The Galland/Gallant family is very interesting. Our Matthew Gallant served in The Queen's Loyalists during the Rev War, but never his family. He was given land in Canada after the War, and stayed there a few years before returning to Boston, and marrying Hanna Fenno. The Ohio Company gave him 100 acres of land in Ohio near Marrietta. Several women joined the DAR through him, until he was discovered on the Queen's Loyalist List. He could talk about the battles he was in, just did not say which side he was fighting on! His son, Isaac, was a land speculator, bought land from the Indians, and sold it to settlers moving West. He wrote a book "The Iowa Emigrant" encouraging people to move there. He gave some of his land in Illinois to Joseph Smith, and became his confidant for a time. The historic Navuoo visitors' center in Illinois will treat any of Isaac's relatives as VIP's. I know, I was there. Isaac's sister, Mary, joined the Mormons on their trek to Salt Lake City, and her descendants have done a lot of research on the family. Isaac's brother, David, followed Isaac to Illinois and Iowa, was the first Justice of the Peace in Iowa, helped write the State Constitution, and served 12 years in the Iowa Legislature. Before moving West, David, Abel and Matthew, Jr. served in the War of 1812. Young Matthew was killed, and David taken prisoner by the British when they overran Fort Detroit. After the War, David returned to Ohio and married Phoebe Gandy, then they started West to Illinois and Iowa. Very interesting family.