Have not checked this forum for some time. I recently obtained a copy of the book,"The Triumphant John" by Will Gardner, 1958,100 pages. The title refers to John Gardner,(b1624)son of Thomas Gardner and Margaret Frier. (Very few dates given for anything; very naritive.)However, Margaret died after birth of their last child in 1641, and p16 states that within a few months the widow, Damaris Shattuck, agreed to be his wife. Page 13 states that Thomas had 9 children and Damaris "brought to his house four daughters of her own."Page 16 states that Damaris brought three teenage daughters into the home.Two were Sara and Hannah.Sara married Richard Gardner.Will Gardner implies Damaris was a Quaker, not listed in their records but was probably in the group around Anne Hutchinson. Page 18 has a statement that Samuel Shattuck, Damaris's OLDEST son went to England; secured a Mandamus from Charles II stopping the extreme persecution of the Quakers. Damaris married Thomas when John Gardner was 17(1641-42?).Page18-19 states nothing is known about her maiden name, or Mr. Shattuck's first name.But he does say that "all that survives is the story that he was convicted of disobedience of colonial regulations, for which he was whipped, imprisoned and banished.Whatever took place must have been in Boston. There a civic and religious Puritainism governed and 'loose words about the government or irreverence towards the church' was severely punished."
Both Richard and Sara Shattuck Gardner and John and Pricilla Grafton Gardner removed to Nantucket. Richard and John were half share owners.My line is from both Richard and John, and I have information on their families I will share.I would be most interested to learn the names and dates for all of the children, (6 or 7) as well as information on the ancestors of Damaris and her first husband. Could his name possibly have been William Samuel?