I have some questions about your William H. Gardner. I did a census search for William H.
Gardner in Warren Co., IA and found one who was born in NY and followed him through the
census until he was no longer listed... I think he was 86 the last time he was listed.
If you have any other information, on your William H. Gardner that would help
differentiate him from the others, it would be helpful for those of us trying to help you
to see more data on him.
I sent you the pension index image from Ancestry for the one that I felt matched him. That
image contains the application and certificate numbers that should help the NARA to
identify which records are his. And as I explained when I sent the image, you may order
records online from NARA.
This is a much faster way to order records. I have ordered records by mail and it has
taken more than 6 months to receive them. I have used the online order method and that
seems to take around 6 weeks.
Good luck with your research,
Virginia L. Aldridge