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Tabitha Dorcas Prentice

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Tabitha Dorcas Prentice
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2009 and Revised 30 Apr 2009

Introduction: This article was originally published in our Spring 1998 issue. We are publishing it again with additional information in the hope that our viewers will provide us with additional information.

1. Tabitha Dorcas Prentice. We have conflicting information about her date and place of birth:

  1. One source says she was b. c. 1791 in Vermont to unidentified parents.

  2. However, the IGI has 1 or more entries purporting to establish that Tabitha was b. 19 Mar 1794 and called "of Haverhill, Essex [Co.], MA, daughter of John Prentiss and Tabitha Sargent. John and Tabitha are #29.15 in our Henry eBook. So far we have not located corroborating evidence, but our investigation is continuing.

Tabitha m. Obadiah Champlain. He was b. 10 Mar 1794, Washington, of Westerly, RI, and d. 20 Jan 1860. He was the son of Paul Champlin and Hannah Beach. Paul Champlain was the son of Paul Champlain and Ann Worden. An Ancestor Chart for Paul and Ann can be found in the LDS Ancestral File. Obadiah and Dorcas appear in the 1850 census in Carlisle, Lorain Co., OH.

Tabitha may be the Tabatha Champlain, widow, shown in the 1880 census in Moose Lake, Carlton Co., MN, as b. c. 1794, Canada, living with her son William

Children of Tabitha and Obadiah per IGI:

  1. Hannah Champlainb, b. c. 1818, NY. In 1880 census in Moose Lake, Carlton Co., MN, living with her mother and her brother, William.
  2. Obadiah Clark Camplain, b. 28 Feb 1828, NY, and d. 12 Dec 1903. He m. 1st Sarah Tryphena Granger in 1854 in Woodhull, Steuben Co., NY. 1860 census in Deerfield, Tioga Co., PA. He m. 2nd Emma Lavina Lewis on 7 Mar 1867, Hardin Co., OH. Obadiah and Emma appear in the 1870 census in West Plains, Howell Co., MO. Emma appears in the 1880 census in Madison, Polk Co., MO, as married, but without her husband. Daughter:
    1. Margaret A. Champlain, b. c. 1870, MO. At home in 1870. She may be the Mary A. Champlain shown at home in the 1880 census as b. c. 1870, MO.

  3. Rhoda Anna Champlain, b. 23 Mar 1832, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

  4. William Champlain, b. c. 1834, NY. At home in 1850 and 1860 census in Carlisle, Lorain Co., OH. He m. Unknown, b. ????, Canada, and d. before 1880. William appears as a widower in the 1880 census in Moose Lake, Carlton Co., MN as a Blacksmith, widower, with his son:
    1. Elmer Champlain, b. c. 1861, Ohio. At home in 1880.

  5. George Champlain, b. c. 1840, Lorain Co., OH. At home in 1850 census in Carlisle, Lorain Co., OH. It is unclear whether he is the George Champlin (note different spelling) shown in the 1870 census in Turtlecreek, Warren Co., OH, as b. c. 1840, OH, with his wife, Caroline, b. c. 1831, OH; no children shown. Not in 1880 census.

  6. Amanda Champlain, b. c. 1840, Lorain Co., OH. At home in 1850 census in Carlisle, Lorain Co., OH.

In the 1860 census in Carlisle, Lorain Co., OH, Obadiah is shown as b. c. 1794, NY, not RI, and Obadiah's (2nd?) wife is called Adorpha Champlain, b. c. 1797, Canada. There is also a new daughter (step-daughter?)

  1. Pruites(?) Champlain, dau., b. c. 1830, Canada.

2. Rhoda Anna Champlin, born in NY State on 23 Mar 1832, died 22 May 1883 in Tioga County, PA and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Osceola, PA.

Rhoda married, first, on 13 May 1853 Arthur Livermore Webster at Grand Rapids, MI. He was the son of Arthur L. Webster and Ruth Powers, and was born at Bristol, NH on 4 Dec 1831. He died 7 Jul 1923 at Tacoma, WA and was buried in the Calvary Cemetery there. Children, all born at, or near, Grand Rapids, MI:

  1. Glen Champlin, b. 17 Apr 1855 and d. 21 Dec 1939.
  2. May Champlin, 4 Jan 1856 and d. 28 Feb 1857.
  3. Mary L. "May" Champlin, b. 4 Jul 1858 and d. 23 Aug 1933. She m. James M. Kane at Elkland, PA on 4 Jul 1880. Children:
    1. Charles A. Kane, b. 5 Jan 1882.
    2. James H. Kane, b. 9 Jul 1883 & d. 1890.
    3. Anna Catherine Kane, b. 25 Apr 1887 & d. May 1964.
    4. Leo J. Kane, b. 3 Jan 1889.
    5. Agnes Mary Kane, b. 1 Aug 1892 and d. 1892.
    6. Gertrude Kane, b. 1 Aug 1892 and d. 1892.
    7. Margaret E. Kane, b. 14 Jun 1895 and d. 1961.
    8. Nellie Marie Kane, b. 11 Aug 1904 & d. 1944, Tacoma, WA. She m. 1st Earl R. Wetrich & had dau., Audrey Wetreich, b. 24 Feb 1927. Nellie m. 2nd, and later divorced, Robert Houck
  4. Berton Champlin, b. 15 Aug 1860 and d. 22 May 1883.

Arthur and Rhoda were divorced in 1866 and she and the children returned to Osceola, PA. Arthur married, 2nd, Fanny Knapp on 9 Sep 1868 at Grand Rapids, MI.

Rhoda married, 2nd, Orland Fiske. Daughter:

  1. Cora Fiske, b. 6 Sep 1867. She m. Don Carlos Barrows.
Rhoda married, 3rd, William Case.

If you have any information which can help us identify any of the folks mentioned above, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com..

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