|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1851|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 1931|
He was the son of James M. and Elizabeth (Skeen) Gardner, who had come to Texas from North Carolina in 1848 and established a ranch and farm in Kaufman County. It was at this location John F. Gardner was born and lived until the spring of 1877, when he married Molly Elizabeth Garner, daughter of Joe and Adaline (Williams) Garner of Navarro County, Texas.
It was on the old Gardner homestead that they were married. Soon thereafter, they moved to Brown County, Texas, where they made their home for some two years. They moved to Kimble County in 1879, and Mr. Gardner brought with him a string of cattle bearing the 'Diamond S' brand, which he maintained throughout his lifetime.
He selected for his new home a location above the head springs of Maynard Creek in the western part of Kimble County. He lived there for some time and in the 1880's, sold the property to James Patterson and moved about two miles down the Maynard Creek. There he established a ranch of some thirteen sections of land, where he lived the remainder of his lifetime. As time passed, he improved the ranch; at first he ran cattle, horses, and hogs. Then when the country was being fenced up, goats were included in the livestock.
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner had eight children, with descendants still engaged in the ranching industry in Kimble County.
County records reveal that John Gardner was active in the affairs of County government, serving on juries, jury commissions, and election boards. On Bear Creek, some twenty miles Northwest from Junction stands a granite marker, bearing his name as a member of the posse who captured the Nite brothers and Jim Crane. In attempting to elude the posse, Jourd Nite and Jim Crane were killed. They had stolen cattle in their possession.
Prior to his death, Mr. Gardner requested that in the event he died at the ranch, it was his wish to be carried down the old trail of the creek from whence he came in l879. The road had been changed to run over the hill, but his request was carried out.
Molly Elizabeth Gardner died February 7, 1928 and John F. Gardner died at the ranch home in Kimble County on November 30, 1931. Both are buried in the Junction cemetery.
Story submitted by Irma Phillips Ragsdale, Junction, Texas for "Families of Kimble County" Volume 1.
James Marion Gardner (1813 - 1892)
Elizabeth J Gardner (1819 - 1859)
Mary Elizabeth Garner Gardner (1859 - 1922)
Jessie E. Gardner Phillips (1880 - 1978)*
William H. Gardner (1882 - 1922)*
Jonnie K. Gardner (1884 - 1884)*
John Fletcher Gardner (1885 - 1973)*
Hetty Elizabeth Gardner Love (1888 - 1984)*
Joseph M Gardner (1890 - 1963)*
Wilburn Thaddeus Gardner (1898 - 1978)*
Othmiel Gardner (1842 - 1886)**
Texanna Gardner (1848 - 1852)*
John Fletcher Gardner (1851 - 1931)
Franklin C Gardner (1854 - 1855)*
Alfred Price Gardner (1862 - 1932)**
Created by: Lela Parris Koch
Record added: Apr 13, 2013
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