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Jack and Jackie

Couples Through History with the Most Famous Love Affairs in the Hamptons By Dan Rattiner Next Thursday is St. Valentine’s Day. In honor and appreciation for all the love and affection that goes around on that day, we hereby present our list of the Hamptons’ most special couples, from then and now. We hope you enjoy meeting and learning a little bit about them. And if you feel that you and your other half should be on this list, well, you probably should be. There is nothing better in life than being in love and in a happy relationship. Send flowers. Joshua and Goody Garlick In 1657, Elizabeth Gardiner, daughter of John Gardiner, the chief citizen of East Hampton, grew very sick and had to take to her bed. As she worsened, people came to visit her and try to cheer her up, or, since there were no medications to speak of back then, let her know she was loved and pay their last respects. One woman who visited was Goody Garlick. As Goody stood at the foot of the bed, Elizabeth, who was just 18,

woke up from her delirium and pointed to her. “It is she who has cast this spell on me,” Elizabeth shouted. The next day she died. Goody was charged with the crime of being a witch. She was taken to a courtroom in Hartford, Connecticut and tried. But there was no real evidence to convict her, and so she was acquitted. Nevertheless, after returning to East Hampton, she was shunned. She turned

John Tyler and Julia Gardiner John Tyler, President of the United States, was widowed while in office in 1842. Three months later, he was invited aboard a new warship, the Princeton, for its maiden voyage on the Chesapeake. Also invited were David Gardiner, a resident of East Hampton, and the Secretary of the Treasury for President Tyler. Gardiner brought his 17-year-old daughter Julia along, and during the voyage, the Captain ordered the big gun fired. A group of people gathered on deck not far from this gun. But the gun misfired and, instead exploded, sending shrapnel everywhere. One piece hit David Gardiner. Sailors carried him below and laid him on a bed in a stateroom. His daughter followed. As she stood there weeping while her father expired, the President himself came down the stairs. It was only natural that he put his arm around this frightened young girl. From that day forth, they were inseparable. Soon they were married, not at Julia’s East Hampton home, but at the White House itself. The marriage of John and Julia Tyler was the only marriage ever to take place at the White House, before or since.

This couple, one the most famous actress in America & the other the best playwright, spent the summer of 1950 in Amagansett.

Dan Rattiner is the founder of Dan’s Papers. His memoir, In the Hamptons: Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities will be published by Harmony Books this May.

to her husband, Joshua, a respected farmer in the village, and said she didn’t know what to do. We will leave this place, he said. And he spoke to John Gardiner, who arranged to have them live out on Gardiner’s Island where they subsequently lived out the rest of their lives. It was the sacrifice made by Joshua, to make his wife comfortable, that is the reason they lead this list.

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Dan's Papers Feb. 8, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers Feb. 8, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...