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Levi M. Gallop
2 Aug 1847 -- 21 May 1908

Levi M. Gallop was the son of Benjamin G. Gallop and Director Hall Gregory.  Levi married Martha Ann Murrell/Merrill in Currituck County on July 20, 1869 and to them were born 5 children--1) Edgar Merrill Gallop; 2) Benjamin Director Gallop; 3) Peter Gamil Gallop; 4) Isaac Merrill Gallop; 5) Director H. Gallop.  Martha Ann was born Jan. 27, 1842 and died Sept. 22, 1896.  On April 14, 1900 Levi married Leah Forbes, a woman 30 years younger than him.  They had a son, William Gallop (born Aug 1898 according to the 1900 census) and a daughter, Bessie Lee, who was born c. 1906.  Levi Gallop died in 1908 and Leah remarried c. 1910 to Cary S. Ballance.  Together they had: David W. Ballance (born c. 1914) and Gilbert S. Ballance (born 1919).  Leah's tombstone in New Hollywood Cemetery in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC states she was born January 6, 1879 and died November 12, 1950.   If you have any further information on this family please send me an e-mail so I can add it here.

UPDATE: Excerpts from a letter written by Gilbert S. Ballance (son of Leah and Cary S. Ballance) to George Waterfield dated April 14, 2000

Dear George,
What a small world!  Levi M. Gallop, whose first name and middle initial, I never knew till a couple of months ago, was my mothers first husband; and you did not know till a couple of months ago that Levi had remarried.  Interesting isn't it?  I knew that Levi had 2 sons, but never knew about a third.  You ask about William Jerome and Bessie Lee.  They were my haft brother and haft sister.  They would have enjoyed knowing you.  William died in January 1981 in Maryland and was buried off Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.  Bessie died in December, 1981, in Huntsville, Alabama and is buried in  Birmingham.  She had 3 sons.
 /s/ Gil Ballance
PS:  My mother, Leah, died in 1950 and I was born in 1919.

Kindly submitted by Sybil Potter Tiedemann, great-great-granddaughter of Levi M. Gallop.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.