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At the aj^e of 17 years, he emigrated to California, and became a promi-
nent business man there. He was in the flour, grain and lumber business
for 10 years. He was a delegate from California in the National Repub-
lican Convention whi:h met in Baltimore, June, 1864. to nominate Lin-
coln for the second time President of the United States.

He was appointed by President Grant in March, 1869, register of
the Humboldt land ofiice for Humboldt district, Cal.

He was nominated for State Surveyor General by the republican
state convention in Sacramento in June, 1871, on the ticket with Newton
Booth for Governor, and was elected for four years ; renominated for
State Surveyor General in June, 1875, on the ticket with Timothy G.
Phelps, for Governor. The ticket was defeated, caused by a split in the
Republican party. He lived in 1889 in Oakland, Cal.


Joseph Wanton (7), Gould (6), Ruling (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

J. Warren, son of Joseph Wanton and Mary W. (Hendricks) Gard-
ner, was born March, 1836, in North Kingstown, R. I. Living in Brew-
ster, Neb.

Children were :

Claude, born 1867.

Grace, born 1869.

Blanche, born 1871.

Joseph Ray, born 1873.

Earl born 1876.

Walter Scott, born 1877.

Marie, born 1881.


Joseph W. (7), Gould (6), HuUng (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

Owen Gardner, son of Capt. Joseph W. and Gardner, married

Susan A., daughter of William Tisdale, 1866.

Children were:

Eleanor G.

Clarence E.

Chven G., Jr.

Linwood A.

Mr. Gardner was business manager of the R. 1. Telephone three
years, and engaged in the wholesale confectionery business several years
on the road.



Zebulon (7), Benjamin (6), Zebulon (5), Ezekiel (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

Harrington, son of Zebulon and Elizabeth (Rathbun) Gardner, mar-
ried Gardner, daughter of Randall Gardner.

We have record of only an adopted son :


Vincent. Jr. (7), Vincent (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

Mary Eleanor, daughter of Vincent, Jr. and Mary M. (Reynolds)
Gardner, was born Feb. 22, 1830. Living at Chattanooga, Tenn. She
married Rev. Charles H. Payne.

Children :

Charles Vincent, born Sept. 20, 1858, at Taunton, Mass. Living.

Frank Leonard, born Oct. 7, i860, at East Bridgewater, Mass., died
Apr. 29, 1863, at Prov., R. I.


In his youth Charles Henry Payne had to encounter such obstacles
as were common to New England boys in humble circumstances, and
some that were peculiar to his own situation; but he displayed the ten-
acity and energy which in later years were synonyms for, as well as
causes of, successful achievement in various but closely related fields.
He studied in the public schools, prepared for college in the East Green-
wich Seminary, and was graduated from Wesleyan L^iversity. Having
the ministry in view he went to the Concord Biblical Institute, and was
admitted on trial in the Providence Conference in the spring of 1857,
and stationed at Sandwich. He had been a local deacon for some time,
and in his third year in Conference was sent to East Bridgewater. Rap-
idly rising in popular esteem, he was transferred at the end of that year
to First Giurch, Fall River. From Fall River, at the end of his two
years, he went to Broadway, Providence, R. I., and there at the close
of his second year was stationed for a third year, though, his health
having failed, he had a colleague.

He then thought it improbable that he would be able to preach again
and made arrangements to go into business. At that time Dr. Cyrus
D. Foss, who had been for two years pastor of South Fifth Street Church
in the Eastern District of Brooklyn, was transferred to the New York
Conference, to the disappointment of the people, who desired him to
return for a third year. Dr. James Porter, one of the Book Agents, then
attended South Fifth Street Church, and having known Dr. Payne from
his youth and holding a high opinion of his abilities, suggested him as
a suitable person for pastor, saying, "As sure as he comes every pew
will be rented, and he will build you a new church." Dr. Pa3'ne was
transferred, entering the New York East Conference in the spring of


1866. Dr. Porter therein prophesied truly. Not a "crowd compeller"
in the ordinary sense of the word, those whom he attracted were by his
pastoral persuasiveness induced to take permanent sittings. The fragile
man, who appeared as though dyspepsia was to be followed by consump-
tion, gave to that church an organic unity which it had never had, and
produced a universal spirit of co-operation, the result of which was the
erection of the imposing St. John's Church, long the admiration of all
Methodist visitors, and still one of the best structures in the denomina-
tion. As its pastor in 1868 he met William Morley Pushon, the Eng-
lish orator, immediately after his landing in New York en route to the
General Conference and took him to the church where he preached in
the evening of the dedication the first of his brilliant series of discourses
on this continent.

Dr. Payne remained but one term in the New York East Confer-
ence, being sought for in Philadelphia to make necessary and erect the
Arch Street Church, in that city. Having done this work, — in many
respects more arduous than that which he had performed in Brooklyn,
— he was sent to Spring Garden Street Church, and at the close of his
term there was transferred to St. Paul's Church, Cincinnati. In 1876 he
was elected President of the Ohio Wesleyan University, and there re-
mained until 1888, when he became Corresponding Secretary of the
Board of Education.

The mind of Dr. Payne was unusually clear ; it was also precise,
familiar with distinctions and definitions ; an obscure sentence never fell
from his lips. His acquaintance with literature was extensive, and style
and its cultivation occupied much of his thought. His spirit was critical
of words, things, thoughts and their embodiment in men and institutions.
It is probable that he never uttered a word of slang. All his public com-
munications were on a high plane, and his private conversation, if pub-
lished, would not have subjected him to harsh criticism. He saw defects
and noted them, applying the same principles to himself and others.
Always, till with some mitigation in the last few years, he was a dys-
peptic. His temperament was intensely nervous. This gave him the
great advantage of being always animated whenever he spoke in public.
The reaction of an audience upon him was a nerve stimulant, but it
subjected him to the dangerous temptation of permitting an undue draft
upon his vital resources. The art of self-care he had mastered as respects
food and regimen, and could practice self-denial heroically in evervthing
but work.

His temperament carried with it its usual accompaniment of sensi-
tiveness. He was easily worried, might be irritated, but was never seen
in a passion.

His voice, a somewhat sharp baritone, almost thin, but with great
carrying power, was singularly penetrating. It admitted of use upon at
least two full octaves, and at times his low notes gave great force and
happily modified the acuteness of some of his tones. He abounded in
gesticulation. The application of his powers to the platform abounded
in surprises to the auditor who heard him for the first time ; for one
would expect, from his appearance, mildness and perhaps feebleness of
manner, and scholarly hesitation for the right word. Instead, he would
hear a man who might have spoken on the platform with Garrison and



PTiillips in the days of their most portentious fulminations, without weak-
ening the effect.

As a sermonizer he blended system with much power of elaboration,
and could deliver distinctions as though they were descriptions. A dis-
course on "Divine Providencce," which he delivered in the Park Street
Church when it was still the representative orthodox church of Boston
and was without a pastor, made such an impression that the committee
on pulpit supply began negotiations with him to accept its pastorate.
Long afterward we requested him to preach that sermon in a pulpit of
which we had control, and could easily understand the impression which
it had made.

As a pastor his success was achieved without obsequiousness, in-
discriminate flattery, or oflficiousness ; hence it greatly reinforced his
sermons. What he did as an author was sufficient to show what he
might have done had he given more attention to that form of literary
work. His writings were based chiefly upon his addresses, and were in
every way creditable to him.

MoncA'-raising was with him reduced to an art. A clear presenta-
tion of the cause, a tenacity in appeal, and a transparent plan, all fused
with an earnestness born of strong desire to succeed, together with pre-
liminary preparation, gave him unusual success'. The churches that he
built are his monuments.

As a college president he was among the best, subject to the dis-.
advantage of his temperament, which could be fretted by details. He
was true to his principles, and the Ohio Wesleyan University derived
substantial and permanent benefits from his administration.

As Corresponding Secretary he identified himself with his cause.
His mind was continually at work, and whether in preparing the pro-
gram for Children's Day, conceiving a scheme for the establishment of
a University Senate, conferring with the burdened authorities of strug-
gling schools, or aiming at a general elevation of the average curricu-
lum, he was alike ready to concentrate his whole faculties and to avail
himself of the suggestions and labor of others. If he could find no
hymns expressive of the idea which he wished to set forth, he would
compose them or have them composed.

Dr. Payne sympathized with reformatory movements. Sometimes,
having gone to the uttermost verge of radicalism he would hesitate, step
back, and survey the scene. Again, a spirit of conservatism would take
possession of him as he saw the waves of controversy rising higher and
higher; but his general course was in the direction of modifications in
Church and State in the interest of human progress. The "Western
Christian Advocate," in an excellent article, speaking of him as five times
a delegate from the Cincinnati to the General Conference, says that
"except in committees, where he was always valuable and influential, he
was not at his best in the General Conference. He lacked the readiness
for rough-and-tumble debate. His steel was too finely tempered to clash
with the rude broadswords wielded there."

Concurring in the general estimate, in the spirit only of brotherly
appreciation we suggest that the primary difficulty was not in the tem-
per of the steel, but in the general movement of his mind when under
a sense of limitation and responsibility. The platform and the pulpit
left him to make selections from the abundance of his thoughts at his


own will. This, whether the Damascus blade or the rude broadsword
be swung, is impossible in the General Conference. To change the fig-
ure, one must select almost by an instinct smooth or rough stones, as
he needs them, and while in the very act of hurling them.

Dr. Payne possessed one gift which any Gospel minister, unless
menacled by a liturgy, might covet ; — the power of public prayer. We
have long classed him with a few men who, from our human point of
view, seeemed to utter words in public prayer in the Sabbath congrega-
tion, alike acceptable to devout hearers on earth and presumptively, in
view of His great mercy, to the "eternal power whose high abode be-
comes the grandeur of a God."



Vincent, Jr. (7), Vincent (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

Jonathan Mncent, son of \"incent, Jr., and Mary M. (Reynolds)
Gardner, was born May 23, 1832. INIarried Charlotte E. Hall, February

24, 1859.

Their children were born as follows:

Henry \'incent. born February 15, i860, at Wickford, R. I. Living.

Arthur Gerald, born May 26, 1868, at ^^'ickford, R. L Living.


Vincent, Jr. (7), Vincent (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3),
Nicholas (2), George (i).

Susan Elizabeth, daughter of Vincent, Jr., and Mary M. (Reynolds)
Gardner, was born November i, 1845, ^ie*^ J^"- 9- 1873. Married
Thomas D. Nichols July 10, 1870.

Children born to them were :

George Vincent,

Mary Charlott.


Nancy G. Gardner (7), Mary (6). Eekiel, Jr. (5), Eezkiel (4), Nicho-
las (3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Amey Ann, daughter of Elisha and Nancy G. (Gardner) Brown,
was born July, 1836; died 1887, married Thomas C. Pierce.
Their children were :
John F., born Aug. 17, 1852.
Christopher P., born Sept. 28, 1854.
Thomas W\, born Nov. 21, 1859.
Amey Ann, born March 6, 1869.



Harriet C. Gardner (7), Beriah (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4), Nicholas
(3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Joseph G., son of Capt. Stephen B. and Harriet Cottrell (Gardner)
Reynolds, was born July 12. 1853. Married Rebecca G. Tillinghast, Jan-
uary I, 1879, living at Wickford, R. I.

Their children were:

Marion T., born Jan. 24, 1880, living.

Stephen B., born May 16, 1882, living; married Gracie Clark, June
20, 1906.

Joseph G., Jr., born April 9, 1886.

Bessie T.. born April 17, 1890, died Feb. 16, 1906.

Howard E., born April, 1896, died June 11, 1896.


Lucy E. Davis (8), Annie Gardner (7), Benjamin C. (6), Nicholas (5),
Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Frank Wilson Green, son of John T. and Lucy E. (Davis) Green,
was born January 23, 1863. Married Ella Jencks Bartlett, daughter of
Smith Jencks and Mariette (Dow) Bartlett, May 5, 1899.

No children.


Willett (8), Nicholas (7), Benjamin C. (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4),
Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Frank Avery Gardner, son of Willett and Lucia (Avery) Gardner,
was born Nov. 22, 1870. Married Alice Azelina McCormick of River-
side, Gal., November 24, 1887.

One son has been born to them :

Myron Milice, born November 22, 1900.


Mary E. Bailey (8), Sarah Gardner (7), Benjamin C, (6), Nicholas (5),
Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Annie Holden Andrews, daughter of Martin and Mary Ellen (Bai-
ley) Andrews, was born May 17, 1872. Alarried Richard Bowen, son of
Amos M. and Eliza R. (Henry) Bowen, September 18, 1905. He was
born April 8, 1872.

No children.



Mary E. Bailey (8), Sarah Gardner (7), Benjamin C. (6), Nicholas (5),
Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i).

Clarke Willet Andrews, son of Martin and Mary Ellen (Bailey)
Andrews, was born July 18. 1872. ^Married Annie Frances Bliven,
daughter of Charles Courtland and Lucetta (Briggs) Bliven, October
17, 1900. She was born ]\Iarch i, 1878.

One child has been born to them :

Justin Meredith, born August 28, 1902.


Alonza J. (8), Benjamin (7), Benjamin C. (6). Nicholas (5),
Nicholas (4), Nicholas (3). Nicholas (2), George (i),

Mary B. Gardner, daughter of Alonza J. and Mary (Wilcox) Gard-
ner, was born June 17, 1872; died May 8, 1902. Married Isaac E. Lewis,
son of John P. and I\Iercy A. (Willis) Lewis, April 28, 1896. He died
October 29, 1897.

One child was born to them :

Marjorie Ethel, born August 6, 1897; died June 22, 1898.


Jonathan V. (8), Vincent (7), Vincent (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4),
Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i). ^

Henry Vincent, son of Jonathan V. and Charlotte E. (Hall) Gardner,
born Februar}^ 15. i860, at Wickford. R. L Is now living at Providence,
R. I. Married Elizabeth A. Clark June i, 1883. No children.


Jonathan V. (8), Vincent (7), Vincent (6), Nicholas (5), Nicholas (4),
Nicholas (3), Nicholas (2), George (i). ^

Arthur Gerald, son of Jonathan V. and Charlotte E. (Hall) Gard-
ner, was born May 26, 1868, at \\'ickford, R. I. Now living at Provi-
dence. R. I. Married Sarah J. Cosgrove, November i, 1893.

The following children have been born to them:

Charlotte Beatrice, born July 3, 1895. Living.

Dorothy Elizabeth, born Dec. 7, 1898. Living.



Charles C. Gardner, son of Oliver A. and Annie E. (Williams)
Gardner, married Mary E. Good, daughter of Cyrus Good, November i,

Their children were:

Clarence O., born October 6, 1884.

Eugene C, born February 7, 1886.

Harry R., born August 25, 1887.

Lola E., born March 12, 1889.

Charles O., died in infancy.

Bertha A., born October 14, 1893.

Cyrus A., born June 3, 1903.

All were born in Iowa.


Benony (2), George (i).

Stephen Gardiner, son of Benony and Mary Gardiner, was born
about 1667, at Kingstown, Rhode Island. Died February 9, 1743, in
Bozrah, Conn., and buried in the Gardiner cemetery on a large farm near
Gardiner's Lake, now owned by Alvah Frances Gardiner.

Married Amy Sherman, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Mow-
ery) Sherman, of Kingstown, about 1700. She was born October 25,

Their children were:

Amy, born June 13, 1701.

Lydia, born October 10, 1702.

Stephen, born February 24, 1704.

Benjamin, born April 18, 1706.

Peregrene, born January 24, 1707; married Susannah, daughter of
John and Mary (Hazard) Robinson, Mar. 30, 1737.

Daniel, born December 14, 1709; died July 31, 1755.

Sarah, born October 25, 171 1; married Jonathan Smith, August 24,

Hannah, born May 2, 1713.

Mehettable, born May 22, 1715.

Abigail, born July 9, 1717; married Richard Smith, of Groton, Conn.,
April 21, 1744.

David, born June 28, 1720; died 1798.

Jonathan, born April 18, 1724.

1705, his father deeded land to son Stephen with house thereon in

1731 Stephen deeded the same land to his uncle, John Watson, for
2,300 pounds, signed as Stephen Gardiner of South Kingstown. (T'le
town was divided into North and South Kingstown in 1722.) This
homestead farm was possibly on or near Tower Hill.

1736. A number of deeds of this date are recorded in Norwich.
Conn., relating to the purchase of land in Colchester by Stephen Gard-
ner, of South Kliilgstown. In Colchester other deeds are found dated
1733. Signed by Stephen Gardner of Norwich. From this time till 1742
he appears in the records as buying land in Colchester and Bozrah and
Montville around Gardiner's lake.

Coggeshall history of Montville says "Stephen Gardiner married,
1700, Amy Sherman, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Mowry) Sher-
man, of Kingstown, Rhode Island. Settled in New London County,
Connecticut. He bought the Great Pond afterwards called Gardiner'.s
Lake. The following inscription on his tombstone at Gardiner's Lake




was deciphered a few years ago by Mr. James Arnold of Providence,
Rhode Island.

"Here lyes ye body of Stephen
Gardiner, who died February ye
9, 1743 and in ye 76 year of his age."

Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Benjamin Gardner, son of Stephen, Sr., and Amy (Sherman) Gard-
iner, was born April 18, 1706; died 1776; married Content . His

will is recorded in Vol. 6, Page 26, Probate Records, Norwich, Conn.
Written February 13, 1762. Probated May 7, 1776. The children were
as follows :



Margaret, married Congdon.



Desire, married Avery.



Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

David Gardner, son of Stephen and Amy (Sherman) Gardiner, was
born 1720; died 1798; married Jemima Gustin October i, 1744,
Children :

David, born April 20, 1753; died January 20, 1823.

Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Jonathan, son of Stephen and Amy (Sherman) Gardiner, was born
April 18, 1724, in South Kingstown, R. I., died August 22, 1792, at Boz-
rah. Conn. He married (i) ]\lary Houghton. She died Feb. 29, 1760.
He married (2) Alice or Aliah Fitch, of Montville, twin daughter of
Daniel and Sarah (Sherwood) Fitch. She died Feb., 1812.

Children by first wife were:
Jonathan, born Dec. 2, 1758; died May 6, 1847.

By second wife were:

Lemuel, born July 10, 1762; died March 11, 1850. IMarried Jemima
Lathrop, Oct. 28, 1789.

Sarah, married Russell Leffinghall.


Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Daniel Gardner, son of Stephen and Amy (Sherman) Gardiner, was
born De:. 14, 1709, in Narragansett, R. I., died 1758 in Bozrah, Conn.
Married Bathsheba Smith, of New London, Conn. She was born 1705.

Children :

Bathsheba, born October 20, 1736.

Daniel, born October 9, 1738; died May 12, 1806.

Presreve, born January 29, 1741.

William, born March 10, 1743.

Stephen, born April 25, 1745.

Anne, born September 7, 1748.

James, born November 19, 1750.

Sylvester, born April 19, 1753.

Elizabeth, born July 2, 1755.

Will recorded in Vol. 2, Page 372, book of Probate Records at
Norwich, Connecticut. Probated March 28, 1758. Distribution made
April 7, 1758.


David (4), Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

David Gardner, Jr., son of David, Sr., and Jemima (Gustin) Gard-
ner, was born April 20, 1753. Died January 20, 1823.

Married Dennis Holmes about 1772. She died November 14. 1801,
aged 49 years. Married, second, Mary Lathrop, third, Olive Metcalf,
who survived him. He was a farmer and lived near Gardiner's Lake,

His children were born as follows :

Amasa, born November i, 1776.

David, born August 2, 1778.

Azel, born August 5, 1780.

Lucinda, born November 12, 1782.

John, born February i, 1786.

Anstress, born June 24, 1787,

Erastus, born July 16, 1789.

Artemas, born January 15, 1792.

Salmon, born December 5, 1804.

Jonathan (4), Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Jonathan Gardner, Jr., son of Jonathan and Mary (Houghton)
Gardner, was born December 2, 1758.

Married Jerusha Hyde Stark, only daughter of Silas and Jerusha
(Hyde) Stark, January 22, 1783.

The children born of them were as follows :

Jerusha, born November 21, 1783.

Mary, born January 10, 1786.

Roderick, born July 20, 1788. Died January i, 1848.


Stephen (4), Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Lydia, daughter of Stephen Gardner, was born March 20, 1727.
Died Oct. 22, 1804. Married John Jenkins, of Gardiner's Lake, New
London County, Connecticut.

Tiieir children were:

John, born November 27, 1751 ; died March 19, 1827.

Stephen, born February 22, 1753; died September 20, 1808.

Benjamin, born July 18, 1754; died ]\Iarch, 1787.

Amy, born January 12, 1757; died March 24, 1834.

Thomas, born January 19, 1761 ; died April 22, 1812.

William, born October 39, 1764; died November i, 1846.

Wilkes, born July 28, 1767; died April i, 1838.

Daniel (4), Stephen (3), Benony (2), George (i).

Daniel Gardner, Jr., son of Daniel. Sr.. and Bathsheba (Sn'Ht4i)
Gardner, was born October 9, 1738; died May 12, 1806; married Eliza-
beth Clark, of New London, Conn., July 6, 1763. She was born 1733;
died July 12, 1806. They resided at Gardiner's Lake, Conn.

Their children were :

Daniel, born May 10, 1764-5; died Aug., 1789.

Clarke, born March 2, 1766.

Ebenezer, born April 17, 1768.

Jabez, born September 2, 1770.-

Elizabeth. born August 24. 1772.

Sylvester, born March 26, 1775.

Charles, born March 2, 1778.

Nicholas, born March 27, 1779; died June 21, 1814.

A daughter, born March 27, 1779.

His will, recorded in Vol. 10, Page 563, New London, Conn., Rec-
ords, mentions his children and grandchildren.

Wife Elizabeth Gardner.

Three sons (viz) Clarke, Sylvester, Nicholas.

Grandson Giles Gardner, eldest son of my son Daniel Gardner de-

Grandson Daniel Gardner, son of my son Daniel Gardner, deceased.

Grandson George Gardner, eldest son of my son Jabez. deceased.

Jemima Gardner, daughter of my son Jabez, deceased.

Elsa, daughter of said Jabez, deceased.

Jabez, son of said Jabez, deceased.

My daughter Elizabeth Gardner.

Son Sylvester Gardner, Executor.


Inventory taken June 6, 1806.

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