Life Sketch of John and Martha Gardner
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John Gardner first saw the light of day in Charle, Lankshire, England. He was the son of Robert Gardner. He grew up as a boy in this little town, but later with his parents moved to Preston, Lankshire, England and there through an apprenticeship he learned the art of weaving. John Gardner put the very woof and web of his life in the fabrics produced by his loom, and was mentioned for his skill and ability.
Trustworthy and faithful to every charge reposed in him; obliging and kind to his neighbors, faithful to himself, he reached the stage of manhood, and at this point gave his heart and hand in marriage to Martha Dunlap, queenly, young, woman of Preston, England, who proved to be a true helpmate, a devoted mother, and a neighbor full of grace and charm. To this union there was born the following children: William, Nephi, Margaret, Sarah, Elizabeth, John, Henry, Martha and Maria; nine times this beautiful mother passed through the valley of the shadows of Death, that the sons of men might be. She gave to her posterity the nobility of character, the sincereness of purpose, the honest integrity and neighborly love which their parents, John and Martha so richly possessed.
. The savior has said "My sheep hearth my voice and follow me," so too John and Martha, when they first notes of the gospel was sounded in England by Parley P. Pratt and Wilford Woodruff, the echoes of the Master's voice reverberated in the hearts of these good souls and from that moment until the day of their death they were true to their testimony that the Lord lives and had spoken from the heavens. Being frugal by nature and saving by habit, they soon acquired means with which to emigrate to Utah where they might join with the Saints in the valley of the Mountains. Accordingly they set sail April 30, 1866 in the good ship, the John Bright, bound for America and the land of promise.
Six long, weary weeks were consumed in crossing the unknown depths, but at last their hopes were rewarded and their anticipations materialized. They saw America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Here you commence the trek of the Mountains. This long trek ended Sept 2, 1866, under leadership of Captain Wright.
John and Martha possessed the pioneer spirit which characterized the brave in all dispensations and in not being able to subdue it longer: John Gardner left Martha and a part of the family in Salt Lake City, while he and Maria set forth to explore newer regions. Their weary footsteps brought them to Cache Valley. They spent the first night in Smithfield under the roof of John Thornely and were administered to their frugal physical wants that first evening, by Betsy Ann Harper, who later became Betsy Ann Hill.
Through their association that night a strong friendship sprang up between the members of John Thornley's family, Betsy Ann Hill, and John and Martha Gardner and family, which friendship endured while life lasted and I am sure the bonds will never be broken. John Gardner died September 21, 1885 and Martha his wife, died Spril 14, 1877, the remains of both lie peacefully sleeping in the cemetery at Smithfield, and may we, this day, as we gather together to pay a tribute to the memories of these noble ancestors, resolve deeply in our hearts to emulate their example and follow in their wake. May we, as they, give to the world the best we have and the best will come back to us, and until we meet again we wish you the esteem of self, the good will of men and the approbation of God.
Martha Gardner Meikle
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A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF MARTHA GARDNER MEIKLE
Written By His Daughter, Agnes Meikle Thomas
My mother, Martha Gardner, was born 3 December 1849, in Preston, Lancastershire, England. She was the fourth daughter of John Gardner and Martha Dunlop Gardner, both of Preston. Mother was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 11 March 1863 in her native land. Her parents being the first to embrace the Gospel when the message was taken to them by Parley P. Pratt and Wilford Woodruff, the first missionaries sent to England. Grandfather was set apart to preside over that Branch of the Church and his daughters helped with the singing in the choir. They walked six miles to church each Sunday to tend to their religious duties.
When Mother was a small girl, she and her sisters were employed in the cotton mills where her father was an apprentice, to help obtain means with which to emigrate to America.
On 30 April 1866, Mother, with her parents, brothers and sisters, left their home and sailed on the ship John Bright for America. Before they left Brigham Young, Jr. came aboard the ship and promised that if the saints would do right during the journey across the ocean that not one soul should be lost and the promise was verily fulfilled.
They were six weeks on the ocean and crossed the plains in Captain White's Company, walking part of the way and enduring the hardships and privation of that tiresome journey, but they did not get discouraged for they also had many joys and much satisfaction along the way. They arrived in Salt Lake City 2 September 1866.
Mother stayed in Salt Lake City about two years, part of the time in the home of William Jennings, who was a prominent merchant there at that time. She helped Mrs. Jennings with the children and other duties of the home. During this time her parents, brother, Henry, and sister, Maria, moved to Smithfield, Cache County, Utah and bought a home.
My Father, Robert Meikle, who lived in Smithfield, went to Salt Lake City to attend conference and visit his sister, Isabell Meikle Blackhurst and while he was there, he met my mother, Martha Gardner, who was a charming, modest girl. He fell in love with her and after a short courtship, they were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, 20 October 1867.
Father had a former wife who passed away leaving three children: Robert, William and Sarah Ucilla and Joseph James, who died as an infant.
After Father and Mother were married, they went to Smithfield where he owned a home and tannery. Mother courageously assumed the responsibilities of being mother to Father's children and she did it in a way that the children loved and respected her.
To Mother and Father were born five children: Nephi, Agnes, Lottie, Martha and Alice. I was only nine years old when my mother died, but some of her characteristics impressed me so deeply that I shall never forget them.
Mother had high standards and tired to live up to them. She was hospitable and kind to the unfortunate and respected the rights of others. Mother loved the Gospel and had strong faith in its principles. She was interested in social and civic affairs and was a devoted wife and mother.
We had a happy home but were only privileged to enjoy her company a short time as Mother died on 10 April 1880, at the age of thirty one and was buried in the Smithfield Cemetary