Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912 - 1967)

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Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Guthrie
Born in Okemah, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
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American folk musician ... believed to have written more than 1,000 folk-type songs ... died from Huntington's disease ... son of Charles Edward GUTHRIE and Nora Belle (nee TANNER or perhaps SHERMAN) Guthrie

"... his younger sister Clara was killed in an oil stove explosion, his mother developed Huntington's chorea and later died in a state asylum... married 1st in the early 1930's to the former Mary Esta JENNINGS, then in 1945 to the former Marjorie Mazia Greenblatt. Both marriages ended in divorce ...

" ... he fathered eight children by three wives, and perhaps a ninth, unacknowledged ..."

" ... April 1940 resided with wife Mary E, 23 yrs, Gwendolyn 4 yrs, Carlylon 2 yrs and Bill R. 6 months, in Pampa, Gray, Texas, occupation radio singer. "[1]

" ... surviving are two daughters of his first marriage Mrs Gwendolyn Lackey of Los Angeles and Mrs Sue Garvin of Whittier, Calif; two sons and a daughter of his second marriage, Arlo, a folk singer; Joady and Nora Lee, all of New York; a sister Mrs Hulett Edgmon of Seminole, Okla and a brother George of Long Beach, Calif.[2]


Cremated, Ashes scattered off coast of Coney Island, New York City.
A cenotaph can be found in his hometown cemetery where his parents are buried. [3]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWVG-581 : accessed 17 March 2017), Woodrow W Guthrie, Pampa, Justice Precinct 2, Gray, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 90-8, sheet 8B, line 58, family 175, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4042.
  2. "Woody Guthrie Dies of Muscular Illness; Wrote Songs, Sand About Poor People" by Phil Casey, The Washington Post, 4 Oct 1967
  3. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=431

See also:

  • "Woody Guthrie, Folk Singer and Composer, Dies: Rambler and Balladeer" in the New York Times, 4 Oct 1967
  • Census 1920 C E Guthrie, 42 yrs Birthplace Texas, Head of House, Married,
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Household Members:
Name Age
C E Guthrie 42
Nora B Guthrie 33
Leroy Guthrie 13
Woodrow Guthrie [7 8/12]
George Guthrie 1 [1 11/12]

1920 Census Okemah, Okfuskee, Oklahoma Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 149

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On 2 Nov 2014 at 02:57 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

31 degrees of separation from AJ Jacobs

Woody is 29 degrees from Rosa Parks, 22 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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