David & James Gillespie


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DAVID GILLESPIE, a senior member of the firm of Gillespie & Co., Lincoln, Illinois, is a native of Ireland, born in Derry Valley, October 7, 1832, a son of John and Mary A. (Schoffield) Gillespie, the former of Scotch and the latter of German descent.  He was reared a farmer, and educated in the schools near his birthplace, under the control of the Presbyterian church.  He remained at home till twenty-two years of age and in March, 1855, came to the United States and located at Camp Creek, Carroll County, Illinois, where he was employed as a farm hand till November, 1856, when he removed to Edwarsville, Madison County, and for a year worked in a flour-mill.  He was then employed as a clerk about six years in Greenville, Bond County, and in March, 1864, came to Logan County, and became associated with J. M. Smith, in the mercantile business in Lioncoln, the firm name being Smith & Gillespie.  April 1, 1869, James gillespie bought the interest of Mr. smith and the brothers have since been in business together, with the exception of two years, 1879 and 1880.  Mr. Gillespie has served six years as a member of the School Board of Lincoln.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Logan Lodge, No. 480; Lincoln chapter, No. 147, and Constantine Commandery, No. 51.  He has been master of his lodge nine years, high priest of his chapter, and commander of his commandery.  He has represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State several times.  Mr. Gillespie was married April 6, 1869, to Matilda Parker, of Jacksonville, Illinois.  they have three childrenóJoseph, Hiram and David.  A daughter, Imogene, died November 12, 1876, aged six years.  Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie are members of the First Presbyterian Church, of Lincoln, of which he is a ruling elder.


JAMES GILLESPIE, a junior member of the mercantile firm Gillespie & Co., is a native of the north of Ireland, born in County Monaghan, March 12, 1839.  He was educated in the common schools of his country, remaining there till twenty years of age, when, in 1859, he came to the United States and settled in Bond County, Illinois, near Greenville, where he worked at farming about five years.  In 1864 he came to Lincoln and became associated with his brother David in the mercantile business.  Mr. Gillespie was married January 11, 1872, to Anna E. Mickey, of Darlington, Wisconsin.  They have four childrenóJohn D., Mary Jan, Samuel and Anna Louise.  A daughter. Hattie E., died in infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie are members of the First Presbyterian Church of which he is a ruling elder and trustee.  He is also superintendent of the Sabbath-school.  Mr. Gillespie is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Logan Lodge, No. 480; Lincoln Chapter, No,. 147, and Constantine Commandery, No. 51.  He is master of his lodge, master of the third vail of his chapter, and sword-bearer of his community.

SOURCE: History of Logan County, Illinois : together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : also a condensed history of Illinois, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, Indian wars, and a brief review of its civil and political history. Anonymous
Chicago: Inter-state Pub. Co., 1886, 970  pgs.