|Birth||4 Mar 1591||England|
|Ancestor of /
|-Nathaniel Gorham, Jr., Mass. Signer of the U.S. Constitution|
-Philips Brooks, first past or Trinity Church, Boston, author of “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” 
|Death Note||Among the terms of his will was that “I give to my daughter Sara Balch: fifteene pounds.” Other children referenced are daughters Seeth Grafton and Miriam Hills (bequest to her 2 daughters), sons George, John, Samuel, Joseph, Thomas and Richard.|
The will of "Thomas Gardner of Salem" was written 7 December 1668 and proved 29 March 1675 by witnesses Robert Pease and Samuel Goldthwaite [ EQC 6:31]. "Weighing the uncertainty of man's life, I do therefore in the time of my health, make this my last will" giving to "my wife Damaris" all the estate she brought with her "according to our agreement" and £8 a year paid by my six sons provided she give up her dower in my housing and lands; to "my daughter Sara Balch" £15; to "my daughter Seeth Grafton" £15; to "my daughter Mirian [sic] Hills two daughters, Miriam Hill, & Susanna Hill," to each of them £5 at age eight~een or marriage; to "my sons George and John Gardner" salt meadow valued at £20; to "my sons Samuel and Joseph Gardner" the other part of my salt meadow; residue divided in seven equal parts, two parts to my son Thomas, he paying "his mother in law forty six shillings by the year," the other sons to receive one part each and pay their mother-in-law twenty-three shillings a year; sons George and Samuel Gardner executors; "my loving friends Mr. Joseph Grafton and Deacon Horne" overseers [ EPR 2:423-24].
The inventory of the estate of "Mr. Thomas Gardner, taken 4:11m:1674" by Hilliard Veren, Sr. and John Pickering totalled £274 16s., including real estate valued at £201: "an old dwelling house with about 10 acres of land adjoining with the orchard, fences &c.," £31; ten acres of ground in the Northfield, £27; about 100 acres of upland and meadow, £100; about 20 acres of land lying in the woods, £3; and about 2 3/4 acres of salt marsh lying above the mill," £40. The inventory also included "2 old barrels of guns" valued at 5s. [ EPR 2:424-5].
Following Thomas Gardner's probate, at the November 1677 term of Essex court his sons George ("now of Hartford, Connecticut") and Samuel sued John Pudney of Salem, husbandman, over a farm let to Pudney by lease dated 1 March 1672[/3] and described as Gardner's
now dwelling house in Salem, with all his land in Northfield, about 20 acres, also his 10 acres of meadow ... for seven years from Apr. 15, 1672 at £11 per year, and two barrels of cider, said Gardner furnishing the cask, of which £4 were to be paid in wood at 8s. per cord, 40s. in butter and cheese, with one firkin of butter, 40s. in pork, and the remainder in corn. Said Pudney was not to remove any muck, and Gardner reserved the right to take the meadow near Needham's if he so desired [ EQC 5:356].
On 2 September 1678 Lt. George Gardner, late of Salem & now of Hartford, merchant, and Samuel Gardner of Salem, mariner, joint executors of the last will of Mr. Thomas Gardner deceased, sold to John Swinnerton of Salem, physician, "all that part of the estate that said Gardner died possessed of and which the said executors have power to sell," including a dwelling house and ten acres in the North Field, another ten acres in the North Field, about an acre of upland by the Strongwater Brook, a farm containing one hundred acres of upland and meadow, and twenty acres of upland and meadow [ ELR 5:3]. [3, 5]
|Education||Signed his name to several petitions and inventories |
|Immigration||1624||Weymouth, England [2, 3, 7]|
|Occupation||Overseer of the first Cape Ann Plantation, Innkeeper [8, 9]|
|Died||29 Dec 1674||Salem, Essex Co., Mass. |
|Person ID||I6741||Owings Stone Genealogy, Ancestry & Heritage|
|Last Modified||07 Dec 2007 00:00:00|
|Father||THOMAS GARDNER, b. Abt 1565, Dorchester, Dorset, England|
|Mother||ELIZABETH WHITE, b. 1564, Stanton, St John, Oxon, England|
|Family ID||F6934||Group Sheet|
|Family ID||F4767||Group Sheet|
|Family 2||MARGARET FRIAR|
|Family ID||F13600||Group Sheet|
|Family 3||Damaris <>, widow|
|Family ID||F7235||Group Sheet|
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