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Thomas Gardner, Il, of Salem

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gardner, of Salem and Hannah Gardner
Husband of Mary Gardner
Father of Mary Bowditch; Thomas Gardner, Ill, of Salem; Habbakuk Gardner; Joseph Gardner and Hapscott Gardner

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About Lieut. Thomas Gardner

12 Lieut. Thomas Gardner, the oldest son of Lieut. Thomas and Hannah Gardner, was baptized at the First Church in Salem " 25: 3: 1645." In a deposition dated 10, 10, 1661, he gave his age as about 17.

From Thomas Gardner: Planter (Cape Ann, 1623-1626; Salem, 1626 1674) and Some of His Descendants, Giving Essex County, Massachusetts, and Northern New England Lines to the Eighth Generation and Nantucket Lines Through the Fourth Generation (Google eBook). Frank Augustine Gardner Essex Institute, 1907 - 343 pages.  Page 110-111:

Thomas Gardner married Mary Porter, daughter of John Porter, on the " 22, 4mo. 1669." The following note in the Town Records, under date of" 1-12 mo. 1691-2," evidently refers to her: "Lt. Tho. Gardner's wife is seated in the Second piew with old Mr. Flint."j She died eleven days after her husband, Nov. 27, 1695.f

Thomas Gardner died Nov. 16. 1695. An inventory of his estate was taken Sept. 5, 1696, by " Steph Sewall and Manafseth Marston." The total value of the seven pieces of real estate which have been described above, amounted to 370 pounds. All of his wearing apparel and household effects are enumerated.


  •  60. Mary, b. 14th of 12 mo., 1669 ;* d. 1724; m. Aug. 30, 1688, Capt. Bowditch
  • 61. Thomas, b. 25, 8 mo., 1671 ;* d. 1696; m. 4, 4th. mo., 1695, Mary

Higginson, dau. of John and Sarah (Savage) Higginson.J

  • 62. Habakkuk, b. 25 Feb., 1673;* d. Feb 3, 1732-3; m. Mar. 22,

1697, Ruth Gedney,* dam of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Turner) Gedney.§

  • 63. Joseph, b. 29 Aug., 1677.
  • 64. Hapscott, b. 22 July, 1679.*


From Gardner, op cit, page

1674. Oct. 7. He was 4< appointed to have comand & regulation of all the military forces, & of the affairs thereof, in the seuerall places of this county & particularly of Pemaquid."*

1674. Oct. 7. "These persons following are appointed & haue liberty to keepe houses of publicke enterteynement," etc. "Left Gardiner to his fishermen . . . John Earthy for Corbyn Sound," etc.,

1675. Sept. 22. An autograph letter bearing this date, written by him to Gov. Leverett, is on file at the State House in Boston. In it he describes the troubles with the Indians, laying particular emphasis upon the fact that the natives had been deprived of their fire-arms, and were in danger of starvation in consequence.

1675. Oct. 18. A document signed by Edw. Rawson, Sec'y of the Council, shows that "Left. Thomas Gardiner," had been suspected of trading with the French and Indians. His examination was ordered, and if the suspicions were sustained he was to be brought before the council. A warrant for his arrest was appended to the above letter. He evidently cleared himself of these charges, as he continued in command at least two years longer. § 1674-5. March 15. Through his attorney, Thomas Gardner Jun. of Salem he sells a dwelling-house and half an acre of land in Beverly to Gilbert Tapley.

1676. "21." He wrote a letter from "Munhcgan," describing the distressed condition of . those who had fled thither from Pemaquid. He mentions "the perfidious & uniust dealing of fom English as we Supofe who have Stollen Eight or Nine persons from the Indians About Micheas River & Caried them Away. The Indians being Insenfed for their lofe we desire that Enquiry may be made of one Lawton that went in A bark of Mr. Simon Lines and John Lauerdore being of Company About it," etc.

From Savage:

GARDNER, ...(4821i[1]b) THOMAS, Salem, s. of the sec. (4821i) Thomas of the same, m. 22 Apr. 1669, (4821i[1]b[1]) Mary, d. of Jonathan Porter, had Mary, b. 14 Feb. 1670; Thomas, 25 Oct. 1671; Habakkuk, 25 Feb. or Oct 1674; Joseph, 29 Aug. 1677; and a d. 22 July 1679." -- James Savage, op. cit.


PARENTS-ERROR-Q: John Porter gen. says his parents were Thomas Gardner & Mary Frier (I think these were his grandparents....)


  1. CHRISTENING: First Church of Salem
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Lieut. Thomas Gardner's Timeline

March 25, 1645
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 14, 1669
Age 23
Salem, Essex , Massachusetts
October 25, 1671
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 25, 1673
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
August 29, 1677
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
July 22, 1679
Age 34
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
November 16, 1695
Age 50
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts