THOMAS LEFT THE FARM ON THE COWPASTURE TO GO WITH JACK SEVIER TO THE WATAUGA VALLEY IN TENNESSEE (THEN BELIEVED TO BE IN VIRGINIA). HE FOUGHT IN BATTLE OF POINT PLEASANT (MOUTH OF THE KANAWHA RIVER AND THE OHIO) IN WHICH THE SHAWNEE WERE DEFEATED UNDER CHIEF CORNSTALK ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1774. HE FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF KING'S MOUNTAIN, SOUTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 7, 1780 UNDER EITHER SEVIER OR SHELBY. HE BECAME ACQUAINTED WITH AUGASTA CTY. MEN UNDER COL. CAMPBELL. HE MARRIED PEGGY BOWEN DAUGHTER OF LIEUT. REES BOWEN, AND SETTLED AT THE COVE WEST OF JEFFERSONVILLE (RENAMED TAZEWELL). UPON THE FORMATION OF TAZEWELL CTY. HE WAS A JUSTICE.
May/June, 2009 issue of the D.A.R. Magazine:
"Fort Maiden Spring Chapter, Tazewell, VA, joined the Clinch Mountain Militia Chapter, S.A.R. for a memorial dedication for Patriots Rees Bowen and Thomas Gillespie. The celebration was of great interest to the chpter because its namesake, Fort Maiden Spring, was the home of Rees Bowen. Bowen settled in the town in 1769 and led the local militia to the Battle of King's Mountain. There he died and was buried. After the battle, Thomas Gillespie married Bowen's daughter, Margaret."
"The S.A.R. and governmnet markers were placed in the cemetery at the Bowen home.....The Bowen and Gillespie families were both well represented at the event. The two families have remained close through the years, and this event renewed those ties."
Thomas Gillespie, (William 1) b. 1759 on the Cowpasture River in Augusta Co VA (now Alleghany Co), d. 1842 in Tazewell Co. VA.
He married in 1779 to Margaret Bowen, the daughter of Rees Bowen and Levisa (Smith) Bowen. He is believed to have fought in the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774.
Thomas moved to Smyth Co. VA and in 1782 he received a 200 acre grant in Rich Valley on the North Fork of the Holston River from the state of Virginia. He sold 61 acres of the grant to his brother, James Gillespie, in 1795 and the remaining 139 acres to Jeffrey Hildreth and moved to Tazewell Co. VA.