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The Gardiner Family of Long Island

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1. Related File on Long Island Genealogy: The papers and biography of Lion Gardiner, 1599-1663 - Curtiss Crane Gardiner, 1833
2. Online Link to - The Gardiner Family From "East Hampton History, Genealogies of Early Families," by Jeannette Edwards Rattray
3. 1599-1890 LION Gardiner and his Descendants by Curtiss C Gardiner

Lion (Lyon) Gardiner

    Lion was an engineer, commissioned by King Charles I to build a fort at Saybrook, Conn. He came under interest of ministers of nobles wishing to settle in America and was offered 100 pounds a year for 4 years to serve the Sir Edward Veie Company (of which he was a corporal in 1625) "only in the drawing, ordering, and making of a city, towns, or forts of defense."
    By July 10, 1635, all preparations had been made. The Batchelor, a 25 ton north sea bark made of oak, reached Holland from London and took Lion, his wife, her maid (Elizabeth Cole), and Lion's 40 yr. old work master (William Job) on board. The ship master, Jonathan Wibber,set sail for London to get supplies. The ship agent, Edward Hopkins, complained of getting a crew that it was not easy "to gett any att this tyme to goe in so small a vessell and therefore I was forced to take some that otherwise I would not have medled with att all." Finally, the passengers, which numbered 7, got off to sea at Gravesend, 5 weeks after leaving Woerden Holland. They finally arrived in Boston after perilous seas and hope of safe arrival had been given up. Lion settled in what was to become Connecticut, where his son David was the first child to be born. He soon became sick of the politics of New England and bought Gardiner Island from the Indians. He farmed the island for 14 years, living in close friendship with the Montaukett Indians, and genuinely loving them. His daughter Elizabeth was the first white child born in New York and was also her father's favorite. This veteran of wars of Princes of Orange began one of the few families to ever own a private paradise. In 1892, the island was still being handed down from father to son, just as Lion wished.
    Lion was a Lieut. the Pequot Indian War.   David and Mary were born during his Command at Fort Saybrook. David being the first English Child born in Conn.  It is said he bought the Isle of Wright " Gardiners Island" from the Indians. He lived there for 14 years and left to live in Easthampton where he had a lot to do with the Indians in the area.
NOTE:  David Gardiner's birth date is questionable.  According to Governor Winthrops Journal, his father, Lyon, came to Saybrook November 28th 1635.  It is therefore likely that David was born in April, 1636, contrary to Lyon's entry in the family bible.
For additional information on The Gardiner line please take a moment and visit the Web Page of David L. Gardiner "THE GARDINERS OF NEW YORK."  David has been doing Gardiner genealogy since 1979 and now have over 50,000 connectec names listed in his genealogical database .  He is a direct descendant of Lieut. Lyon Gardiner.

Gardiner Query:
From: <mulvihill@nyc.rr.com>
Hello, good people at Long Island Genealogy 
First, hearty congratulations on a splendid website.
Re your good commentary on Gardiner's Island, is the JOHN GARDINER you mention the 17thC London merchant, John Gardiner, who was active in the English Crown's West India trade & also Warden of the Merchant-Venturers in 1626? Might you have a line on THAT particular John Gardiner, if he's NOT 'your' John Gardiner? If this is the same man, is your JG a Londoner who also traveled to Africa in the mid-17thC, either as a merchant / privateer or in some official capacity for the Court of Charles II? Have you any information at all on these matters, please? (This is part of a big & complex research project of mine.)
Maureen E. Mulvihill, PhD
Fellow, Princeton Research Forum
Visiting Professor of Global Literatures, and of Shakespeare, 2005-06
St John's University, Manhattan Campus