Capt. John Gardner, of Nantucket

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John Gardner

Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket , Massachusetts
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket , Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gardner, Gov of Cape Ann Colony and 1st wife of Thomas Gardner
Husband of Priscilla Gardner
Father of John Gardner, Jr.; Joseph Gardner; Priscilla Arthur; Rachel Brown; George Gardner and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Gardner, of Salem; George Gardner of Salem; Richard Gardner, Sr., of Nantucket; Samuel Gardner, of Salem; Joseph Gardner, of Salem and 3 others
Half brother of Richard Gardner

Occupation: Tradesman
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About Capt. John Gardner, of Nantucket

John Gardner and Tristram Coffin were key figures in Nantucket's early governance. Coffin represented the "full-share" men, or original founders of Nantucket, while Gardner was one of a group of tradesmen who came to work on the island but received only half-shares. Bitter debates between the full-share and half-share parties raged on Nantucket about land rights, who could hold public office, and the future directions for the island. A tentative compromise between the two factions was reached in 1678, but it was not until Coffin's death in 1681 and the eventual marriage of his grandson into the Gardner family that a full resolution of this conflict occurred.


CAPT. JOHN2 GARDNER, S00 (THOMAS1) was born abt. 1625, in England?, "1st of Nantucket" (Src: Nantucket VR, Gardner Memorial), and d. May 06, 1706, Nantucket, Nantucket MA, a. 82 (Src: Nantucket VR, Gardner Memorial). He m. PRISCILLA GRAFTON February 20, 1653-4, Nantucket, MA (Src: Nantucket VR). She was d. Joseph Grafton (Src: Gardner Memorial), and d. 1717 (Src: Gardner Memorial). 11 children: John, Joseph, Priscilla, Benjamin, George, Rachel, Benjamin (again), Anne, Nathaniel, Mary, Mehitable, Ruth.


Served as Captain of militia and Chief Magistrate of Nantucket under Governor Lovelace. See Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. II, by George N. Mackenzie.

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Capt. John Gardner, of Nantucket's Timeline

Nantucket, Nantucket , Massachusetts
February 20, 1653
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
July 8, 1655
Age 30
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
November 6, 1656
Age 31
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 3, 1658
Age 33
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
August 3, 1661
Age 36
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 38
Nantucket Township, Nantucket, Massachusetts
May 17, 1664
Age 39
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 17, 1664
Age 39
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States