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Welcome to the Gardners of Lafayette Co, Mississippi

(With GA, AL, TX and TN Stops) Compiled: June, 1999 by Bob GARDNER. Any corrections and/or additions will be appreciated. Address: 112 Freda Ln, Burns, TN 37029

* Denotes lineage to Seven Generations


1. Jane GARDNER was b Jane McKee ca. 1770-1780 probably in South Carolina. She d between August 27 and September 6, 1847 in Harris County, Georgia. The name of her husband has not been found to date. She probably lived in Jones Co, Georgia in 1822 when her son William married. Later she owned property in Monroe and Harris County, GA. Her will is on file at the Harris County Court House in Hamilton, GA.

She had the following children:

2. Nancy GARDNER

3. *William GARDNER

2. Nancy GARDNER was m to Richard Sims. Probably lived in Tallapoosa Co., AL.


3. *William GARDNER was b 10-15-1802 and died July 1, 1847 probably in Lafayette Co. MS. He m Elizabeth Coward in Jones Co., GA on 6-13-1822. She was b 12-12-1802 and d 11-11-1841 probably in Tallapoosa Co., AL. On 5-8-1842 he remarried to Milly Ann Welch b ca. 1808-09.

Children of William and Elizabeth Coward GARDNER:

4. Jane E. GARDNER

5. William L. GARDNER

6. Daniel GARDNER

7. John C. GARDNER

8. *Philemon Ogletree GARDNER

9. Floyd C. GARDNER

10. Frances A. GARDNER

11. James I. GARDNER

12. Joseph W. GARDNER

13. Benjamin G. GARDNER

Children of William and Milley Ann Welch GARDNER:

14. Nancy R. GARDNER

15. Franklin P. GARDNER


4. Jane E. GARDNER b ca 1823 in GA. m Benjamin Gray in Tallapoosa Co. AL on 7-8-1841. Moved to Lafayette Co., MS by 1845. Known children were William V., Elizabeth, Martha Frances, Palmer and Benjamin Gray.

5. William L. GARDNER b ca 1825 in GA and d between 1853-60 in Tallapoosa Co. m Rhoda P. Monk on 12-29-1846 in Tallapoosa Co.

Know Children of William and Rhoda P. Monk GARDNER:

(from 1860 Tallapoosa Co, AL 1860 Census)

16. Serepty GARDNER

17. Daniel GARDNER

18. Francis GARDNER

19. Sarah GARDNER

6. Daniel GARDNER was b 2-6-1827 in GA and d 10-13-1908 in Lafayette Co., MS. m Keren Happuch Smith b 7-4-1835 in GA. Both are buried in Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church Cem in Lafayette Springs.

Children of Daniel and Keren Smith GARDNER:

20. Debora GARDNER

21. Victoria GARDNER

22. Hiram GARDNER

7. John C. GARDNER was b 5-11-1829 in GA and d 9-10-1906 in Lafayette Co., MS. m Susan P. Azlin on 4-20-1854. Both buried in Midway Methodist Ch Cem Lafayette Co. Served with brothers in Lafayette Rebels. Wounded in Battle of Franklin on 11-29-1864.

Children of John C. and Susan P. Azlin GARDNER:

23. William Daniel GARDNER

24. Betty GARDNER

25. Mary GARDNER

26. Ella GARDNER

8. *Philemon Ogletree GARDNER was b 5-5-1831 in GA and d 12-29-1905 in Pontotoc Co, MS. m Emily Hawkins Smith b 10-5-1838 in GA on 11-18-1858 in Tallapoosa Co. AL. Both are buried in Laodicea Pr Bap. Cem in Lafayette Springs. He served in CSA 29th Regiment Company A-Lafayette Rebels from 5-14-1862 until released from Camp Douglas, IL (Union Prison) on 6-13-1865. Served in Battle of Murfreesboro and was captured on 9-20-1863 in Battle of Chickagmouga. The GARDNER brothers serving in CSA were Philemon O, Benjamin G., Joseph W., Floyd C. and John C. GARDNER.

Children of Philemon Ogletree and Emily Hawkins GARDNER:

27. William Crayton GARDNER

28. John Lewis GARDNER

29. Benjamin Watley GARDNER

30. Mary Elizabeth GARDNER

31. *James Wiley GARDNER

32. Uzeba GARDNER

33. Emma Irene GARDNER

34. Henry Lee GARDNER

35. Philemon Festus GARDNER

36. Emily Lula GARDNER

9. Floyd C. GARDNER was b ca 1834 in GA. m a Nancy? Apparently d in CSA because Nancy claimed his pay on 10-22-1963. He and Philemon served in Lafayette Rebels.

10. Frances A. GARDNER was b ca 1836 in GA.

11. James I. GARDNER was b ca 1838 in GA.

12. Joseph W. GARDNER was b ca 1840 in AL. DOD not known. m Mary J. Fuller b ca 1843 in MS. Moved to TX after 1870. Was severely wounded at Second Manassas. Discharged March, 1863 because of wounds.

13. Benjamin G GARDNER was b in 1841 in AL. Enlisted in CSA 4-25-1861 at Oxford. Died of disease at Warrenton, VA in 1861.

14. Nancy R. GARDNER was b ca 1843-44 in AL. Thought to have m James H. Smith in December, 1866

15. Franklin P. GARDNER was b ca 1845 in AL


27. William Crayton GARDNER b 10-6-1859 and d 1-29-1861 in MS.

28. John Lewis GARDNER b 5-16-1861 in MS and d 12-19-1953 in Hamilton, TX. m Adelia Elizabeth Wells b 7-7-1860. Moved to Hamilton, TX in about 1930 from Lafayette Co., MS.

Children of John Lewis and Adelia Elizabeth GARDNER:

37. Foster Guy GARDNER b 10-5-1885 m Lilla Barbee. Lived in Hamilton

38. Emily Era GARDNER b 5-12-1888 m Robert L Busby moved to Hamilton

39. Zora Elizabeth GARDNER b 10-5-1889 d July 1970 m Curtis York. Lived in Pontotoc, MS

40. Alvin Rush GARDNER b 11-18-1891 m Emma Kelly. Moved to CA

41. James Clyde GARDNER b 4-8-1894 d August, 1970, m Molly Sneed of Lafayette Co., MS. Moved to Hamilton, TX

42. Dura Lee GARDNER b 5-3-1899 m Dewey McLarty. Lived in Lafayette Springs, MS

43. Donie GARDNER m Hiram Gardner, a cousin

29. Benjamin Watley GARDNER b 6-1-1866 in AL and d 5-18-1919. Buried in Lafayette Springs, MS. m ca 1892 Mary Elizabeth Dickson.

Known Children of Benjamin Watley GARDNER:

44. Wade GARDNER

30. Mary Elizabeth GARDNER b 4-15-1868 in AL and d 1-2-1965 in MS. m on 9-23-1902 George Washington Grisham. Children Evie Estelle Grisham and Joseph Lee Grisham.

31. *James Wiley GARDNER b 8-9-1870 in AL and d 1-6-1964 in Hamilton, TX. On 12-20-1891 m Lelia Estelle Watson, b 4-21-1874 and d 4-28-1925 in Hamilton, TX. She was the dau of Wells and Ione Watson. On 5-2-1926 James Wiley m Sudie Knoll b 7-21-1890.

Children of James Wiley and Lelia Estelle GARDNER:

45. Luther Winford GARDNER

46. *Walter Clarence GARDNER

47. Chester Wilborn GARDNER

48. Philemon Earl GARDNER

49. Thomas Irvin GARDNER

50. Mary Etta GARDNER

51. Ione GARDNER

Children of James Wiley and Sudie GARDNER:

52. Syble Marie GARDNER b ca 1927

32. Ubeza GARDNER b 8-10-1872 and d 10-17-1873

33. Emma Irene GARDNER b 8-24-1874 and d 11-14-1950. m on 12-19-1900 Odus Walker. Children of Emma Irene and Otus Walker-Cornelia, Vera, Mamie, Wiley Oren, Gladys and Ottie.

34. Henry Lee GARDNER b 9-20-1876 in MS and d 11-30-1962. On 2-19-1902 m Mary Elizabeth McNeil b 4-21-1883 and d 3-24-1951.

35. Philemon Festus GARDNER b 10-8-1878 in MS and d 11-26-1969 in MS. On 6-2-1890 m Nolie Dodd. He was known as "Fess".

Children of Philemon Festus and Nolie GARDNER:

53. Willie Mae GARDNER b 10-1-1912.

54. Sterling GARDNER b 11-9-1914 and d 9-18-1915

55. Ara GARDNER b 6-25-1916

56. Vera GARDNER b 6-25-1916. On 12-5-1940 m Oscar Turnage. On 11-30-1969 Aubrey Hilton Williams

57. Floyd Lamar GARDNER b 7-1-1919. On 4-1-1943 m Eva Faye Berry. Children of Floyd Lamar and Eva Faye GARDNER--Lamar and Robert W.

58. Hassell GARDNER b 11-12-1922. m Geraldine Jordan. Children of Hassell and Geraldine GARDNER--Nola Kay and Quay Phillip GARDNER.

36. Emily Lula GARDNER b 12-24-1881 in MS and d 11-18-1923. In 1909 m James C. Lantrip. Children of Emily Lula and James C. Lantrip--Cecil S., Lorene B., Lavonia Lou and Mary Marie Lantrip.


45. Luther Winford GARDNER b 1-27-1893 in MS. On 1-27-1908 m Melissa Chambliss b 12-29-1892, dau of James Monroe Chambliss.

Children of Luther Winford and Melissa GARDNER--

59. James Ivan GARDNER m Faye Pruitt

60. Aaron Price GARDNER m Stella Schneider

61. Walter Lee GARDNER m Mary Jane Kelly on 12-9-1938

62. Luther Winford GARDNER On 8-28-1946 m Frances Leona Guest. Known as L.W.

63. Alta Joy GARDNER m Alton Raibourn and remarried to Oliver Carl Neie.

64. Freddie Gardner

46. *Walter Clarence GARDNER b 6-25-1895 at Lafayette Springs, MS and d 8-25-1968. m Ruby Mada Whittenton b 5-5-1896 in Hamilton, TX

Children of Walter Clarence and Ruby Mada GARDNER:

65. Estelle Elizabeth GARDNER

66. Gayle Winston GARDNER

67. James Kenneth GARDNER

68. Sherman Lee GARDNER

69. Walter Clarence GARDNER Jr.

70. *Bobby Ray GARDNER

47. Chester Wilborn GARDNER b 5-5-1898 at Lafayette Springs, MS. m Zell Addie Whittenton b 4-20-1899 in Hamilton, TX. Ruby and Zell were sisters.

Children of Chester Wilborn and Zell Addie GARDNER:

71. Perry Wendell GARDNER

72. Mary Lyndell GARDNER (Perry and Mary were twins)

48. Philemon Earl GARDNER b 1-2-1901 near Pancake, TX. m Elizabeth Maye Whittenton b 12-4-1903 near Ohio TX in Hamilton Co.

Children of Philemon Earl and Elizabeth Maye GARDNER:

71. James Wiley GARDNER

72. Doris Maye GARDNER

73. Edna Louise GARDNER

74. Lewis Harold GARDNER

75. Phyllis Irene GARDNER

76. Nancy Earlene GARDNER

49. Thomas Urvin GARDNER b 12-17-1903 near Pancake, TX. m Paschal Oveota Hamlin b 7-11-1908.

Children of Thomas Urvin and Paschal Oveota GARDNER:

77. Thomas Urvin GARDNER, Jr

50. Mary Etta GARDNER b 12-2-1906 near Pancake, TX. m James Arch Emmett on 5-23-1933. Remarried to James David Nichols on 8-22-1965. No children.

51. Ione GARDNER b 2-25-1913 south of Hamilton, TX. m Marion Chambliss b 4-15-1910 near Hamilton.

Children of Ione and Marion Chambliss:

52. GARDNER Marion Chambliss

53. Jacob Ray Chambliss


65. Estelle Elizabeth GARDNER m Thomas Burcham Smitherman

Children of Estelle and Thomas Burcham Smitherman:

77. Thomas Lynn Smitherman m Sondra Kaye Palmer

78. Judith Ann Smitherman m Gene Perkins

79. Charlotte Lee Smitherman m Randy Eugene Nelson

66. Gayle Winston GARDNER m Ruby Lehman Sims

Children of Gayle Winston and Ruby Lehman GARDNER:

80. Gayle Winston GARDNER, Jr

81. Danny Kaye GARDNER

82. Carey Edwin GARDNER

83. Cloma Jon GARDNER

67. James Kenneth GARDNER m Ida Sue Riley

Children of James Kenneth and Ida Sue GARDNER:

84. James Kenneth GARDNER, Jr

85. Susan Jane GARDNER

86. Robert Walter GARDNER

68. Sherman Lee GARDNER m Nelda Joyce Noland

Children of Sherman Lee and Nelda Joyce GARDNER:

87. Randal Clay GARDNER

88. Glenda Kay GARDNER (Twins-Randal and Glenda)

89. Debra Joyce GARDNER

69. Walter Clarence GARDNER, Jr m Marcille Wallace

Children of Walter Clarence and Marcille GARDNER:

90. Katherine Elaine GARDNER

91. Walter Wayne GARDNER

92. dau

70. *Bobby Ray GARDNER m Beverly Ann Whitsett

Children of Bobby Ray and Beverly Ann GARDNER:

93. *Michael Scott GARDNER

94. *Mark Allen GARDNER


93. *Michael Scott Gardner m Keri Merritt

94. *Mark Allen GARDNER

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