The Burying Ground behind Old Ship Church.
Among the roots of the beautiful old trees I found my own roots.
Descended on my father’s side from Joan Gallop, daughter of John Gallop who came from England on the Mary & John in 1630, leaving his wife and children in England. They followed in 1633 on the ship Griffin.
Joan Gallop married Thomas Joy. He had also come from England with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630.
(the new headstones were erected by descendent Henry Bourne Joy in 1930)
Directly descended from Thomas Joy and Joan Gallop (Joan descended from six generations of Gallops in England) through their son Joseph… six generations of Joys, then four generations of Downs’ when Harriet Joy married Lemuel L. Downs II. Now four generations later, the Downs name stops with my generation with no males to carry it on. My children and grandchildren, although without the names, carry the history and the legacy forward.