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About Robert Campbell, I

Lots of conflicting data on this family.

1726 Arrived Philadelphia, PA from Ireland.

The family migrated to Hawkins County, TN from Prince Edward County, VA, having emigrated there from County Down, Ireland. Source: "Notable Southern Families" Vol. 5, 1927, Zella Armstrong Sutro Lib. Robert landed in Philadelphia with his brothers in 1725 (approx.). Went to Prince Edward County, VA, thence to Rockbridge County, VA. Afterwards, in 1776, he went with his sons to Carter's Valley, in what was later the state of TN, reaching the place where he afterwards lived and where he died, the day before Christmas. * * * Source Book: "Genealogy of Campbells, et al." by Mildred Campbell Whitaker 1927 Sutro Library, p. 36: "..So many of the branches in this family chroncile are referred to as Scotch-Irish that an explanation of just who were the Scotch-Irish and how the term originated seems to be needed. "During the reign of Elizabeth the people of Ulster, Ireland, rebelled against the government. They were subjugated and compelled to submit; but the fires of their patriotism were not quenched. On the accession of James I another conspiracy was entered into by the Earl of Tyrone and the Earl of Tyconnel against the English government. Their estates, consisting of over a half million acres, were confiscated and it soon became a favorite project for the English sovereign to repeople this territory with a protestant population; many inducements were offered in the shape of large grants of land, to the people of England and Scotland to get them to settle in this territory. The principal immigration was from Scotland as the distance was so short---just across the Channel. The Scots took with them into Ireland their habits of industry and thrift, and their strong Calvanistic faith and rigid adherence to the Presbyterian Church. The first Irish Presbyterian Church was established by the Scotch-Irish in 1613. Later on, these people were so persecuted in Ireland on account of their religion that large colonies of them came to America, where they have always been noted for thier love of religious and civil liberty. "To the exertion, sacrifice and valor of the Scotch-Irish we are much indebted for the successful issue of the Revolutionary War, and the establishment of our present system of government. When the long period of oppression and cruelty practiced by the arbitrary government of Great Britain upon the people of the Colonies, had culminated in the Revolution, these Scotch-Irish whose forefathers had sealed their faith with their blood, attested their own faith in their cause, and did not hesitate to give their lives for this faith of their fathers, in the cause of Liberty. "This race did not intermarry with the native Celtic population; to this day it is as distinct as when the pioneer settlers first emigrated to Ireland. They were called Scotch-Irish simply because they were Scots who had taken up their residence in Ireland.' * * * Source: "Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher Kindred Families" by Margaret Campbell Pilcher. Press of Marshall & Bruce Co. Nashville, TN 1911. "The Scotch-Irish, in the 17th and early 18th century, were maintaining in the N. of Ireland, where they had emigrated from Scotland and settled, the stern faith of Calvin. Besides following the teachings of John Knox, they had a political faith devoted to freedom and opposed to the oppression exercised by the English Crown. Unable to find peace at home, they at last concluded to emigrate to the New World; about 1720 the westward movement had reached large proportions. The Scotch-Irish influx continued for half a century; entire districts were almost depopulated. In 2 years, 30,000 emigrants had crossed the Atlantic. "In about 1600 120 years prior to this great westward movement, the northern portion of Ireland received large accessions of Scotch Protestants...among these emigrants were a large number of the Campbell Clan, from the N. of Scotland." "The history of the Campbells of Argyle dates from 1190, the Earls of Argyle since 1457, the Dukes of Argyle since 1701. The Dukedom was created in 1701, for Archibald the Tenth, Earl of Argyle, who was raised to the highest rank in the peerage for his services in promoting the revolution of 1688. The home of Argyle has always been the staunch and powerful champion of the Presbyterian Church and the Whig party in Scotland."

-------------------- Robert is buried in somewhere in Carter's Valley, TN.

Married Ann Nancy Campbell b. in 1755 in Chatham Co., NC Children:

William Campbell b. Oct 1776 in Wythe, VA

David Elder Campbell b. August 1762 in Augusta, VA

2nd marriage: Jane Allison b. 1745 in Prince Edward, VA Children:

Robert Campbell b. Jan 3, 1761 in Prince Edward, VA d. 29 December 1841, Carter's Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee.

Joseph Campbell b: 1761 in Rockbridge, VA

Leticia Campbell b. 1763 in Rockbridge, VA

Andrew Campbell b. 1767 in Rockbridge, VA

William Campbell b. Oct 17, 1776 in Wythe, VA

3rd Wife: Leticia Crockett b. Sept 10, 1719 in Prince Edward, VA

Martha Campbell b. abt. 1730. UNKNOWN CAMPBELL, b. Bet. 1735 - 1750; m. Colonel John Anderson b. Bet. 1735 - 1750.

For reference--All of the following are reportedly children of Robert Campbell (I haven't figured them out yet!):

Jane Campbell b. March 28, 1797

Ann Campbell b. 1780 in Hawkins, Tennessee

James Campbell b: 15 FEB 1759 in Prince Edward, VA

Catherine Campbell b: 1750 in Prince Edward, VA

Elizabeth Campbell b: 1750 in Prince Edwards, VA

Anna Campbell b: 1750 in Prince Edward, VA

Jane Campbell b: 1748 in Augusta, VA

James Big Campbell b: 1748 in VA

James Campbell b: 1741 in Prince Edward, VA

Charles Campbell b: 1740 in Prince Edward, VA

Martha Campbell b: 1739 in Augusta, VA

Joseph Campbell b: 1739 in United States

Jane Campbell b: 1732 in Prince Edward, VA

Alexander Campbell b. 1753 in Prince Edward, VA

(Note: It seem an awful lot of children and the dates/mothers also seem to be screwed up But this is the way they were listed on Find a

Family links:

 John Campbell (1674 - 1741)
 Grizella Grace Hay Campbell (1677 - ____)

 David Elder Campbell (1762 - 1813)*
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TITLE: The families of Joshua Williams of Chester County, Pa. and John McKeehan of Cumberland County, Pa. : with some allied families
AUTHOR: Douglas, Bessie P.
PUBLISHOR: Augsburg Press, Minneapolis, Minn, 1928, 516 pgs
Page 267 begins the Campbell family.

The main part of the following record (Campbell family) is taken from Engle's Pennsylvania Genealogies and County Histories.

JOHN3 CAMPBELL, (John2, Duncan1)
John Campbell, born 1656 in Ireland; died, Feb 20th, 1734 in Derry, PA; buried in the old Derry churchyard.

John Campbell is said to have come from Ireland in 1726 with several grown sons (see children below). He settled in Lancaster Co., Pa. where he lived until his death. (Egle.)

In the "Virginia Historical Magazine," Vol. 7, p. 126, it is stated that John Campbell came from Ireland to America in 1726 with five or six grown sons, settled first in Lancaster Co., Pa., and came in 1738 to that part of Orange Co., Va., which is now Augusta Co., with his sons Patrick, Robert and David.

One would infer that this John must be idential with Mr. Egle's John. It is unlikely that two John Campbells with several grown sons bearing the same names would have come to America in the same year. Patrick, Robert and David, sons of Mr. Egle's John, did move to Virginia, but the father John, buried in Pennsylvania in 1734 certainly did not.

1. Robert4, lived in Virginia and had five children.
2. David4, moved to Orange Co., Va., in 1741; married Margaret Hamilton.
3. James4, born 1689* in Ireland.
4. Patrick4, born 1690, in Ireland,moved to Orange Co., Va., about 1740.
5. John4, born 1692, in Ireland; died 1764 at York, PA. An Episcopal Clergyman.

Note: *James born in 1691 since burial record indicates he was 80 years old when he died in 1771.

Drumboden, Kilmachrenan, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Age 8
Ireland to US

The Annals of Augusta County, Virginia from 1726 - 1871
[excerpt from pp. 147 - 148]

"The Campbells"

"John Campbell came from Ireland to America in 1726, with five or six grown sons and several daughters, and settled first in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Six or seven years afterwards he removed to that part of Orange county, Virginia, which, in 1730, became Augusta County, where many of his numerous descendants lived for many years.

Three of John Campbell's sons came with him to Augusta: Patrick, Robert and David.

I. Patrick Campbell, who died in Augusta, had at least two sons--Charles and Patrick.

1. Charles Campbell, son of Patrick, died in Augusta in 1767. He was the father of General William Campbell of King's Mountain fame. In his will, dated August 4, 1761...he speaks of himself as a resident of Beverley's Manor. He appointed his wife, Margaret, sole executrix...and left 1,000 acres of land on the Holston to his [only] son, William....

2. Patrick Campbell, second son of Patrick and brother of Charles, went ot the southern part of Kentucky, and left many descendants....."

Age 14
Prince Edward, Virginia, USA
Age 20
Prince Edward County, Province of Virginia
Age 21
Augusta, VA, USA
Age 22
Prince Edward, VA, USA
Age 30
United States
Age 32
Prince Edward County, Province of Virginia
Age 32
Prince Edward, VA, USA