Alexander Gillespie Sr.

12 March 1830–14 August 1908 (Age 78)
Redding, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Alexander

When Alexander Gillespie Sr. was born on 12 March 1830, in Redding, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, George Gillespie, was 45 and his mother, Agnes McLuckie, was 41. He married Marion McKinlay on 26 February 1849, in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Auchtertool, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1881. He died on 14 August 1908, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Gillespie Sr.
Marion McKinlay
Marriage: 26 February 1849
George Gillespie
Mary Gillespie
Agnes Gillespie
Elizabeth Gillespie
Alexander Gillespie
Janet Gillespie
Ellen Gillespie
Margaret Ann Gillespie

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 February 1849Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
    1832 · The Scottish Reform Act
    Age 2
    The Scottish Reform Act was introduced by Parliament that introduced changes to the election laws in Scotland. The Act didn’t change the method of how the counties elected members but adopted a different solution for each pair of counties. Ultimately, it brought about boundary changes so that some burghs would have more say for the country than others.
    1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway
    Age 24
    Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and Irish (Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Easbuig, borrowed into Irish as Mac Giolla Easpaig, a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of the bishop’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sister Wives as Sister Presidents

    On the afternoon of Thursday, February 12, 1891, members of the Pleasant View Ward met in a special meeting at the home of ward member A. M. Wilde. Pleasant View Ward, the fifth congregation of the …

    Sources (27)

    • Alex Gillespie, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Alexander Gillespie in entry for Mary G. Mickel, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Alexander Gillespie in entry for Alexander Gillespie, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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