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.


Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Midge, I don't know if I would have been able to read that old stone. How sad that she died very young and after a very brief marriage.

Preservationist said...

Damn that acid rain! It wreaks havoc with these stones. I vow never to have another marble stone made, no matter how appropriate. The stone's simply too soft.