Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This four sided granite monument in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI can be found in Section 23 quite close to my own ancestors Jabez Champlin GARDINER and his wife Eliza BICKNELL. I have not found out why my ancestor bears the name Champlin for his middle name. When I first discovered Jabez's grave, I made note that the other gravestones very close to his are all of the surname CHAMPLIN (and not Gardiner). I'd love to solve this naming convention mystery.
Peleg Everett CHAMPLIN and his wife Hannah BURDICK are one of my aunt Hannah's set of grandparents. Obviously, Hannah is named for this grandmother. This monument is clearly read and contains the persons buried here exact dates of birth and death.
Peleg was born 22 March 1872 in Westerly, Rhode Island. The RI Vital Records do not contain any records for him so I turned to the LDS Web site to see what is recorded there. The dates match and his places of birth and death are listed. The 1900 federal census lists this couple and states they were married in 1895. They live on Seventh St. in Providence, RI with their son John A. CHAMPLIN. This census gives month and year of birth which matches the gravestone. John is 4 years old. Peleg died 19 Apr 1930 in Cranston, RI [LDS record]. As of today, I have not found him in the 1920 census.
Hannah BURDICK was born 12 Jan 1872 in Westerly, RI. She is listed as the granddaughter of Mary BURDICK in the 1880 census along with another granddaughter in a household of Mary's single sons. Who were Hannah's parents? Can we assume that both were dead by 1880?
Apparently, John was the only child that Peleg and Hannah had. She died 7 June 1912.
There's still much work to be done on this couple?