Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Silence Gallup Brewster - Part 2 - A further Exploration

I’ve spent the last week home from work, sick.  I had a miserable sore throat and fever that turned into a nasty cough and congestion.  Even though I was back at work today…I could only really claim to be about 70%.  I’m hopeful that number will rise significantly tomorrow.  After I wrote my blog last week about Silence Gallup, I did a little aimless wandering.  I found some interesting things about her family.

I knew that Silence Gallup and her husband were buried in Gallupville Rural Cemetery in Schoharie Co., NY.  I figured that it was fairly close to the town of Gallupville which as you might imagine is significant.  The town was named for Samuel Gallup who was the founder of the town.  Samuel was one of the brothers including Silas, Levi, Ezra and their cousin John Gallup who moved to New York from Connecticut and helped establish the towns of Knox and Berne, NY after the close of the Revolutionary War.  As I mentioned before, Silas Gallup died fairly young (28 Oct 1796) (If you saw a different date in here before...my mistake - looking at the wrong brother), but his brothers and cousins all lived fairly long lives.  The Gallups seemed to stick together – and it is no surprise that this remained the case in New York.
Silence’s oldest daughter, Sally (b. 5 Jun 1803 d. 10 Aug 1859) married her second cousin, Elias Gallup.  Elias was the son John Enos Gallup and Betsy Chipman and was the cousin who joined the other Gallups on their journey to New York.  (John Enos Gallup lived to over 90 years old)  Sally and Elias Gallup didn’t stay in Schoharie Co., NY but moved to nearby Lewis Co., NY.  Silence’s second son, Silas, was born on 29 Jun 1805 and married Nancy Oestherhaut and fathered five children.  After her death, he remarried Lois Babcock.  Lois happened to be the daughter of Robert Babcock and Sally Gallup – (the aforementioned Silence’s younger sister) and therefore his first cousin.  I did find an interesting note that someone had found in the “Schoharie Republican, January 14, 1851) that stated that Silas had been killed in the woods.  He was chopping a tree and a limb most likely fell on his head and killed him. 

The next son, Ezra married Elizabeth Mattice and took his family to Cuyahoga Co., OH which is where he raised his family.  The next daughter, Silence died at the age of five.  No doubt from some disease that we simply cure with a dose of antibiotics in today’s medicine.  Then Elizabeth Brewster is next…she too married a cousin, Charles Gallup.  They were first cousins, once removed.  Charles was the son of Ezra Gallup who was Silence’s uncle, and one of the brothers of Silas who made the move to Connecticut.  Next we have little Mary Brewster who like her sister, Silence died at a very age, almost three years old.  The next son, Ralph, married Christina Dockstader and stayed in Schoharie area until his death in 1888.
Then we come to Allen Brewster.  His first wife is a Rhoda Forsyth…a seemingly unconnected name…but look a little further back – not so!  They were second cousins – Rhoda’s parents were Oliver Spicer Forsysth and Anna Gallup.  Anna was the daughter of Joshua Gallup and Anna Hinckley and Joshua was the Samuel Gallup, known as the founder of Gallupville, NY.  The next son was Nathan Brewster.  He had a wife named Elizabeth and two children and died in 1876.  As of yet, I don’t have further info on him.  The youngest son, Ethan also died at the young age of 7 months.    

Silence died on 14 Aug 1830 and is buried at Schoharie Co., NY…You can few her gravestone at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Gallup&GSiman=1&GScid=2205859&GRid=30446539& as well as that of her husband, Silas Brewster, daughter Elizabeth (m. Charles Gallup) son Silas Brewster and son, Nathan Brewster.  There are several other Gallup stones in that cemetery that I will try to place within my database and perhaps offer some additional information. 
Considering that I was bored and not feeling well…this seemed to be a pleasant way to pass the time – looking through old census records and cemetery records to see what other kind of connections that I might make.  Interesting to me that of the seven children who lived to adulthood, four of those children married some sort of Gallup cousin.  At first glance, they may not have had the surname of Gallup…but the connection was within one to two generations.  It is no wonder that these family seemed to maintain such close ties!  If you would like to look a little closer at the Gallupville Rural Cemetery – click on the hyperlink and you can begin exploring.