My aunt, age 100 is ill and I have baeen caring for her the past two weeks.
I am in the process of writing about the Gardner Family History including the Catawba Indian connection (Jacob was half) and he married a Miami Indian full blood. If she was the mother of Nancy Ann and Mary as well as William and John who were all in the 1790 Rutherford Co NC census, then they would have been 3/4th.
William Gardner was a red head. Did that come down in the Boydstun line? Jacob Gardner father was a Thomas Brown of Londonderry Ireland. Arrived here 1725-27. Became an Indian Trader and had a trading post near Columbia SC before it was named Columbia. The trading post was in Saxe Gothe on the Congaree River. He ran riverboats from Charles Town to there and on to the Catawba Nation in present day York Co SC on the Catawba River. The rivers to Charles Town were the Wateree, Santee and Congaree. It was also near the junction of the broad river. There is much more to the story and how the name was changed from Brown to Gardner because of some problems with the Shawnee and Catawba Indians and his Miami Wife. His orginal name was William Brown. He named his first child William Gardner.
When my aunt is less ill, I will list all the books and sites I have as sources. One of them is James Merrell pages 14 and 15, The Indian's New World, also Columbia and Richland Co SC by James Hammon Moore. The name change was written about by and old man in a letter in 1871 who knew Jacob Gardner before his death in Barren Co KY in 1814.
It is a fascinationg story and on my FTM web place I have transcribe that letter that was published in a genealogy journal in Barren County KY. I have 9 books in total that list the story of Thomas and William Brown or the social history of the area.
I am working with a certified genealogist who teaches the writing of Family History Narratives and the improtance of sources. She lives in Salt Lake City and I am currently in a class with Writers Digest with her. In the summer I will be working with her privately via Email. Her name is Sharon Carmack.
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