Person:William Gillespie (25)

William Gillespie
m. Est. 1722-1726
  1. Agnes GillespieEst 1725-1728 -
  2. John GillespieEst 1727-1729 -
  3. James Gillespie, Jr.ABT 1730 - 1792
  4. William Gillespie1737 - 1826
  5. Margaret Gillespie1741 -
  6. Elizabeth Gillespie1742/43 -
  • HWilliam Gillespie1737 - 1826
  • WIsabella HoustonBET 1733 AND 1737 - Bef 1787
m. BET 1766 AND 1768
  1. Capt. James Gillespie1771 - 1848
  2. John Gillespie1774 - 1842
  3. Nancy Agnes GillespieBEF 1775 - 1816
  4. Robert Gillespie1776 - 1821
  5. Mary Polly Gillespie1778 -
  6. Ann Gillespie1779 - 1833
  7. Elizabeth Gillespie1781 - 1868
  • HWilliam Gillespie1737 - 1826
  • W.  Rose (add)
m. Bef. 1787
Facts and Events
Name William Gillespie
Alt Name William Gillespie, Sr.
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 1734
Birth? 1737 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage BET 1766 AND 1768 Fisherville, Augusta County, Virginiato Isabella Houston
Marriage Bef. 1787 Prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Rose (add)
Death? 1826 Blount County, Tennessee
Alt Death? 1836

William Gillespie was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 33.--20th August, 1787. William Gillaspie and Rose to George Adam Coynart (delivered to Gasper Coinert, 22d August, 1789), tract conveyed to William by will of James Gillaspie. (Note: this record establishes that William's first wife, Isabella Houston had apparently died prior to this record, as William's wife is listed as Rose).

Information on William Gillespie

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Subject: Gillespie/Houston Marriages Author: Helen Austin Date: 22 Jun 2000 Email:

James Gillespie and son William (1737-1836) were members of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, Augusta County, VA. William m. Isabella Houston Henderson abt. 1766. Would like to find marriage record. Their son, John (1774-1842) had 3 marriages. I have a date for: 1. Patsie Houston, m. 7 Feb. 1799 Blount County, TN (then Greene County, North Carolina). Is this a correct date? Was their son James R. Gillespie, who was born betweek 1790 and 1800? 2. Wm. m. Nancy Gallagher, date unknown., 3. Wm. m. Mrs. Jane Kilbourn, date unknown, her first husband unknown. Wm. d. Louisville, TN. Searching for desc . who know the family line.From post:

James Gillespie & Jennet of VA -- DNA match to Ireland Posted by: Connie McKenzie (ID *****3835) Date: August 16, 2007 at 01:21:17

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Connie McKenzie - Gillespie DNA Project administrator

We now have the 67 marker results for DNA TEST KIT #94854 listed below. This lineage of this participant shares a distant history with the line of James and Jennet of the Beverley Manor of Augusta Co. VA. Their common ancestor ( unknown ) lived either in Scotland or Ireland hundreds of years in the past, but after the time that the surname Gillespie was adopted by this family.

DNA TEST KIT #76494 This is a 67 marker DNA kit.


  1. 1 JAMES GILLESPIE b. Scotland or Ulster d. 1769 Augusta Co. VA and wife JENNET ( last name undocumented - may have been HALL ) #2 WILLIAM GILLESPIE SR b. 1734 poss. Ulster, d. 1826 Blount Co. TN and 1st wife ISABELLA HOUSTON HENDERSON
  2. 3 CAPT. JAMES GILLESIE b. 1-17-1771 VA d. 11-17-1848 and 3rd wife PATSY W. WALLACE

"James Gilaspy came into Court and made oath that he imported himself, Jennet, Agnes, John, James & Wm Gilasby and Edward Hall from Ireland to Philadephia & from thence into this Colony at his own Charge & that this is ye first time of his proving his & their rights in order to obtain Land wch is ordered to be certified." July 29, 1740 in Orange Co. VA for the Beverley Patent also called Beverley Manor of Augusta Co. VA. His son JAMES GILLESPIE b.@@1730 in Ulster m. ELLEN (ELIZABETH) FINLEY in Prince Edward Co. VA on Jan. 5, 1764. His son WILLIAM GILLESPIE, SR. b. 1734 Ulster m. ISABELLA HOUSTON HENDERSON @@ 1766-68 Augusta Co. VA., William SR. d. 1826 Blount Co. TN. Son JOHN m. ELIZABETH d. Mar. 16, 1796 Blount Co. TN. Daus. MARGARET and ELIZABETH are listed in baptismal records of Rev. John Craig of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Beverley Patent.