The 2016 Gallup Family Reunion took place on Gallup Hill Road in Ledyard, CT. Once again, Bill and Jane Pearson have graciously hosted the event. The day started off with a Board of Trustees meeting and the GFA annual meeting and elections. The meeting was followed by a luncheon that included BBQ chicken, ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, summer salad, and corn on the cob, desserts and beverages.
Connecticut State Historian Dr. Walter Woodward and his Band of Steady Habits gave a musical performance on “What Makes Connecticut, Connecticut?” A slide show of notable places throughout Connecticut accompanied the music.
The second guest speaker was Lindsay Randall and her presentation, “Udder Destruction.” Ms. Randall provided a historic and entertaining look at the role of dairy farming in the creation of 17th Century New England. She first developed an interest in early ceramics discovered during excavations at Plimoth Plantation. Many of the discoveries included remnants of redware that was often used for the storage of dairy products. One of her favorite discoveries was that you could even pay your taxes with butter. The arrival of cows was historically very important because it was the end of the period of starvation for colonists.
The 2014 Gallup Family Reunion took place on August 16, 2014 at the Gallup Hill Farm on Gallup Hill Road in Ledyard, CT. The original house at the Gallup Hill Farm was built around 1750 by Colonel Nathan Gallup (b. 1727 d.1799). He was a son of Lt. Benadam Gallup (b. 1693 – d. 1755) who built what we now call the Benadam Gallup house at 241 Gallup Hill Road. Colonel Nathan Gallup married Sarah Giddins in 1749 in Groton, CT. Only the basement of the original house still remains. Colonel Nathan was the 7th of 11 children, He served in the Revolutionary War. He was stationed at Fort Griswold in 1779 and served in Lt. Col. Sullivan’s Expedition to Rhode Island in 1778. He was appointed Colonel of the 27th “reg. of foot” by Governor Jonathan Trumbull in 1780. Nathan and his wife Sarah are buried in the Gallup Family Cemetery.
On Saturday, August 17, we met at historic Fort Griswold in Groton Heights, Connecticut. Fort Griswold was at the center of the Revolutionary War. Several of our Gallup ancestors answered the call and fought in the Battle of Fort Griswol in 1781.
The Battle of Groton Heights, also known as the Battle of Fort Griswold is an important chapter in the Gallup family story. As one of the founding families in the area, the Gallups were lucky during the Battle of Groton Heights. On September 6, 1781, “more than half of the 158 men and boys who were at Fort Griswold were killed in the British attack of the garrison. Nearly all were wounded.” Of those surviving the attack, twelve were Gallup men.
The Gallup family returned to this important historic site in Groton, Connecticut to celebrate and honor the Gallup family heritage on the grounds of the Bill Memorial Library adjacent to Fort Griswold. The event included a special tour of the Fort.