(nautical) The traditional hail of the lookout in a whaler (whaling ship) when sighting the spouting water thrown up by a whale surfacing.
If I had been a whaler rather a genealogist, first I would be seasick, then I would be saying There She Blows! Genealogy is about sailing on the surface of a vast underworld of ancestors. That these ancestors exist(ed) below the surface is not a question. The question is where to look for them, and how and when we might encounter them. As we start this new decade of 2020, the answer to the question is Maybe Here, Maybe Now. There She Blows.
And when I say We in my blog posts, I am always referring to collaboration, either in the exploration for, the discovery of, and/or the analysis of genealogical evidence. My most recent collaborator has been one Doug Hart. His research into the Gillespie's of early Ulster/Orange (& surrounding areas) spans decades, and his documentation of it has resulted in a Compendium that he generated with a Typewriter (!) in the 1990s. A Compendium sounds a bit like my rookie attempt to catalog some NY Gillespie's in 2012. Compendium, Catalog. Catalog, Compendium. OK, a Compendium sounds more complete and it is. Doug deserves alot of credit for tracing and studying several NY Gillespie family groups, though long and tedious a task, with the belief that doing so could allow the story of previously obscured Gillespie's to surface. That I generally share this research approach with Doug and that we both seem committed to ongoing discussions of possibility and meaning with regard to Gillespie evidence, both old and new, surely makes us collaborators and me grateful.
All of which is a long introduction to reporting on Doug's recent discoveries of new evidence to add to our NY Gillespie research bucket. Here is a summary:
- A 1770 deed of James Gillespy selling 129 acres of his land in Shawangunk to Matthew Beviers Jr. This document, a transcription, is one that Doug found long ago in his research, but which, at the time, could not be more fully understood. The transcription of the original deed is in itself an exquisite piece of work, giving clarity to the original language of the deed which not only mentions the names of James' wife, and also those of James' parents and when they might have died, but it also describes the exact property later sold in 1797 by William Gillespy Jr and his wife Martha to Matthew Gillespie previously of NYC and more recently of Montgomery. We are in the process of locating the original deed, which when located, will be a wonder to behold, I have no doubt.
- A database of Colden Store records where many Gillespie's are mentioned, some mentioning genealogical relationship, and some involving names that imply closer relationship (neighbor, and/or in-law?) -- specifically Hunter and Kain, and more indirectly, Graham.
- A transcription of marriage records of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy showing three Gillespie marriages. The marriage catching our attention now is that of Andrew Graham and Jane Gillespie, married in 1797 in Lansingburgh, a place central to our current research exploring links between Ulster and Rensselaer Gillespie's.