Name: John CAMPBELL
Name: John CAMPBELL 1 2
Birth: ABT. 1730 in Argyleshire, Scotland
Birth: 1730 in Scotland 2
Death: ABT. 1770 in HMS Humbolt, North Atlantic
Burial: ABT. 1770 Atlantic Ocean
Burial: At Sea, North Atlantic, In Transit, To North America 2
Ancestral File #: 1C41-C2M
Reference Number: 1
1. John Campbell is believed to have been born about 1730 in Argyleshire,
Scotland. Family tradition suggests that his parents were Duncan and Mary
(McCoy) Campbell and that they moved from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
John married Mary Stuart in the 1750's and this marriage took place in
Northern Ireland. Their only son, John Campbell was born either on 3 or 5
May 1758 and his birthplace may have been in Ulster, Northern Ireland.
In 1770 this family left either Belfast, Northern Ireland or Bristol,
England on the H.M.S. Humbolt captained by Hugh McDermott. The parents
died during the voyage and were buried in the North Atlantic Ocean. The
son, John Campbell, was befriended by the captain was was probably raised
by a foster family in New York city. No proof of any of this has been
found and no passenger list or ship by the name of H.M.S. Humbolt has been
identified; all of the above is "family tradition" based on stories from
Sydney M. Campbell (RIN 29), a son of Edward Campbell, and from records
compiled by J.W. Campbell of Lookout, WV in 1948.
The only record that is close to being that of John Campbell was found
on page 59 in "A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the USA" by Donald
White (1972): "Campbell, John. aged 12. From Stornoway, Lewis, Ross
and Cromarty. To Philadelphia, Pa., on Friendship, ex Stornoway. 2 May
1774. Servant. (T.47/12)." However, in relation to John Campbell (RIN 5)
the name of the ship is wrong, the arrival port is wrong and, although the
age is correct, the date of passage is too late for his age.
J.W. Campbell suggested that John Campbell (RIN 3) was related to the
poet, Thomas Campbell, and descended from Sir Colin Campbell, the commander
of a Scottish Army of two Clans, the McGregor and the Campbell clans. This
army was part of the starving English garrison surrounded by the Indians at
Lucknow, India. The battle is the origin of the song "The Campbells are
Coming." This line of thought was also suggested by Sydney M. Campbell.
J.W. Campbell also suggested that Mary Stuart was of the famous "Stuart
Line of Scotch Highlanders."
The above "facts" are very interesting but most of them are totally
lacking in proof.
SOURCES INCLUDE: Robert Campbell, 1434 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 34616.
He was deceased in 1977 but was the source of much of the
Campbell family information.
One reference has John Campbell (Camel) born in Ulster, Ireland, while another has him born in Argyleshire, Scotland. John came to America about 1769 to 1770. The ship he sailed from either Belfast, Northern Ireland or Bristol, England was possibly the H.S.S. Hunbolt. The captain stayed at least a year in port during this time. The captain's name was either Campbell or McDermott. His parents died during the voyage to America. John was about 12 years old when he landed in New York City. The Captain found John a foster family for him b3efore moving west to Lancaster Co., PA ( possibly Donneygal Twp.)
John was a "Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment-6th Battalion, Flying Camp from Lancaster Co., PA, during the Revolutionary War. This unit was commanded by Col. James Cunningham. John's name appears only on a return dated: October 5, 1776, signed by "Col. C.S. Adams, Major Gen. The Adjutant Gen. by W.L." A grave stone application is made in Army records and signed by: John T. Harris, Colo. Q.M.C." According to a note found in the History of Lancaster Count, PA, Vol.II, page 582 (1924), "How many fro Lancaster joined the Continental Army Jason William Campbell has been unable to discover, He has seen the names of 577 in the regular forces; but, there were many ore who entered active service during the urgent Calls of 1776, 1777, and 1778, taking part in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Long Island, and Monmouth, and as members of the "Flying Camp," of which the muster rolls haves never been published; also, in the various campaigns in New York and New Jersey." Robert E. Campbell of Clearwater, FL, had that Joh Campbell was with George Washington at Princeton, Trinton and at the British surrender at Yortown. From an article by Virginia Frances Hamilton, John was with Washington at Valley Forge and when Cornwallis surrendered.
John Campbell came to Kanawha Co., VA (now WV) at or near the close of the Revolutionary War. On page 127 of the Third Biennial Report, Archives and History of the State of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis, John was listed as a Private on a muster roll of Capt. John Morris' Company of Rangers, called into service march 15, 1792 to January 1, 1793 in Kanawha Co.,V. The remarks section of this report contain information that John Campbell was single ( no family) and was at John Jones: he had a crop on the William Morris place. It is probably due to this service that Jason William Campbe4ll referred to John as a "Kanawha Rifleman" on border Patrol, with Headquarters at the Mouth of Hughes Creek (Kanawha River affluent) now Hugheston, WV, fort under the command of Thomas Hughes, a Rev. War soldier and afterwards his father-in-law.
Edward Hughes, son of Thomas Hughes, also served with John Campbell as a Kanawha Rifleman.
John Campbell and Edward Hughes settled on land adjoining the land of John Hamilton. A Land Office Treasury Warrant (#15,701) dated may 8, 1783 and signed by James Monroe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, granted 400 acres in Kanawha Co., V( now WV) to Edward Hughes and John Campbell. Edward was a brother to John's wife , Nancy Hughes. The land was on Cooper's Camp Creek, now Meadow Creek, a branch of the Gauley River. The Campbell land was also next to that of Edward McClung, the first settler, who fled when the Morris children were killed by Indians. In 1792, John Campbell purchased the land from Edward McClung in what is now Nicholas Co., WV.
Nicholas Co. was established at at meeting on April 9, 1818 by an Act of the Virginia Legislature, John Hansford, Esq. of Kanawha Co. and administered the oath of office to Samuel Neil and Neil administered the oath to his associates: Thomas Masterson, Wm. Sims, Samue Hutchinson, John Hamilton, Joseph McNutt, John Campbell, Mathias Vanbibber, James Robenson, C.W. Cottle, Isaac Gregory, John Skidmore, A.P. Friend, David Frame, Lames Given, and John Duffiels. John Campbell became a Justice of the Peace through this office he married many of the early citizens of the county.
On January 19, 1820, The John Hamilton Act, established the town of Summersville. Robert Hamilton, Robert Kelley, William Hamilton, John Groves, Samuel Hutchinson, John G. Stephenson, James Robinson, Edward Rain, and John Campbell were the first trustees appointed for the town of Summersville, WV.
John Campbell was a Baptist and one of 32 members who were constituted the "Peters Creek Church" in 1803 by three Baptist Preachers, to wit: Elder (Rev.) John Alderson, Rev. Edward Hughes, and Rev. Josiah Osburne. In he helped organize the "Zoar Baptist Church" at the present Kessler Cross Lanes. Where a lot of the family members are buried now.
John Campbell married Nancy Hughes in 1795 at the Indian Fort know as Hughes Fort at the present site of Hugheston, WV. The fort was at the mouth of the Hughes Creek. Nancy was born at the fort in 1767 and was a Daughter of Thomas Hughes Sr. and Elizabeth (Nellie) Foster. Thomas Hughes was also a Revolutionary War soldier.
John, his wife and several of his children were buried in the small cemetery, "Military Cemetery," located near Kessler Cross Lanes in Nicholas Co.,WV. The land where the cemetery is located was once owned by Edward Hughes and called the "Hughes Family Cemetery."
WILL OF JOHN CAMPBELL, Nicholas Count, WV, Will Book 1:80.
His will was dated August 9, 1836 and was proven in June of 1848.
In the name of God, Amen, I John Campbell of the County of Nicholas and the State of Virginia, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament revoking all others made by me.
Item first I bequeath the sum of Forty dollars to the Treasurer of Zoar Church to be expended towards the building of a meeting house in this neighborhood and the sum of Ten dollars to the general association of Virginia and also Tenn collars t the Burman mission.
I also bequeath Miriam Campbell on battan, one press, a one clock, one falling leaf tabe, four beds, and bedclothes consisting of four (Burdi) coverlets, two single ones, one double coverlets, 6 blankets, 6 sheets, calico quilts and lindens, two counterpanes, four table cloths, one twin post bed stead, two coverings for bureau, one blue quilt, one spinning wheel, six head of sheep,and four under bed ticks.
I also bequeath Robert Campbell one feather bed with a sheet blanket and coverlet and six head of sheep.
I also bequeath Abraham J. Campbell three head of sheep, one blanket sheet an coverlet.
I also bequeath to Edward Campbell one hundred acres of land being my part of a two hundred acre survey held by me and Edward Hughes.
I also desire that Abraham J. Campbell superintend the surveying of an entry of one hundred acres of land and after obtaining a title to same, shall sell or give the refuse of sale of one half of the 100 acres to John Ba- and the remainder part to be divided between Miriam, Edward, Abraham, John and Robert Campbell and the residue of my property to be sold and the proceeds be equally divided between Miriam, Edward, Abraham J., John and Robert Campbell after paying my just debts and funeral expenses. And I constitute and appoint Edward Campbell, Abraham J. Campbell and Edward (Rion) to be my executors of this my last will and testament. In witness where of I (--unto) set my hand and seal this 9ththh day of August 1936.
In presence of:
Father: Duncan ? CAMPBELL b: ABT. 1704 in Scotland
Mother: Mary MCCOY b: ABT. 1708 in Scotland
Mary STUART b: 1736 in Ulster, North Ireland
- John CAMPBELL b: 5 MAR 1758 in Argyleshire, Scotland
- Title: Ancestral File (R)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
NAME Family History Library
ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
- Title: CAMPBELL.ged
Text: Date of Import: Apr 6, 2000