(Note, 09/22/2018 -- There has been a lot found out the past few years that might not be incorporated in these answers. We will have a post on research and changes when we start to update this. In the meantime, see the post on Dr. Frank's WikiTree Profile.
The below list can be considered as our first FAQ attempt which will point, for now, to work on the subject related to the question (either a post or Wikipedia or Gardner's Beacon).
- Who was Thomas? He came with his family to Cape Ann under the auspices of the Dorchester Company which was supporting a commercial effort at fishing and crop production. See: Wikipedia.
- Who was his wife? According to different views, Thomas had two or three wives. Our use of two wives agrees with the view of Dr. Frank and others. See: How many wives? Update - 08/12/2018 -- Besides the record of the marriage of Thomas and Margaret, we know her parents and have records for the earliest kids born in Sherborne.
- Did they have children? Thomas and Margaret had nine children who grew to adulthood. Of these, eight had children, too, who are the ancestors of very many descendants. See: The kids.
- Do they have prominent offspring? A descendants list is being compiled and verified. See: Wikipedia.
- Whence came Thomas and his family? That is an interesting question that has been of much interest for a few centuries (and many generations). See Whence page.
- Did an ancestor of Thomas help in the demise of Richard III? The story has been around awhile though its source is unknown. See: Richard III and a Gardner.
- Was Thomas the 1st Governor? Inter-family discussions did cause this subject to appear in print. See: 1st Governor.
- Is Thomas of Salem related to Thomas of Roxbury? There were several Thomas Gardners in New England. See: A Thomas here and a Thomas there. Too, the co-founder of TGS, Inc. is a descendant of both. See the sourced ahnentafels of Benjamin B. Gardner (descendant of Thomas of Salem) and Susan Charlotte Graves Gardner (descendant of Thomas of Roxbury).
- How do the various Gardner families relate? At the time of Thomas, there were several families in New England. Some of these may have been related. See: Gardners and Gardners.
- Did Thomas have a sister who came over? Some researchers have shown that Rachel Gardner Noble was Thomas' sister. This question is being studied via Gardner Research.
- Who was the first to mention Thomas? Rev. Hubbard talked to the principals and finished his manuscript in 1680. This manuscript was not published until the early 1800s and came close to being destroyed. See: Gardner's Beacon, Vol. I, No. 3 and General History of New England ... (pg 106).
- Where is Thomas buried? Thomas was buried at his favorite place on his land which was used also as a burial ground by others. In the 1840s, those graves were moved. Our intent is to identify where Thomas is and to get it marked (at the least) for the 400th. See: Where is Thomas? ... Update -- 08/12/2018 -- Thomas, with others on Gardner Hill, was left where he was. Stones were moved over to Harmony Grove Cemetery. A few of those withstood the move, say that for Seeth. Most did not and are piled somewhere. At the burial site, though, the road was cut through. So, the remains? Well, moved to God only knows. Or, if the burial was away from the road, it is beneath some structure. Lots to think about. Reflect on. How to proceed into this mire?
- What is the 400th? Thomas came over in 1624. There was activity before and continuing establishment of new towns long after that date. See: 400th, again.
- Who was Rev. John White? The Rev was the principle motivator for the Dorchestor Company's effort. Some have claimed a relationship between him and Thomas. For now, the question is open and being studied further. See: Rev. John White, further.
- What is the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.? See: thomasgardnersociety.org.
- How might I support the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.? See instructions on the "Contact us" page.
- Who was Dr. Frank A. Gardner? We will feature Dr. Frank (the Gardner author) in our research and answer that question. For now, we have the ahnentafels (fully sourced) for his paternal grandparents.
As we go along, this FAQ will be updated. After due consideration, another format will be used that will contain sources as is expected with verified material.