Friday, November 16, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 252: #377 Joanna (--?--) Champlin (about 1692-about 1762) of Rhode Island

Joanna --?-- (about 1692 - about 1762) is #377 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #376 William Champlin (1687-about 1778)  in about 1720 in Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #188 Elijah Champlin (1730-1779), who married #189 Phoebe Card (1730-1787) in 1751.
*  their son #94 Joseph Champlin (1757-1850), who married #95 Nancy Kenyon (1765-1833) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), who married #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia 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) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                         Joanna --?-- [1]    
*  Alternate Name:        Joanna Champlin[2]

*  Sex:                            Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                         about 1692, Rhode Island, United States    

*  Deed:                        10 December 1760 (about age 68), Joanna released her dower in deed selling land in Charlestown; Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       about 1762 (about age 70), probably Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:              William Champlin (1687-1778)    
*  Marriage 1:           before 1720 (before about age 33), Rhode Island, United States[1]    

*  Child 1:               William Champlin (1720-1778)    
*  Child 2:               Michael Champlin (1723-1786)    
*  Child 3:               John Champlin (1727-    )    
*  Child 4:               Elijah Champlin (1730-1779)    
*  Child 5:               Dorcas Champlin (1732-    )    
*  Child 6:               Temperance Champlin (1738-    )  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The parents names, birth date and birth place of Joanna --?--  are unknown.  Some authored works and online family trees say that Joanna's maiden name is Joanna Watson.  Apparently, there is no extant record with that name.

Joanna --?-- was born in about 1692, probably in Rhode Island.  

The most complete Champlin family history with information about this family is by Robert Champlin of Newmarket, Ontario[1].  He provided a computer file of many of the early Champlin families.  Some of the information below was compiled on July 17, 2000 by Robert Champlin, and supplied by him for the personal use of the readers.

Joanna --?-- married William Champlin before 1720 and they had children[1], but there are no marriage or birth records for the children in town records:

*  William Champlin (born about 1720, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  Michael Champlin (born about 1723, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  John  Champlin (born about 1727, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  Elijah Champlin (born about 1730, probably in Westerly, R.I.)
*  Dorcas Champlin (born about 1732, probably in Westerly, R.I.)
*  Temperance Champlin (born about 1738, probably in South Kingstown, R.I.)

The family resided in Charlestown, Rhode Island until about 1730, when they moved to Westerly, Rhode Island[1].  In 1754, they were in South Kingstown, Rhode Island when William bought land there.  In two 1757 deeds where William sold land in South Kingstown, Joanna released her dower rights in the deed[1].

The family moved to Charlestown, Rhode Island, and William bought 244 acres of land there in 1760.  He sold half of the land to his son Elijah Champlin in late 1760, and Joanna released her dower rights[2].  In 1762, William sold the remaining half of the land in Charlestown, but Joanna did not sign the deed releasing her dower rights.  This implies that she may have died between 1760 and 1762. 

There are no death records for Joanna Champlin.  There are no known probate records for William or Joanna Champlin, and there are no burial records for them.


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), William Champlin sketch.

2.   Charlestown [R.I.] Town Clerk, "Land Evidence Books, 1738-1931," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ( Family History Library, Salt Lake City, on 6 FHL US/CAN Microfilm and, Vol. 2-3, 1760-1790, Volume 2, Page 39 (image 56 of 567), William and Joanna Champlin Deed to Elijah Champlin, executed 10 December 1760, recorded 8 January 1761 (accessed on FHL US/CAN microfilm 931549).


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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