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John Gallup

Male Abt 1595 - 1650  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name John Gallup 
    Born Abt 1595  poss Mosterne, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • poss. 1590
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Mariner & Indian trader 
    Died 11 Jan 1649/50  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Birthyear of about 1590 from ref. 121 which says he was 33 years in 1623; birthyear of about 1595 from ref 125 which gives his age at death as 55 in 1650 - which could mean he wasn't the 'Johannes Gallop de Mosterne', son of John and ___ (Crabbe)

      Gallop, listed in the 1623 Visitation of Dorset. If John wasn't the Johannes listed in 1623 he was probably related though. Marriage and baptism records of children are in Bridport which is just 10 miles from Mosterne. The surname was spelled

      GALLOP in ENG and early US but changed to GALLUP.



      The following notes from ref 121, Gallup genealogy:

      John Gallop, the ancestor of most of the families of that name in this country, came to America from the Parish of Mosterne, County Dorset, England, in the year 1630.

      He was son of John Gollop, who married (???) Crabbe, who was son of Thomas and Agnes (Watkins) Gollop, of North Bowood and Strode, and whose descendants still own and occupy the manors of Strode.

      He was thirty-three years old at the time of the visitation of Dorset, 1623.

      He married Christobel, whose full name does not appear, and careful research has failed to discover it.

      He sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, 1630, in the ship Mary and John, arriving at Nantasket, now Hull, May 30th. His wife and children following in 1633.

      He went first to Dorchester, but was soon after a resident of Boston. He was admitted to the First Church, January 6, 1634. His wife, Christobel, June 22, 1634. He was made a freeman in April of same year. "He was one of the earliest grantees of

      land at the northerly part of the town, where he had a wharf-right and house." The locality was known by the name of Gallop's point, and was the southeast part of the peninsula, at the north end of the town.

      We find his name first in the town records in 1636, on page 10, where occurs the following entry: "Item: It is ordered that John Gallop shall remove his payles at his yarde ende within 14 days, and to rainge them even with the corner of his house,

      for the preserving of the way upon the Sea Bancke." This was probably the origin of Middle street, now known as Hanover street.--(Extract from an article in Boston Transcript, April 13, 1883, by James H. Stark).

      He owned Gallup's Island, where he had a snug farm, with a meadow on Long Island, a sheep pasture on Nix Mate, and a house in Boston

      He was a skilful mariner, well acquainted with the harbor around Boston, and in the habit of making frequent trading expeditions along the coast in his own vessels. One of these expeditions was made forever memorable by the encounter of the

      murderers of his friend, John Oldham.

      [For full account of this first naval exploit off Block Island, July, 1636, see Appendix (ref 121).]

      After the settlement of Rhode Island and Connecticut, his vessel furnished about the only means of communication between the two colonies. At one time there was considerable anxiety in the Rhode Island colony, for John Gallup was delayed in his

      trip. Soon after, Roger Williams writes Governor Winthrop, beginning in this manner: "God be praised John Gallop has arrived."

      He achieved great distinction by piloting in the ship Griffin, a ship of 300 tons, in September, 1633, through a new found channel, when she had on board the Rev. John Cotton, the Rev. Thos. Hooker, Rev. Mr. Stone, and other fathers of New England

      among her two hundred passengers. Besides these, it is supposed that Mr. Gallop's wife and children were on board.

      He died in Boston, January 11, 1650. His wife, Christobel, died in Boston, September 27, 1655. His will and that of his wife's are among the earliest on record.

      In this connection, an extract from a letter written by Governor Winthrop to the Rev. John White, of England, referring to John of Masterne, will be enjoyed:



      (+) "I have much difficultye to keepe John Gallop here, by reason his wife will not come. I marvayle at the woman's weaknesse. I pray, persuade and further her coming by all means. If she will come let her have the remainder of his wages; if not,

      let it be bestowed to bring over his children, for so he desired. It would be about o40 losse to him to come for her.

      Your assured in the Lord's worke, J. WINTHROP. MASSACHUSETTS, July 4, 1632."



      Possibly, Governor Winthrop's pleasure, that the "woman's weaknesse" had been overcome, enabling her to join her husband, prompted the gift of Gallop's-Island in commemoration of the successful piloting, by her happy husband, of the ship which

      bore her and so many distinguished ones safely into Boston Harbor.

      (*)Gathered from Winthrop's History.

      (+)Found among Gov. Winthrop's papers.



      Surely the evening of that eventful September day found no happier man in the settlement than John Gallop, whose stout heart had never, for a moment, failed him or his friends in any of the stern emergencies of those early days; yet had grown

      weary enough in the prolonged waiting for wife and children, by a lonely fireside, for which he had little more courage than some descendants that bear his name.

      On the frontier, men live in heart to heart contact with one another, the interests of one are the interests of all.

      Governor Winthrop and family devoutly shared his joy; the arrival of the Governor's family, and the great rejoicing upon that event, when amid the resounding welcome of artillery, "the judges of the court and most of the people of the town went to

      salute them," occurred but two years before, and doubtless there were many friends to heartily greet the good wife, the only daughter, and three brave lads of John Gallop. Among them all none nearer than the friend, John Mason, with him in the

      military school in Holland, companion through the voyage on the "Mary and John," and ever after these two were as close friends as peculiar associations and strong natures could make them.

      The doubting heart of Christobel, for whom the home in the wilderness and the uncertainties of the voyage seems to have had no attraction, must have been cheered by the warmth of her welcome to the new land, and the kindly and hospitable efforts

      in her behalf which surely followed, and one can readily believe that in time her steadfast heart became almost as firmly attached to their new home and country as it had before been to dear old England, never forgotten in the new attachment.

      She evidently took kindly to no new ways without ample time for consideration of their merits. Her husband always preceded her; she did not become a member of the First Church until six months after his admission to the same. But that the "heart

      of her husband did safely trust in her even to the end," is assured by the peculiarly respectful, considerate, and affectionate terms and provisions of his will; testifying to his confidence in her excellent judgment when her decisions were

      reached -- and one time more he went before her, taking leave for the Better Country, some six years before the time of her departure therefor.



      [Gathered from Winthrop's and Trumbull's Histories.]

      In the beginning of 1630 a church was gathered at Plymouth, England, of persons who intended to come to North America in order to enjoy civil and religious privileges. Some time before the 20th of March just as they were about to embark for New

      England, upon a day of solemn fasting and prayer, they were formed into a Congregational church at the new hospital at Plymouth. They then made choice of Rev. John Warham and Rev. John Maverick to be their pastor and teacher. They were ordained or

      re-installed to the care of this particular church. The famous Mr. White of Dorchester, preached on this occasion. Mr. Warham had been a noted minister in Exeter, the capital of the county of Devonshire. They sailed from Plymouth, England, on the

      20th of March, 1630, in the Mary and John, a ship of 400 tons which had on board 140 persons and arrived at Nantasket, (now Hull) Mass., on the 30th of May. The next day Captain Squeb, the master of the vessel, put them and their goods on shore

      and left them to shift for themselves notwithstanding his engagement to bring them up the Charles river. (The captain was afterwards obliged to pay damages for this conduct.) But by the assistance of some of the old planters they obtained a boat

      and proceeded up the Charles river to the place since called Watertown. Here they landed their goods and erected a shelter to cover them, but as they had many cattle and found a neck of land at Mattapan, affording good accommodations for them they

      all removed to this place and began a settlement there in the early part of June. They named the place Dorchester because many of them came from a town of that name in England. They were chiefly from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire and

      Somershire. They were a very godly and religious people and many of them, persons of note and figure, being dignified with the title of Mr., which few in those days were. Some of the principal men were Mr. Rosseter, Mr. Ludlow, Mr. Glover, Mr.

      Wolcott, Mr. Gallop and others. It seems that many of these people were trading men and at first designed Dorchester for a place of commerce, but the channel being poor and the landing difficult, and Boston and Charlestown harbor far from

      commodious, they desisted from that design and many of them moved afterwards to Boston and other places.

      In the summer of 1635, Rev. John Warham removed with his congregation to Windsor, Conn., and began the settlement of that town.

      Rev. Ebenezer Rosseter, great grandson of Mr. Edward Rosseter, who came to Dorchester with Mr. Warham, was ordained over First Congregational church at Stonington in 1722, and continued there till his death in 1762.

      Matthew Grant, the ancestor of General U. S. Grant, was also a passenger on the "Mary and John," and removed with Mr. Warham to Windsor, Conn.



      Ref. 125 says Joan was John and Christobel's first child, though the baptism date isn't given. Five sons were baptised at St. Mary's in Bridport, Dorsetshire: two are unnamed and probably died young, Samuel and Nathaniel were baptised the same day

      - possibly twins then. Much more information about John in the book 'Captain John Gallop: Master Mariner and Indian Trader - a Biography' by Haynes Williams published in 1964. [2]
    Person ID I5923  Ives-Leedom
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 

    Father John Gallup,   b. Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Crabbe,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F3968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christobel Bruchett,   d. 27 Sep 1655, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Jan 1616/17  St. Mary's Church, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • John Gallop Biography
    Children 
     1. Joan Gallup,   b. Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Gallup,   b. Bef 25 Jan 1619/20, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1675, Narragansett Swamp, South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     3. Samuel Gallup,   b. Bef 16 Aug 1629, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1670, prob Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     4. Nathaniel Gallup,   b. Bef 16 Aug 1629, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1670, prob Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2004 
    Family ID F3967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] Genealogy of the Gallup Family, John D. Gallup, (Hartford Printing Co, 1893), 1904.

    2. [S19] Genealogy of the Gallup Family, John D. Gallup, (Hartford Printing Co, 1893), 1904., pages 17-21.

    3. [S23] Captain John Gallop: Master Mariner and Indian Trader, Haynes Williams, (Pequot Press, Inc., Stonington CT), 1964.