Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This is one of the oldest stones in my collection. The inscription reads:
"Here lies ye body of Benadam Gallup died August ye 2d 1727 in ye 72d year of his age"
Contrary to what people think, many of my ancestors lived to be quite old despite the conditions of their living. Many are in their 70s, 80s or 90s and there are vital records of their birth and/or deaths.
According to the new edition of the Gallup genealogy, Benadam (I call him Benadam I) was an "industrious and prosperous farmer". He was a selectman for several years and also a land owner in Plainfield and Six Penny Island in Mystic Harbor. He and his nephew built a farm house on Gallup land in the Pequotsepos Valley.
He is listed with his parents in James Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of the Settlers of New England [Vol II , p. 223] as born abt. 1656. He served in the Colonial Wars and was a member of the First Church of Stonington.
He was married about 1682 to Esther (Hester) PRENTISS or PRENTICE. probably in Boston, MA and was father to nine children.