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3 Daniel Gillespies in the DNA project
Posted by: Connie McKenzie (ID *****3835) Date: August 03, 2007 at 18:38:17
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I am posting the genealogies of three DANIEL GILLESPIES that are in the DNA project as confirmed or possible ancestors. We desperately need more participants who descend from LINE 9 and LINE 15 to take the DNA test.

Please contact me directly at for information about the DNA project.

Connie McKenzie
Gillespie DNA Project Administrator


GROUP 5 - DNA TEST KIT # 90689 This is a 12 marker DNA kit and is a GD of 1 to most of the others in GROUP 5 – with the anchor family being that of James Gillespie and wife Jennet of Beverly Manor. I can place a test participant with only 12 markers if the results are clear, but it is not possible to determine the “time to common ancestor” when a kit only has 12 markers. We really need 37 markers.

# Unk. Gillespie b. Ireland according to 1880 census for son Daniel.

#2 Daniel Gillespie b. 2-18-1804 SC, migrated to Troup Co. GA, d. 2-11-1886 in GA, bur. Franklin City Cem. in Heard Co. GA., m. Amanda J. Holmes 2-4-1843 in Troup Co. GA. 12 children: Nancy C., Wilson A., Frances A., John C., Eveline L., Thomas A., James E.D., Benjamin Daniel, Amanda W., Leigh R., William A., & Mary Gillespie. The title of “Major” may have been for his service in the Home Guard during the Civil War. Widows pension application shows that he was a private during the Creek Indian wars.

#3 Wilson A. Gillespie b. 11-23-1840 GA, d. 9-15-1910 GA, bur. Mt. Pleasant Church Cem. Heard Co. GA, m Mary C.? abt. 1860, 3 known children: Rufus Lee, Benjamin W. and Alonzo. Rufus Lee Gillespie had 10 children.


LINE 9 - DNA TEST KIT #52171 This is a 37 marker DNA kit. Haplogroup R1b1 is the most common haplogroup in European populations. It is believed to have expanded throughout Europe as humans re-colonized after the last glacial maximum 10-12 thousand years ago. This lineage is also the haplogroup containing the Atlantic modal haplotype.

Kit #52171 has matched closely with participants in the CLAN CAMPBELL DNA PROJECT, coming very close to the modal haplotype for CAMPBELL. Kit #52171 has also joined the CAMPBELL DNA PROJECT.

There are no known connections of this GILLESPIE line with any CAMPBELLS while in the U.S. This match suggests a deep ancestry, pre-surname, connection.

Additional GILLESPIES whose ancestors settled in the area of Franklin Co. Virginia in the 1700's and 1800's are needed to test for this DNA project.

"A sketch prepared by a fourth generation descendant says that Daniel Gillespie, was born in Ireland, lived in Franklin County, VA where his son Jehu was born in 1787. Daniel’s name appears in Franklin County records, about 1786-1810. Daniel and his unnamed wife had three daughters and ten sons. Several sons migrated to Kentucky, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Alabama. Many, but not all, details of the sketch have been verified."

Generation #1 is an UNCONFIRMED ancestor. Generations #2 - #4 are confirmed ancestors.

#1 Daniel Gillespie ( ) born Ireland, of Franklin County, VA
#2 Jehu Gillespie (1787-1830) and Elizabeth Coons of VA>TN>Pickens County, AL
#3 George Washington Gillespie (1816-1869) and Rachel Emily Brown of Pickens County, AL>TX
#4 Silas Belton Gillespie (1860-1933) and Nancy Alice Solomon of TX>IT>TX


LINE 15 - DNA TEST KIT #90086 This is a 37 marker DNA kit. Haplogroup R1b1c is the most common haplogroup in European populations. It is believed to have expanded throughout Europe as humans re-colonized after the last glacial maximum 10-12 thousand years ago. This lineage is also the haplogroup containing the Atlantic modal haplotype.

Some researchers believe that Col. Daniel Gillespie (1743-1829) is related to GROUP 1 - THOMAS GILLESPIE b. 1719 who married NAOMI THOMPSON. The results of the test for this participant show that he is not a match to GROUP 1 or any other Gillespie DNA group. We need another participant from this family to take the DNA test as conformation of these results.


#1 Col. Daniel Gillespie b. 10-13-1743 Frederick Co. VA d. 1-17-1829 Greensboro, Guilford Co. NC, m. Margaret Hall. They are reported to have had 8 children.
#2 Robert Gillespie SR. b. 7-31-1778 Guilford Co. NC, d. 9-23-1829 Guilford Co. NC, bur. Buffalo Presbyterian Church near Greensboro, NC, m. Nancy Hanner
#3 Robert Hanner Gillespie b. 6-09-1811 Guilford Co. NC, d. 2-2-1887 McNairy Co. TN, m. Eliza M. Gorrell, both bur. at Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church McNairy Co. TN.
#4 William Henry Harrison Gillespie b. 2-3-1840 Guilford Co. NC, d. 9-19-1898 Selmer, McNairy Co. TN, m. Virginia Hall Adams

The following excerpts are quoted from History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People, Greensboro, N. C., by Rev. S. M. Rankin; published by Jos. J. Stone & Co., Greensboro, NC, (publication date not specified, but apparently during the 1920's), pages 22 -__.

[Readers are encouraged to verify information contained in this chapter with their own research. There may be errors, as source documents from two centuries ago could have been misinterpreted.]

(Guilford County, North Carolina was formed in 1771 from parts of Rowan County, North Carolina and Orange County, North Carolina.)

Col. Daniel Gillespie (1743-1829), a brother of Col. John, secured a grant from Earl Granville on South Buffalo, just south of Greensboro, about 1765. His wife was Margaret Hall, and their children were Daniel, John, James, Nancy, Anne, Robert, Patrick and Thankful. Daniel married and died before his father, leaving two children, Daniel and Peggy; John became a Presbyterian minister; James moved to Tennessee after the War; Nancy married George Rankin, son of Robert, in 1791; Anne married William Anderson, son of John; Robert married Nancy, daughter of Robert Hanner; Patrick married Margaret, daughter of Patrick McGibbony; Thankful married Col. William Doak, son of Robert, in 1802.

Col. John Gillespie was born in 1741 in Frederick County, Va., and came here in 1762, and secured a grant from Earl Granville for 640 acres on the south side of South Buffalo. His wife was Elizabeth, and their children were Daniel, James S., Elizabeth and Anna. Daniel (1766-1833) married Lucretia Gott in 1788 and lived on the north side of North Buffalo at what is known as the Cannon place; James S. married Hannah, daughter of James Denny, in 1791, and lived on the Reedy Fork; Elizabeth married James H. Starrett, son of James; Anna married John Hanner, son of Robert, in 1802.

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