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Elias Gardner was born April 2, 1807 in Vernon, Oneida County, New York to William Gardner and Nancy Graves. Elias joined the LDS Church and crossed the plains with the Mormon pioneers, and was one of the first settlers in Payson, Utah.

Elias was a dark haired, handsome man with stern heavy brows over deep, penetrating eyes. He was a carpenter and set up a shop in Payson, where me made furniture. He lived the law of polygamy and had eight wives.

When his fourth wife, Diantha Hanchett, was expecting a baby and had a two year old daughter, President Brigham Young called Elias and the founder of Payson on missions to England. They were gone three years, during which time Elias' wives supported themselves as best they could.

When he returned he resumed his furniture making business and also started a dancing school, of which he was the chief teacher. He was known as a strict teacher, but his classes were always full.

In 1865 Elias moved to Richfield, Sevier County, in southern Utah and he established a little store and ran a sawmill there. While he lived in Richfield, the Black Hawk War broke out. In the spring of 1868 a large force of militia was sent to protect the settlers, they built a fort in which the Gardner family lived for a while. After the war, Elias moved his family to Pondtown, so named because of a big pond in the middle of town. This was later called Salem. Elias chose mates for his children and had a good man picked out for Sarah Diantha, his wife Diantha's second daughter. However, Sarah fell in love with Dode Curtis and Elias made them separate for two years, hoping Sarah would not marry Dode. He finally relented when he figured they would run off and get married if he didn't give them his blessing. When Sarah and Dode received their call from President Young to migrate to Arizona, Elias' daughter Marilla, wanted to go with them. Elias would not let her go unless she was married, so he consented to the marriage of Marilla to Dode Curtis, his second wife.

Elias died on February 15, 1890 in Annabella, Sevier County, Utah, a faithful member of the Church and a community leader.

Birth: Mar. 2, 1807 Vernon Oneida County New York, USA Death: Feb. 15, 1891 Glenwood Sevier County Utah, USA

Son of William Gardner and Nancy Graves

Married Harriet Snow Smith, 1 Jan 1826, Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Married Amy Pritchard, 13 Feb 1832, Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Married Betsy Elizabeth Markham, 9 Dec 1846

Married Diantha Hanchett, 19 Nov 1847, Manti, Sanpete, Utah

Married Ellen Elizabeth Abbott, 9 Feb 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Ruth Markham, 9 Feb 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Anne English, 4 Dec 1855, Payson, Utah, Utah

Married Emily Ann Abbott, 13 Jul 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Martha Todd, 13 Jul 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 1, p. 217

Elias Gardner was born April 2, 1807 in Vernon Oneida County, New York, the son of William and Nancy Gardner. Sometime before Elias was two years of age he moved to the birthplace of his mother in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. There the father left his wife to support herself and four sons as best she could and was heard from no more for seven years. Elias grew up in the home of his grandmother and he always thought rather bitterly of his father for deserting his family.

At the end of the seventh year William returned to the city where he and his family had formerly lived seeking information as to their whereabouts. In the meantime Nancy had remarried thinking she would never see her husband again. William made inquiries at a blacksmith shop he had once owned, and was told by the owner that Nancy still lived in the old home but that now she was his wife. After hearing the story the blacksmith told William that he would inform Nancy that her former husband was in the city and if she still wanted to be married to him, he would step aside. But William, feeling that he had no right to the love of the woman whom he had deserted, went to the house to look upon her once more through a window then went away never to be heard from again. He left a present for her with her husband. Nancy always surmised that the gift, a beautiful shawl, came from William and she prized it highly. Shortly afterward she died.

Elias was just a young boy at this time. When he was eighteen years of age he married Harriet Smith. They were the parents of two children. On the 2nd of March, 1830 Harriet died and two years later he married Amy Pritchard. Elias joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being baptized October 7, 1841. He came to Utah in 1847. He was an active worker in the Church all during his life. He had several wives and a large family who loved and respected him for his many fine qualities. He passed away February 15, 1891 at Annabella, Utah and was buried in a little place called Glenwood. — Alveretta Gardner

Family links:

 Harriet Snow Smith Gardner (1808 - 1830)
 Diantha Hanchett Gardner (1830 - 1902)
 Ann English Gardner (1837 - 1921)
 Emily Ann Abbott Gardner (1849 - 1880)
 Betsy Elizabeth Markham Gardner (1813 - 1906)
 Martha Todd Gardner (1802 - 1863)*
 Ruth Markham Gardner (1810 - 1888)*
 Ellen Elizabeth Abbott Gardner (1837 - 1916)*
 Amy Pritchard Gardner (1800 - 1846)*

 Walter Elias Gardner (1828 - 1886)*
 Mary Amelia Gardner Cloward (1835 - 1905)*
 Nancy Maria Gardner Nebeker (1837 - 1906)*
 Henry Erastus Gardner (1840 - 1908)*
 Betsy Ann Gardner Coons (1850 - 1874)*
 Sarah D Gardner Curtis (1852 - 1942)*
 Susan Lucretia Gardner Curtis (1856 - 1938)*
 Elias Gardner (1857 - 1934)*
 Joseph Gardner (1858 - 1859)*
 Benjamin E. Gardner (1859 - 1956)*
 James Gardner (1860 - 1867)*
 Lorena Jane Gardner Herring (1861 - 1945)*
 Ellen Elizabeth Gardner Curtis (1862 - 1934)*
 Emiline Gardner (1863 - 1868)*
 Marilla Gardner Curtis (1863 - 1891)*
 Ruthette Gardner Staples (1864 - 1896)*
 John William Gardner (1866 - 1948)*
 Joshua Gardner (1867 - 1935)*
 Lois Ann Gardner Winder (1868 - 1939)*
 Nathaniel Gardner (1868 - 1934)*
 Eliza Roxanna Gardner Herring (1868 - 1926)*
 George Gardner (1870 - 1948)*
 Emily Gardner Stringham (1871 - 1925)*
 Mary Rosetta Gardner Lloyd (1873 - 1951)*
 Orawell Gardner (1875 - 1960)*
 Lewis Edward Gardner (1876 - 1952)*
 Ira Gardner (1877 - 1930)*
 Harriet Gardner (1878 - 1881)*
 Elizabeth Gardner (1880 - 1880)*
 Verona Gardner Utley (1882 - 1973)*

Burial: Glenwood Cemetery Glenwood Sevier County Utah, USA

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Elias Gardner, Sr.'s Timeline

April 2, 1807
Vernon, Oneida County, New York, United States
July 4, 1828
Age 21
April 9, 1833
Age 26
Nelson, Portage, Ohio
September 9, 1834
Age 27
Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
May 15, 1837
Age 30
Nelson, Portage, Ohio
July 5, 1840
Age 33
Nelson, Portage, Ohio
March 21, 1841
Age 33
June 8, 1843
Age 36
Nelson, Portage, Ohio