Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Lt. Benadam GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #4, Grave #308-10-066, GPS 41.41602 N - 71.97199 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Lt. Benadam, died July 30, 1755, age 62,
(Note: The Hale shows his age at death as 62, but the stone has his age at death as in his 63rd year)
Lieut. Benadam GALLUP, II
(Benadam3, John2, John1)

Lieut. Benadam Gallup's father is the man buried at Whitehall Cemetery, in Mystic, CT. From that find of his gravestone, I began to look for the next generation and found them in a list of burials in Ledyard. That list was incomplete and erroneously listed as a cemetery in Ledyard Center, so we drove all around looking for this cemetery until a lady came out of her house and directed us to it a bit further away. I have since learned to go through "Old Mystic" and found it to be a  much quicker route.  I doubt if I need to go there again since Brian did a great job of recording this private burying ground.

Benadam Gallup, (Benadam, John, John) is buried with his wife in between his son and his grandson. He was my 7th great grandfather and was born on 18 April 1693 in Stonington (Mystic) which is why his father and mother (and other Gallups) are buried there. He died on 30 Sept 1755 in Groton, CT.

You can see that this gravestone, broken and lichen covered begins with the classic phrase, "In Memory of".  The original land for John Gallup is now called the Coogan Farm and is where the 2015 Gallup Family Reunion was held.

An older version of the Gallup genealogy (1987) tells us (page 12) that this Benadam Gallup built a log cabin on the land that was given to him from Connecticut and it was called "The Old Close". it was the first Gallup home in Groton (now Ledyard) built by the Gallup family. "In 1730, a commodious house was built." It tells us that Lieut. Gallup was commissioned Lieut of the 2nd Co.  Colonial colony.  

His gravestone reads: In Memory of/ Lieut. Benadam/ Gallup who died/ Septr ye 30th 1755/ in ye 63rd year /of his age.

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