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Rinaldo Martin Gallup, of Stavanger, Miller township, LaSalle county, was born in Rhode Island, January 26, 1838, and is the son of George S. and Betsey Fuller Gallup, his father being born in Connecticut and his mother in Rhode Island. His grandfather was Martin Gallup whose father came from England when he was a young man and settled in the state of Rhode Island. George S. Gallup married Miss Betsey Fuller, whose ancestors of that name are not unknown to Revolutionary fame. They had three children, whom they reared to adult years. The eldest, Rinaldo Martin, is the subject of this brief biography; Isadora Ruth, the wife of Z. Bourne, living in Hamilton county, Iowa; and William Spencer, residing in this township. Their mother died in her seventy-third year, and their father is still living, now in his eighty-fourth year, - both the parents thus reaching a good old age.

Rinaldo M. Gallup attended the public schools and in them received a good common education. He remained at home until his twenty-second year, when he purchased a farm and began to manage for himself. On November 1, 1860, he married Miss Ann Eliza Holley, of Salisbury, Connecticut, and five children were born to them, - John S., Nettie A., Nellie E., Nina B. and Bessie F. John, the eldest, has been twice married. Miss Cora Lewis becoming his first wife. She died six years after marriage, leaving a daughter, named Mav. He was afterward married to Mrs. Adelaide Ormsby, of Connecticut. Nettie married Eugene Barker, of Seneca, Illinois, and resides in Morris, this state.

Mr. Gallup is a progressive farmer, who believes in taking advantage of modern ideas to accomplish work in these modern times, and the result is seen in his successful business. Politically he is a supporter of the Republican party. He is social and genial by nature and has made many warm friends in this community, who appreciate the sterling worth of the man and the integrity and energy which have contributed to his success.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 272-273.

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