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Re: Galyan fm Arkansas
Posted by: George T. Galyon (ID *****2206) Date: September 04, 2004 at 04:40:41
In Reply to: Galyan fm Arkansas by Noel Galyan of 576

Richard E. Galion married Evaline M. "Sophie" Ward on 1-21-1897 probably in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. I have found Richard and Evalline in the 1910 Merad Co. census but it was a Sndx. listing and showed no family with him. Richard was probably in the army at the time..he served in Co. L, 18th US Infantry and in Co s. B and I of the 35th U.S. Infantry. Sophie made a pension application in 1916 based on Richard's service.

Richard E. was a son to James M. and Eliz. Watkins Galyon who were married on 7-21-1853 in Lawrence Co., Ark. James M. first appeared in the 1850 Tippah Co., Miss. census in the household of William and Rebecca Gallion. I know that James served in the Civil War in C o. K, 1st Regiment, Nebraska Cavalry (USA), and I strongly suspect that he served with the Rebs before that in Co. F, 3rd Ark. Inf. (CSA). This was common...especially in the western states.

We have to make a guess as to who William's parents were. We know that said William was born in 1792 in North Carolina. We know that Wm. served in the WO 1812 and got a land grants based on that service. William was discharged in 1815 at New Orleans so it makes very good sense that he was at New Orleans with Andrew Jackson. It is a near certainty that William was a son to either a Jacob Gallion Jr. or a Thomas Gallion, both of whom were in turn sons to Jacob and Elizabeth Arnold Gallion of the 1790 Surry Co., NC census. Jacob and Eliz. were married ca. 1753 in Harford Co., Maryland (then known as St. George's Parish of Baltimore Co., Maryland). Jacob was born ca. 1733 to Thomas and Mary Young who themselves were married ca. 1731 in Harford Co. Thomas was in turn born ca. 1707 in Harford Co. to a John and Mary (possibly nee Wright) Gallion and John, in turn, was born ca. 1670 most probably to a Joseph Gallion then of Harford Co., Maryland.

Joseph was the original Gallion immigrant to America having arrived in Maryland ca. 1664 from London, England where he was in turn born ca. 1633 to a William and Joanne Palmer Gallion of London. William was born ca. 1592 in London to unknown parents. You will find the Gallion name in scattered London records dating back to 1330 where a John and Richard Gallion owned land along the Thames river between Woolwich and Norwich (part of greater London) and gave the family name to a stretch of the Thames called Gallion's Reach. I have found the name in an English land record dating back to 1170.

It would seem the name Gallion is of French origin with the French spelling being Gallienne. There have been French Galliennes in the Channel Islands since the 1300s. This doesn't mean that we descend from John/Richard Gallion or from Channel Islanders. But there is probably some connection there.

William and Joanne were married ca. 1615 in Chigwell, Essex which is just to the NW of old London. I have just today returned from a trip to London and I was able to visit (the outside-it was a Holiday and I couldn't gain entry) the church of St. Olave-Hart Street where our Joseph was christened. It is one block to the North of the current Tower of London. The church was established in 1220 and was saved during the great fire of 1666 by herculean efforts from Sir Samuel Pepys the great English diarist who was an attendee. It is one of the only medieval structures still existing in London today.

I was glad to know of Richard E.'s children..I had no knowledge of any family. You might look up his pension appllication..I'm sure it's available... Please stay in touch and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and I am always glad to get new information for my records...
George T. Galyon

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