Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ebenezer Gardner of Maine

At the Micmac farm site, the history page states that the Gardner house in Machiasport, ME was built in 1776. Ebenezer, the builder, was a descendant of Thomas and Margaret through Samuel, and his son Abel.

Ebenezer had settled in Nova Scotia, but, in 1776, loyalists claimed the area forcing Ebenezer and his family south.

Ebenezer is #123 (pg 191) in Dr. Frank's book. His father died early, so Ebenezer was raised by his uncle Jonathan who was a forebear of the John Lowell Gardners. Ebenezer died at 97 which is remarkable given what he endured (descendants, St Croix).

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The Micmac website also has notes about the Gardner family and its Maine extension. Ebenezer's grandson, John (see Bryant tree), married Rachel Berry (see James tree) who was the granddaughter of John Berry. John was involved with the first naval skirmish of the Revolutionary war (British frigate Magaretta - ought John have his own page?). Some of John's ancestors were early entrants into Maine.

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The Hereditary Society Community (HSC) is a collection of genealogical and historical societies who work to preserve our history and heritage. The HSC sponsors meetings of most of the group, yearly in the spring, in Washington, D.C. One member group is the Order of the First Families of Maine whose site lists the early Maine entrants.

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Maine has an interesting history. A group came very early, into Popham, established a colony, and built a boat (Virginia) that was seaworthy sufficiently to cross the Atlantic several times.

Remarks:

01/19/2015 -- Maine History Online: Popham and Gorges.

01/01/2013 -- Id at rootsweb changed; did a refresh.

11/30/2011 -- Good description of the early voyages, including Popham's.

04/06/2011 -- Stanley Israel Gardner published 'The Gardner Family of Maine' in 1986. Amazon.com reports that it is out of print. Here are a couple related links: Julie Etta Patterson and genforum.genealogy.com. At the Essex Institute, I saw a book written about son John's family. Hopefully, we will be able to get a bibliography filled in at some point to include all of these types of books.

Modified: 01/19/2015

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