I believe Benoni Gardiner was not the son of Herodius Long Hicks.
I believe there were two George Gardiners in Rhode Island.
George Gardiner, son of Rev. Michael Gardiner, who fathered Benoni Gardiner.
And then there was George Gardiner, married to Herodius Long who fathered his own children from various marriages.
Do you have any photos of your ancestors named Gardner, descendants of Benoni?