States: Kentucky: Greenup
Joseph Gardner and family, saied down from MA to PA headed toward New Orleans. His wife came down with Yellow Fever and it's said that they were so impressed with the friendliness of the locals, they decided to stay. Joseph Gardner was the Postmaster in 1812. They ran an Inn and had some children there. Their oldest son,(b:1804) George Washington Gardner "Wash"/Washington, I've seen it, ran a Flax and Linen operation there. He'd married Emily Florence BLOOMER, of a prominent New England family, who were also in the same area of Greenup. They had several children in their 10 yrs of marraige. He was burned up in a fire which wiped out the business, in 1844, at age 40, leaving his wife with the children to raise. She remarried to a Mr TIMMONS and had more children. Some of her children, from the marraige to GW Gardner, moved to the MAGOFFIN Co., area and married well, there, into the Sublett and Williams families. They were involved in politics, education, religion/churches, etc. Joseph Gardner and his wife, who'd had the Inn, moved over to the VA side of the river and opened another INN, where their daughters married well, there, also. Joseph Gardner was also Postmaster in Barboursville, Cabell Co., Va for a while, prior to obtaining the settlements he'd worked for, to get restitution for his wife's people, who were French Plantation owners in St Domingo, their money. His wife, was instrumental in the est of the Methodist Churches in Greenup KY & Cabell Co.VA, which lead to the est of a higher ed facility, now known as MARSHALL Academy. I am trying to find pictures of my Gardner family. To be such involved people in their respective communities, there is very little to even prove they even existed, now. Joseph Gardner's wife was Marie Sophie Therese'Clotilde Raison and her brother married the Rev John YOUNG's dtr, Aramathea, in Greenup. RAISON was changed to REASON, by some of the families. Louis Raison was also a postmaster in Greenup, Ky for a while. There's quite a lot on him and his Young descendants, but no pictures. Cameras were in use, prior to their deaths, just prior to the Civil War, tho and at the least, I'd imagine there would've been a portrait or two of the families. I know that after the Civil War, that the County seat of Cabell Co, VA was moved to Huntington, just down the road and a lot of the documents are ruining, in the basement there, right now. So fragile that they can't be photocopied. The MILLER/MOORE inlaws of Joseph Gardner were appointed Power of Attys, for the funds of the family, when Joseph was no longer able to tend to it. These are some of the earliest records of VA/W.Va's history. I hope someone can take their digital cameras and get some of these to jpeg format, before it's too late. The folks at the courthouse say that they don't have the resourses to do it. Hoping someone will see this, who has the time it will take to rescue these things. Wish I could.
Thanks....Sherry in Oregon
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