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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893, p244.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
H. T. GARDNER, a genial, popular and highly esteemed gentleman, who follows general farming on section 16, Buckhart Township, is a native of Maury County, Tenn., born June 12, 1841. His father, Nathan Gardner, was born in the same State in 1817, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Frances Harris, was born in Virginia, in 1818. Their marriage was celebrated in the State of his nativity, where they resided until 1841, which year witnessed their emigration to Illinois.

They took up their residence in Fayette County, where they made their home until 1856, when they came to Christian County, locating in Buckhart Township. Here Mr. Gardner carried on agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred on the 22d of January, 1889, at the age of seventy-two. His wife still survives him and is now living in Sharpsburg.

The subject of this sketch is the third in order of birth in a family of eleven children, of whom four sons and two daughters are now living. It was during his infancy that his parents came to Illinois, so that he has no recollection of his native State as a place of residence. He remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority, and his boyhood days were quietly passed midst play and work. He attended the district schools during the winter season, thus acquiring a good English education, while his time in summer months was devoted to farm labor.

In August, 1864, Mr. Gardner led to the marriage altar Miss Clarinda Doak, who died the same year. For his second wife he chose Miss Harriet Ward, a native of Macon County, Ill., and by their union has been born a family of three sons, William, Lewis and Frank, who arc still living with their parents and aid their father in his farming duties. Since 1864, Mr. Gardner has resided upon the farm which is now his home. He first purchased eighty acres and began its development, but as his financial resources have increased he has added to his landed possessions from time to time, until he now owns two hundred acres of rich and fertile farming land. In connection with its cultivation, he also raises some good stock, making a specialty of the breeding of Shorthorn cattle.

Mr. Gardner has several times been called upon to serve in positions of public trust by his fellow townsmen, who have recognized his worth and ability. He was Road Commissioner for the long period of fifteen years, and is now Trustee of the school funds. Socially, he is connected with Edinburgh Lodge No. 647, A. F. & A. M.; and religiously with the Free Baptist Church. In politics he is an advocate of the Democracy. Pleasant and social in manner, he gains friends wherever he goes and as a host of them in this community. He is one of the leading and influential citizens of Buckhart Township, and it is with pleasure that we present to our readers this record of his life work.



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