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Benoni Gardiner

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Middlesex, England
Death: Died in South Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of George Gardiner and Sarah Gardiner
Husband of Mary Gardiner
Father of William Gardiner; Nathaniel Gardiner; Stephen Gardiner; Ephraim Gardiner; Isaac Gardiner and 4 others
Brother of Edward Gardiner and Robert Gardiner
Half brother of Mary Brown; Henry Gardiner; Rebecca Watson; George Gardiner, Jr.; William Gardiner and 12 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Benoni Gardiner

1636c: Benoni, a son of George and Sara (Slaughter) Gardiner, was born in England. He was an infant when his father emigrated to New England. It is supposed that he died in 1731. He married Mary, last name unknown. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

  • We know little of the life of Benoni Gardiner until he, with four other sons of George Gardiner, viz., Henry, George, Jr. William and Nicholas, bought a part of John Porter's share in the Pettaquamscutt Parchase in what is now South Kingston (Washington) Rhode Island and he settled there (Early History of Narragansett, by Potter, p. 308).

"Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1671, May 19: Benoni took the Oath of Allegiance to the King. He had previously lived at Newport and undoubtedly had sworn allegiance there, but moving to another part of the colony, was required to repeat the oath before bring admitted an inhabitant. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1679 (before) "Benoni and George, Jr. purchased 400 acres of land of the Pettaquamscutt Purchasers. Benoni was the owner of many more acres of land than figure in these two purchases. Much of it lay on and around Tower Hill and some on the borders of Point Judith Pond stretching towards what is now Narragansett Pier. 1679, July 29, Benoni Gardiner was one of 43 Narragansett men who signed a petition to the King, praying that he would "put an end to these differences about the government thereof, which hath been so fatal to the prosperity of the place, animosities still arising in people's minds, as they stand affected to this or that government. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1687, September 6: Benoni Gardiner was taxed £00-05-03. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1705, September 18: Benoni and wife, Mary, deeded to son Nathaniel "in consideration of the Love and affection which they bear unto their son Nathaniel," 100 acres of land "being the west half of farm where Benoni now dwells." "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1705, September 18: On the same day they deeded to their son Stephen, a dwelling house, orchard, etc. In these deeds Benoni is called "yeoman." "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1705, November 17: Benoni, Henry, George, Jr., William and Nicholas Gardiner, with John Watson, sold to John Potter 410 acres of land in South Kingstown (bounded partly by a branch of Point Judith Pond) for £150-00-00, "said sum to be paid to Thomas Hicks of Flushing, Long Island." As this Thomas Hicks is supposed to have been a son of John and Horod (Long) Hicks, much speculation has arisen over the payment of this money to him, nothing in the public or family records explaining it. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1713, May, Benoni and wife, Mary, deeded land to Isaac Gardiner, their son, for which he paid the sum of £156-00-00. Peleg Mumford and Daniel Mac Koone, before Christopher Alien, Justice. (North Kingstown Records, II:108) "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

1727c: Benoni Gardiner, calling himself "a sojourner at Portsmouth," gave his age, in testimony, as ninety and upward. In "The Gardiners of Narragansett" the comment is made: "But this would have made the date of his birth 1637, before his mother (supposedly Horod Long) was left by her first husband. Consequently it must be an error." Another Gardiner Genealogist says: "It may well be thought that be (Benoni) did not come so near as his brother Henry, in counting his age." (See p. 27 voider Henry, No. 3.) In this fashion have the genealogists disposed of his testimony. In the former book mentioned) Mrs. Robinson gives his birth year as 1647, thus making him younger than Henry; yet in the next chapter die places Mm as the bead of the second generation where everyone knew he belonged. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

  • One might reflect that one of the meanings of the name "Benoni" means "child of woe/sorrows" so it is possible he was names Benoni as his mother may have died during his birth on board the ship sailing to New England. (ed.)

1731c: Benoni Gardiner, died at South Kingston Village (Kings) Rhode Island Colony. "Gardiner-Gardner Genealogy Including the English Ancestry of George Gardiner, Immigrant Ancestor of Newport, Rhode Island and Many of His Descendants" by Clara Gardner Miller and John Milton Stanton; p. 33; The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc.; Rutland, Vermont; 1937 (HeritageQuest)

Additional Resources: "History of Montville-Formerly the North Parish of New London 1640 - 1896" by Henry A. Baker; p. 545; The Case, Lockwood, Brainard and Company; Hartford, Connecticut, 1896 (974.602 M769B ACPL) 2) "The Gardiners of Narragansett: being a genealogy of the descendants of George Gardiner the colonist, 1638" by Caroline E. Robinson; privately printed; Providence, Rhode Island; 1919 (HeritageQuest) 3) "Gardner History and Genealogy" by Lillian May and Charles Morris Gardner; p. 31; The Erie Printing Company; 1907 (CS71.G226)

Sources

  1. The Gardiners of Narragansett: being a genealogy of the descendants of George Gardiner, the colonist, 1638.  By Caroline E. Robinson. Ed. with notes and index by Daniel Goodwin.  Published 1919 by The Editor in Providence, R.I . Page 2. "Benoni Gardiner was born before 1645 and died about 1731. He married Mary ----. Nothing has, as yet, been trustworthily discovered concerning Mary's parentage."
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Benoni Gardiner's Timeline

1636
1636
1637
1637
Middlesex, England
1671
1671
Age 34
North Kingstown, Washington, RI, USA
1671
Age 34
Narragansett, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
1674
1674
Age 37
North Kingstown, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1675
1675
Age 38
Kingstown, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1675
Age 38
Kingstown, Kings County (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1687
January 6, 1687
Age 50
North Kingstown, Washington, RI, USA
November 8, 1687
Age 50
North Kingstown, (Present Washington County), Dominion of New England (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)
1690
January 6, 1690
Age 53
Kingston, Washington , Rhode Island