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...

Tombstone Tuesday: Frances Levina Denison

Buried with her family and not her husband

The Story of Frances Levina Denison Burrows

Last child, late married, step-mother, widowed and buried apart

I was told that this woman, Frances, married Benjamin Burrows because he needed a mother for his children. No one told me she was his third wife!

My maternal grandparents must have known her as she lived until 1922. My grandfather gave my mother (in 1916), for her middle name, Frances, for this woman AND for his father's sister, Frances Stewart Miner. A "family-pleasing" name, which my mother hated.

The story of Frances is interesting because she transcribed the "Narrative of the Incidences in the Last War" from "the lips of my father" from a handwritten document by her older brother Rev. Frederic Denison to a typewritten format so it could be published in newspapers and sold as a booklet by the Denison Society.  The date of doing this is unknown.


Frances Levina Denison, youngest child of Isaac Denison, Jr. (1790-1855) and his wife Levina Fish (1794-1890) was born in 1836 when her father was 47 and her mother was 43.

She was most likely born in the old farmhouse of John Borodell Denison (1646-1698) because her parents didn't move to the house on Willow St. in downtown Mystic, CT until 1839 (source: plaque on house). How many of Isaac Denison, Jr and Levina Fish's nine children moved from the farmhouse at that time is not known but we know none of them was married before 1843. 

In this time period, it is important to have all your children married before you become too old, OR to have them living with you to take care of you in your elder years. Frances was saved from spinsterhood by a late marriage to a important man. It is important to note that Frances's oldest sibling also married a Burrows. Do you think this was an arranged marriage?

Frances was very close in age to my 2nd great grandmother, Eliza so I think of them as quite close. Eliza is the source for the handwriting of vital records in my family Bible.

Frances was 29 years old when she married Benjamin Burrows, Jr. in 1867. He was 52 and had been married twice before. His first wife must have died in childbirth along with their infant son but his daughter and son by his second wife lived to adulthood. When Frances married him, those children were 11 and 8. I wonder how they liked having a step-mother?

When Benjamin Burrows, Jr. died in 1894, Frances buried him with his second wife near his parents in the Benjamin Burrows Burying Ground. In 1900, Frances was living in the family home with her married step-son and his wife and daughter, Phebe, plus the unmarried step-daughter. This spinster outlived her step-mother and inherited the family home. Phebe was someone I knew!


Headstone of Frances Levina Denison Burrows, photo by Midge Frazel
Frances's brother, the Rev. Frederic Denison was a pastor in Westerly, RI in 1867 and married Frances to Benjamin. The only record of their marriage is in the Burrows genealogy and in the Hale Cemetery transcription of Elm Grove. It is fairly unusual to find a marriage date in that transcription (if it is not on the stone). I think he may have married them in Rhode Island.



As you can see, that date of marriage doesn't appear on the big stone or on the headstone. I had a date in my family Bible but I was surprised to see that same date recorded in the Hale transcription when I gathered information for this post.

Never stop looking for records and stories!

Robert Burrows and Descendants ( at Ancestry.com)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Capt. Ebenezer GALLUP and Angeline STANTON

Photo by Brian Zoldak, used with permission
Row #1, Grave #308-10-013, GPS 41.41691 N - 71.97187 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup Capt. Ebenezer, died Mar 10, 1864 age 64,
 Gallup, Angelina Stanton, wife of Capt. Ebenezer, died Aug. 9, 1883 age 76
Capt. Ebenezer Gallup and his second wife Angeline Stanton were the parents of Ebenezer Gallup, Jr. and grandparents of Ebenezer, Jr.'s  whose infants and small children who are buried in the same row with their mother Ellen Farley. Here's page 116 of the first Gallup genealogy (out of copyright).

It doesn't say why he is called Capt. since in the 1850 and 1860 census he is a farmer. Perhaps he had a boat and was an honorary captain?

Angelina Stanton was the daughter of Capt. John Stanton and his wife Bathsheba Giles. Capt. Stanton and his wife are buried in Stanton Cemetery #58 but their daughter Lavinia Stanton Gallup, the first wife of Ebenezer Gallup, is not buried there. 

Yes, this Ebenezer married women who were sisters. 

The first wife died in 1825 possibly in childbirth as the daughter, who was named for her mother (another piece of evidence) was born in October 1825. At least Ebenezer did not have to look too far for another wife and he married her on 10 Dec 1826. 

Ebenezer and Angeline had six children together and she outlived him by many years as he died in 1864 and she died in 1883.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ebenezer GALLUP, Jr.



Row #1, Grave #308-10-012, GPS 41.41688 N - 71.97184 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup Ebenezer, born Feb. 14, 1827, died Jan. 28, 1894
photo by Brian Zoldak, used with permission


Ebenezer Gallup, Jr. (1827-1894)


As you might have guessed, Ebenezer, Jr. was the son of Ebenezer Gallup, Sr. who is also buried here.

His mother was Angeline Stanton the second wife of his father. His grandparents were Nehemiah Gallup and Elizabeth Brown who are also buried here.

An Ebenezer Gallup, aged 23 is listed as a laborer living with Issac W. Stanton. Was this a relative of his mother? At age 23 he should have been working the farm with his father. As you know he married irish born Ellen Farley in 1852 and they had five children who did not live to be adults.

The 1860 census is the only one where he had a child living with them and they are living in his father's household along with unmarried siblings. His father is the farmer and he is listed as a farm laborer.

In 1863 he is listed in a Civil War draft registration but there is no evidence that he served.


His gravestone says he is "Asleep in Jesus" so this family was Christian. He died a few years before his wife but in the period of no census records to find out who his widow lived with after he died. 
Without descendants and before 1900, it is very hard to get any kind of information about a family like this one.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Ellen FARLEY

Row #1, Grave #308-10-011, GPS 41.41689 N - 71.97186 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Ellen, wife of Ebenezer, born Oct. 18, 1830, died Oct. 1, 1899

Photo by Brian Zolak, used with permission

Ellen FARLEY (1830-1899)

Ellen Farley's parents are unknown. The Ledyard vital record from her marriage say she was from North Stonington at the time of her marriage to Ebenezer on 30 Dec 1852 but the North Stonington vital records do not list her parents or any other Farley surnames.

The 1870 Federal Census gives her place of birth as Ireland and the 1880 census gives her parents as being born in Ireland.

Ellen Farley Gallup lived to be 68 years old. Her gravestone says she is "At Rest" with her little children and husband.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Hale Cemetery Listing for Family



Using Transcripted Cemetery Records

When you are transcribing and/or photographing a cemetery, it is important to know if there is a transcription available. In this case, there is a list of who is buried in the cemetery. 

Sometimes, a child is buried with a family or with grandparents. The headstone can be small and only have initials, the word "baby" or the term infant son/daughter. So, seeing the list of children in this family buried with parents (the grandparents are nearby) is a huge bonus for the photographer. Mistakes can be made and stones can be unreadable. So, hopefully, someone put them in a compiled genealogy. 

Traditionally, unnamed children were not listed by the compiler as there would be no descendants to follow down the line or who might want to join the family society. 

Thankfully today in our genealogy world that seems so wrong, as those babies and little children gone from this world are part of the story of their parents and grandparents. People grieved. Sometimes that grief caused irreparable damage to the adults in the form of depression and suicide.  

Charles R. Hale and his cemetery crew were part of a WPA project during the depression for his home state of Connecticut. In this case, you can see that this cemetery was identified as the Gallup Cemetery #10 for Ledyard/Groton and this family is on page 36. You saw in the previous post that photographer Brian Zoldak noted where there were mistakes in the transcription.

A transcription is supposed to contain the information that appears on the stone without correction or addition so that on that date, the transcribed stone must have been there and must have been easy to be read. 

Died a Day Apart

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Died a Day Apart

Mary Angeline and her brother, James Gallup
Row #1, Grave #308-10-010, GPS 41.41686 N - 71.97180 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup,
Mary Angeline, daughter of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Apr. 9, 1864, age 6 yrs. 20 days,
 Gallup, James, son of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Apr. 10, 1864, age 1 yr. 10 da.
 (Note age at death should be 1 yr. 9 mo. 10 da.)

Next to the gravestone of the three children who died young is this gravestone of the children who lived long enough to be named and who were more than babies when they died.

The most striking feature of the stone itself is the depiction of the young roses. They aren't just rosebuds. The mourning is for children not for infants. 

The Gallup genealogies list these children in the later versions but not in the 1893 version probably because of the existence of the gravestones. They give birth dates and only the older child, Mary A. appears in a census year. (1860 census)

For me, noting that these two children died a day apart in the month of April, so it is reasonable to think they were sick and died of a disease. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Three others died young

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Infant Sons and Daughter
"three others died young"
Row #1, Grave #308-10-010, GPS 41.41686 N - 71.97180 W

(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, infant son of Ebenezer & Ellen,died Sept. 29, 1853,
 Gallup, infant son of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Dec 21, 1855,
 Gallup, infant daughter of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Apr. 3, 1866
 (Note: daughters date of death on the stone is 1860)

When photographing and transcribing gravestones in a family cemetery like this one, it is important not to skip over the babies or young children's gravestones. Examining and researching them can help with the story of the family life. In this case, this gravestone as broken and repaired as it is now was may have been erected some time after the infants were buried here and quite probably when the named children died. 

As this family of mother and father and children has no living descendants it can be used as a teaching example and looked at in a bit of depth. So many infant graves are not marked with stones or have stones with inscription, we are lucky to have this much information.

The first compiled Gallup genealogy, compiled by John Douglas Gallup in 1893 is in the public domain at Google Books. The below section is a crop of page 116.

The mother of these children has her maiden name of FARLEY recorded here as FOLEY and the volume only gives the births and deaths of named children. As the father died in 1894 and his wife died in 1899, they were both still living at the time of publication. 

BUT, did the compiler live in Connecticut at the time of data gathering? No,he did not. He went from New York to Massachusetts during his adult years. So he must have has correspondence from a family member to get the information for this family.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nehemiah Mason GALLUP, II

Photo by Brian Zolak, 2014, used with permission

Nehemiah Mason Gallup, II (1785-1871)
Row #1, Grave #308-10-008, GPS 41.41679 N - 71.97185 W 

Father of nine grown children, Nehemiah Mason Gallup was the father of the first two gravestones in Row #1 who were young Hannah Gallup Carter and Phebe E. Gallup. His baby son, Mason, is also buried here.

Although he lived to be 86 (in his 87th year as it says on his gravestone) sadly, his wife died at age 42. 


He was the son of Nehemiah Mason Gallup I and Elizabeth Brown and was their second child of eight. Nehemiah is brother to three other Gallup men buried in this ancient graveyard.


He and his wife were married on 26 Apr 1812 in Stonington, New London, CT. He is buried next to his wife as tradition dictates. 

After their marriage, he and Hulda lived in Groton, CT until she died in 1834. Then, he moved to North Stonington. The 1850 and 1860 census lists his name was Mason.   Because of his father having the same name he was probably called that and it is sad that his baby son who died was named Mason, too.

In the 1850 census he is a widower living with his soon to be married daughter, Harriet and his three sons, William R., Benjamin and Henry C. Gallup.


He was a farmer and owned a carriage and had a peddler's license. The IRS Tax lists tell us that.


In the 1871 census, he is living with his oldest daughter, Eliza and her husband (she married her cousin) Asa Lyman Gallup. Asa was also a farmer.


His gravestone matches his wife's and features the indented lettering for the name.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Huldah Wheeler


Huldah Wheeler Gallup
Row #1, Grave #308-10-007, GPS 41.41675 N - 71.97179 W 
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Huldah, wife of Nehemiah M. died Nov. 6, 1834, age 42

Hulda Wheeler was the daughter of Lester Wheeler and Eunice Bailey. She was born 2 April 1791 in Stonington, CT and married Nehemiah Mason Gallup, II on 26 April 1812 also in Stonington. As you can see by this reparied stone, she died on 6 Nov 1834 and buried in the Gallup Cemetery in Ledyard, CT.

Hulda died giving birth to her son Henry C. Gallup. She was 42 and the May previously her daughter Phebe E. Gallup died at the age of 18. She had already lost little Mason in 1830.


But, Henry C. Gallup lived., married and died in London, England.

Hulda was the mother of a dozen children. That's a lot of childbirth to die at age 42. Her husband never married again.