Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Capt Avery Gallup and wives

Captain Avery GALLUP and wives Melinda and Mary

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2104, used with permssion
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Capt. Avery Gallup (#1315 p. 315) is buried with his two wives and several children in  the Gallup Cemetery in Ledyard, New London, CT.  Capt. Avery, (Isaac, Benadam, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) was my first cousin, 6 times removed.  

His first wife Melenda (Melinda) BAILEY died young, at 26 years old, on 12 Oct 1828, leaving him with two small children to raise. It is not known who her parents were (her father is listed as "R") as her marriage record in the Barbour Index just indicates she was "of Groton" at the time of her marriage in 1822 to Capt. Avery Gallup. Her gravestone is carved with a weeping willow and he mourned for her. She died in 1828 not in 1830 was it states in the Gallup (2009) genealogy. She was born sometime in 1802-1803 as calculated by her death date. Normally, I don't use this method of finding a birth date.

He married 2nd,  Mary HALEY on 13 Mar 1834, whose parents were Stephen Haley, Sr. and Lucy Gallup (#1308, p. 316) which means he married his cousin as her mother Lucy (Benadam, Benadam, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) was a Gallup descendant. Lucy was my 5th great aunt.  

He was a blacksmith and a farmer and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Groton (for 22 years). His second wife, Mary, outlived him by many years and died in 1891. 

Capt. Avery Gallup was born on 6 Apr 1796 and died on 4 Nov 1864.  The placement of this family in Row 6, so far back in the cemetery, and not with the gravestones of an earlier period, may be because this family needed a whole row for those that died.

Darwin and Ruth Wood GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission (gravestone #93)
Darwin C. and Ruth (Wood) GALLUP)

Darwin Colburn GALLUP's wife Ruth Eleanor WOOD may still be living and this couple had three children, all born in Connecticut, as listed in the Gallup Genealogy (2009) on page 1060. Darwin is Gallup # 6955. The couple were married in Foxboro, MA on 19 Apr 1940. It does say that his wife was born in Providence, RI. 

My grandparents may have known this couple. My grandmother told me that she had known several cousins of my grandfather and that not all of them were Denison descendants.

Darwin was cremated at Swan Point Cemetery but as you can see he has a dual gravestone with his wife Ruth here in the Gallup Cemetery #19 in Ledyard, New London, CT,

Born in Leominister, MA on the date on his gravestone to parents Charles William Gallup and Marjorie Brooks COLBURN, he was the only son and he had a sister (p. 845-846 of the Gallup (2009) genealogy. 

Darwin graduated from Duke University in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was employed by several insurance companies. He was a Mason of the Moriah Lodge #15 in Brooklyn, CT. His father, Charles was a distinguished Mason.

Darwin's photo can be found in the Duke University Yearbook at He died of a Cerebral Infarction in 1980.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Elisha Lloyd Gallup

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission, (Grave #92)

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Elisha Lloyd GALLUP

Elisha has two gravestones. One was provided by the military and one is for he and his wife (whose name is on the gravestone but as she is still living, Brian correctly removed her name in the photograph) He is buried at the beginning of Row #6 in the Gallup Cemetery. Having two gravestones is not as unusual as you might think. Many people have their name and birth date on a family stone, and then enter the service and it is up to the family to finish the ending date and enter any wives or children.

Elisha was the President of the Gallup Family Association from 1981-1990) As you can see by the military gravestone, he served in the Vietnam War. The current Gallup Genealogy tells us that he served from 1965 to 1966. 

Repost: James Scott PEARSON

Photo  by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission (Grave #105)
James Scott PEARSON
reposted from a previous time

"In Loving Memory/ of / James Scott / Pearson / May 29, 1949/ April 29, 1971"

James Scott Pearson 11 (Nathan Williams Pearson 10, Elizabeth Carr Williams 9, Nathan Gallup 8, Fanny Maria Gallup7, Lodowick6, Nathan5, Benadam4, Benadam3, John2, John1)

James Scott Pearson was the son of Nathan Williams Pearson and Kathleen Patricia McMurty. Lived in Swickly, PA

Gallup Genealogy [2009] #7953, page 972

James Scott's grandfather, Nathan Williams was a past President of the Gallup Family Association.

Repost: Emily GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission, Grave # 102

reposted from a previous time
Emily10 (Jacob9, Anna Gallup8, Avery7, Isaac6, Benadam5, Benadam4, Benadam3, John2, John1) was the oldest child of Jacob Gallup and Edna Caroline Slack and she was born 25 Nov 1902 and died 25 Sept 1996 at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT. She was buried in October of 1996 next to her parents.

Emily was a licensed optician, member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Gallup Family Association and the Central Baptist Church. She lived in Norwich in the Laurel Hill section. Emily was single and an educated woman.

Gallup Genealogy [2009] #6023, page 733

Repost Tombstone Tuesday: Jacob GALLUP and wife Edna SLACK

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission (Grave # 101)
Jacob Gallup and wife Edna SLACK
(reposted her for continuity with newer photos of the Gallup Cemetery)

Jacob was born 1 Jan 1859 in Ledyard and died 1 Oct 1931 in Nowich. He married Edna, at the home of her parents, 21 August 1901 in Mystic. Jacob was the oldest child of Maj. Jacob Lorenzo GALLUP and his wife Anna GALLUP (#2497). Yes, both his parents were Gallups and they are buried at the Spicer Cemetery in Ledyard.

Edna Caroline SLACK was the daughter of Williams Leeds SLACK and his wife Caroline Pendleton YORK. She was born 30 Dec 1876 in Mystic and died 14 Nov 1966 in Norwich.

Jacob was a prominent member of his community, serving as Town Clerk in Ledyard for ten years, he was a farmer, and farmed poultry even after Moving to Norwich. He was a member of the General Assembly of Hartford in 1899.

Edna was a school teacher in in Ledyard at the time of her marriage was was a graduate of Williams Memorial Institute (now The Williams School) in New London in 1896. A reader of my blog kindly updated the information for me.

 Gallup Genealogy # 4268, pages, 509 and 733

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Lydia GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission


Lydia GALLUP, sister to Moses Wadham GALLUP, was the daughter of Dwight GALLUP and his wife Lydia Ann WADHAMS. She was born on 5 June 1860 and died 27 Dec 1948.

In 1930 and in 1940, she is living, as cousin, in Hartford, CT, Notice that her gravestone has the same Ivy motif as her brother.

Lydia is listed as Lille in the 1880 census. That is probably because her mother and she had the same first name. At that time, her father Dwight is living next door to his father Lodowick and the family may have been sharing farmland.

The 1900 census lists her occupation as music teacher. 

Lydia was single when she died. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Moses Wadham GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Moses Wadhams GALLUP
Moses was the son of Dwight GALLUP (Lodowick, Nathan, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) and Lydia A. WADHAMS. He was single when he died. Born 8 Aug 1853 in Ledyard, New London, CT, Moses died 11 Dec 1935. He was my third cousin, 5 times removed. 

In the 1880 census, Moses is listed as a farm labourer at age 26. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Cecelia GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Cecelia GALLUP, wife of Giles WILLIAMS

Cecelia GALLUP, daughter of Lodowick GALLUP and his wife Margaret "Peggy" PHELPS, was married to Giles WILLIAMS as his second wife. Giles WILLIAMS was first married to Cecelia GALLUP's sister Fanny Maria GALLUP.

Giles WILLIAMS married Fanny Maria GALLUP on 13 Sept 1833 and she died on 16 Apr 1863 of diptheria in Worcester, MA.

He then married Cecelia on 6 Dec 1864 in Worcester, MA. It is important to point out that his second wife was the older sister of his first wife. The 1850 census for Giles and Fanny Maria shows that they live in Worcester, MA. Both were born in Connecticut.

The Gallup (2009) Genealogy, Giles and Fanny Maria have 9 children listed and they must be some living descendants of this couple.

Giles and his first wife are buried in South Cemetery, Pomfret, Windham, CT.  He died in 1869. Their graves can be seen on Find a Grave.  Two children are also buried there.

Ceceila GALLUP WILLIAMS died on 28 Jan 1892.

Cecelia GALLUP and Giles WILLIAMS had no children so that is why she is buried in the Gallup Cemetery without a husband. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Louisa GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission


Louisa was the daughter of Lodowick GALLUP and his wife Margaret "Peggy" PHELPS. She was born 21 Jan 1807 in Groton, New London, CT

Louisa never married and in 1870 the census tells us she was living with two of her sisters. 

 In 1880, the three women are living with their brother Lodowick Corbin Gallup and he is head of household. Since there is no 1890 census, it is not known where she lived just before she died.

Lucy died on 5 Mar 1891 and is buried in the Gallup Cemetery #10.