Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Dwight and Lydia GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-078, GPS 41.41685 N - 71.97203 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Dwight, born Apr 14, 1825, died Arp. 16, 1911,
Gallup, Lydia A. (Wadhams, wife of Dwight, born Mar. 8, 1824, died July 22, 1906

Dwight GALLUP and Lydia Ann WADHAMS

I always enjoy researching these lovely granite monuments. They look so everlasting and there is plenty of place for carving full names and dates. 

Dwight7 (Lodowick6, Nathan5, Benadam4, Benadam3, John2, John1) was born 14 April 1825, married Lydia Ann WADHAMS 19 Nov 1849. He was born in Groton/Ledyard and married in Goshen, Litchfield, CT. Lydia was born on 8 Mar 1824 to Lewis Collins WADHAMS and his wife Lydia GALLUP. Lydia GALLUP was the daughter of Jacob GALLUP. She died 22 July 1906 and he lived after her until 16 Apr 1911.

Lydia Ann Gallup in the 2009 genealogy is number is #2717, p. 335 The oldest (1893) Gallup genealogy states that Dwight and Lydia married and farmed in Goshen until after the Civil War where they moved to Ledyard to farm there. However, the 1850 census shows they are living with Lodowick in Ledyard and by the 1860 census they are living in Ledyard with three living children. Dwight's June 1863 Civil War Draft Registration list him as being a farmer in Ledyard. I can find no record of them in Goshen except for their marriage.

This couple had six children. Their infant son was born and died and is buried in this Gallup cemetery. The rest survived to adulthood and the first child, a daughter married Russell Gallup.

At his last (1910) census, he is widowed, 85 years old and living with two of his children and a cousin. His daughter Lydia, who is buried here remained unmarried as is listed as Lillian. His son Moses, who dies in 1935 lives with them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Hannah E. LAMB

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-076, GPS 41.41678 N - 71.97198 W (Not Listed on Hale)
 Gallup Hannah E. (Lamb) born Nov. 16, 1846, died Dec. 26, 1932
Hannah E. LAMB

Hannah E. LAMB was the daughter of Samuel LAMB and his wife Eliza GALLUP, which makes her a Gallup by birth. Her mother, Eliza was the daughter of Peter Avery GALLUP. Eliza's line can be found in the Gallup (2009) Genealogy # 2416 p. 512. 

Hannah was born on the 16th of November 1846, married Christopher Gallup, 2nd on 13 May 1868 and died on 26 July 1882 in Brooklyn, NY She was the mother of  three children Hattie Tooker, Anna Billings and Christopher M. Gallup, 3rd. All of her children had prestigious college educations and careers. 

When her husband passed away, leaving the estate to her, she and her daughter Anna, moved to Brooklyn, NY. sometime between 1880 and 1910.  Hattie went to work at Eastman Kodak Co. and married an engineer (in 1897) who was also a graduate of MIT.

Hattie was the only child of hers to have children there may be many descendants living today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Christopher M. GALLUP, 2nd

Photo by Brian Zoldak and Midge Frazel, 2009, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-076, GPS 41.41678 N - 71.97198 W
(Photo taken 01 Aug 2009)
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Christopher M., son of C. Milton & Anna S., died 26 July 1882, age 46 (Not Listed on Hale) Gallup Hannah (Lamb) born Nov. 16, 1846, died Dec. 26, 1932
(The Hale omitted Christophers birth date of May 31, 1836)

Christopher M. GALLUP, 2nd.

Christopher Milton Gallup, 2nd 8 (Christopher Milton7, Christopher 6, Nathan 5, Benadam 4, Benadam 3, John 2, John 1) was born 31 May 1836 in Ledyard, CT and died 26 July 1882 in Ledyard, CT. He is buried beside his wife Hannah LAMB.

Christopher served in the Civil War as a landsman in the US Navy in Vermont, Augusta, and Allegheny. His draft record lists him as a single, twenty-eight year old farmer living in Ledyard. His widow collected a pension. As he died in 1882 at 46 years, she must have needed the pension to keep the farm going. In 1880, he is listed as a farmer with a wife and three children. 

Much to my surprise, there was a probate record. The gravestones for he and his wife cost, $93.50. All three children are named in his will and there is an account in a Savings Bank and the wife inherited everything.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Anna Billings GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2124, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-075, GPS 41.41675 N - 71.97199 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey) (Not listed on Hale)
 Gallup, Anna Billings born Nov. 9, 1872, died Oct. 21, 1956

Anna Billing GALLUP

Anna Billing GALLUP was a well respected woman of science and science education and far ahead of her time. She and her brother, Christopher Milton Gallup, 3rd were college graduates. Born to Christopher Milton Gallup, 2nd and his wife Hannah Lamb, she was born on 9 Nov 1872 in Ledyard, CT. Anna's brother and her sister were college graduates. 

Cover of the Young Women at the Institute section of an MIT yearbook
found at Ancestry.com's Yearbook collection

Anna was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, probably in the year of 1889. She became the Curator in Chief of the Brooklyn New York Children's Museum of Science and held that position for 30 years until she retired. My search for information about her led me to a student presentation by Kyle Mills about her life and career which contains her photograph and information about earlier schools she attended which included the Norwich Free Academy (which was her private high school education). I think that I should consider that I may have had other ancestors who attended school here.

After the Academy, she attended the Connecticut State Normal School and did teaching in science. Being single, she accomplished much. This type of life was uncommon in her time when women were classroom teachers or librarians until they married and were forced to give up their career dreams. From a passport record needed for a trip to Great Britain where she is listed as a "lady of leisure", she was really very far from that, as she must have gone there to learn or work in a science museum. I think she would not have been happy with that classification when she read that on her passport record. 

Awarded the Hornady Gold Medal in 1954, she was a leader in science museum education.  While she was curator, she moved her widowed mother to New York to live with her until her mother passed away in 1932. When Anna retired, about 1937, she moved into her brother's household (source: 1940 census) In this household in 1940, the family employed two housekeepers. 

I found an article in the April, 1908 Popular Science Monthly (Vol 72) authored by her as Anna Billings Gallup, BS. This article chronicles the museum development under her direction. This was a hands-on active science museum much like the children's museums of today. (I found census records in Brooklyn, New York which are further evidence of where she was living.)

She was my 4th cousin, 4 times removed and was alive in my lifetime. I would have liked to have known her. Her gravestone modestly lists her birth and death date and that would have been all I knew about her if I had not purchased the newest Gallup genealogy.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Ten Year Blogiversary

Photograph by Midge Frazel, 2016

Ten Year Blogiversary

It has been ten years since I began by gravestone hunting adventure and I have learned so much about the people, the families and the locations in which I have taken photographs. So many have helped me along the way, that I couldn't even begin to thank those who taught me and supported me. 

When I moved from the location when I began, Find a Grave was just beginning to take off. People who were not experts began to show their enthusiasm for recording cemeteries. Where I live now is a very historical area and is where my husband's ancestors who lived in New England are buried. I set out finding and visiting those graveyards here and photographing so many of his family stones. Hardly any of them were posted at Find a Grave and now most of them have been photographed. It seems like a miracle.

People I meet are so surprised that I don't "do charts" for others and that I take photos of gravestones. They want to know how I make money at genealogy. I could write a book about their reactions to the notion of being paid and how much to charge. If genealogy isn't fun for you then you should find something new to do.

Ten years is a long time. I probably can't do ten more but it will be fun trying.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Christopher M. Gallup III

Photo by Brian Zoldak and Midge Frazel, 2009, 2014, used with permission

Christopher M. GALLUP, 3rd
Christopher Milton Gallup, 3rd was the President of the Gallup Family Association from 1934 until his death in 1945. He had two spouses, Christine Richmond Ewing (1879-1937) and Ruth Newcomb Kinney (1866-1971). He married his second wife in 1940 and his first wife in 1899. He left no children from either marriage.

The Gallup Genealogy (2009) lists him as #4542 on pages 545 and 758 and states that he  as a Yale graduate and that he developed earthworm tillage. I found him listed at Ancestry.com in a Yale publication called the Yale Banner in 1896. His World War I Draft card states he lived in Hartford and was employed by Traveler's Insurance and was tall, medium build and had dark brown hair and eyes.

In the 1900 census he lists his occupation as Civil Engineer (probably when the earthworm tillage method was developed) but by 1920 he was an underwriter in the insurance industry. In 1930, he went back to farming.

Christopher was the only son of Christopher M. GALLUP and his wife Hannah LAMB. He had two sisters, Harriet Tooker GALLUP and Anna Billings GALLUP. Anna is buried next to her brother. She lived with Christopher and his second wife in 1940 in North Stonington. Both of Christopher's sisters were MIT graduates!

Christopher died in Stonington, CT on 27 Dec 1945. During his tenure as President of the Gallup Family Association he ensured the preservation of the cemetery where he now rests. His gravestone is both a grave marker and a large memorial.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Anna S. BILLINGS

Photo by Brian Zoldak and Midge Frazel, 2009, 2014
Row #4, Grave #308-10-073, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97202 W
(Photo taken 01 Aug 2009) (Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Anna S. Billings, wife of Christopher M. born Sept. 1, 1814, died Aug. 31, 1874

Anna Stanton Billings

Anna was born 1 Sept 1814, a daughter of Stephen BILLINGS and his wife Martha ALLYN. She married Christopher Milton GALLUP at the age of 18 and kept house for him until he died on 31 Aug 1874. She lived only a few months after his death. 

The earliest Gallup (1893) genealogy states that she died at the home of her son, Nathan and his family in St. Paul, MN and then was buried here in the Gallup Cemetery. Her gravestone matches her husbands and probably was made and erected at the same time. This was common when husband and wife died in the same year.

She has a probate record with a full inventory of their belongings which in addition to furniture and household goods, included a Family Bible, and a stereoscope. Of course, farming equipment and livestock are in the list.

The oldest son, Christopher Milton GALLUP, known as the "second" inherited. The inventory and its worth was considerable.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Christopher M. GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #4, Grave #308-10-072, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97202 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Christopher M., born Nov. 1809, died Feb. 19, 1874,
Christopher M. GALLUP

Christopher Milton7 (Christopher6, Nathan5, Benadam4, Benadam3, John2, John1) Gallup was born on 23 November 1809 to Christopher and his wife Martha STANTON. He married Anna Stanton BILLINGS, daughter of Stephen BILLINGS and his wife Martha ALLYN, on 5 Jun 1833 by Elder John G. Wightman in Groton, CT. He died on 19 Feb 1874 in Ledyard, CT and was buried in this Gallup Cemetery. 

Probably at one time both he and his wife's gravestone were erected in the ground and later removed and put together in the base you can see here.

Their first children were a set of twins and then, they had three more children. 

Notice that his name differs from his father in that he has the middle name of Milton. This matters because his son and grandson were named after him and not the original Christopher GALLUP.

The Gallup genealogy states that he was born on Gallup Hill which means that he is buried near to the same location where he is buried.

The 1870 census states that he is a farmer and lives with his wife and his son and daughter in law, two of his unmarried sons and a grandchild. He was 60 years old at that time. The family was easily located in the 1850 and 1860 census records.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Broken and Facedown

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission.

It is so sad when this happens to gravestones. Fortunately, I had photographed this husband and wife combo stone and so had Brian and we both had to look at those older photos so I could blog about them. 
How these stones looked in August of 2009
Row #4, Grave #308-10-072, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97202 W (Photo taken 01 Aug 2009) (Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Christopher M., born Nov. 1809, died Feb. 19, 1874, Gallup, Anna S. Billings, wife of Christopher M. born Sept. 1, 1814, died Aug. 31, 1874

This is a good place to stop and look over what I have left in this cemetery to blog about. Granite-in-MY-Blood will return on May 17, 2016. I will start with Christopher M. Gallup and his wife Anna BILLINGS shown here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Simeon GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014
Row #4, Grave #308-10-071, GPS 41.41683 N - 71.97196 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Simeon, died Apr. 13, 1836, age 54
(Note: The Hale shows his age at death as 54, but the stone shows it as being in his 55th year
Special Edition: Simeon GALLUP

Simeon GALLUP is buried next to his brother James GALLUP and his wife Sally STODDARD.  Simeon was the youngest child of seven in his family and died unmarried. 

Simeon was the son of Deacon Benadam GALLUP and his wife Bridget PALMER. His brother James left him a share of land and so I went looking for a will and probate record for Simeon to learn more about him. 

His will begins with the statement that Simeon GALLUP was in a state of feeble health (at 55) but sound mind. His signature is strong and readable.

The will says that Simeon GALLUP left the marsh land on Six Penney Island to his nephew Simeon FISH, son of Bridget GALLUP and Sands FISH of Mystic. (Sands, Bridget and Simeon Fish are buried in the Old Fish Burying Ground. That was the first graveyard I photographed and researched in this blog!

In the current Gallup genealogy (2009), Simeon is listed with his family on page 177 as #1309. He was born 29 Sept 1781 and died on 13 Apr 1836. All of his brothers and sisters were married. 

His estate and inventory was sizable at fifteen thousand dollars and included shares in ships and schooners.  

He left money to the Third Baptist Church in Groton, CT whose minister, Rev. Erastus Denison (1791-1864) (Denison Genealogy #1232 p. 43) is mentioned. 

Simeon GALLUP's nieces and nephews are mentioned including my ancestors, Lavina Fish and her husband Isaac Denison, Jr. in this paragraph:

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What cost $15000.00 in 1836 would cost $326449.69 in 2015.
This really connects my Gallup, Fish and Denison ancestors together.  It helps explain why my 2nd great grandmother Eliza Fish DENISON was living with Simeon FISH's family in 1850 before her marriage in 1856 to Dudley Wheeler STEWART. I inherited a table from that household. It was in my bedroom since I was a teenager.  (photo of table)

What an exciting find for my genealogy records!