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Gardiner, John
B: 1758, South Kingston, Rhode Island
D: 05 Jan 1842, Potosi Grove, York River, PEI
M: (1) Abt 1785, Eunice Haszard dau of Thomas Haszard and Eunice Rhodes b. 14 Feb 1764 d. 09 Mar 1832, in Charlottetown.
M: (2) 1833, Mary Wilson, dau of John Wilson. b. 07 Feb 1811

FN: George Gardiner
MN: Unknown

John Gardiner and his wife, Eunice Haszard, came from Rhode Island, U.S., to the Isle of Saint John in 1786. He was a sixth generation Gardiner in New England. He was a descendant of George Gardiner who emigrated from England to New England and settled in the Rhode Island Colony.

John Gardiner acquired five hundred acres in Lot 5 which were conveyed to him by the proprietor Edward Lewis. This was the first land on the Island of Saint John. In 1791, he received Lot 88 in the third hundred of Charlottetown and later he received a number of pasture lots in Charlott Town Royalty.

They had 10 children including twins, Thomas and Bowdoin b. 08 May 1796. Thomas m. Jane Catherine Warren, North River and settled in Chelton where they had 8 children. Bowdoin m. Ann Howatt, Tryon and settled in Cape Traverse where several of the Gardiner descendants still reside and farm. They had 12 children.


John Gardiner, Loyalist, and his wife came to the Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island) from Rhode Island soon after the birth of their eldest son William in 1786. It is believed they accompanied Eunice's parents.

John inherited from his father a farm at Boston Neck, Rhode Island, the family bible and a clock.

The first land John acquired on the Island was 500 acres on Lot 5, which were conveyed to him by the proprietor, Edward Lewis. On May 28, 1791, he received by conveyance from Sheriff Douglas, Lot 88 in the third hundred of Charlotte Town. On the 5th October, 1791, her received by conveyance from James Douglas, sheriff, a number of pasture lots in Charlotte Town Royalty. From this time on he, and later his sons, acquired considerable land in Charlotte Town and Charlotte Town Royalty as well as other parts of the Island.

The location of John's home is described in his will. He mentions his wife Mary (Eunice had died in 1832) and makes her and his brother-in-law David Stewart executors of his will which was signed on Sept. 22, 1841.

John called his farm "Potosi Grove". The dwelling was located on Lots 399 and 400 of Charlotte Town Royalty which is on the east side of the North or York River, just north of what was the Upton Driving Park. In the Meacham Atlas of 1880 the land is shown as the property of Dr. John S. Jenkins. The farm also contained Lots 447, 44- and 446 and in 1880 was the property of the Hurrys.

Obituary "Royal Gazette", Charlottetown, P.E.I.. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1842:

At Potosi, (York River), on Wednesday last, much and deservedly regretted, Mr. John Gardiner, aged 82 years. He had been a resident of this Island for upwards of half a century.

Children of John Gardner and Eunice Haszard:

William Hazard Gardiner
B: 25 Apr 1786, Rhode Island
D: 22 Jun 1867, Charlottetown, PEI

Sarah Gardiner
B: 04 Dec 1789, PEI

Ann Matilda Gardiner
B: 29 May 1791, Charlottetown, PEI
D: Central Bedeque, PEI

Bowden Gardiner
B: 08 May 1796, Charlotte Town Royalty, PEI
D: Aft 1864, Cape Traverse, PEI

Thomas Gardiner
B: 08 May 1796, North River, PEI
D: Abt 1880, Bedeque, PEI

John Rhodes Gardiner
B: 24 Apr 1798, North River, PEI
D: 10 Sep 1874, Summerside, PEI

George Scott Gardiner
B: 09 Sep 1800, Charlottetown, PEI

Sarah Sophia Gardiner
B: 17 Mar 1804, Charlottetown, PEI
D: 07 Sep 1827

Maria Waitstill Gardiner
B: 07 Apr 1806, North River, PEI
D: 14 Dec1878, Port Hill, PEI
M: 14 Jan 1832, Thomas Hooper b. 1804 d. 19 Dec 1879, Port Hill, PEI

Eunice Susannah Gardiner
B: 13 May 1809, York, PEI
D: 17 Jan 1864, PEI










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