Frank Gardner

Frank Augustine Gardner (1861 - 1938)

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Frank Augustine Gardner
Born in Salem, MAmap
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Died in Salem, MAmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Jul 2018 | Last significant change: 18 Sep 2018
18:10: John M. Switlik edited the Biography for Frank Gardner. [Thank John M. for this]
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Frank A. Gardner, M.D. was born in 1861 to Stephen Wilson Gardner (descendant of Thomas Gardner, planter of Cape Ann/Salem) and Marion Woods. Dr. Gardner grew up in Salem, MA and attended public schools in the area. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1878.[1][2]

Dr. Gardner matriculated at Boston University and then obtained his medical degree from its School of Medicine. His residency work was done at Harvard Medical School.[1]

Throughout his life, Dr. Gardner was involved with many activities related to New England and its history. He supported and participated in the 300th celebration of the founding of Salem, MA. He published books and articles; too, he saw to the publication of a topical magazine for a decade.

Dr. Gardner died in 1938, and his ashes were buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, MA.


Dr. Gardner married twice. 1) Caroline L. Read of Salem in 1887. Caroline died in 1902. 2) Marion R. Fuller of Salem in 1906.

Pauline Gardner was born in 1888 to the first marriage. She graduated from Smiths College in 1912. Pauline married Philip Stone Donnell of Wilmington, DE, in June 1917. Pauline died in 1965 and was buried in Whitefield, ME.

Dorothy Gardner was born in 1910 to the second marriage. Dorothy married Nathan E. Warman. She died in 1994; her ashes are in the Gardner plot in Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, MA.

His sister, Lucie M. Gardner, was born in 1875. She graduated from Tufts College in 1897. She was Alpha Xi Delta for two years. Lucie was one of the Collaborators of the class of '97 who prepared the "History of Tufts College." She was a member of the Boston Tea Party Chapter of D.A.R. Dr. Gardner and Lucie collaborated on several projects that left behind research results that support the work of the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.[3] She was secretary of the Old Planters Society and genealogical editor for The Massachusetts Magazine.

Professional work

Dr. Gardner began practice in Peabody in 1883 and established an office in Salem in 1884. He was a Major and Surgeon in the Salem Light Infantry Battalion of Veterans. He was President of the Massachusetts Surgical and Gynecological Society in 1901. As well, Dr. Gardner headed the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medicine Society. [1]

Other interests

Dr. Gardner had an interest in horticulture and agriculture as recreations and published many articles on related subjects, such as cultivating mushrooms. Too, the research performed by Dr. Gardner and his sister, Lucie M., resulted in publications related to history and genealogy.

His ancestry

Dr. Gardner had a large number of New England families in his pedigree. In an early work, he identified many of these which work has been verified recently by Gardner Research[4] and will be the basis for future studies.

History and Genealogy

Dr. Gardner performed historical and genealogical research throughout his life. He published two books on Thomas Gardner.[5] He, along with his sister, worked with Sidney Perley the noted Salem antiquarian and published in Sidney's periodical. He helped form The Old Planters Society whose members were descendants of non-Mayflower migrants into early New England.[6]

Dr. Gardner chaired the Gardner Family Association. Honorable Augustus Peabody Gardner was vice-chair. With friends, he published a quarterly, The Massachusetts Magazine, from 1908 to 1918.[7] There had been an earlier attempt at this publication after the Revolutionary War.[8]

Over the life of the TMM, Dr. Gardner published detailed articles about the regiments that had been at the Siege of Boston. [9] At the same time, he authored a series titled "Department of the American Revolution" for the TMM>


  • The chart for his mother, Marion Woods, was accomplished by using Dr. Gardner's handwritten notes from 1907.
  • Frank was buried in a Gardner plot in Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, MA. Other burials in the plot include, by year: Caroline W. Dennett - great-aunt (1880); Joseph D. Dennett - great-uncle (1882); Joseph D. Gardner (1913) - uncle; Susan (Graves) Gardner (1915) - aunt; Charlotte (Johnson) Gardner (1923) - 1st cousin-in-law; Marion F. Gardner (1940) - mother; Etta A. Gardner (1943) - cousin; Lizzie E. Wallis (1943) - cousin; Waldo D. Gardner (1945) - 1st cousin; and others.
  • The appendix of his bio ([1]) plus the ahnentafels of his Gardner grandparents: Benjamin Brown Gardner and Lucy Foster Wilson.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Switilik, J.M. (2015) "Frank Augustine Gardner, M.D." The Gardner Annals, Volume II, Number 2.
  2. Marquis, A.N. (1915) Who's Who in New England A.N. Marquis & Company, page 442
  3. Website - Thomas Gardner of Salem, MA
  4. Dr. Frank and WikiTree
  5. 1907 and 1933, Thomas Gardner (planter) and Gardner Memorial.
  6. Old Planters, Massachusetts whose founders were from many of the old families (Endicott, Crowninshield, Peabody, Lodge Putnam and others.
  7. The Massachusetts Magazine (TMM).
  8. Massachusetts Magazine, a monthly that published from 1789 through 1796 with contributions from Benjamin Franklin, Judith Sargent Murray and others.
  9. Regimental History Series, background and motivation.

--- Post-note: This Profile is being edited according to the instructions provided by WikiTree with regard to a good format. There is a lot more information to add. However, we want to relook at his ancestor trees first for accuracy (it was typed in, for the most part).

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Frank A. Gardner, MD
Frank A. Gardner, MD

Frank and others
Frank and others

Frank and sister Lucie
Frank and sister Lucie


On 9 Aug 2018 at 01:35 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

Dr. Frank had a sister, Lucie M. Gardner. Early graduate of Tufts.

On 5 Aug 2018 at 18:56 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

There is only one generation between Anna and Nathaniel.

Nathaniel Eaton

father of Benoni Eaton who is father of Anna Eaton who is wife of Isaac Knapp, they are parents of Nathaniel Knapp who is father of Rebecca (Knapp) Gardner who is ancestor of Frank Augustine Gardner

Source: The Essex Genealogist Vol 35, No 1

Descendants of Nathaniel are here.

On 5 Aug 2018 at 01:49 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

I have Dr. Frank's handwritten lineage on his mother's side and will be typing it in.

Frank is 23 degrees from SJ Baty, 23 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 20 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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