While browsing, I found a short piece that covered some of the Nantucket families. It was written by Lydia Swain Mitchell Hinchman in 1896. Some of the families were Mitchell, Coffin, Swain, Swift, Folger, and Stanton.
Earlier, we looked at Coffin (Lucretia (Coffin) Mott) and some of the whalers. In a couple of places, we have considered that collateral families are something to look at in depth. From Lydia's list, it is easy to identify the descendants of Thomas.
For instance, we can consider Edwin M. Stanton (Clemons, et al). He served, for a time, as Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
A search finds other Stantons that would be interesting to look at.
A real treat, though, was a collection of Coffin stories. As depicted on the first page, the Gardners and the Coffins met on Nantucket; of course, early associations seemed to be iffy given the strong mindedness of the parties. However, things eventually work out as we see with all of the genealogy trees with both families on them.
One thing to note is that John wanted the main town of Nantucket to be called Sherborne. We saw that, too, in the post related to the Folger writeup. Sherborne is in Dorset. John said that it was his hometown which he would have heard from his father, being too young to know when they left.
If we searched, how many of these types of stories could we find? Would not they then go into an interesting account?
That is, would you not want to know some quote, or such, that could be attributable to Thomas?
10/03/2014 -- Recent find of a marriage record for Thomas Gardner and Margaret Friar in the records of Sherborne.
04/20/2012 -- Story about John's efforts to establish peaceful relationships with the Indians.
03/28/2012 -- Mark E. Miner's site has an interesting look at the Coffin/Gardner conflict that was related to full, versus half, ownership. See post on Mary (Gardner) Coffin.