Facts and Events
James Gillespie was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James Gillespie's land (Beverley Manor NE, three adjoining tracts of 208 acres (1740), 210 acres (27 February, 1749) and 200 acres (1753) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Additional land acquired by James Gillespie is shown just south (partially obscured).
Partial Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of James Gillespie
Information on James Gillespie
James GILLASPEY, whom I will refer to as James GILLESPIE Sr., proved his importation into Orange County, VA, evidently arriving from Ireland on 24 Jul 1740. In addition to himself, he was accompanied by his wife, Jennet, and children listed as Agnes, John, James and William, which was probably the order of their ages. James GILLESPIE purchased three adjoining tracts of land from 1740 until 1753, containing 210, 208 and 200 acres. After James Sr.'s arrival in Augusta County, two additional children were baptised by Rev. John CRAIG at Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, with Margaret baptised on 4 Oct 1741 and Elisabeth baptised on 16 Jan 1743.
James GILASPEY Sr. made his will on 5 Sep 1768, which was recorded in Book 4, P. 263 of Augusta County, on 20 Oct 1769. All the children except Margaret were named in the will, so it is assumed Margaret had died young. The wife, Jennet, was mentioned, with the three sons, John, James and William, along with Edward HALL, as executors. Several land and other records between the GILLESPIE and other families in question prove interesting and show a close relationship. James GILLESPIE Jr. married on 5 Jan 1764 in Prince Edward County, VA, Elizabeth FINLEY, daughter of John FINLEY Sr., who gives his consent. The security agent was Robert BAKER. James GILLESPIE is identified as from Augusta County in the marriage bond.
On 18 Aug 1773, James GILLESPY and Elizabeth, his wife, sell to John FINLEY 100 acres for five shillings. The land adjoins Hugh MC CLURE's property, also that of John RAMSEY (Deed Book 19, P. 414). On 22 Aug 1787, James GILLESPIE and Elizabeth sell land to Michael COYNART (also recorded as COINER) of Cumberland County, PA, recorded in Deed Book 26, P. 37.
From Chalkley's Augusta County, VA Records:
Page 287.--15th May, 1775. John, James and William Gillespy to Thomas McCollock, £5, 80 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 3 tracts conveyed to James Gillespy, deceased--A, 210 acres from Wm. Beverley, 27th February, 1749; B, 208 acres; C, 200 acres, all adjoining the 80 acres bounded; John Williams' corner, land formerly Charles Dalhouse's; corner James and William Gillespie; corner John Gillespie.
GILLESPIE, GILLESPY posted by Dina Gillespy on Thursday, March 13, 1997
Looking for James GILLESPIE (GILLESPY). Died ca.1769 in Augusta County, possibly buried at Tinkling Spring Church. Married a Jennet in Ireland. Did he come to August County straight from Ireland? Or from Pennsylvania?
GILLESPY posted by Helen Austin on Tuesday, June 22, 1999
James GILLESPY and Jennet in August Co, VA by 1741. Tinkling Spring Presby Ch shows child, Margaret b Oct 1741 d in infancy. Elizabethe was b Jan 1743. He served in Indian wars, & in Militia and 3 sons fought in Rev War. Sons James, John, William came to Blount Co, TN after the REV and lived near Maryville and Louisville and married with the HOUSTON, COWAN fam. I am searching for a linkage to this family for a James Richard GILLESPIE who enlisted in the War of 1812 in Sep 1814 at Maryville, TN. After the war he came to Morgan Co, AL in 1818 when AL became a state. He d 1849 and His widow, Lucy Johnson GILLESPIE had a govt land grant in Lawrence Co, AL near Morris Chapel. This James is said to be a Presbyterian Preacher?