Born and married in Clerkenwell.
Died East Grinstead.
Children not included in database.
John Garner (his great-grandson) wrote in November 2003:
John Garner ("GJG") was a truly domineering SOB from what I can
gather from various family members that I know.
My grandfather emigrated for a good reason (and this came directly
from both my father and grandmother) after he grew tired of the battles.
GJG refused to let my Great Aunt Flo [his daughter] emigrate
with her fiancÚ and she remained a spinster for the rest of
her life. Cousin Derek recalls a
number of his episodes with less than fond memories, and my great grandparents
lived with his parents for several years. And
when GJG did come to
to visit my Grandfather, my Grandmother wasn't sad to see
He was certainly a difficult person to figure out.
All of the descendants who knew him described him as a cranky,
domineering individual. Yet the
remnants of his workmanship that exist (and we have a lot) demonstrate a fine
touch, he sketched and painted water colours and raised roses with great
sensitivity, and he loved music.
I have often wondered why GJGs family had literally no contact that either my
branch or my cousins in
are aware of. The
thought that there was more than enough stubbornness to go around on some stupid
minor issue has stuck in my mind.
Incidentally, I also found fairly recently that GJG's jewellery shop was within
two blocks of the Family Records Centre in
. Come out the
front door, turn left, take a right at the first street, and walk about a block.
And our great-great-grandparents lived within about a five minute walk as