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BIOGRAPHY: Dr. John S. Gillespy born November 17,1859 – photograph

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Gillespy, Dr. John S. Gillespy (1859 ALDR. JOHN S. GILLESPY


(1859 AL – d. aft. 1910 AL)

Jefferson County, Alabama 

Dr. John S. Gillespy, of Birmingham, Alabama, was born near Jonesboro, Jefferson County Alabama on Nov. 17, 1859. His parents were John Sharp Gillespy and Martha S. (McAdory) Gillespy. His father was a native of Tennessee who located in near Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama when a young man, and engaged in farming, an occupation his continued his till his death. John and his brother James M. Gillespy were the only children in the family.

Dr. Gillespy’s mother was a native of Jefferson county, Alabama. His parents both died when he was only five years old, and he was reared by his grandparents, Col. James McAdory and Nancy Tucker (Saddler) McAdory. John and his brother James M. Gillespy’s were the only children in the family. He spent his youth on the farm, attending the common schools and the school under his uncle, Prof. I. W. McADory, at Pleasant Hill, Alabama.

Afterward he clerked in a general store at Jonesboro for two years. He then began reading medicine, and later entered the Miami Medical college of Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated as doctor of medicine in 1883. John Gillespy began the practice of medicine at Jonesboro, Alabama at once. In 1885 he located at Scottsboro, Ala., and remained there one year. From there he removed to Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama

He entered actively into the practice of his profession, and in 1888 was elected city physician and served one year. In 1892 he was elected county physician, and served for six years. Then he resigned his position as county physician and gave up the practice of medicine to accept the office of city clerk of Jefferson county.

During the time he was practicing medicine he was appointed on the staff of visiting physicians to the Hospital of United Charities of Birmingham, Alabama. He also belonged to the Jefferson County Medical Society, and to the Alabama Surgical and Gynecological Association. He was a member of the Democratic executive committee of Jefferson county for a number of years, and served as chairman of that body during 1897 and 1898. He was a member of the State Medical association and of the Jefferson County Medical society.

On Oct. 10, 1883, he married to Eugenia Owen, daughter of  Thomas H. and Mary (Tarrant) Owen Her parents were residents of Jefferson County, Alabama. Dr. John Gillespy and Eugenia had six children:

  1. Thomas O. Gillespy,
  2. Mary M. Gillespy,
  3. Sadie E. Gillespy,
  4. James M. Gillespy,
  5. John S. Gillespy, Jr.,
  6. Robert Rose Gillespy

The Doctor and his family were all members of the Methodist Church South in Jefferson County, Alabama. He served as steward of the First Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Birmingham, the largest Methodist church and congregation in the State at the time. He was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias orders.



  1. Alabama Genealogy Trails, Jefferson County, Alabama Biographies –
  2. Notable men of Alabama By Joel Campbell DuBose
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 69136767 # 69136965 # 42131381 # 42131386

This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume VI

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