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Franklin Augustine Gardner (1861 - 1938)

Franklin Augustine (Frank) Gardner
Born in Salem, MAmap
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Died at age 77 in Salem, MAmap
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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 Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem, MA.


Dr. Gardner married twice. 1) Caroline Louisa Read of Salem on 15 Jun 1887. She was the daughter of John Franklin Read and Caroline Louisa Chase.[3] 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 in Whitefield, ME and was buried in Newcastle, ME.[4]

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 Greenlawn 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.[5] 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[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] There had been an earlier attempt at this publication after the Revolutionary War.[10]

Over the life of the TMM, Dr. Gardner published detailed articles about the regiments that had been at the Siege of Boston. [11] At the same time, he authored a series titled "Department of the American Revolution" for the TMM>

Resource Notes

  • The chart for his mother, Marion Woods, was accomplished by using Dr. Gardner's handwritten notes from 1907.
  • Frank was cremated (ashes buried in a Gardner plot?) in Greenlawn 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) - wife; 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.

Salem records (from Trisha ___)

  • Salem, MA birth record, 1861, vol: 141 ; page: 317, #34, Jan. 7, Franklin A, male, birth place - Salem, Stephen W. & M. Gardner, residence of parents - Salem, occupation of father - Currier, birth place of father - Salem, birth place of mother - Salem
  • Salem, MA marriage record, 1887, vol: 379 ; page: 372, #130, June 15, Salem, Frank A. Gardner, residence - Salem, age - 26, occupation - Physician, birth place - Salem, parents - Stephen W. & Marion W. Gardner, first marriage, and Caroline L. Reed, residence - Salem, age - 26, occupation - At home, birth place - Salem, parents - John F. & Caroline L. Reed, first marriage, married by - Frederick M. Gardner, Lawrence, Clergyman
  • Salem, MA marriage record, 1906, vol: 562 ; page: 660, #422, Oct. 31, Salem, Frank Augustine Gardner, age - 45, second marriage, widowed, residence, Salem, occupation - Physician, birth place - Salem, parents - Stephen Wilson Gardner & Marion W. Woods, and Marion Ruth Fuller, age - 25, residence - Salem, occupation - At home, birth place - Salem, parents - George Washington Fuller & Harriet A. M. Fuller, married by Milton F. Negus, Salem, Minister


  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. Book -American Ancestry: Embracing lineages ... Mulsell, F. (1899)
  4. Website - Pauline Gardner Donnell
  5. Website - Thomas Gardner of Salem, MA
  6. Dr. Frank and WikiTree
  7. 1907 and 1933, Thomas Gardner (planter) and Gardner Memorial.
  8. Old Planters, Massachusetts whose founders were from many of the old families (Endicott, Crowninshield, Peabody, Lodge Putnam and others.
  9. The Massachusetts Magazine (TMM).
  10. Massachusetts Magazine, a monthly that published from 1789 through 1796 with contributions from Benjamin Franklin, Judith Sargent Murray and others.
  11. Regimental History Series, background and motivation.


  • Mark Stevens, of Salem, MA. Recently bought the house of the Fuller family. Their daughter, Dorothy, was the 2nd wife of Frank.
  • Trisha __ Provided information from Salem records.
  • Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.

--- 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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Gardner-14766 and Gardner-11627 are not ready to be merged because: Unrelated party with data
posted by [Living Donnell]
It was not clear why there was the need to use this mode of creating a new Profile and asking for a merge. Generally, 'wiki' approaches allow edits by any author who can contribute material with sources or who can help hone these Profiles to meet the best of expectations.

As for 'Profile manager' over time, this role can be transferred. It is done all of the time.

The basis for this material can be found in articles published by Gardner Research under the auspices of the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.

There is a relationship (in-law, married to a first cousin), not that this matters to the research sense being followed for this article.

posted by John M. Switlik
edited by John M. Switlik
Today, i had my hands on the copy of his 1907 book that Frank dedicated to his father who had marked up the book and included some research notes. What struck me, though, was the image of the area around Gardner's bridge which is in the area of concern with regard to the burials. And, on a close look, one can see elevations. This image is of a painting done in 1826 which is before the mess.

Area near Gardner's Hill which is where burials were disturbed.

posted by John M. Switlik
Dr. Frank had a sister, Lucie M. Gardner. Early graduate of Tufts.
posted by John M. Switlik
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.

posted by John M. Switlik
I have Dr. Frank's handwritten lineage on his mother's side and will be typing it in.
posted by John M. Switlik

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