Margaret Frier Gardner

Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland Borough, Dorset, England
Death 1636 (aged 46–47)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 35748684 · View Source
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Thomas Gardner married (1) by about 1614, _____ _____. She probably died in Salem in 1636, perhaps at the birth of youngest child Seeth.
They had nine children: Thomas, George, John, Sarah Balch, Samuel, Joseph, Richard, Miriam Hill, & Seeth.
In the Salem land grant of 1637 Thomas Gardner received acreage for a household of seven. His sons Thomas and George were already old enough to receive grants of their own and be considered separate households. Seven younger children of Thomas Sr. were still under age and presumably residing at home, which would make a household of eight. One or more of the children could have been serving in another family, but this accounting raises the possibility that Thomas did not have a wife living in 1637. This hypothesis is supported by the admission to church membership of a Margaret Gardner on 24 March 1639/40; had she been with Thomas Gardner since his arrival in New England, we would expect that she would appear in the list of church members compiled in late 1636 at the reorganization of the church. Consequently, we propose that Thomas Gardner had three wives, the first of them of unknown name, who died at the birth of the youngest child, Seeth, whose baptism is one of the first recorded in late 1636.
Source: Anderson's Great Migration Begins.

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