Friday, July 03, 2015

Revolutionary War: Stephen Avery


Stephen Avery, Town Clerk

Revolutionary War:  Stephen Avery
Previous Blog Post
History of Stonington, Connecticut by Richard A. Wheeler, p. 208

This Independence Day, I'd like to give special thanks for this man, Stephen Avery, Esq, patriot of the Revolutionary War, who lived a lifetime of service to Stonington and North Stonington, Connecticut. 

He was my 1st cousin, 7 times removed. Buried in Great Plain Cemetery in North Stonington, CT with both of his wives, he was easy to find on my trips to that cemetery. He is buried just behind my 4th great grandparents, Nathan Steward and his wife Barbary Palmer. Not everyone can find the gravestones of their 4th great grandparents, complete with footstones. Then, I noticed this gravestone. 

As town clerk and justice of the peace, Stephen Avery married Nathan and Barbary's son, Edward Stewart to Rebecca Noyes on 15 Feb 1801 and left behind for me to find in our family Bible, the handwritten marriage "certificate" written with a flourish and folded in a tiny envelope. If you are a genealogist, you know how important having a handwriting sample is! 


Does this handwritten certificate look like the same handwriting in this ledger page? I think so. Happy July 4th!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Catharine Davis Gallup

Row #2, Grave #308-10-020 GPS 41.41694 N - 71.97193 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Catharine, wife of Luke, died Sept. 13, 1848, age 47

photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Catharine DAVIS born about 1801 or 1802 in nearby Westerly, Rhode Island is listed in the Barbour Index for page 55 with no birth date and just a place.  She died 13 September 1848 at age 47.

Catharine was the second wife of Luke Gallup. They were married (Barbour Index) 13 Nov 1836 by William Williams, Justice of the Peace. I don't know if Mr. Williams was the same person as the father of Luke's first wife, Melinda.

Catharine's first name is not always spelled in her two records with the a but as Catherine. 

Luke and Catharine had an infant son but no other children but of course, she raised several of the children from Luke's first marriage.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Melinda Williams

Row #2, Grave #308-10-019, GPS 41.41698 N - 71.97194 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Helinda, wife of Luke, died Dec. 16, 1835, age 42
 (Note: The Hale has her name as Helinda when it should be Melinda)
Melinda WILLIAMS, daughter of Lt. William Williams and his wife Mrs. Prudence Stanton Fanning (History of Stonington, William Williams family, p.683) was born 8 Sept 1793 in Ledyard, New London, CT. She was the first wife of Luke Gallup and the mother of all but one of his children. 

As you can see, Melinda died at age 42 on 16 Dec 1835 in Ledyard, New London, CT. She is buried next to her husband.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Luke Gallup

Row #2, Grave #308-10-018 GPS 41.41698 N - 71.97195 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Luke, died Feb. 6, 1869, age 74 yrs. 9 mos. 19 da.

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 214, used with permission

"Dear husband, thou are gone to rest,..."

Words on this gravestone could have written by anyone of Luke's three wives, but probably the wife that survived him, named Mary chose them for his gravestone that matches hers in style and period and is next to hers. She outlived him but died in 1870.

Luke was the son of Nehemiah Mason Gallup and his wife Elizabeth Brown and was born 17 Apr 1794 in Groton, New London, CT (Gallup Genealogy (1987) gives his full birth date and place #7-533). His gravestone tells us he was 74 years, 9 months and 19 days old when he died.

All three wives are buried here, Mary (grave #17), Catherine (grave # 18), and Melinda/Helinda (grave #19) His second wife, Catherine bore him an infant son, but the rest of the children were from his first marriage. 

Luke served in the Connecticut Militia of the War of 1812. Luke was my 2nd cousin 6 times removed.

The 1850 census tells us that he was a farmer in Ledyard with a real estate value of $3,000 (more than $71,000 today) and the 1860 census confirms this and tells us, his personal estate was worth $2,000 ($51,000 today). He was a prosperous man that had eight children born to him.  His last child, named Bridget is still unmarried as of the 1860 census and living with he and his wife Mary. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mary Gallup

Row #2, Grave #308-10-017, GPS 41.41697 N - 71.97195 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Mary, wife of Luke, died Mar. 26, 1870, age 62 yrs. 1 mo. 9 da.
Mary, whose surname might be Wells or could have been married first to a man named Wells is not clearly identified in the Gallup (2009) Genealogy.

She is the last wife of Luke Gallup and is buried next to him as she outlived him. Her stone is typical of the 1860s and 1870s with the rounded top, basic information and clear epitaph.  (Brian's photo of stone at Flickr

Mary's birthdate (calculated from her gravestone and the transcription in the Hale cemetery Record) is 17 Feb 1808. She married Luke Gallup on 7 Apr 1850 by the Rev. Timothy Tuttle. Her admission to the church says she was admitted from the church in Greenville (RI?) on 1 Jan 1843 with the surname of Wells.

Mary and Luke had no children, but his daughter Bridget from his first marriage was living with them in the 1860 census. Bridget married in 1865.

Mary Gallup is buried in the Gallup Cemetery in Ledyard CT after passing away on 26 Mar 1870 at the age of 62 years, 1 month and 9 days. The Federal Mortality Schedule says she died of cancer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Olive Gallup Ball

Row #2, Grave #308-10-016, GPS 41.41693 N - 71.97193 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Olive, wife of Van R., died Sept. 29, 1849, age 26 yrs. 4 da.
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Olive Gallup was the daughter of Luke Gallup and his first wife Melinda Williams. She is the second child named Olive as the first one was born in 1820 and died in 1821. (1966 Gallup genealogy p. 73)

In the Gallup (2009) Genealogy, Olive is #2638 on page 530. The genealogy says she was born 25 Sept 1823.

Olive married Van Renssaler Ball, of Stonington on New Year's Day 1846 in Ledyard. Despite his unusual name, I have not found out who his parents were. One lead, by my friend L. Woody, suggests that his father may be James Bradley Ball. (of the James Ball family of Watertown, MA) [Link to his Van Ball]

Olive's mother and her younger sister were named Melinda which makes the speculation of her baby's middle name Melinda. ( Her Find a Grave entry also indicates this but I can find no evidence in print.)

Olive died on 29 September 1849 in Mystic and was buried next to baby Augusta. She was 26 years and 5 days old.

Her husband, born in Vermont abt. 1820 married again to Amanda Cobb.  He is not buried here. The 1850 census lists his occupation as carpenter. He was married secondly after this census in October of 1850. He may have had two sons with his second wife. 

She was my third cousin 5 times removed.

As I stood in front of these two gravestones, I remember thinking that I would never be able to photograph them well. Brian did an exceptional job. Her age of 26 years is not clear in my own photograph.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Little Augusta Ball

Row #2, Grave #308-10-015, GPS 41.41695 N - 71.97190 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup Augusta M., daughter of Van R. & Olive, died July 5, 1848, age 4 mos. 5 da.
A little longer, sweetest babe/ Couldn't I have kept thee here?
A little longer hadst thou staid/Thy parents heart to cheer

Born to Olive Gallup and her husband Van Rensslear Ball on 5 Mar 1858, she died 5 July of the same year living only 4 months and 5 days. She is buried next to her young mother.

It is speculated that her middle name might have been Melinda after her grandmother.

She is the first gravestone in Row 2 of the Gallup Cemetery in Ledyard, CT

Baby Augusta is listed on p. 530 as #4427 in the Gallup (2009) Genealogy

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Nine Years of Blogging

Nine years of blogging! photo by Midge Frazel
Thank you, readers, for sticking with me for the past nine years of blogging. (6 June 2006) My adventures with the gravestones continue and because people are still reading what I write, I decided to put my high energy into writing another blog called "The Highly Caffeinated Genealogist", which debuted on 22 April, 2015. I hope you will enjoy it as much as this blog. 

Dunkin' Donuts gave away a free donut yesterday for "National Donut Day" so here's my half with the new Starbucks iced coffee cup I bought yesterday as my old one is showing signs of wear. If you are highly caffeinated, you must look good at the same time. I just made up that rule. I can do that. [#iamnextgen]

Since I have no appointments this upcoming week, I am going to take a few days off to do research, so for my blogiversary, I am giving my self the gift no one else can give me, time to relax and work in my cool air conditioned home office (or porch). There will be no Tombstone Tuesday post this next week. (9 Jun 2015)



Thanks again, readers.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: John N. GALLUP

Row #1, Grave #308-10-014, GPS 41.41692 N - 71.97184 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup John N., born Mar. 29, 1836, died Dec. 5, 1901
John N. Gallup
 Row #1 Gravestone #14

This large but simple granite gravestone has only one name on it because John and his wife Sarah got a divorce and he never married again.

Buried next to his parents, Ebenezer and Angelina (Stanton) Gallup, John was their fourth child. He was born 29 March 1836 in Ledyard, CT. He is #2648 on page 329 and page 532 of the Gallup Genealogy published in 2009. His wife, Sarah DEWEY was born about 1846. Her maiden name was BROWN but she returned to her 1st husband's name.  I don't have any leads on her parents even though I do have one Dewey in my family tree. The genealogy states that they were married on 26 Mar 1862 by S.H. Peckham

John was a farmer. In 1850 he was 14 and in school but by 1860 he was 24 and a farm laborer on his father's farm. At the age of 25 he married Sarah. In 1870 he and his wife have taken in a female boarder with two small children. It is possible that she may have been his wife's sister. 

By 1880, John and Sarah are living alone again and apparently have no children. By 1900, John lists himself as divorced. The only thing we learn about Sarah is she and her parents are from Connecticut. There is a boy aged 14 as boarder who is a student. His parents are listed as being from an unknown location.

On 5 December 1901 at the age of 65, John dies and is buried in the Gallup Cemetery. What happened to the divorced wife is not known.  She is buried with her first husband in the Hillard Cemetery in Stonington (source: Find a Grave)

This gravestone ends row #1

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First Gravestone Photograph

Anthony's First Time Taking a Gravestone Photo, 25 May 2015
So Many Questions

My grandsons aged 6 and almost 3 live across the street from two cemeteries. It is a good start for a future genealogist.

Hubs and I gave him a Fisher Price Digital Camera (currently unavailable) for his birthday and he has taken a lot of photos with it with varying degrees of quality as you might expect. But, yesterday, we went into the Glenwood Cemetery (1872) and walked to the back of the new section to find a couple of gravestones to photograph. 

It would be hard to anticipate his questions but I was prepared to listen and give answers. My daughter and I planned this adventure. The day was overcast and perfect to photograph these shiny contemporary gravestones. After I took photos, I asked Anthony if he would like to take a photo and this is the excellent shot I took.

We didn't linger long as we had a long walk back (with more questions). Grayson loved picking up the mourning mementos and giggling over the naked cherub angels that adorn many of these graves. Anthony asked me to read names and dates. He wanted to know how the people got buried. I remember asking some of these questions myself. 

When we looked out at the road he said, "My house is so far away." Distance and time are beginning to make sense to him. 

This particular grave memorializes someone his (honorary) Auntie JJ knew and grew up with. 

Taken too soon...