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 ,  History of the Mulligans from Co Down, Ireland provided on this site by another researcher.
  • Elizabeth Mulligan Gillespie  died:   January 4,1898  at home on the farm, Gloucester Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario

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 4 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. Margaret Gillespie (1883-

Margaret Gillespie birth Feb 4, 1883 Carleton, Ontario Father John Gillespie. Mother Elizabeth Mulligan. – my Dad’s sister, whom we thought was named Mable.

1881 Census, Gloucester, Russell, Ontario

Name Age
John Gellsepy 40
Elizabeth Gellsepy 40
William Gellsepy 12
John Gellsepy 11
James Gellsepy 9
Samuel Gellsepy 6
Nathen Gellsepy 4
George Gellsepy 2

1891 census Gloucester Russell, Ontario

Name Age
John Gillespie 52
Elizabeth Gillespie 50
William Gillespie 22
John Gillespie 21
James Gillespie 20
Samuel Gillespie 15
Martha Gillespie 14
George Gillespie 13
Mabel Gillespie 8
Edward Washington 7

Edward was a domestic servant, single, age 75 birth USA Free Will Baptist,

Marriage 2: (

Name: John Gillespie
Birth Place: Gloucester
Marriage Date: 19 Jun 1901
Marriage Place: Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Father: William Gillespie
Mother: Elizabeth Atkinson
Spouse: Mary Clifferd

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 Talmadge (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.