Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fearless Females- Day 22

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

 It would be my 9x Great Grandmother, Christobel Bruchett Gallop and Renee Zellweger would be cast in the role, as she has a good british accent.

Christobel was born 1594 in Dorset, England. On Jan. 19, 1616, at the age of 22, she married John Gallop at the St. Mary’s Church of Bridport, England. From 1615-1629 she had 4 children: John, Joan and the twins, Samuel and Nathaniel. When the twins were about one, John Gallop decided to sail to the New World, on March 20, 1630, John left from Plymouth, England on the Mary and John and landed in Nantucket Point, Massachusetts. I do not know why Christobel did not go with him; maybe she felt the children were too young. John was a very experienced Mariner in the new colony and they did not want him to leave just because his wife wouldn’t come.
Governor Winthrop sent a letter to Reverend White in England asking him to please persuade her to come.

 On 4 July 1632 John Winthrop wrote "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" [WP 3:87-88].
 Your assured in the Lord’s work,
Massachusetts, July 4, 1632
J. Winthrop

Christobel finally made the 8 week journey in 1633 on the Griffin. Reverend White and two other reverends were also aboard. Maybe Christobel was comforted by the fact that 3 preachers were sharing the voyage with her.

Christobel and John joined the church in Boston on June 22, 1634. They lived their lives out in Boston. John died Jan. 11, 1650 and left a will that left Christobel well cared for. She died 5 years later, age 61, on Sept. 27, 1655.

Interesting note about John and Christobel, they are ancestors of former presidents, George Hubert and George Walker Bush and Emily Dickinson, through their son, John Gallop. My ancestor is through their daughter, Joan, who married Thomas Joy.

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