Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TEG, Vol. 35, No. 2

Context: TEG, draft review copy

We are in the process of completing the article (theme, Research in Progress) on Henry D. Gardiner and his barque, Bostonian, for the upcoming issue of the TEG. Notice that details have been removed from these posts as we will reissue them under Gardner Research (at the TGS, Inc. site) in order to support the footnotes (as in, each footnote in the article will be augmented with images plus links to on-line material).

Here is a look at the Bostonian's timeline as of today.

Bostonian timeline, draft

Notice that it left Boston in the spring of 1849. The ship took 173 days to get to San Francisco. Four passengers left Boston, and four arrived at SF. Then, we see an ad in Aug 1850, of selling at the Jackson Street Wharf.

Before that, we see the Bostonian in New Zealand. Did they leave the booze in a warehouse and then return?

This plaque tells the tale as it was known earlier in the 20th century. The 1994 effort at filling in the application for Historic Places added in some detail. We have gathered others.

Gardiner marker

We left this comment at the Douglas County Historical Society page as they ought to be interested.
    Henry D. Gardiner, and his brother C.F., were the owners of the Bostonian. An article is scheduled to appear in The Essex Genealogist in May of 2015 that provides some background about the brothers. As well, it looks at Henry’s wives, two of whom were descendants of Thomas Gardner of Salem.
    Henry, himself, was a descendant of George Gardner of Rhode Island. His grandfather’s first cousin was Dr. Silvester Gardiner of Maine (see image in post). Silvester was the namesake of Henry and was the namesake of Gardiner, ME. So, the cities in ME and OR are named after someone in the same family.
    Then, there will be a timeline provided, based upon contemporary records, for H.D.’s and C.F.s’s barque. The Bostonian left Boston (May 1849 – there is a passenger list), was in SF (Aug 1849), and then, later, in New Zealand (April 1850) six months prior to shipwreck.
    The article will present what is known and will raise several questions that will need further research.

As well, the article will look at Henry and his brother, CF. Plus, two of Henry's wives were descendants of Thomas and Margaret.

We will add in a little about Henry and CF after the shipwreck which must have resulted in losses for them, albeit folks on the scene were able to salvage a lot of material with which to start the town.

George L. Snelling, purported nephew, remains a mystery. A Snelling returned to SF with the Kate Heath. George was postmaster of Gardiner, at least, through 1854. Then, what happened?


This is an example of westward movement that ties to New England and is thereby of interest. Too, we can see that facts are about, but they need to be gathered. Hence, motivation for research arises.

The idea, here, is to get the facts written up, in an organized manner, with supporting sources, and see where future research goes. Too, some dates do not line up. We will report what has been reported; future work will sort out the issues.

BTW, clipper ships made the around-the-Cape journey in about 1/2 the time or so. All sorts of nautical interests need to be studied (see sails - 03/09/2015).

Remarks: Modified: 08/17/2018

03/18/2015 - We will post a draft of the article as soon as it is ready for general review. ... Changed the updated timeline (the ad was 1850 not 1849).

03/19/2015 -- The Aug 1950 was noticed. We hope to get feedback from the draft article which will be out later today.

04/07/2015 -- Article submitted for review (see Timeline).

05/20/2015 -- TEG, May 2015, Vol. 35, No. 2, Pg. 31. The Gardner Annals, Vol. II, No. 1, (see TGA, Vol. II, No. 1 - pg 6) will publish the article in the near future.

08/17/2018 -- The 2nd wife of H.D. was Caroline B. Turner (see note this day at this post) of Maine and not Caroline C. Turner of Nantucket.

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