My great grandfather John Gardiner (and his wife Hilda MacDonald) came to Cape Breton from Newfoundland at the turn of the century (early 1900s) and settled in the Port Morien/Birch Grove before later moving to Sydney. The Gardiner's were originally of English descent. John Gardiner and Hilda MacDonald had six children: Margaret, Mary, Henry, George, James, and Joan.
Here are the obituaries for two of John and Hilda's children:
1) MURRAY, MARY ELIZABETH (NEE GARDINER) April 18, 1982 in Ottawa, Ontario. Born in Birch Grove, Cape Breton Island on May 4, 1921. Obituary would have being printed in the Cape Breton Post and also the Halifax Herald on or about April 20 or 21, 1982.
2) Gardiner, Henry (Sonny), 88, passed away Friday May 21, 2004 in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Birch Grove, Dec.31,1915, he was the son of the late John and Hilda (MacDonald) Gardiner. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Doris Mercer; brother George (Babe); and sisters Mary Murray and Margaret Wilson. He was employed at Sydney Steel for 43 years as a boilermaker. He spent many happy days fishing in Loch Lomond with his dear friend, the late Garnet Clarke. He is survived by sons, Tyrone, (Flora), Mira; Jack (Betty), Sydney; grandchildren Jamie and Adelaide, Australia; Michelle, Sydney; Paulette (McPherson) Edmonton; Jill, Sydney; great grandchildren, James, Cody, Patricia, Kelsey, Riley, and Justin; siblings, Joan Bowes, South Bar; and James 'Tut' Gardiner, Sydney. He will be missed by his special niece Dale MacLean, Sydney. Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 am. at St. George's Anglican Church with Capt. Sandy MacDonald officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Looking for any information on this family. The parents of John Gardiner and Hilda MacDonald, where they came from, etc.?