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- James 4.1%
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- Thomas 1.6%
- George 1.4%
- Margaret 1.2%
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1 box white cake mix
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup wesson oil
1/2 cup water
1 3oz box strawberry jello
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift flour and cake mix together. Add oil,water, jello,eggs,and strawberries. Mix well.
Pour into 9x12 inch pan, bake for 30-35 minutes. Frost with Strawberry frosting below. Save a little strawberry juice and spoon over cake before you frost.
1 Stick butter
1-16 oz box sifted powdered confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Cream butter. Add box powdered sugar. Add just enough strawberries so that frostiing spreads easily.
Charles Gillespie (1792-1882) was born in Maghera, County Derry, Ireland. He emigrated to America in 1815 and eventually settled in Lancaster, Pa., a thriving area and the largest inland city in America at the time. He became a naturalized citizen on October 29, 1827. Charles made his living as a shoe and boot maker. He was very active in civic life in Lancaster. Records show that he offered toasts at a Lancaster dinner in honor of President James Buchanan in 1832, and that he raised money for the famine victims in Ireland in 1847. In 1829 he was one of the founding members of the Mechanic's Society Library--a literary association with a purpose to educate tradesmen and apprentices.
Charles Gillespie's obituary in the October 24, 1882 "The Daily New Era" noted that he was Lancaster's oldest inhabitant (90) and "a healthy, hardy man, never having been confined to bed a day by reason of sickness during his long life." His death was attributed to old age. The obituary also listed his many community activities, including membership on the Select and Common Council for 30 years, and the School Board for 20 years. He was the last surviving member of The City Guards, a local militia organization.
The obituary concluded: "There was no one better known in this city than the deceased. He was a close reader and a well-informed man. It was his pleasure to gather his young friends around him and tell them of the early history of Lancaster." His funeral included a high mass at St. Mary's Catholic church in Lancaster.
Charles Gillespie was married three times in America. The marital histories of him and his third wife Anna Marie Scravendyke (1797-1879) are typical of the pioneer days, when people often died young and their spouses then (rather quickly in some cases), selected another mate. Charles married his first wife, Mary Ann West, in 1821 but she died a year later. His second wife was Mary Ann Whelan, whom he married in 1824, but she died in 1829. He had two children (Ellen and Mary) with her. His third wife was Anna Marie Scravendyke, whom he married in St. Augustine's Catholic church in Philadelphia in November 1832. Church records show that Anna's brother John Scravendyke was married to Lucy Whelan, who was probably the sister of Charles' second wife Mary Ann Whelan, which may explain how Charles and Anna Marie met.
*Historical note: Charles Gillespie had a sister, Anna Gillespie, who married Francis McKenna in Ireland and became the mother of Charles Hyacinth McKenna, O.P., founder of the Holy Name Society in the United States. As a widow, Anna Gillespie McKenna came to America with her children and settled near her brother.
Anna Marie Scravendyke had previously been widowed twice also. Her first husband was Joseph McCoy who died in 1824. She then married James Irwin in June 1826, but he died in 1828. Charles and Anna had five children together including Charles J. Gillespie (1838-1898).
Bridget married Michael on May 12, 1872, at St. Mary's Church in Hudson, NY. Their son John was born in July, 1872 and their daughter Maria was born in 1875. Maria's name doesn't appear on any records after 1880. I don't know what became of her. Bridget died in 1884. Michael got married again in 1885, to Anne Keyes, my great-grandmother.
Briget had at least one sister, Catherine, who married Charles McDermott and had a daughter Maria, born September 1874. Bridget was a sponsor at Maria's baptism.
If you are connected with these Gillespies or McDermotts, please contact me. If you have any old photos of Bridget and Michael and John, I'd love to obtain copies. I have some great material that I can send you copies of also. Thanks. -- Clare Higgins, [contact link].