Ancestor of US President John Adams
NOTE: The Gardner family of Roxbury is not the Gardner family of Salem. This Thomas Gardner is not the Thomas Gardner born May 25, 1645 in Salem. Please do not merge.
Often referred to as "Deacon," Thomas Gardner, son of Thomas, married Mary Bowles on Nov. 17, 1673 and had the following children; Sarah, Thomas, Mary, John, Caleb, Peter, Isaac, Richard, Solomon and Benjamin. Thomas resided in Roxbury but removed to Brookline. Some sources say he died there in 1725.
Thomas Gardner's name is one of the first on the petition for a separation of Brookline from Boston. He was evidently a man of property and much influence.
Thomas Gardner, junior, was admitted to the Roxbury Church 11 May 1684.
In 1718, Thomas built a home that was successively owned by his three sons, Solomon, Caleb and Benjamin. It stood at the curve of the old Sherburne road and once had only green fields and thick woods lying about it with the only other house in sight being that of Nathaniel Gardner. For a description of his home, where a secret room was discovered containing an ancient sword, see Woods, Harriet F. Historical Sketches of Brookline, Mass. Boston. 1874; page 291. Another surprise was a cannon ball, imbedded between the chimney and the beams that was discovered during some alterations done after a century had passed, (see page 292.)
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