Martha Campbell's Timeline
TITLE: The families of Joshua Williams of Chester County, Pa. and John McKeehan of Cumberland County, Pa. : with some allied families
The main part of the following record (Campbell family) is taken from Engle's Pennsylvania Genealogies and County Histories.
JAMES4 CAMPBELL (John3, John2, Duncan1)
Married: 1st: ......
March 2d, 1737, James Campbell is on a list of warrantees of land in Derry Twp. for 300 acres. On the same date 279 acres of land in Derry Twp. were "surveyed" to James Campbell.
Egle's History of Dauphin County, Pa., p. 39: James and John Campbell were among the signers of a "humble petition of the inhabitants of the townships of Paxtang, Derry and Hanover, Lancaster County," to the Governor of the Province, dated July 22d, 1754, showing "that your petitioners being settled on or near the river Susquehanna apprehend themselves in great danger from French and French Indians ... We, your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that your Honour would take our distressed condition into consideration and make such provision for us as may prevent ourselves and families from being destroyed and ruined by such a cruel enemy." This was during the French and Indian War and old documents show that murders and scalpings by the Indians were of almost daily occurrence in 1756 and 1757, and had it not been for the bravery and military ability of Rev. John Elder, the "Fighting Parson," Captain of the Paxton Rangers and later Colonel under the provincial Government, the terrorized inhabitants in all likelihood would have fled the frontier.
James Campbell was survived by his wife Rosanna, and in his will mentioned his step-daughter Jean Edmundson; James Vernon, son of his step-son Harry Vernon; Robert Cross's children; sister Martha Cary, then in Ireland; sister Elizabeth Long, then in Ireland; his sons John and Patrick; and James Campbell, son of his son Patrick. Rev. John Roan was witness to the will.
James is buried in old Derry churchyard and hte inscription on his tombstone has been published numerous times as an example of the lugubrious in epitaphs. It cannot be omitted here.
"Under this stone lies entombed
Children: Patrick, John, and others.
Kilmacrennan, Donegal, Ireland