Ezekiel Dean Gardner

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 104-110

EZEKIEL DEAN GARDNER, who is established in the plumb-
ing and tinning business in his native city of Martinsburg,
Berkeley County, was here born on the 9th of August, 1867,
and he is a son of John F. and Emma (Showers) Gardner.
John F. Gardner was born at Smithsburg, Washington
County, Maryland, a son of George Gardner, who is sup-
posed to have been born at Reading, Pennsylvania, the latter
having been a son of one of two or three brothers who came
from Holland to America in the Colonial period of our
national history and established residence in Pennsylvania.
George Gardner learned the weaver’s trade, at the time
when weaving was done by hand. He lived for a number
of years at Smithsburg, Maryland, and then came to Mar-
tinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), where he died at
the age of eighty-four years. The maiden name of his
wife was Getzendanner, and she was reared at Frederick,
Maryland. She preceded him to the life eternal.

John F. Gardner received good educational advantages,
and as a young man he taught school on Stephen Street at
Martinsburg until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he
engaged in the provision business, to which he here gave his
attention until his death, at the age of fifty-two years. His
wife was a daughter of Ezekiel Showers, who was an early
settler in Berkeley County, where he purchased a large tract
of land, including that now comprising Green Hill Cemetery,
an appreciable portion of his landed estate being now
within the city limits of Martinsburg. Mr. Showers erected
and equipped a woolen mill on Tuscarawas Street, and this
he operated successfully in addition to his farming enter-
prise. His wife, whose maiden name was Susan Sibert, was
a member of the well known family of that name in this
section of West Virginia. Mrs. Emma (Showers) Gardner
died at the age of sixty-seven years. Her children were
six in number: Susan, Hannis, Kate (who died young),
John Franklin (deceased), Ezekiel Dean, and Roberta Lee
(died at the age of twenty-five years).

Ezekiel D. Gardner gained his early education in the
public schools of Martinsburg, and as a youth he served
an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade. After follow-
ing this trade for a time he established himself in the
plumbing and tinning business, in which he here continued
until 1904, when he was elected sheriff of the county. Upon
the completion of his term of four years he was renamed
for a similar period as a clerical assistant in the office of
the sheriff, and next served four years as deputy sheriff.
At the expiration of this last period he resumed business
in the plumbing and tinning line, in which he has continued
with excellent success. Mr. Gardner is affiliated with
Equality Lodge No. 44, A. P. and A. M.; Lebanon Chapter
No. 1, R. A. M.; Palestine Commandery No. 2, Knights
Templars; the Lodge of Perfection; Osiris Temple, Mystic
Shrine, at Wheeling; and also with the Fraternal Order of

At the age of thirty years Mr. Gardner married Miss
Mary Cecelia Sullivan, who was born and reared at Martins-
burg and who is a daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Sulli-
van. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have two children: Louise
Marie and John Frederick.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook