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Garner Ancestry Research Project

The Ancestors and Relatives of Rebecca Garner (database)
The Ancestors and Relatives of Rebecca Garner (1807-1871), Mormon Pioneer (book)

The Garner Ancestry Research Project (GARP) conducts research on the early ancestors and relatives of Rebecca Garner (1807-1871)--primarily from the 1300's to the 1600's in England. The chief researchers of GARP are R. Clayton Brough and Ethel M. Brough. Individuals wishing to contact GARP can do so by emailing their inquiries to: rcb@broughfamily.org.

The Purpose of GARP

The purpose of GARP is to present documented genealogical and historical information on the ancestors and relatives of Rebecca Garner (1807-1871), a Mormon Pioneer, who married Samuel Clark in 1827 in Ohio.  Current research supports the conclusion that the ancestors of Rebecca Garner lived in England between the 1300’s to the 1600’s and in America from the 1600’s to the 1800’s, and that their surnames changed through time--from Gardiner to Gardner to Garner.

This webpage includes previous research done by several individuals on the Garner’s of America, along with recent findings conducted on the Gardiner’s and Gardner’s of England—including information from English parish records, wills and probates, heraldic pedigrees, and apprentice and school listings.

GARP hopes that the information presented here will serve as a resource for others who are interested in discovering and researching the Garner ancestors and relatives of Rebecca Garner.

The Ancestors and Relatives of Rebecca Garner

The Garner ancestors and relatives of Rebecca Garner (1807-1871) lived in America during the 1600’s to the 1800’s, and in England during the 1300’s to the 1600’s.  Their history includes Englishmen who had a coat of arms that included three black “griffins heads”, a father and son who sailed to America, soldiers in the American Revolution, plantation owners in the Southern States, and Mormon converts and pioneers.

Specific information about the ancestors and relatives of Rebecca Garner is contained in the genealogical database that appears online as The Ancestors and Relatives of Rebecca Garner and in a forthcoming book entitled The Ancestors and Relatives of Rebecca Garner (1807-1871), Mormon Pioneer, (PDF book, 2017, 115 pages).

Below is a brief listing of the Garner ancestors of Rebecca Garner.  Like most historical research this list is subject to additions and changes based on future findings and analysis.

The Ancestors of Rebecca Garner

Johannes Gardiner, b.1378, Lancashire, England.
Johannes Gardiner, b. 1404, Lancashire, England.
Johannes Gardiner, b. 1430, Lancashire, England.
John Gardner, b. 1456, Shropshire, England.
John Gardner, b.1482, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
George Gardner, b.1512, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
Georg Garnar, b.1547, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
George Gardner, b.1573, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; 2 children.
     A “Burgess” (or community official) of Shrewsbury.
     His son, Richard Garner, traveled from England to Virginia by 1637.
Richard Garner, b.1606, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; married Katharn; 2 children.
     Traveled from England to Virginia by 1637.
John Garner, b.1634, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; married Susanna Keene; 10 children.
     Traveled with his father from England to Virginia by 1637.
Thomas Garner, b.1667, Virginia; married Mary Bushnell in 1701; 7 children.
     Lived and farmed in Northumberland and Stafford counties, Virginia.
James Garner, b.1720, Virginia; married Elizabeth Freeman in 1748; 6 children.
     Farmed in Virginia and North Carolina; 6’6” tall; “a man of powerful physique”; had slaves.
John Fushee Garner, b.1749, Virginia; married Nancy Whittle in 1770; 8 children.
     Soldier in the American Revolution; settled and farmed in Tennessee; had slaves.
James Garner, b.1772, North Carolina; married Mary Moon in 1794; 14 children.
     Moved from North Carolina to Tennessee and later to Ohio; freed slaves.
Rebecca Garner, b.1807, Tennessee; married Samuel Clark in 1827 in Ohio; 13 children.
     A Quaker who joined the LDS Church and traveled to Utah in 1848.

The shown Arms above is available for viewing and printing from the Gardiner Coat of Arms PDF file