Rev. Michael Gardiner
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George Gardiner


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2. Sarah Slaughter

George Gardiner 1332

  • Born: 15 Feb 1599, Greenford Magna, Middlesex, England 1332
  • Partnership (1): Herodias Long in 1640 in Newport, RI 1330
  • Marriage (2): Sarah Slaughter on 28 Mar 1630 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England 1333
  • Died: 1677, Newport, RI at age 78 1332

  Noted events in his life were:

Name. 1334 Holmes records that the name derived from the same roots as Gairden which is Gaelic origin signifying an enclosed or fortified place, the beacon hill from gair , an outcry, an alarm, and din,a hill or fortress. Some authorities claim the derivation of the name is from two Saxon words, gar, meaning weapon and dyn, sound, alarm.

Possible ancestor. 1334 Holmes records a George Gardiner as the son of Sir Thomas Gardiner, born England 1601 admitted an inhabitant of Rhode Island 1638.

Emigration, 1637, England to Massachusetts. 1328,1335 George migrated to the US on the ship Fellowship. He was in Salem in 1637

Admitted to Church, 3 Jan 1641. 1335 George was admitted to the church in 1641.

Freeman, 1642. 1335 Geogre was elected freeman in 1642.

Adultery, 12 Oct 1655, Portsmouth, RI. 1328 Oct. 12, 1655 On the last Tuesday of June 1655 George Gardner was accused of adultery at the Quarterly Court of Trials held at Portsmouth. The case was heard three months later in Newport. The court ruled in favor of George Gardner, since Herodias had been officially separated from John Hicks. The account of Herodias' separation in 1644 was entered into the colony's records as evidence.

Divorce, 5 Jun 1665, Portsmouth, RI. 1328 George and Herodius were granted a divorce on this date.

George had a relationship with Herodias Long in 1640 in Newport, RI.1330 (Herodias Long was born in 1623 in Southwark, London, England 1331 and died Perhaps 1705 in Rhode Island 1328,1331.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

Possible Marriage, 1644, Rhode Island. 1328 After John Hicks had gone to New Amsterdam, George Gardner and Herodias appeared before their friends, including Robert Stanton: "who declared one night at his house both of them did say before him and his wife that they did take one the other as man and wife."

Such informal marriages may have been fairly common in 17th century Rhode Island. People were coming to the colonies by the shipload, and did it really matter whether a newly arrived couple had actually spoken vows before a preacher? As the years passed, common-law marriages were less tolerated, and new laws demanded that such couples wed and have their children baptized, or face punishment. In 1665 Herodias portrayed her relationship with George: "I being one not brought up to Labour and Young, knew not what to doe to have something to live Having noe friend; in which straight I was drawne by Georg Gardener to Consent to hime soe fare as I did for mayntenance; yett with much oppression of spiritt, Judging hime not to be my husband never being married to him according to the Law of the place."

George next married Sarah Slaughter on 28 Mar 1630 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England.1333 (Sarah Slaughter died Prob 1637 at Sea 1328.)

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