Son of James and Hannah Gillespie, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1829. In January, 1853, he came to Illinois and located in Mercer county. In 1854 his father came and bought land in section 12, Mercer township. In the spring of 1860 William went to Colorado where he engaged in the mining business, in Russell's gulch, near Central City. He remained there until December, 1861, when he returned to Moline, Illinois.
He desired to enlist but the quota of Illinois being full at that time he went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and enlisted in Co. H, 8th Kan. Inf. He remained with that regiment about sixteen months, when he was discharged on account of having very sore eyes. He returned to Illinois, and his eyes becoming better under medical treatment, he again enlisted in the 140th Ill. Inf., and was with that regiment until they were mustered out.
Mr. Gillespie was married February 22, 1871, to Miss Sarah M. Decker, a native of Mercer county. The names of their children, in the order of their ages, are : Hannah M., John C., and Ida E. He in a member of lodge No. 252, A.F.A.M., with which he united in 1865, at Aledo.
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