Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Three others died young

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Infant Sons and Daughter
"three others died young"
Row #1, Grave #308-10-010, GPS 41.41686 N - 71.97180 W

(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, infant son of Ebenezer & Ellen,died Sept. 29, 1853,
 Gallup, infant son of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Dec 21, 1855,
 Gallup, infant daughter of Ebenezer & Ellen, died Apr. 3, 1866
 (Note: daughters date of death on the stone is 1860)

When photographing and transcribing gravestones in a family cemetery like this one, it is important not to skip over the babies or young children's gravestones. Examining and researching them can help with the story of the family life. In this case, this gravestone as broken and repaired as it is now was may have been erected some time after the infants were buried here and quite probably when the named children died. 

As this family of mother and father and children has no living descendants it can be used as a teaching example and looked at in a bit of depth. So many infant graves are not marked with stones or have stones with inscription, we are lucky to have this much information.

The first compiled Gallup genealogy, compiled by John Douglas Gallup in 1893 is in the public domain at Google Books. The below section is a crop of page 116.

The mother of these children has her maiden name of FARLEY recorded here as FOLEY and the volume only gives the births and deaths of named children. As the father died in 1894 and his wife died in 1899, they were both still living at the time of publication. 

BUT, did the compiler live in Connecticut at the time of data gathering? No,he did not. He went from New York to Massachusetts during his adult years. So he must have has correspondence from a family member to get the information for this family.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nehemiah Mason GALLUP, II

Photo by Brian Zolak, 2014, used with permission

Nehemiah Mason Gallup, II (1785-1871)
Row #1, Grave #308-10-008, GPS 41.41679 N - 71.97185 W 

Father of nine grown children, Nehemiah Mason Gallup was the father of the first two gravestones in Row #1 who were young Hannah Gallup Carter and Phebe E. Gallup. His baby son, Mason, is also buried here.

Although he lived to be 86 (in his 87th year as it says on his gravestone) sadly, his wife died at age 42. 

He was the son of Nehemiah Mason Gallup I and Elizabeth Brown and was their second child of eight. Nehemiah is brother to three other Gallup men buried in this ancient graveyard.

He and his wife were married on 26 Apr 1812 in Stonington, New London, CT. He is buried next to his wife as tradition dictates. 

After their marriage, he and Hulda lived in Groton, CT until she died in 1834. Then, he moved to North Stonington. The 1850 and 1860 census lists his name was Mason.   Because of his father having the same name he was probably called that and it is sad that his baby son who died was named Mason, too.

In the 1850 census he is a widower living with his soon to be married daughter, Harriet and his three sons, William R., Benjamin and Henry C. Gallup.

He was a farmer and owned a carriage and had a peddler's license. The IRS Tax lists tell us that.

In the 1871 census, he is living with his oldest daughter, Eliza and her husband (she married her cousin) Asa Lyman Gallup. Asa was also a farmer.

His gravestone matches his wife's and features the indented lettering for the name.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Huldah Wheeler

Huldah Wheeler Gallup
Row #1, Grave #308-10-007, GPS 41.41675 N - 71.97179 W 
(Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Huldah, wife of Nehemiah M. died Nov. 6, 1834, age 42

Hulda Wheeler was the daughter of Lester Wheeler and Eunice Bailey. She was born 2 April 1791 in Stonington, CT and married Nehemiah Mason Gallup, II on 26 April 1812 also in Stonington. As you can see by this reparied stone, she died on 6 Nov 1834 and buried in the Gallup Cemetery in Ledyard, CT.

Hulda died giving birth to her son Henry C. Gallup. She was 42 and the May previously her daughter Phebe E. Gallup died at the age of 18. She had already lost little Mason in 1830.

But, Henry C. Gallup lived., married and died in London, England.

Hulda was the mother of a dozen children. That's a lot of childbirth to die at age 42. Her husband never married again.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Technological Glitch

I have discovered that Twitter will no longer accept my Granite in My Blood posts. I have complained and filled out numerous work tickets. I am clearly annoyed.

The posts work fine to Google+ and to Facebook so if you are reading them from there or directly from the main page of my blog, all will be OK.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Granite in MY Blood is on vacation for the rest of the week.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Success for my Last Conference

Photo by Midge Frazel

The Reluctant Conference-Goer Survives!

My two days at the NERGC conference held this year in my home state of Providence RI was a success. After this long winter, I was not sure I wanted to go and be exposed to hoards of people. I hope I don't get sick from it. I am going to write this short post and go rest. 

I did win a prize! After thinking about it, I decided it was something my husband could use. So, I am going to give it to him and set up on his computer. He deserves it. 

He goes with me, often driving long distances. He sits through sessions with me and buys me "stuff" in the Exhibit Hall. (His Mother's Day shopping is done.) His hearing had declined so it is hard for him to listen carefully.

We went to a session by Nathaniel Taylor on the Border problems with RI. As he grew up on the border that was once Massachusetts, he was interested in it. It was a small room and we had to take separate seats. I sat next to Elizabeth Handler (a cousin). She was typing on her MacBook. My phone, vibrated and it startled me. There was a message from the famous Dear Myrt that I had won a prize. Then, Elizabeth's phone vibrated. Yikes, she won something too. 

After the session, we left Steve in charge of the room (Elizabeth was room monitor), ran to the elevator, went down to the exhibit hall, got our prizes, went back up in the elevator, headed to the ladies room, and made it back for her to continue room monitoring. What teamwork!

Hubs and I dashed to our last session with Josh Taylor.

The rest of the adventure will be another blog post or two.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sarah Allyn GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Sarah Allyn Gallup (1804-1822)
Row #1, Grave #308-10-006, GPS 41.41679 N - 71.97180 W

Teen Bride of 8 days

Without this expertly photographed gravestone, it would not be possible to read any of the information carved on it. This is the worst type of stone to find in a New England graveyard. 

Worn by weather, broken and repaired this gravestone will soon no longer be legible. From its size, we can tell it is an adult and not a child.  She was a married teenager, 

This gravestone tells us that Sarah was the daughter of Andrew and Nancy Gallup and the wife of Joseph S. Denison and the last two lines although blurry read "who died Sept. 13, 1822 aged 18 years."

The Hale Survery lists her as Denison, Sarah J. wife of Joseph S. and daughter of Andrew & Nancy Gallup, died Sept. 13, 1822 age 18. This confirms her death date and age at death.

Her husband, Joseph Stanton Denison is buried at Brookfield Rural Cemetery in Brookfield, NY. In the Dension Genealogy he is listed as the son of Robert Denison (Benadam, William, William, Capt. George) #1568 page 103. His brief marriage to Sarah Allyn Gallup is incorrectly listed as to Martha Gallup with no references. He married twice more after Sarah and left three children.

After some research, I found Sarah and Joseph's marriage in the Connecticut Barbour Index Vol 1 Page 8 for Groton, Connecticut and their marriage date as 5 September 1822.

One can see how this could easily be mistaken as Sarah only lived 8 days after her wedding day.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Taking Risks

Photo collection of Midge Frazel, photo taken in 1962
Sentimental Sunday: Taking Risks

Are we predestined to be risk takers or are we cautious? It matters in genealogy research more than you can imagine. 

See the concrete steps to the right of the photo near my parent's back door? That's where my mother found out I was not going to be a risk taker. I thought of this this past week when I put on new glasses and remembered that I must be careful going up and downstairs. It might be a couple more weeks before I feel comfortable with that. 

When I was a little girl, my mother tried to get me to jump down to her off the area next to the stairs. I thought she was crazy! Why do that when there are stairs to use? What was she thinking? I was an obedient child but I thought this was dumb. So, I did it and never did it again. Today, I would have purposely fallen, cut my leg and made her day miserable (like a normal kid).

Instead I have set a path for myself filled with careful investigation on a purposeful path. It pretty much describes all of my careers. I dislike unfamiliar places and suspicious people. It seems that everyone wants me, like my mother did, to do something that I don't want to do and could be done just as easily by another person. But, people are lazy and still aren't hiring the right people for the right task. They just want to get it over with.

Unfortunately, people are still asking me to work genealogy in the OLD way. Think about it. I read this past week that someone found out more about their family in the last four years than in the past 40 years. That describes me. If I had gone out seeking records 20 years ago and wasted my vacation time and money, I'd be upset to see all of that put up at Ancestry.com. Is it prudent to wait? Did any of us expect to see so many gravestones taken by strangers for Find a Grave? Did I need to waste my time going to Scotland to get the SAME records that I can get from home at Scotlands People?

I'd rather spend the rest of my time with quality work and stop taking risks. I'm not going to jump off the back steps and break my hip. No, not even for you.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Life Beyond the Genealogy Do-Over

Scot Genealogy Do-Over "Broadfoot Line" Records, 2015
Life Beyond the Genealogy Do-Over

Being part of Cycle 1 ("The Pioneer Group") meant that I needed to be uber organized at all times. But, then I got the flu and shingles and had to stop so I did not get as much done as I had hoped. 

However, I did manage to fill up and organize several smaller "working" notebooks with printed records. I was glad that I did that because I could break down the families into weekly manageable stacks. It kept me from being overwhelmed. This week, I combined all of those vital records and census sheets into this massive binder. 

This way, I can take a single person's records out to my porch this summer and work on them. I have a lightweight flexible, working notebook ready. I am going to make a "biographical" card for each person so I can easily find the information and the citation to add to my family tree data.

Remember, this is just part of my Scots family (my paternal grandfather) and I have my paternal grandmother to work on next. Hubs maternal grandfather came from Scotland too and eventually, I will use the same method to "shape up" those files.

When I get a card done, I will show you can blog about it. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015


Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Andrew Gallup (1761-1853)
Row #1, Grave #308-10-005, GPS 41.41678 N - 71.97184 W
 Served in the Revolutionary War 

Andrew6 (Henry5, Benadam4, Benadam3, John2, John1)
Andrew is my first cousin, 7 x removed.

In this case, the oldest Gallup genealogy (out of copyright) had the longest and most valuable information about him. (pages 68-69)

Andrew is likely to have a lot of descendants because 6 of his 7 children had children.