Thursday, March 03, 2016

Order of Gravestones Matters

Map by Brian Zoldak, 2014
used with permission
Order of Gravestones Matters

Brian Zoldak was clever in that he created his own numbering system for the Gallup Burying Ground and made his own map so that the order of the gravestones could be remembered. Placement of the stones, especially in Row Four is essential because this is where MY ancestors are buried. It most likely matters to other people too because so many of us are descended from one or all of the men named Benadam Gallup.

Benadam Gallup (John, John) is buried at Whitehall Cemetery in Mystic. (1655-1727) His wife was named Hester/Esther Prentice.

Benadam Gallup (Benadam, John, John) was his son (1693-1755) and is identified as Row 4, Grave #66 and his wife Eunice Cobb (Grave #67). 

Col. Benadam Gallup (Benadam, Benadam, John, John) was his son (1716-1800) and is identified as Row 4, Grave #64) and his wife Hannah Avery (Grave #65)

So, as you can see the Benadam that died in 1800 is buried in this Row 4 and THEN, his father named Benadam that died in 1727 comes next. Standing in front of these graves can be confusing because you expect to see father, son and grandson buried in that order. BUT, it depends when they had to bury people and sometimes the first people to die are children and they need to be buried with their parents so that is why you see groups of gravestones in current cemeteries and not neat rows like this cemetery.

Deac. Benadam Gallup (Benadam, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) is buried next Row #4, Grave # 68 and his wife Bridget Palmer (Grave #69)

I have tried to take a photo of them in the row but I didn't have a panorama photo ability at any of my visits.  Son and then father

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