Biography - Henry Gardner

Henry K. GARDNER was born in Williamson County, Tenn., November 24, 1807; was reared on a farm in Maury County, Tenn., and worked in a distillery during the winter. He came to Illinois in 1833, stayed one year near Mulberry Grove, Bond County, then moved to the eastern part of Montgomery County, where he entered eighty acres of land, on which he worked five years, and improved the greater portion of the farm; he then removed to Fayette County, where he worked a farm for sixteen years, then, in 1855, bought his present place of 120 acres of prairie land, which at that time had a small patch of ground broken, and on which stood a small cabin. Since he came to Montgomery County, Mr. GARDNER has been chiefly engaged in farming, but has also worked at the brick and stone mason’s trade, which he learned from his father, though he never served any regular apprenticeship. In Tennessee, in October, 1829, he married Winnefred WOLLARD, born October 1, 1807, who bore him three sons and three daughters (all living), and died in Fayette County in April, 1854. October 12, 1854, he married his second wife, Mrs. Amanda Jane JONES, widow of Lewis Charlton JONES and daughter of Alexander McWILLIAMS, one of the pioneers of Montgomery County; she was born in that county April 29, 1826; from this second marriage two children have been born one son and one daughter, both living; Mrs. GARDNER had four children (all living) by her first husband, Mr. JONES. Mr. GARDNER has had fair success as a farmer, and is now owner of 254 acres of land, though he began without capital; he has always been a Democrat; has been a member of the Old School Baptist Church for about forty years.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 143.

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