Biography of William Gardner
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Gardner, William, was born in Wheeler, Steuben county, N. Y., May 25, 1834, and has spent his whole life thus far on the farm on which he was born, and of which he became the possessor after the death of his father. To the original farm of 170 acres he has added twenty seven acres, and also owns another farm of eighty acres, and in connection with his farming for some years he did an extensive lumbering business. He has filled nearly all the town offices, and in 1874-75 served on the Board of Supervisors, and at different times was sent as county committeeman. He stood the draft during the war, and contributeciliberally to the support of soldiers and their families in his town, and for which, to them, his memory will ever be dear. In 1863 he married Emma, daughter of William and Polly (Seager) Rice, by whom he had three children Della, wife of M. C. Myrtle, of Wheeler; Mittie, wife of Frank Hathaway, of Wheeler; and Sarah Edith. Firman Gardner, father of William, was born in Albany county, N. Y., in 1793. He was an only son, left an orphan, and was brought to the town of Wheeler when seven years of age by Capt. Silas Wheeler (this town was named in honor of him), with whom he lived until he reached his majority when he married Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Myrtle, of Wheeler, by whom he had eight children. He settled on the farm now owned by his son, which was then covered with forest, which he cleared and made a farm of 170 acres, where he died June 6, 1856, and his wife in 1885, aged eighty five years. He was a soldier during the war of 1812.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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