Note for: William Case, - BEF 1676
In 1658, calling himself William Case, Sr., sold to Caleb Carr of Newport
all his interest in Connacut Island and Dutch Island. He was a deputy in
1667, 1673 and 1675. He was a freeman of Newport in 1655.--Little Compton
At the General Court of Elections held at Providence, May 22d, A.D. 1655,
Mr. Roger Williams, Moderator, the name of William Case appears among
others as being received as a freeman of the Colony. His name also
appears in the list of freemen of New Port, 1655, Bartlett's R. I. Col.
Records, Vol.I, folio 302 and 303.--Genealogies of Rhode Island Families,
Vol. I, 1983.
Note for: James Gardner, 19 MAY 1662 - 1 APR 1723
James Gardner had four wives. It is difficult to be certain which were
the mothers of which children, but it seems that probably Mary Starbuck
was the mother of the first three or four, including Samuel, Jethro,
Barnabas and probably Jonathan, who was born in the year Mary died.
Note for: Mary Starbuck, 30 MAR 1663 - 1696
Mary Starbuck, daughter of Nathaniel Starbuck and Mary Coffin, was the
first English child born on Nantucket Island.
Note for: Richard Gardner, - 23 JAN 1687/88
The two brothers, Richard and John Gardner, sons of Thomas, were
residents of Salem, before coming to Nantucket. They were probably both
born in England, coming to America about 1640.
Richard was the first to remove to Nantucket, where he was granted a half
share March 22, 1666-7, to exercise his trade as a "Seaman." His oldest
son, Joseph, was also granted a half share February 15, 1667, to exercise
his trade as a "Shoe Maker." Joseph's contract, under vote of the Town
February 15, 1667, grants his "half a share of accommatition answarable
to the other Tradesmen on conditions that he supply the occasions of the
Island in way of a Shoemaker, and likewise that he shall not leve the
Island in point of Dwelling for the Space of four years or if it so fall
out that he shall remove off from the Island within the aforesaid Terme
that he shall leave the said accomadation aforementioned to his brother
Richard on the terms aforesaid that he supply the occasions of the Island
as a Shoemaker." It is very probable that father and son removed in 1667
or 1668. The Records show that at this time John Bishop, sold to Richard
Gardner a tract of land at Wesco Pond.
About the same time a grant of land was made to John Gardner. There
seems, however, to be no evidence that John removed to the Island until
1672 or 1673.
Mr. Worth says "His" (Richard's) "house lot was around Wesco now
called Lily Pond, so irregular in form as to be called the "Crooked
Record." His house was on the west end of Sunset Hill, where is now."
(1901) "the residence of Eben W. Francis. He was Chief Magistrate in
1673 and held other Town offices. None of the old records are in his
handwriting, from which it may be inferred that he was not educated. His
house was probably the easternmost of that day. Joseph Gardner was
constable, assessor and selectman each once. He probably lived within
the limits of the "Crooked Record."
"John Gardner, called Capt. Gardner, married Priscilla Grafton. He
died in 1706, 82 years old, and left a widow and 12 grandchildren. His
house lot was on the north side of the road which is now called North
street, and included 30 acres, and extended from the road to the Cliff.
It was west of the Hamblin house."
Note for: Thomas Gardner, - 29 OCT 1674
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Jan 1871, pg.48.
"Thomas Gardner, the first of the Salem stock, came over in 1624 from
Dorsetshire, England, near which the name had flourished for more than
three centuries, and settled, under the auspices of the Dorchester
Company and Rev. John White, with thirteen others, at Gloucester, Cape
Ann, upon the grant of Lord Sheffield to Robert Cushman and Edward
Winslow, made in January of that year. Mr. Gardner was overseer of the
plantation, John Tylley of the fisheries, Roger Conant soon after
appointed governor. Not realizing the success they anticipated in
founding a colony, they removed, in 1626, to Naumkeag, or Salem, which
continued the home of Mr. Gardner and his descendents down to this
present century. He died in 1636.
Thomas, his son, an eminent merchant, was born 1592, and died 1674. He
held several town offices, and was member of the general court in 1637.
By his wives Margaret Frier and Damaris Shattuck he had: 1. Thomas
2.George 3.Richard 4. John 5.Samuel 6.Joseph 7.Sarah 8.Miriam 9.Ruth..."
(Note: some sources feel that Thomas and the Thomas listed as his first
son are in fact the same person.)