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Virginia, North & South Carolina, and Georgia

Thomas Camp b. 8 Feb 1717 Culpepper Co., VA d. 8 Jan. 1798 Ireland (Island) Ford, NC buried: Thomas Camp Cemetery on Horse Creek, Rutherford Co., N. C.

1m. c1737 Winifred Starling b. 1720 Accomac Co. VA d. 1761 Rutherford Co. NC (11 sons 1 dau.) father: Richard Starling (b. Accomac Co., VA) mother: ?

2m. Margaret Carney c1762 b. 20 Jun 1744 ?Limerick, Ireland d. 1824 Rutherford Co. NC buried: Thomas Camp Cemetery on Horse Creek, Rutherford Co., N. C.

his father: Thomas Camp II (1691-1751) his mother: Mary Marshall (1697-1757)

This is a digitally composited photo from two photos provided by Bill Burns of Island Ford on the Broad River between North and South Carolina . This is where Thomas Camp was supposed to have had a mill and lived nearby. This is also the place that Margaret Carney was baptised. I've restored the island to its look prior to its use as a crossing even before Thomas Camp lived here. I've removed the road, Hwy 221, and the bridge which presently cuts across the island. See the notes in 1744 for more on this place. EC 11/11/2000 (photos courtesy of Bill Burns 6 Nov 2000 - email - WBurns3@aol.com)

Children with Winifred StarlingEdmund Camp Ensign Am. Rev. #W35232b. 1739 VA# d. 1834 Franklin Co., GA 1m. Mary Ragsdale (8 or 9 children) 2m Eliz. Carney (sister of father's 2nd wife) - 14 children# Rev. Joseph Camp arrested as a spy by Gen. Cornwallisb. c1741 Orange Co., VA#d. bef 7 Jan 1820, Pulaski, Kentuckyreputedly m. ? Roundtree# 2m. Susannah Tate John Camp (Rev. Army, in Battle of King's Mtn.)b. 13 Oct 1743 Orange Co., VA#d. 1818 Jackson Co.,GA buried Lebanon Chuch , Greenville, SC m. Mary Tarpley 30 Jan. 1764# (cousin, sister to Nancy and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley) b 30 Oct. 1740 North Farnham Parish, Rich. Co. VA d 17 Aug 1789# Nathaniel Camp (Corporal Rev. Army in Battle of King's Mtn. )b. 1745 Orange Co. VA# d. after Jan 1832 Gwinnett Co, GAm. Winnifred Tarpley (cousin, sister to Mary and Nancy, dau. of James Tarpley) b. 9 June 1748 Rich. Co. VA # Thomas Camp IV (Rev. Soldier in Battle of King's Mtn)b. 1747 Orange Co.,VA# d. after 1811 Walton Co., GAm. 1763 Nancy Anne Tarpley b. 6 Oct 1750 North Farnham, Rich. Co., VA (cousin, sister to Mary and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley)#Starling Campb. 1749#d. 1851 .Hosea Camp Rev. Soldierb. 1751 Culpepper Co., VAd. ? Fayette Co., GAd.William Campb. 1753 Culpepper Co., VA#d. c1827 York Co. SCm. c1770 Rebecca Wolford in S. C. (dau. of Absalom Wofford and Hannah HoseaAlfred Campb. 1755 NC-SCd. buried Campbell Co., GA m. Miss JenningsBenjamin Camp (Rev. Soldier)b. 1757 Culpepper Co., VA#d. after 1811 Walton Co., GAm. Eliz. Dykes# Elizabeth Campb. 1759 Culpepper Co., VA# d. 1850 SCm. Reuben Brock II c1777 N.C. (Rev. soldier)Joel Campb. 1761# .. Children with Margaret CarneyCrenshaw Campb. 5 Jan1763 Culpepper Co., VA d. 1808 Rutherford, N. C#never marries, wills everything to his brothers and sisters#James Campb. 1765 Orange Co., N. C.# d. 1817 Spartanburg, S. C. [will below] m. Sara Jennings# b. 24 July 1779 d. Jul 1851 Spartanburg Co., SCDaniel Campb. 1766# d. 2 Apr 1798 Rutherford Co., N. C.m. Sara McKinney (b.1770 NC)Lewis Campb. 16 Jan1768#..Adam Campb. 1769#d. infancy letter of John T. CampStephen A. Campb. 17 Sep 1771#d. 1846 Rutherford Co. , NCm. Anne Alexander b1771 (dau. of Col. Elias Alexander and Nancy Agnes McCall)Larkin Campb. 1773# d. infancyletter of John T. Camp.Unity Campb. 1775 .m. Samuel Broadway (no issue)Ruth Campb. 30 Sep 1780 d. 1852m. Daniel Patterson (no issue)Aaron Campb. 13 or 21 Jun 1778 Rutherford Co., NC d. 6 Jul 1861 Ringgold, GA1m Miss Terrill 23 Aug 1803 2m Sara Suttle 3 Apr 1817George Campb. 24 Sep 1782 Rutherford Co., NCd. 1835 Tennm. Mary Norman (b. 1790 d.1872)Joshua Campb. 10 Jul 1786 Rutherford Co., NCd. 9 Jan 1849 Rutherford Co., NCm. Nancy Gregory (NC-SC)

information documented in by Col. Mann in his book of the Camp family. 1716-17 - Thomas Camp is born as the first known son to Thomas Camp and Mary Marshall in Culpepper Co., VA. 1739 - Thomas married Winifred Starling, dau. of Richard Starling of Accomac Co., VA.

1776- There are conflicting opinions and documents related to Thomas Camp's support of the American Revolution. He was originally listed as an an accepted patriot by the DAR about 1938 and the writing of early researchers and family lore has often promoted his heroic roll. More recently the DAR has refused membership based on this ancestor and some of his sons. This does not diminish the story of the family in my eyes. In fact, if anything, it make this family more interesting to me. It shows that the Revolution was a much more complicated and interesting story than a wholesale conversion of a populous to support the overthrow of the ruling government.

"He was a patriot in North Carolina during the Revolution. He had five sons at the battle of Kings Mountain. He was born in Culpepper Co. VA; died in Ireland Ford NC. DAR heir #129342 also #128024" He had 24 children with most living in South Carolina. He enlisted in the 4th Regiment on 14 Feb. 1776, N. A. 853 [Ancestral Rolls, DAR]

"Although of advanced age, Thomas Camp's two brothers served in the Revolutionary War. Thomas Camp had, along with five sons, participated in Battle of King's Mtn in the 4th Regiment. Enlisted on 14 Feb. 1776( NA 853)."

Although the Ancestral Rolls, South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, Compiled 1938 by Mrs E. T. Crawford, State Registrar state that Thomas Sr enlisted, I have since read that this is also in conflict with other records. I believe this does represent a misstatement of the facts. Thomas Sr. was probably too old to have been much use but apparently did lend support of supplies and other services to the cause. It was probably Thomas Jr who enrolled under this number. Or if it was actually Thomas Sr's number for a pension it would not necessarily mean he served as a soldier. More recently a couple of coorespondents have said that they or aquantances were denied DAR entrance based on the records of Thomas and John Camp who were, according to these sources, tried for treason. See the John Camp page for more on this topic. In a footnote Leah Townsend's book on the South Carolina Baptists, 1670-1805 says that "Rev. Joseph Camp (Kemp) was according to tradition from Maryland; settled in N. C. near the S. C. line in the neighborhood of the Buffalo Church, which he is said to have organized; he was arrested by Cornwallis to obtain information of Morgan's movements but was released; his knowledge of medicine was of great service to his community; an ho9nored and active member of Bethel Association from its beginning, he served as moderator in 1791, as member of various committees, and as writer of circular letters, though his education was limited; he was equally active in Broad River Association, and as supply and assistant to neighboring churches; he probably secured land in S. C. in 1779 and 1805, but emigrated to Kentucky in 1808." [Townsend p.139]

Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, stated in the Camp family book by Mann:

" Thomas Camp, my great-grandfather and father of the above twenty-four (24) children, died in 1798. He first lived in the upper part of Virginia. Then moved to Halifax Co. in same state. Then to where Durham, N. C., now is and just before the revolutionary war moved to Rutherford County, N. C., and settled in Ireland Ford, on the French Broad River. He was a millwright by profession and built and owned the first mill erected in that section, he and his wife were staunch rebels, patriots, and aided the revolutionary, for which they were robbed and pillaged by the British army. Five of their sons participated in the battle of Kings Mountain. They both are buried in the burying ground of the old homestead to this day, owned by a descendant of their youngest son, Joshua. The descendants of the grand old man are to be found in every Southern state, and so far as can I find they number 5,000 or more. " [Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, Camp-Kemp Family Hist., Vol. II, p. 10] Unfortunately some of the statements of Mrs. Sullivan were probably passing on more family lore than fact. Her story of the Sullivan Volunteers was an apparent elaboration of facts passed of early relatives. You can see the argument against this theory on this page. Some Revolutionary Soldiers of South Carolina. Here is a description from the Camp book by the late W. A. Camp.

"Thomas Camp,(1) and his second wife, Margaret Carney, who was born June 20th, 1744 (some say in Ireland) was of full blood Irish Descent. She died at the old homestead Island For, Rutherford Co., N. C. She was a very fine business woman and being much younger than her husband, looked after the affairs of her husband, during the Revolutionary War. They lived about ten miles down the river from Island Ford in the forks of Camp Creek (named after Thomas Camp (1) her husband, and Broad river. Thomas Camp had sons in both armies of the Revolution, and therefore did not take sides either way, but his wife Margaret Carney Camp was a staunch rebel, and on that account was robbed often by the British and Tories. Their home was situated in the half way ground between the British and Revolutionary soldiers. After the War was over they moved up to what is known as Ireland Ford, in Rutherford County, N. C. and made their final and last settlement. Here Thomas Camp (1) who was Mill-wright by profession, built a grist and saw mill. The mill no longer remains, but the small falls of the river, where the mill stood, can be pointed out and recognized. (I would like to have some photos of these sites if possible - EC) Just across these falls, on the opposite side of the river from where the mill stood, is the family cemetery of Thomas Camp(1) which was selected by him. Here is buried Thomas Camp (1) and his wife Margaret (Carney) Camp and many of his descendants. The author visited the cemetery in 1904 in company with John W. Camp a great, Great grandson of Thomas Camp and great grandson of Joshua Camp (2) the last and 24th child of Thomas Camp (1) and had about given up the hope, when one in the party, selected the grave and considered might be his, and after scraping away fully two inches of moss from the plain blue granite rough hewn stone, found the upper part of some rough letters. We worked diligently to raise this head-stone from its placement of 107 years ago and after cleaning the imbedded part of the stone was able to read very plainly the following: T. CAMP BORN 1717 DIED 1798

Original tombstone of Thomas Camp family plot near Ireland or Island Ford, Rutherford Co., N. C. B+W photo courtesy of Russ Williams

The burial ground for Thomas Camp is "ten miles from the picturesque Island Ford on Broad river. .... A lone, weather beaten apple tree, crowning an eminence in a cotton field, marks the site of the original home while hared by is the rambling, comfortable farm house "Joshua's Home" built around the final dwelling of Thomas, Senior, of logs "veneered" with lumber. Between these and the creek, whose torrent rushing over a rocky bed once hummed with the busy wheel of the mill, in the midst of a large corn field, is the family burial bround, consisting of a dozen graves in a row. There lie the remains of our famous progenitor between his second wife, Margaret Carney Camp, and son, Cranshaw or "Granger," who died unmarried. Neat headstones and a cedar designate the graves of Joshua and wife Nancy Gregory, a growth of aspen bushes and box ivy vine riot over the others. The present Owner of the land has plowed as near the head and foot stones as possible and burned cornstalks upon the grave at the head of which is a granite boulder marked "T. Camp, Born 1717, Died 1798." Nowithstanding, the deed specifies that one acre shall be reserved for burial purpioses, A rail fence once enclosed this acre but a freshet in the "Eighteen Forties" washed it away." [Mann pp. 17-18] "In viewing this long neglected grave, and its headstone giving the birth and death of my great grandfather, my feelings cannot be expressed. This stone very plainly corroborated the dates of his birth and death as set down in his daughter Ruth's (2) bible, (which I possess). My mind fairly flew back over the history of this great and good man, and I yearned for a message from by great dead ancestor, giving me the key that would unlock the doors to the great past, so that my endeavor to unravel the past history of Thomas Camp (1) and learn from whence he came and from where , I shall never forget that day -- to be in speaking distance of my great grandfather, who is the great and great grand father of thousands of his descendants, and unable to hear nothing but the sighing of the winds among the trees, was a melancholy situation to be in. A thousand incidents crowded each other, in my mind in connection with the history of this grand old patriarch and his descendants, many of whom had won renown and fame in the Legislative halls of every southern (sic ?state) and on the battle fields of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, War between the States and in the Spanish American War. As the pages of the history will unfold, and thousands of descendants of this grand old man were men of note in civil and agricultural pursuits as this history and genealogy will unfold. This old cemetery is grown up all around in large trees. The writer has a letter written by John T. Camp (3), son of Joshua (4-sic should be 2) son of Thomas (1), in which he said that he owned this old country (sic -cemetery?) and would will it to his youngest descendant named Camp, to be willed by him in like maner, so that it should never pass into stranger's hands. This cemetery was reserved separate from the division of the 800 acres of old homestead, on the rise of the hill on the cemetery side of the river, can be pointed out the site of the first home built by Thomas Camp(1). The author was given a piece of the joist that was put in the last house out of the first house. It was no loss for this piece of joist to be sawed off and given to me. ....This last house bult by Thomas Camp(1), is standing today, after 110 years of storms has swept its sides, and is in fine state of preservation. The same material with which it was built, remains intact and bids fair to remain so for another 100 years. The only show of decay is of the exposed chimneys, where the cement used, shows a peeling off. The weather boarding, ceiling, shingles, doors, windows and front porch are all put together with wrought iron nails, made on a anvil and riveted. the doors and windows (no glass) as the picture shows, were built strong and hundreds of these nails were used on each, making them as stong as a jail structure. This was necessary, owing to the fact, that in that day, this house was on the border of civilization and in close vicinity to the Indians who infested all that section 125 years ago. Who can tell the piping times that have occurred within the walls of this old mansion? There is no one to do it correctly. We have much unwritten history that has been handed down that is awfully interesting to the descendants. Thomas Camp (1) like nearly all of his descendants after him, was a good liver and genial host and his home was sought by all the notables of that day, and many are the famous meetings under that roof of celebrated men of that day and section. His hospitality was of the old Virginia pattern learned at the knees of his mother in old Virginia." "So far very little is known of his early life to manhood. At the age of 22 he married his first wife Winifred Starling, who was of Welch descent. They both lived in the lower eastern section of Virginia and it is reasonably supposed that his first wife died in that section of Virginia; since Thomas (1) married his second wife in Virginia and children were born by her in that state. The second wife, Margaret Carney Camp was of full blood Irish descent, who was born June 20th, 1744, and it is said was born in the County of Limerick, Ireland, and emigrating with her parents to Virginia, while she was young in years. She was only 18 years old when she married Thomas Camp (1) who was then 45 years old at the time and judging by his fame and past record, was still a young man, even if he did have 12 children to stare her in the face, She must have had great courage to marry Thomas Camp(1) must have been way above the average men of this day and generation, and a handsome man at that. It has been handed down through the older set of Camps, that he was man of powerful physique, aimable disposition, very religious, and a study worker, requisites in those days, which were like golden apples to fair sex. His oldest son (whose history follows ) Edmund Camp (2) was a chip from the old block, and like his father in many respects, and like his father he married the second time and strange to say, he married a sister of his father's seond wife, Elizabeth Carney, and their union was happy one and his descendants were almost equal to that his father, he having 22 sons and daughters by both marriages."

"All of the first 12 children of Thomas Camp (1) married in Virginia, some in Mecklenburg County and Nottaway County, as their individual history to follow, will show. As a rule they all had a profession, several were carpenters and builders and several, noted preachers in their day. It is known that they all immigrated westward into the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama and their constant trend has been westward, even into Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky and even Illinois and Iowa. Wherever they have gone, They were shining lights to civilization, prospered well and been a blessing to every community in which they located. It is estimated that the total number of Thomas Camp (1) descendants will be not less than five thousand, and perhaps more. It is surmised very correctly that the most of these sons emigrated before their father left Virginia and before, or about the time of his second marriaage to Margaret Carney. His first wife, as stated, was of Welch descent, a swell handed down. She was small of stature and likewise her sons were small in stature, but men of unconquerable will, brave as lions, and at the same time very religious as a rule. His second wife, Margaret Carney, was a woman of larger frame and likewise her sons, who did not know what fear was, but were cool, collected and honorable in all of their walks in life, and like their half brother, were very religious, and members of either the Baptist or Methodist church. It is said the Margaret Camp did not join the Baptist Church until she was a very old lady and beng a very large woman and almost helpless, it took four ministers to baptize her in the Broad river at Island Ford, N. C. and that she had to be baptized in her rocking chair. She was always a good woman and mother, and while she was not in the Church as a member until old age, she always attended church meetings and said that before she would be baptized, she must feel and know that she was a fit subject for the church. During the stirring times of the Revolutiionary War, she was very outspoken against the British and Tories. Her charcter for truth, honest and industry was transmitted to her sons, who developed into strong characters in the formation of society where ever they went. She outlived her husband, Thomas Camp (1) 26 years, dying in 1824, at the age of 84 years." [Mann. p. 13-17]

"Some references on the Camp family state that Thomas Camp lived at Ireland Ford' on Green River in Rutherford County, North Carolina. However, his last residence was at 'Island Ford' on Broad River in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

"The bridge on U. S. Route 221 between Chesnee, South Carolina and Rutherfordton, North Carolina over the Broad River bisects the island. The Broad River is approximateley one-half mile north of the North Carolina - South Carolina line at this point. The island is approximately one half acre in size in the middle of the river. The old road, long before the present road and bridge, crossed the river and island at this point hence the name 'Island Ford.' By the height of the water on the rocks on the island the early settlers could determine whether the river was fordable. " [Mann. p. 19]

"Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. IX, page 11, folio 3, North Carolina Archives, lists Thomas Kemp as receiving sum of money with interest. These records contain incomplete pay records of the Revolutionary period, denoting that some product or service. These records do NOT prove military service unless they carry this information, and many of them do not indicate for what purpose payment was made. These records do NOT give any personal information. Usually payment was for civil service, military service, or the sale of supplies to the army. " [Mann. p. 22]

1790- U. S. Census, Morgan Dist. (except for John) Rutherford Co., N. C. Roll: 7

page: 142 males (u-16) (16+) females slaves Thom Camp Sr 3 3 3 - James Kemp 1 3 4 1

page: 137, Joseph Kemp 4 3 7 3 William Camp 3 4 4 -

page: 135 Daniel Camp 1 1 3 -

page: 396, Iredell Dist. John Camp 1 4 3 - 1798, Jan 8- Last Will and Testament of Thomas Camp is recorded in North Carolina Archives, Raleigh North Carolin in Rutherford County Wills, 1784-1833, Ace-Haw, Vao. 1, page 29: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thomas Camp 1V, born Feb-8,1717

Children with Winifred Starling

Edmund Camp Ensign Am. Rev. #W35232b. 1739 VA., d. 1834 Franklin Co., GA 1m. Mary Ragsdale (8 or 9 children) 2 m Eliz. Carney (sister of father's 2nd wife) - 14 children

Rev. Joseph Camp arrested as a spy by Gen. Cornwallisb. c1741 Orange Co., VA., d. bef 7 Jan 1820, Pulaski, Kentucky reputedly,  m. ? Roundtree,   2m. Susannah Tate 

John Camp (Rev. Army, in Battle of King's Mtn.) b. 13 Oct 1743 Orange Co., VA., d. 1818 Jackson Co., GA buried Lebanon Church , Greenville, SC, m. Mary Tarpley 30 Jan. 1764 (cousin, sister to Nancy and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley) b 30 Oct. 1740 North Farnham Parish, Rich. Co. VA., d 17 Aug 1789

Nathaniel Camp (Corporal Rev. Army in Battle of King's Mtn.) b. 1745 Orange Co. VA d. after Jan 1832 Gwinnett Co, GA m. Winnifred Tarpley (cousin, sister to Mary and Nancy, dau. of James Tarpley) b. 9 June 1748 Rich. Co. VA 
Thomas Camp IV (Rev. Soldier in Battle of King's Mtn)  b. 1747 Orange Co.,VA d. after 1811 Walton Co., GA. m. 1763 Nancy Anne Tarpley, b. 6 Oct 1750 North Farnham, Rich. Co., VA (cousin, sister to Mary and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley)

Starling Camp b. 1749, d. 1851

Hosea Camp Rev. Soldier b. 1751 Culpepper Co., VA, d. ? Fayette Co., GA. d.

William Camp b. 1753 Culpepper Co., VA# d. c1827 York Co. SC. m. c1770 Rebecca Wolford in S. C. (dau. of Absalom Wofford and Hannah Hosea

Alfred Camp b. 1755 NC-SC., d. buried Campbell Co., GA. m. Miss Jennings Benjamin Camp (Rev. Soldier) b. 1757 Culpepper Co., VA. ,d. after 1811 Walton Co., GA., m. Eliz. Dykes

Elizabeth Camp b. 1759 Culpepper Co., VA., d. 1850 SC., m. Reuben Brock II c1777 N.C. (Rev. soldier)

Joel Camp b. 1761. Children with Margaret Carney Crenshaw Camp b. 5 Jan1763 Culpepper Co., VA., d. 1808 Rutherford, N. C #never marries, wills everything to his brothers and sisters

James Camp b. 1765 Orange Co., N. C., d. 1817 Spartanburg, S. C. [will below] m. Sara Jennings, b. 24 July 1779 d. Jul 1851 Spartanburg Co., SC

Daniel Camp b. 1766, d. 2 Apr 1798 Rutherford Co., N. C .m. Sara McKinney (b.1770 NC)

Lewis Camp b. 16 Jan1768..

Adam Camp b. 1769, d. infancy letter of John T. Camp

Stephen A. Camp b. 17 Sep 1771, d. 1846 Rutherford Co. , NC m. Anne Alexander b1771 (dau. of Col. Elias Alexander and Nancy Agnes McCall)

Larkin Camp b. 1773, d. infancy letter of John T. Camp. Unity Camp b. 1775 .m. Samuel Broadway (no issue)

Ruth Camp b. 30 Sep 1780 d. 1852 m. Daniel Patterson (no issue)

Aaron Camp b. 13 or 21 Jun 1778 Rutherford Co., NC d. 6 Jul 1861 Ringgold, GA 1m Miss Terrill 23 Aug 1803, 2m Sara Suttle 3 Apr 1817

George Camp b. 24 Sep 1782 Rutherford Co., NC d. 1835 Tenn., m. Mary Norman (b. 1790 d.1872)

Joshua Camp b. 10 Jul 1786 Rutherford Co., NC d. 9 Jan 1849 Rutherford Co., NC m. Nancy Gregory (NC-SC)

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1st Lieutenant William Camp's Timeline

August 1, 1753
Culpeper County, Virginia, Colonial America
Rutherford County, North Carolina, Colonial America
September 8, 1776
Rutherford Co, NC
January 18, 1779
York Co, SC
York County, South Carolina, United States
December 30, 1786
York County, South Carolina, United States
December 25, 1788
York County, South Carolina, United States