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John Gardner
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Birth: May 31, 1806
Gloucestershire, England
Death: Jan. 16, 1880
Cache County
Utah, USA

Grandfather John Gardner was born 31 May 1806 in Waterlane Gloucester, England and his wife Mary Ann Goodship Gardner was born January 2, 1806, in Chalford Gloucester. England. But very little is know or recorded of their early history. The greater part of which was spent in Gloucester co. England.

He worked as captain on a canal boat, which was owned by Mr. John Knight, his business carried him to Glouchester, Worcester, Burmington and other important points. He would take various cargoes of freight to the cities and bring back coal, Salt and other kinds of freight. This was his regular routine of work. John worked for this man (John Knight) for many years. John and Mary Ann Gardner were of a very religious turn of mind. Mary Ann especially was very studious, kind, and thoughtful of the welfare of other. These characteristics were very noticeable throughout their lives.

They went to Liverpool March 23 and set sail for the United States leaving one son and family behind on March 28, on the United States ship "Falcon". They encountered a terrible storm passing through the Irish sea. Their provisions were very scarce but still we did not complain.

Some time in the early part of June they came to New Orleans having been seven weeks and two days coming from Liverpool. They still had two more days journey to go before they arrived at the place where they were to equip themselves for their journey to the Rocky Mts.

When they arrived at fort Laramie,which was about half way along their journey Mary Ann became very sick and weak owing to poor food and of course a scarcity of the same. About this time they had the misfortune of losing their salt, the cattle ate it and the rest of their provisions were nearly gone. At Fort Bridger Mary Ann became so weak she was entirely helpless and had to be carried in and out of the wagon. One evening they though she was going to pass away, but through her faith and the prayers of the Saints and the administration of the Elder she rallied and was able to sit up. John was inspired to go up to Fort Bridger to see if he could not get something for her and the first man he met was Elder James F. Cumming an Elder upon his recent visit to England had made their home his home. Grandfather immediately in formed him of Mary Ann's condition and he gave him some beef and other provisions and they made some beef tea, so with this and careful musing she began to get her strength. They arrived in the Salt Lake City on the 16 day of October 1853.

John went to work for President Brigham Young. The family moved to the 5th ward and lived with Brother James Hancock for two weeks, then moved to a log house in the ward, which had been used for a chicken coop. Many morning on arising they found their beds covered with snow. Their cooking utensils consisted of an old broken skillet and a sauce pan. They remained in Salt Lake City until the fall of 1860 when they moved to Mendon, Utah. On their arrival they lived in the old fort, while consisted of dugouts. They lived their for several years when they bought a city lot and built them a small house. John had a small farm in Mendon which the boys worked. They were very faithful in the discharge of their duties as members in the church and were loved by all who knew them. John took sick on the 5 day of February 1880 with paralysis and died on the 16 of Jan. being 75 years old.

Mary Ann took sick on the 1st of April and died on the 10 with the same disease she was also 75 years old. They were worthy servants of the Masters, patient and kind, with love in their hearts for all of Gods Children.
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  Mary Ann Goodship Gardner (1806 - 1880)
  James Gardner (1828 - 1905)*
  Henry Gardner (1840 - 1881)*
  Alfred Gardner (1842 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Mendon City Cemetery
Cache County
Utah, USA
Plot: 2 Group , Lot 49, grave 11
Created by: Deborah Ballard Anderson
Record added: Nov 03, 2000
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