Thursday, August 04, 2016


Granite in My Blood will be on vacation until August 23!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lodowick GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5. Grave #508-10-085, GPS 41.41683 N - 71.97201 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Lodowick, died July 18, 1857, age 84 yrs. 6 mos

Lodowick GALLUP (Nathan, Benadam, Benadam, John, John) was born on 23 Jan 1773 in Ledyard to Col. Nathan Gallup and his wife Sarah Giddings in Ledyard, CT. (he was my first cousin, 7 times removed.) He was the last of nine children so it shouldn't be surprising that he and his wife were the parents of twelve.

His wife was Margaret PHELPS and she is buried by his side as it is with most couples of this time period. He died on 18 July 1857 at 84 years and 6 months. In 1855, he wrote a will naming many of his living children by name. He probably was concerned for his property and belongings as his wife Peggy died in 1849 and as seen by the 1850 census, he still had children living with him. 

Like most of the Gallups living in Ledyard and Groton, he was a farmer. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Margaret PHELPS

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-084, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97202 W
Gallup, Margaret, wife of Lodowick, died July 17, 1849, age 70
Margaret PHELPS

The Gallup (1893) Genealogy gives us little information about Margaret, called Peggy so I went looking for information about her which matched her death date.

The Barbour Index (of Deaths) doesn't list her birth information but leaves space with brackets but states she was "of West Springfield, MA". and that she died on July 17, 1849 at about 70 years. (page 55). I found a Phelps genealogy at Google Books but there is still not enough evidence to prove who her parents were. Several trees suggest that her father's name was Samuel but I can find no vital record to match this claim. The current genealogy (2009) says she was of Litchfield, CT which seems more likely so I am leaving her parents blank until I can find out more. The newest genealogy says she and Lodowick GALLUP were married in Groton, CT on 28 1799.

This couple were the parents of a dozen children. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

John B. GALLUP, Ten Years Old.

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-083, GPS 41.41685 N - 71.97199 W (
Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, John B., son of Lodowick & Margaret, died Dec. 13, 1831, age 10


Ten Year old John B. GALLUP died on 31 Dec 1831 and is buried here with his family at the Gallup Cemetery #10 in Ledyard, New London, CT. He was born 14 Dec 1821, as the tenth child in his family. His parents were Lodowick GALLUP and Margaret PHELPS.

This broken and repaired gravestone is next to his brother Oliver who died in 1834.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Oliver E. GALLUP

Row #5, Grave #508-10-082, GPS 41.41684 N - 71.97201 W
 (Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup, Oliver E., son of Lodowick & Margaret,
 died Aug. 31, 1834, age 23
Photo by brian Zoldak, 2014 and used with permission

Oliver E. GALLUP

Oliver Ebenezer GALLUP was the son of Lodowick GALLUP and his wife Margaret PHELPS and was born 24 April 1811 in Groton/Ledyard, New London, CT.  He died, unmarried at the age of 23 on 31 Aug 1834 in Pomfret, Windham, CT. He was baptized and joined the church as an adult on 21 Oct 1827 at the age of 16 and it is this record that provides his middle name.

He was the sixth child in this large family and he is listed in the Gallup (2009) genealogy as #1413 on page 192. His father was 61 when Oliver died and it is unknown when Oliver left home and moved to Pomfret. In 1830, there were 13 people living in this family of his father, Lodowick GALLUP. 

Except for the genealogy, the only other record of his location of death is on his gravestone. The weeping willow weeps for the lack of information about the life of Oliver E. GALLUP.

Thursday, July 07, 2016


Same Photo but taken by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-081, GPS 41.41681 N - 71.97197 W (Transcript from Hale Survey) Gallup Lauriston M.D., son of Lodowich & Margaret, died Aug. 28, 1848, age 31, Gallup Nathan, son of Lodowick & Margaret, died Dec. 18, 1827, age 21 (The Hale shows Lauriston's age at thath as 31, but the stone has it as 32)


Nathan  was the second oldest child in his family and is #1409 on page 192 of the Gallup (2009) genealogy. Nathan went to Yale and then to Jefferson Medical College, in Pennsylvania His record on this gravestone with his brother, tells us he died in Philadelphia just after graduation as recorded in the earliest Gallup genealogy on page 71

This memorial gravestone lists the inscription that is on his gravestone in Philadelphia but this stone is so badly eroded that I can't read the whole information so I tried to follow the evidence of the churchyard where this stone tells us he is buried.

The 5th Presbyterian Church (est. 1813) Churchyard on Mulberry/Mulburry St. is no longer in existence as reported by the Presbyterian church Web site. It became the Arch St. Presbyterian Church churchyard but it closed in 1867 and all burials were moved to Mount Vernon Cemetery which is closed to visitors by the owner.  A very frustrating situation for those of us who like to take gravestone photographs. As Nathan died unmarried, all that is known of this is the records in the genealogies and on the gravestone in the Gallup cemetery in Ledyard.

Nathan died 18 Feb 1827 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Lauriston GALLUP, MD

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Photo by Midge Frazel, 23 May 2004

Lauriston GALLUP, MD

Lauriston Gallup was born on 15 Nov 1816, as the eighth child in his family. His parentswere Lodowick and Margaret (Phelps) GALLUP. 

When he died, he was a resident of New York City after graduating from Castleton Medical College in December of 1843. Castleton Medical College is in Vermont.

Frederick Clayton Waite wrote a book titled, The First Medical College in Vermont and Dr. Gallup is listed in it as a graduate on page 211. (I don't think his place of birth listed is correct.)

Boston Medical and Surgical Journal lists his graduation:

He practised medicine in  Oran,New York from 1843 until his death on 28 August, 1848. He was unmarried at the time of his death. He was 31 years old. I do believe he is buried in the Gallup Cemetery and this stone marks his burial but whether he died in New York or in Connecticut is unknown.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Brothers Lauriston and Nathan GALLUP

Ten Years of Deterioration
Photo by Midge Frazel, 2004 and Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission

Too Many Words and Too Much Time

Lauriston Gallup and his older brother Nathan are listed on a single memorial gravestone in the Gallup Cemetery (#10) in Ledyard CT. 

You can see by the first photo which I took in May of 2004 when I first visited this graveyard, this stone has been deteriorating at a rapid pace in the ten years between my photograph and the one that Brian took. Even better lighting and higher resolution camera can't improve the carved areas. 

This is a warning to us all. If you see a gravestone with this much information, you should photograph it. In 2004, I had only been taking photos for a short time with the goal of only recording my own ancestors. But, this gravestone and a few others caught my eye at that time and finding no information on the Gallup Family Association's Web site, I went to a Gallup reunion and asked for a simple list of who is buried in the private, gated cemetery. Apparently, no one had a list or a copy of the Hale records. 

I am posting the research on these two brothers for the next two days. Rest in Peace, my second cousins, 6x removed.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Infant Son GALLUP died at 8 days

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permission
Row #5, Grave #508-10-080, GPS 41.41680 N - 71.97199 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Infant son of Dwight & Lydia, died Sept. 30, 1856, age 8 da.
Infant Son

Dwight GALLUP and his wife Lydia A. WADHAMS had two children by the time this little boy was born on 22 Sept 1856 in Ledyard, CT. As you can see by his gravestone, he only lived 8 days. The Gallup (2009) genealogy lists him as of unknown sex and with a death date of 8 October 1856.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Margaret GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014, used with permsiion
Row #5, Grave #508-10-079, GPS 41.41682 N - 71.97200 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
Gallup, Margaret, daughter of Lodowick & Margaret, died Dec. 4, 1858 age 29
(The Hale lists her age at deaths as 29, but the stone has it as in her 30th year)

Margaret GALLUP

Sister to Dwight GALLUP, Margaret was the daughter of Lodowick GALLUP and his wife Margaret (Peggy) PHELPS. 

She was the last child born in her family. She only lived until just before her thirtieth birthday, having been born 30 Dec 1828 and died on 4 Dec 1858.

She is listed as #1419 on Page 192 of the Gallup (2009) Genealogy.