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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Surname: Gardner

The Gardner surname comes to me through my grandpa, R. P. Kerr. His great-great grandmother was:
  • Hannah Gardner, born 4 September 1812. To whom, I do not know. There is conflicting information about her birthplace (Pennsylvania or New York). Hannah was the first wife of Robert Kerr. She died 30 January 1842 at the young age of 29 years, 4 months, 26 days. She's buried at Union Cemetery in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Hannah was my fourth great-grandmother.
At present, I know nothing more about my Gardner line.

Hannah was mentioned in the "Clann Cearr" typescript (see Surname: Kerr), but no dates were included there. I found them in the snippet view of Patricia Foster Heinen's Kerr: The Kerr Families of Early Oil Creek Township, Crawford Co., PA (P. F. Heinen, 1993) at Google Books.

I'm sure there's much more I'll want to see in the 556 pages of this book. There's a copy at Wisconsin Historical Society and another at Benson Memorial Library in Titusville, PA.

See also Gardner Surname Origin.

1 comment:

Wendy Hawksley said...

Oh, I can relate to this - a female ancestor who dies before the 1850 census can be a toughie!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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