George Champlin, 1738–1809




Newport, Rhode Island

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George Champlin was born in Charlestown, Rhode Island, on 22 November 1738, the son of Christopher Champlin (1707-1766) and Hannah Hill. The family traces its Rhode Island roots to Geoffrey Champlin who owned land in Portsmouth, Newport, and Westerly. At the age of twenty-six George married Ruth Wanton in Newport's Trinity Church on 26 July 1764 and the couple lived in Newport where George engaged in merchantile trade. The marriage produced no children, but in his will, proved in 1809, George made bequests to a large extended family. Furniture that he owned descended through his wife's neice, Ruth Channing Tenney, and is now in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.