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John Campbell, Dr.

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Ulster, Tyrone, Ireland
Death: June 26, 1773 (75)
Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Campbell and Margaret Campbell
Husband of Agnes Campbell
Father of Sarah Wylie; James Campbell, Lieutenant; Moses Campbell; Moses Campbell and Jean Campbell
Brother of Sarah Campbell; Hugh Campbell; William Campbell; Charles McCoy Campbell; Reverend Robert Campbell, II and 4 others
Half brother of John Campbell, of Ireland & Virginia; Charles Campbell; Mary Montgomery and James Campbell

Occupation: first physician of Voluntown, CT
Managed by: David Embrey
Last Updated:

About Dr. John Campbell

Came to new london, conn, in 1719. First physician to practice in Voluntown.

The Campbell Farmhouse

Built circa 1750 for Dr. John Campbell, the local physician, the Farmhouse is the central building as you enter the VPT property from Beach Pond Road (CT-165).

It features a traditional central chimney with a main hearth in the kitchen and fireplaces in a number of the bedrooms, and is said to have been a stop on the underground railroad, with slaves hiding in the secret rooms built into the central stonework of the basement.

The Farmhouse has been renovated on numerous occasions, most recently in the mid-90s under the direction of Chuck Matthei, Equity Trust founder and former Executive Director.

Organizational History

In 1962, the property, historically known as the Campbell Farm, was purchased by Mary Meigs for $12,500 from Homer and Helena Herbert. The family was unaware that Meigs' intention was to turn the property over to Robert and Marjorie Swann. The Swanns were an activist couple who had been doing anti-militarism work as part of the New England Committee for Nonviolent Action (NECNVA).

The Swanns met Meigs through her then-partner Barbara Deming in the summer of 1960. That summer, Deming, a journalist, had attended a sixteen-day Peacemaker training session held at their apartment house in New London. Deming, at the time a reporter for The Nation magazine, had become a pacifist after traveling with Meigs through India in 1959 and reading the writings of Mohandas Gandhi. She was further politicized after traveling earlier that year to Cuba where, interviewing both ordinary citizens and Fidel Castro, she came to see the extent to which the US government was demonizing both Cuba and Castro.

Deming, Meigs, and the Swanns remained friends for many years, and the Swanns were frequent summer visitors to Meigs and Deming's home in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Although Meigs was primarily an artist and author, she and Deming were deeply involved in the development of NECNVA, both served on the Regional Committee and Deming on the Executive Committee.

Despite the NECNVA's diligent efforts at peace-building, challenges from oppositionally-minded groups occurred from time to time. These challenges even became violent.


At the Voluntown Peace Trust art show, March 28, 2009, a small orange notice that hung beneath a volley of bullet holes in the Campbell House wall attracted significant attention from the local community.

From: "Leslie J. Hamby" <hamby2@centurytel.net> Subject: Robert Campbell Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2006 18:33:31 -0500 References: <001a01c65789$4e896100$cd555dd8@yourw04gtxld67>

My Robert Campbell, of County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland, b. 1673, d. 1725.

According to "Robert Campbell Genealogy" by Rev. Frederic Campbell, 1909.
John Campbell was his second son and was born in Ireland. 1698-1773
"Robert Campbell was among the earliest settlers of Voluntown, Connecticut, 
close to the Rhode Island line. His six children were all born in Ireland, 
the first alone being married before their coming to America. Robert 
Campbell's first wife was Janet, of whom the first five children were born; 
the last Robert, was the son of the second wife, who died April 19, 1747, 
aged 76."
"Dr. John Campbell, b. about 1698; m. Agnes Allen, 1719; d. about 1773; one 
of the original members of the Voluntown Church,Oct. 1723l so also his 
father and Charles.
Moses, b. 1737, m. Sarah Dixon"
Robert's youngest son, Robert, 1709-1789 m. Mary McMain according to this 
same book. I do not find a Mary Pierce.
Does this clarify your question? If not, please let me know.

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Dr. John Campbell's Timeline

Ulster, Tyrone, Ireland
July 31, 1722
Age 24
Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
July 5, 1724
Age 26
Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States
September 14, 1730
Age 32
Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
April 14, 1737
Age 39
Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Age 42
June 26, 1773
Age 75
Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States
Age 75
Kentucky, United States