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President Gerald Ford's connection to the Gardner family

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President Gerald Ford's connection to the Gardner family

Patricia (View posts)
Posted: 1079425031000
Classification: Query
Rafał T. Prinke, PhD
November 2000

1. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (formerly Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), *14.VII.1913 Omaha, NE, x 15.X.1948 Grand Rapids, MI, Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren, *8.IV.1918 Chicago, IL [ x 1) William G. Warren, div.]
2. Gerald Rudolf Ford (formerly Leslie Lynch King), *25.VII.1882 Chadron, NE, +18.II.1941 Tucson, AZ; x 1) 7.IX.1912 Harvard, IL; x 2) Margaret Atwood [ x 2) Roy Mather]
3. Dorothy Ayer Gardner, *27.II.1892 Harvard, IL, +17.IX.1967 Grand Rapids, MI; x 2) Gerald Rudolf Ford
6. Levi Addison Gardner, *24.IV.1861 Solon Mills, IL, +9.V.1916 Grand Rapids, MI; x 21.X.1884 Harvard, IL
7. Adele Augusta Ayer, *22.X.1867 Youngstown, OH, +10.VIII.1938 Los Angeles, CA
12. Alexander Gardner, Jr., *31.I.1812 Burnbrae, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland, +5.VI.1875 Woodstock, IL; x c1839 Barrington Lake, IL
13. Sally Miller, *18.IV.1819 Tioga, NY, +30.I.1873 Woodstock, IL
26. Jesse Miller, Jr., *25.I.1771 Bedford, NY, +a12.XI.1788
27. [uncertain] Rachel Seymour, +p1840 [probably McHenry Co., IL]
52. Jesse Miller, *3.X.1747 Bedford, NY, +9.IV.1812 Tioga, NY; x c1770 Bedford, NY
53. Keziah Miller, *13.III.1744 Bedford, NY, +c1816 [probably Tioga]
106. Increase Miller, *4.XI.1707 Bedford, NY, +p1.V.1747; x c1732 Bedford, NY
107. Anna Sandusky, *1707 New Jersey, +Westchester County, NY
214. Antoni Sadowski [Anthony Sandusky], *c1669 [probably Poland], +22.IV.1736 Douglasville, Berks County, PA, x c1704
215. Marya Bordt [Mary Bird], *1685/1690 Mespath Kills, Long Island, NY, +c1742 Romney, Parsons Creek, Frederick County, WV

compiled from:
[data from: Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts]
The Sandusky-Miller link (marked as uncertain by Gary Boyd Roberts) is proved by the text of Antoni Sadowski's will published at the following Web sites:
Patrick Anderson, The Last Will and Testament of Antoni Sadowski of Berks County Pennsylvania
Edward Pinkowski, Anthony Sadowski - Polish Pioneer
image reproductions at

Had Gerald R. Ford not become the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, the work his mother did (she hired a professional genealogist) to dig up Anthony Sadowski in her bloodline would not have gone very far. President Ford wasn’t interested in genealogy. His brother was. He inherited his mother’s notes and shared them with others who married into the family. Hence a new army of Sadowski researchers.
President Ford’s mother was Dorothy Ayer Gardner born Feb. 27, 1892 and her father, President Ford’s grandfather was Levi Addison Gardner, born April 24, 1861 at Solon Mills, McHenry County, Illinois. Levi’s mother, President Ford’s great grandmother was Sally Miller Gardner. Sally was the daughter of Jesse Miller, President Ford’s 2nd great grandfather who was the son of Keziah Miller, who was the daughter of Anna (Sadowski) Miller, who was the daughter of Antoni Sadowski.

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