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Re: Martha McCroskey - VA
Posted by: S. Deal Date: December 04, 2000 at 21:26:53
In Reply to: Re: Martha McCroskey - VA by Marianne Drayton of 132

I have seen Martha (Gillispie) McCroskey listed as the d/o John Gillispie by another researcher. However, they did not provide me with their source material.
I know that a Hugh Gillispie owned 85 acres on Stuart's Creek, a branch of the Cowpasture River, in Augusta Co., VA (now Bath Co.) That land was patented in 1769. The land was sold by Martha McCroskey "sole daughter and heir of Hugh Gillespie, of Greenbrier" to John Gillispie in 1795. The info. quotes come from a passage in the "Annals of Bath Co., VA" by Oren F. Morton.
I know that Hugh also owned abt. 300 acres in Greenbrier Co. That survey was made abt. 1769 also.
I have been trying to tie Hugh Gillispie into my Gillispie line. The property he owned on Stuart's Creek was very near the properties owned by others in my Gillispie line.
Hugh died in 1777 in Botetourt Co., VA (now Greenbrier Co.) His will is not on record, only a inventory, which was not very helpfull.
According the Augusta Co. marriage book (1748-1750) Martha Gillaspy married John McCoskey on 25 March 1790. The minister's return spells that name as McCroskey. Martha's father is listed as John, witnesses were Samuel Blake & John Thompson, bond was given by James Telford.
This is where is starts to get kinda of interesting. I think that John Gillispie was Martha's uncle not her father. John, I believe was Hugh's brother & raised Martha after Hugh's death. Samuel Blake, one of the above named witnesses, was the son-in-law of John Gillispie. He married John's daughter Mary 2 April 1792 in Bath Co.
Well, this is my theory, let me know what you think.


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