Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sherborne, Dorset

Last year, Chimper Cook gave us the record of a Thomas Gardiner and Margaret Frier being married in Sherborne. There is a baptism record for Thomas Gardiner in 1591, same parish, and one for Margaret Frier, in 1598. Then, there are records for Gardner boys: Thomas, George, Richard, John.

Dr. Frank did mention
Thanks, Chimper. Too, though, we can mark this up to the marvels of technology. However, a lot of work still needs to be done.

We are going to research this subject so that we can present the best view that can be founded with current information. See Sherborne, Dorset project page for information.

At the moment, there is a table with some of the images that are available. But, we will be adding to this and related pages.

Please, note, too, the introductory comments. This information has been known for a long while. One open area of research will be trying to find out what has been done, to date. Of course, we are talking 300+ years, yet an overview would/could be very instructive from several viewpoints.

Remarks:  Modified: 09/25/2018

Memoir of Benjamin Peirce
07/12/2015 -- We mention abductive approaches (my career was spent in advanced computing - software and modelling, essentially). Please refer, at least, to C.S. Peirce's (we mentioned him in an earlier post - Benjamin Peirce) work in the area. [Love it: From Ugly Duckling to Swan]

07/12/2015 -- When finished with the data collection and analysis, we will present the strongest story (the prerogative of the family) that the facts, and abductive reasoning, will support. As such, we hope to demonstrate some very much needed research viewpoints. 

07/15/2015 -- Benjamin Peirce relates to this theme for several reasons. For one, he is a descendant of son, Thomas, who was first born. A daughter, Bethia, of Thomas married Samuel Gaskill who was of a Quaker line (see image from Table I, pg 172, "Memoir of Benjamin Peirce" Essex Institute Historical Collections, 1881). Benjamin is also a descendant of Seeth who married John Grafton (Table IV, pg 175). But, this gets interesting. This look back has son Thomas marrying Margaret Fryer. ... Note, an analog of the appropriate method might be paleoichnology (results expressed in whatever medium might get the message across).

09/25/2018 -- Recently the Profile for Thomas Gardner on WikiTree changed to only have the two wives. This was due to research and discussion to which Gardner Research contributed. Earlier, there was a post that summarized the issue and accomplishment: Margaret, anew. Thanks are extended to all who made this update possible. The Profile is managed by the Puritan Great Migration Project sponsored by the NEHGS, publisher of the Great Migration books.


  1. I'm a descendant of Thomas Gardner of Salem by two lines, running down through two Ingersoll cousins to Jonathan Ingersoll Bowditch (son of Nathaniel and wife Mary "Polly" Hodges Ingersoll). I had accepted that there was an additional link to Thomas via the marriage of Bethiah Gardner to Samuel Gaskill until my attention was drawn to the article in "The American Genealogist", Vol. 64 (1989), which makes a clear case that Samuel Gaskill in fact married Bethiah Woodin -- not Bethiah Gardner. I'm wondering if you're familiar with this piece, which rests its argument on the 1721 conveyance of the administration of John Woodin's (Sr.) estate to "Samll Gaskell of Salem who marryed Bethiah Daughter of ye Dec", and on a 1722 record of land transfer by John Woodin, Jr., to Samuel Gaskill. The marriage was in 1685, and Bethiah Woodin Gaskill was evidently living -- long since widowed -- in 1725/6, when she transferred her right to commonage at Haverhill to one Robert Peaslee; so a second marriage of Samuel Gaskill to Bethiah Gardner is not supported. [My tree is public at wikitree (dot) com/genealogy/Childs-Family-Tree-1516 for anyone who wishes to trace these lines.]

  2. I should have noted that the details of the case for the Gaskill-Woodin union can be found on the WikiTree profile page for Bethiah, at wikitree (dot)com/wiki/Woodin-204.

  3. Happy to hear from you. Let me apologize for the delay. I just ran across this Comment today.

    I will look further at this and get back.

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    WikiTree looks to be very interesting in approach and function.