My Gardner Ancestors

New stuff: 3rd great grandmother Adaline Gardner was a Mayflower descendant through her grandmother, Rachel Glover Gardner. See My Mayflower Ancestors page.

Adaline Gardner was the second daughter of Levi William Gardner and Lydia Stickney. She was born 13 December 1814. She married Daniel Dibble Fenn 28 March 1835 and had the following children: Oscar A. Fenn, born 25 June 1836; Edward J. Fenn, born 13 November 1838; Mary E. Fenn, born 17 August 1846; and Emma K. Fenn, born in 1852. Oscar A. Fenn is one of my 16 second great grandparents.

I have information about Levi William Gardner's ancestors, recently discovered in the LDS genenalogy site. He was born 19 September 1785 in NH, to Levi Gardner and Rachel Glover. The info states both Levi's parents were born in Nantucket, MA, in 1758 and 1761, respectively. Based on the book History of Medina County and Ohio, (Baskin & Battey - 1881), Page 734 has details on E.A. (Elisha) Branch and wife Sarah S. Gardner (see below). The biographical sketch states Sarah's parents were from New England. Lydia Stickey was born in NH, so...

LDS Pedigree Chart info: Levi William Gardner - L6FP-298. Lydia Stickney - KNZX-D2H. A link is in the sources below. You can follow the lines back from there.

See my graves page for an image of the recently replaced marker of Daniel D. and Adaline Gardner Fenn, and Levi and Lydia Stickney Gardner. Click here for a comparison of the present-day view of the farm house of Levi & Lydia and an artist's drawing from an 1880s atlas of Medina County. Thanks to cousin Anita for the pic and the grave marker pic.

Update - Pix from a recent trip to Ohio - Branch Cemetery headstone of Levi William Gardner and Lydia Stickney Gardner's headstone.

The 10 Children of Levi Wiiliam and Lydia Stickney Gardner were:

  1. James Gardner, b. 21 March 1809, married twice. He was deeded land in Medina Co. by his father in 1833. He then sold it to Peter Van Dorn in 1834. Nothing further known.
  2. Levi Gardner Jr., b. 15 October 1810 in Genesee Co., N.Y., married Lydia Bishop (17 April 1837), Ellen Chapin (31 March 1863), and Mrs. Mary Ford (03 November 1881). He died 09 April 1886 in York Township, Medina Co., Ohio.
  3. Keziah Gardner, b. 8 Dec. 1812, m. Peter Van Dorn, 27 August 1834, 6 children.
  4. Adaline Gardner, one of my 32 3rd great grandparents, was b. 13 Dec 1814, m. Daniel Dibble Fenn, 28 March 1835; d. 18 Jan 1893, in Creston, Ohio, at the residence of daughter Emma Keziah Fenn Baird. Buried with husband Daniel in Stanton, Michigan because son Oscar paid for it.
  5. Rueben Gardner, b. 06 December 1816, d. 01 September 1901, in York Township, Medina Co., Ohio. Married Mary E. Branch, daughter of "Judge" Levi Branch and Polly Stone, on 9 August 1840, 11 children, one of whom died in infancy. Source: History of Medina County and Ohio, (Baskin & Battey - 1881), Page 734. Thanks to Jean Best for that information! Reuben was likely named after his mother's father, Reuben Stickney.
  6. William Henry Gardner, b. 1818, m. Elizabeth Branch on 27 November 1839, 4 children: Clark, b. 1842; Francis, b. 1844; Darwin, b. 1849; Willie, b. 1852. Source: 1860 Medina Co. Census (Thanks, Karen!). William d. in Dec. 1853. Elizabeth Branch was b. abt. 1821 in MA., died in Pentwater, MI, but is buried in Medina County. The 1860 census also lists 82-year-old Mary Branch as living with the family. FindAGrave link
  7. Julius Gardner, b. 26 April 1820, m. Mary J. Gregory, 4 September 1844, 10 children. Last child (?) was named William H., born 16 April 1867 in Sparta, Kent, MI. His probable son, Julius W., b. 1900, d. 1975 in Downer's Grove, DuPage, IL.
  8. Sarah S. Gardner, b. 1 Jan. 1824, d. 1908, m. Elisha A. Branch 16 November 1842, Medina Co., Ohio, 6 children. Fina A Grave link. Source of marriage date/place - LDS IGI record and History of Medina County and Ohio, (Baskin & Battey - 1881), Page 732. Mary A. Branch, wife of Levi Branch and Elisha's mother, lived with her son and daughter-in-law in the last years of her life, according to the US Census.
  9. Amos Gardner, b. 10 Sept. 1826, d. 14 June 1902 1902, m. Margaret A. Tiffany, 1854, 2 children. Both are buried in Medina County's Spring Grove Cemetery.
  10. Marietta Gardner, b. 6 Nov. 1829, d. 04 Feb 1889, Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, USA, m. Sidney Davis Abbott, 4 April 1850, 1 child named Lelia and 1 that died young. Marietta m. 2nd., Henry Courter.

Levi William "L.W." Gardner, Lydia Stickney Gardner, their son William H. and his wife, Elizabeth Branch, Levi & Lydia's daughter Sarah S. Gardner Branch and her husband, Elisha, are buried in the Branch Cemetery, York Township, Medina County, OH. Mary A. Branch, wife of Levi Branch, listed on this page as living with Elisha A. and Sarah S. Gardner Branch, is also buried in the Branch Cemetery.

I need to research another burial listing for Branch Cemetery, namely Abigail Stickney, wife of Cleveland Stickney. Cleveland might be related to Lydia Stickney Gardner, since her grandmother was Sarah Cleveland and one of Lydia's daughters was named Sarah. They are on the same page in the 1850 Census, so it's likely that with the names and NY births, that they are related.


Closely Related Surnames: Fenn, Stickney, and Wilson.