I am looking for Gillespie descendants of the Gillespies mentioned in the following 1776 Prince Edward Co. VA document. Also living in Prince Edward Co. VA at an earlier date was ROBERT GILLESPIE and his wife FRANCES EWING GILLESPIE and sons WILLIAM, GEORGE and JAMES. This ROBERT wrote his will in 1758. This line originally came from Lancaster Co. PA and Cecil Co. MD, and remained close to the EWING and PORTER families.
The Gillespie DNA Project needs to find Gillespie males with confirmed descent from this Gillespie line to participate in the project.
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PETITION OF SUNDRY INHABITANTS OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
before the Virginia Assembly October 11, 1776
To the Honourable the President and House Delagates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to meet at Williamsburg the first Tuesday in October 1776.
The Petition of Sundury of the Inhabitants of Prince Edward County,
That we heartily approve, and chearfully submit ourselves to the form of Government adopted at your last session; hoping that our united American States will long continue free and Independent. The last Article of the Bill of Rights we also esteem as the rising Sun of religious Liberty, to relieve us from a long night of ecclesiastic Bondage: and we do most earnestly request and expect that you would go on to complete what is so nobly begun; and will raise religious as well as civil liberty to the Zenith of Glory, and make Virginia an Asylum for free enquiry, knowledge, and the virtuous of every Denomination. Justice to ourselves and Posterity, as well as regard to the honor of the CommonWealth, makes it our indispensable Duty, in particular to intreat, That without Delay, you would pull down all Church Establishments; abolish every Tax upon Conscience and private judgement; and leave each Individual to rise or sink according to his Merit, and the general Laws of the Land. The whole amounts of what we desire is, That our Honourable Legislature would blot out every vestige of British Tyranny and Bondage, and define accurately between civil and ecclesiastic authority; then leave our Lord Jesus Christ the Honor of being the sole Lawgiver and Governor in his Church; and every one in the Things of Religion to stand or fall to him; he being in this
respect the only rightful Master:
And your Petitioners as in duty bound, shall ever pray. September 24, 1776
Note: other surnames were listed, but I am posting only the ones connected to the Gillespie line
Wm. Gillespie, George Gillespie, James Gillespie,
Patrick Galaspie, Wm. Galaspie, George Galaspie,
Hugh Porter, Sam'l Porter, Jno. Porter, Senr., Nat. Porter,
Wm. Porter, Jno. Porter, Junr.,
Wm. Huston, William Findley, Robt. Steele, Jno. Crockett
James Ewing, Senr., Samuel Ewing, James Ewing, Junr.,
Jno. Thompson, Senr., Andrew Thompson, Jno. Thompson, Wm. Thompson,
Thos. Craig, Rob't Craig,
Oct. 11, 1776. Referred to Committee of Religion. Mr. Dandridge.
Miscellaneous reel #425
VA State Archives - Richmond
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