Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mary Larsen Gardner: Photo 1921

In the photo below, Mary Gardner is on the left and her close friend, Sis. Cook, is on the right. This photo was taken south of the old ward hall in Afton, Wyoming in August 1921. Sister Cook was said to have been the mother of Carl Cook, so I believe this is Johanna Christina (Palsdotter) Cook, born in 1845 in Sweden.

Mary Larsen Root Gardner: Photo

Mary was the last wife of Archibald Gardner.

Elizabeth Dowding Gardner Hall: Photo

Elizabeth was a wife of Archibald Gardner.

Harriet Armitage Gardner Larter: Photo

Harriet was a wife of Archibald Gardner.

Sarah Jane Hamilton Gardner Howard: Photo

Sarah Jane was a wife of Archibald Gardner.

Jane Park Gardner: Photo

Jane Park was a wife of Archibald Gardner.

Elizabeth Elinor Lewis Raglin Gardner: Photo

Elizabeth was a wife of Archibald Gardner. I apologize for the low resolution of several of the next photos. This is not a problem with my scanning, it is the resolution of the photo that I am working from. If anyone has better images, I would appreciate being able to obtain copies.

Abia Ezekiel Johnson: Photo

I received a request this week from Catherine Gardner to post this image of Abia Ezekiel Johnson and ask if any of the Gardner family members know what his connection to the family might be. This photo was found in a box of "unknown" photos of Lloyd Gardner, son of Brigham Ozro Gardner, who was the son of Archibald and Laura Althea (Thompson) Gardner. This photo was taken around 1918. In the 1920 census, Abia was living with his parents in Kane County, Utah, while Lloyd was living with his parents in Afton, Wyoming. We don't know how this photo ended up in the Gardner family collection. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Star Valley Temple prophesy

During the October 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple will be built in Star Valley, Wyoming. With our Gardner ties to Star Valley, our entire family was excited and thrilled to hear the announcement. Shortly after, I received an email from Emily Gammon sharing some information that there has been a prophesy since the 1800s that a temple would be built in Star Valley. Since I was not raised in that area, I had not heard about this, and I suspect many of you may not know about it either. So, tonight I would like to share with you a small moment in history about Star Valley and the soon-to-be-built temple.

Moses Thatcher was called to be an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the April conference of 1879. He replaced Orson Hyde who had died the previous November. On July 3, 1894, George Goddard reported on a trip he had taken to the Star Valley area, which was published in the Deseret Weekly, Vol. 49, pp. 122-23. In that report, he mentioned a prophesy of Elder Moses Thatcher that a temple would be built in Star Valley. Here is a portion of that report:

"A fine tract of bench land on the eastern portion of Afton will afford a beautiful site for a Temple hereafter to be built, as per prophesy of Elder Moses Thatcher. This bench lies at the mouth of Swift Creek canyon, from whence flows a large stream of pure water, flanked on either side by a park of beautiful swamp pines, many of which are more than 100 feet high."

Below are images of the documents where this was published. If you click on them, you can see an enlarged copy. Thanks again to Emily for sharing this with the family.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Serena Evensen Gardner family reunion: Photo

This photo is identified as having been taken near Serena's home in Leland, Utah, at a family reunion. I believe this was taken at the same reunion as the one in my last post, because everyone appears to be wearing the same clothing in both photos. Serena is the older woman seated at the far left.

Archibald and Serena Gardner Family Reunion, 1903: Photo

The Archibald and Serena Evensen Gardner family held a reunion in Leland, Utah in 1903. This photo was taken at the reunion. Serena is the older woman seated in the center of the photo.

Syrenus and Serena Gardner: Photo

This is a photo of Syrenus and Serena Gardner, twin children of Archibald and Serena Evensen Gardner.

Serena Evensen Gardner: Photo

Following is a photo of Serena Evensen Gardner, wife of Archibald. This photo was donated to the family collection by Delila Williams.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Children of Archibald and Laura Althea Gardner: Photo

This photo was taken of the children of Archibald and Laura Althea (Thompson) Gardner:

First row, left to right: George Delos Gardner, Lucia Adell (Gardner) Gardner, and Brigham Ozro Gardner

Second row, left to right: Ellen Janette (Gardner) Bennion and Wallace Ward Gardner

Ellen Janette and Laura Althea Gardner: Photo

Below is a photo of Nettie Gardner Bennion and her sister, Laura Althea. Laura died three months before her 14th birthday. These girls were the daughters of Archibald and Laura Althea.

Laura Althea Thompson Gardner: Photo

Laura Althea was a wife of Archibald Gardner.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rawsel Gardner Family: Photo

This is a family portrait of the Rawsel and Sophy Gardner family. Rawsel was a son of Archibald and Mary Ann (Bradford) Gardner.

The photo is labeled as follows:
Front row (left to right): David, Sofia, Rawsel, and Ida
Second row (left to right): Louie, Arch, Duncan, Clem, and Anne
Third row (left to right): Mark and Bob

There is a male in the second row that is not accounted for in the labeling, and I assume that one of them is Alfred Donald, twin of Royal Duncan. If anyone knows the correct order of the boys in the second row, please contact me. I would appreciate any help from family members who know.

Robert and Carrie (Andrus) Gardner: Photo

This is a photo of Robert Gardner, son of Archibald and Mary Ann (Bradford) Gardner, and Carrie (Andrus) Gardner.

Rebekah Gardner Gardner: Photo

Below is a photo of Heber Kimball Livingston Gardner, son of William and Janet (Livingston) Gardner, and Rebekah Gardner, daughter of Archibald and Mary Ann (Bradford) Gardner. This was taken for their 50th anniversary, which would have been 2 Sep 1930.

Margaret Livingston Gardner: Photo (2)

I have also located a better copy of the picture of Margaret that I posted last week. This one has also been cropped slightly, but it is clearly the same picture.

Archibald Gardner: Photo (2)

I have found another version of the photo of Archibald that I posted last week. It appears to be the same photo, but it has been cropped. It is better quality than the photocopy, but I would still like to find a good copy of the entire photo. If anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Margaret Gardner Smith: Photo

Below is a photo of Margaret Gardner Smith, daughter of Archibald and Margaret Livingston Gardner.

Neil Gardner: Photo

Here is another photo of Neil Gardner.

Neil and Regine Evensen Gardner: Family photo

The photo below is of the Neil and Regine Evensen Gardner family. It's a little hard to tell from a digital image, but the original photo has been changed. The photo of Regine on the wall behind the family was not there when this picture was taken. If you look closely, you can see that a photo has been glued over whatever picture was hanging in that frame. It's a nice touch, but it is not historically accurate.

The information I received with this photo contained the following identification:
Back row (left to right): Neil Livingston Gardner, Margaret Gardner, Henry Albert Gardner, and Brigham Evensen Gardner.
Front row (left to right): Ida Regina Gardner, Effie Estella Gardner, Neil Gardner, Sarah Edna Gardner, and Annie Serena Gardner.

The female standing on the right side of the photo cannot be Henry Albert (who died as an infant), so I am assuming this is Delila Rebecca Gardner. Please let me know if you can confirm or disprove this.

Margaret Livingston Gardner: Photo

This second picture is also a photocopy. Again, I appreciate seeing Margaret as a younger woman, and I will continue looking for a better quality copy of this photo.

Archibald Gardner: Photo

I have been asked to share some of the pictures that I have for the Gardner family, and I'm happy to do so. I'm going to begin with two photos that I have photocopies of, but I don't have a photo quality image. If any of you know who has these pictures and how I could obtain a quality digital copy, I would be happy to hear from you. In the meantime, I will see what I can find.

Below is a picture of Archibald taken when he was younger, and it is the only standing picture that I'm aware of. Even at low quality, it's a fun one to see him as a young man.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sydenham River

Here are a couple of photos of the Sydenham River. Again, thanks to Cheryl Wood for sharing these.

The Nauvoo Road

Following are some pictures of the Nauvoo Road and the monument located there. To see the location of this road, see my Google map for this area.

The plaque on this monument reads:
No. 108
Erected August 16, 1946
Nauvoo Road

In 1846 a group of converts to the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints enroute from Gardner's
Mills to Nauvoo, Ill., chopped a road through the forest
to reach the London Road. Among them was Archibald
Gardner the first settler of Alvinston who built the
first grist mill in Brooke Township. The Nauvoo Road
sanctioned as a Brooke Township highway Nov. 22, 1851,
comprises that portion of Highway 79 from road allow-
ance between concessions 8 & 9 to the northern town-
ship line. This stone from Gardner's Mill was contributed
by the Brooke and Alvinston Agricultural Society to whom
it was presented by Duncan J. McEachern who provided
for its removal from the original mill site on the east
bank of the Sydenham River.

Ontario members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Descendants and relatives of Archibald Gardner, & the Utah Pioneer Trails &
Landmarks Association

Alvinston, Ontario

Following are some photos of the town of Alvinston, Ontario, taken by Cheryl Wood. Archibald Gardner was one of the first settlers in this area of Canada, if not the first. He arrived in the mid-1830s. For more information on his time in this area, see my earlier post about the Western District.


To those who have been following my blog, a sincere apology for not posting during a very busy summer. With school starting this week, I thought a new start for the blog would be appropriate. During the summer, I had a visit from Cheryl Wood, a Gardner family member, who shared with me some photos she took of Alvinston, Ontario, Canada. The next several posts contain her photos. Thanks, Cheryl!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jane Park Gardner and Serena Torjussen Gardner: 1910 Census

In my last post, I mentioned that Mary Larsen survived Archibald, and I presented the census records to the end of her life. In addition to Mary, Jane and Serena were also widows of Archibald. They were both enumerated in the 1910 census of Utah. Jane was enumerated in Salt Lake County and was shown living with her children, Reuben and Delila. (1910 U.S. Census of Salt Lake County, Utah, ED #89, Sheet 27A, p. 191)

Serena was living in Spanish Fork with her son Erastus in 1910. He was her youngest son from her first marriage, and although his surname was Evensen, he was listed as Erastus Gardner because his mother's surname was dittoed. Unfortunately, this page of the census appears to have been water damaged, and it is a little difficult to read. (1910 U.S. Census of Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, ED #199, Sheet 8A, p. 173)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mary Larsen: Censuses, 1910-1920

After Archibald's death in 1902, Mary Larsen Gardner continued to live in Afton, Wyoming. In the 1910 census, she still had two sons living at home, and she was living next door to her oldest son, Andrew Bruce. Another son, Clarence, was enumerated at the top of the same page. (1910 U.S. Census of Afton, Uinta, Wyoming, ED #137, sheet 1B, p. 163)

In the 1920 census, Mary was living with her youngest son's family. Her second son, Clarence, was living next door. (1920 U.S. Census of Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming, ED #61, sheet 8A, p. 57)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Elizabeth Dowding: Censuses, 1880-1910

Elizabeth Dowding divorced Archibald after 1870 and married Allen Hall on 29 Jan 1875. Following are her census records after she left the Gardner household. Although a search has been conducted, she has not yet been located in the 1920 census. Elizabeth died on 10 Aug 1921 in Salt Lake City.

(1880 U.S. Census of West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #59, p. 303)

(1900 U.S. Census of West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #67, Sheet 14A, p. 228)

(1910 U.S. Census of Midvale City, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #89, Sheet 17A, p. 181)

Sarah Jane Hamilton: Censuses, 1870-1920

Sarah Jane Hamilton divorced Archibald on 15 Mar 1861, and then married Samuel Lorenzo Howard on 1 Apr 1865. In 1870, she was living in Mill Creek, but she later moved to Riverton where she remained until her death. Following are the census entries for her after she left the Gardner household. Unfortunately, some of the entries are difficult to read, so I have marked the household. Clicking on the image to enlarge it might be helpful.

(1870 U.S. Census of Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah, p. 501)

(1880 U.S. Census of South Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #59, p. 292)

(1900 U.S. Census of Riverton, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #66, Sheet 3B, p. 202)

(1910 U.S. Census of Riverton, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #88, Sheet 4A, p. 156)

(1920 U.S. Census of Riverton, Salt Lake, Utah, ED #58, Sheet 4A, p. 26)