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Margaret Gardner (Fryer)

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Ixworth Parish, Suffolk, England
Death: September 28, 1654 (65)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Fryer or Friar; NN Friar; Elizabeth Friar and NN Friar
Wife of Thomas Gardner, "Old Planter"
Mother of Richard Gardner, Sr., of Nantucket and Richard Gardner

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About Margaret Gardner

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Margaret Gardner is NOT the mother of Thomas Gardner (1591-1674) of Salem's children. He married 3 times: 1. to unknown (9 known children). 2. to Margaret. 3. to Damaris, widow of ? Shattuck. Margaret's parentage is not unverified.

Margaret Gardner was born 1589 Ixworth Parish, Suffolk, England [not verified] and died before 7 October 1658. She was buried 7 October 1658 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.

Parents: not known


  1. between 1638 and 1640 to Thomas Gardner (1591-1674) of Salem, as his second wife. He was the son of Thomas Gardner (ca. 1565-1635) & Elizabeth White (1564-1648). He was married first to an unknown woman who is the mother of his 9 known children, and he married thirdly to Damaris, widow of ?? Shattuck.

No known children.


The Great Migration Begins states:

"In the Salem land grant of 1637 Thomas Gardner received acreage for a household of seven. His sons Thomas and George were already old enough to receive grants of their own and be considered separate households. Seven younger children of Thomas Sr. were still under age and presumably residing at home, which would make a household of eight. One or more of the children could have been serving in another family, but this accounting raises the possibility that Thomas did not have a wife living in 1637. This hypothesis is supported by the admission to church membership of a Margaret Gardner on 24 March 1639/40; had she been with Thomas Gardner since his arrival in New England, we would expect that she would appear in the list of church members compiled in late 1636 at the reorganization of the church. Consequently, we propose that Thomas Gardner had three wives, the first of them of unknown name, who died at the birth of the youngest child, Seeth, whose baptism is one of the first recorded in late 1636."

There is a great deal of confusion concerning the wives of Thomas Gardner. Most older sources assign only two wives with the first, the mother of his children, given as Margaret Fryer. However Robert Charles Anderson in his highly respected "The Great Migration Begins" assigns three wives to Thomas as follows: the name of his first wife, the mother of all of his children is unknown. She came with him to New England, (while Anderson doesn't say when it probably wasn't when Thomas first arrived at the Cape Ann Colony, but later, after he had removed to Naumkeag (Salem)). Wife #1 died, probably in Salem, before 1639. Thomas married (2) Margaret (_____) by 1639; and after her death married (3) the wid. Damaris (_____) Shattuck.[6]

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Margaret Gardner's Timeline

January 25, 1589
Ixworth Parish, Suffolk, England
June 13, 1621
Age 32
Sherborne, Dorset, England
Age 42
September 28, 1654
Age 65
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
October 7, 1654
Age 65
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts