Name: Richard Gardner
Birth: ABT 1631 in Salem, Ma.NF 1
Death: 23 JAN 1687/1688 in Nantucket, Ma.
HIST: Kenneth Koch 2
Note: Notes for RICHARD GARDNER, SR:
Note: Richard Gardner 1621-1689 Chief
Note: Magistrate of Nantucket 1673-1675
Note: Ref: History of Nantucket by Starbuck, 37
Note: Source: Thomas Gardner Planter and Some of His Descendants, compiled
Note: and arranged by Frank A Gardner, MD, 1731, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass
Note: The following quotation from W. C. Folger's article in the Nantucket
Note: Inquirer, in the issue of June 4, 1862, is so good a summary of the man's
Note: life, that I reproduce it entire: "Richard was a man of very good abilities,
Note: he was called long-headed by his brother John, from his sense of the
Note: profoundness of his Judgment. He held a prominent place among the
Note: people of the island, was at one time Chief Magistrate. His residence was
Note: about half way between the house of our present worthy Sheriff, (1862)
Note: and the Eliphalet Paddack house. It has been taken down many years, and
Note: the locality is very much altered in its appearance.
Note: "The Gardners owned formerly much of the land adjacent to and
Note: surrounding the Lily pond, extending beyond Gardner's Burial Ground, and
Note: around the swamp on the North Shore Hill, also extending through Egypt
Note: (so called) to the present Town Hall, embracing some of the best meadows
Note: and grass lots on the island. A part of this territory was called Crooked
Note: Records, from the lines of the survey not coming together.....Richard
Note: Gardner Sen'r, and his brother Capt. John, exercised much influence in the
Note: community here while they lived, and they died respected."
Note: Richard Gardner married Sarah Shattuck, daughter of widow Damaris
Note: Shattuck who married Thomas Gardner Sen'r as his second wife. Richard
Note: and Sarah are supposed to have been married about 1652, at Salem. Like
Note: nearly all of her Shattuck relation, she was attached to Society of Friends
Note: and suffered much in consequence.
Note: In the County Court Records at Salem, Case 57, Term 5th mo., 1658, we
Note: find the following: "The wife of Richard Gardner was convicted of her
Note: frequent being absent from the publik ordinances on the Lord's Day, fees of
Note: court 30 sh."
Note: W.C. Folger thought that Richard might have had a wife before Sarah, as
Note: the following quotation from his notes will show: "If the date of the
Note: marriage of Richard Gardner and Sarah Shattuck in 1652 as given by the
Note: late Lemuel Shattuck, Esq., be correct; then I am of the opinion that
Note: Richard must have had a former wife, as Richard Jr., was born oct. 23d,
Note: 1653, and if Joseph was born at a later period he would have been too
Note: young to have been married early in 1670. indeed the late B. Franklin
Note: Folger and other hight authorities have stated Joseph Gardner to have been
Note: the oldest son of Richard Gardner Sen'r." (W.C. Folger, in the Nantucket
Note: Inquirer, June 18, 1862)
Note: Richard Gardner died 1st mo., 23d, 1688. the following reference is made
Note: in the records concerning the settlement of his estate: "Letters of
Note: administration on the estate of Mr. Richard Gardner Senior deceased are
Note: granted unto Sarah Gardner, Relict of Sd. Gardner, who bineath herself to
Note: perform the trust of an administratrix, and to barre the court harmless
Note: according to law." (Died March 18, 1688-9).
Note: He and his wife were excommunicated from the church in Salem for
Note: attending Quaker meetings; and they removed in 1666 to Nantucket, where
Note: their two youngest children were born.
Change Date: 20 OCT 2004|
Father: Thomas Gardner b: 1592 in Dorchester, England
Mother: Margaret Fryer b: 1594
Sarah Shattuck b: ABT 1631 in Salem, Ma.NF
in Nantucket, Ma.
- Joseph Gardner b: ABT 1648 in Salem, Ma.NF
- Sarah Gardner b: ABT 1650 in Salem, Ma.NF
- Richard Gardner b: 23 AUG 1653 in Nantucket, Ma.
- Deborah Gardner b: 12 FEB 1657/1658 in Nantucket, Ma.
- James Gardner b: 19 MAY 1662 in Nantucket, Ma.
- Damaris Gardner b: 21 NOV 1662 in Salem, Ma.NF
- Miriam Gardner b: ABT 1666 in Nantucket, Ma.
- Hope Gardner b: 1669 in Nantucket, Ma.
- Nathaniel Gardner b: 16 NOV 1669 in Nantucket, Ma.
- Love Gardner b: 2 MAY 1672 in Nantucket, Ma.
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