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GALLOP, John, soldier, died in what is now South Kingston, Rhode Island, 19 December 1675. He was employed by the magistrates of Boston to accompany John Mason in an expedition against a company of pirates, under command of a man named Bull. Severe cold delayed the measures for bringing the pirates to justice, and, after spending two months in searching for Bull in their pinnace, Mason and Gallop were compelled to return without him, as he had escaped to England. Captain Gallop afterward went to Connecticut, where he was associated with Mason in several exploits against the Indians, and was also employed as a pilot. While sailing in his bark of twenty tons from Connecticut to Long Island, on 20 July, 1636, with one man and two boys, he captured near Block Island a pinnace belonging to John Oldham, a trader, on board of which were fourteen Indians, who had murdered Oldham, and were carrying off his vessel. After firing on them with such effect that the Indians sought refuge under the hatches, he ran on the pinnace, and struck her on the quarter with such force as almost to overturn her. This frightened the Indians so that six of them leaped over and were drowned. After repeating this action several times, only four Indians remained under the hatches. He then ventured to board the pinnace, and bound two of the savages. Remembering their wonderful adroitness in untying each other, he threw one of his prisoners overboard. He found the body of Oldham still warm, and cleft through the brains, with hands and feet cut off. After removing the goods and sails he took the vessel in tow, but was obliged to part her on account of the strong wind, and she drifted to the Narragansett shore. Gallop afterward took part with the Connecticut troops in King Philip's war, was foremost in the assault on the swamp fort, and was shot dead just inside the entrance.
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