Recent finds

This will be a push down list that will accumulate through time. At some point, this page may be re-organized. However, many of these findings will go into reports under the auspices of Gardner Research. Too, references will appear in our Bibliography (Gardner's Beacon).

Also, see Readings.



While researching Sherborn, Dorset records, baptisms for the children of Thomas Gardner were found from the first to the birth before Seeth. On the other hand, Seeth was born in Salem, MA. Was Thomas here at the start of Cape Ann and went back? Questions abound. 


While researching, ran across a site via the Wayback Machine: North Escapes - Literature Trail.


WikiTree has been interesting: Dr. Frank's Profile.


Ran across this effort by Herbert B. Adams of Johns Hopkins: Village Communities of Cape Anne and Salem. Published in 1883. He uses material known at the time, some from the Essex Institute.


Through searching on this, The American Jeremiad, found this, Short Reflections on The American Jeremiad, and this, A common place, an uncommon voice.


Gardner Family of Machias (Maine).


The ISOGG is now publishing their Journal of Genetic Genealogy, again (Vol. 8, No. 1).

Other contributors to the TMM were F.B. Sanborn, Col, Thomas Wentworth Higginson (who brought reinforcements to Lawrence, KS), and Francis M. Thompson.

Sanborn and Higginson were in the Secret Six who supported John Brown (1800-1859). From WV: Re-evaluating John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry (1972).


New England author, R.A. Douglas-Lithgow, MD, LLD, was a busy guy. Not only was he a medical practitioner, he wrote on the subject. RA wrote on literature. Then, when he came to Boston later in life, he produced notable books (Nantucket, Place Names, etc.) and articles, including contributing to The Massachusetts Magazine.


Readings related to Loyalists in the Revolutionary time, plus western turmoils.


Summer is over, so inside work that was sitting awaits. Mrs. Martha (Humphreys) Maltby - Genesis of the White Family, pg 68, via Google Books. Looking at possible links to the Little Bourton family; Elizabeth White married a Gardner from there.  


Material found while researching for Gardner's Beacon, Vol. VI, No. 1.


Ran across a blog that is well researched:


Index to the "Contents of this Issue" and to the Regimental History Series from The Massachusetts Magazine of Dr. Frank and friends.

Dr. Frank A.'s essay, reprinted from The Massachusetts Magazine: John Endicott and the men who came to Salem in the Abigail in 1628.


Both New England and the Gardners had a close tie with all things naval, some of which are lessor known, say ropewalking. Or, if they are not known, they are assumed. One of these is sail making. The motivation for looking at this was trying to understand the difference between the old sail canvas and tent canvas of old. During the Civil War, many sail makers converted to making tents for the U.S. Army as a means to replace business lost to war.

So, looking at the older sail cloth material (acknowledging that modern materials are the focus, now), one thinks of hemp, flax, and cotton. Turns out that linen was the prominent material until cotton was more readily available and treatable. But, wool was in there early.

The following are pointers of interest. A study based upon woolen sails found being used as insulation for old buildings: Viking woollen square-sails and fabric cover factor (pdf - sponsored by Reik Felag). Viking Ship Museum (Woollen sailcloth). Nordic TAG Conference (The introduction of sails to Scandinavia: Raw materials, labour and land).


The Gardner Memorial (1933) is on-line.


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