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Gillespie, William M.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 32, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 3/31/64, m/i 4/12/64, Pvt, Co. H, 17th VT INF, m/o 7/14/65

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VITALS

Birth: abt 1833, County Tyrone, Ireland
Death: After 1901

Burial: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mount Vernon, IA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Steve Hanken
Findagrave Memorial #: 142017616

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mount Vernon, IA

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Biography

After many years of active labor principally devoted to agricultural pursuits and teaming, William M. Gillespie is now living a retired life in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he has made his home for twenty-one years. He is a native of county Tyrone, Ireland; and was a young man of twenty-two years when he came to the United States in 1855. He landed in New York and proceeded at once to Granville, Vermont, where he worked as a laborer for a few years. He then purchased a farm in Addison county, that state, and was engaged in its operation until he entered the Union army during the Civil war. His father, William Gillespie, died in Ireland and after the close of the Civil war his mother, Martha Gillespie, came to America and located in Gouldsville, Vermont, where she died in 1884. Our subject has one brother and two sisters residing in the last named place.

In 1864 Mr. Gillespie enlisted in Company H, Seventeenth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the service until hostilities ceased. He participated in the battles of Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania Court House, Petersburg Mine, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Spring Church, and Hatchie's Run. He was wounded in the knee in an engagement before Petersburg, April 2, 1865, and was also hit by a piece of shell just between the eyes. He now draws a pension of fourteen dollars per month as a sort of compensation for the injuries received. His brother James was a member of Company F, Fifth Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and was killed in the battle of the Wilderness at the age of twenty-seven years.

Mr. Gillespie was discharged from the service at Alexandria, Virginia, and returned to Granville, Vermont, where he continued to follow farming until his removal to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1880. Here he engaged in teaming for some years, but for the past few years has been living a retired life, enjoying a well-earned rest.

Before leaving Ireland Mr. Gillespie married Miss Lydia Ann Reilly, also a native of that country, and to them were born ten children, six of whom are still living, namely: William James, who owns and operates a small farm in Franklin township, this county; Robert, a teamster residing at home; George, who also has a small farm near the city and lives with his parents; Anna, wife of Frank Keiler, an engineer of Bethel, Vermont; Carrie, wife of James Thompson, a teamster of Mt. Vernon; and Susan, wife of Harry Nower, a painter of Cedar Rapids. The others all died when young and the wife and mother departed this life in 1877. For his second wife Mr. Gillespie married Miss Jane Anderson, a native of Iowa. He is a faithful member of the Methodist church and is also connected with the Grand Army Post at Mt. Vernon. In his political affiliations he is a Republican, and that he is a loyal and patriotic citizen of his adopted country is attested by his gallant service in the Civil war.

Source: The Biographical Record of Linn County Iowa, Illustrated, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901, pages 198-199.

Mr. Gillespie is buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mount Vernon, IA.

Contributed by Steve Hanken.

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