3. John Gardner was born about 1847 in Welford, Northamptonshire. He probably inherited his fathers farm in Welford but later retired to Bell Cottage, Bell Green, Coventry, where he died. On 9 May 1871, at Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire, John married Ann Lovell daughter of William Lovell and Rachael Brooks
They had the following children:
John Henry Gardner, baptised 28 March 1872 at Welford Elizabeth Ann Gardner, my maternal grandmother, born 29 January 1872 and baptised on 13 March 1873 at Welford Mary Ellen Gardner, born 11 February 1874 and baptised at Welford on 25 march 1874. Emma Maria Gardner, Born 1875 and baptised on 29 April 1875 at Welford. William Edward Gardner was baptised at Welford Church on 6 September 1877 but died at the age of 2 years and was buried at Welford on 23 December 1879. Frank Gardner also died as a small child being baptised on 4 October 1878 and buried 21 May 1879 at Welford. Charles F Gardner, born 1880 and baptised on 1 April 1880 at Welford. Arthur William Gardner survived only a few days being baptised on 1 October 1881 and buried on 6 October at Welford.