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Francis Gillespie

Male 1745 - 1780  (~ 34 years)

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  • Name Francis Gillespie 
    Born Dec 1745  Cheraw, Chesterfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Apr 1780  Lexington Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3065  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father James Gillespie,   b. 1715,   d. 1755  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Mary Young,   b. Abt 1720,   d. 1766, Craven Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 1742 
    Family ID F5030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Peek,   b. 1755,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1775 
    +1. Nancy J. Gillespie,   b. Abt 1778, St Davids Parish, Cheraw, Chesterfield, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1848, Randolph Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • On 3 January 1767, Francis Gillespie, planter, (son of James Gillespie
      and Mary, one of the daughters of Francis Young), and Elizabeth his
      wife, sold to Samuel Butler, gentleman, both of Craven Co., SC, for
      350 pds. SC money, their undivided fourth part of 1100 acres (see
      pages 363-376 for details regarding the 1100 acres formerly belonging
      to Francis Young, grandfather of the said Francis Gillespie). Francis
      Gillespie being entitled to the said fourth part of 1100 acres through
      his mother, Mary, deceased, sells his share to Samuel Butler.
      Witnesses: John Thompson, William Pegues. Before Claudius Pegues, J.
      P. Recorded 23 January 1770 by Henry Rugeley, Deputy Register.

      In 1769 Francis Gillespie was listed as one of the voters for St.
      David's Parish near Long Bluff.

      On May 22, 1772, a Memorial was exhibited by Samuel Butler to be
      registered in the Auditor's office and persuant to an act of Assembly
      in that case made & provided of a plantation or tract of land
      containing 275 acres Situate in Craven County on the Peedee River and
      is part of two tracts of Land of 700 acres granted the 24th of May
      1745 to Francis Young grandfather to Francis Gillespie butting and
      bounding NE on the Pee Dee river, NW on the Land of John Thompson Junr
      Dec'd, partly on the said Thompson and partly on the said Young's
      land, and SE on Mary Evan's Land and on all other sides uninhabited
      lands and 500 acres originally granted 18 November 1747 to Andrew
      Johnson, lying on the SW of the Pee Dee River, bounding NE & on all
      three sides on Francis Young's land & conveyed by him [Andrew Johnson]
      to Francis Young, which 275 acres of Land is part of the two tracts of
      Land above mentioned which became vested in Francis Gillespie by
      Intermarriage with Elizabeth his wife who conveyed the same by Lease
      and Release and bearing the date respectively the 12(?) day of Jany
      1767 to Samuel Butler the Memorialist Quit Rent of 3/Stg or
      4/proclamation money per 100 acres. Also another plantation or tract
      of Land containing 275 acres Situate as above (and is part of the two
      tracts of 700 acres of Land) aforementioned which became vested in
      John Flower by Intermarriage with Obedience his wife, one of the four
      female heirs and partners who Sold & Conveyed the Same by Lease and
      release bearing the date respectively the 1 and 2 days of Octr 1765 to
      Samuel Butler the Memorialist Quit Rent 3/Stg or 4/pro money per 100
      acres. In witness Whereof he hath hereunto Set his hand this 22 May

      Francis was one of a group of men "from every part of the state who
      met in Charleston on July 6, 1774 to consider lans to support Boston.
      By account published by Comm. appt. by Boston to receive donations...
      July 18,1778, it appears that those of South Carolina exceeded both in
      money & supplies, any other, not excepting Mass. itself" (South
      Carolinians in the Revolution, by Ervin).

      On 3 January 1775, Alexander Gordon and his wife Mary and son Robert
      Gordon of St. David's Parish, Craven Co, SC, sold to Thomas Lide of
      the same place, planter, for 3500 pds. SC money, 546.5 acres: one
      tract of land containing 300 acres on the northeast side of the Peedee
      adj. lands now possessed by John Husbands on a creek commonly known by
      the name of Hainer's or Husband's Creek and also, that plantation on
      which I now live on the northeast side of the Peedee River, 246.5
      acres 100 acres of which is adjacent to land now belonging to Francis
      Gillespie, willed to Elizabeth Gordon and conveyed to me by Robert
      Gordon, 50 acres formerly granted to John Ellerbe conveyed to me by
      Edward Ellerbe adjacent to the lands mentioned, a tract of 96.5 acres
      conveyed to me by William Black. Alexander Gordon (LS), Mary Gordon
      (/) (LS), Robert Gordon (LS), Wit: Calvin Spencer, Sarah Foster (+).
      Proved in Cheraw Dist. Before Charles Augustus Steward, J.P., by the
      oath of Calvin Spencer, 4 January 1775. Recorded 3 April 1775 (SC
      Deeds, Bk. Q-4, p. 264-267)

      In 1776 Francis was elected a church officer of St. David's. Francis
      Gillespie was one of the original benefactors of St. Davids Society,
      which was established January 31, 1778 to promote public education in
      St. David's Parish. The society was founded "purposely for the
      establishing and founding a Public School in the said Parish for
      educating youth of all Christian denominations being protestants in
      the Latin and Greek Languages, writing, mathematics, arithmetic, and
      other useful branches of Literature...." (Darlingtoniana: A History of
      Darlington County, Eliza C. Ervin and Horace F. Rudisill, eds.)
      In 1779 Francis is named on a Jury List for Cheraws District, which is
      attached to Manuscript Act #1127, a new list to replace the one made
      up in 1778 (South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. V, No.
      1, Winter 1977, p.13)

      According to a Bible in the possession of Miss Olivia Moore, of
      Kollock, Marlboro Co, SC, Francis Gillespie was born in December
      (torn, but probably 1744-1746). And from the same source, he died in
      April 1780 (South Carolina Historical & Genealogical Magazine, Vol.
      33, p. 177).

      On November 25, 1783, John Husbands of St. David's Parish, SC, bought
      90 acres, part of 200 acres granted to John Bury on Oct 6, 1748, for
      700 Spanish milled dollars, adjacent to property of the heirs of
      Francis Gillespie (Marlborough Co SC Deed Bk. A, p.7).

      On May 25, 1786, Thomas Lide of Marlborough Co. Sold 246 acres on the
      NE side of the PeeDee adjacent to the river and the estate of Francis
      Gillespie dec'd. Recorded June 8,1786 (Marlborough Co Deed Bk. A,

      On January 10, 1787, John Brown of Marlborough Co. sold to Morgan
      Brown 200 acres originally granted to John Berry on October 6, 1748,
      land adjacent to Husband's Creek and James Gillespie, and the estate
      of Francis Gillespie. Recorded June 5, 1787 (Marlborough Co. Deeds, Bk
      A, p.136)

      Francis Gillespie, as of May 2004, has been accepted as a D. A. R.
      ancestor, thanks to cousin Sallie Cox. Others wishing to join the DAR
      on Francis Gillespie can write the DAR and ask for a record copy of
      her successful application, for $10 (as of 2004).
      Biography: The Gillespie family Bible can be found at:,
      Principal=General James Gillespie Jr.