Biography of Matthias Gillespie
Hancock County, OH Biographies

MATTHIAS GILLESPIE, lumberman, P. 0. Findlay, was born in Findlay, May 10, 1835. His parents, William B. and Eliza Ann (Hamilton) Gillespie, natives of Virginia, were married in Hancock County, Ohio,in 1832; the former came to this county when a young man, and the latter came here in 1825 with her parents, John P. and Martha (Barnes) Hamilton, who entered the farm now owned by Aaron Baker, situate partly within the limits of Findlay. Mr. Hamilton was one of the first commissioners of Hancock County. Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. William B Gillespie sold their place in this county in 1870, and moved to Kansas, where the former died in 1872; after the death of her husband our subject's mother returned to Findlay. where she died in 1875. Of the six children born to William B. and Eliza Ann Gillespie only two are now living: John P., of Allen County, Kas., and Matthias. The subject of this sketch was reared in his native city and received his education in the schools of that place. He was united in marriage, October 27, 1859. with Mrs. Cornelia P. Webster, a native of Massachusetts, who came to Ohio in 1850 with her parents, Oliver and Lucy Taylor, and to this county in 1854. Our subject has one son, Wellington Oliver. Mr. Gillespie has followed the lumber business nearly all his life, and has carried on a saw mill in this county during the entire time. He established in his present location in 1874, and here he has a mill site and home on Blanchard River and the Findlay and Carey road. Our subject has led a very busy and useful life, and, in addition to his property here, has acquired a tract of 320 acres of land in the State of Missouri. He is an earnest Republican, and takes an active interest in public affairs, having hardly been free from the duties of office since attaining his majority. He has served his township as clerk, trustee, in fact, almost all the offices of the township have been filled by him at various times. Mr. Gillespie is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mrs. Gillespie of the Presbyterian. He is a man of strict integrity, a useful citizen, highly respected by the entire community in which he lives.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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