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Peter Gamil Gallop and wife
Flora Belle (Montague) Gallop
May 9, 1875 - Dec. 10, 1951 ~~~~~~~~~~~ Mar. 19, 1879 - Feb. 23, 1958
Taken in front of their home in Harbinger, N.C.
Peter Gamil Gallop was the son of Levi M. Gallop and Martha Ann Murrell/Merrill. Peter was a mail carrier at the age of 17. At the age of 18 he married Flora Belle Montague in Manteo, Dare Co., NC on August 8, 1895. He was average size, but put on more weight as he grew older. Peter was lighthouse keeper in Lowland for a time but by 1910 the family had moved back to Currituck County. He was also a lighthouse keeper in Chrisfield, Maryland and at the mouth of Pamlico Sound in North Carolina. In 1913 he lost his little four year old daughter, Minnie, (she is buried in Chrisfield, Md) but due to a bad ice storm he was alone in the lighthouse for 30 days, not knowing if the light would go out with the ice or not. In 1920 Peter was living with his oldest daughter, Martha Ann, and her husband in Portsmouth, Virginia where he worked as a boat builder in the Navy yard. Flora Belle was the daughter of Isaac Montague and Paragon Shannon. She stood about 5' 4" tall and had a slender build. She had black hair and brown eyes and was always neat and well dressed. She was considered an attractive lady. She was a good Christian, no-nonsense mother, who taught her children right from wrong. She died on a Sunday night at 8:43 p.m. and was buried on a Wednesday. She was 78 years old. Peter & Flora had the following children:
Martha Ann - born July 1896; married William Arthur Blythe
Derwood S. - born Feb. 9, 1898; died Nov. 27, 1920 while hunting on Currituck Sound
Levi Augustus "Gussie" - born c. 1903; died 1917 Portsmouth, VA of spinal meningitis
Lillian - born Jan. 20, 1906 in Lowland, Pamlico Co.; died Feb. 1, 1989 Nags Head; married Kenneth H. Waterfield, Sr.
Vera Gertrude - born Sept. 9, 1908 in Lowland, Pamlico Co.; married George E. Lumber circa 1927 and lived in Norfolk in 1930.
Ida Mae "Minnie" - born Sept. 9, 1908 in Lowland, Pamlico Co., NC; died c. 1913 in Chrisfield, Maryland (twin of Vera)
William Paul - born c. 1916 Harbinger, NC; died Nov. 25, 1991 Laurel, Maryland
Mitchell McKinley "Mike" - born July 19, 1919 Harbinger, NC; died Nov. 16, 1965 Elizabeth City, NC
Photograph kindly submitted by George Waterfield. 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.