[Last updated on April 29th., 2009]

Our earliest known Chamen connection event was the marriage, in Piddlehinton, Dorset, on December 9th., 1793, of John Chamen and Sarah Stone. [According to Colin Charman, not yet verified, John was the eldest son of John Chamen senior (c1727 – 1817) and ?Ann Stone, who was born c 1737 - was this another earlier connection? According to the Dorset OPC site for Charminster, there was a marriage of John Charman <sic> to Ann Stone, in that village, on September 29th., 1757.] John Chamen junior was baptized in Charminster, Dorset, on April 6th., 1766 (BVRI-2). Sarah was the only daughter of John Stone and Lydia Kellaway, and was baptized in Piddlehinton, Dorset, on July 16th., 1773. John and Sarah lived in Godmanstone, Dorset. Sarah probably died about 1800 and John Chamen junior married (2) Ruth, possibly Tewkesbury. After 1802, the children born to John Chamen senior were baptized in Godmanstone, and their mother was shown as Ruth. John Chamen 76 and Ruth 66 lived in Charminster for the 1841 census. John and Sarah had issue:
A.WILLIAM CHAMEN / Chammon, eldest son of John Chamen and Sarah Stone, born on September 30th. and baptized in Piddlehinton, Dorset, on October 3rd., 1794. About 1815 – 1820, William married (1) Martha ?Stone? and they had one daughter. On December 14th., 1826, in West Chickerell, Dorset, William Chamen married (2) Sarah Dalby (I.G.I. extracted, batch # M158441); Sarah had been born in Fordington, Dorset, about 1796. By the 1861 census, William Chamen 56, clerk / ale and beer, was living in St. Clement Danes parish, Westminster, Middlesex, with Sarah and four children. By the 1871 census, William had died and Sarah 64 was a widow, visiting John and Mary Morrell, living in 5 Alpha Villas, Islington St. Mary, London, England.
B.JOHN CHAMEN, second son of John Chamen and Sarah Stone, baptized in Godmanstone, Dorset, on June 5th., 1798 (BVRI-2). John married Jane; Jane was born in Blandford, Dorset, about 1800. They farmed in North Street, Charminster, Dorset. John died in Q1 of 1858, and Jane died in Q4 of 1872, both in Dorchester district. At the 1861 census, Jane 59 widow, independent, was a boarder living with Rebecca Dalby, at 6 Alpha Villas, in Islington St. Mary, London, England. By the 1871 census, Jane 70, widow, was living with son Richard, on his farm in Charminster. John and Jane had issue:
a.SUSANNAH JANE CHAMEN, born in 1824 / 25, bp on January 10th., 1825 in Frampton, Dorset, England (BVRI-2);
b.WILLIAM CHAMEN, bp in Charminster, Dorset, on April 8th., 1828 (BVRI-2);
c.JOHN CHAMEN, born in Bradford, Dorset, bp. in Charminster, Dorset, on April 8th., 1828 (BVRI-2). On November 9th., 1854, in Tasmania, Australia, John 25 married ELIZA KELLAWAY. They returned to England. John and Eliza had issue:
1.JOHN KELLAWAY CHAMEN, born about 1858, in Tasmania, Australia, bp in Charminster, Dorset, England, on July 24th., 1859 (BVRI -2). At the 1871 census, John was a boarding student in Charminster. By the 1901 census, John 42 was a jobbing gardener in Tormoham, Torquay, Devon, England. John died, in Newton Abbott district, in Q1 of 1918.
2.EMMA ANNIE CHAMEN, born in Bisterne, Hants, in Q2 of 1862. At the 1891 census, Emma 29, single, lived in Tormoham, Devon. Emma died in Newton Abbott district, Devon, about June 1897.
d.GEORGE CHAMEN, born in Charminster on November 22nd., 1829, bp in Charminster on November 28th., 1831 (BVRI-2). George started as a brewer’s assistant in Charminster. By the 1881 census, George 57, single, was a brewer, living in Brewery, Richmond, Surrey, England.
e.SARAH ANN CHAMEN, born in Charminster on October 31st., bp there on November 28th., 1831 (BVRI-2); died in Q1 of 1846, in Dorchester reg. district;
f.ELIZABETH CHAMEN, born in Dorset about 1833;
g.RICHARD TEWKSBURY CHAMEN, born in Charminster about 1835. By the 1861 census, Richard T. Chamen 25, single, was a farmer, living on North Street, Charminster, Dorset. [It would appear that there were two Richard Tewksbury Chamens, this one in Dorset and an older one in London, born about 1812.] In Q1 of 1865, in Lymington district, Hants, Richard married Mary Pearse. Mary had been born about 1840 in Chilthorne, Somerset. Richard died in Q4 of 1880, in Dorchester district. Richard and Mary had issue:
h.EMMA CHAMEN, born in Charminster on May 10th., 1837. Emma Chamen 22, on May 3rd., 1859, in Charminster, Dorset, married her second cousin William Mayo 25. William first farmed 600 acres in Charminster (census of 1861) and, later, moved to farm in Friar Waddon in the parish of Portesham, Dorset. William and Emma had issue, more fully described in my Mayo Descendancy Chart.
i.FANNY CHAMEN, born about 1839 in Charminster, Dorset.


m.i. – monument inscription
IGI – International Genealogical Index, produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
BVRI-2– British Vital Records Index, edition 2, produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
NBI-2 – National Burials Index, edition 2
BMD – the index of British births, marriages and deaths civilly registered since July 1st., 1837.
The name spellings that I use above are exactly those recorded in the parish registers for an individual entry.


I am very grateful to Colin Charman, who has very kindly shared with me details of his Chamen research notes.
Mormon film # 1239220 of the BT of Piddlehinton parish
I.G.I. extracted records of the PR of West Chickerell, batch # C158441 and M158441.
British censuses in Ancestry.com

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