Ontario Tombstone: Mabel (Miller) Gillespie, St Michael’s Cemetery, Coe Hill, Ontario

Tombstone Mabel Gillespie
Copyright Norma Gillespie, 2023
Mabel Miller
Mom as a young woman
Mabel Miller wedding July 8, 1943
Mabel Miller wedding in Toronto


Sam Gillespie
Sam Gillespie


Sam and family 1945 in Toronto backyard
Copyright Norma Gillespie 2024  Sam & Mable with Sam Jr & Norma  1945
Mom and her little children
Mom and her little children. Sam was going to private boarding school, wearing his school uniform. Norma beside him and Glennie in front left side in front of Mom
Our family when young
Our family when young
Our Toronto Home
Our Toronto Home

Moved to Coe Hill in 1952My beautiful picture

Family at the Deer River

Back at the Deer River: Mom, Sam standing, with Norma & Glenn on ground

Mabel & her sister Winnie & Dave Ross at the farm
Mabel & her sister Winnie & Dave Ross at the Coe Hill farm
Mom and her three children, Bancroft
Copyright Glenn Gillespie, 2023

Glenn, Norma, Mabel, Sam at Bancroft Museum Park about 1985

Mom & her grandchildren
Mom & her grandchildren: left to right: Sam’s girl Christine Gillespie holding Norma’s daughter, Rebecca McLean, Sam’s son, Grant Gillespie in the middle with Glenn’s children Left to Right and down: Daniel, Ryan and Terri Gillespie.  Missing, Norma’s son, Evan McLean born later.
Mom as an older senior4882
Mom in her senior years, Bancroft, Ontario at Riverside Chateau and later Hastings Centennial Manor.
Mom's Funeral
Mom’s Funeral

Left to Right: Mom’s sister’s family: Dave Ross, daughters Robin, and Linda, with Mom’s sister, Winnie,  peaking from behind.

McLean family: Evan, Rebecca and Norma, with Allan behind

Tall Sam Gillespie in background middle with his family: wife Heather beside Norma, son Grant, wife Loreen behind Heather.

Glenn Gillespie family, he in back beside son Ryan, wife Carolyn in middle in front of them, and Daniel  & Terri on far right front.

Missing: Sam’ s daughter, Christine (Olhauser) & family in Alberta.


Her Miller Family History Summary

Mabel Alveria Miller b April 15, 1915. Died February 18, 1994 in her 79th year. A housewife and mother, and lovely Christian woman.

m Sam Gillespie (1875-1954). Lived in Scarborough where he had a garden tractor manufacturing plant. Moved family to Coe Hill in 1950.

  • Their Children:  Sam, Norma, Glenn

Daughter of:    Frank Miller  of Toronto (1887 – 1956) Toronto  Policeman from Simcoe County.

Frank married Martha Harvey (1878-1920) in 1914 and they had 3 children  Mabel, Ida Winnifred, Elsie Eileen   Family lived in Sunnidale/Staynor area of Simcoe County near Wasaga Beach before moving to the City of Toronto where Frank became a policeman (Frank had 2 other marriages, no surviving children) Eileen was a baby when her mother died of breast cancer and Frank gave her to a Christian couple he knew in Stayner, the Siders, who adopted her and changed her last name.

Eileen was a missionary in Nigeria, Africa, then married a farmer, Ken Collins to farm in Sunnidale Twp. One daughter, Ruth, who lost her mother, age 3, to the same cancer that killed her grandmother.  The family burials are in Staynor Union, and Ebenezer Church Cemetery.

Frank was son of David Miller (1853-1927) born in Markham, a farmer who married Alfreda Corey (1855 – 1931). They had 3 sons: Herbert (never married. Died California), William, Frank. This couple farmed near Wasaga Beach, but moved to Toronto and then separated.  Alfreda helped raise Mom (Mabel) until Frank remarried Martha Pearson, who outlived him.

David Miller was the son of Jonas Miller  (1825-1903)

Jonas Miller married Mary Knicely (1822-1875) in 1846, and they farmed in Markham Twp. York Region.  They had 12 children including: Samuel, David (6th) Elizabeth, John, Francis Miller. He remarried Mary Reaman an had 4 more children.

Jonas Miller was the son of Abraham Miller 1799-1847 from Germany who settled near Woodbridge, Ontario.

Abraham Miller married Susannah Byer 1800 – 1833.  Her tombstone is still standing in a quiet cemetery along the main highway near Stayner,  west of the settlement. Nothing is known of their life together, but it was pioneering times in the whole region of Simcoe County.  They had five children.