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John Gallup Biography


The following information is from "Genealogy of the Gallup Family", by John D. Gallup, pub. 1893.

  The John Gallup, Sr. family sailed from Plymouth, England on March 20, 1630, in the Mary and John.

  "John Gallup, son of John and Christobel Gallup, was born in England, and came to this country in 1633. He married in
  1643, at Boston, Hannah Lake, daughter of John and Margaret Lake. Madam Margaret Lake was the daughter of
  Edmund Read, Esq., of Wickford, Essex county, England, and sister of Elizabeth Read, who married John Winthrop, jr.,
  Governor of Connecticut. In early life he showed signs of the bravery which afterwards distinguished him as an Indian
  warrior. It is supposed he was with his father and assisted him in the capture of John Oldham's vessel, off Block Island.
  With Massachusetts forces he engaged with his father in the Pequot war and bore himself so bravely that the General
  Court of Connecticut in 1671 gave him a grant of 100 acres of land. He came to New London in 1650 or '51.

  "Having these large grants of land he removed with his family in 1654 to the east side of the Mystic river, now
  Stonington, where he had taken up the land granted him. He was one of the early settlers of that town. His homestead
  place was bounded on the west by Mystic river, south by Captain Stanton's homestead place and Captain Denison's
  land, east by Denison's land and the town lots, and on the north by Robert Park's land. He represented the town at the
  General Court in 1665 and 1667. He was also an Indian interpreter. When King Philip's war broke out, although he was
  over sixty, age had not quenched his martial ardor. new London county having raised seventy men under Captain John
  Mason of Norwich, Captain Gallup jaoined with him at the head of the Mohegans. These troops forming a junction with
  those of the other colonies, were engaged in the fearful swamp fight at Narragansett, December 19, 1675 (within the
  limits of the present town of South Kingston, R.I.)

  In storming this fort he led his men bravely forward and was one of the six captains who fell in this memorable fight. A
  complete victory was here gained over the savage foe, but with great loss of life on both sides. Capt. Gallup was a
  brave and valuable officer and was loved and respected by his men.

  The division made of his estate by order of the County Court was to the widow, 100 pounds; to the oldest son John,
  137 pounds,; five daughters, 70 pounds each. Mrs. Hannah Gallup had also a large grant of land from the General
  Court in consideration of her great loss."




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