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Robert Campbell

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland THEN to Ulster Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Sterling, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
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 9 others
Brother of Hugh Campbell; Mary White; John Campbell; Mary McCune; Dugal Campbell and 3 others

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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

Birth: 1673 Campbeltown Argyll and Bute, Scotland Death: Feb. 14, 1724 Voluntown New London County Connecticut, USA

Robert was the son of Duncan Campbell and Mary McCoy, originally of Argylleshire, Scotland, then Ulster, Ireland. He was married to Janet Stewart/Stuart and they had six children, all born in Tyrone, Ireland. They were Charles, born about 1696 (married to Mary Stuart, born about 1678); John, born about 1698; Sarah, born about 1700; Mary, born about 1702; James, born about 1704; and Robert, born about 1706 or 1709. Robert and Janet and their children immigrated to Boston in 1714 with Rev. Samuel Dorrance, a Presbyterian Minister.

While in Boston, they probably visited the Duncan and Susanne Campbell family, who were married in Boston in 1685 (Chldren: William born 1687, Archibald born 1689, Matthew born 1691, Susanne born 1696, and Agnes born 1699). The Bostonians would not sell land to the Immigrants, so they moved on to New London, CT, where Robert lived for 8 years, moving to Voluntown in May 1722 until his death. A blue slate stone is supposed to mark the grave of Robert Campbell. The Cemetery is on Route 14, Town of Oneco in the Township of Sterling on the right of the Grammar School.**

  • *Parts of this information came from the book "Our Campbell Ancestors" by Rose S. Vincent, page 14, and was provided for this Bio by Fay Fuller, a descendant.

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 James Campbell (1704 - 1773)*
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Inscription: Aged 53 Years

Burial: Riverside Cemetery Sterling Windham County Connecticut, USA

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Robert Campbell's Timeline

Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland THEN to Ulster Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 19
Age 20
Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
Age 23
Tyrone, Ulster Province, Northern Ireland
Age 25
Ulster, Tyrone, Ireland
Age 27
Coleraine, Ireland
Age 27
Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland
Age 28
Tyrone, Tyrone, , Ireland