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Biographical Annals of Lancaster County" Beers inc printed 1903

page 363

GEORGE W. GILLESPIE, M. D. A prominent physician of Lancaster county is Dr. George W. Gillespie, of Fulton township. He was born in Lancaster county Jan. 22, 1852, and is a son of N. H. Gillespie, of Maryland, and Mary Y. (Davis) Gillespie, of Chester county, Pa. The family is of Scotch, Irish and English origin.

George Gillespie, the grandfather, was a native of Cecil countv, Md. He married Miss Sallie Hall, of Maryland, and was the father of seven children, namelv: Elisha; Samuel E.; Mary S.; Gertrude; G. Washington; Nicholas H., the father of Dr. George W. Gillespie; and John E.

Col. Elisha Hall, the Doctor's great-grandfather, was one of the "Mount Welcome" Halls, whose ancestry settled on a large tract of land in Cecil county, Md., in 1690. His great-great-grandfather, John Ewing, D. D. was an eminent Presbyterian minister of his day.

Nicholas H. Gillespie was married to Mary Y. Davis, of Chester Co., Pa., June 6, 1848. The lady was a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Young) Davis, of Chester Co., Pa. This union resulted in the birth of six children: S. Davis Gillespie, who is a superintendent of coal mines in West Virginia; Dr. George W., John E., who is deceased; Sallie H.; Gertrude E., the wife of William P. Haines, of West Virginia; and Miss Mary, of Philadelphia. Nicholas H. Gillespie was born Jan. 6, 1820, and came to Lancaster county in 1850; he then removed to Virginia, returned again to Lancaster county in 1889, and died there May 12,1895. He was a strong Democrat all through life. He followed the mercantile business for over forty years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years. He was also a member of the I. 0. 0. F. Mrs. Gillespie, was born Jan. 20, 1825, in Chester Co., Pa., and died in Cecil Co., Md., in 1879.

Dr. George W. Gillespie was with his father in the store during his early life. On April 9, 1885, he married Miss Lizzie W. Nivin, of Newark, Del. She was a daughter of David E. Nivin, of Delaware, and comes of an English family. She was born March 9, 1850. Two children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Gillespie, Nivin D. and J. E. H., both of whom are at home. Dr. Gillespie received his education in the district and high schools of Lancaster county, and graduated from the school of Medicine at the Maryland University in 1880. He first located at Conowingo, Md., followed his profession there for nine years, and then came to Pleasant Grove, where he has met, with merited success in the practice of his chosen profession. He is a self-made man, having received few advantages which were not gained by his own efforts. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., K. of P. and I. 0. Heptasophs. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The Doctor is devoted to his practice and, being of a benevolent character, has given considerable time to the poor of his neighborhood. He comes of distinguished Pennsylvania and Marvland families and holds well to their traditions. Both sides of his house were prominent in Revolutionary times and took leading parts in that struggle for liberty. The Doctor is well posted on all topics of the day and keeps closely in touch with all scientific matters of interest to him.

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