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Elizabeth Russell (Henry)

Also Known As: "Campbell"
Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Studley, Hanover County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Chilhowie, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col John Hendries Henry and Sarah Henry (Shelton)
Wife of Brig. General William Campbell (Colonial Militia) and Gen William James Russell, Jr.
Mother of Charles Henry Campbell; Elizabeth Robertson; Unknown Campbell; Charles Henry Campbell; Joseph Campbell and 4 others
Sister of Samuel Henry, Sr.; Hon. James H Henry; Susannah "Sukey" Russell / Madison; William Alexander Henry; Patrick Henry, Sr. and 13 others
Half sister of John Symes, Jr.

Managed by: Daniel Philip Hangstefer
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About Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth (Henry) Campbell Russell (1749–1825), a sister of Patrick Henry, was born in Hanover County, Virginia, to John Henry and Sarah Winston. In 1776 she married Gen. William Campbell (1745–1781), the commander of the American forces that defeated the British at the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780; this was the turning point of the American Revolution.

Following Campbell's death in 1781, she married Gen. William Russell in 1783. They lived at Aspenvale, Virginia until 1788 when they moved to Saltville, Virginia where they carried on the manufacture of salt. The Russells converted to Methodism in 1788. After Gen. Russell's death in 1793, Elizabeth spent the remainder of her life fostering Methodism in southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. Francis Asbury and various Circuit Riders stopped regularly at her home. She is credited with bringing Methodism to western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. In 1812 she moved to Chilhowie, Virginia to be nearer the Great Road. She died in March 1825 and is buried in the Aspenvale Cemetery.

"Madame Russell is probably more eminent in the Methodist pioneer history of America than any other woman. In Saltville, in 1824, a Methodist church, Elizabeth Church, was dedicated in her name. In 1898 construction was begun on a new Methodist church, located a few feet from the then still standing Russell home. That church, Madam Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, stands today as a monument to Mrs. Russell, the region's earliest religious leader, and to the pioneer Methodist Movement in the Holston Territory of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. In present day Saltville, there now stands a beautiful stone building named 'Madam Russell Methodist Church.' Nearby is a replica of the original log cabin where the Russell's had lived. This is owned by the church. The stone doorstep of the church is said to have been the hearth in the Russell cabin."

— Madam Russell by Gladys Stallard

Source: Wikipedia: Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell

Wrote a book called "Paths of Glory." It tells a little about her family, and I'm not sure what else. If anyone has info on this book, I would love know more. Having a copy of this book would be even more awesome. It's about 240 pages long.

She was very influential in the Methodist church.


One of the nine sisters of Patrick Henry.

Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell, sister of Patrick Henry, was born in Hanover County, VA in 1749. She was married to General William Campbell, "the hero of King's Mountain". They made their home in Aspenvale near Seven Mile Ford, Virginia. After General Campbell's death, she married General William Russell, a prominent military person and a member of the State Legislature of Virginia. In 1788, the Russell's moved to Saltville, Virginia to a home located beside the spot where the Madam Russell Memorial United Methodist Church now stands. The Russell's attended the first Methodist Conference on waters that did not flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Mrs. Russell was converted and her home in Saltville became the meeting place for traveling ministers. In 1812, Mrs. Russell moved to another log home near Chilhowie to be nearer the Great Road. In 1824, a Methodist Church was dedicated in her name-The Elizabeth Chapel. Land was given for use as a public cemetery and it still bears her name-the Elizabeth Cemetery in Saltville, Virginia. Madam Russell is credited with bringing Methodism to this part of the country.

William Russell and his Descendants By Anna Russell Des Cognets (page 15 & 17) indicates that Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell had the following Children:

Sally Buchanan Campbell Charles Henry Campbell Henry Winston Russell b. 1784 died in infancy Elizabeth Henry Russell b. 1786 Patrick Henry Russell b. 1788 died within a few weeks Jane Robertson Russell b. 1788 (twin of Patrick Henry Russell)

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Elizabeth Russell's Timeline

July 10, 1749
Studley, Hanover County, Virginia, United States
Age 16
Hanover, Virginia, United States
April 21, 1778
Age 28
Virginia, United States
Age 30
United States
September 15, 1785
Age 36
May 31, 1788
Age 38
May 31, 1788
Age 38
March 18, 1825
Age 75
Chilhowie, Smyth County, Virginia, United States