I have been looking into Stephen Dunwell(1762) and Deborah Witter's (1762) progeny and ancestors.
I have noticed something that might be a clue and maybe someone could clarify this or express your opinion:
According to the 1850 Census, Stephen Dunwell's daughter, Anna (1797/1801/1806?), who apparently married Eli Trowbridge, was still living with her husband and daughter Lucretia next door to my great-great grandfather William Schuyler Dunwell, in Solon, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
In 1850 William Schuyler Dunwell was living with his wife Saphronia and their younger children Persis A., Jane, Frances, Emma, Oliver (my great grandfather) and Lydia M.
If we look at the names Anna gave to her children, they are all after other relatives: Stephen Dunwell Trowbridge (her father or older brother). Samuel Addison Trowbridge (her older brother). It would seem to follow that Phebe Tennant was also a relative.Could she have been Anna's grandmother and Stephen Dunwell's mother?At least I can find no Phebe Tennants in the Trowbridge or Witter lines.
Note that Phebe Tennant married George Dunwell in RI on Sept. 4, 1744.Although Stephen would have been a relatively late child (1762), it isn't inconceivable.
If George is Stephen Dunwell's father, I must admit that it is VERY strange that none of Stephen's progeny is called George, but then again, maybe he didn't like is father...He did leave home VERY early in life.
At least it would explain the sailor part of Chandler Dunwell's story: George, I believe, was a whaler.
In this case, it would appear possible that Phebe was also William Dunwell's mother.
This would link the RI, NY, CT and OH Dunwells, which is only logical.