My wife is descendant from both Thomas of Salem (direct) who provides the main theme for this blog and Thomas of Roxbury. For now, we don't know the relationship (if any) between the different families. At some point, perhaps, like some families who have tried to identify commonality, sometimes via genetic matching (to wit, Graves, Frost, and more), there may be a Gardner effort.
As many people admit, it's easy to get the families mixed up. In fact, as Dr Frank mentions in his book (1907, pg 16), some have confused, in the Salem family, Thomas the son with Thomas the father (we will look at this further, later).
Gardners and their arrival.
- 1620 - Richard Gardenar of the Mayflower
- 1624 - Thomas Gardner of Cape Ann and, then, Salem
- 1630 - Sir Christopher Gardiner was in Boston for awhile, on Winthrop's list of infamy
- 1631 - Henry Gardner of Kittery, Maine
- 1635 - Edmund Gardner of Ipswich who James Savage says came on the James
- 1635 - Lion Gardiner of Saybrook, Conn and Gardiner's Island
- 1638 - Thomas Gardner of Roxbury, ancestor of Col Thomas Gardner
- 1638 - George Gardner of Rhode Island [Wikipedia]
- 1642 - Richard Gardner of Woburn
- 1650 - John Gardner of Hingham (related family)
- 1661 - James Gardner of Gloucester
- 1630 - Rachel (Gardner) Noble, (new, 01/11/2013)
For each of these, we'll provide a pointer to major work that has been done for the family. And, we'll show how they might have melded over the generations.
01/11/2013 -- The question was first asked on 05/05/2011: Did Thomas of Salem have a sister named Rachel? Put her on the list, as she and her husband, Thomas, came over in 1630 (we need to identify female Gardners, too, who arrived early). See Gardner work being done at familytreecircles.
12/14/2012 -- This has been a popular post. Also, see Pg. 22 of A home of the olden days (1872) for an example of the two Thomases that Dr. Frank was mentioning.
11/27/2012 -- George is written up in Wikipedia.
04/23/2012 -- Conjectures are nice, if supported; in fact, we'll have an example of that shortly in regard to Thomas and Margaret. There are too many gaps, in many cases. We can't just fill these in without some thoughtful reason. Some families have on-going research that is supported by DNA analysis. One that I found to be interesting is the Gordon family's work.
05/08/2011 -- Updates will be collected in a new post.
05/05/2011 -- Did Thomas of Salem have a sister, Rachel?
05/02/2011 -- At some point, we need to look at the ancestry of Thomas (and Margaret). There is one book that suggests a relationship between Thomas of Salem and George of Rhode Island (published 1907) without saying how.
03/07/2011 -- Will note when I run across work being done for the other families (example pedigree for a grandson of John of Hingham).
12/23/2010 -- Would be derelict if I didn't mention, and use, this site by Roderic A. Davis, 2nd.
10/31/2010 -- There are several views to look into further: Thomas and Thomas (see above image), pedigree from Albert Meyers (pointer, page contents can change, recoverable by using the index), ...
10/27/2010 --Cyndi's List is a great resource. She has three Gardner-related links.
10/22/2010 -- We can add in other Gardner families who may have arrived later. An example would be Jasper Gardner.
10/13/2010 -- Added a few links. For each of these, we'll have a separate post.