The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 655, City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"J. H. GILLESPIE was born in Wayne County, Ohio, January 28, 1828, and is the son of JAMES and EVE (WORMAN) GILLESPIE, natives respectively of Virginia and Maryland. The father was a shoemaker, and also a local preacher in the Protestant Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in Steuben County, Indiana. The mother, quite active at the age of seventy-eight, resides in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio. J. H. GILLESPIE learned shoemaking from his father, and at the age of sixteen began an apprenticeship of three years as a carpenter. He came to this state (Indiana) in the fall of 1848, and was married in Steuben County, September 15, 1850, to Miss LORINDA A. HAZEN, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of ARTHUR and RACHEL (RIFFENBERRICK) HAZEN, natives respectively of Ohio and New Jersey. Mrs. HAZEN died in Indiana. Mr. HAZEN, who is a carpenter, is now living, at the age of seventy-eight, at the home of our subject. J. H. GILLESPIE enlisted October 17, 1861, for three years service during the war, in Company H, Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; took part in a number of engagements, including the battle of Riddle's Point, and the first skirmish at New Madrid; served one year and ten months; was transferred to the non-commissioned staff as Drum Major, and by order of the War Department was mustered out as Chief Musician in 1863. He remained home over a year, and hired as a substitute; joined Company B., Twenty-third Regiment; served with Sherman on his march to the sea; fought at Smithville and in other smaller battles, and was discharged at Indianapolis July 20, 1865. During this last term of service, Mrs. GILLESPIE was Postmistress at Pulaski, Pulaski County, Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. GILLESPIE were born four children - LORINDA, ARTHUR S., JESSIE, and LUCINDA A., all deceased."