Thomas Gillespie, of "Long Glade", North Branch, Shenandoah River
Facts and Events
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:
- Thomas Gillespie acquired "400 acres on Long Glade, a draft of North River of Janendo (s/b Shanando); head of a draft of Naked Creek" (likely a patent), prior to 8 January, 1746, (as listed in the disposition below):.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 217.--8th January, 1746. Thomas Gillespy to James Bell and John Rutledge, £100; 400 acres on Long Glade, a draft of North River of Janendo (s/b Shanando); head of a draft of Naked Creek. Witnesses, Robert McClenachan. James Irwin, Thomas Rutlidge. Proved by all witnesses, 21st May, 1747. (Note: it is likely that Thomas Gillespie sold his land in Augusta County about the same time that he migrated to North Carolina).
Will of Thomas Gillespie
- Thomas Gillespie, Sr. - 1796 - RowanCounty, NC - Wills
- In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas GILLESPIE of the County of Rowan and the State of North Carolina, farmer... give and bequeath in the following manner;
- 1... my loving wife, Naomi, her choice of five rooms in my house and all that part of the cleared land on the west side between my two sons, Alexander and Robert GILLESPIE.... my son Thomas, David and Isaac...
- 2....my daughter, Martha ALLISON, Widow....
- 3... my son George GILLESPIE...
- 4....my daughter, Lydia KNOX...
- 5....my son, Thomas GILLESPIE....
- 6....my son, Isaac GILLESPIE...
- 7....my son, John GILLESPIE....
- 8....my son, David GILLESPIE....
- 9....my son, Alexander GILLESPIE...
- 10.my son, Robert GILLESPIE...
- 11...my son James GILL
[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:
- Vol. 2 - Muster List (as of 1742): No. 1 - Captain John Smith's List: John Smith, Captain; John Moffet, Lieutenant; William Anderson, Ensign; Daniel Daniston, Sergeant; Sam Hogshead, John Hogshead, Will Hogshead, Dan. McAnear, Math. Edmeston, John Finley, Walter Trimble, John Francis, Robert Ralston, John Young, Alex. Blair, Alex. Craig, Thomas Gillespy, And. Erwine, Benj. Erwine, John Erwine, Edw. Erwine, John Trimble, James Trimble, Rob. Moffett, James Wright, Rob. King, Jam. Armstrong, John Pattison, Jas. Lesley, Felix Kanady, Thomas Gordon, And. Mitchell, Jas. Robertson, Gabrl. Pickins, Rob. Leeper, Sam. Moore, John Miller, James Miller, Patr. Quine, Mat. Armstrong, John Ramsey, Dan. Daniston, Sam Northward, Rob. Renick, John Archer, Sampn. Archer, Jam.'s Sayers, Thos. McCulough, George Anderson, John Anderson, Rob. Poage, Rob. Patterson, Jas. Craford, Will Baskins.
- Page 327.--21st May, 1756. Wm. Rutlidge, Thos. Rutledge, Wm. Marshall, Jean ( ) Rutledge, heirs and legatees of Jno. Rutledge, to James Bell. Receipt for £60 which Bell was required to pay in lieu of land held by Jno. Rutledge and James Bell from Thos. Gilespy.
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.