submitted by Karen Nance
ROYAL G. GARDNER, a prosperous citizen of Ohio Township, is a native of Hardin County, Ky., born November 26, 1826, the oldest in a family of nine children born to William and Maria (Glass) Gardner, who were natives of Maryland and Kentucky, respectively, the father being of German and the mother of Scotch-Irish descent. They removed to Warrick County, Ind., in 1833, and settled in Ohio Township, where they resided until their respective deaths. The mother died January 5, 1861, and the father April 2, 1876. Royal G. remained at home assisting on the farm, and receiving such education as the facilities of that day afforded, until he attained his majority. August 1, 1852, he married Susanna C. Merritt, and to them have been born six children, these four now living: Mary F. (Mrs. E. S. Williams), John F. (who married Ella Sechrist), Charles H. (whose wife was Nellie Hutchinson), and Rachel (wife of George W. Crawford). Mr. Gardner has made farming his principal occupation through life, but shortly after his marriage he learned the carpenter trade, working at that two years, since when he has devoted his time to agricultural pursuits, now owning forty acres of good land. In politics he is a Democrat, and takes a deep interest in all political affairs of the community where he lives. Mrs. and Mrs. Gardner are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are respected and esteemed by all who know them.
from "History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana -
Illustrated 1885 -Goodspeed Bros. & Co., Publishers - Chicago.
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