Henry Beckles GALL 1804-1862 Demarara & Barbados
Henry was born in Demarara (British Guiana)and married Sarah
Halman Margaret HITZLER around 1827. Nothing is known about
his early life until the founding of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Scoiety in 1840 where he becane Secretary and Actuary.
Henry Gall died on 17th August 1862, notification being made officially in the half-year report of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society as follows:
It has fallen to the lot of your Directors to convey to you
the sad intelligence of the death of their much esteemed
Secretary and Actuary, H.B.Gall, Esq. Having complained of
declining health, he obtained leave of the Board to pass a
few months at a watering-place, and returned to his duties
in July, as was believed, invigorated in body; but the seeds
of that disease which was to remove him from the scene of labour
and care had been too deeply sown, and after a few days' illness
he fell victim to congestion of the liver.
Thus has a connection with your Society of twenty-one and
a half years been, by the unerring Disposer of eartly events, abruptly terminated, and the responsible duty of supplying
his place fallen on your Directors.
Of Mr Gall's services to this Society the Directors feel they
need say but little, as they are too well known and appreciated
by all right-thinking individuals. They think it right, however,
to embody in this Report a Resolution which they recorded on the Minutes of the Board at their first Meeting after his death, as expressive of their feelings towards him:-
"That it is with much pain that the Directors have to record
the sudden death of their much esteemed Secretary and Actuary,
Mr H.B.Gall at his late residence 'Dalkeith' on Sunday night
last, the 17th instant.
His long connection with the Society, and his resonsible position
in it as one od its projectors, and the one under whose special supervision it has been so successfully worked for nearly
twenty-two years, render his loss one of peculiar importance
to the general interests of its Members.
In the discharge of his duties, his uniform courtesy towards themselves, as also the proprietary body generally, his
disinterested integrity towards the interests of the Society,
and his unwearied efforts to promote its well-being, has secured
him the confidence and esteem of all who have sat at this Board.
He has gone to rest; but he has left behind him in this noble Institution an unfading momento of his invaluable services to
The Meeting passed a vote of sympathy and condolence with the
Widow and family in their bereavement, and voted the sum of
£500 in acknowledgement of the late Mr Gall's long and faithful services.
source: A History of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance
Their children were:
Catherine Elizabeth b. 11 December 1827 d. 04 October 1900
Henry Beckles b. 13 September 1830 d. May 1865
Sarah Louisa b. 20 May 1833 d. Aug 1899
William b. 19 July 1835 d.Mar 1868
Arthur b.07 September 1836 d.12 July1894
Henrietta b.06 April 1838 d. May 1887
Eileen b. 31January 1840 ---
Frederick Adolphus b.19 October 1841 d. 28 July 1912
Julia b. 21 September 1843 ---
Geo L A b. 29 December 1847 d. 11 March 1920
Evalina Hitlzer b. 07 June 1853 d. 02 October 1884
Clara Augusta b. 01 September 1845 ---
The Gall family vault was built by Henry Beckles GALL in February 1853 and bears a plaque recording this. It is in the graveyard of St.Michaels Cathedral, Bridgetown, Barbados, under a large Breadfruit tree. [url]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ocarroll/gallresources.html#vault [/url]