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Early Gillespies

Early Gillespies

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Early Gillespies in Michigan
First Generation
First is OUR 
John Gillespie 1780-1883
. There is nothing in The Family Record to indicate he ever leftIreland, but that's not known for sure.If his birth/dates are close to being correct, children from his first marriage would be born around 1800(+/-). Next is a new character that shows up briefly in the 1850 census of Bloomfield, living in the vicinity of other Greers/Gillespies:
James Gillespie, b abt 1772
, IrelandIn this census, James is living with a young female, Margaret Gillespie, age 11.This James might be:1)older brother of our John or some cousin of John2)father of Thomas Jr. and Isabelle E (more on them later) Notes:1)Don't find him in 1840 census and would expect to2)Don't find him in the family cemetery (Franklin Cemetery)Finally another elder in this group:
Thomas Gillespie
(referred to in documents as
SR 
.),
b abt 1777,
died 1859.Wife is Nancy, and her marriage to Thomas SR's is at least her second one; Nancy's first marriage musthave been to SLATER – see notes on Thomas SR's incompetence hearing.1840 census of Southfield:1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60 and 1 female 50-60 Notes: Elizabeth Gordon is next door. Also many Greers on this sheet.Also I think the younger male in 1840 census might be James Gillespie who died in 1866 and is buriedin Franklin Cemetery (American flag on gravestone, probably served in Civil War). I thought thisJames would be the son of Thomas and Nancy since he was living with them, but now I think that isnot so since in the petition for Thomas' incompetence in 1855 it was stated that Thomas had no livingchildren or grandchildren. This James might be a nephew, but I think Thomas JR is the nephew inquestion. Confused? Keep reading :-)
 
1850 census of BloomfieldThomas, age 70, farmer, $800 real estate, from Ireland Nancy, age 71, from Ireland1860 Bloomfield, Nancy is 81!She is living with:John R Stale, 26, farmer, 500, 200, NYThomas Stale, 23, farmer, MIGeorge Stale, 17, MIMary E Stale, 14, MISarah E Stale, 12, MIMary Stale, 50, widow (also b Irleand?)[notes on this family group to follow]Simply cannot find Nancy in 1870 anywhere! She did not die until 1872 and was buried in Franklincemetery, but where she went is a mystery. It should be noted that by 1870 there are no Gillespiesliving in Bloomfield (went through page by page) nor in West Bloomfield, nor in White Lake. Maybethere were no males left with that surname? James Gillespie noted in 1840 census above died in 1866.The only other younger Gillespie was Margaret who was 11 in 1850 - she would be 31 in 1870 and probably married. Now for records found at FHL. In 1855 the step-daughter of Thomas Gillespie, Mary Slater, petitionedthe court to have him declared incompetent. The points of the petition are:1)Thomas Gillespie's wife, Nancy Gillespie, is the mother of Mary Slater (these are the peoplewho appear in the 1860 census with Nancy).2)Thomas owns 60 acres worth about $1000, a yoke of oxen, some cattle, etc.3)Mary Slater's son, Thomas I Slater, has been working on the farm trying to keep it up.4)Thomas had no children or grandchildren living in 1855 and only nephew and niece as heirs5)Thomas Gillespie JR (not a son, I think) and John Greer appeared as persons interested in saidestate6)Henry P Sloat was appointed his guardian on 5 Nov 1855 (if you look at the plat map of 1857,there was a SLOAT family nearby)7)I didn't look for the actual record, but the probate calendar did seem to indicate there was a saleof real estate.What follows are the images of the records:

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