Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sarah FISH

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Sarah FISH
first wife of Josiah GALLUP
Sadly, Sarah FISH's gravestone is made of sandstone and it becoming lost as pieces shale off it. I took a photo of this gravestone in 2005 and shared it to my tree at because I am a FISH descendant. Sarah's father Nathan FISH is my 5th great grandfather. Sarah's brother Sands FISH is my ancestor. I was quite excited to see this stone and connect it in my tree with my Gallup and Fish ancestors.

I own a copy of the FISH genealogy and it is one of the most interesting ones in my collection.

Sarah was born on 1 July 1761 to Nathan FISH and his wife Catherine HELME. She married Josiah Gallup in November of 1787 and died at age 29 on 11 Feb 1791. Sarah and Josiah had no children together. He married Mary (Polly) Randall the next year and had children with her.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Josiah GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Row #4, Grave #308-10-057, GPS 41.41688 N - 71.97192 W 

(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Josiah, died Jan 29, 1826, age 65


Josiah was the son of Benadam Gallup and Hannah Avery (Benadam, Benadam, John, John) and was born 29 Jan 1761 in Groton, New London, MA [Gallup (2009) Genealogy, p. 92, 180.] He died at age 65 on 29 Jan 1826.

Josiah lost 4 siblings to typhoid fever. Those children are buried here in the Gallup graveyard. Brian Zoldak photographed them all.

Before he did,  I sat on the ground at a Gallup reunion and still couldn't read them completely. 

Josiah married first Sarah FISH and secondly Polly (Mary RANDALL). page 180-181 lists him with his family. 

Josiah's children were all from his second wife Mary (Polly) Randall. 

Josiah is mentioned in his late father's probate packet which I have just found at He was the executor of the estate. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Genealogy Selfie Day

#genealogyselfie of Midge Frazel, 2016
February 1 is #genealogyselfie day. 

Celebrate with a selfie with an ancestor. This is my gravestone photo collage of my 3rd great grandmother Rebecca Noyes (1782-1842), wife of Edward Stewart. A tiny envelope found in my family Bible held the handwritten marriage certificate of their marriage on 15 February 1801, 251 years ago.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Polly RANDALL, relict of Josiah GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #4, Grave #308-10-056, GPS 41.41691 N - 71.97194 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Mary, relict of Josiah, died Nov. 30, 1847, age 81

Mary RANDALL, was called Polly. She was the second wife of Josiah GALLUP and is buried by his side. His first wife, Sarah FISH is buried on his other side.

The Gallup (2009) Genealogy lists Polly on page 181 as having married Josiah on 11 Nov 1792 in Stonington, CT. They were married bt Rev. Hezekiah WOODRUFF. Josiah died in 1826 and so this gravestone correctly identifies her as his relict.

Josiah had no children with his first wife but he had five children with Polly. The Barbour Index recorded this marriage and that information agrees with Richard Anson Wheeler's History of Stonington on page 549. She is listed there as Polly and is the first born child of Thomas RANDALL (#45) and Molly CHESEBROUGH (Wheeler p. 297)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Harriet GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #3, Grave #308-10-055, GPS 41.41693 N - 71.97196 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Harriet, daughter of Andrew & Nancy, died Apr. 18, 1888, age 89
Harriet GALLUP

Harriet was the daughter of Andrew GALLUP and his wife Nancy WHELDON. She was the sister of Asa Lyman GALLUP and was living with him in 1880 as a house keeper. As Asa's wife died in 1879, it was good that he had an unmarried sister to help him out. As you can see by her gravestone, which matches in style with her brother and sister-in-law, she died at age 89 in 1888.

Gallup Genealogy (2009) #1379, p. 187

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Asa Lyman GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permsiion
Row #3, Grave #308-10-054, GPS 41.41691 N - 71.97192 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Asa, L., born Feb. 21, 1814, died Sept. 30, 1901
Asa Lyman GALLUP

Asa Lyman Gallup, born 21 Feb 1814, is buried next to his wife (and cousin) Eliza (Gallup) GALLUP. She died in 1879 leaving him alone as they had no children. After his marriage to Eliza on 9 Dec 1840 in North Stonington, New London, CT, he farmed his father-in-law's (Nehemiah GALLUP II) farm.

Asa's lineage is Andrew, Henry, Benadam, Benadam, John, John. His father Andrew was in the massacre at Fort Griswold, CT and the 1850 census tells us that Andrew Gallup was part of his son's household. Asa was still farming until 1870 according to the agricultural census. It was a house and farm of 23 acres of improved land growing Indian corn and oats.

Asa was the youngest child in his family so having his wife father's house and farm made his livelihood. In 1900, a year before his death he is living in Norwich, CT and is listed as Uncle in the household. He was 86 in 1900. He is listed with his sister, Eunice Gallup Rouse's (1794-1877) (wife of Benjamin), daughters Maria Waterman Rouse, Nancy Rouse and Harriet C. Rouse Cheney. Not having children of his own made it hard to find him in the 1900 census.

Asa Lyman Gallup died on 30 Sept 1901 at the age of 87. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday; Eliza Gallup GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #3, Grave #308-10-053, GPS 41.41688 N - 71.97191 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Eliza, wife of Asa L., died Apr. 23, 1879, age 65

Eliza (Gallup) GALLUP

Eliza was the daughter of Nehemiah Mason Gallup II and his wife Hulda WHEELER. She was born 12 Nov 1813 in Ledyard, Connecticut. (Gallup (2009) Genealogy page 325 gives her lineage as (Nehemiah Mason Gallup II, Nehemiah, Mason Gallup I, Henry, Benadam, Benadam, John, John). She was their first born child. She was sibling to Hannah GALLUP, wife of Eleazer CARTER,  Phebe GALLUP (1824-1842), and little Mason Gallup (1826-1830) who are also buried here.

Her husband and cousin, Asa Lyman GALLUP has a matching gravestone and his buried next to her. Eliza died at the age of 65 on 23 April, 1879. This couple had no children but her sister's child, Mary CARTER lived with them. (Source: 1860 census).

I love the simplicity of this gravestone with the ivy motif. If you look closely at the base, you can see the carver's name.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cap't Jacob Gallup and his wife Parthenia Morgan

Tombstone Tuesday: Capt. Jacob Gallup and Parthenia Morgan

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
 Row #3, Grave #308-10-051, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97189 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Parthenia, wife of Capt. Jacob, died Sept. 29, 1828, age 34
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permissionRow #3, Grave #308-10-052, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97189 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Jacob, Capt., died Nov. 11, 1852, age 65 yrs. 6 mos. 17 da
Cap't Jacob Gallup (Jacob, Nathan, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) and his wife Parthenia Morgan are buried side-by-side and have matching gravestones.  (They are gravestones numbered 51 and 52 by Brian Zoldak in 2014.)

The History of Ledyard (p. 195-196) gives us this information about this couple.

Cap't Gallup served in the War of 1812 and in that year (1812) he married Parthenia who was the daughter of Stephen Morgan and Parthenia Parke. As you can see, Parthenia died at the young age of 34 in 1828, leaving young children, so Jacob married again to Mrs. Sarah (Williams) Bill on 15 Oct 1829. She is not buried in the Gallup graveyard.

I am always glad to see biographical information about people whose gravestones I am blogging about so the fact that he was a farmer, carpenter and politician helps us imagine what his life and times were like.

Gallup Genealogy (2009) #1387 p. 189, 333

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Nazarreno Meloccaro

Photo by Arthur LePage, 24 Oct 2015, Used with permission
Photo by Arthur LePage, 24 Oct 2015, Used with permission
Tombstone Tuesday: Nazarreno Meloccaro

Last year, I wrote a blog post about the man who built my neighborhood and the nearby shopping center and homes in Garden City in Cranston, RI. I put in a request at Find-a-Grave for the gravestone of Nazarreno Meloccaro and was delighted to see this fulfilled and that when I asked, I was given permission to use them in my blog.

Working with post 1940 census records can be quite limiting. The release of the 1950 census on 1 April 2022 seems a long way off. For many of us baby-boomers, it will be the first census in which we are listed. Until then, we have to be satisfied with 1950 "census substitutes" like city directories, newspaper articles and obituaries. Unfortunately for Rhode Islanders, The Providence Journal newspaper wants $$$ for a look at newspaper articles and obituaries. Newspaper Web sites can also cost a lot of money to subscribe to and they don't cover what I need because The Providence Journal is the biggest newspaper in my home state and this newspaper is not part of any collection.

This is why photographing contemporary gravestones and making them available at Find-a-Grave is important. Since I moved here 5 years ago, I have noticed that old New England graveyards are now finally well photographed. What ISN'T being done is photographing contemporary gravestones in non-sectarian and large Catholic Cemeteries like this one. 

Every gravestone photographer wants the oldest gravestones in their family photographed. I was lucky in that when I first started photographing gravestones, I was told to photograph as many gravestones, regardless of surname or age, as I could in one plot or section. It has paid off many times.

This large granite marker with the family surname on the front often rewards us with names and dates on the reverse side. As this man did not come to America with his parents (but with an "aunt"), and seeing no online family tree for him, this may be the only information on his children that I can find. He was quite a colorful person as a successful immigrant, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about him, through his family. Mr. Meloccaro was only seventeen years old on his passenger record. 

Just simply searching for his name at Google, gave some surprising results. In this family, there was some trouble with shares of his estate and as as a result, the court records listed his children (scroll down to the end of that page) and he had another child, named Susan, born after the 1940 census. (If I was researching this family, I would want to know the names of all children, wouldn't I?)

The Reading (MA) Eagle ran a small news article (23 Jan 1951) about the early career of this man. After coming to American he worked as a carpenter and a foreman. Of course, the census only tells us that he was a labourer and a building contractor. But, the fact remains that after only 3 years as an immigrant he began his own business. The Business City Directories for Providence and Cranston Rhode Island lists the names of his two businesses as Rhode Island Home Builders and Garden City Builders.

Last summer, I took some photos in Garden City to add to my personal timeline. One was of the Masonic Temple where I was a Rainbow Girl. I could only take a full shot from across the street. That street I stood on is named Wayside Drive. As I turned around to get back in the car, I admired the nearby brick house and amazingly enough, I have now learned that it was the Melocarro home. 

Genealogy research can really have some strange twists!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Linda Jean Rivelli

Remembering My First Friend
Linda Jean Rivelli (1947-1961)

Find a Grave Memorial #139877133 Plot: Sec 26 Lot 275
Photo by Linda Allen, used with permission
St. Ann Cemetery, RI Historical Cemetery, Cranston #1, Rhode Island
St. Ann Cemetery Register

Thanks to the Find a Grave "request a photo", I have these three photographs of the gravestone of, Linda Jean Rivelli who died 6 Oct 1961 (date from the cemetery register) of a brain tumor while bowling with friends. She was only 14. Thanks to Linda Allen, gravestone photographer for taking these photos and bringing my friend back into my heart once again.

St. Ann Cemetery is a massive cemetery in Cranston, The Office of Catholic Cemeteries has excellent information posted about the cemetery and the types of services held.

When a child dies, it is a really hard decision as to where to lay them to rest. I don't know if Linda's mother's maiden name was De Pasquale or Maccarone which would help me find out who these people are who are buried here with her. I tend to think grandparents or godparents might be the answer.