George Gardiner b. 1599

George Gardiner 10th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree.

George was born in February 1599 in London. In the genealogy world there’s a ‘fierce debate’ on his parents, currently his parents are unproven with a couple theories. George had 3 wives, the first was Sarah who probably died before he sailed for America around 1636, there’s not much info on Sarah. Herodias Long was his 2nd wife there are novels, books and journals written about Herodias. George and Herodias divorced after 20 years, they were in court many times. Herodias married John Porter- her 3rd husband. George married Lydia Ballou his 3rd wife in 1665. George had children with all wives, Lydia is our ancestor, they had 6 children.

George was a freeman in Newport, Rhode Island on December 17, 1639 and a landowner on January 29, 1639/40. He was a Sergeant of an early colonial company, on the grand jury, a constable and he witnessed land deeds including a deed on June 29, 1660 ‘from an Indian called Socho of a tract of land at Pettaquamscot’. On August 1662 he and Robert Stanton bought more lands near the Pettaquamscot Purchase. And later on George’s sons with Herodias would inherit all of their stepdad John Porter’s lands in the same area.

Gardiner land map

Map of Gardiner son’s land

George died in 1677, he lived to age 78 and is probably buried in a very old forgotten cemetery somewhere in Newport, Rhode Island.



Lydia Gardiner b. 1669

Lydia was born about 1669 in Newport, Rhode Island to George Gardiner and 3rd wife Lydia Ballou. When her dad died in 1677 Lydia, her mom and brothers Robert and Peregrine went to Providence RI, where Lydia married Joesph Smith on April 4, 1689. Joseph was a weaver, they spent their lives in Providence. They had 6 sons and 3 daughters. Lydia died in 1723 her husband probably married again he lived until 1749.

Lydia and her children through her dad (3) and mom’s (2) marriages are connected to the Angell, Arnold, Ballou, Gardiner, Hawkins, Olney, Smith, Tefft and Whipple families.

Marriage Volume 2 page 77 image 121 of 444 , a family register for the people by Arnold. At

Lydia Gardiner (1669 – 1723)
Israel Smith (1689 – 1726)
Naomi Smith (1720 – 1799)
Israel Angell (1740 – 1832)
Asa Angell (1771 – 1842)
Dexter Angell (1794 – 1854)
Delia Viola Angell (1839 – 1916)
Matilda Flood (1858 – 1940)
Philippa Flood Mockford (1891 – 1979)
Elizabeth Speedy (1917 – 2005)