My GARDNER lineage:
Sir Osbern le Gardynyr (c. 1128 - c. 1209) was a knight during the Medieval Era. He was of Norse and French ancestry, his great grandfather by the same name invading into the British Isles during the Norman Conquest. Le Gardynyr killed an assassin who attempted to kill King Richard the Lionheart in 1191 earning the GARDNER Family Coat of Arms while fighting in the Crusades in Jerusalem on Holy Land. Gardner was also the personal protector of the King of Jerusalem. He later was Lord of the Manor of Oral on the Douglas River in Lancashire, England.
Sir Wyllym Gardynyr (c. 1450 - c. 1495) was a warrior who killed King Richard III in 1485 at the Battle of the Bosworth, the last Medieval battle. Gardynyr was a commoner and a cloth merchant of Scotch and Welsh descent. After Gardner killed King Richard Plantagenet III in battle, he was knighted by King Henry and allowed to marry into the House of Tudor, the Royal family.
John Gardyner (c. 1630 - c. 1702) was a ship carpenter who emigrated to America, often described as a "Scotchman" throughout family lore although he came from England. He landed along the Potomoc River in Virginia in 1657 and his name was spelled Gardner and Garner. He was likely the great grandson of Sir Wyllyam Gardynyr.
Lewis Gardner (c. 1810 - c. 1880) was a gunfighter and my great great great grandfather. He was born in the Carolinas, lived in Georgia and Mississippi where he was a farmer owning slaves, and then he went to Texas. Lewis Gardner was known as an all around 'bad man'.
John Joseph Gardner (1857 - 1899) was a horse trader who lived in Mississippi.
Thomas Edward Gardner, Senior (1891 - 1965) was a rancher in Louisiana.
Hinton Douglas Gardner (1915 - 1991) was a carpenter and one time rodeo cowboy who lived in Louisiana.