I always enjoy receiving emails like yours!
We have records going back to 1840 here at our church.
I didn’t find any entries with the spelling “Gilaspy”, but I found a few with the spelling “Gillespie”
I am including these in case they might be of interest to you:
- Lizzie Gillespie, daughter of William B., baptized and received into membership on Nov. 5, 1886
-Dr. Franklin Gillespie entered in the Adult Sunday School Registry on Jan. 4, 1890
-Franklin Gillespie, son of George, received into adult membership on Feb.7,1892
-Mrs. Anna Weiser Gillespie, wife of Dr. Franklin Gillespie, received into adult membership on Dec. 12, 1897 by transfer from the First Presbyterian Church of York, PA.
-Mary Eleanor Gillespie, daughter of Dr. Franklin and Anna W. born on Nov. 7, 1901, baptized on Aug. 30, 1902.
There are several other Presbyterian Churches in the area where you may find more information:
Nottingham Presbyterian Church
Union Presbyterian Church
Manor Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church
There is also information at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA.
Best of luck in your research!
Eryn Gallagher, Oxford Presbyterian Church Secretary
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2013 12:21 PM
Subject: Church Records of 1800s
I'm currently doing ancestry research for my family (Gillespie) and find that I had relatives living in Lower Oxford Township, PA. My great grandparents, Edward and Hanna Gilaspy are cited in 1850 census for Lower Oxford Township. I'm told they were of the Presbyterian faith.
Are there still records available that relate to the 1800s? I noticed in your historical description that there had been a fire but am hoping that old records may have been saved. If you know of any agencies that might have kept these records, I would greatly appreciate learning of them. I have done some research with Chester County records online but have not discovered what I need to further my research. I currently live in Florida so have to rely on computer sites to gather information.
Any information you can forward to me would be most welcome.
Sally Gillespie Richards
Lake Suzy, FL