Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Posts Break

Photo by Midge Frazel, 2015
This is the time of year where there is not enough hours in the day to prepare for and to enjoy the holidays, so I am being smart and taking some time off. Don't worry, Granite in my Blood will be back in early 2016. Some blogging will be done in my other two blogs.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Row #3, Grave #308-10-050, GPS 41.41686 N - 71.97190 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Horace, son of Jacob & Parthenia, died May 27, 1828, age 8 mos.
Photo by Midge Frazel, 2009
Horace Gallup

Little Horace Gallup's gravestone is the same style and carving as his brother, Calvin and he was 8 months old at his time of death. His mother only lived a month after he died.

We will learn about the lives of Capt. Jacob Gallup and Parthenia, his first wife in 2016.

 This is gravestone #50!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday:memory of an infant daughter

Row #3, Grave #308-10-049, GPS 41.41684 N - 71.97180 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, infant daughter of Jacob & Parthenia, died Feb. 15, 1814, age 12 da.

This is an ornate gravestone for an un-named infant daughter and when I went looking for information about this family, I did not find this 12 day old baby listed with the family of Jacob Gallup and his wife Parthenia Morgan in the latest Gallup genealogy (2009), on page 333. Jacob and his wife were married on 24 May 1812.

This baby was the first born child and they quickly had another daughter on 27 Sept 1815. I always think it is sad to see an unnamed infant but as children were named for people in a previous generation, they may have felt that the name reserved for this child could be better used for the next baby. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Row #3, Grave #308-10-048, GPS 41.41683 N - 71.97190 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Calvin, son of Jacob & Parthenia, died July 20, 1824, age 1 mo
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2104
Little Calvin Gallup, born 13 June 1824, son of Jacob GALLUP and his wife Parthenia MORGAN, died 20 July 1824 at the age of 1 month. Calvin had four children born before him and another after him but only three children lived to adulthood.

This gravestone shows the change is gravestone style from Calvin's little unnamed baby sister's ornate gravestone to this very simple square top with no ornamental carvings plus it is much easier to read the names and dates. There is something to be said for simple when it comes to genealogy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ebenezer GALLUP, Veteran of the Revolution

Row #3, Grave #308-10-047, GPS 41.41680 N - 71.97190 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Ebenezer, died Apr. 11, 1794, age 37
 (Note: The Hale shows his age at death as 37, but the stone shows he died in his 38th year
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014
Back of replica stone by Midge Frazel
This is a REPLICA gravestone! When I first visited this graveyard, I noticed right away that this gravestone had an inscription on the back that it was made in 1996. I imagine that the original gravestone was damaged and not fitting for the memory of a young veteran of the Revolution. 

Because of the style of the inscription, it is easy to miss that Ebenezer died on 1794 NOT 1790. He was single. According to the Gallup genealogy (2009) p. 97 he served in the "10th Company, Capt. Abel Spicer, 6th Regiment, Col Samuel H. Parons raised 1775; Capt. John Morgan's Company, 8th Regiment of militia at New York in 1776.

Ebenezer was the son of Col Nathan Gallup and his first wife Sarah Giddings. 

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: The Stress of War

Dad's Worn out Silver Dollars, scanned with my Flip-Pal Scanner
Sentimental Sunday: The Stress of War

For many of us, there is one area or aspect of genealogy that we don't enjoy working on. In my case, it is military genealogy research. 

I have to work harder on it because I am finally beginning to get help with my father's military records. It is a great joy that came together because I joined a Facebook group and pulled myself together enough to ask questions and try not to look too stupid.

It took under five minutes to get help. I am not kidding. 

I have found the grandson of my dad's second in command during wartime. He is a military historian. I was beyond surprised to find him. He's been looking for me but since I am not using my maiden name, I was hard to find.

He not only had oral interviews with his grandfather that he has shared with me but he had photos of my Dad taken overseas that I had never seen. I can't wait to learn more and share it.

The people in the group pointed me to the "Morning Reports" and helped me identify a mystery photo (that I would never have figured out alone). They told me exactly what his medals stand for. It is a lot to digest.

When my dad died, I opened his bureau drawer and took out these silver dollars which he "worried" with his fingers in his pants pocket while in command. After learning more about what it was like for my hero father in France, Germany and Belgium, I have a better understanding of the stress of War. 

This winter, I will finally be able to pull this together. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Martha S. GALLUP

Row #3, Grave #308-10-046, GPS 41.41681 N - 71.97192 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Martha S., daughter of Christopher & Martha, died May 9, 1842, age 45 (Note: The Hale has her age at death as 45, but the stone has it as her 46th year)
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014
New England graveyards are filled with many dutiful daughters and Martha is that daughter in this family. She was only one of three surviving children born to Christoper and Martha (Stanton) Gallup. If the small children buried in the row died of disease, Martha was immune. She may not have known her siblings, Asa, Sally and Sarah as she was just a little girl when they died. New England families didn't mourn long, there was too much surviving to do when you live on a farm.

Dutiful Daughters are those who did not marry and stayed home to tend to younger children and care for aged parents. We know she was born 26 Sept 1796, baptized on 21 Oct 1827, and died on 9 May 1842.

Her church record reads: Gallup, Martha, adm child [admitted as a child] 21 Oct 1827 and died [ ] 1842. page 10 of Ledyard Congregational church records. Her baptism may not have been officially recorded until the year she died.

She is listed in the 1840 census as living with her widowed father. Her sisters, Betsey and Julia having married both marrying men named Williams.

She was only 46 when she died, leaving her father alone. 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Col Nathan GALLUP

Row #3, Grave #308-10-045, GPS 41.41681 N - 71.97193 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Col. Nathan, died Jan. 19, 1799, age 71 (Note: The Hale has his age at death as 71, but the stone has it as his 72nd year)
Col. Nathan Gallup
(Benadam, Benadam, John, John)

Nathan GALLUP was a soldier of the Revolution and was stationed at Fort Griswold once the site of a battlefield, it is now preserved as a military historical state park. It is in present day Groton, CT. [my photos here] Once called "The Battle of Groton Heights", it played a significant role in the early days of the American Revolution on 6 Sept 1781

The Gallup (2009) genealogy states that Col. Gallup was stationed there in 1779 and served in Lt. Col. Sullivan's Expedition to Rhode Island and was appointed Colonel of the 27th "regiment of foot" by Gov. Jonathan Trumbull in 1780. 

His wife Sarah GIDDING died, along with her adult son, Nathan in 1778. According to his will, he married again to a woman named Mary. Not all of his children were married by 1779-1780 when he was serving in the military. Nathan died at the age of 72 on 19 Jan 1799. He must have many descendants. Are you one?

Col. Nathan GALLUP's name is also carved on a memorial rock near the back of the cemetery along with other heroes buried here.

Monument #308-10-003 GPS 41.41667 N -71.97184 W
He was my 7th great uncle.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Row #3, Grave #308-10-044, GPS 41.41675 N - 71.97190 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Sarah, wife of Col. Nathan, died Sept. 18, 1778, age 47 (Note: The Hale has her age at death as 47, but the stone has it as her 48th year)
Photograph by Brian Zoldak, 2014

Sarah GIDDINGS, was the first wife of Col. Nathan GALLUP. After she died on 18 September 1778 her husband married again to a woman identified as Mary. Mary is only mentioned on her baby son's gravestone and in Col. Nathan GALLUP's will. None of the Gallup genealogies mention her. 

Sarah was born 7 Mar 1728/29 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. She married Nathan GALLUP 25 May 1749 in Groton, New London, Connecticut. The record reads that her name was GIDEON. [Vol. 1 page 170 Barbour Index]

Sarah and Nathan had nine children and all lived to adulthood. A few of them are also buried here in this cemetery.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Young Nathan GALLUP, Jr.

Row #3, Grave #308-10-043, GPS 41.41674 N - 71.97191 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Nathan, Jr., son of Col. Nathan & Sarah, died Sept. 16, 1778, age 23 (Note: The Hale has his age at death as 23, but the stone has it as his 24th year)
Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014

Young Nathan GALLUP, Jr. 
Young Nathan GALLUP, who died at age 23, was the adult son of Col. Nathan Gallup and his wife Sarah GIDDINGS. He died on 16 Sept. 1778. As you can see this is the same style gravestone as the other young people who died in this era. He is buried next to his mother and her gravestone is the same style. She died 18 Sept 1778 just two days after her son.

Just so that you appreciate Brian's excellent photography, here is photo that I took of this gravestone. You can just see the flag holder next to his gravestone in Brian's photograph.

Photo By Midge Frazel