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This text, compiled by Fay Webb Gardner, provides accounts, recollections, and family data concerning her family history. The memoir consist primarily of information on Mrs. Gardner's maternal side of the family with the exception of brief information concerning her siblings and father. It includes accounts of William Watson's and Samuel Andrews's participation in the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Kings Mountain. The memoir gives family data, such as birth dates, death dates, marriages, children, and burial sites, and it outlines the immigration and settlement of certain family members. The accounts of the lives of Dr. William Perry Andrews, Samuel Andrews, and his son, Benjamin Franklin Andrews, contain the most information. The homes of Dr. William Andrews and Samuel Andrews are described in detail. Land transactions are briefly mentioned. C.G. Love’s involvement in the Mexican-American war also is mentioned. Additionally, two images of the Webb family, are included. In addition to family information, the memoir provides insight into life during the reconstruction. This includes an account of reconciliation in Shelby and recollections of everyday life and old school houses. Most of this can be found in the sections detailing the flag return and detailing the life of Benjamin Franklin Andrews. Furthermore, history of Cleveland County is presented along with history of specific areas such as Tryon. The information included in the memoir comes from sources on the Revolutionary War, state and county history resources, and personal accounts and recollections of Mrs. Gardner’s family.

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Fay Webb Gardner, O. Max Gardner, William Watson, Samuel Andrews, Benjamin Franklin Andrews, Dr. William Perry Andrews, Revolutionary War, Battle of Kings Mountain, Ferguston, Reconstruction, Civil War, Mexican-American War, Shelby, NC, Tryon, NC, Cleveland County, NC, Fort McGaughey, James Landrum Webb, C.G. Love

A History of the Family and Background of Mrs. Fay Webb Gardner (Mrs. O. Max Gardner)