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Ruth Hathorne (Gardner)

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Gardner of Salem and Elizabeth Gardner
Wife of Col. John Hathorne, Salem Witch Judge
Mother of John Hathorn; Nathaniel Hathorne; William Hathorne; Ruth Putnam; Ebenezer Hathorne and 4 others
Sister of Bethiah Gardner; Ebenezer Gardner; Mehetable Gardner and George Gardner
Half sister of Hannah Buttolph; Capt. Samuel Gardner; Mary Marston; Robert Turner; John Turner and 5 others

Managed by: Mark Charles Woodward
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About Ruth Hathorne

Ruth Gardner, wife of Magistrate of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, John Hawthorne. Married when she was about 14 years old.


  • from <> "Family Trees"nDatabase: haruspex D. B. Robinson's Genealogy Page Last updated Tue Aug 7 08:44:11 2001: D. B. (David) Robinson. There are differences of opinion regarding Ruth's mother. Some say Elizabeth Orne - some Elizabeth Freestone. Many agree on George Gardner as her father and Thomas Gardner / Margaret Fryer as grandparents.
  • viii. RUTH GARDNER, bp. April 02, 1665, Salem, Essex, MA (Src: Salem VR); m. COL. JOHN HAWTHORNE, January 21, 1674/75, Salem, Essex, MA (Src: Salem VR, Gardner Memorial); s. Maj. Wm and Anna Hathorne, must have changed the spelling (Src: Gardner Memorial); d. May 10, 1717 (Src: Gardner Memorial).
  • His [George Gardner's] daughter Ruth Gardner Hathorne was named in her father's will as receiving a number of her father's Connecticut debts. She named her last child Freestone Hathorne, who was baptized in February 1698/99. [1] [presumably after her mother, Elizabeth Freestone.]


  1. The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne. By Margaret B. Moore.  Page 33.


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Ruth Hathorne's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 2, 1665
Age 4
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 2, 1665
Age 4
Salem, Essex, MA
January 10, 1675
Age 14
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
November 25, 1678
Age 17
August 1686
Age 25
Salem, Massachusetts
Age 29
Age 29
Essex, Salem, Mass
January 10, 1692
Age 31
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts