Friday, September 23, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 143: #188 Elijah Champlin (1730-1779)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #143:

Elijah Champlin (1730-1779)  is #188 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #189 Phebe Card (1730-1787) in 1751.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #94 Joseph Champlin (1758-1850),
who married #95 Nancy Kenyon (1765-1833) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) who married #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872)  in 1823. 
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) who married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julie E. White (1848-1913), who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868. 
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       Elijah Champlin[1–4]   
*  Alternate Name:       Elijah Champlain[5]  
*  Sex:                          Male   

*  Father:                     William Champlin (1687-1778)   
*  Mother:                   Joanna  (1700-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      1730, probably Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]   
*  Census:                   1774 (about age 44), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]   
*  Death:                     before 19 February 1779 (before about age 49), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,4]   
*  Probate:                 19 February 1779 (about age 49), will proved ; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:               Phoebe Card (1730-1787)   
*  Marriage 1:            27 November 1751 (about age 21), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1–2,5]   

*  Child 1:                 Phoebe Champlin (1752-    )   
*  Child 2:                 Elijah Champlin (1756-1825)   
*  Child 3:                 Joseph Champlin (1757-1850)   
*  Child 4:                 William Champlin (1758-1844)   
*  Child 5:                 Mary Champlin (1760-1801)   
*  Child 6:                 Jeffrey Champlin (1761-1837)   
*  Child 7:                 Hannah Champlin (1762-1831)   
*  Child 8:                 Amy Champlin (1764-    )   
*  Child 9:                 Anna Champlin (1766-    )   
*  Child 10:               Elizabeth Champlin (1768-    )   
*  Child 11:               Alice Champlin (1770-    )   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The most complete family history is by Robert Champlin of Newmarket, Ontario.  He provided a computer file of many of the early Champlin families.  Elijah Champlin was the fifth child and fourth son of William Champlin and Joanna Watson, was born about 1730 at South Kingstown, Rhode Island[1].

On November 27, 1751, Elijah married Phoebe Card of South Kingstown in a wedding ceremony performed by Justice Samuel Tefft. Phoebe was the daughter of Job Card and Judith Greenman (born about 1727 and died on February 19, 1787)[1-2.5].

Elijah and Phoebe had eleven children, probably born in Charlestown or South Kingstown[1-2]:

1695. Phoebe (born about 1750)
1689. Jeffrey (born about 1753)
1690. Elijah (born about  1756)
1691. Joseph (born  1758)
1692. William (born 1759)
1693. Mary (born 1760)
1694. Hannah (born about 1762)
1696. Amey (born 1764)
1697. Anna (born 1766)
1698. Elizabeth (born 1768)
1699. Alice (born 1770)

He was appointed an Ensign in the 1st Charlestown Company of the King's County Regiment in May 1760.

On December 10, 1760 William Champlin deeded 120 acres of land in Charlestown to "my son Elijah"[1]

In the 1774 Rhode Island Census, Elijah Champlain was enumerated in South Kingstown, Rhode Island[5].  The household included:

*  3 white males above age 16
*  2 white males below age 16
*  2 white females above age 16
*  4 white females below age 16

The exact date of death and burial location of Elijah Champlin are not known.  He died between 14 January 1779 and 19 February 1779 according to his probate records.

Elijah Champlin of South Kingstown died testate, having written a will dated 14 January 1779, which was proved on 19 February 1779[4].  The will reads (some words are difficult to read on the microfilm):

"Be it Remembered that I Elijah Champlin of South Kingstown in the County of Kings County & State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantation being sick and weak in body but of a sound disposing mind & memory Thanks be to God and Calling to mind the mortality of mankind & the Time thereof being uncertain Do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following that is to say -

"First and Principally I recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like manner at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named and touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give and bequeath the same as followeth --

"Imprimus  I give & bequeath unto my beloved son Elijah Champlin the Feather Bed that he useth to Lodge on, with Bedstead and beddings thereto belonging, except Curtins --

"Item  I give unto my said son Elijah Champlin one Gun one ????? ????? ????? one pair of Pistols, he to have his choice of all my Guns ???? ???? &c.

"Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Jeffery Champlin one ???? one Cart??? & one pair of pistols his choice next after his brother Elijah.

"Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Joseph Champlin one Gun he to have next choice  Also I give to my said son Joseph Champlin my broad Cloath Coat now riped up and one new Holland shirt.

"Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Champlin one Gun he to have the next choice Also my Large Coat & one new Holland shirt.

"Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughters Mary Gavot and Phebe Card, one pair of Fire Tongs each.

"Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Amey Young the Feather Bed Bedstead & Furniture she useth to Lodge on except the Curtins Also one Iron Kettle Fire Shovel & Tongs and one Puter platter.

"Item  I give & bequeath unto each of my beloved Daughters Hannah Champlin Anna Champlin Elizabeth Champlin and Alice Champlin one good decent suit of Cloaths fitting & suitable for them respectively when they shall arrive at their respective age of Eighteen years.

"And as to the rest of my Personal Estate be it of what kind or nature soever I give and bequeath the same to my well beloved Wife Phebe Champlin as well for the payment of all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges as also for the payment of the Legacies herein bequeathed and for her support & the support and maintenance of my four youngest daughters to wit Hannah, Anna, Elizabeth, & Alice, till they shall respectively be able to support themselves, and after that Time what I have herein given to my wife to remain to her own use forever.

"Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my well beloved wife Phebe Champlin Executrix and my beloved son Elijah Champlin Executor of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and Disannulling all former & other wills by me heretofore made ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament.  In Witness whereof I the said Elijah Champlin have hereunto my Hand & seal the fourteenth day of Jany in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.

Signed Sealed Published & Declared
by Mr. Elijah Champlin the Testator to be
his Last Will & Testament
In Presence of                                                     Elijah Champlin (seal)
F. Perry
Syrus Babcock"

On ?? March 1779, Freeman Perry and Cyrus Babcock declared that they saw Elijah Champlin, late deceased, sign, seal, publish and declare that the aforementioned instrument to be his last will and testament and that they set their hands as witnesses at the same time in the presence of the testator, and that the testator was of a good sound disposing mind and memory.  The will was approved and recorded.


1. Robert R. Champlin, Champlin Families in America (Newmarket, Ontario : the author 274 Plymouth Trail, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada L3Y 6G7, 2011, provided by email to Randy Seaver), #1134 Elijah Champlin sketch.
2. Maxine Phelps Lines, "Descendants of Richard Card of Newport," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume 3, Number 3 (January 1981) to Volume 4, Number 4 (April 1982), Volume 3, Number 4, Page 307.
3. "Rhode Island Census, 1774," indexed database, (, South Kingstown, R.I., Elijah Champlin entry.
4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), on 8 microfilm reels, Volume 6, Pages 110-112, on FHL Microfilm 0,931,835.

5. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, Volume 5, Washington County: Births, Marriages, Deaths, South Kingstown Marriages, Page 11 (image 131 of 523), Elijah Champlain and Phebe Card entry.


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