John Gardner was born 7 September 1697 in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island to Joseph Gardner (1666-1726) and Catherine Holmes (1678-1758) and died 29 January 1764 in Rhode Island of unspecified causes. He married Frances Sanford (1703-1748) 23 October 1720 in Rhode Island. Ancestors are from Ireland.

Biography Edit

John Gardner served for more than eight years as the deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and was also a Chief Justice of the colony's Superior Court.

Marriage and Family Edit

Gardner married on October 23, 1720 Frances Sanford (born January 13, 1702), the daughter of John Sanford and Frances Clarke. The couple had 11 children.[5] Frances Sanford was a great granddaughter of two early Rhode Island governors. One of these was John Sanford (c1605-1653), who served briefly as governor of the Rhode Island towns of Portsmouth and Newport, just prior to the reunification of the colony following the Coddington Commission. The other great grandfather was Jeremiah Clark (1605-1651) who served for one year as President of the colony from 1648 to 1649.

Ann Gardner, the daughter of John Gardner and Frances Sanford, was married twice. Her second husband was Solomon Southwick, the publisher of the Newport Mercury and a prominent advocate for the Patriot cause in the American Revolutio


Offspring of John Gardner and Frances Sanford (1703-1748)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Holmes Gardiner (1726-)
George Gardiner (1728-)
Catherine Gardiner (1729-)
Elizabeth Gardiner (1734-)
Lydia Gardner (1735-1789)
Ann Gardiner (1736-1794)
William Gardiner (1737-)
Sanford Gardiner (1738-1814)


Offspring of Joseph Gardner and Catherine Holmes (1678-1758)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Gardner (1697-1764) 7 September 1697 South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island 29 January 1764 Rhode Island Frances Sanford (1703-1748)

Robert Gardner (1699-)
Frances Gardiner (1701-1742)
George Gardner (1705-1801)
Catharine Gardiner (1707-)
Lydia Gardiner (1709-)
William Gardiner (1712-1744)
Mary Gardner (1718-1724)

Ancestry Edit

John Gardner was the son of Joseph and Catharine (Holmes) Gardner of Newport, and the grandson of George Gardiner who was an early settler of Portsmouth in 1638.[3] One of his great grandfathers was Obadiah Holmes, a Baptist minister in Newport, who was severely whipped in Boston for his religious views and activism; and another was Randall Holden (1612-1692) who was a supporter of the dissident minister Anne Hutchinson and who signed the Portsmouth Compact establishing the first government in the Rhode Island colony. One of his great great grandmothers was Frances Latham (1609-1677), the wife of William Dungan (1606-1636), who has been called "the mother of governors," reputed to have had 14 descendants who were governors, deputy governors, or spouses of governors.

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