The Story of Three Champions
Reuben, Rhoda, and their only child
Reuben Jewett Champion

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Published by
Charles L. Woodward
Coldwater, Michigan
September 1992 ©

Contents
Introduction 1
Early Letters & Pension Application papers 2
Letters to Henry C. Gilbert about the Lima Mill 26
The Life of Capt. Reuben Champion 28
The Life of Rhoda Hyde Jewett Champion 30
The Life of Reuben Jewett Champion 32
Pages from 'The Champion Genealogy' 38
Index of Persons Named 40
Bibliography 43

INDEX OF PERSONS Page
Ackley, Julius - of Tompkins Co., NY in 1854 7
Attwood, Charles - Justice of the Peace in East Haddam, CT in 1854 5
Baker, Mr. - R.J. wishes him to come to Lima, IN about invention 26
Banell, Joseph H. - Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC 21, 23
Beckwith, Mr. E. - had cattle under his care in Revolutionary War 11
Bissell, Thomas H. - Justice of the Peace in South Windsor, CT in 1855 8
Black - Attorney General of the United States, adverse opinion on children inheriting rights to pensions 20, 23
Blair, Austin - Governor of Michigan during the Civil War 37
Butterworth, Mr. - joined R.J. in the Wood Carding business in Coldwater in 1842, left by 1843 35
Champean, Henry - 1610-1708, g-grandfather of Israel Champion, immigrant 28
Champion, Aristarchus - of Rochester, NY, son of General Henry Champion 9
Champion, Eliza Cross - 1798-1840 - wife of R.J. Champion 2, 30, 32
Champion, Epaphroditus - 1756-1834 - cousin of R.J., son of Colonel Henry Champion 4, 29
Champion, Harriet Ousley - 1827-1876, 3rd child of R.J. and Eliza, married Henry C. Gilbert 30, 32, 37
Champion, Henry, Colonel- 1723- __ - brother of Israel Champion, father of General Henry Champion 4, 6, 8, 9, 10
Champion, Henry, General-1751-1818, cousin of Reuben Champion, son of Lieut. Henry Champion 2,15, 28
Champion, Henry Beckwith - 1831-1908, 5th child of R.J. and Eliza, married Elizabeth Merrill 30, 32, 36
Champion, Isabel 1839 - 1840, 10th child of R.J. and Eliza, died young 30, 33
Champion, Israel - 1726-1815 - father of Reuben Champion, son of Lieut. Henry Champion 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 28
Champion, John Robert - 1833-1916, 6th child of R.J. and Eliza, married Mary Upham 30, 32
Champion, Kate -1852- __ , 11th child of R.J., by Delia, married Thomas Vernon 36
Champion, Louisa Jane - 1823-1846, 1st child of R.J. and Eliza, married Edward A. Warner 30, 32, 35
Champion, Margaret Hanna - 1829-1894, 4th child of R.J. and Eliza, never married 30, 32
Champion, Mary Eliza - 1836-1841, 8th child of R.J. and Eliza, died young 30, 32
Champion, Mehitable Fuller -1731-1793 - mother of Reuben Champion, husband of Israel Champion 28
Champion, Norton Reuben - 1838-1896 - 9th child of R.J. and Eliza, married Helen A. Dibble 30, 33
Champion, Reuben - 1759-1838 - husband of Rhoda Hyde Jewett Champion throughout
Champion, Reuben Jewett (R.J.)- 1797-1864 throughout
Champion, Rhoda Ann - 1825-1878, 2nd child of R.J. and Eliza, married George Millard 30, 32
Champion, Rhoda Hyde Jewett - 1764-1852 - wife of Reuben and mother of Reuben (J. R.) throughout
Champion, William Edward -1835-1841 -7th child of R.J. and Eliza, died young 30, 32
Charlton, Jesse - of South Windsor, CT in 1855 8, 32
Chedsey, Joseph - received receipt for 1 fat cow 11
Chester - a farm worker on Henry C. Gilbert's fruit tree nursery 36
Chicoriton, Jesse - Notary Public in Hartford Co., CT in 1855 9
Cones, William H. - of East Haddam, CT in 1829 8, 29
Congdon, Delia - 1812-1899, second wife of R.J. and mother of Kate, his 11th child, married Jacob Cool 31, 35, 37
Congdon, Sandford - husband of Sophia, parents of Delia Congdon 35
Cool, Jacob - __ -1881, 2nd husband of R.J.'s second wife Delia 37
Crippen, Lorenzo D. - 1807-1864, Coldwater merchant, friend of Henry C. Gilbert, bought mill from R.J. 27, 35
Crippen, Philo H. - 1810-1890, Coldwater merchant, bought mill from R.J. in 1847 27
Cross, John - 176?-1824, father of Eliza Cross who married R.J. Champion 32
Cross, Margaret Hanna Connolly - 1763-1846, mother of Eliza Cross who married R.J. Champion 32
Cross, Robert J. - brother of Eliza Cross who married R.J. Champion32
Cross, William Hanna - bother of Eliza Cross who married R.J. Champion 32
Curtis, J. J. - , probably of Colon, MI, talked to R.J. about buying the Lima, IN mill along with Nay Jeff 27
Deming, Henry Champion - Mayor of Hartford, CT, grandson of General Henry Champion 15
Drake, Caleb B. - Justice of the Peace in Tompkins Co., NY in 1854 7
Dunham, Seth - early Branch County mill owner, sold mill to R.J. in 1840 33
Eldridge (?) - probably Etheridge, Burt 26
Etheridge, Burt - of Coldwater,I, millwright, friend of Henry C. Gilbert 26
Fuller, Edward - 1575-1621 - came on Mayflower to in 1621, g-g-grandfather of Reuben Champions mother 28
Gapen, W. E. - clerk in Pension Office who recorded the Certificate of Pension 25 February 1862 25
Gates, A. - Town Clerk of East Haddam, CT in 1854 5
Gilbert, Father - Daniel Gilbert, father of Henry C. Gilbert 36
Gilbert, Henry Clarke - husband of Harriet Champion, daughter of R.J., Colonel in Civil War 26, 27, 32, 36
Gleason, Elon - of Hartford, CT in 1855 9
Goodman, Thomas - delivered cattle to Reuben Champion in Revolutionary War 11
Grand, Deborah - Attorney General Black ruled her children did not inherit a right to her pension after her death 20
Griffins, Samuel B. - of East Haddam, CT in 18298, 29
Grosvenor, Lemuel - purchased cattle in the Revolutionary War 11
Holmes, David - saddler, in 1850 R.J.'s son John Robert is boarding there in Coldwater 31
Howard, James (wife Sarah) - their children applied for pension, also approved same time as R.J.'s 20, 21
Hyde, Capt. Daniel - 1694-1770, father of Rhoda Hyde Jewett Champion 28
Jeff, Nay - he & J.J. Curtis talked of buying Lima mill from R.J. 27
Jewett, Dr. Gibbons - 1738-1789, Revolutionary War surgeon, father of Rhoda Hyde Jewett Champion 28, 30
Jewett, Rhoda Hyde - 1739- __ , mother of Rhoda Hyde Jewett Champion 30
Kennaugh, W. E. - received letter concerning the Elihu Murray application for pension 12
Lawrence, Obadiah - miller working for R.J. at Lima mill in 1850, wife Huldah 31
Lewis, Henry C. - wealthy Coldwater banker, friend of Henry C. Gilbert, buys the Lima mill 1850 36
Merrell, Alex. - Comptroller, State of Connecticut in 1855 10, 13
Mitchel, Warren - of East Haddam, CT in 1829 8, 29
Mosely, Reverend - of East Haddam, CT in 1872 6
Murray, Elihu - entered for a pension, drover, it was denied 12
Norton, Margaret Cross - sister of Eliza Cross Champion, lived Ann Arbor, MI, husband Howell B. Norton 31
Parsons, Reverend Isaac - wrote letter on baptisms of Israel Champions children 9
Pelton, Austin - son of John Pelton, of South Windsor, CT in 1855 8, 29
Pelton, John - of East Windsor, CT in 1829 8, 29
Peugh, L. A. - maybe hired by R.J. Champion to pursue the pension claim, lived Washington, DC 14, 19, 22
Phester, Alman - miller working for R.J. at Lima mill in 1850 31
Robinson, George - Notary Public of Hartford Co., CT in 1855 10, 13, 15
Rockwell, George - of East Windsor, CT in 1829 8, 29
Root, John - of Coldwater, lawyer, Justice of the Peace, friend of Henry C. Gilbert 26
Smith, Caleb B. - Secretary of the Interior, Washington, DC 20, 21, 23
Thompson - Secretary of the Interior preceding Caleb B. Smith 20
Triplett, T.T.C. - of Washington, DC, received letters from Waldo about Champion pension application 13
Waldo, S. P. - Commissioner of the Pension Office, Washington, DC 13
Warner, Edward A. - 1812-1843, married Louisa Jane Champion, Michigan State Senator 35
Warner, Harvey - of Coldwater, MI, Judge of Probate in 1854 7
Watkinson, Maria C. (Mrs. Robert) - daughter of General Henry Champion 9, 10
Wilson, Louis T. N. - 1821-1887, Coldwater lawyer, married Harriet, sister to Henry C. Gilbert 31
Wing, Warner - Circuit Judge for Hillsdale Co., MI in 1854 6
Wolcott, Samuel (wife Jerusha) - purchased cattle and delivered them to Reuben Champion 11
Wright, Charles D. - of East Haddam, CT in 1829 8, 29

Bibliography
National Archives Microfilm Publications, Microcopy No. 804, Roll 510. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files. General Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408.
'The Champion Genealogy', a history of the descendants of HENRY CHAMPION of Saybrook and Lyme, Connecticut. By Francis Bacon Trowbridge. Printed in New Haven, 1891. Available as a reprint from Higginson Book Company, 14 Derby Square, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.
'The Civil War Letters and Diaries of Henry C. Gilbert". Published 1991 by Alcetta Gilbert Campbell, 1403 Alta Vista NW, Corvallis, OR 97330.
The Gilbert Family Papers, which will be published by Charles L. Woodward in the future, and which are now in the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.

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