|Photo by Midge Frazel, 2007|
No matter how I photograph or manipulate and enhance this gravestone photo, it is very hard to read because of the italic script and the area around the broken and repaired crack, but it is clear that this is the wife of Deacon Benadam GALLUP.
Her first name stands out clearly and my own research tells me that this is the Bridget Palmer who was in the lineal descent of John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLINS. It is a period stone for the year of death as it has a weeping willow motif. It is now eroded further with black lichen.
Because her husband's name on his gravestone is easily read and because of her position next to him in this row, Bridget is his wife. I think it reads: "In memory of/ Bridget/ wife of Col. Benadam Gallup/ who died/ August 22, 1823/ aged 80". The Gallup (2009) genealogy says she died 29 Aug 1823 on page 177. Several "newspaper transcriptions" list her as the consort (widow) of Benadam Gallup with unclear year of death but age 80.
Bridget and Benadam had seven children after being married 30 Jan 1766 in Stonington. Bridget was born 5 April 1743 in Stonington, the daughter of Thomas PALMER (1703-1776) and Priscilla CHESESEBROUGH (1704-1776).
Their daughter Bridget is my ancestor. She married Deacon Sands FISH and is buried in the Old Fish Burying Ground. Gallup (2009) Genealogy p. 310.