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John Gallup, ll

Also Known As: "Captain John Gallop"
Birthplace: Mosterne, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Gallop, I and Mary Gallop
Husband of Christobel Gallop
Father of Joan Joy; Captain John Gallup; William Gallup; Francis Gallop; Samuel Gallup and 1 other

Occupation: Pilot and indian trader, CAME TO USA 1630, Came on 'Mary & John' 1630, Captain
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About John Gallup, ll

Source: Gallup Genealogy 2009 Volume 1 for John Gallop birth date, birth place, death date.

John GALLUP - b. about 1590 in Bridport, Dorset, England; d. Jan. 11, 1649/50, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. John's parentage has not been determined. He was admitted to the Boston church on Jan. 5, 1633/4, and became freeman Apr. 1, 1634 as third in a group of six Dorchester men, but there is no evidence he lived there. His will, dated Dec. 20, 1649 and proved Feb. 9, 1649/50, and the inventory taken Feb. 26, 1649/50 includes properties indicating his occupation of fisherman and mariner. His real estate included "The Island, Called by ye name of Gallupe's Island, Containeinge about 16 acres." Capt. GALLOP piloted arriving ships into Boston Harbor, and in the coastal trade between CT and ME. Married Jan. 19, 1617/8, St. Mary's Church, Bridport, Dorset, England.

Christobel BRUSHETT - b. 1592, Dorset, England; d. Sep. 27, 1655; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. She did not arrive in America with her husband, possibly deciding to delay the journey due to either the young age or soon arrival of her son John, the Younger. It may have taken the encouragement of Rev. John WHITE to have her make the crossing with her four surviving children. Gov. John WINTHROP had written to Rev. WHITE on Jul. 4, 1632: "I have much difficulty to keep John Galloppe here by reason his wife will not come. I marvel at the woman's weakness that she will live miserably with her children there, when she might live comfortably here with her husband. 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 desires: it would be above £40 loss to him to come for her." Christobel was admitted to the Boston Church Jun. 22, 1634. Her will, dated Jul. 24, 1655 and proved Oct. 31, 1655, names her three sons and daughter Joane Joy. The name of her father is uncertain, since it has been given as both Edmund and John.

Children of John and Christobel Gallup

  1. Joan - bap. Sep. 20, 1618, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. Mar. 20, 1690/1, Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA. She was married in Mar. 1636/7 in Dorset, England to Thomas JOY (b. 1611; d. Oct. 21, 1678, Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA). Thomas was a carpenter and millwright. Children of Joan and Thomas JOY: Samuel married Ann PITTS (daughter of Edmond and Ann PITTS); John married Mercy; Thomas; Ens. Joseph married Margaret PRINCE; Ephraim married Susanna SPENCER; Benjamin; Elizabeth married Nathaniel BEAL; Ruth married first John CURTIS, and second John LOW; and Sarah married Hicks DUNNING.
  2. John - bap. Jan. 25, 1620/1, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. Dec. 19, 1675, Narragansett Swamp Fight, RI.
  3. William - bap. Aug. 4, 1622, Bridport, Dorset, England; died young.
  4. Francis - bap. Jul. 27, 1625, Bridport, Dorset, England; bur. there Nov. 18, 1625.
  5. Samuel - b. about 1627; bap. Aug. 16, 1629, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. 1667; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. He was married on Jan. 20, 1650/1 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA to Mary PHILLIPS. Children of Samuel and Mary GALLUP: Mary; Hannah; Samuel; Mehitable; William; and Abigail.
  6. Nathaniel - b. about 1629; bap. Aug. 16, 1629, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. 1669. He was married on Jun. 11, 1652 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA to Margaret EVELETH (d. Aug. 11, 1698, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA), daughter of Sylvester EVELETH. Children of Nathaniel and Margeret GALLUP: Susannah married John BUTLER; Nathaniel; Joseph married first Hannah, and second Elizabeth DWIGHT; Benjamin married Hannah SHARP; Mary.
  7. John - bap. Jul. 11, 1630, Bridport, Dorset, England; d. young. 


John Gallop came to Boston in 1630. He lived a fascinating life, and holds an important place in American history. This account is taken from the Gallup Family Genealogy book (reprinted in 1987), and I thought I would share this with you.

Descendants of John Gallop include President Bush, Senator Kerry, George Gallup (founder of the Gallup Poll), Emily Dickinson, and over twenty veterans of the Revolutionary War. John Gallop and Coralynn Flick are separated by thirteen generations.

For more information, visit:

Gallup Family History

Virtual American Biographies

John Gallup Biography (son of Captain John Gallop)

John Winthrop Society

The Mary and John Clearing House

-------- Great blog on Captain John Gallop with good sources:

John Gallop, son of John and Mary (Crabbe) Gollop, b. Ca. 1590 England (of Mosterne); d. Jan 11 1650 Boston, Mass.; m. Jan 19 1617 St. Mary’s, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England to Christobel Brushett who d. Sep 27 1655 Boston, Mass.

John Gallop set sail for Boston on Mar 20 1630 on the Mary and John, captained by Thomas Chubb. The reason for his departure is speculation; conceivably he may have wished to explore the possibilities of settling in New England; perhaps he may have desired to consider the prospects of, engaging in transporting immigrants to the New World.

“Seventy-one days later, on May 30 1630, Capt. Chubb nosed the Mary and John into the cove behind Nantasket Beach and dropped anchor off where the village of Hull stands; in violation of his contract to land his 140 passengers on the bank of the Charles River, he discharged them on the sand dunes of Nantasket. The stranded passengers hired a boat to carry them to Watertown and subsequently the party removed to unoccupied land in what is now Dorchester, Mass.” (Captain J. Gallup)

John Gallop did not remain in Dorchester long. He removed to Boston and “was one of the earliest grantees of land at the northerly part of the town, where he had a wharf-right and house.” (James H. Stark) The locality was known as Gallop’s Point and was the southeast part of the peninsular. He had acquired a ship; was engaged in coastal trade and, on occasion, served as pilot for ships entering Boston harbor.

His wife and children had not accompanied him on his trip to the New World. Apparently Christobel hesitated to undertake a long and uncertain sea voyage to an undisclosed country, in spite of urgent encouragement by her husband. “John Gallop was so concerned that he contemplated returning to England. He had become an important man in the colony and this disturbed Governor Winthrop who wrote to the great Puritan leader, the Rev. John White in Dorchester:’

‘I have much difficultye to keep John Gallop here by reason of his wife will not come. I marvayle at the woman’s weaknesse. I pray pursuade her 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, if so he desires. It would be about £40 losse to him to come for her. Your assured in the Lord’s worke, J. Winthrop, Massachusetts, Jul 4 1632’” (Withrop Papers)

The Rev. Mr. White evidently persuaded Mrs. Gallop and successsfully furthered her coming. She and the children arrived on Sep 4 1633 on the Griffin, after an eight weeks’

crossing; her husband piloted the ship into Boston Harbor thru a new channel he had discovered, the channel running by Lovell’s Island, a quarter of a mile east of his Gallop‘s Island.

He was made a freeman in April 1634. He was admitted to First Church, Boston Jan 6 1634; his wife was admitted Jun 22 1634.

John Gallop was a pioneer in the vitally important coastal trade between Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. “Within a year after he moved to Boston, there was great concern in the Providence Plantation when his shallop and its cargo of foodstuffs was overdue, and Roger Williams wrote thankfully to his friend Governor Winthrop’, ‘God be praised, Capt. Gallop hath arrived.’”

On Dec 6 1632, Gallop and his vessel were engaged by the Massachusetts Magistrates for the first naval task force sent out by any New England colony. The French had fortified a couple of outposts and from these footholds, they raided Penobscot, carrying off 300 weight of beaver skins belonging to the Plymouth colony, and they also captured and robbed an English sea captain, Dixy Bull. To add to the troubles, Bull, having been stripped of his cargo, turned pirate and was preying upon Massachusetts fishing and shipping. Capt. Gallop’s ship, manned with 20 volunteers under command of his friend, John Mason, was dispatched to police these depredations. Head winds and a blizzard forced Capt. Gallop to take refuge in Cape Ann Harbor; here he was storm-bound two weeks, returning to Boston on Jan 2. When Spring came, he sailed forth again, but he failed to find his quarry, for Bull had sailed south to Virginia. The General Court of Massachusetts voted £10 each to Gallop and Mason “to pay for any expenditures.”

In 1635, John Gallop was engaged to transport the Cogswell family from Maine. John Cogswell had embarked from Bristol, England, on May 23 1635; the passage was long and disastrous; those on board were washed ashore from the broken decks of their wrecked ship Angel Gabriel, at Pemaquid (now Bristol, Maine). John Cogswell and his family were spared their lives. Fortunately, they had salvaged a large tent which was pitched upon the beach and sheltered them until help arrived. At his first opportunity John Cogswell took passage for Boston, where he engaged Capt. Gallop, who commanded a small bark, to sail to Pemaquid and transport the Cogswell family to Ipswich, Mass. Bay Colony. (Hollbrook and Allied Families)

In the spring of 1636, John Gallop, bent on a spring trading cruise, cast off from his wharf in Boston Harbor in his sloop with his son William and a hired man as crew.

Having rounded Cape Cod he laid course by dead reckoning for Saybrook Point.

Off Block Island they sighted a small ship anchored in a broad cove close inshore. She appeared to be deserted; there was no watch on deck. Her rigging was loose and her gaff swung wildly to and fro as she rocked in the choppy sea. Gallop hove to and on approaching recognized a pinnace of John Oldham, a coastwise trader; on deck there was a score of Indians lying asleep. He hailed and a couple of Indians jumped into a heavily laden canoe lashed alongside and paddled rapidly for the shore. There was great confusion aboard the pinnace, but the natives succeeded in slipping the cable and standing off before the wind headed for Narragansett Bay.

Convinced that Oldham was in trouble, Gallop hauled up alongside and was greeted with a shower of spears and arrows and a volley from several muskets. His sons opened fire with two great duck guns mounted on swivels – no mean armament – and the savages took refuge below deck. The odds were too great to risk boarding so Gallop put up his helm and beat to windward, then, coming about, bore down on the pinnace before the wind. The 20-ton sloop rammed the smaller vessel with such force that she heeled over on her beam end and water poured down the hatchway. Panic-stricken, the Indians scrambled on deck; several leaped overboard and were drowned; the others hid in the hold. Gallop withdrew to repeat his ramming maneuver.

He had the sudden inspiration to make the blow more devastating by lashing his anchor to the bow, its sharp flukes pointing outward, thus improvising an iron-clad ram two centuries before naval architects adopted this idea. The pinnace was now virtually adrift, falling off to leeward, and when the sloop again crashed into her windward quarter the flukes of the anchor-ram penetrated the hull. The two ships were clamped fast together.

The Gallop boys double-loaded the duck guns, but their shots into the hold had little effect, and their father loosened his fasts and hauled up to windward a third time. Several more Indians jumped overboard, but one, obviously a sachem, stood up on the deck making signs of surrender. Capt. John drew up alongside; took the prisoner aboard and bound him hand and foot. Another came on deck, but fearing to keep two such wily savages, however securely shackled, together in the tiny cabin, he was thrown overboard. Two of the redmen still lurked in the hold, but Gallop and his sons boarded the pinnace, and leaving one of the boys on guard with a pistol at the hatchway, they inspected the shambles.

In the cabin they found John Oldham’s head, the skull crushed, hacked from the body which lay in a corner, stripped naked, slashed with wounds, disgracefully mutilated. “God give you peace, Brother Oldham,” prayed Capt. John as they lowered the corpse into the ocean.

They collected whatever of the murderers’ plunder that seemed worth salvaging; stripped the pinnace of her sails and rigging; took her in tow and laid a course towards Fisher’s Island. But the wind was rising rapidly. It was soon evident that to save themselves the unwieldy tow must be cut loose. She drifted away towards Narragansett Bay and probably fetched up on the rocks off Point Judith.

In 1636 his name first appears in the town records; “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.”

In Jun 1637, several Massachusetts ships arrived at Saybrook, Conn. with reinforcements to supplement land operations against an uprising of the Pequot Indians in the area. It was mutually agreed “that the Bay men should persue the fleeing Pequots in a joint land and water operation. Gallop may have been the skipper of one of the ships in the little flotilla that brought the Massachusetts troops. We know that his was one of the supply ships that accompanied the land expedition and he was on hand in Fairfield harbor, for Bradford wrote in his History: ‘Those that were wounded were fetched off soon by John Gallop who came with his shalop in a happie hour to bring them vituals and carrie their wounded men to ye pinass where our cheefe surgeon was with Mr. Wilson, being about 8 leagues off.’ “

John Gallop shows on the 1640 Boston plan on the southeast side of Middle St., near Gallop’s Wharf, as shown on Bonner’s map of 1722 and Burgiss’ map of 1729. He is shown on the 1645 Boston plan at the same location, and in addition, the plan indicates Gallop’s Point northwest of the wharf. The Bonner map (1722) shows Gallop’s Wharf at the foot of Wood Lane and Gallop’s Alley between Middle and Fish Streets. The Burgiss map (1729) shows Gallop’s Wharf and island in Boston harbor, as does the DesBarres map of Boston, 1775. (Esther G. Snyder)

In his will, dated Oct 10 1649, his widow “is the sole executrix and to her is left all ‘goods and lands’ with three exceptions. To son, John, who might be expected to be the chief beneficiary, he left ‘the new shallop’ and to daughter, Joan, ‘my haeffer.’ The two younger sons ‘shall imploy the bark,’ the first year all for their mother’s benefit and thereafter two-thirds for them and one-third for her. Upon her death, they will inherit everything ‘if they carry themselves as obedient children,’ otherwise ‘she shall have liberty to dispose of all . . . as she shall thinke good.’

The inventory of his estate, dated Dec 26 1649 lists “Owne house and ground lying in Boston, that is to say ye flattes for liberty of wharfage granted by ye towne; The Island called by ye name of Gallop’s Island, containing about 16 acres; Foure acres lyinge at Long Island; owne vessel’ or pinnis, called by name of ye Buck. Whole am’t of inventory £311 l0s. 8d.”

Children, registered in St. Mary’s Church, Bridport:

  • Joan, b. ca. 1618.
  • John bapt. Jan 25 1620.
  • William, b. ca. 1622; returned to England with George Denison and d. there fighting for Cromwell.
  • Samuel (twin), b. ca. 1628; bapt. Aug 16 1629.
  • Nathaniel (twin), b. ca. 1628; bapt. Aug 16 1629.

Similarly, other sources give:

  1. John b. abt 1615
  2. Joan b. abt 1618
  3. William b. abt 1622
  4. Nathaniel & Samuel b. abt 16 Aug 1629 (this is a baptism date)
  5. a daughter, Frances, who died at a young age


Posted by Flick Family at 8:24 PM

Labels: Gallop, Gallup, John Gallop -------------------- of Boston, MA -------------------- A memorial stone located at Whitehall Burying Ground #21, Mystic, CT. reads:

Captain John Gallup, 2nd.

"Born in Dorset, England, 1615. Arrived in Boston September 4, 1635. Removed from Boston to Taunton , 1640 to New London 1651. In 1654 to his residence in Whitehall, built upon a tract of land on the Mystic River, granted him recognition of the service rendered by himself and his father in the Pequot War. Slain December 19, 1675 in the Narragansett Swamp Fight. Buried near the scene of the Battle."

Source(s): Gallup Genealogy, History of Stonington, CT.

-------------------- Immigration on ship Mary and John in 1630 with family

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John Gallup, ll's Timeline

Mosterne, Dorset, England
January 19, 1617
Age 21
Bridport, Dorset, England
September 20, 1618
Age 22
Mosterton, Dorset, England
January 25, 1620
Age 24
Mosterton, Dorset, England
Age 26
Poplar, Greater London, UK
July 27, 1625
Age 29
Bridport, Dorset, ENG
August 16, 1629
Age 33
Bridport, Dorset, England
August 16, 1629
Age 33
Bridport, Dorset, England
March 20, 1630
Age 34

Aboard the Mary & John, arriving in Nantasket, now Hull, May 30

Age 37