Excerpt from Silvester Gardiner There have been many distinct families bearing the name of Gardiner, both in England and in this country. According to recent researches conducted by Hon. Asa Bird Gardner of New York City, that to which Silvester Gardiner belonged is derived from Sir Osbern Gardiner, Kt. Primus filius, Lord of the Mar of Oral on Douglass River in Wigan Parish, West Derby Hundred, County Palatine of Lancaster. He was born about 1128, in the reign of Henry I. The family is of Anglo Saxon origin, but is by intermarriage, also descended from several distinguished Norman families whose progenitors' names are inscribed in the Battle Abbey Roll of the Knights of William the Conqueror. Two branches of this family are kwn to have emigrated to America in colonial times. Richard Gardiner belonged to, a younger branch. He was one of the Adventurers who came over with Sir Francis Wyatt, Goverr of Virginia, in 1621. He was living in Richmond, Va., in 1627. None of descendants are kwn to be living. George Gardiner and his two younger brothers, Edward and Robert, were representatives of the eldest line. They came at different times, and to different parts of the country; but all finally settled in what is w the State of Rhode Island. George Gardiner was baptized February 15, 1599-1600, and was married to Sarah Slaughter at St. James' Church, Clerkenwell, London, March 28, 1630. He sailed in the ship Fellowship of Bristol, and arrived in Boston June 29, 1637. In October, 1638, he was residing on Aquidneck Island, R. I. In 1640 he purchased fifty-eight acres of land in the town of Newport, and in 1662 he acquired by deed from one of the Narragansett Sachems a tract measuring five by one and one-half miles in the Narragansett Country, afterwards called the King's Province. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.