I should probably also add a note here that I'm not sure how naturalization laws applied to single women, which we so far can assume would apply to Elizabeth Gillespie. That research is ongoing.
But now let's talk about the family who supposedly came to U.S. via Canada - the Robert Gillespie family. The Library of Michigan has a wonderful index of naturalization records in their holdings. Curiously though, there are NO Gillespie families listed in Oakland County. Ah, but the lesson of an earlier post I made to this blog tells me to go check other spellings, and voila! A declaration of intent for
Robert Gallaspie, 27 Apr 1860, (2:100)d, GBI (Great Britain), signed by his mark
According to the index, he did not ever follow through with getting his second paper.
Curiously, there was another declaration of intent which is interesting:
James Greer, 26 Mar 1859, (1:253)d, GBI
Well, the James Greer in our story died in 1857. So what James Greer was in Oakland County at that time who was new (or somewhat new) to this country? No idea whatsoever. He also never applied for his second paper.