There are quite a few pages in the Gillespie Family Bible that are interesting, but I used this one in a presentation today, so I thought it worth talking about here.
The bible was printed in 1857. I love all of the subtraction statements. Why are they there?
1861 was obviously an important year, the year the Civil War started. Virginia, where this family lived seceded from the Union on April 17th, of the that year.
The births listed as well as I can make out:
- John C Gillaspie was born in the year of our Lord adomos 1840 the 10 of May And it is the year 1861 now. ( I think that is how it goes.)
- Jaremiah Gillespie was born March the 4th 1826
- Milton Gillaspie was born on June 22 in the year of our lord (I can’t read the year)
- Varlen Gillespie was born June 9th (can’t read the year.)
I can’t read the names on the top of the second page. I would really love to know those.
John C Gillaspie was born in the 10 of May 1840 and now in the year 1861 10 of may followed by the subtraction of 1861 – 1840 = 21 years.
Jeremiah is my great great grandfather. He had brothers named John Calvin, Varlan, Everett Milton and William. No idea why William isn’t listed, but part of the page is torn off.
This page is more mysterious than helpful. But sometime I shall unlock it.