An American Family History

The Gardnier Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  also spelled Gardner  

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

George Gardnier was born in 1743 in Vermont. He married Ruth Morley.

Ruth and George's children probably included:

John Gardnier (1766, married Luzina Lamb),
Catherine Gardnier (1768, married Peter Purvis),
Ann Gardnier (1776, married Justin Truesdell, Sr. and Cornelius Truesdell),
Sarah Gardnier (1777 married Samuel Morey and Philemon Pennock),
Jean Gardnier (1780 married Alexander McLean)
George Gardnier, Jr. (1782, married Anna Coleman),
Emily Gardnier (1798, married Isaiah Griffin),
Nancy Gardnier (1800, married Henry Clow),
Martha Gardnier (married Alexander Kincaid).

George served with General Burgoyne. He was recruited from Ballston Spa, New York.

He was on the 1785 and 1796 Elizabethtown Township, United Empire Loyalist muster.

Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.
1818 Jan. 1st.-Henry Clow, of Elizabethtown, and Nancy Gardner, of Yonge, banns, witnesses William Clow, John Gardner.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

George Gardnier, Jr. was born in 1782 and married Hannah Coleman.

Rhoda Gardiner (1809, married John Buell)
Sally Gardiner (1810)
Harriett Gardiner (1813, married Vincent Lee),
Caroline Gardiner (1814, married Samuel Keeler)
Charles Gardiner (1816, married Sarah Booth)
George Gardiner (1818, married Harriet Booth)
Eliza Ann Gardiner (1824, married Amos Boice)
Richard Gardiner (1826, married Mary Ann Turkington).

George was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

James, Charles, George, Joseph, MD and Richard Gardiner appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.





from History of Leeds and Grenville

Mr. [George] Gardiners wife was a Morey, Samuel Morey having arrived in Upper Canada about the same time that the Pennock's did, also coming from the same part of Vermont.