Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: About Gallup Hill Cemetery

Side Gate of Gallup Burying Ground, Ledyard, CT
Photo by Midge Frazel, 15 August, 2009

About the Gallup Hill Burying Ground
Gallup Hill Burying Ground (often called Gallup Hill Cemetery) is also accessible from this side gate. According to the Hale Cemetery Transcription of the 1930s, this cemetery is #10. Each cemetery in Connecticut was assigned a number by town. (So #10 is specific to Ledyard/Groton.) The warranty deed was recorded 29 Oct 1902 and 22 Nov 1902 as reported in the 2009 edition of the Gallup Genealogy on page xi of Volume 1.

Paraphrasing from all the Gallup genealogies, this land was once part of Groton, CT and was the farmland of Benadam Gallup (1693-1755) which was inherited from his father, the first Benadam Gallup (1655-1727) which was inherited from his father, John Gallup in an original land grant from the State of Connecticut. John Gallup died in the Great Swamp fight and is buried in a mass grave in Rhode Island.

The front entrance of the cemetery used to have a gate on it that was removed and now is at the John Mason cemetery The family association now holds this Leyard land privately and maintains the gravestones, the stone wall and the entrances. This photo shows the "right of way" through the woods to the adjoining property. It is 565 feet from the road to the gravestones which I will show in a later blog post.

Photographing and researching each stone in a cemetery is very time consuming. I think the process is as important as the actual photographing so I will be reporting on that as I go along with each stone. It may take a long time for each one to be a Tombstone Tuesday.

My notes say that I visited this private cemetery three times: 23 May 2004, 6 Aug 2007, and 15 Aug 2009. Depending on the photograph I will chose the best one from my collection. Note: Brian Zoldak is contributing his gravestone photos which are way better.

The Gallup Family Association is "dedicated to the purpose of maintaining the care and sanctity of the Gallup Burying Ground on Gallup Hill Road in Ledyard..."  2009, page vii

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