Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gallup Represents More Than Just A Poll


Today when you opened the paper, you probably saw some reference to some poll that told you how the one candidate was faring against another.  In this day and age there are polls from Rasmussen, Zogbe, Fox, NBC, CNN and various other news outlets…but when most of us think about a poll about one topic or another, we usually think of Gallup poll. 

George Horace Gallup was the founder of the Gallup poll and was the first man to scientifically measure   public views and opinions.  Today they call that market research.  George Horace Gallup was born in Jefferson, Greene Co., IA to George Henry Gallup and Nettie Quella Davenport on 18 Nov 1901 and died in 1984 in Switzerland.  He was married to Ophelia Smith Miller and had three children.  There is no doubt that George Horace Gallup has made more impact on our country and its business environment than most men ever do.  I’ve spent a great deal of time researching the Gallup family over the years and can tell you that there is a whole lot more to the family as a whole than just a poll.

George Horace Gallup’s ancestors were among the earliest settlers in this country.  John Gallop arrived in 1630 and when his family arrived some time later, the Gallup family has made an impact.  These early Gallups were mariners who helped map and explore the northeastern seaboard.  They helped trade with the early Native Americans and provided scout and interpretive skills for those who wished to do business.  They fought in the early wars and died for their new land proudly.  Many also participated in the Revolutionary war and the founding of this country including George Horace’s 3rd great grandfather, Isaac Gallup who served in the Battle of Long Island and was Captain of the Groton Company. 
During my research, I’ve discovered many Gallups who participated in the some of the earliest battles in our country clear up to the Revolutionary War.  I made a list of some of these Gallups.

Name
Military Service
Parents
John Gallup
 b. 1615 d. 19 Dec 1675
Great Swamp Fight at Narragansett, RI
John Gallop & Christobel Bruschett
John Gallup
b. 9/1646 d. 14 Apr 1735
King Philip's War, & Great Swamp Fight at Narragansett, RI
John Gallup & Hannah Lake
Liet. William Gallup
b. 4/1658 d. 15 May 1731
Colonial Wars...Indian Wars
John Gallup & Hannah Lake
Samuel Gallop
b. 1659 d. bef 1687
King Philip's War
John Gallup & Hannah Lake
John Gallup III 
b. 1676 d. 29 Dec 1755
Served as Captain in first Connecticut Company, 1726
John Gallup III & Elizabeth Harris
Liet. Benadam Gallup, Jr.
 b. 28 May 1693 d. 30 Sept 1755
French and Indian Wars
Benadam Gallup & Esther Prentice
Capt. Joseph Gallup
 b. 27 Sept 1695 d. 22 Dec 1760
French and Indian Wars
Benadam Gallup & Esther Prentice
Col. Benadam Gallup
b. 28 Apr 1717 d. 29 May 1800
French and Indian Wars, Revolutionary War
Liet. Bendam Gallup & Eunice Cobb
Capt. William Gallup
b. 4 July 1723 d. 4 Apr 1803
Battle of Wyoming, French and Indian Wars
Liet. Bendam Gallup & Eunice Cobb
Col. Nathan Gallup
b. 13 Nov 1727 d. 19 Jan 1799
Revolutionary War
Liet. Bendam Gallup & Eunice Cobb
Isaac Gallup
b. 24 Feb 1712 d. 3 Aug 1799
Revolutionary War - Col. Parson's Regiment as Captain
John Gallup IV & Elizabeth Wheeler
John Gallup
b. 9 Jun 1724 d. 6 Apr 1801
Revolutionary War
John Gallup IV & Elizabeth Wheeler
Capt. Joseph Gallup
b. 27 Jun 1725 d. 21 Feb 1778
Revolutionary War Soldier
Capt. Joseph Gallup & Eunice Williams
Elisha Gallup
b. 21 Apr 1727 d. 24 Aug 1800
Revolutionary War Soldier
Capt. Joseph Gallup & Eunice Williams
John Gallup
b. 19 Jun 1720 d. 1 Nov 1801
Revolutionary War - Captain - Corp. Lexington Alarm
Nathaniel Gallup & Margaret Gallup
Thomas Gallup
b. 26 Aug 1727 d. Oct 1777
Revolutionary War Soldier
Nathaniel Gallup & Margaret Gallup
Benadam Gallup 
b. 29 Jun 1741 d. 12 Apr 1818
Revolutionary War Soldier
Col. Benadam Gallup & Hannah Avery
Isaac Gallup
b. 22 Dec 1742 d. 3 Aug 1814
Revolutionary War Soldier
Col. Benadam Gallup & Hannah Avery
Jesse Gallup
b. 2 Feb 1751 d. 15 Mar 1822
Revolutionary War Soldier
Col. Benadam Gallup & Hannah Avery
George Gallup
b. 20 Mar 1751 d. 3 May 1781
Revolutionary War Soldier
Nathaniel Gallup & Hannah Gore
Nehemiah Gallup
b. 19 Jun 1751 d. 27 Dec 1843
Revolutionary War Soldier
Henry Gallup & Hannah Mason
Amos Gallup
b. 1 Aug 1755 d. 1 Dec 1843
Revolutionary War Soldier
Nathaniel Gallup & Hannah Gore
Hallett Gallup
b. 1 Jan 1756 d. 5 Oct 1804
Revolutionary War Soldier
Capt. William Gallup & Judith Read
Ebenezer Gallup
b. 8 Feb 1757 d. 12 Apr 1794
Revolutionary War Soldier
Col. Nathan Gallup & Sarah Giddings
Thomas Gallup
b. 14 Jan 1758 d. 26 Apr 1778
Revolutionary War Soldier
Thomas P. Gallup & Prudence Allyn
Henry Gallup
b. 17 Oct 1758 d. 22 Nov 1831
Revolutionary War Soldier
Henry Gallup & Hannah Mason
Prentice Gallup 
b. 23 Apr 1759
Revolutionary War Soldier
Thomas P. Gallup & Prudence Allyn
Levi Gallup
b. 26 Mar 1760 d. 18 Feb 1850
Revolutionary War Soldier
Nathaniel Gallup & Hannah Gore
Robert Gallup
b.  30 Apr 1760 d. 20 Aug 1858
Revolutionary War Soldier
Thomas P. Gallup & Prudence Allyn
Andrew Gallup
b. 26 Jan 1761 d. 16 Mar 1853
Revolutionary War Soldier
Henry Gallup & Hannah Mason
Ezra Gallup
b. 13 Mar 1763 d. 5 Apr 1846
Revolutionary War Soldier
Nathaniel Gallup & Hannah Gore

As you can see, the Gallup name represents much more than just a poll.  It represents generations of men and women who fought and died for their countries through every war this nation has fought in.  Many no longer have the name of Gallup but have the family in their ancestry. The above list represents only a small portion of those who have served their country. While it is nice to have U. S. Presidents who share the same ancestry (Pres. George H.W. Bush and Pres. George W. Bush) or poets like Emily Dickinson or the famous founder of the Gallup poll - I think that the tradition of service is something to be very proud of.