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Sarah Gardner (Shattuck)

Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: Died in Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel William SHATTUCK and Damaris Sibley
Wife of Richard Gardner, Sr., of Nantucket
Mother of Richard Gardner; Benjamin Gardner; Deborah Pease; Sarah Folger; Samuel Gardner and 8 others

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About Sarah Gardner

Sarah Shattuck, born Abt. 1631; died 1724 in Nantucket, MA

Parents: William or Samuel Shattuck (1584-1637) and Damaris Shattuck (b. ca.1597-1674)


  1. Richard Gardner Abt. 1652 in Nantucket, MA; born 1621 in England; died March 23, 1687/88 in Nantucket, MA.


Sarah belonged to The Society of Friends, "Quakers"

Notes for Richard Gardner

RICHARD, Salem 1643, s. perhaps, of first Thomas, liv. there 1666, went next yr. to Nantucket. Bef. rem. he, by w. Sarah, prob. a. of Samuel Shattuck, had Joseph; Sarah; Richard, b. 23 Oct. 1653; Deborah, 12 Feb. 1658; Damaris, 21 Nov. 1662; and James, 19 May 1664; beside Miriam; Nathaniel, 16 Nov. 1669; Hope; and Love, 2 May 1672. Of the last d. I see no more; but Sarah m. Eleazer Folger; Deborah m. John Macy, and next Stephen Pease; Miriam m. John Worth;; and Hope m. John Coffin; and the f. d. 23 Jan. 1689. His wid. Sarah d. 1724, aged above 92 yrs. ----Savage

Sarah (SHATTUCK) Gardener was feisty! Per "History of Nantucket" by Alexander Starbuck: She (Sarah Starbuck) had made herself obnoxious to the Massachusetts government by sympathizing with the Quakers, had been brought before the Salem Court for absenting herself "from the publik ordinances on the Lord's day, for neglecting to attend services at the First Church in Salem and for attending assemblies of the Friends, and had been excommunicated from the First Church in Salem for so doing. The widow Sarah was a woman of decided opinions and not inclined to mask them. Sarah, daughter of Richard and Sarah, married Eleazer Folger, son of Peter and when Peter was imprisoned during the "Insurrection," the Gardner family showed indignation and were arrested. They failed to appear at the Court held April 22, 1677 to which they were summoned but did appear at the Court next following with this result: 'Sarah, wife of Mr. Richard Gardner, being legally convicted of speaking very opprobriously and uttering many slanderous words concerning the imprisonment of Peter Folger who was imprisoned by order of the court, upon her good demeaning herself, and civilly being to the good satisfaction and likeness of the court, the Court think fit to remit all other fines provided by law in such case, but she shall be reproved and admonished to have care for the future of evil words tending to defaming His Majesty's Court.'"

... Kathy Cole says, yeah, whatever, take that you court of Salem! Go Sarah!

The oldest son of Richard was born of a former wife. (Unknown) She possibly died during child birth as Richard remarried 2 years later.


  1. Page 48 of Thomas Gardner Book -1907


Below is her entry from the Eliza Barney genealogical record, person page 95 : (Note that this is part of a longer entry for Richard Gardner, Senior, "First of Nantucket")

Sarah Shattuck F, b. 1632, d. 1724

Father* "a" Shattuck Mother* Damaris ? d. 28 Nov 1674

    Her married name was Gardner. Sarah Shattuck was born in 1632; Sister or daughter of Samuel. She married Richard Gardner, son of Captain Thomas Gardner and Margaret Fryer, in 1652. Sarah Shattuck died in 1724; A. 92.

Family Richard Gardner b. 1626, d. 23 Jan 1688 Children Joseph Gardner+ d. 1701 Sarah Gardner+ d. 19 Oct 1729 Richard Gardner+ b. 23 Aug 1653, d. 8 Mar 1728 Deborah Gardner+ b. 12 Feb 1658, d. 2 Feb 1712 Damaris Gardner b. 1662 James Gardner+ b. 19 May 1664, d. 1 Apr 1723 Nathaniel Gardner+ b. 16 Nov 1665 or 1669, d. 1713 Hope Gardner+ b. 16 Nov 1669, d. 10 Dec 1750 Miriam Gardner+ b. 14 Jul 1671, d. 1702 Love Gardner+ b. 2 May 1672, d. 1691

Source: Eliza Barney genealogical record

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Sarah Gardner's Timeline

December 20, 1631
Somerset, England
August 23, 1653
Age 21
Salem, Essex, MA, USA
December 26, 1656
Age 25
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
February 12, 1658
Age 26
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
April 12, 1658
Age 26
Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
May 19, 1662
Age 30
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
November 21, 1662
Age 30
Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.
May 19, 1664
Age 32
Nantucket Island, (Present Nantucket County), (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)