I’ve Always Wondered
These are stories I heard from my grandmother, on my father’s side.
My father’s name was Roger Williams Gardner. Grandma said he was named for an ancestor who founded Rhode Island. I’ve read a biography of Williams and understand that he left England to escape religious persecution as he was a Puritan.
One of my brother’s has this name: Richard Warren Gardner. As I understand it, Richard Warren was a passenger on the Mayflower.
I was also told that my grandfather, Douglas Alva(h) Gardner was a friend to John Steinbeck.
Along my paternal grandmother’s line, there is a history of sea going men. Her father, a Campbell, was a Merchant Marine. I have a Russian doll and a Chinese, red jade carving that he brought home as gifts.
I was told by my grandmother that a relation was the captain of the Sultana, owned by the Vanderbilts. My uncle has a piece of art that depicts the Sultana.
I have some sailcloth linens from my grandmother. They are scraps of sails brought home by the sailor and worked into household pieces by the women, while the men were away
On my mother’s side; her mother was descendant of French Huguenots. Again, an escape because of religious persecution.
My grand father’s brother was in the Oklahoma Land Rush. When he was established, he told grandfather that all the land was gone but, he had a piece of land for him. That land is now in Lincoln County, OK; a town named Chandler.
For their honeymoon, my grand parents drove from Chandler to San Diego, CA for the Pan American Expo.
Route 66 was the main road through Chandler. I have pictures of my mother’s high school marching band, marching down Route 66.
I have no images to post. I don’t know how to do that.
I’m writing because Discover Your Roots has captured my curiosity. I’m writing because, I can. I’ve always wondered if what I’ve been told is true.
I was raised as a Babtist, from both sides of my family.