Monday, February 13, 2012

Where was Thomas? II

Earlier, we were looking at where Thomas and Margaret were for eleven years, starting about 1626. As well, we have asked, Where is Thomas?

There are many years to cover, but let's take one bit of data from Dr. Frank A.'s book. Dr. Frank (pg 10) says that Thomas, in 1641, would have lived on the north side of Essex Street between Beckford and Flint (see Bing map -- bird's eye view). To quote: This square was called in the Town Records in the second month of that year, "the field where Mr. Gardner is."

It is not far from where Joseph and Ann lived a little later which is now the location of the Essex Institute (Peabody Museum). Too, it's a stone throw from where he was originally buried.

We'll have to map out where Thomas owned land. Dr. Frank says that there was only one recorded sale during Thomas' life. Otherwise, he accumulated property. A lot of his land was bought by his son, Samuel, and was in the family for several generations.

One topic that we'll consider, which relates to both prosperity and property, will be the War of 1812 which seems to be overlooked, for some reason. Those who were in shipping bore a lot of the costs.

Remarks:

03/28/2014 -- See Vol. IV, No. 1 for a discussion of the movement from Cape Ann to Salem.

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

Modified: 03/28/2014

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gardner's Beacon, Vol. II, No. 1

February has become associated with the mid-winter celebration of Valentine's Day.

See Vol. II, No. 1 of Gardner's Beacon for examples of Valentine Day's cards from the 1880s. Also, we do a profile of a son, Joseph Gardner, who married Ann Downing. Their house had quite a history.

References: Felt, Joseph B. Annals of Salem 1827; Wikipedia, Valentine's Day

Remarks:

02/13/2012 -- Besides Joseph and Ann being a colonial Valentine story, we have Ann showing that a widow was more than a 'relict' (we'll go into that in depth at some point).

02/02/2012 --  Added in the house image. Thomas would have visited Joseph and Ann here. We can look at several other locations, by time, to fill in a story. 

Modified: 04/23/2012