A lot of this research needs to be done by those who have the interest and time. Meaning? Some of this has to be by labor motivated by more than money.
Naturally, we would point to the goals of Gardner Research. Recently, we took Dr. Frank as a focus and published his paternal line (grandparents: Benjamin Brown Gardner and Lucy Foster Wilson) in essay and ahnentafel forms.
Too, we started to look further at the Massachusetts Magazine (TMM) which he helped start. The magazine was mentioned by Perley whose antiquarian work was winding down about the time of the TMM start.
In each issue of TMM, Dr. Frank provided a military monogram on a particular subject (see below). As well, in the early editions, he offered additional information with commentary in another section of the magazine.
TMM had a quarterly publication schedule so Dr. Frank's effort was exemplary given that he was a practicing physician (and father) during this same time period.
Both Wiggin (author of the above book) and Dr. Frank mentioned Mass Sailors and Soldiers. The multiple volume set is a great resource. I consider it to be an index and brief encyclopedia. For each of the patriots (only some of whom are in the D.A.R. database), there ought to be further information added.
Aside: One of our intents is to start a list of patriots who are (can be) proven (not yet D.A.R. recognized due to no application having been submitted, at this time). Too, we will review each of the works provided by Dr. Frank, and other authors, in TMM.
Titles, by Dr. Frank A Gardner, in the first two TMM volumes (with Wikipedia links).
- 1908, Vol I
Pg 14 Col. John Glover's Marblehead Regiment
Pg 51 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 85 Col. John Glover's Marblehead Regiment
Pg 103 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 149 Colonel William Prescott's Regiment
Pg 195 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 235 Colonel William Prescott's Regiment
Pg 278 Department of the American Revolution
1909, Vol II
Pg 11 Colonel Ephraim Doolittle's Regiment
Pg 45 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 69 Colonel Timothy Danielson's Regiment
Pg 101 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 141 Colonel John Fellow's Regiment
Pg 168 Department of the American Revolution
Pg 191 Captain Jonathan Haraden
Pg 203 Colonel Ebenezer Bridge's Regiment (see John Trull, referencing this article)
Pg 234 Department of the American Revolution
Now, for each of the volumes, we will get the contributions by Dr. Frank and build an index with comments about context. Too, we will look for citations and such. The initial look will focus on the military monographs with the goal to be done by July 4th of this year. But, all of the other contributors ought to have some appreciative look, as well.
The last TMM publication was in early 1918 (WWI). Hopefully, we can find some material dealing with motivation for the magazine (Perley's comment) and with the work related to publication (all aspects).
For many volumes, Lucie (sister of Dr. Frank) published genealogies and reports about family groups and their meetings. Perhaps, looking at these would be a good next step.
Remarks: Modified: 12/18/2016