Occasionally, I go wandering around within my own genealogy file. Sometimes it is out of boredom and sometimes it is because I am curious…either way, I find some not so surprising results. There are certain names that I see that raises red flags for me. I have a good memory for names and dates. Almost 20 years ago, I spent 6 weeks typing the information that was in the 1966 Gallup genealogy. I was unemployed and bored, so I typed about 13,000 names into my genealogy program. As I have gotten more experienced and the genealogy software more sophisticated, it has been easier to make connections within families. So, when I get curious, it usually concerns a sibling of a direct ancestor of mine – in this case, Margaret Gallup.
Margaret was the second oldest of the children of Silas Gallup and Sarah Gallup. Yes…her parents were cousins, they shared great grandparents who were Benadam Gallup and Esther Prentice. Here is their line: (Trying to make it clear - Silas' line in green and Sarah's in red and shared in purple)
Silas Gallup m. Sarah Gallup
Nathaniel Gallup m. Hannah Gore – Nathan Gallup m. Sarah Giddings
Nathaniel Gallup m. Margaret Gallup – Benadam Gallup, Jr m. Eunice Cobb
John Gallup III m. Elizabeth Harris & Benadam Gallup m. Esther Prentice
There were multiple families that moved from Connecticut to New York in the late 1780’s. I would make the Joseph Crary family might have been one of these families. Joseph Crary was the son of Isaac Crary and Mary Gallup. He was born 28 Jan 1781 in Groton, New London Co., CT. He married Rhod Lindsley around 1801 in Knox, Albany Co., NY. They were the parents of three children and Rhoda passed away about 1808. It was at that point that Joseph Crary married Margaret Gallup who was five years his senior. I am sure she was considered an “old maid” during that time-period and having spent the last several years taking care of her siblings, she was a likely wife for a widower.
Crary is one of those names that raises a red flag to me with Gallup research. John Gallup and Hannah Lake’s daughter, Christobel marries a Peter Crary – so I would imagine that most of the Crary’s are descended from this line in early Connecticut. There was a small tight knit community at that point, so it is inevitable that there are some family lines that criss cross. Joseph Crary and Margaret Gallup had four children: Alanson, Emily, Isaac, and Silas. If you look at their family tree; three out of four of their grandparents are Gallups, three out of eight great grandparents are Gallups and out of the 16 great great grandparents there are five Gallups. Not close enough to cause genetic problems but enough to make you wonder.
Joseph Crary and Margaret Gallup had the following children:
- Alanson Crary b. 21 Jul 1810 d. aft 1885 m. Eliza Whipple
- Silas Crary b 17 Oct 1813 d. 21 Dec 1880 m. Mary Ann Chapin
- Emily Crary b. 1816 d. abt 1820
- Isaac W. Crary b. 7 Jan 1820 d. 28 Apr 1910 m. Martha Ann Efnor
It is interesting to note that Margaret and her husband began their lives in Connecticut, moved to Albany Co., NY and then to Monroe Co., NY and within the next generation ended up in Kansas, Montana and California.