There is, also, the thing of two generations coming over (I have seen this story a lot of places, say Peirce and others). Too, on the move to Salem, Gardner is not in the list of old planters with Conant, Balch, etc. The Old Planters Society had that oversight (their main beef) in their mission statement. I have this thing documented in the blog (The Massachusetts Magazine was to be the voice - published 1908-1918).
But, plenty of families have done research over the years. Like the Paine sisters and their "Where was Thomas?" When I first saw this, It just went by me. What did they mean? Of course, they had been digging. We need to look at that.
I had thought that Thomas and Margaret were on Cape Ann, enjoying the house and the clime (almost heaven) while all of the contenders were over in Salem monkeying with each other. People were people then just like now.
But, there are many 'what ifs' that can be considered. You know, I did this post, in that regard: A new science. With Ichnology, from a few bones, we get the glorious models of ancient life forms. We ought to think about how we might do something similar (this is where the history comes in). Not fiction so much, as conjectural history.
One purpose for Gardner Research would be to support studies and the related papers (Gardner Annals).
Well, Endicott had the house moved; so, Thomas was back to a wigwam affair. Also, Endicott mentioned Thomas in a 1629 letter. So, he was here. Felt seemed to have reported some activity of those two, John and Thomas. What I like is that in 1637, as soon as Thomas signed up to be a good citizen (as if there were needed), the people voted him to go with Hathorne to Boston. Guess what? One time was enough. Same as now.
Love that we have views to 400, 300, 200, and 100 ago, for reflection (actually, there is symmetry that ought to be discussed). And, in-between, I might add.