Monday, January 27, 2020

American 100s

We've been at this for ten years now. Early on, it became evident that the 400th (of Cape Ann) was in the near future, 'near' enough that we have the Plymouth event (early planning) already at hand. Later, we also remembered that the southern realm did their look back in 2007 (First Thanksgiving).

Reading about the 400ths, of course, brought our attention backward to the 300ths (Salem Pageant).

America 200
Jedediah Strong Smith
Along the same line, though, we got insight into the western movement that picked up speed after Lewis & Clark toured the middle of the country from the east to the west, all the way to the Pacific. Dr. Frank, in his Massachusetts Magazine, published many articles on this theme. Early trekkers explored the areas and learned about the tricks of navigation. That is, they wandered from the east to the west, too, on foot and horseback. Later, earnest families traveled toward new lives. Turns out that a place named Gardner saw a whole lot of those moving forward (Gardner Junction, 3 Trails).

Lots of attention go toward the northern routes, however there were southern routes across the country, to boot. And, as we've seen with movies and TV, the U.S. Army was active across the whole region (William J. Worth, Thomas W. Higginson, and more). In the east, we saw the displacement of the Natives as an example of what was to come. Many tribes were moved west (Another Western Movement).

So, we thought of this as the 200th that was related to the 400th in many ways, especially with regard to families and their members.

Then, there was the sea (The Gardiner that was, Nantucket Sendoff, Two cousins).

Now, another focus arises from which we will see lots and lots events and energies of celebration. The D.A.R. initiative for and support of America 250 will be a continuing theme. Remember, 1776. This look back is six years away and corresponds with events in Cape Ann and Salem over hundred years earlier. We have written of the time; some recent activity related to General Layafette and his triumphant return are one example.

History being retold from the lives and times of people? A major theme for the future.

Just like that which is to be celebrated for the 250th, the 200th has no real clear start. There was the Revolution which dragged on. Then, the War of 1812 perturbed the U.S. Finally, Lewis & Clark did their little trek. After that, we saw a slow trickle which grew to a horde moving west by the last part of the 19th century.

We will start to look at 100, 200, 250, 300 and 400 on a regular basis.

Remarks: Modified: 07/28/2020

02/01/2020 -- There is a sort of symmetry about the American Revolution for a few years that ought to be of interest. The far reach (400th) is that arrival in the 17th century. Coming forward, the 200th is associated with another migration which was to the west (Final migration). The 300th was only a generation after the turmoil following the witch hunt (Andover ordeal). The 100th can be many things that we will look at (Last issue of The Massachusetts MagazineGround zero).

06/19/2020 -- This year, we lost our spring. Dr. Frank would have been familiar with the situation (Last issue ...). No one knows how we will all go forward. There will be lots of stumbling about. However, we can keep the technology view in balance. Fortunately, we might have a leverage point there.

07/28/2020 -- Have done several posts related to generations: 5th generation6th generation7th generation1900 backAmerican 100sFirst five, and About generations.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Presence and such

The internet has changed things tremendously, as we see with this last holiday season where bricks and mortar continued to suffer at the hands of the ease (and such) of the virtual shopping experience. Then, we see how the internet has adapted to the facility of mobility. The Economist, recently, looked at how the internet's offerings have changed how we get news; and, there is a wide gap twixt what the older folk do to, and how those younger, get their information.

Many societies are in the midst of trying to figure out how to obtain a balance in regard to presenting their information or to finding what they need, in a manner that allows generational peace and harmony. We are considering our options and will venture along a few paths this year. First, though, let's review what we have now.


  • Main site - This is our main collective of information, having started in 2010. It has gone through several iterations that parallel the changes in the general mode. Except, we are hosted on a server rather than using the cloud. There is a lot to discuss about the requirements for this type of presentation. 
  • Context blog - This started early, jointly with the main site. It serves several purposes including providing a timeline. One huge aspect of computing derives from its ability to handle time and coordinate between disparate groups with ease. Somewhat, one might add (next bullet), more problematic than we would like to think about. Currently hosted via Google, we are considering bringing this under the umbrella of our server (however it may be configured in the future).  
  • Technology blog - The internet is a mess. We have tried to present the discussions over the period at each major decision point. This blog helped. Too, it's based upon one of the most-used internet resources, however we've kept a minimal presence for several reasons which the blog itself will be used to discuss. Though using WordPress, it's based on our own server (as an aside, shared server - and, somewhat virtual).   
  • Portal (to truth) - As mentioned in this blog post (Gardner's Gate), the internet has accumulated lots and lots of stuff about 'all things Gardner' for quite a while. Before the www, we have the various communication schemes going on that allowed people to have access and to do things.  
  • Facebook - We are using this, mostly, for notices. Many times, links to blog posts are pushed up. As well, lots of groups have established themselves on FB. So, we can do a lot more and do it better. Time and energy are two major constraints. Actually, the most prevalent ones. 
  • WikiTree - The Thomas Gardner page is being edited with our help. We have established Thomas and Margaret as husband and wife and parents. We used Dr. Frank to have threads from then to now. Lots have added their ancestors' information, however there are many holes. We need to do, at least, five generations
  • PInterest - We just added another pin. Mostly, this was experimental. There are other options. So, the discussion will be ongoing. 

Need to add in GitHub. One thing that the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. will not do is buy into some service without consideration of pros and cons. Too, these will be documented. This might cause a bit of delay, but the future, to be secure, demands this. And, we are trying to provide interesting technical work for those who might be available or who want to learn about the ins and outs. GitHub is one of the facilities where developers hang out. Whatever processes we come up with for work management by a group will use GitHub, or something comparable.

Future alternatives would include other types of media than what we have addressed so far. However, let's look at a picture. In our post on Houses being Homes, we suggested that one could use Salem for some very good experiments. Given that many pieces of property were in the same family for year, we could follow that thread. Also, we could do modeling (next) of sorts that would provide more information that one can get now. It turns out that the Gardner family has lots of examples. We can branch to other areas, such as Nantucket, Maine, and even west.

Let's take Salem, though. We already mentioned with regard to Thomas' grave. It is missing. We could model with with the facilities of virtual-reality tools. At the same time, augmentation would allow us to present historical information in interesting ways.

All of this would take work. However, the cloud and other computing facilities are there. Some of the technology being developed for gaming would be apropos. Some of this has been on the table for discussion for some time. Of late, discussions about the Downing-Gardner-Bradstreet house bring the topic to fore. I am referring to Ann's house. It was featured in the Streets of Salem blog: First-Period Fantasy. This would make a very interesting case for a historical deep dive. So too would the 1st house put at Cape Ann by Thomas' crew.

BTW, part of the technical focus would be to get the younger set involved. With respect to learning, we have an endless set of things to do. Some are harder than others. But, there is nothing that would prevent anyone with the motivation to contribute their effort.

Remarks: Modified: 07/31/2020

07/31/2020 -- We will start to address issues of the future in the next issue of Gardner's Beacon (Vol. X, No. 1).

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Gardner's gate

Ever since we started the work that led to Gardner Research, we have noticed that there was lots of information about things related to Thomas and Margaret (Fryer) Gardner and collateral families that did not match up. From the start we have focused on Dr. Franks' 1907 book. Of late, we have started to reference the 1933 book. As well, efforts, such as that of the teams using WikiTree, try to establish sources that are credible and have provenance.

However, though we see an explosion of material due to the web, there has been much written over the centuries. We have expressed our thankfulness for Rev. Hubbard's mention of Thomas Gardner and John Tylly. The good Rev was of the time and knew the principals. But, there have been very good researchers over the years, which we'll name. Two that stand out are Felt (with his History) and Sidney Perley who was unequaled.

Well, all along, we were newbies. Having now 10 years (also, yesterday's post) under the belt, we can start to think about what we read in terms of some standard, not yet set. To do this type of comparison, we are proposing to use Gardner's Gate which would be accessible through our portal (https://tgsoc.org). Too, we might have an initial focus of Thomas and Margaret, but we would deal with 'All things Gardner' as well.

Just today, there were two instances which are exemplary of the issue. To now, we have not really attempted analysis. Rather we were gathering. Though, we created the FAQ to express what we knew, especially with regard to origins (see our FAQ). We will be more active in keeping this up to date, however we will take some time to work the issues of format and such.

We can use the corresponding posts to discuss the related issues and the long-term efforts. It is interesting that these two posts are from the same month.
  • Mary (Gardner) Coffin (Dec 2011) -- this post is from a real early time. We had been looking Nantucket families and were happy to find this portrait by Pollard Limner. The question would refer to the person who was subject: John's daughter or Mary (Coffin) Starbuck
  • Gardner-Pingree House (and murder) (Dec 2011) -- again, this is early. We got onto this theme due to the Smithsonian article that mentioned the murder. So, we had to follow up on the family which was a descendant of George. It seems that the two Anns are conflated but will look at this, again. Like the stories, though. BTW, we mentioned that this property is one that would be interesting from the across the decades and centuries views. 
On the internet, one finds all sorts of views about subjects, including various interpretations related to the state of scientific knowledge. It's a  losing proposition to consider that the web will ever clean itself. What we can do is present sourced, well-founded information and make it known. 

We have used the concept of 'portal to truth' with regard to Gardner's gate's focus. We will continue to have our own portal. Lots to discuss there with regard to busyness and technical issues. Truth? It's used in the sense of truth engineering, a major theme for continuing discussion (again, technical, in terms of advanced computing which includes all aspects of AI).

If there is any change now that is obvious to before, it would be that we have, over a decade, built enough of a knowledge base so as to assess the veracity and support our own stuff as well as look at the work of others plus bring in comparative notions in a mode that is very much pertinent to what computing hath wrought. 

Remarks: Modified: 01/11/2020

01/11/2020 -- Added image for our index. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Houses and homes - Note to Salem

For a decade now, we've used our skills to wander (some of the times without any guidance and at other of the times with some purpose) and collect (like hunting and gathering). When we started, the current 'www' was a young buck. Static modes were still predominate. Those modes that were more clever still left a lot to be desired. And, needless to say, what we have now is a huge mess.

Anyway, we've blogged our findings over the years and have built a framework from which to attempt structure and actual knowledge. In a sense, what we did on the internet, Sidney did with his walkabouts and recordings for which Salem needs to show some gratitude. One mode would be to extend his stuff. This post is a suggestion. There are many possible ways to go in terms of mood and mode, however people will have to pay attention and contribute their time and energies.

We could talk, for instance, of taking one property and looking back (step wise) to the 17th century. One could look at who was there. One could consider conditions of their life, say cooking, even. One could build a database with several threads that can be launching points to deeper knowledge. One could, yes, build a 3D model that is dynamic, sufficient that virtual reality enthusiasts would be impressed. And, we would have the dynamism relate to time and its influences. Say, at some piece of property, go backward, as well as, stop at some year and explore the information which would include simulation.

Yes, this is for Salem and its inane witch focus (written from the viewpoint of a family with everyone involved and two 'hung' - being politically incorrect, by design, hung by the neck until dead). BTW, this post is merely a start on the brainstorming that can be done.

So, back to the theme. Earlier, we saw an NEHGS article on an Elizabeth Clapp. That got our interest, as there might be Clapp links that come in a time or two into the family tree. So, on looking at Dr. Frank's index, we also saw another Elizabeth (Gardner who married Blanchard). That led to a few other Elizabeths that we looked at briefly. And, the thought came up that taking a name and picking a few from the index might help us hone in on collateral families.

Early on, there were a lot of Hannahs. What about Margaret? Or Catherine? Remember, the focus is home and life across time for this exercise.

Sometime, or other, we ran into this notice of a wedding. Several things caught the attention: Peabody and Gardner, California (in particular, Ojai - ah, CCR), and Theosophist. So, just a little bit ago, we got Google fired up again and found these pointers to further research, that are in bullet form as they are mainly meant to be reminders with (hint, hint) notes to Salem (whoever that might be).
  • Back-bay houses - okay, learned something. There was a history of the house and the occupants. Note to Salem: Sidney did this with properties in Essex County. He also drew maps. We need to make this 3D and operative (interactive mode of knowledge processing). So much more. Notice. Catherine owned this property, at one time. 
  • Her father - Catherine is mentioned. 
  • Who are they? - We thank the researchers who gave us this. Nice format. But, too, it shows what we can call a chunk which starts with John Lowell. Who is he? Well, his ancestor went over (notice the perspective) to Boston (like Winthrop for whom Salem was too back water). However, the family has other relatives in Salem. There are many stories. 
Of course, that last bullet shows lots of collateral families. So, we can see all sorts of ways to go. Some work (actually a lot) has already been done. We'll try to pull links to these into an orderly order (stated by design - oh, our order is better?). 

Salem has responsibilities. Let's hope that it assumes those. The Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. has been working to this end for decade. It's time to step it up a notch and prepare for the 400th.

Again, houses were homes. BTW, Thomas' crew brought one with them: Great house, Cape Ann. Roger came along and took it from Thomas (and Margaret) who went back to a wigwam. Then, John had it moved to Salem, so that Higginson could tell the folks back home what glories there were in the new world (small, by design). But, Ann Bradstreet told us her reaction to the squalor of early Salem. We need to tell the whole of the tale. 

Remarks: Modified: 01/11/2020

01/06/2020 -- Streets of Salem comment

01/11/2020 -- Made this a 'featured post' (portal to truth).

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Margaret's family

We have written a lot about Margaret. This research continues.

On WikiTree, we have snips from images of Sherborne records. There is one for the marriage of Walter Friar and Grace Mullins. Then, there is one for Margaret Friar. Then, there is a will of Walter who died in 1610. Then, there is a marriage of Thomas Gardner and Margaret Friar.  Finally, boys were born in the order and by name of the Cape Ann/Salem couple.

Margaret's WikiTree Profile. This is being edited. However, we wanted to point to this, again.

In a discussion today, someone mentioned that Savage had noted that Thomas Frier was probably the sister of Margaret. This image is from his book.

Savage's Fryer/Friar notes 
We have written about Savage a lot, too. Here is his note on the Gardners. As we look to complete the First Five, we will be looking back, too.

Remarks: Modified: 01/04/2020

01/04/2020 --

Friday, January 3, 2020

First five

1st 5 (or so), we might add. In the latest Gardner's Beacon (Vol. IX, No. 3), we mentioned that we want to have a focus, for as long as needed, to get the first five generations filled in for the children of Thomas and Margaret. This has been discussed before (About generations) in the context of the story of Thomas and Margaret. We would include the collateral families. One example is our look at the Elizabeths () which will be expanded by other names.

A question might come up about format. In the initial stages, there are not many restrictions. Let us see what you have. Too, for your ancestor who is a descendant, please find the latest entry that you can on WikiTree. And, let us know this.

Examples to discuss:
There are other formats. We're looking for articles for the next two issues of The Gardner Annals (to be completed by February). After that, we'll reformat and print as a book. So, right now, the material can be rough.

The key thing is to have sources, as much as possible. 

Remarks: Modified: 07/28/2020

01/04/2020 -- As we do this work, we will still be looking at origins: Margaret's family

07/28/2020 -- Have done several posts related to generations: 5th generation6th generation7th generation1900 backAmerican 100sFirst five, and About generations.