When S. Gillespie, a land surveyor, asked about the Gillespie Cemetery, John King responded by describing its location. It’s located in a woods, just to the west of an oil tank battery of the Loeb Oil Co, and across the road from the residence of Dan & Dottie Buchanan. There are 4 tombstones there. The cemetery is on land purchased by John Gillespie in the 1820s and 1830s that became the farm of his son, Samuel Gillespie in 1875. John even found the original land patent comprising the original farm of John Gillespie.
|photo provided by S Gillespie|
John and Mary Gillespie were S. Gillespie’s 4G Grandparents. One of the four tombstones there belongs to John who died December 27, 1845 age 78. Another belongs to Mary his wife who died December 1846, age 69.
John and Mary’s son, William and his wife, Elizabeth were S. Gillespie’s 3G Grandparents. Their son George and his wife, Calvina Martin were his 2G grandparents. Their son Frederick and his wife Laura Belle (Fullilove) were his Great Grandparents.
The third tombstone belonged to Robert Gillespie, who died January 23, 1855 aged 50 years, 4 months and 2 days.
The fourth tombstone identified by Irene Black in 1976 was for Amanda E., daughter of W. and C . Gillespie, died November 12, 1848, aged 1 year, 3 month, with a footstone –A.R.? Perhaps even more lie in this peaceful country cemetery.
Don’t forget cemetery researchers, that these cemeteries lie on private land, so please seek permission before entering.