I am posting this message under both Gardiner and Gardner, hoping for some answers.I have a tidbit of information that might aid someone in their search, and in turn, maybe I can find an answer to my questions.Israel Gardner and Miss Hannah Heal, both of Lincolnville, Waldo County, Maine took out marriage intentions in Lincolnville, 12 Jan. 1823. I did not find a marriage date. In the 1840 Census, Israel Gardner's household contained the following people: l male, 30 to 40; 1 female, 20-40; 2 females, 15-20; 1 female, 10-15; 3 females, 5-10; 1 female under 5 years.
A man by the name of Almon S. Richards, son of Nehemiah Richards of Lincolnville, Me. went to Aroostook County, Maine with the militia [Bangor Rifle Company] in 1839, and remained in Aroostook County. Almon's granddaughter, Elizabeth [Beth] Richards died 5 May 1994, a life-long resident of Fort Fairfield, Me. In her possession was a large collection of papers, many of which were letter written to her grandfather, Almon S. Richards. These letters contain a living history of the Richards family, news from parents, brother and sisters, left behind in Lincolnville, Maine. to Almon S. Richards. The Estate of Elizabeth Richards gave permission to Glenna Johnson Smith, and Martha A. Grant, for publication of the letters in the 'Fort Fairfield Review', which published them from Jan. 5, 1995 to Dec. 27, 1995, in a column called 'The Richards' Papers'. In Episode #4, Almon Richards received a letter, dated 29 Dec. 1841, from his sister, Nancy Richards, from Lincolnville, Me., in which she wrote: "Israel Gardner was coming up the pond with his team. He broke through the ice and was drowned. His team was found that night. Laurie Richards, Moses Rankins and William Adams with two horses, a sleigh and a horse wagon was coming up the pond and they all plunged in together. The wagon body rose to the top, Will got in and by that means got onto the ice. The other two would have drowned had it not been for him. Both horses were drowned. Next morning the body of Mr. Gardner was found." I am assuming that the 'pond' was Megunticook Lake, which was used as a throughway from Lincolnville to Camden, Maine over the ice in the winter. It is not known if this is the same Israel Gardner or not. He does not show up in later Lincolnville, Me. Census records, nor have I found Hannah and her daughters in the surrounding towns Census records. Israel and Hannah (Heal) Gardner's daughter, Abigail Gardner married Dexter Heal of Searsmont, Me. in 1841. The names of the other daughters are not known by me. I'd appreciate any help that might be available to solve this. I am working on the Heal/Heald families. God bless, Isabel Morse Maresh