From the memoir of their grandson, William Ellery Channing (1848):
John Channing... was a respectable, and, til towards the close of life, a prosperous merchant of Newport. The wife of John Channing, Jr., was Mary Chaloner (the widow of Dr. James Robinson, physician), whom the elderly people of Newport well remember for her energy of character and dignity of manner. They still describe her as sitting, of an afternoon, behind the counter of the small shop, - by means of which she supported her family in her widowhood, - dressed with great precision, busily knitting, and receiving her customers or visitors with an air of formal courtesy that awed the young and commanded general respect. She was a high-spririted and ardent, yet religious and conscientious woman, and remarkable for activity and method.
The couple had seven children, including John, a sea captain and privateer, and William, who served as Rhode Island Attorney General during the Revolution. His son William Ellery Channing became a major figure of the Unitarian movement.
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