Biographical Sketch of Elisha W. Gardner
Elisha W., son of William (2) Gardner, was born at South Kingston, Rhode Island, and followed the occupation of farming. He married Sarah, born in Amenia, Dutchess county, New York, daughter of Thomas Pattison, who came from the north of Ireland and settled in the colony of Connecticut, and a granddaughter of William Utter, who was of German descent, and whose family was almost entirely wiped out by the Indians during the French and Indian war. In the “Memoirs of Sunderland Pattison Gardner” we read : “His wife, eight children, one white man, and one colored servant were scalped, and left for dead on the floor, the father and the son being absent, returned the next morning to behold the terrible sight, and to learn that the two young girls, seven and nine years old, had been carried away prisoners. Overwhelmed with grief, they buried their friends with their own hands. The two girls. Hannah and Sarah (the latter the great-grandmother of Anson Lapham Gardner), were held in cruel captivity eleven months, and then returned by an exchange of prisoners.” Sarah (Pattison) Gardner was a first cousin of Elizabeth Pattison (commonly spelled Patterson), who married Jerome, a brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Children of Elisha W. and Sarah (Pattison) Gardner: A child, died in infancy; Sunderland Pattison, see forward; Hannah; Sarah; Harriet; John W.; Mary; Maryam; Elizabeth, Amy Ann; Elisha W. Jr.; Thomas P.