Esther W. Gillespie Harrison Cheshire
Submitted by Terry Jackson
Data researched by Rosann M. Orewyler
Esther W. Gillespie, daughter of David and Mary Gillespie, was born on
5-10-1815 in Abbeville, SC. She married Greenberry H. Harrison
in Blount Co., AL. The marriage produced Joseph D. Harrison, b.
7-28-1832 and James H. Harrison, b. 6-17-1834, who died as a child. The
marriage deteriorated and the Harrisons filed for a separation on
11-9-1835 in Blount Co., AL.
It appears that both Esther and Greenberry were under the impression
they were divorced. Greenberry married Ann C. McKinstry 1-14-1841 in
home of Mirabeau Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas. Esther
married Andrew Springer 12-27-1842 in Blount Co., AL. It is unclear how
it was concluded that no divorce had ever occurred, but Esther Harrison
filed a Bill of Divorce from G.H. Harrison in Blount Co., AL on
It is also unclear what happened to Andrew Springer. Esther is listed
Esther Harrison on the 1850 Blount Co., AL census and Springer is
nowhere in the picture. It is interesting to note that John B.
is living in the household. Four years later she became Mrs. John B.
Cheshire on 3-12-1854.
Esther died 11-26-1866 in Blount Co., AL. She is probably buried in the
vicinity of the Nectar community, known at the time as Tidmore.