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John Garner

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Solihull, Warwickshire , England
Death: July 24, 1628 (50)
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Place of Burial: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Garner, III and Margaret of Ludlow Garner
Husband of Joan Garner
Father of Elizabeth Garner; John Jr Garner; Anne Garner; Richard Garner and Thomas Garner

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About John Garner

John Garner, born 1578 in Solihul, Warwickshire, England had three sons -Thomas, John, and Richard. They had each inherited a 1/3 interest in the Lion Inn,a carriage inn at Shrewbury, from their mother Joan Underwood’s dowry about 1631. [1]


From Early Families: Garner Family History by Ann Garner

"If ever a list of unprominent Americans could have been compiled, all our ancestors would have been included. Even when I started my search for the beginning of our grandparents’ family lines in the American Colonies, I never once entertained the thought that I would find a noble ancestor, a signer of the Declaration, or even a famous writer, doctor or teacher. And indeed, my research has borne out my original surmise that you, my sons, are descendants of long lines of totally undistinguished, unambitious, mainly unremarked and almost unrecorded Americans, though their European history reveals them to be, in the old phrasing, “persons of quality.” Not to mention the courage it took to venture across the Atlantic to a new life. ...."

"...Our English ancestor, John Garner, grandfather of the first John Garner in Virginia, was born ca. 1580 in England (possibly Shropshire District, died 24 July, 1628; m. Joan …….. d. before 1631, Shropshire, England. They had a son, Richard Garner who married Kathran …… d. 1636, Shropshire, England. Richard died in 1643 in Virginia. Family lore has it that Katharn was “tried by ordeal” with the dunking stool, and that she was acquited because she obligingly died in witness to her innocence. Some kind of heresy was supposedly the charge. The following year, Richard Garner brought their four-year-old son to Farrar’s Island in Virginia."


Thomas married Mary Lacye. She was drowned as a witch in 1635 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Richard married Katharn. She was drowned as a witch in 1636 in Shropshire, England.

Thomas and Richard took their children and immigrated to Virginia in 1636 and 1637. Richard “freely gave” his share of the inn to brother John, or so John said.

John stayed in England. It is assumed that he was married. He still owned the inn in 1643 and he wanted quiet title to it. For information about the inn, which still exists, see:


  • The Witches of Shropshire - the Wives of Richard and Thomas Garner Was it about witchcraft or was it about gaining control of the Lion Inn? (document attached)


[1] Witches of Shropshire

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John Garner's Timeline

Solihull, Warwickshire , England
Age 22
Age 23
Age 25
Age 26
Stanton Lacy, Shropshire, England
Age 32
Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
July 24, 1628
Age 50
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
July 1628
Age 50
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom