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Obituaries and Death Notices

Arthur Gillespie

Arthur Gillespie was born at the old Gillespie homestead 5 miles northwest of Tilden, Nov. 19, 1861, and dies at the Community Hospital in Sparta, July 18, 1945 having reached the age of 83-7-19.  Infirmities of old age caused his death.  He was a son of John and Margaret (Hair) Gillespie and one of a family of six children, 4 boys and 2 girls.  He was married to Louisa Laney in 1889 and to this union were born three children, Lula, Clarence, and Rachel.  In her infancy, Rachel died.  The other two children and Mr. Thomas Gillespie a brother, and 5 grandchildren and a daughter-in-law mourn his passing.  Two of the grandsons are in the service of Uncle Sam; Staff Sergeant Garlan R. Gillespie who is in a hospital in Louisville, Ky. And 2nd class Pharmacist, James C. Gillespie on Okinawa in the far east.  Mr. Gillespie was a hard working man and a successful farmer.  He was a friendly man and delighted to visit with his neighbors and loved ones.  His wife died when the children were quite young and he made the best of life's circumstances and fought bravely life's battles.  The community sympathize with the bereaved families.  The funeral was held at the Burns Funeral Home in Coulterville, Friday at 2:00 pm conducted by Rev. Paul Warren Duncan and Burial was made at the Old Salem Cemetery.  (JULY 27, 1945 Coulterville Republic - Transcribed by Nina Kramer)

James K Gillespie
James K. Gillespie, 80, died suddenly at the home of his brother Arthur Gillespie, Monday morning.  He had been making his home for some time first with his brother Thomas M. and then with Arthur.  He had never married.  The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock with Rev. Paul W. Duncan as the officiating minister.  Burial was made in the Old Salem Cemetery.   James Kell Gillespie was born in Washington County, Illinois at the old  Gillespie homestead, 1855, April 27, and died at the home of his brother Arthur, January 27, 1936.  Infirmities of old age was the cause of his death.  With the exception of a few years he lived in Missouri, the rest of his life has been spent in the vicinity where he died..  Mr Gillespie lived a useful, busy life, farming his occuptation.  He was one of a family of five.  His father and mother, John and Margaret Gillespie came from S. Carolina about 1832 and settled where Thoas Gillespie now dwells.  Mr Gillespie leaves to mourn his passing two brothers: Thomas, and Arthur of Marissa, Illinois and Many relatives and friends.  Mr Gilllespie, a life long resident of the Lively Grove community, had for sometime suffered with rheumatism, asthma, and kidney trouble and the past two weeks had become much weaker. [Coulterville Republican, Feb. 1, 1936 - Kathyrn Todd]

Mrs. M. J. Gillespie
Mrs. M. J. Gillespie died at her home near Marissa on Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock at about 65 years of age.  Nearly three weeks ago, she was stricken with paralysis, which resulted in her death, as before stated.  The funeral occurred on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the family residence  to Salem Cemetery.  Rev. J.L. Chesnut preached the funeral sermon.  The deceased leaves three sons;  James, Arthur and Thomas, all young men grown to manhood, and three sisters; Mrs. James Lockhardt, Mrs. James Robinson, and Mrs. David Russell of Clay Center, Kansas. [NOTE:   Margaret J Hair was born ca 1831 in Ireland.  Married John Gillespie Dec., 1, 1853.  Died Feb 13, 1894.  Had 8 chldren, 4 sons, 3 daughters, and one infant.  John died May 14 1888] [Unknown newspaper, Feb. 14, 1894 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]


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