MY FAMILY HISTORY: GROUP SHEET #2 John Gillespie, Gloucester Twp


Born:  May 4, 1840 Billings Bridge, Gloucester Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario Canada, s/o William Gillespie & Eliza Atkinson of Ireland

Died:  1916 in Brockville, Leeds Co, Ontario – reason why he was there unknown, if this is him.(I question this record, except date is also in Family Bible)

Burial:  A small cemetery on Metcalf Road near farm, across from a Jewish Cemetery, Gloucester Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario

Married 1:   Elizabeth Ann Mulligan December 12, 1867

Born:  1842 Ireland, d/o John Mulligan and Eliza Boyd of Nepean Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario

Immigration:  unknown,  but later than Gillespies did.

Died:   January 4, 1898 at home on the farm, Gloucester Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario

Burial:  unknown, but probably nearby. Possibly Woods Cemetery.

Their Children:

  1. William Gillespie (1868-1943) married Lena Shore.1893
  2. John Gillespie (1871-  m  Elizabeth Cooks 1892
  3. James Gillespie (1872-1970) m Ella Cummings 1901
  4. Elizil Gillespie (1873-1875) Died young
  5. Samuel Gillespie (my father)  (1875-1954) married 5 x
  6. Martha Gillespie (1877-1945) married John Shore 1899
  7. Nathan Gillespie (1877) Died young
  8. George Gillespie (1878-1968) m Martha Shore 1902
  9. Bertha Gillespie (1881-1886) Died young
  10. Mable Gillespie (1883-?)

John’s 2nd Marriage to Mrs Mary Clifford (nee Davis), the widow of William Clifford, son of Thomas Clifford, who lived beside John all his life. William would have known all of Johns children from his first marriage. Mrs Clifford had four children from her first marriage with William Clifford, whom  John then raised with her on the Gillespie farm.

Their Children:

Ruth Amy Gillespie, born August 31, 1902 in Pittsburgh Twp, Frontenac County, Ontario.  She died June 21, 1985 in Hamilton, Ontario. Three marriages:

M 1 Walter Samuel Talmage (1882-1960)

m2 Meredith McDowell, who died of cancer

m3  Reid Murray (1915-1991)

Ruth had one son, Murray Edward Talmadge. All buried in Hamilton Cemetery, Wentworth Co, Ontario


Notes:  John Gillespie’s farm is identified as River Front Con 2, Lot 3f.