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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HON. J. S. GILLESPIE, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 6, P. O. Keelville, was born in Yellow Springs, Blair County, Penn., in 1834, and was reared and educated in McLean County, Ill., where he was actively identified with the farming and stock-raising industry for many years. In the spring of 1876, he settled here, and has been successfully connected with his present industry since. He has a family of three sons and four daughters. He was married, in McLean County, Ill., in 1856, to Miss Esther B. Moses, of Bedford County, Penn., who departed this life in 1860, and is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, McLean County, Ill., leaving one daughter—Emma Dorothea. His second marriage occurred in 1862 to Miss E. B. Thompson, of Muskingum County, Ohio, who departed this life in 1864, and is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, beside the first. In 1866, he married in Woodford County, Ill., Miss Julia A. Brown, who was born in Virginia and reared in McLean County, Ill. They have three sons and three daughters—John C, William S., Richard A., Gracie M., Esther E. and Anna. Mr. Gillespie was an active man in the public life of McLean County, Ill., and held important official positions there for many years; since coming here, he has worked actively and devotedly for the advancement of the industries of this locality, and has served in the Legislative Assembly of the State and minor municipal positions. He is at present Justice of his locality.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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