Here is the information I have.William S. Gillispie is my great grandfather, making Eliza my Great grandmother.My information is this:
William S. Gillispie (March 15, 1847 - April 5, 1928) - married to Eliza Dotson, daughter of P.G. and A. Dotson, on December 19, 1872 in Putnam County.He was a coal miner and a farmer in Putnam County.William served in the Civil War in Company D of the 7th West Virginia Volunteer Calvary.He is described as 5'4, light complextion, blue eyes and light hair.
1. Mirty M. Gillispie (1873-1945) - married John Frank Thevenin in 1893.They had three children: Delbert Thevenin, Delphia Thevenin Noffsinger and Sadie Thevenin Ruggles.Mirty “Myrtle” Gillispie died in a house fire in 1945 when her dress caught on fire while cooking near a fireplace.Her daughter, Sadie, died young, but left one son, Baskum Ruggles.Myrtle, John Frank Thevenin and Sadie are laid to rest at Oak Ridge (old part) up Sugar Camp Road in Winfield, West Virginia.It is believed that Mr. Thevenin had two other children: Mable E. Thevenin and Alfa H. Thevenin.
2. Minnie E. Gillispie (1876-?) - married a Samson who was a coal miner.They had several children, only one, Ernest Samson, is known at this time.They lived in Smithers, West Virginia on the property that is now home to Mount Olive State Prison.They are buried in London Cemetery, London, West Virginia.It is believed that Ernest Samson never married.
3. Walter Gillispie (March 7, 1880 - ?) - married Ernestine (last name not known) and had four children.Three died as infants.One survived, Walter Gillispie, Jr.Walter Sr. Owned a gas station in Rand, West Virginia.Walter Jr. Married June and had one son, Kerry Gillispie.They lived in Pearisburg, Virginia and owned and operated a cemetery.Walter Sr. And Ernestine are laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens, South Charleston, West Virginia.
4. Cora A. Gillispie (May 31, 1883 - ?) - married John Grant who worked for the railroad as an engineer.They lived on Blue Sulpher Road in Ona, West Virginia.They had five children: Clovis Grant (minister in Kermit, West Virginia), Helen Grant (nurse who lived in Florida), Tommy Grant (lived in California), Geraldine Grant (lived in Huntington, West Virginia), Maxine Grant Higginbotham.Cora and John are laid to rest in Huntington, West Virginia.Cora was also a diabetic and lost her leg up to her knee.
5. Bertha E. Gillispie (1886-?) - never married.She made her home with a nephew, Kenneth Patterson (her sister Kate’s son) in Belle, West Virginia.Bertha is laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens in South Charleston, West Virginia next to her brother Walter.Bertha is credited with raising all of her siblings after their mother, Eliza, passed away in 1900.
6. Kate Gillispie (1893-?) - married a Patterson or “Uncle Pat.”He was known to only have one eye and wore an eye patch.They lived in Rand, West Virginia and he was a coal miner.They had several children: Kenneth, James, Tammy, Erstine, Kitty and Patty.Kate is laid to rest in London, West Virginia.
7. Verna E. Gillispie (1890-?) - married Ira Frank Young and lived in Winfield, West Virginia on Route 34.Mr. Young worked at the Dupont Plant in Belle.They had five children: Wayne, Ruth Blackburn, Nada Gray, Christane Robertson and Ruby Kennedy.Verna is laid to rest at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes, West Virginia.
8. William M. Gillispie (May 5, 1895 - December 26, 1961) - married Iva Mae Henson Evans.They lived in Winfield, West Virginia.He was a coal miner and worked at Ohio Apex in Nitro, West Virginia.He was known as William “fat” Gillispie.He was killed in an automobile accident on December 26, 1961 in Putnam County.William and Iva, who died in May 2003, are buried at Mount Union Cemetery in Pliny, West Virginia.Iva’s parents were Jesse and Ida Mae Henson.This is my Grandfather.