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Herodias Porter (Long)

Also Known As: "Herodia", "Horrod", "Hored", "Harwood", "Herodias (Long) Hicks Gardiner Porter", "Herodias;Elizabeth Herodias", ""Horrod" Long"
Birthplace: Perhaps, Devon , England
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown father of Herodias Long and unknown mother of Herodias Long
Wife of John Hicks; John Porter; Robert Stanton and John Porter, of Narragansett
Ex-wife of John Hicks and George Gardiner
Mother of Hannah Hicks; Thomas Hicks; Elizabeth Hicks; Thomas Hicks; John Thomas Hicks and 18 others

Occupation: Missionary, housekeeper
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Herodias Long (1623-1705) also known as: Harwood, Horod & Hored

Married first at 13 - divorced. Lived as common-law wife, bearing 7 children. Flogged and imprisoned defending the Quakers. Divorced again, causing a new marriage law to be written concerning common-law marriage. Married 3rd time.

"On May 11, 1658, Herodias went back to Weymouth, "through the wilderness with a babe at her breast", and accompanied by a girl Mary Stanton who helped to carry her child [distance about 60 miles] to testify in favor of the Quakers then on trial at Weymouth. There they were arrested and taken before Gov. Endicott by whom they were imprisoned 2 weeks and flogged with ten stripes each."

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Herodias married 1) John Hicks in England when she was 13 or 14 years of age. Shortly after John married Herodias, he took her to New England. They settled first at Weymouth, Massachusetts where he was g ranted land in 1637. Shortly thereafter they removed to Newport, Rhode Island


  • Hannah Hicks ? - ? [24] <- 12
  • Elizabeth Hicks ? - ? [24]
  • Elisabeth Hicks ? - ? [24] <- 1
  • Thomas Hicks 1640 - 1740 [24]

She was 2) Common law wife of George Gardiner, who first appears in Portsmith in 1638. He cmnmenced to live with Herodias (Long) Hieks about 1644. She was born about 1624. He was separated from her in May 1665 and married secondly about 1665-6 Lydia Ballou. He died about 1677 and certainly before 14 June 1678, leaving a will now lost.

George Gardiner and Herodias had the following children:

   1. Benoni born 1643-45 and about 1644.
   2. Henry born 1645-7 and about 1646.
   3. George born about 1649.
   4. William born about 1652.
   5. Nicholas born about 1654.
   6. Dorcas born about 1656.
   7. Rebecca born about 1658. 

George and Lydia had:

   8. Joseph born about 1666-7.
   9. Robert born about l667-8.
   10. Mary born about 1670.
   11. Lydia born about 1672.
   12. Peregrine born about 1674-75. 

Marrriage 2; relationship 3). Herodias Long Hicks married John Porter after living with George Gardiner over 20 years.


  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.


4. Elizabeth Long was born 14 Nov 1621 St. Albans, England and died 10 Aug 1691 in Groton, MA; She married 23 May 1643 in Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA to James PARKER, son of John & Joane (Drake) Parker. James was born between 1615/1617 in Great Burstead, Essex, England and died 23 May 1701 in Groton, Middlesex, MA. Resided in Chelmsford MA. Children (Parker): Elizabeth, Hannah, John, Sarah, Joseph, James Jr., Josiah, Samuel, Joshua, Zachariah, Eleazar.

5. Herodias/Horod Long, born 1623 in Southwark, London, England and died 1722 in Rhode Island. She married 1) John Porter; m2d) 1636 in St. Faiths Parish, London, England to John Hicks; m3) 1640 in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island to George Gardiner. After her marriage to George Gardiner, she became a Quakeress. She revisited Weymouth in 1658 and was whipped and imprisoned for her faith. On 11 May 1658, Horod Gardiner "being the mother of many children came with her babe at her breast from Newport to Weymouth to deliver her religious testimony, for which she was carried to Boston, before Gov. John Endicott, who sentenced her to be whipped with ten lashes as well as her companion Mary Stanton, who came with her to help bear her child. After the whipping with a three-fold knotted whip of cords she was continued for fourteen days lnger in prison."

In or about 1643 or 1644 he formed a connection with Herodias (Long) Hicks, the wife of John Hicks of Weymouth and Newport and later of Newtown and Hempstead on Long Island (Savage's Gen. Dic. of N. E, Vol. II, 410). 

This John Hicks first appears in Weymouth about 1636-8, when he was granted land there (Weymouth Hist. Soc. No. 2, p. 276). On 14:7 mo.:1640 he was admitted a Freeman at Newport (Chapin, II, 103) and his name occurs in the list of those admitted inhabitants of Newport since 1:3 mo.:1638 (ib., 118). He was on the roll of Freemen of 16 March 1641 (ib., 120). He last appears in Newport on 7:1 mo.:1644, when he was bound to keep the peace for beating his wife Harwood (Herodias) Hicks (ib., p. 151).

The cause for this conduct may be reasonably inferred as the result of her escapades with George Gardiner, as on 12 Dec. (apparently 1644) Hicks addressed a letter from Flushing to John Coggeshall on the subject of his wife's bad conduct (ib., p. 152). He subsequently obtained a divorce from her at Long Island, where he henceforth lived. He remarried and raised a family there.

From this time George Gardiner and Herodias lived together as common-law man and wife until 1665, during which time they raised a large family. In the Spring of 1665 Herodias petitioned the King's Commissioners for a separation from Gardiner, which they referred to Gov. Arnold, who on 3 May 1665 laid it before the General Assembly. In this petition she calls herself Hored Long and states that upon the death of her father she was sent to London by her mother and there, unbeknownst to her friends, she was privately married to John Hicks in St. Faith's Church under "Paules Church" and a little while after was brought to New England, when she was between 13 and 14 years old and lived 2½ years at Weymouth and then came to Rhode Island about 1640, where she has lived ever since, "until she came to Pettyquamscott."

Not long after her coming to Rhode Island there happened a difference between herself and John Hicks and "the authority that then was under grace saw cause to part us." She then relates that Hicks went to the Dutch, taking most of her property with him and that, not being accustomed to labour, she joined up with George Gardiner for her maintenance but was never properly married to him. She desired a separation from him and that he cease to trouble her. This the Assembly decreed after discovering that there had been no regular marriage. It further fined both the parties and passed a law to prevent such further occurrences (R. I. Colony Rec. II, 99-105).

The real reason for her desire for separation, after some twenty-one years as the reputed wife of George Gardiner, appears in a petition presented to the same session of the General Assembly by Margaret Porter, the wife of John Porter, a very well-to-do inhabitant of Portsmouth, who had apparently gone over to Pettyquamscut leaving her without means of support and dependent on her children, as her petition states. She asks that her husband be made to provide for her. The Court, finding her statement to be true and that there was danger of her husband's conveying away his estate and taking to heart the sad condition of "this poor anciante matron," decreed that all conveyances made by Porter of his estate, not being recorded, shall be void and that he should not dispose of his estate, until he had made proper provision for her support. It exempted from this order certain conveyance made by Porter to Gov. Arnold, for which he had received a real and valuable consideration (ib., pp. 119-21). Subsequently, on 27 June 1665, his property was released, as he had made a proper provision for his wife and one which satisfied her (Austin, p. 155). This John Porter was one of the important citizens of Portsmouth and was one of the five Pettyquamscut purchasers of a large tract of land in the Narragansett Country from the Indian Sachems. Not long afterwards he married Herodias and, about 1671-73 made large conveyances of his Pettyquamscut lands to Herodias' children.

The children of George and Herodias were seven in number, apparently born in the following order: Benoni (certainly the eldest), Henry, George, William, Nicholas, Dorcas and Rebecca, the latter, apparently, the child at the breast, whom Herodias took with her to Weymouth, when she went there to bear witness. She was a zealous Quakeress, for which she was whipped in Boston on 11:3 mot 1658 (Bishop's New England Judged, pp. 52, 406).

On 07 1st mos 1644 5 he was before the Court and bound for 10 pound s to keep the peace for beating his wife Harwood Hicks. They removed to New Amsterdam, Flushing on Long Island. On December 12, 1645 Hicks wrote to John Cogge shall of Newport, Rhode Island, blaming Herodias for their marit al troubles. On June 01, 1655 Hicks was granted a divorce from H erodias by the Dutch Court in New Amsterdam. A small note of int erest to our family one of the signers of that divorce decree w as Cornelius VanTienhoven. Information from article by G. A. Mor iarty cited in other notes. Note Source Broderbund WFT Vol. 19 Tree 138.


  • 1. Broderbund WFT Vol. 19 Tree 138.
  • 2. Pedigree Resource File CD 1
  • 3. Long Island Genealogies
  • 4. Long Island Genealogies


John Hicks married, 1st, at St. Faith's Church, England, about 1634, Horod (Horodia) Long, when she was between 13 and 14 years of age, of good family and considerable estate, with whom he lived in Weymouth, Mass., for two or three years. On March 20/1639 he moved tonNewport, Rhode Island. There he had a disagreement with her and finally deserted her, and "the authority parted them". He then moved tonStanford, Conn., and it is alleged, took much of her estate with him.nIn 1642 he moved to Hempstead, L.I., where his children joined him later.

Horod married, 2nd, as his first wife, George Gardener, of Newport, R.I,, who was Constable there in l638-l642, Ensign in 1644, and Commissioner in 1662. Horod divorced him in 1665, and George married, 2nd, Lydia Hallow, daughter of Robert Hallow: George died inn1677 and Lydia married, 2nd, in 1678, William Hawkins.

George and Horod Gardener had Benoni, Henry, George, William, Nicholas, Dorcas, Rebecca, Samuel, and Joseph.

George had by his second wife, Lydia, Mary and Peregrine.

After John Hicks divorced Horod, she became a Quaker. On May 11/1658, Horod went from Newport to Weymouth "with a babe at her breast", to deliver her religious testimony, and as a result, was carried to Boston before Governor Endicott, who sentenced her to be whipped with a three fold knotted whip and kept in prison for 14 days. During her trial she kneeled down and prayed the Lord to forgive Governor Endicott.

Issue:- (by his first wife Horod Long)

1. Thomas Hicks. Born probably at Weymouth, Mass., in 1640, died at Little Neck, L.I., in 1740, just over 100 years old. He married, 1st, after 1658, Mary Washburn. See subject 266 for two versions of her birth and parentage, and their issue and further particulars. He married, 2nd, on July 6/1676-7, Mary Doughty, born about 1658, daughter of Elias and Sarah (---) Doughty, see subject 536. See subject 266 for their issue and further particulars.

2. Hannah Hicks. Born about 1638, died March 1712. She married at Newport, L.I., William Haviland, baptized at St.Thomas Church, Salisbury, England, September 7/1626, died 1697, son of Matthew Haviland of Bristol, England, an elderman there.

 2/1. Joseph Haviland, born before 1654. He married before 1686, Mary Birdsall or Heathcote. In 1695 he moved to Westchester County, N.Y., and bought 30 acres of land from John Winter on the east  aide of the Bronx River. On June 27/1711, he went to Shrewsbury, N.Y. and had eight children.
 2/2. John Haviland, died at Hempstead, L.I., October 11/1740. He married Sarah Bergen, daughter of Jan Jansen and Jannetje (Theunis) Bergen and had nine children.
 2/3. Benjamin Haviland, born in Rhode Island about 1650, died at Rye, N.Y., June 30/1726. He was a Quaker, though his brothers and sister were Episcopalians. He married at Portsmouth, R.I., Abigail Mott, born there May 3/1660, daughter of Adam and Mary (Lott) Mott, a descendant of Adam and Sarah Mott who came to America in the ship "Defense" on July 2/1635, with five children, three more being born in America later.
 2/4. Jacob Haviland. Wife Mary ---. In 1711 he lived in Flushing,  L.I., and had four children.
 2/5. Elizabeth Haviland. She married William Bergen and had three children.

3. Elizabeth Hicks. She married Josias Starr, the son of her step-mother Rachel Starr, of Danbury, Conn.

Sometime, not far from 1640, George GARDINER married Herodias (Long) HICKS. She made the statement that she had been married to John HICKS, in London, without the knowledge of her friends, when between thirteen and fourteen years of age. Soon after coming to Rhode Island HICKS deserted her, going to New Amsterdam, or as he expressed it, "to the Dutch", taking with him most of the property left to her by her mother. Her marriage to George GARDINER was rather irregular in form, to say the least, consisting of going before some friends and declaring themselves husband and wife. (notes #3) As she was a Quaker, and a fanatic at that, cheerfully walking from Newport to Boston, with a young child in her arms, to receive a whipping at the post for her religious (?) beliefs, possibly because she would not consent to be married after any established forms.

According to her own account, George neglected her and would not provide for her numerous family. It may have been her pressing needs, and it may have been the superior attraction of John PORTER, with his great wealth in lands (he being one of the Pettaquamscutt Purchasers) and his promises to provide for her children, that awakened her religious (?) scruples about the legality of her marriage with George GARDINER. At any rate, she petitioned the General Assembly for a divorce, which was granted, thus proving the legality of her marriage. (notes #4) John PORTER, having conveniently gotten a divorce from his wife, married Herodias and faithfully kept his promise, .....giving large farms of several hundred acres to each of her sons, and possibly to her daughters, for the land of John WATSON, who married two of her daughters, joined the GARDINER lands.

Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/gardiner.html

More than you need to know about Herodias Hicks:


Herodias (Long) Hicks and George Gardner had a common-law marriage. She had been married to John Hicks in 1637 in London, England, at the age of 13 or 14, moving to Weymouth and then to Newport, Rhode Island. Because John was beating her, they separated, John divorcing her in 1655. Since George and Herodias never married, George was accused of cohabitating with Hicks' wife. Herodias received a sentence of whipping and held prisoner for two weeks. She and Gardner were eventually part of a trial in which he was willing to untie the knot of affection. She accused him of having the horrible sin of uncleanness. Her scandalous laundry was brought forth at the trial. When all was said and done, she married her good friend Margaret Porter's husband John. It makes an interesting read.

Name: Herodias LONG 1 2

Name: Herodias HICKS

Name: Herodias GARDINER 3

Name: Herodias PORTER 4

Sex: F

Event: Anecdote 11 MAY 1658

Note: To be a Quaker was to invite imprisonment and torture. On May 11, 1658 , Herodias, then a nursing mother with babe in arms, and Mary Stanton, either a friend or sister-in-law, made an arduous journey of 60 miles through practically a wilderness and came from Newport to Weymouth to give religious testimony. They were arrested, thrown in jail and later taken before Governor John Endicott at Boston. He sentenced both to receive ten lashes with a three-fold knotted whip of cords and then to be imprisoned an additional 14 days. According to the record, after this "savage, inhuman and bloody execution upon her, Herodias kneeled down and prayed the Lord to forgive" Governor Endicott.

Birth: 1624 in England

Marriage 1 John HICKS b: 25 OCT 1607 in London, England

•Divorced: JAN 1644/45 in Newport, Rhode Island


They quarreled (probably because she became an emotional Quaker) and sep arated. In 1642 he left and went to the western part of Long Island, th en under Dutch rule.

On 12 December 1645 John Hicks wrote from Flushing to John Coggesall at Newport the following:

"Now for parting what way there is seeing she have carried the matter so subtilly as she have I know not, but if there be anyway to be used to untie that Knott, which was at first by man tyed that so the world may be satisfied I am willing thereunto, for the Knot of affection on her part have been untied long since, and her whoredome have freed my conscience on the other part, so I leave myself to yor advice being free to condissend to yor advice if ther may be such a way used for the final parting for us. "

Herodias obtained a divorce from Hicks in Rhode Island.

•Married: 14 MAR 1637 in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

•Note: Herodias (Horrod) Long was from a good family and wealthy in her own name. When John Hicks married her by license issued in London March 14, 16 36/7 she was only 13 years old. They went to Weymouth, Mass., and then in 1641, to Newport, R. I.

•Divorced: 01 JUN 1655 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands


John Hicks was granted a divorce from Herodias in the court at New Amsterdam by Governor Peter Stuyvesant. The original decree is in the state archives at Albany and an abstract follows:

"Wij de Heeren Raaden van N. Nederlant gesien en geleesen sijnde t reque st van John Hicks Schout tot Flissingen opt Lange Eijlant waer bij hij re monstreert en te kennen geeft dat sinj huijsvrouw Hardwood Longh van he m weck geloopen en met een ander omtrent 9 jaeren getrout is geweest en d aer bij 5 a 6 kinderen heeft geprocureert; versocht derhalven dewijlen si jn huijsvrouw den bant vant houwelijcx hadden gebroocken (: sonder dat hi j haer eenige reden daertoe hadde gegeven) dat hij mocht gequalificeert e n hem teegelaten worden omme met eenich eerbare Dochter ofte Wedue te moo gen in den houwelijken staat (:volgens politique en Ecclisiastique ordann antien) treeden. Soo is dat de welgemelde heeren Raaden gelet hebbende o pt versoeck vande gemelde John Hicks mitsgaders op de attestatien en getu ijgenissen van verscheijde waerlycke inwoonderen deser provincie aende vo ors. requeste geannexeert , bevinden dat John Hicks volgens goddel. & wer eltl. rechten sijn versoeck niet can gewijert worden hebben hem dierhalve n mits deesen verleent brieven van divortie en frij en vranck vande ... w edue ind H Staet... te moogen begeven volgens politique en ecclesiastiqu e ordonnatie. Alsus gedaen ... engegeven in onse vergaderinge Advy ut su pra N. Nederlant en met onse cachet in Rooden wassche hier opgedruct beve stigt. Was getreeckent, Nicasius De Sille, La mantagne, Corn. van Tienho ve."


1.Thomas HICKS b: 1640 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts

2.Hannah HICKS b: 1641 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island

3.Elizabeth HICKS b: 1642 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island

Marriage 2 George GARDINER

•Married: ABT 1645 in Newport, Rhode Island

•Note: After Hicks went to New Netherland, and possibly before, Herodias went to live with George Gardiner of Newport as his common-law wife and had a numerous family.


1.Benoni GARDINER b: ABT 1644 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

2.Henry GARDINER b: ABT 1646

3.George GARDINER b: ABT 1649 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

4.William GARDINER b: ABT 1652 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

5.Nicholas GARDINER b: ABT 1654 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

6.Dorcas GARDINER b: ABT 1656 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

7.Rebecca GARDINER b: ABT 1658 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Marriage 3 Spouse Unknown

•Divorced: 03 MAY 1665


By 1664 Herodias had had enough of George Gardiner and presented a petiti on to the King's Commissioners, then in Rhode Island, asking for a separation from him. It was referred by the Commissioners to Governor Benedict Arnold, who placed it before the General Assembly.

She states: ". . . Not long after my coming to Rhode Island there happened a difference betweene the said John Hicks and myselfe, soe that the authority that then was under grace, saw cause to part us, and ordered that I should have the estate which was sent mee by my mother, delivered to me by said John Hicks; but I never had it, but the said John Hicks went away to the Dutch, and carried away with him the most of my estate; by meanes I was put to great hardshipe and straight. Then I thought to goe to my friends, but was hindered by the warres, and the death of my friends. My mother and brother loosing their lives and estates in his Majestyes service, and I being not brought up not to labour, and young, knew not what to do to have something to live, having noe friend; in which straight I was drawne by George Gardiner to consent to him soe fare as I did , for my mayntainance. Yett with much oppression of spiritt, judging him not to be my husband, never being married to him according to the law of the place; alsoe I told him my oppression, and desiered him, seeing that hee had that little that I had, and all my labour, that he would allow mee some maintainence, either to live apart from him, or else not to meddle with mee; but hee alwayes refused. Therefore, my humble petition to your honours is, that of that estate and labour hee has had of mine; and that the house upon my land I may enjoy without molestation, and that hee may alow mee my child to bring up with maintainance for her, and that hee may be restrained from ever meddling with me, or toubling [sic] mee more."

The General Assembly took the testimony of George Gardiner and of Rober t Stanton, a Newport Quaker, and a close friend of George and Herodias . Gardiner admitted that "he cannot say that ever hee went on purpose before any magistrate to declare themselves, or to take each other as man and wife, or to have their aprobation as to the premises." Stanton on being asked "whether hee knew that ever George Gardiner and Hored, his reputed wife were ever married according to the custom of the place," answered "that hee knew noe other marridge, but onlye one night being at his house both of them did say before him and his wife that they did take one the other as man and wife."

On 3 May 1665 the Assembly decreed the separation of the parties, but did not find things exactly as stated by Herodias.

"Whereas Hored Long, heretobefore the wife of John Hicks, and since the reputed wife of George Gardener of Newport in Rhode Island, by a petition presented unto the Right honourable His Majestyes Commissioners did most impudently discover her owne nakedness by declaring therein unto their honours, that although she had lived for a long space of time with the aforesaid Gardener, as in a married estate, and had owned him as her lawfull husband, yett she was never lawfully married to him, neither could owne him in such a relation, and soe consequently that she had lived all this time in that abominable lust of fornication, contrary to the generall apprehension of her neighbors, she having had by the aforesaid Gardener many children . . . and upon diligent search have found it to be even soe as the aforesaid Hored hath declared, and that by the confessional soe of the aforesaid Gardener, soe that that horrible sin of uncleannes in which they had lived for the space of eighteen or twenty yeares together, and had under cover of a pretended marridge (owning each other as man and wife), being now and not before, by her own acting and confession brought to light and most shamefully expressed to the publicke view, to the extreme reproach and scandall of this jurisdiction . . ."

They were each to pay a fine of 20 pounds before the next sitting of the Court in October and "the aforesaid Gardener and Hored are hereby straightly required that from henceforth they presume not to lead soe scandolose a life, lest they feel the extremest penalty that either is or shall be provided in such cases."

At this same sitting of the General Assembly (3 May 1665) Mrs. Margaret Porter, the elderly wife of John Porter presented a petition to the Ass embly asking that her husband be made to support her. In her petition, M rs Porter "doth most sadly complaine that her said husband is destitute o f all congugall love towards her, and sutable care for her; that hee is g one from her and hath left her in such a nessesetous state that unavoydab ly she is brought to a meere dependence upon her children for her dayle y suply, to her very great grieffe of heart; and the rather considering t hat there is in the hands of her said husband a very competant estate fo r both their subsistance . . ." The Assembly "having a deepe sense upo n their hearts of this sad condition which the poore and ancient matron i s, by this meanes, reduced into," directed that all deeds and conveyance s made by John Porter since his departure from her shall be void and of n o force. On 27 June 1665 he ws released from this restraint, as he had m ade such provision for her for life as satisfied her. Soon after John and Margaret Porter were divorced and John married Herodias!

Marriage 4 John PORTER

•Married: AFT 27 JUN 1665 in Pettaquamscutt, Rhode Island 2

•Note: John Porter and wife Herodias deeded to William Gardiner, son of George of Newport, 200 acres at Narragansett, which bounded westerly on Henry Gardiner.

•Note: They deeded to Nicholas Gardiner one sixteenth interest in 1000 acres o f land in the Pettaquamscutt Purchase.


1.Title: Sir Ellis Hicks (1315) Captain John Ward (1598) John Wright (1500) Philip le Yonge (1295) and 7,812 Descendants

Abbrev: Sir Ellis Hicks et al.

Author: Hicks, Eugene C

Publication: 1982


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 236

2.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

3.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 601

4.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 604

5.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 599

6.Title: Sir Ellis Hicks (1315) Captain John Ward (1598) John Wright (1500) Philip le Yonge (1295) and 7,812 Descendants

Abbrev: Sir Ellis Hicks et al.

Author: Hicks, Eugene C

Publication: 1982


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 77

7.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 600

8.Title: Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter a Tale of Old Newport., Series: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume: Volume I, Page: p. 599-607

Abbrev: Herodias Hicks

Author: Moriarty, G. Andrews, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., F.A.S.G.

Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983


Name: Library of Congress

Page: p. 601-3

Herodias: "Before the General Assembly of Newport she declared, that when her father died in England, she was sent to London, and was married unknown to her friends to John Hicks, privately, in the under church of Paul's called St. Faith's church, she being between thirteen and fourteen years old. She then came to New England with her husband, and lived at Weymouth two and a half years, thence coming to RI, and lived ever since till she came to Pettacomscott.

   Soon after coming to RI there happened a difference between her and her husband, John Hicks, and he went away to the Dutch, carrying away with him most of her estate which had been sent her by her mother.  (Her mother and brother lost their lives and estate in his Majesty's service, she says.)  After her desertation by John Hicks, she became the wife of George Gardner, and by him had many children.  Testimony as to her marriage to George Gardner was given by 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.      "In May, 1658, two years only after the advent of Mary Fisher and Ann Austin, to whom the distinction is awarded of having been the first missionaries of the society of Quakers who landed in the colonies, Herodias Gardner, who resided at Newport, RI, left her home and children, of whom she had several, and trudged 60 miles on foot through the wilderness to Weymouth, MA to deliver her 'testimony,' carrying an infant in her arms, and accompanied only by a little maid.    "The New England Puritans had lost nothing of the intolerance of what they had been, more excusable, the victims in the mother country.  They branded their fellow-dissenters with heresy, and greeted them with scourge and prison.    "On reaching her destination Herodias was arrested and taken before Governor Endicott, who harshly addressed her in approbrious language and commanded that she and her attendant should each receive ten lashes on their naked backs.  This cruel sentence was barbarously inflicted, the woman meanwhile, holding her child, and only protecting it by her sheltering arms from the lash of the executioner.   After the whipping with a threefold knotted whip or cords, she was continued for fourteen days longer in prison.    "After the savage inhuman and bloody execution upon her of the cruelty aforesaid she kneeled down and prayed the Lord to forgive them."Herodias Long Gardiner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Herodias Gardiner (c. 1623 - after 1674), born Herodias Long, was the wife of three early settlers of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and was also a zealous Quaker evangelist who was whipped in Massachusetts for taking her testimony to her former home town of Weymouth. Possibly from Somersetshire in England, and married at the age of 13 or 14 in London, she was unhappily brought to the American colonies by her first husband, John Hicks, where they settled in Weymouth. The couple had two known children, and moved to the Rhode Island Colony, but she soon separated from her husband, and looking for maintenance, settled in Newport with George Gardiner, with whom she lived for about 20 years as his common-law wife.In 1658 she and a friend made a difficult journey to Massachusetts to present her Quaker message, and they were brought before the Governor, then whipped and imprisoned. A few years later, in 1665, she left Gardiner, and went to live with prominent and wealthy John Porter in the Narragansett country west of the Narragansett Bay. She left behind many court records documenting her marital turmoils. She had many children by her first two husbands, and has many descendants.

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Herodias Porter's Timeline

Devon , England
St. Faith, London, Middlesex, England
July 27, 1634
Age 11
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island or Wymouth, Massachussets
March 14, 1637
Age 14
London, Middlesex, England
Age 14
Middlesex, England
Age 17
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Age 18
Newport, Newport Colony
Age 20
Newport, Rhode Island
Age 22
Newport, Rhode Island, New England Colonies
Age 22
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations