CANADA: Newfoundland & Labrador

Gillespie   Births      Marriages       Deaths:

See New Hampshire Births for Gillespies who moved there from Carbonear, Newfoundland – example below, also William

  • Hilda Gillespie, birth July 15, 1897 Carbonear, Newfoundland, CANADA Father Jacob D Gillespie, Mother Susan Pearcy. Residence 1897 Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA.

Census 1921

Census 1945

Gillespies of Newfoundland

“William, Samuel & John Glasby of Carbonear, 1785, property ‘possesed by the family for upwards of 90 years’, that is before 1695.

Alexander Gilespy of Harbour Grace 1821

Francis Alponsus Anthony Alfiie” Gillespie b Dec 30, 1929 d April 15, 2007  Saint Thomas of Villanova, Topsail, Avalon Penisula Census Division, Newfoundland & Labrador

Julia Gelaspy of Riverhead, married at Harbour Grace 1829

Mary Gelesby or Gillasby of Harbour Grace Parish 1814

Mary Gillasby of Fortune Harbour 1830

Moses Clark Gillespie b unknown d June 4, 1923 Bethany United Church Cemetery, Carbonear, Newfoundland

Robert Gillespie Reid – 1842 to1908  history. From Perthshire, Scotland, s/o  Catherine Gillespie & William Reid.

Thomas Gillespie from Greenock, Scotland, married at St John’s 1849

William Gillespie of St John’s, 1848


Newfoundland Researchers:

Sarah Ash:        Ash/Gillespie descendants in Newfoundland

Wendy Clark: Alfred Gillespie & Mary Harold to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton

Roger Cole re: William Gillespie & Sarah Ash

William Chambers:  re William Gillespie & Lillian Vatcher; William Gillespie & Susanna Clarke.  Links to Massachusetts


From The Untold Story of The Irish in Canada by Robert O’Driscoll & Lorna Reynolds, Vol 1

“The Irish, (especially Catholics),  experienced severe discrimination in Newfoundland, once they began to predominate on the Avalon Peninsula. Efforts were made to relocate the Irish, especially fishermen. The government tried to prohibit the holding of Mass by imposing fines, and destroying property, even limiting the nunber of Irish allowwed to live in any one household.  Many Irish became semi-outlaws in Newfoundland in the last half of the eighteenth century.

The early Irish immigrants to Newfoundland came from the counties to the south and east of Ireland–Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary–and settled in the southeast of Newfoundland. They were mostly poor Catholics, fleeing economic distress in the home land. They were young, the vast majority between 15 and 25 years old, single people and mainly unrelated to each other. Most were from rural areas, small farmers and their sons.

The most important period of immigration and settlement was from 1810 to 1835. Most of the Irish who immigrated during this period went to Cape Breton or elsewhere in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick.  In St Johns, Newfoundland the Irish population in 1774 was 2,000. By 1836 it was 14,000.”

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