The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


GARDNER, David (Colonel) - Burlington

Among the native early pioneers of this town and county not a man, 
so far as we know, has lived so long on the place where he was born 
as the subject of this sketch. He is of English origin by both parents. 
His father, Samuel GARDNER, was a native of Pownell, Bennington 
Co., Vt., and was born July 6, 1775. His mother, Miss Deidamia 
JOSLIN, a native of Thompson, Ct., was born April 5, 1775. Samuel 
Gardner was married to Miss Deidamia JOSLIN, Jan. 3, 1799, and 
immediately emigrated to Otsego County, and settled in Burlington on 
the farm now owned by their son David. They had five children, 
namely, Mehetabel, David, Hiram, Edward, and Benjamin, the last 
of whom is dead. In politics, Samuel Gardner was a Whig. He died 
April 28, 1860. Mrs. Gardner died Nov. 21, 1853. Colonel David Gardner 
was born on the farm where he now resides in Burlington, Otsego Co.,
N.Y., Oct. 11, 1802. His advantages for an early education were very
limited, as he was obliged to remain at home on the farm to aid in
supporting the family.
He continued with his parents on the farm until their death, and 
has since resided here. He married Miss Maria J. COOK, a native of 
Exeter, Otsego County, Oct. 20, 1829. She was born about 1806. By 
this union five children were born, namely, Adaline M., Deidamia, 
Carrie A., Otis C., and Samuel W. Mrs. Gardner was a lady greatly 
esteemed by those who knew her. She was a faithful wife and very 
devoted mother. She died in June, 1846, and was buried in the town 
of Winfield, Herkimer Co., N.Y.
The colonel was married to his present wife, Mrs. S. R. JOSLIN, 
widow of S. R. Joslin, of Essex, Vt., Feb. 15, 1847. Mrs. Gardner's 
maiden name was Martha ENOS, daughter of Sessions and Mehitabel 
Enos, and was born in Lester, Addison Co., Vt., July 6, 1816. Her 
father was a native of Woodstock, Conn., and her mother of Union, Conn.
Mr. Gardner has now one of the best farms in the town, of more 
than 300 acres, and at one time he owned over 400 acres. He has lived 
to aid in the building of all the improvements on his farm, a view of 
which, with portraits of himself and wife above, may be seen elsewhere.
The colonel cast his first presidential vote for General Jackson at
his first election; but in politics he was identified with the Whig
party until the organization of the Republican party. He never sought
any political offices in his town, preferring the quiet of home to any
political honors. He has, however, been assessor for a great many
years, and supervisor of his town.
The colonel was formerly connected with the State militia, entering 
at the age of eighteen as a private, and gradually advanced through the 
various military positions until he became colonel. He was very fond 
of the military tactics. He is now an old gentleman of nearly
seventy-six, very much broken down in health, but his mind is as clear 
as ever. He enjoys the confidence of his neighbors, and reviews the
past with no apprehension of the future.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 105


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