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Elizabeth (Meek) Gillespie (1849 - 1919)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Gillespie formerly Meek
Born in Croft Head, Linlithgow, Scotlandmap
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Wife of — married 25 Aug 1870 in Croft Head, Linlithgow, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jul 2017
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Elizabeth Meek … known as Betsy … was born in the district of Whitburn in Linlithgowshire, Scotland on 10th June 1849. [1] Betsy was the first child and eldest daughter of John Meek and his wife Janet Cadzow .

On 1st September 1868 Betsy gave birth to a son, James Meek, at Whitburn, Linlithgowshire. Almost two years later … on 25th August 1870 … Betsy married Hugh Gillespie at Croft Head in Fauldhouse, Linlithgowshire. [2] Over the next 19 years the couple had ten children … the first three born before the family left Scotland, and the last seven after emigrating to New Zealand.

Betsy died at Mosgiel in Otago on 1st September 1919. [3] Two days later she was buried at East Taieri Cemetery, in the same plot as three of her children who'd pre-deceased her … plus her husband after his death not quite four years later. [4]


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Elizabeth Meek, 10 Jun 1849; citing Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 102,998, 1,066,639, 1,066,640.
  2. marriage entry on FHS film #363168; on 25 August 1870 at Fauldhouse, Hugh Gillespie, blacksmith, bachelor, 23 years, Crofthead, Whitburn, father Hugh Gillespie, jobbing gardener; mother Elizabeth nee Binnie; and Elizabeth Meek domestic servant, spinster, 22 years, Fauldhouse, Whitburn; father John Meek, grouse miner, mother Janet nee Cadzow; Thomas Bell, minister; Thomas Sutherland, Registrar.
  3. Name: Elizabeth Gillespie, Death Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1919, Registration Place: East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand, Folio Number: 2692. New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1966. Source Information: New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: New Zealand Death Indexes.
  4. Dunedin City Council cemeteries online: Gillespie, Elizabeth, 70 years, died 3 [sic] September 1919, buried 3 [sic] September 1919 at East Taieri Cemetery, Block S, Plot 420; original reference E19190902. The following burials are also in this Plot … Gillespie, Jessie, 45 years, Burial 4 December 1918 Gillespie, Hugh, 78 years, Burial 19 August 1923 GIillespie, Nellie, 16 years, Burial 21 May 1896 Gillespie, Peter, 9 weeks, Burial 7 February 1882.

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