Born: 1818 estimated. From Co Fermanagh, Clogher Parish, Scriby Townland (Sceeby), Ireland. This location is close to Five Mile Town. Possible son or grandson of Samuel Gillespie (from Irish/Scottish naming patterns) as William names his first born son for him, and the name is honoured in the person living near him, and in generations since then.
Immigrated to Canada by February 1829.See microfilm record: Reel No B-945 C.O. 384/22 page 78 for William & page 101 for Samuel Gillespie. 1829, Colonial Office listing of settlers in Ottawa Valley.
Died: Dec 16, 1841 Billings Bridge, Gloucester Twp, Carleton Co, Ontario Canada
Buried: unknown Gloucester Twp – probably nearby, close to the farm where he died.
Married: Eliza Atkinson 1833 estimated, probably in Bytown area.
Born: 1818 estimated. d/o Henry Atkinson of Kilmacshalkin Parish, Rathurlisk Townland, Co Sligo, Ireland
Immigration to Ottawa Valley unknown, but by 183 when she marries William..
- Saml Gillespie (1835-1896, age 60) cancer of the liver Episcopalian. Fruit Tree specialist 1896. Died in Ottawa.
- Mary Ann Gillespie (1836-?) m George Gill 1874
- John Gillespie (1840 to 1916) m Elizabeth Mulligan 1868
- Martha Gillespie (1841-?)
Notes: Wiliam & Samuel settle near each other in Gloucester Twp, and exchange properties within the first few years. They both have 50 acres. William’s land is identified as NE 1/4 Lot 2, Gloucester Twp
Eliza, a widow, age 34, appears with her four children on the 1851 census for the same area, with Samuel still living nearby. They have not married.
She disappears by the 1861 census.