I am searching for the ancestry/family of my 6x great grandfather Benjamin Gardner. The records say he was "of Boston" and married there Sarah Randall on 10 Oct 1751 at the West Church. Some transcriptions of this record state her name as Sarah Kendall. She was the daughter of Stephen Randall and Sarah Cannon, of whom I know nothing. She died 1781 in Salem. He also married Mary Briers on 02 Nov 1782 in Salem. The record states "former husbands were Ferguson and Bassett". His two daughters Mary d. Bef. 1792 and Sarah b. Abt. 1755 both married Abijah Hitchings in Salem. There was also at least one son, Benjamin b. 19 Dec 1753 in Boston, who probably married Hannah Meek on 01 Jun 1783 in Salem. Father Benjamin Gardner lived in Boston, Marblehead and Salem and was a ropemaker with Josiah Gaines.
This family is mentioned in the famous 3 volume diary of Rev. William Bentley D.D. of Salem, Pastor of the East Church. The Rev. Bentley calls him a "great friend" and mentions him on dozens of pages, and describes his wife and children, as well as the Hitchings in the next generation. The vital records in Salem do not give any clues to his parentage. The Bentley diary mentions a Gardner brother dying in Boston 27 sep 1789.