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Nita Shetley-Fleming I am entering this recipe in memory of my Grandmother: Maude Lola Gillespie- Gaydon. She was such a great cook.
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Strawberry Cake
1 box white cake mix
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup wesson oil
1/2 cup water
1 3oz box strawberry jello
4 eggs
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.
Strawberry Frosting
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.
Dec 17, 2003 · Reply
Lucy Russell Charles Gillespie in America

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).
Jun 18, 2007 · Reply
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Jan 15, 2009 · Reply
Clare Higgins I seek descendants of the Gillespie family of Hudson, New York. Bridget Gillespie (1852-1883) was the first wife of my great-grandfather, Michael Higgins. Her parents were William and Winnie Gillespie. Her siblings were Maurice, Catherine, William, Edward, John, Mary and Fanny.

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].
Jun 25, 2009 · Reply
Jim Gillespie THIS RECIPIE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN FOR AT LEAST FOUR GENERATIONS. It is enough to feed 8 people and is a 1 course meal. start with 5 lbs boiled potatoes 1/2 head lettuce(or more)1 lb.bacon 1dz. boiled eggs,1 lg. sweet onion(diced). iIn a large pan (and I mean LARGE), mash spuds,chop eggs and mix in,remove bacon from pan(leave grease in pan to stay hot)mix all but lettuce togather.SHOVE A DIP OR BOWL LIKE DEPRESSION IN SPUDS.Place lettuce in hollow and pour hot grease over to wilt. mix well add vinager to taste.(an important ingredient that i forgot to list) salt and pepper to taste ENJOY
Sep 02, 2009 · Reply
Chuck Gillispie "Mac Giolla Easpaig Clann" Clan Gillespie are looking for all Gillespie, Gillispie, Glasby etc.. Come Join your Clan
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Gillespie Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

First found in Armagh Ireland and all of Ulster even today especially County Donegal, then Dalradia the part of Northern Ireland and Southwest Scotland including Argyle.

Gillespie Meaning & Etymology

The Gillespie name is Ancient from probably the 5th Century Ireland, Filid an ancient Druid and Asbuig a bishop FilidAabauig = Gillespie. In the 12th Century Giolla Easpaig in Ireland and Gille Easbaig in Scotland one generation later. The name is a patronymic meaning "Servant of the Bishop"

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Most Common Gillespie First Names

According to our database of 29,806 people with the last name Gillespie that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • John 4.4%
  • James 4.1%
  • William 3.6%
  • Robert 2.7%
  • Mary 2.3%
  • Charles 1.6%
  • Thomas 1.6%
  • George 1.4%
  • Margaret 1.2%
  • Joseph 1.0%
  • Edward 0.9%
  • David 0.8%
  • Elizabeth 0.7%
  • Frank 0.7%
  • Helen 0.6%
  • Gillespie 0.6%
  • Richard 0.6%
  • Donald 0.5%
  • Henry 0.5%
  • Ruth 0.5%
  • Michael 0.5%
  • Alexander 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Harold 0.5%
  • Catherine 0.5%
  • Paul 0.4%
  • Walter 0.4%
  • Patrick 0.4%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • Francis 0.4%
  • Andrew 0.4%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Samuel 0.4%
  • Daniel 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.4%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Alice 0.3%
  • Peter 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Clarence 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%
  • Jack 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%

Gillespie Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

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