Biographical Sketch of Jacob Janse Gardiner

Jacob Janse Gardinier, also Flooder, was the progenitor of Gardiner and Gardner families, or the greater part of them, in 1790. In 1790 the heads of families of these surnames, included in Columbia county, Dirck. Peter A., Peter H., Peter J., Samuel H.. Andrew, Gideon, Godrey, James, Labon and John. Jacob J. was at Beverwyck as early as 1638 and came from Holland. In 1656 he owned land on the north side of Wall street from William to Pearl street, New Amsterdam, and he divided this tract into house lots and sold them through his agent, Sander Leendertse Glen. He bought land early in Kinderhook together with Goyer’s Kill opposite or near Apje’s Island and his immediate descendants settled very generally in this section. Three families of descendants were in Kinderhook in 1790, Dirck, Peter A. and Godfrey bung the fathers. Jacob J. married (first) Jospyna who died February 16. 1664; (second) Barentje Stratsmans, widow of Hans Coenraatse. In 1688 she was again a widow, having then living ten children by her first husband and five by the second. Children of Jacob J. Gardinier: Jan; Samuel; Andrew; Hendrick; Albert; Aeltje, married Adam Dingman.

Benjamin Gardner was a farmer in Columbia county and is believed to have been of this family.

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