Church Records

Unlike the majority of the Irish nation, the Gillespies of Stonebridge were Protestants. Their church was some four miles north, just over the border at Clogh, in Co. Fermanagh. There are numerous Gillespie gravestones in the churchyard but they are too recent to relate to the families mentioned already in any meaningful way. As it is a small church, its records are not kept in-situ but at the Public Records Office for Northern Ireland in Belfast - PRONI.

There are a number of Gillespie headstones in the churchyard but the only one that is definitely connected to our Stonebridge family is that of William Donaldson who was married to Mary Ann (Molly) Gillespie.
Inside Clogh Church

Records of baptisms, marriages and burials from Clogh Church show that Gillespies were extremely prolific in the area during the 19th Century.

Baptismal records

Run from 1811 to 1891. There are over one hundred baptisms recorded but there must have been many that weren't. It was the responsibility of the minister to keep the records but sometimes he just forgot or the record was indecipherable on the page. Baptismal records generally give the parents names and place of birth yet oddly, not the exact date of birth which could have been days, weeks or months later.

Baptismal Records for Gillespies »

Marriage records

Started in 1792 and ended about 1920. As it is traditional to marry at the bride's church, there aren't many Gillespie marriages shown.

Clogh Church Marriage Records for Gillespies »

Burial records

Burial records began in 1810. Although birth dates are not given, the ages at the time of death are, so it is easy to calculate the year of birth from these.

Clogh Church Burial Records for Gillespies »

Note that church records are not 100% accurate and errors can be introduced at a number of stages due to spelling and transcription errors.