Rev. George Gardner
Cecily Tollemache
(Cir 1537-1596)
Thomas "The Immigrant" Gardner Sr.
Elizabeth White
(1564-After 1648)
Thomas "Old Planter" Gardner


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Thomas "Old Planter" Gardner 1916

  • Born: 1592, West of England 1916
  • Died: 29 Oct 1674, Salem, Mass. at age 82 1916
  • Buried: Gardner Hill, Salem, Mass. 1916

  Noted events in his life were:

First Governor: 1624. 1916 Thomas was an Overseer of the "old planters" party of the Dorchester Company who landed in 1624 on the ship Charity or the ship Zouch Phoenix at Cape Ann to form a colony at what is now known as Gloucester . Gardner is considered by some as the first Governor of Massachusetts, due to his being in authority in the first settlement that became the Massachusetts Bay Colony (which later subsumed the Plymouth Colony.

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