His obituary reads:
Another of the old landmarks that linked the present generation with those long gone by has passed away in the death of Charles Gillespie, which occurred this morning a few minutes before 8 o’clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Ellen Sheaff, on
West Orange street.
For two months past the old gentleman had been in declining health, and the end
this morning was due to the gradual decay of his physical energies superinduced
by old age.
Charles Gillespie was born near
, in the County
Derry, Ireland, February 2, 1792. He came to this country in 1815, and spent
the four succeeding years in Belfast New York City and
In the fall of 1819 he came to Lancaster, where he has ever since resided, and
established himself in the boot and shoe business on East King Street, a few
doors west of the present site of the Farmer’s National bank. Shortly
afterwards he purchased the property adjoining the Lamb hotel, opposite the
“Red Lion” on West King Street, where he passed the remainder of his busy life
in the extensive manufacture of boots and shoes. The approaches of age had
begun to make themselves felt, when in 1860 he retired permanently from active
business life. Philadelphia
The deceased during his long and eventful life was ever justly famed for his strict devotion to business principles and his large public spirit. When the cotton mills, now a leading industry, were first broached, he was one of the first to help along, the enterprise by his money and influence, and he subscribed largely for shares of stock in the Stevens house when that building was first projected. For a period of 30 years he was a member of select and common councils, and for 20 years sat in the
of which he was one of the original members. He was a Democrat of the
staunchest type, and cast his first presidential vote for Lancaster in 1824. After David Heitshu’s death
the deceased was the only surviving member of the City’s Guards, a military
company commanded by Captain Reynolds, the father of Gen. John F. Reynolds,
Admiral William Reynolds and General James L. Reynolds, all of whom are now
deceased. Mr. Gillespie was also for many years president of the Mechanic’s
Library association, and was one of the principal factors in the success of
that society. Jackson
During his long and chequered career the deceased was over a consistent practical Catholic and his best and tottering form might have been seen at all the more important services at St. Mary’s church, of which he was a devoted parishioner. He was a man who always enjoyed remarkably good health and it was his boast even up to his fatal illness, that he had never been confined to bed for one whole day.
Mr. Gillespie was three times married. The children of his second union are Mrs. Ellen Shaeff, widow of the late John Sheaff, and Mrs George W. Smith, of Pittsburgh, Pa. The fruit of his third marriage were Mrs. Ambrose McComsey, Mrs. Henry Deckert, Charles Gillespie, of
Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs.
Thomas Sheehan, of ,
O., and the late Miss Mary Gillespie, who died here two years ago. Mr.
Gillespie’s third wife died a few years since. One of the granddaughters of the
deceased is the wife of Congressman Bayne of Youngstown , and another is married to Mr.
James McDevitt, also of the city. In his death his family loses a kind and
affectionate father, and Pittsburgh
one of its most public spirited citizens. Lancaster
The Daily Intelligencer. (
), 24 October 1882. Chronicling Lancaster, PA :
Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. America
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