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Thomas Gardiner Jr.
BET 1655 AND 1665 - ABT SEP 1712
|PARENT (M) Thomas Gardiner Jr.|
|Birth||BET 1655 AND 1665||England|
|Death||ABT SEP 1712||Burlington, New Jersey, USA|
|Marriage||25 JUN 1684||to ? at Burlington, New Jersey, USA|
|Marriage||14 AUG 1701||to Elizabeth Potter at Burlington MM, Burlington NJ|
|PARENT (F) Elizabeth Potter|
|Death||1711||Burlington, New Jersey, USA|
|Marriage||27 JUL 1680||to William Frampton at Newport, RI|
|Marriage||ABT NOV 1688||to Richard Bassnett at Philadelphia, PA or Burlington, NJ|
|Marriage||14 AUG 1701||to Thomas Gardiner Jr. at Burlington MM, Burlington NJ|
"Matters in the Council progressed smoothly for a while and the conduct of the Governor justified the compliments contained in the Speaker's address. But his disposition could not long be concealed from those with whom he was immediately connected in the government. The character of Lord Cornbury, a near relative of the Queen, is well known to the readers of our early history to have been vicious in the extreme. There was, moreover, no bounds to his extravagance. Soon after he took possession of the Government he became unsupportably tyrannical and arbitrary. Parties existed even at that early period and the Governor had his adherents. It is, however, a source of satisfaction to the writer that the Speaker was not of the number; but that he was possessed of courage, energy and ability sufficient to oppose and check the encroachment of Lord Cornbury upon the privileges of the Assembly and country; and, as an inevitable consequence, we find him obnoxious to his high displeasure. Thwarted in some of his lawless measures by the position and influence of the Speaker, and as the only way of gaining the object he desired, he abruptly dismissed the Assembly, and issued the writs for a new election. He dismissed the Assembly with many more encomiums than many of them received on their return to their homes. The character and ability of Mr. Gardiner secured his re-election, notwithstanding the opposition of the Governor and his adherents; but the majority of the delegates were of a different stamp, and tamely suffered the intrigues and arbitrary practices of Cornbury to deprive them of the services of three of their most influential members--Thomas Gardiner, Thomas Lambert and Joseph Wright, --under the pretence of not owning enough land to qualify them to sit there, though they were known to be men of large and sufficient estate, and the same Assembly at their next meeting at Amboy, in 1705, themselves declared, that the members had heretofore fully satisfied the house of their being duly qualified to sit in the same, and they were then admitted to their seats, the purpose of their exclusion having been answered. This sitting was in October and November. These purposes were the ejection of Gardiner from the Speakership and the election of a more pliant instrument in the hands of the Governor."
Mr. Gardiner was also one of the members of the Council of Proprietors, and was active in procuring the recall of the obnoxious Governor and the appointment of Lord Lovelace in his place. He died in 1712 and his death is thus recorded in the minutes of the Council of Proprietors, 1712:
"This year died Thomas Gardiner of Burlington; many times mentioned before, he was well acquainted with public business, a good surveyor, and useful member of society, several years one of Council, Treasurer of the Western Division, and the first Speaker of the Assembly after the union of East and West Jersey."
Name: Thomas Gardiner
Date: 12 Sep 1712
Treasurer of West Jersey. Inventory of the personal estate of, £930.17.2 1/2, incl. 137 1/2 oz. of wrought silver at 9s. per oz. £61.17.6, Cook's Institutes, Josephus and other old books £17.-, six Turky work chairs £2.8-, four negroes £60., paper money, bills and bonds £195.-, bills of credit, supposed to belong to the Treasury of the Province £249.10.-; made by Peter Frettwell, Abram Bickley and Thomas Raper.
15 Sep 1712 Estate, real and personal, sequestrated and placed in charge of Robert Wheler and Isack de Que (Cow) of Burlington.
25 Sep 1712 Isaac Pierson, husband of Hannah, eldest daughter of Treasurer Thomas Gardiner, made administrator of the estate.
Lib. 1, p. 378
06 Jul 1721 Account of the estate of, by the administrator, Isaac Pearson, beginning in May 1712, and endorsed "not allowed in the office ye 02 Aug 1723."
01 Oct 1712 Mathew, the only son of Thomas Gardiner, 14 years old, elects as his guardians Abraham Bickley and John Wills, to whom letters of guardianship are issued.
Lib. 1, p. 380
13 --- 1712 Bond of John Wills of Northampton, Burlington Co., yeoman, and Abra'm Bickley of Philadelphia, merchant, as guardians of Mathew, son and heir of Thomas Gardiner.