William Gardner

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William Gardner, son of Jesse Gardner and Rhoda Bunker, was born at Wayne Co., Indiana, 21 September 1828.1,2,3,4,5,6 He died at Penn, Jay Co., Indiana, 10 July 1891, aged 62y, 9m, 19d.7,2

William married Mahala Jane Hunt, daughter of Jesse Hunt and Catherine Pedrick, at Wayne Co. 19 April 1849.8,9

William Gardner was a farmer and stock raiser in section 24, Penn Township, Jay County, Indiana.

His early life was spent on the farm, and his father was a blacksmith. He began work in the shop and at age 14 had learned the trade. His Mother died as a child and he made his home with his father and at age 15, he began to take care of himself but he did work for his father until after his marriage. At age 12 (1840) he came to Jay County to visit his sister and liked it so moved there in 1850 with his wife and one child. He had 75 acres in Penn Township and he added to it until he owned 270 acres, all under cultivation with good building improvements. This farm has become famous and is now known as the "Twin Hills" Ranch. He was a Republican; a representative man of his township and held positions of trust and responsibility.9


Mahala Jane Hunt b. 13 Nov 1832, d. 24 Jul 1910
  • Rhoda Ann Gardner9 b. Apr 1850
  • Winfield Scott Gardner+10,11 b. 11 Feb 1852, d. 16 Nov 1924
  • Catherine Gardner9,11 b. May 1854
  • Ellnora N. Gardner9,11 b. 6 Oct 1856
  • Matilda Jane Gardner9,11 b. 8 Feb 1859
  • Jesse E. Gardner9,11 b. Jun 1861
  • Maria Maude Gardner9,11 b. Jan 1864
  • William M. Gardner9,11 b. Jun 1866
  • Oran Gardner9 b. say 1868, d. say 1868
  • Lenora M Eliza Gardner9,11 b. 1870
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  1. [S1152] Portland, Indiana, Partial list of tombstone inscriptions from cemeteries located in Jay County, Indiana, 86, FHL microfilm 849925 #2, further cited as Jay Co. Tombstones. Calculated from age at death on tombstone.
  2. [S1577] , Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana, to Which is Appended a Comprehensive Compendium of National Biography--Memoirs of Eminent Men and Women in the United States, Whose Deeds of Valor or Works of Merit Have Made Their Names Imperishable (Chicago, Illinois: B. F. Bowen Co., 1901), 357, further cited as Biographical Memoirs of Jay Co., Indiana.
  3. [S457] Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), New Garden Township, Wayne Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 280, dwelling 183, family 183, William Gardner household, age 21, born in Indiana, a blacksmith with $1000 in real estate; original data: NARA micropublication M432, Seventh Census of the United States, , 1009 rolls, roll #180.
  4. [S458] Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Penn Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 274, dwelling 939, family 951, William Gardner household, age 31, born in Indiana, a farmer with $3000 in real estate and a personal estate of $1200; original data: NARA micropublication M653, Eighth Census of the United States, , 1438 rolls, roll #269.
  5. [S459] Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Penn Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 106/1, dwelling 7, family 7, William Gardner household, age 41, born in Indiana, a farmer with $8000 in real estate, $1500 personal estate; original data: NARA micropublication M593, Ninth Census of the United States, , 1748 rolls, roll #327.
  6. [S460] Ancestry.com, 1880 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Penn Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 358/21, dwelling 206, family 224, William Gardner household, age 51, born in Indiana, a farmer; original data: NARA micropublication T9, Tenth Census of the United States, , 1454 rolls, roll #286.
  7. [S1152] Jay Co. Tombstones, 86; FHL #849925 #2.
  8. [S1158] Wayne County Courthouse, Richmond, Indiana, Marriage Records, 1811-1951, E:327, FHL microfilm 1838643 #2, further cited as Wayne Co. Marriage Records.
  9. [S1151] , Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana: Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Cleveland, with Accompanying Biographies of Each; A Condensed History of the State of Indiana; Portraits and Biographies of Some of the Prominent Men of the State; Engravings of Prominent Citizens in Jay and Blackford Counties, with Personal Histories of Many of the Leading Families, and a Concise History of Jay and Blackford Counties and Their Cities and Villages (Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1887), 643-644, further cited as Lewis Publishing, Jay & Blackford Counties.
  10. [S1014] Winfield Gardner, Death Certificates, File No. 24-051233 (1924), California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  11. [S1577] Biographical Memoirs of Jay Co., Indiana, 358.