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Robert Campbell

Birthplace: Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Voluntown, New London, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Duncan Campbell and Mary Campbell
Husband of Margaret Campbell and Janet Campbell
Father of Dr. John Campbell; Hugh Campbell; Sarah Campbell; William Campbell; Charles McCoy Campbell and 8 others
Brother of John Campbell; Mary McCune; Hugh Campbell; Dugal Campbell; James Campbell and 2 others
Half brother of Duncan Campbell and Patrick Campbell of Moyris and Magherahubber

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About Robert Campbell

Robert emigrated in 1714 from Ireland. He settled in eastern Connectucut. On his death he left all his property to his son Robert. He landed in Boston.

Came to america in 1719 with wife and children.

According to "Genealogy of the Desc. of John Thomas of New Haven, Campbell line," Robert Campbell removed from Ulster, Northern Ireland to New London, CT with his family in 1719. He settled in Voluntown in about Oct. 1723, in a large Scotch-Irish, Presbyterian community where the pastor was Rev. Samuel Dorrance. (see Notes: Samuel Dorrance elsewhere in this genealogy.)

According to "William Rogers of Voluntown, CT," NEHGS "Register," Vol 147, pg. 115, the family removed from Co. Tyrone, Ireland in 1714 and came to Boston. They soon moved to New London, CT where they resided for 8 years before removing to Voluntown, CT in May, 1722. This information is consistent with that contained in "The Robert Campbell Genealogy," Rev. Frederic Campbell, 1909, although he lists the date of immigration as 1719. According to "Robert Campbell & His Descendants," Henry F. Douglas, NEHGS "Register," Vol 32, pg. 275, Robert Campbell emigrated from Ulster in Northern Ireland to New London, CT in 1719.

The records of the old New London, CT Church indicate that Robert and his wife Janet, along with son Charles Campbell and Mary his wife, carried letters of recommendation from the Church in Ireland and were admitted to the church in New London. While there are no letters of dismissal on record, the Campbell family soon removed to a strip of country north of Stonington, CT and they were among the first settlers of what is now Voluntown. Robert and sons Charles and John appear among the original members of the Church formed there in Oct., 1723.

According to "Genealogy of the Desc. of John Thomas of New Haven, CT," Robert Campbell's first wife Janet Stuart died and he married again in Ulster, having a son, Robert, by this wife in 1709. If this is so, then the second wife was also a Janet, as it was Janet who appears in New London, CT church records as wife of Robert. However, there is no indication in the "Register" article that Robert married a second time and that Janet was not the mother of all 6 children of Robert Campbell. This alleged second wife was born about 1671 and died 19 April 1747 in Voluntown. However, in "The Robert Campbell Genealogy," Rev. Frederic Campbell, 1909, pp. 8-9, repeats the story of two wives, the first being Janet who mothered the 5 eldest children, the second wife being mother of Robert, Jr only. No name is given for the second wife; further research is required.

In William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical & Memorial, Third Series, Vol. II, (Orig. publ. NY, 1915; repr. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1997), pg. 935, Robert and John Campbell (probably his son) are mentioned as having been among those who called a Scotch Presbyterian minister to Voluntown 17 April 1725 (Rev. Samuel Dorrrance, no doubt) and that Robert was made Freeman in 1736 (son John in 1740). He joined the Separatists in 1745.

Born about 1668 and buried Oneco, CT, per Transcription of Oneco Cemetery, Oneco, Hartford County, Connecticut: []/


  1. "Genealogy of the Descendants of John Thomas of New Haven, CT," author unknown & "Robert Campbell & His Descendants," Henry F. Douglas, NEHGS "Register," Vol 32, pg. 275.
  2. Title: Immigrants to New England, 1700-1775
     Author: Ethel Stanwood Bolton
     Publication: Orig. publ. 1931; repr. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1966
     Note: Genealogy
     Media: Book
     Page: pg. 29
  3. Voluntown, CT, Barbour's Vital Records, Index C, posted at: [].
  4. Title: The Robert Campbell Genealogy
     Author: Frederic Campbell
     Publication: Brooklyn, N.Y.: published by the author, 1909
     Note: HeritageQuest Online
     Media: Book
     Page: pg. 8 (1673)
  5. "Genealogy of the Descendants of John Thomas of New Haven, CT," author unknown & "Robert Campbell & His Descendants," Henry F. Douglas, NEHGS "Register," Vol 32, pg. 275 & "Robert Campbell Genealogy, " Rev. Frederic Campbell, 1909, pg. 8.
  6. History of Providence County, Vol I & II, Ed. by Richard M. Bayles; W.W. Preston & Co., NY, 1891, pg. 692-694, posted online in the Rhode Island Reading Room at: [ icle36.html].
  7. Title: Transcription of Oneco Cemetery, Oneco, Windham County, Connecticut
     Author: John J. Spaulding to The USGenWeb archives
     Publication: posted online at: [
     Media: Other 

Last known date - Boston, Mass. 1714

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TITLE: Historical Sketches of the Campbell/Pilcher and Kindred Families including the Bowen, Russell, Owen, Grant, Goodwin, Amis, Carothers, Hope, Taliaferro, and Powell Families
AUTHOR: Margaret Campbell Pilcher, Nashville, Tenn
Copyright: 1911; By: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

This book is a Preservation Photocopy of an original text.
Brigham Young University, Library Preservation Department
Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2010 with funding from
Brigham Young University.

In England, forfeitures of large estates were declared in Ulster. Duncan Campbell bought out a lease of some of the forfeited lands, his eldest son, Patrick Campbell, afterwards bought out the lease and estate in remainder, thereby acquiring the fee simple title. He may have had other sons and daughters, but he had a son, Hugh Campbell, who inherited his father's estate in Ireland, went there to live about the year 1012(?). He had a son, Andrew Campbell, and he a son, Duncan Campbell, who married Mary McCoy. The children of this pair were five. There may have been others, of whom we have no record. Their names were: Hugh, Mary, John, Robert, and Dugal Campbell.

Nothing authentic is known of Hugh Campbell's descendants, ''Mary Campbell (called Polly) married Moses White. Their son, Moses White, married Mary McConnell. They first settled in Charles County, Pennsylvania, upon their arrival in the Colonies. Later they removed to Eowan County, North Carolina. Moses White married a second time, Eleanor . He had ten children,
six sons by his first wife, James, Moses, John, William, David, and Andrew White. One of his sons, General "James White, the founder of Knoxville, Ten-
nessee, was a distinguished officer in the Continental Army. He was also a Brigadier General in the Creek Indian War. He married Mary Lawson, a daughter of Hugh Lawson, in North Carolina. Many of his descendants still live in Iredell County, North Carolina.

See "Sketches of Western North Carolina," by L. C. Hunter, page 202. General "James White's son, the Hon. Hugh Lawson White, was born in 1773, in Iredell County, North Carolina. He was one of the famous men of Tennessee. He was Supreme Judge in 1814, a 'United States Senator in 1826, and but for the bitter opposition of General Andrew Jackson, who was determined to elect his successor to the Presidential office, the probability is very strong that Hugh L. White would have been elected President of the United States
in 1835, instead of Martin Van Buren, General Jackson's candidate.

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