Thomas Gillespie, of "Long Glade", North Branch, Shenandoah River
d.12 Dec 1797 Rowan County, North Carolina
m. 01 January 1744/45
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There are 2 vital records available on MyHeritage for Thomas Gillespie, of "Long Glade", North Branch, Shenandoah River, including birth records, marriage records, and death records. Vital records are historical records that are typically recorded around the actual time of the event, which means they are likely accurate. Vital records include information like the event date and place, and the person's occupation and residence. Vital records also often include information about the person's relatives. For example, birth and marriage records include names of parents and divorce records list the names of children.
Thomas Gillespie was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on Two Thomas Gillespie's in Augusta County
Note: there was another contemporary Thomas Gillespie that lived in and left records in Augusta County. This other Thomas Gillespie married Eleanor Bowen, acquired land on Cowpasture, died and left his will in Augusta County in 1790. Some researchers have confused the two Thomas Gillespie's. Extreme caution should be used in changing any records.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of Thomas Gillespie
[Source: Rowan County North Carolina, Will Book G, p 3-4 [tmc ENC #P-590]]
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Information on Thomas Gillespie
The Gillespies, like so many other families at the "head of the Chesapeke" moved westward about 1730, first into Lancaster County and then through the Cumberland Valley into the Shenandoah. Thomas and Naomi were the first people to settle west of the Yadkin Riverin Rowan County, North Carolina. Thomas received a land grant from Lord Granville. He was in Rowan County possible before the winter of 1747-48.
On page 4 of the Thyatira Presbyterian Church booklet, "Died at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 15th of December, 1796, Mrs. Naomi Gillespie, aged 69; at 10 O'clock the same evening, Thomas Gillespie aged 76. They were the first settlers in Rowan County on the West side of the Yadkin River, and lived in the strictes bond of matrimonial friendship for aspace of 51 years." This makes the birth year for Thomas at 1720, Naomi at 1727 and married in 1745. The perpetual calendar places the 15th of December 1796 on Thursday not Tuesday. Robert W. Ramsey, on page 40 of his book, "Carolina Cradle" cites the birth of Thomas as 1719 from his tombstone. Descendants have used 1719 for Thomas and 1728 for Naomi, in lineage pagers. Their six sons carried them to the grave and buried them in the same casket. In addition on their tombstone is this "They were close friends and kindred," which opens up the possibility that they were somehow related.