I know it's been a long time but I just found your Post. Are Mercy and Ruth Gardner the daughters of John and Ruth _____ Gardiner? He was son of Samuel and Ann Briggs Gardner of East Greenwich, RI. That Samuel, as you may know, was son of George and Tabitha Tefft Gardiner. Ann was daughter of Thomas and Martha _____ Briggs. Do you know which Benjamin Bently married Ruth Gardner?
I suppose there are as many John Briggs in NY as there were in RI. I found one living near another of the zillion Gardners: http://www.rootsweb.com/~srgp/censusc/1800newt.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~srgp/censusc/1800newt.htm 1800 Town of Newtown CensusThe town of Newtown was formed from Chemung, April 10, 1792 Tioga County NY John Briggs1 1 0 1 03 2 0 1 0 George Gardner1 0 0 1 01 0 1 0 There were Bentleys there too: Benjamin and Greene Jr.