This is probably nothing to do with your family, but I have
an Ann Payne in my tree; she was born in 1823 in the E. Cape - parents
were Elijah Payne and Mary Hall; they also had a daughter, Mary, b.
1818 in Deverill Longbridge, Wiltshire. This family were 1820
On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 8:45 AM, gardiner.john@
rocketmail. com <gardiner.john@
rocketmail. com> wrote:
Hello, everyone. I only found
this group today, and looking through
some of the posts it has already helped me with new information about
My name is John Gardiner, I live in London and I am the great-great
grandson of Thomas Henry Gardiner who was born in St Helena in 1857.
I am descended from Thomas through his daughter, my great-
grandmother, Eleanor. My grandfather, Benjamin Wallace Gardiner Snr,
kept his mother's surname.
My family thought Thomas was from the Cape, though we knew of a
distant family link to St Helena. It's believed in my family that
one of Thomas's daughters, probably Louisa, returned to St Helena in
the early part of the 20th Century. Also, my grandfather used to
correspond with a relative on the island who lived above the post
office. His name was Walter Gardiner and it is believed he was born
in the Cape in 1895. His mother was from St Helena and it seems she
died giving birth to Walter. He was then sent back to St Helena to
live with his maternal family who were Scotts. Walter's grandson,
Malcolm Gardiner, was born on the island and now resides in London.
I was really pleased to see other descendants of Thomas Gardiner
posting on this site and would like to contact them to share
information. I have more information on Thomas Henry's history in
Southwark, plus photos of Thomas, his wife Eleanor (nee Payne), my
great-grandmother, Eleanor, and one of her sisters, believed to be
Mabel. I'd like to find out more about the Gardiners, and would very
much like to find out more about Thomas Henry's mother, Louise.
I look forward to sharing more information with you.
Very best regards.