maximilian, Teagle, and Nathaniel, but I'm listing him in this generation since he seems to be roughly contemporary.
Thomas married 2) Jane Hill (ca. 1813-?) in 1845, and 3) Martha Cranfill (ca. 1832-?) in 1879.
Children of Thomas Cuthrell and Anna Jane McClannen
Children of Thomas Cuthrell and Jane Hill
Fourth GenerationChildren of Joseph F. Cuthrell and Josephine Mesley
Lula Cuthrell (1861-1862)
Claud Cuthrell (ca. 1864-?) m. Lisetta Douthit (1870-1921)
Ernest Cuthrell (1868-1887)
Albert Cuthrell (ca. 1871-?)
Children of James Thomas Cuthrell and Julia Bradshaw
Children of James N. Cuthrell and Nancy James
Nancy Selena married Hugh Robertson in 1894, his second wife. In May 1897 he married for the third time. He is buried with his first wife, Nancy Jane Sheets, in Rose Cemetery in Mocksville; I don't see a burial record for Nancy Cuthrell.
Children of James E. Cuthrell and Janette McBride
Child of Mary Cuthrell and an unknown father
SourcesMary Eliza Chinn Brown's family Bible (that's Mary Eliza at the top of the page)
North Carolina marriage bonds
Norfolk VA marriage bonds
Virginia and NC census records 1810-1870
Linn, Jo White (1973). Davie County North Carolina Will and Deed Abstracts (Wills 1836-1900, Deeds 1836-1850)
Davie County census, marriage, and cemetery records, compiled by Nancy Murphy for the Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society
LDS film 1036745/4, misc. collected Bible records. This one submitted by Mrs. Mary Horn, 806 Peden, Houston 6, TX, lists family of Teagle Cuthrell.
Personal communications from Jeanette Cuthriell, Diane Kelly, Addie Wallace, Wayne Gordon, Tina Hall, Barbara McMahon, and others. Thank you!
Special thanks to Helen Cohee Wright who was able to identify Sarah Cuthrell Cohee of Ohio, and to Linda Doyle for connecting Laura Augusta Cuthrell Kennedy!
This page was revised on June 6, 2010
LinksCUTHRELL surname page at RootsWeb
E-mail list, query boards, other links
Jeanette Cuthriell's Roots and Twigs page