I have two Gardner lineages, and they might be connected. I don’t know because one is a brick wall I have been working on for about twenty five years. If anyone knows a connection or any information, please leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Gardner is my 9th great grandfather. He was an "Old Planter" with the Dorchester Company on Cape Ann in the early 1620s, and his family arrived in Massachusetts aboard the ship Zouch Phenix in 1624. His first wife, Margaret, joined the church in Salem in 1639. His second wife, Damaris, joined the church in 1641 as Shattuck, so the marriage to Gardner must be after that date. Two of her Shattuck children married two of Thomas Gardner’s children. Damaris was probably a Quaker, or sympathetic to the Quakers because she appears in several records for being absent from meeting, or “present at a Quaker meeting”. Damaris and Samuel Shattuck are my 10th great grandparents in another lineage. Damaris died one month before Thomas.
Thomas Gardner was the first superintendent of the Salem Colony, and was succeeded by Roger Conant. He was licensed as an innkeeper in the 1660s but this was amended to retail liquor to strangers, not to townspeople in 1667. He held many civic positions over the years in Salem ranging from constable and fence viewer to juror and selectman. Many of his descendants lived in Salem, Boston and Nantucket. There is a long list of his famous descendants on his page at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gardner_(planter)
For more information on the descendants of Thomas Gardner:
Contact the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc http://thomasgardnersociety.org/ (also on Facebook)
The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants 1620 – 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Volume 2, pages 731- 737.
Descendants of Thomas Gardner: Cape Ann (1624 – 1626), Naumkeag/Salem (1626 – 1674), compiled by Jean W. Henderson, Silver City, New Mexico (privately printed), 1997
Gardner Memorial: A biographical and genealogical record of the descendants of Thomas Gardner, planter, Cape Ann, 1624, Salem (Naumkeag), 1626 – 1674, through his son Lieut. George Gardner, compiled by Frank Augustine Gardner, Salem, Mass, 1933. Available online at the Hathi Trust Digital Library website http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015002304239;view=1up;seq=1
Thomas Gardner Family of Cape Ann, by Mary Walton Ferris, privately printed, 1943 (two volumes)
Thomas Gardner and his Nantucket descendants, by Howard Greene, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1917.
For more about Damaris (---) (Shattuck) Gardner, see The American Genealogist Volume 30, pages 165 -68)
My GARDNER genealogy:
Generation 1: Thomas Gardner, born about 1592 in England, died 29 December 1674 in Salem, Massachusetts; married first to Margaret, mother of his children; married second to Damaris, the widow of Samuel Shattuck. Nine children.
Generation 2: Sarah Gardner, born about 1627 and died 5 April 1686 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married about 1650 to Benjamin Balch, son of John Balch and Margery Uknown. He was born about 1628 in Beverly and died after January 1715 in Beverly. Eleven children.
Generation 3: Mary Balch m. Nathaniel Stone
Generatoin 4: Josiah Stone m. Dorithy Fuller
Generation 5: Josiah Stone m. Martha Ashby
Generation 6: Josiah Stone m. Susanna Hix
Generation 7: Eunice Stone m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8: Peter Hoogerzeil m. Mary Etta Healey
Generation 9: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)
This may be a possible descendant of Thomas Gardner?
Generation 1: Unknown Gardner, had two sons 1) Benjamin born 1720 possibly in Boston 2) Thomas Gardner born about 1722, died 22 September 1789 in Boston. Both were ropemakers.
Generation 2: Benjamin Gardner, born about 1720 and died 7 June 1797 in Salem; married first on 10 October 1751 at the West Church in Boston to Sarah Randall, daughter of Stephen Randall and Sarah Cannon. She was the mother of three children. Sarah Randall was born 16 October 1729 in Boston and died 1781 in Salem. He married second on 2 November 1782 in Salem to Mary Briers, widow of Michael Ferguson and John Bassett. She was the daughter of Elias Briars and Mary Pitman, baptized 29 December 1728 in Marblehead, and died 6 April 1787 in Salem.
Generation 3: Mary Gardner, born in Boston, died before 1792; married on 24 June 1775 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Abijah Hitchings, son of Daniel Hitchings and Hannah Ingalls. He was born 18 January 1753 in Lynn and died 27 March 1826 in Salem. Four children.
Generation 4: Abijah Hitchings m. Mary Cloutman
Generation 5: Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 6: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 7: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 8: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)
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