Tag Archive: Captain Daniel Gale

Sep 06

52 Ancestors, Week #35: Captain Daniel Gale

Captain Daniel Gale (1739–1801) was my fourth great grandfather who removed from Kingston, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, where most of his children were born, to Gilmanton, Strafford County, New Hampshire,[1] about 1780.

Daniel’s probate files are located in Strafford County, New Hampshire and consist of his will, nomination of executors, and an inventory of his estate.[2]

Daniel penned his last will and testament on the 3rd of October 1801. Witnesses to the will were Isaac Smith, Joseph Parsons, and Edward Colcorde. Daniel appointed his son Stephen and his wife Patience, joint executors and distributed his estate in the following manner:[3]

  1. “… to my beloved wife Patience, the use and improvement of my homestead with all the buildings, privileges & appurtenances thereunto belonging during her natural Life except the south easterly end of the Lot which I have deeded to my son Daniel… to my wife all my personal estate my stock farming tools, wearing apparel and every moveable she paying my debts out of the same.”
  2. “… my executor should pay in one year after my decease two dollars a piece to each of my four daughters viz To my daughter Tilton, Mrs., to my daughter Potter, Mrs. [Shuah] to my daughter Richardson, Mrs. [Betty] & to my daughter Pearly, Mrs. … It is my will that my household goods should be equally divided among my above mentioned daughters.”
  3. “… my executor should pay in one year after my decease one dollar a piece to each of my sons (viz)” Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, & Stephen.
  4. “… to my son Stephen after the decease of his mother all my homestead as above mentioned…”

Daniels will was proven on the 26th of October,[4] and on the same day, “Patience Gale and Stephen Gale, junior yeoman were nominated and allowed to be executors of the last will and testament of Daniel Gale late of Gilmanton deceased who gave bond in the Sum of two thousand Dollars…”[5]

On the 12th of November 1801, an inventory of Daniel’s estate was conducted by Benjamin Page, Peter Folsom, 3d, and Samuel Shepard who appraised the estate at over fourteen hundred dollars.[6] He appears to have had a substantial home (including a desk) and crops, as well as a pew in the Meeting House in the Second Parish in Gilmanton.

Daniel Gale. Born on 2 September 1739 in Kingston; died in Gilmanton, on 10 November 1801 and was buried in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.[7]

On 29 May 1760 Daniel married Patience Eastman, daughter of Joseph Eastman & Patience Smith, in Kingston.[8] Patience was born on 14 Dec 1738 perhaps in Kingston; and died in Gilmanton, in May 1804.

They had the following children:

  1. Jacob Gale. Born on 5 October 1762 in Kingston; and married Mary Rowell, 5 April 1787.[9]
  2. Joseph Gale. Born on 30 October 1764 in Kingston; and married Sarah Smith, 16 April 1789.[10]

iii.        Shuah Gale. Born on 28 March 1767 in Kingston (twin of Daniel); and married Thomas Potter, 29 September 1793 at the Smith Meeting House in Gilmanton. [11]

  1. Daniel Gale (1767-1829). Please see blog #34 Daniel Gale of Kingston & Gilmanton, N.H.
  2. Stephen Gale. Born 10 April 1774, in Kingston;[12] and died in Gilmanton, 8 January 1832. Stephen and Lois were buried at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery.[13] The couple had seven children.
  3. Susannah Gale. Born in Kingston; probably married a Tilton/Felton or Pearly.[14]

vii.        Mary Gale. Born in Kingston; probably married a Tilton/Felton or Pearly.[15]

viii.        Elizabeth (Betty) Gale. Born in Kingston; and probably married Jeremiah Richardson in March 1796.[16]

Future Research

Property records for Straffod County, New Hampshire, need to be searched for reference to the Gale and Eastman families around the Gilmington area.

Captain Daniel Gale may have participated in the Revolutionary War. A Daniel Gale who enlisted 25 June 1779,[17] but it is not known whether this is my ancestor. Obviously a lot of research needs to be conducted to sort through the various Daniel Gales.


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[1] The town of Gilmanton was established as part of Strafford County, New Hampshire, but in 1840, it became a part of Belknap County which was created from Strafford County.

[2] Strafford County, New Hampshire, Probate Records 1801–1803, Volume 7; Family History Library microfilm #164,175, item 2. Hereinafter cited as Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7.

[3] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[4] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 112.

[5] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 84.

[6] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 320-322.

[7] Mary Lovering Holman, Margaret Forney, Germaine G. Guiot, and Winifred Lovering, Death Records from the Smith Meeting House Burial Ground (Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Typescript, n.d.), 265. Hereinafter cited as Death Records from the Smith Meeting House Burial Ground.

[8] Daniel Lancaster, The Story of Gilmanton, Embracing the Genealogical and Miscellaneous History from the First Settlement to the Present Time; Including What Is Now Gilford to the Time It Was Disannexed (Gilmanton, New Hampshire: Alfred Prescott, 1845), 265. Hereinafter cited as The Story of Gilmanton.

[9] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[10] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[11] Mary Lovering Holman, Winifred Holman and others, Records from the First Book of the Smith Meeting House Gilmanton, New Hampshire, 1775-1819; and Cemetery Records from Gilmanton, Barnstead, Salem Centre, N.H., etc. (Salt Lake City: Typescript, n.d.), 37

[12] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[13] Tombstone of Stephen Gale and Lois P, his wife, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road); viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[14] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[15] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[16] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11874-74981-92?cc=1520640 : accessed 06 Sep 2014), 004243166 > image 2408 of 5058; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[17] Isaac W. Hammond, editor, Rolls and Documents Related to Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Volume III (Manchester, New Hampshire: State of New Hampshire, 1887), 13,

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