Early American Settler: Captain John Gallup

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Captain John Gallup (1620-1675)

11x Great Grandfather

On January 25, 1620, John Gallup was born at Bridport, Dorset, England to John Gallup I and Christobel Brushett.  The infant was baptized at St. Mary’s Church (the Church of England) in Mosterne

John Gallup arrived in this country on the ship, the Griffin. He sailed with his mother, brothers and sister, Joan.  They landed in Boston on September 4, 1633.  His father sailed to this country three years earlier, and he became a ship’s captain.

In 1637, he took part in the Pequot Indian Wars and later received land for his service.  His father and his brothers also fought in this war in the Connecticut colony.  At one point during the war at Block Island, the Gallup family used their ship to strike another boat that had been captured by Pequot warriors.  Later, John was appointed captain for his bravery in the war.

In the year 1643, John married Hannah Lake; she was the daughter of John Lake and Margaret Read.

When the Pequot War ended, the General Court of Connecticut awarded John 100 acres of land.  This land was located near the future settlement of Stonington, Connecticut.  In 1654, John moves his family to his homestead, Whitehall, near the Mystic River. John and his family were early settlers of Stonington.  John was a ship owner and a coastal trader.  He also served as a Selectman of Stonington during the years of  1664-1668, 1671, and 1673.  In 1665 and 1667, he was the Town Representative of General Court.  In addition, John also served as an interpreter to the Native American tribes that inhabited the area.

During King Philip’s War in 1675, He was a Captain of the First Company of the Connecticut Militia under Major Robert Treat at the Great Swamp War at Narragansett, Rhode Island. With his men, along with Mohican allies, they joined forces with men from nearby colonies to attack the Narragansett tribe on December 19, 1675. He along with six other captain died while successfully storming the fort.  Although the colonists prevailed, the significant loss of life was revealed for the colonists and the Native Americans.  Captain John Gallup was buried at Smith’s Castle in North Kingston, Rhode Island. At his homestead, Whitehall, a memorial was erected to honor his memory.  His wife, Hannah is buried at Whitehall.


Church of England Baptism Records ~ 1620

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The actual grave of Captain John Gallup

Added by: Karen Williams Thorne from Orem Utah


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Karen Williams Thorne ~ 6 June 2012


Karen Williams Thorne ~ 6 June 2012



John Gallup
11x great grandfather

John Gallup (1646 – 1733)
son of John Gallup
Capt. John Gallup (1675 – 1755)
son of John Gallup
Elizabeth Gallup (1714 – 1777)
daughter of Capt. John Gallup
Zachariah Frink (1731 – 1804)
son of Elizabeth Gallup
Daniel Frink (1754 – 1811)
son of Zachariah Frink
Zachariah Frink (1775 – 1804)
son of Daniel Frink
Elias Frink (1796 – 1855)
son of Zachariah Frink
Clarissa Amelia Frink (1830 – 1892)
daughter of Elias Frink
Ellsa LaDuke (1862 – 1898)
daughter of Clarissa Amelia Frink
Anna Strassburg (1892 – 1913)
daughter of Ellsa LaDuke
Elva Marie Bryant (1908 – 1983)
daughter of Anna Strassburg
Dorothy Marie Allen (1934 – 2006)
daughter of Elva Marie Bryant
Ann Marie Bryant
daughter of Dorothy Marie Allen




Works Cited

“Emily Dickinson.” Relative Finder. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,

n.d. Web. 1 May 2016.

“Family History.” Gallup Family Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 June 2016.

“John Gallup.”  Ancestry®. Permira, n.d. Web. 25 June 2016.

“John Gallup.”  Family Search. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  n.d. Web. 1

     May 2016.

“John Gallup.”  Find A Grave.  Ancestry.com, n.d. Web. 18 June 2016.

Oakes, Rensselaer Allston. Genealogical and Family History of Jefferson, New York.  New York:

     The Lewis Publishing Co. 1905. Print.

Register of the National Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York. New York: Frederick

     H. Hitchcock. 1913. Print.

Whittemore, Henry. Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America.  Baltimore, Maryland

     Genealogical Publishing Co.  1967. Print.

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