Thomas Gardner1

Male, #10275, (8 Aug 1721 - 10 Nov 1773)
Research note* At one time, this page asserted that Thomas Gardner was born in Eastern Port, North Carolina, and that he was the son of Jean Gardner and Mary Pryor. However, in his well-reseached book on the Gardner Family, Ken Wilson disputes these assertions, and therefore they have been withdrawn for lack of evidence.2 
Birth*8 Aug 1721 Thomas was born at North Carolina on 8 Aug 1721.1 
Marriage*circa 1743 He married Martha Pryor circa 1743.1 
Birth of Son6 May 1744 His son William Gardner was born on 6 May 1744 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.3,4 
Birth of Son17 Jan 1745/46 His son Thomas Gardner Jr. (1st of 2) was born on 17 Jan 1745/46 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.5,4 
Birth of Son11 Dec 1748 His son John Gardner was born on 11 Dec 1748 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.5,4 
Birth of Son30 Nov 1750 His son George Gardner was born on 30 Nov 1750 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.5,4 
Birth of Son26 Oct 1752 His son Christopher Gardner was born on 26 Oct 1752 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.5,4 
Death of Sonsay 1754 His son Thomas Gardner Jr. (1st of 2) died say 1754. 
Birth of Son5 Jul 1754 His son Kemp Gardner was born on 5 Jul 1754 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.5,4 
Birth of Son16 Mar 1756 His son Thomas Gardner Jr. (2nd of 2) was born on 16 Mar 1756 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.3,4 
Birth of Son19 Jan 1758 His son Pryor Gardner was born on 19 Jan 1758 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.3,4 
Death of Sonsay 1760 His son Christopher Gardner died say 1760.5 
Birth of Son5 May 1762 His son Sterling Gardner was born on 5 May 1762 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina.4 
Will*10 Nov 1773 He made a will at Halifax Co., North Carolina, on 10 Nov 1773, naming as heir(s) Pryor Gardner, Martha Pryor, William Gardner, John Gardner, George Gardner, Kemp Gardner and Sterling Gardner.

Halifax County, NC - Will of Thomas Gardner - 1777

In the name of God Amen, I, Thomas Gardner, being very sick and weak of body but of sound mind and perfect memory, Praise God, do think fit to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Vis:

First I recommend my soul to Almight God which gave it me helping through the merits of my ever blessed Saviour to receive a free pardon and remission of all my sins.

My body I commit to the earth to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for my worldy estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I leave as followeth

In Primis I give and bequeath to my three sons George, John, and Sterling Gardner all my Lands and will to be equally divided among them only my son Sterling to have my dwelling place and George to have the part in the road and John to have over the Marsh Swamp. Also I give to my son George one Negro girl named Dinah. Also I give to my son Sterling one Negro girl named Suca they and their increase to them and their heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Gardner one Negro boy named James also one Negro fellow named Harry to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Camp Gardner one Negro boy named Bristoll and one ditto named Lewis to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Gardner one Negro boy named Peter also one Negro woman named Winney she and her increase from this day (with the said Peter) to him and his heirs forever, also my lot in Winton.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Pryor Gardner one Negro fellow named Sam one Negro woman named Cate she and her increase from this day (with the said Sam) to him and his heirs forever. My will and desire is that my beloved son William Gardner shall receive his said Negroes, I have above given him on the twenty fourth day of December 1773 and that the other children receive their Negroes above given them at the day of marriage or when they attain to the age of twenty one years and if either of my said children should die without heir lawfully begotten that their part shall be equally divided amongst the living.

Item: I give all my other estate both royal and personal to be sold and the money equally divided among my seven sons Viz: William, John, George, Camp, Pryor, Thomas, and Sterling Gardner.

Lastly I appoint my beloved wife Martha Gardner and my son William Gardner and my son Sterling Gardner full, whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking all other will in wills heretofore by me made and acknowledge this to be my last will and no other. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy and Three.

Thos. Gardner (Seal)

Signed, sealed & C
In presence of Wm. Hargrove, George Gardner, Thomas Haile

Halifax S s. C May Court 1777. Then this Will was exhibited in open Court by the Executors and proved by George Gardner a witness thereto in due form of Law Whereupon Martha Gardner qualified as executrix thereto and in motion Ordid to be recorded.

Test.
B. McCulloch C. Ct.6
 
Death*10 Nov 1773 He died at Halifax Co., North Carolina, on 10 Nov 1773 at age 52.4,7 
Probate*May 1777 A probate action was taken on his estate in May 1777 at Halifax Co., North Carolina,

Wit by George Gardner, William Hargrove, and Thomas Haile. (Will #236, pg 51.) 
Family Bible* THOMAS GARDNER'S BIBLE RECORD, WARREN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
Note: This Bible was published in 1805 by Mathew Carey, Philadelphia. The original owner was Rev. Thomas Gardner (1756-1827), a Baptist minister, of Halifax and Warren Counties, N.C. He began the record (inclusive dates, 1721-1882) with the births of his parents and their children. The Bible is (1969) in custody of a descendant, Mildred Allen Adams (Mrs. James E., Sr.), Warrenton, N.C. This typescript was edited and transcribed by Mildred A. Adams and Malcolm E. Gardner.

FAMILY RECORD

PAGE 1
Marriages
Thomas Gardner was Marryed to Betty Gardner his wife February the 12th 1778
Thomas Gardner was Marryed to Elizabeth Kerk his second wife on March the 15th 1808
Winfield S. Gardner was born Oct. the 7 1849 Son of Thomas P. Gardner, Finetta S. A. W. Myrick his wife
John C. Gardner was born March the 5 1851 Son of T. P. Gardner
Polley Gardner was Marryed to Francis Balthrop December the 27th 1804
Betsey Gardner was Marryed to Joseph Tanner January the 19th 1812
Martha P. Gardner was Married to G. Talley January the 20th 1826
Thomas P. Gardner was Marryed to Finetta S. A. W. Myri[ck] his wife March the 8 1848

Births
The age of Thomas Gardner Senr born August the 8th 1721
Martha Gardner his wife was born April the 10th 1723
William Gardner born May the 6th 1744
Thomas Gardner born January the 17th 1746
John Gardner born December the 11th 1748
George Gardner born November the 30th 1750
Thomas Gardner Junr was born March the 16th 1756
Betty Gardner his wife was born January the 7th 1754
Nancey Gardner born December the 27th 1778
Polly Gardner born June the 2d 1780
Betsey Gardner born December 16th 1781
Frances Gardner born March the 16th 1784

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Births
Christopher Gardner born [Oc]tober the 26 1752
Kemp Gardner born July the 5th 1754
Thomas Gardner the Younger born March the 16th 1756
Pryor Gardner born January the 19th 1758
Betty Gardner born November the 18th 1759
Starling Gardner born May the 5th 1762
John Waller Gardner born January the 9th 1786
Patsey Pryor Gardner born January the 20th 1788
Thomas Pettis Gardner born February the 17th 1831 Son of John W. Gardner and Nancy P. Gardner his wife
Patsey Kemp Balthrop born November the 17th 1805
Betsey Waller Balthrop born October the 23d 1807 [sic]
Thomsa Gardner Balthrop born January the 7th 1808 [sic]
John Christian B[alt]hrop born [Ap]ril the 8th 1810
William Balthrop born September the 29th 1811
James Madison Balthrop born april the 17th 1813

Deaths
Thomas Gardner Senr Departed this life November the 10th 1773
Martha Gardner his wife Departed this life March the 13th 1780
Ann Ray Mother to my wife Departed this life May the 5th 1796 in her Sixty seventh year
Nancy Gardner Daughter of Thomas Gardner Junr Departed this life August 6th 1800
Betty Gardner the tender Loveing wife of my you[th] Departed this life Nove[mber] the 14th 1806
Polley Balthrop my Dau[ghter] Departed this life May the 13th 1813
Elisabeth Gardner my Second Wife Departed this Life August the 19th 1824

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Deaths
Thomas Gardner Departed this Life October 15th 1827
Martha P Talley Departed this life August the 8th 1829
John Waller Gardner Departed this life February the 4th 1837 about 3 oClock P. M. after a painful illness of nine days which he bore with Christian fortitude
[F]rances Johnson an unknown date aughter of the Revd [T]homas Gardner [de]parted this life at an unknown age ugust 16th 1841
Pattie Petis Gardner Daughter of Finetta & Thomas P. Gardner Depated this life August the 7 1857

Births
Winfield S Gardner was born Oct 7 1849
John C Gardner was born March 5 1851
James M. Gardner was born Jan 17 1853
Franklin P. Gardner was born April 5 1854
Pattie Pettis Gardner was borne Sept[ember] the 28 1856
Pattie Ray Gardner was Born Nov the 28 185[7]

Marriages
Winfield S. Gardner & Sallie N. Egerton were married Nov. 2nd 1875
Pattie Ray Gardner & Jas R Rodwell were married Jan 14th 1879
John C Gardner & Sallie B Rodwell were married Oct 29th 1879
Jas M Gardner and Cate H. White were married Nov 26 1879
Franklin P. Gardner & Dora Rodwell were married Nov 29 18[82]

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The Names of Negroes Owned and born in my House
Peter was born February the 16th 1770
Affey was born September the 10th 1777
Sarah was born November the 6 1787
Bob was born September the 1st 1793
Sebrina was born January the 19th 1795
Henry was born January the 15th 1802
Mildred was born December the 17th 1802
Ephraim was born April the 17th 1804
Ned was born May the 7th 1806
Peter was born June the 30th 18[torn]
Nancy was born July the 15 1790
Sam was born September the 18 1814
Drusillar was born November the 28 1816
Dilley was born December the 21 1817
Luiss wsa born June the 11th [?] 1818
Mariah was born May the 27 1819
Nell [?] was born May the 29 1820
Jack was born September the 3d 1820
Nat was born June the 27th 1821
Cager [?] was born May the 17 1822
Polley was born July the 28 1823
was born September 14 1823
[Faded] was born July the 12 1824
was born January the 20 1826
was born February the 12 1826
Lucy was born July the 7 1826
Jane was born July the 13th 1827
Sarah was born August the 14th 1828
Robert was born September the 1st 1829
Cornelius was born April the 30 1831
Harry was born September the 25 1831
Dellar was born Febuary the 14 1853
Richard Henry was born May the 19 1856
Drucilla was born July the 4 1859
indiana Missouri was born September the 4 1861.4 

Family

Martha Pryor (10 Apr 1723 - 13 Mar 1780)
Marriage*circa 1743 He married Martha Pryor circa 1743.1 
Children
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited13 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. Rev. Thomas Gardner (1756-1827) Family Bible, 1805, Mathew Carey - Philadelphia, Mildred Allen Adams (w/o James E. Allen Sr.), owner, Warrenton, NC, (1969).
    Thomas Gardner Senr born August the 8th 1721
    Martha Gardner his wife was born April the 10th 1723.
  2. C. K. "Ken" Wilson, The Gardner Family: Ancestors, Descendants, Inlaws & Outlaws, , May 2007.
  3. E-mail written Jun 2005 to Warren Culpepper from Patricia Daniel Bailey, e-mail address.
    Mrs. George O. (Charlotte Thomas) Marshall, Jr. cites Gardner family relationships and dates from a family bible.
  4. Susan Shields Sasek, compiler, e-mail address, Sassytazzy's Online Genealogical Research Library, Rootsweb, Jun 2006.
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sassytazzy/searchsite.html
    Thomas Gardner Jr.'s Family Bible:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~sassytazzy/family/surnames/gardner/bible/gardnerthomasbible1.html.
  5. Larry D. Kingsley, compiler, e-mail address, The King's Meadow, Rootsweb: WorldConnect (online family tree).
    http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ldkingsley
  6. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Larealia Camp
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/halifax/wills/thogard.txt.

  7. Rev. Thomas Gardner (1756-1827) Family Bible, 1805, Mathew Carey - Philadelphia, Mildred Allen Adams (w/o James E. Allen Sr.), owner, Warrenton, NC, (1969).
    Thomas Gardner Senr Departed this life November the 10th 1773
    Martha Gardner his wife Departed this life March the 13th 1780.