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The following is a list of Gardner Wills on file at the Cleveland County Courthouse: Cross Index to Cleveland County Wills, 1841-1941.

(1) Will of Sarah D. Gardner, 20 Nov 1920, Book 4, Page 288, Names:

  • R. W. Gardner
  • Belle Beam
  • Amanda Gardner
  • Furman Gardner
  • Ada Gardner
  • Orestus Gardner
  • Colon Gardner

(2) Will of R. W. Gardner, 25 Apr 1926, Book 4, Page 462, Names:

  • Amanda Gardner
  • Sylvanus Gardner
  • LeRoy Gardner

(3) Book D, Page 139 microfilm archives, 6 Nov 1855, Cleveland County, Olive Gardner to daughter Rebecca Gardner, gave all goods and chattles; Black girl Flora and all increases, 1 yellow boy, labourer, Jacob; I mare and mule, all stock, household and kitchen furniture. After death of Rebecca to youngest daughter, Elizabeth Gardner. Wit: C Grigg ?? R. W. Gardner-presented in court Mar 1, 1856. Reg Mar 11 1856.

(4) Book B, Page 61, 15 Feb 1844 between Olive Gardner and Thomas W. Gardner to Rebecca Gardner, Katherine Gardner, and Elizabeth Gardner of Cleveland Co. for $125. Land on water of Hickoryland Branch, 1st Broad River 100 acres. Wit. D. Gardner, Burrell Grigg-Feb. Session 1846 Reg. Mar 5, 1846 (Thomas W. Gardner was deceased before this. Land was probably still in his name --M.Masten)

(5) J. L. Gardner to William Cobb 11 May 1861. Land on Cherokee Road to settle debt. Cobb pd. J. L. $1.00. 147 A--Cleveland County, joining lands of John Barber and others. Book E, Page 537.

(6) J. L. Gardner to A. C. Cornwell, Book H., Page 634, 8 Jan 1858. Tract of land on Little Broad River --34 Acres $150-- J.L.'s interest in Estate of Michjah Cornwell, deceased.

(7) William Garner, Sr. to William Garner, Jr.: Deed-13 Oct 1797; Plantation where I now live of 172 acres agreeable to my grant; also 100 acres adjoining on southeast side being estate granted me; also 50 acres on both sides Magness Creek including the Mill Shoals adjoining the above land; and also all cattle, furniture, goods, horses, etc. Wit. Abraham Cross, Daniel Johnson. [See Book of Wills 1791 to 1813 at Page 89, Clerk's Office, Rutherford County, NC]

(8) Will of John Garner (ca 1782 Lincoln County, NC), , 2 Aug 1843. Cape Girardeau Co., MO Wills and Letters: Film 0925675, Book B, pg 446, 447.

Son, Jeremiah Garner, 80 Ac. lying between William Garners and John Garners land. If he die without issue, said land be sold and money divided equally amongst his sisters. Son, John Garner 100 Ac.; unmarried daughters to have as much as married ones; after the death of my wife, property not before mentioned to be sold and divided equally between all my children, except my son William who is only to have a share of what is coming to me in the state of North Carolina equal to my other children, but no share of the property where I now live; blacksmith tools to be kept for the use of all the children.

Recorded: 7 March 1846

(9) David Gardner. CITATION FOR SALE, State of Mississippi, August 8, 1866, County of Tishomingo Probate Court, State of Mississippi.

To the Sheriff of Tishomingo County. Greetings. You are hereby commanded to cite Sarah Gardner, F.M. Gardner, C.O. Gardner, A.P. Gardner, A.H. Gardner, M.E. Gardner, I.F. Gardner, J.C. Gardner, B.P. Gardner and D.J. Gardner, heirs at law and distributes of David Gardner, deceased, to be and appear in the Court of your County on the second Tuesday in October 1866 at the Court House in the town of Jacinto then and there to answer the petition of R.B. Smith, Administrator, praying sale of land to pay the debts of deceased, and to show cause, if any they can, why the prayer of petition should not be granted and decree rendered by said Court and have you then and there this Citation.

Witness: Hon. W.P. Carter, Judge of said Probate Court with Seal of Court this second Tuesday of August, AD 1866. Recorded 16th day of August AD 1866, W.G. Baker, Clerk.

(10) Will of Jeremiah Gardner

Dated August 30, 1819; Wit: Catherine Hayes & John Hays; Executor: My son, John Garner and son-in-law, John Connor; Original Will in File of Wills marked G. Clark Superior Court, Lincoln Co., N.C.

Wife: To my wife Mary, all my estate both real and personal to have peaceable posession of during her widowhood or natural life & to dispose of such personal property as necessary for her convenience.

GrandDAUGHTER I will to my grand daughter, Mary M. Scites one bed & furniture, cow, calf, etc. at death of my wife.

SON: I will and bequeath to my son, William Garner one dollar, being his full share of my estate.

SON & GRANDSONS; At death of my wife the land I now live on to be divided equally one half to my son John Garner, and the other half to my son William Garner's two SONS, James and John.

GRAND CHILDREN;-----At death of my wife all my personal property be divided among my grandchildren, the name of my children, Viz:

Rebeka Scites

Mary Walker

Sarah Connor

Amy Clifton

John Garner

William Garner

Additional Death-Related Tidbits

  • April 1820: On motion of the court granted letters of administration on all & singular the goods and chattles rights & credits of Thomas Gardner decd. to Olive Garner & Jeremiah Garner who give bond in 800 pounds with James Nowlin and James Collins and was duly sworn in open court who returned an inventory and prayed orders of sale.

    On motion & petition filed the court the court appointed Thomas Martin, John Martin, Samuel Bally & George Cabiness a committee to lay off & set apart out of the estate of Thomas Garnder decd. one years allowance to Olive Garner and nine minor children & report to next court.

  • July 1820: On motion ordered by the court that the order of sale on the estate of Thomas Gardner decd. be renewed & that the admr. have until next court to return the amount of sale.

    The committee appointed to lay off & set apart to Olive Garner one years allowance out of the estate of Thomas Garner decd. filed their report to this court.

  • January 1821: The last will & testament of Alexander Poole was proved in open court by William Garner and Miles Poole one of the excrs. named therein came in open court & was duly sworn.

[Source: Genealogy Society of Old Tryon, May 2005]