The Gardiners of Narragansett: Being a Genealogy of the Descendants of George Gardiner, the Colonist, 1638 (Classic Reprint)
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)
By: Caroline E. Robinson (Author)
At the time of the decease of Mrs. Robinson, July 7, 1906, her 'Genealogy of the Gardiner Family,' comprising the labor of years, had been substantially completed. Without doubt, however, had her life been prolonged, she would, from time to time, through further research and by means of opportune discoveries, have made valuable additions to the work.
Nor can it be questioned that she regarded the result of her patient toil rather as an honest contribution to a recognized intricate problem, to be farther elucidated by the study of others, than as a final and complete treatment of the subject. No one more readily than the Author herself would have acknowledged that there are in the book, from the very nature of the case, where information is largely gathered from unwritten family tradition, considerable matter of a tentative and even conjectural character, and probably a few assignments of individuals to groups, to be ultimately found inaccurate.
But in view of the great mass of invaluable material collected by the Author, the loss of which, if left unpublished, would prove irreparable, it has been judged expedient to print the manuscript as Mrs. Robinson left it, with only such corrections of mere clerical errors as she would herself have made, had she been spared to put it through the press.
Wherever she has apparently come to a deliberate decision, even if the Editor has reluctantly found reason to question its accuracy, he has permitted it to stand, relegating to Notes, towards the end of the book, the grounds of his dissent and such further light upon the question as may have come to his knowledge.
Beyond the point of a faithful rendering of the manuscript, he does not assume responsibility for the correctness of the body of the work.
The Editor gratefully expresses his appreciation of very valuable and extensive assistance supplied by Mrs. Louise Prosser Bates, of Oaklawn, Rhode Island, Mrs. W. H. Birckhead, of New York, and Mrs. H. F. Hunt, of Kingston, Rhode Island, the latter having also very courteously contributed the likeness of Doctor Sylvester Gardiner, inserted opposite the Title-page.
The names of other obliging furnishers of Gardiner family lists are given in connection with the material.
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