The Gall family lived on many islands in the West Indies and in Demarary/British Guiana. The earliest records of Galls in Barbados go back to Andrew GALL who married Mary PEERS on 16 December 1672. the baptism of Mary GALL in the parish of St.Michael on 20 August 1675. From the arrival of the first British settlers in 1627–1628 until independence in 1966, Barbados was under uninterrupted British control. Nevertheless, Barbados always enjoyed a large measure of local autonomy. The colony in Demerara in contrast passed between English and Dutch hands.
The British reoccupied Guyana in 1803. Henry Beckles Gall appears to have been established in Georgetown (then called Stabroek) before then (earliest record in 1800 - see Freemasonry below). The plantation Vlissingen was a coffee plantation. Brick Dam became Water Street - see "Growth of Georgetown".
(HB Gall born 1804 died 1862)
Catherine Elizabeth b. 11 December1827 d. 04 October1900
Henry Beckles b. 13 September1830 d. May1865
Sarah Louisa b. 20 May1833 d. Aug 1899
William b. 19 July1835 d. Mar 1868
Arthur b. 07 September 1836 d.12 July1894
Henrietta b. 06 April1838 d. May 1887
Ellen b. 31 January 1840 ---
Frederick Adolphus b.19 October1841 d. 28 July1912
Julia b. 21 September 1843 ---
Geo L A b. 29 December 1847 d. 11 March1920
Evalina Hitlzer b. 07 June1853 d. 02 October1884
[source: handwitten noted in posession of David O'Carroll]
As a young man of seventeen, Mr.Gall started his planting career in Montreuil under his uncle the late Douglas Alexander. In a few years his planting ability was recognised and he was appointed Manager of Waltham in 1894 which position he held until his death.
Mr.Gall was of a quiet and retiring disposition, a man of sterling character, beloved and respected by all with whom he came in contact, for his generous, kind an straightforward manner towards life.
He was one of the finest planters that the West Indies had seen, and his opinion on all things agricultural was sought for, not only in this island [Grenada], but in the neighbouring islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It is no exaggeration to say that it will be found very difficult to fill his place.
In his younger days he was a very keen and fine tennis player, and he always took the greatest interest in all kinds of sport.
Of later years he has been far from well but his indomitable spirit and extraordinary love for his calling kept him in harness until the last.
He leaves his widow, his sister Mrs P.A.F. Macleod, and his brother Mr H.F.D Gall to morn his loss.
It is not amiss to say, now
that he has passed away from amongst us, "Well done thou good
and faithful servant"
[source: Undated press cutting found
with Cynthia Gall's papers on the Montreuil Estate]
AHB died 16 December 1937 aged 67.
Born: 1640/50? [Unknown]
Married: 1672 Barbados
Died: unknown [Barbados (assumed)]
Born: 1836 [Barbados?]
Married: 1870? [Grenada?]
Died: 1894 St.Lucia
Arthur Beckles Gall was the son of Henry Beckles Gall (1804-1862). He was probably born in Barbados on 7th September 1836. He married Helen Alexander of Grenada around 1870. He died in St. Lucia on 12th July1894.
He took the entry
examinations for the colonial service around 1860 in the Ordnance and Commissariat services.
In 1867 he was appointed Auditor for Grenada. By 1873 he held
the Treasurership of Grenada and was then transferred to
St.Lucia to become Inspector of Revenue and Police.
[source: colonial service correspondence 1867-1886 held in the UK National Archives, Kew, London]
Born: 1870 Grenada
Died: 1937 Grenada
St.Lucia->Grenada->Trinidad & Tobago ->Grenada
Arthur Henry Beckles Gall was the eldest son of Arthur Beckles Gall (who was Inspector of Revenue and Police in St.Lucia). Born in 1870 he married his cousin Margaret Edith Gall in 1899. There were no children.
He was a plantation manager and his connection with Montreuil came through his mother Helen nee Alexander (b.1844 d.1924). Douglas Alexander was her brother (b1849).
His brother was Herbert Frederick Douglas Gall (b.1875 d.1947).
Born: 1841 Barbados
Married: 1871 [Barbados]
Died: 1912 England (age 71)
of Henry Beckles Gall II and Sarah Halman Gall nee Hitzler. He
married Margaret Rosa Corbin at St.Leonard's Church,
Bridgetown and he was a sugar planter in BG where his children
were born. [i] He was Assistant Superintendent
of the convict settlement at Massaruni and in 1880 the
Superintendent of the reformatory at Onderneeming (earning a
salary of £1,920 in 1882). By 1898 he was also a justice
of the peace for the county of Essequebo.[ii] He
was still listed as a magistrate in 1904. He retired to
Barbados but died in Liverpool.
[sources: i. related by Edith GALL, widow of Henry GALL of Grenada, to Eustace Shilstone, June 1952. ii. British Guiana Genealogical Society transcriptions - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyggbs/Transcriptions.htm]
Born: 1774-1784 [Barbados?]
Married: c.1800 [Barbados/Demerara?]
Died: Demerara 1819
Henry Beckles Gall I (The Merchant) was born sometime
between 1774 and 1784 the son of William Gall and Sarah Gill.
He appears to have moved as a young man to the then Dutch
colony of Demarary. Under the terms of his father’s will
(dated 1784) he did not get his inheritance until he reached
the age of 21.
The first mention of Henry in Demerara is in 1800. He became an importer of medicines and other goods. He ended his time as a medical officer and died in 1819. His two sons William and Henry Beckles II left the colony in 1816 presumably for Barbados. More detail is given in the chapter on Demerara.
Born: 1804 [Demerara]
Married: c.1830 [Barbados?]
Died: Barbados 1862
Born: St.Lucia 1875
Married: Antigua 1921
Died: Barbados 1947 (age 72)
born in St.Lucia, the second son of Arthur Beckles Gall. He
was educated in England. Whilst in England he lived with his
aunt, Clara Augusta who was married to Gordon William Turner
who became Secretary of the Colonial Bank. Herbert was only 18
when his father died.
Herbert was an Agent and general manager of branches of the Colonial Bank. He joined the bank in 1895 (the Barclay Group Archives record that he had worked for the bank for 34 years in March 1929). He was in West Africa (Gold Coast) on the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918) and did not see active service. By the time he married in 1921 he was acting Manager at the Colonial Bank in Antigua.
He was Manager of Barclays Bank (DC&O) in Dominica from 1921-1935 when he retired.
[source: silver platter
presented by “The Agricultural and Mercantile Community of
He moved the family to Barbados on his retirement where he lived at The Pavillion, Hastings. He married Ida Aileen Duke (b.1900 d.1970) in 1921 and they had two daughters, Cynthia Helen (b.1922) and Clara Jocelyn (b.1923). Cynthia followed her father into banking in the West Indies and then her uncle's interest in horticulture when she lived in England. Clara married Michael St.John O'Carroll and move with him to England at the end of the Second World War.
There are two family vaults. One in the burial ground of St.John's and the other at St.Michaels'.
mausoleum in St.John's churchyard bears two identical plaques,
one at each end stating simply "Gall 1823".
I have assumed that this vault contains John Gall who was buried on 21 December 1823.
Gall family vault at St.Michael's was built by Henry Beckles
GALL in February 1853 and bears a plaque recording this. It is
in the graveyard of St.Michael’s Cathedral, Bridgetown,
Barbados, under a large Breadfruit tree.
There is also a plaque recording the internment of Herbert Frederick Douglas GALL and later of his wife Aileen GALL.
Frederick Beckles GALL wrote: “When Aunt Edith died she was put in the vault. Only time I’ve ever been into a “current” vault- very weird.” He also states that his father was not buried there (George Louis Beckles GALL).
Gall was buried at Westbury Cemetery on 29/9/1941. [source: www.tombstones.bb]
Who is buried in the St.Michael's vault?
When I visited St.Michaels in May 2006 the curate could not find the details of burials. We can assume that HB Gall was buried there, but were any of his immediate relatives moved/buried there? His mother died in 1833 and his wife died in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC.The list then is:
Henry Beckles GALL 1804-1862
Margaret Edith GALL (nee GALL) who married Arthur Henry Beckles GALL
Herbert Frederick Douglas GALL 1875-1947
Aileen Ina (nee Duke) GALL 1900-1970
O'Carroll, May 2006]
WILL of JAMES GATT of
Daughter Hannah Cheesman, wife of Francis Cheesman, two named slaves, and if she die then to my daughter Frances Ann Gatt.
???? wife Hannah Vanty Gatt gift of slaves, amd at her death for granddaughter [mittak?] Kirton Cheesman dau of Francis and Hannah C.
My grandson James Gatt Cheesman son of said Francis & Hannah C.
Residue to wife Hannah Vanty Gatt for life and then to dau Francis Ann G.
Wife sole exx.Dated: 1 June 1773. Proved 27 May 1774
Daughter Elizabeth Margaret GALL, several slaves & £500.
Daughter Katherine Leslie GALL, slaves and £500.
Daughter Ann Clark GALL, slaves and £500.
Daughter Elizabeth Gittens GALL slaves and £500
In consideration of the ample fortune I received by my wife Elizabeth GALL, formerly E Gittens, and from a long and strict experience of merit together with her extraordinary maternal affection and her singular fidelity and prudence, I give her all residue of my estate for her life; and afterwards to my son John GALL at 21.
Executors to have power to buy plantations, stock etc for improvement of my estate. My children to be maintained out of the profits of my estate until they receive their legacies.
To my brother, William GALL, Christopher Estwick GALL and Thomas GALL each 50/- to buy a ring.
Wife and brothers William and Christopher Estwick GALL, friends Joseph WOOD and Nathaniel WEEKS to be exx. And exer
Dated 13 August 1770. sd John Gall Proved 1 Oct 1770
WILLIAM GALL of Christ Church, planter.
All my estate to my children Henry Beckles GALL, Mary Judith, Margaret Christian, John Beckles, and Elizabeth Beckles at 21 or marriage in the case of the girls. Wife Sarah exx and guardians.
Dated 22 June 1784. Proved 24 June 1784
Will of SUSANNA GALL of St George, spinster.
Will of JOHN GALL of St.Phillip
SARAH GALL of St.Michael, widow
To William, son of my son Henry Beckles GALL…….[more]
Dated 24 February 1810. Will and codicil proved 21 Decd 1811
Mary Ann GALL of St.John, spinster
Nephew Henry Beckles GALL son of my brother William GALL decd. £5 John REECE son of my friend Francis Reece decd. £100. Brother Christopher Estwick GALL £10 per annum. Residue to my sister Elizabeth GALL and she to be executrix.
Dated 22 December 1803. Proved 15 October 1812
Will of Christopher Estwick GALL of St. Philip.
21 acres and 5 slaves to be sold and the money to be divided between my loving wife Sarah Elizabeth GALL and my two daughters Eliza and Christian Mehitabel.
To my son John William Estwick GALL and two daughters the interest on debts due to me and the capital at 21.
Executors Thomas Brig.. and John Wright of St.Philip.
Dated 27 Dec 1820. CE Gall. Wits: John Wright, Jas Wm. Wright. Proved 19 June 1821
Will of Elizabeth GALL
Dated 3 December 1813
William GALL of St.John
Estate to be divided ¼ to children of my sister Sarah CARBERRY, viz Joseph Alleyne C. Wilhemina Sharp C. and Clara C. at age 21 or marriage. ¾ to brother Henry Beckles GALL, and he to be executor.
Dated 19 Septr 1838. Proved 1 May 1839
Henry Beckles GALL of St Michael
To wife Sarah Halmon born Hitzler all my property knowing that she will perform a mother’s part by my children and she be exx.
Dated 17 December 1860. Proved 22 August 1862
[David O'Carroll, May 2006. Updated Feb 2008]
From the Historical Research Center:
The surname Gall comes from the Celtic term "gall" meaning "foreigner", "stranger", which occurs in the Irish, Gaelic and Breton languages. It is most numerous in the northern counties of Perthshire and Aberdeenshire, where it is used to describe lowland Scots.
The gallowglass or galloglass – from Irish: gallóglaigh (plural), gallóglach (singular) – were an elite class of mercenarywarrior who came from Norse-Gaelic clans in the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland between the mid 13th century and late 16th century. As Scots, they were Gaels and shared a common origin and heritage with the Irish, but as they had intermarried with the 10th century Norse settlers of western Scotland, the Irish called them Gall Gaeil ("foreign Gaels").
They were the mainstay of Scottish and Irish warfare before the advent of gunpowder, and depended upon seasonal service with Irish chieftains. A military leader would often choose a gallowglass to serve as his personal aide and bodyguard because, as a foreigner, the gallowglass would be less subject to local feuds and influences.
By His Honor Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nicholson, Lieutenant
Governor in and over the Colonies of Essequebo and Demerary,
President in all Courts and Colleges, &c. &c. &c.
By virtue of the Power vested in me by the Act for Regulating the Militia Establishment of the Colony, I have made the following Appointments on the said Establishment.
To be Quarter-Master to Ditto, Mr. J. C. Wolff.
To be Assistant Surgeon to Ditto, Mr. Henry B. Gall.
To be Adjutant to the second Battalion of Demerary, with the rank of youngest Captain, J. C. Brandt Esqr.
And I do hereby require all Persons whom it may concern to take Notice thereof accordingly.
Given at the King's-House in Demerary, this 24th of February 1804.
Robert Nicholson, Lt. Gov.
P. F. Tinne, Secretary.
The Subscriber begs leave to inform the Public, that having
quitted the service of Mr. Henry B. Gall, his present Domicilium
is at the house of Mr. Abraham Solis in Bridge Town; where, or
elsewhere, he is not desirous of contracting any Debts or giving
any Receipts on account of his late Employer; the reason for
quitting whose service, he does not think it necessary to
trouble the Publick with.
Demerary, 12th Novbr. 1803. Gifford L. Davis.
Henry B. Gall.
Mr. Gall earnestly solicits the early assistance of his Friends
for their last Year's Accounts, to enable him to support his
Credit, as he purposes continuing the Druggists Business on a
large and general scale.
Demerary, 11th February 1804.
The Commissaries of the Vendue advertises that on Thursday the
26th Instant will be Exposed for sale, at the House of Doctor
Henry B. Gall; Sundry Articles of Dry Goods consisting of
yard-wide Irish linnen, oznbabrugs, cassimeres, handkerchiefs,
cotton stockings, laggins [sic], ribbons &c. &c. Also a
few kegs English split pease, glauber salts in kegs of 112 ff.
and a variety of other Articles.
3 Months Credit.
April 21st 1804. Brereton & Kingston.
The Essequebo and Demerary Gazette dated 2nd June 1804
Henry B. Gall, Druggist, has just Imported by the latest
Arrivals, and for sale at his Shop in front of Plantation
Vlissingen, a fresh and general assortment of valuable
Fresh powder'd jalap, Ipecacuanha, bark, cantharides, opium, sal: nitre, verdigris, myrrh, senna leaves, manna, tart: emetic, white vitriol, blue do. sugar lead, calomel, magnesia, glauber salts in kegs of 112 lbs. cream of tartar, rhubarb, assafoetida, crude antimony, flor: sulphur, letharge, prepared steel, red precipitate, flor: zinc, corosive [sic] sublimate, alum, borax, spts. of hartshorn, nitre, sal: ammon, lavender, gum guaicum, ammonicum, rosin, yellow wax, piasters, steel bandage, pint and half pint peuter [sic] syringes, scales & weight, with numberless other Articles.
Demerary, 2d June 1804.
Just Imported and for sale by the Subscribers at their Store in
Bridge Town, the following Articles for Immediate Payment, or to
known Punctual Customers, at a short Credit. Viz. Yard wide
Irish linnen, superfine blue cloth, black and brown cassimere,
laggings [sic], Men's gloves, cotton stockings, calico cambric,
pullicat & romal handkerchiefs, [illegible] diaper, dimity,
buff thick sett, a few pieces japan muslin, black velvet,
breeches braces, post and Foolscap paper, pen knives and
scissors, hams, cheese, refined sugar, English rounds in tubs,
tongues in firkins, tripe, split pease, butter, candles, soap,
white lead and paint oil, London particular Madeira Wine per
dozen, Porter per do. hair powder and pomatum, patent Shot in
Demerary, 2d June 1804. H. B. Gall & Co.
and Demerary Gazette dated 14th
On Monday the 22d Inst. and following day, will be Sold to the
highest Bidders, by Order of Messrs. H. B. Gall & Co. at
their House in front of Plantation Vlissingen. - an assortment
of dry Goods, consisting of black and brown cassimere, black
velvet, India dimity, buff thick sett, Irish linen, Ladies hose,
muslins, callico cambric, blue & red strip'd pullicat
handkerchiefs, romal & madrass do. clouting diaper, hair
powder & pomatum, pen knives & sicssars, hair trunks,
refined sugar, muskets, hams, ox tongues in firkins, butter,
candles, soap, split pease, rounds beef, white lead, a few kegs
of Barbados old Rum, superfine Flour &c. as also a large and
general assortment of Glass Ware.
October 13th 1804. Brereton & Kingston.
The Subscriber offers for Sale at Prime Cost the whole or any
part of his Shop and stock of Medicines, consisting of a variety
of Valuable Articles, among which are 50 Kegs of Glauber Salts
in excellent order. - Payment to be made in Cash or approved
Notes Payable in January and February next.
Demerary, 15th December 1804. H. B. Gall.
Notice is hereby given, that the Mercantile concern of Henry B.
Gall & Co. consisting of John Lewis, of Barbados and H. B.
Gall, of Demerary stands closed. All those who have any demands
against said Firm, are desired to render in their Accounts, and
all those indebted thereto, are requested to make immediate
Payment, so that the affairs may be brought to a speedy
Demerary, 19th January, 1805. H. B. Gall & Co.
The Subscriber hereby begs leave to inform his Friends and the
Public in general, that he has closed his Accounts to the 31st
last Month, and earnestly requests all those indebted to him to
that day, to be speedy in coming forward and settling with him,
as he is otherwise determined to adopt coercive measures without
respect to persons, the Druggist Business will in future be
conducted under the Firm of H. B. Gall & Co.
Demerary, 19th January, 1805. H. B. Gall.
Dec. 6, 1806. M. Downie.The Essequebo and Demerary Gazette dated 28th March 1807
H. B. Gall,
Practitioner of Physic,
Has removed from the House he formerly occupied to the corner Lot of Plantation Vlissengen, opposite Mr. Marshall's Coffee Room, where he continues to exercise the duties of his profession, and has For Sale
A Fresh and general Assortment of valuable Medicines, consisting of Jalap, Rhubarb, Ipecacuanha, Cantharides, opium, sal nitre, blue vitreol, verdegrese, camphor, calomel, red and white precipitate, sugar of lead, worm seed, tartar emetic, salt of steel, magnesia, strain'd opium, creama [sic] tartar, crude antimony, alum, myrrh, snake root, sarsafrass, aloes, [illegible] and Barbados, vitriolic [illegible]thery lunar costic, gum guaiarum, gum arabic, bals. copaiba, gentian root, sperm caeti, flor. zinc, prepared steel, a variety of tinctures, extracts and chimical [sic] oils, elastic gum bougies, penis syringes, ointments, plasters, also rose and lavender water, Husham's tincture of bark, antibilious pills, essence of pepermint [sic], worm bitters, mixed spices, sago, tapioca, tone [sic], glauber salts per lb. and in kegs of 112lbs each, with a variety of other articles.
NB. Constant attendance at this shop from six in the morning until nine at night, prescription put up with neatness, accuracy, and dispatch. Demerary, 25th July, 1807.
And finally he was appointed Surgeon
Demerary, 7th November, 1807.
His Excellency Colonel Nicholson, Acting Lieut. Governor, has been pleased to make the following Promotions:
1st Battalion of the 1st Regt. Demerary Militia.
Assistant Surgeon H. B. Gall, to be Surgeon vice Wolfe, removed to the Country.
[David O’Carroll June 2012]
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