Thursday, July 21, 2011

Richard and John (and Thomas)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Remarks:

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.

Modified: 10/03/2014

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Samuel Knapp Gardner

There are several themes that will continue in these posts. For instance, the recent Gardner's Beacon issue briefly looked at what is behind the celebration of U.S. Independence. That conflict dragged on until almost the mid-1780s. Then, it was a mere 30 years later that we had England meddling with us via the War of 1812.

Another theme dealt with ancestors across the waters, such as we discussed with some of the Gardners, to wit John Lowell and Simon Stacey, including those that have royal ancestry in their tree.

Samuel Knapp Gardner, a son of Simon Stacey Gardner, has several of these topics. Here is his tree (Plumer family). Samuel was a mariner and was a prisoner of war during the War of 1812. He was held in HM Prison Dartmoor. Many did not make it back from that experience.

Forgetting the royals, until later, let's look at a couple of other topics. Samuel has Edward Woodman on his tree through his mother, Rebecca Knapp. Edward, as a Deputy to the General Court (see WDAHAC.org eligible ancestor list), was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. This group was a 1638 offshoot of the Artillery Company founded in the times of Henry VIII.

Edward Woodman is also of interest in that his great grandfather, Richard Woodman, is a noted Protestant martyr, having been burnt at the stake in 1557. Wiki has a listing of those who were victims in the events.

Samuel (1781-1850) married Mary Marsh. Their children were William (-1852), Samuel (1801-1842), Mary (1803-1872), Eliza ().

Remarks:

07/11/2012 -- A recent issue of Gardner's Beacon looks at the War of 1812.

Modified: 07/11/2012