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John Campbell

b. February 01, 1791

Tivaconaway, County Derry, Northern Ireland

d. February 28, 1882 LeClair, Scott, Iowa

Letter from John Campbell

 

 

wife: Esther Marks

Descendants of John Campbell

1 John Campbell 1791 - 1882
.. +Esther Marks 1790 - 1851 m: December 25, 1813 in IRELAND m: December 25, 1813 in IRELAND
........ 2 Johnny Campbell 1814 -
........ 2 Stewart Campbell 1815 - 1887
............ +Eliza Bard 1816 - 1854 m: in PA. m: in PA.
........ *2nd Wife of Stewart Campbell:
............ +Lydia Ann Averill 1822 - 1879 m: March 15, 1855 in IOWA, SCOTT CO m: March 15, 1855 in IOWA, SCOTT CO
........ 2 Martha Campbell
........ 2 Archibald Marks Campbell 1820 - 1864
............ +Sarah Douglas 1818 - 1905 m: 1840 m: 1840
........ 2 Mary Campbell 1824 -
............ +William McGinnis 1814 - m: June 10, 1843 in SCOTTA CO IA. m: June 10, 1843 in SCOTTA CO IA.
*2nd Wife of John Campbell:
.. +Hannah Eaton m: June 09, 1857 in Scott County, Iowa m: June 09, 1857 in Scott County, Iowa

JOHN CAMPBELL, 1791-1882

Born February 1, 1791, died February. 27, 1882. Father's name was Archibald Sr. and Mary was his mother's name. Place was Tivaconaway, Northern Ireland. He married Esther Marks of Drumharv (Drumghaibh), NI on December 25, 1813 at his father's home. Esther's father's name was Edward and we have no more about him. John migrated to America in 1818 with wife Esther and two children(Johnny) b. 1814 & Stewart b. 1815). They arrived NY, NY on July 20, 1818 and the ship manifest only list a Hugh and Esther with no children. They settled in Beccania Twp (Township), Clearfield Co., PA from 1818 to 1841(7). Beccaria is about 24 miles south of Clearfield. John and Esther fostered two more children, Archibald M. b. 1820 and Mary b. 1825. Esther died April 13, 185 1(age 60) of apoplexy. They were members of the Presbyterian Church.

Tivaconaway is a townland in the Parish of Tamlaght O'Crilly, District of Insholin, Co. Londonderry. Other spellings of this townland are Tifaconway, Tieivaonway and Timmaconway. The townland had a label of the 'Worshipful Company of Mercers of the Irish Society. 'Mercers' was one often names such as Iron mongers, Fishers, Wood augers, etc. There were only eight buildings shown en the Ordnance Survey map of 1813. The Survey map was completed by G. V. Sampson in oil paint on a 62"X72"clcth. Letters written by Mr. Maglar, deciphered by O'Flanagan, in 1834 who had been commissioned by Ordnance Survey to travel through County Deny collecting historical information. Mr. Maglar visited with a Dr. MacRory of Desert-Toghill, Kilrea about the Tamlaght Parish. A number of Campbles(Old spelling) lived in this Parish, 1740 Protestant Household Index,, and their first names were Will, Robert, John, and Rich. Also a Nathan and Edward Marks

A visit to this area in June of 1990, produced a 27 acre farm .The farm belonged to a bachelor called Hugh Campbell until 1911 when it was sold to the Thomas W. Porter family. This farm was in the tax book of 1813 as registered to a William Campbell, Household head with 4 males and 4 females. A photograph was taken of the house in 1911, thatched roof and all. Since then the thatched roof has been replaced with a tin roof and it has been converted into a grain storage building.

There are two families still living in this area who claim to be relatives to the Campbells of the Tivaconaway clan. The names of these relatives are Mr. Herbie Campbell and Mr. Hugh Campbell, . Philip, Son of Herbie is interested in Genealogy and has done some work on his family tree. His conclusion is that our ancestors crossed over the North Channel in 1604 from Southend, Kintyre, Soctland to and up the River Bann to settle in Tivaconaway. This Hugh Campbell was born in 1936 and his father, John William Campbell was born in 1901 d.1984. His mother's name is Matilda Sheils and she was born in 1907. Hugh has six brothers and four sisters. Ellie, wife of Hugh Campbell had located a headstone in the Culnady Presbyterian Churchyard which relates to the farm and reads:


ERECTED BY HUGH CAMPBELL OF TIVACONAWAY
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOMAS CAMPBELL
WHO DIED 8Th SEPT. 1898, AGE 70,
ALSO HIS MOTHER, MATILDA CAMPBELL
WHO DIED 31ST OCTOBER, 1895. AGE 68
ALSO THE ABOVE-NAMED HUGH CAMPBELL
DIED 17Th JUNE 1912, AGE 50.

In the Clearfield, PA 1838 tax assessment records, John owned a Brick Works, 2 horses, a cow and a town lot(the lot which he sold for $100 that year) in Beccaria Twp, PA. He later moved to Bradford Twp and was listed as a farmer in 1847 when he sold his land. He[DC1]had previously moved to LeClair, Scott Co., IA in 1844.

John was very much a business man during his years in Pennsylvania. Tax assessment records listed him and son Stewart as being in a business called Mt. Pleasant(may have been the Brick Works). John may of had three brothers (Archibald Jr. we know, William & George are in question). Archibald Jr. arrived in America Aug. 24, 1819. George borrowed money from John and repaid it on July 28, 1829 by giving John his house and lot, one horse, one heifer and one horse wagon, all valued at $92. No more records have been found on George. William lived across the Susquehanna River from where John owed land in Bradford Twp in 1847 and where Archibald Sr. & Jr. are now buried in the Ross Cemetery. The Ross Cemetery is now(1995) over grown with weeds and some of the head stones are missing.

John applied for US Citizenship on October 21, 1822, re-applied in December 20, 1825 and became a citizen on July 6,1828. Archibald Sr. applied on September 29, 1829. Archibald Jr. applied on October 21, 1822. Date unknown when they became citizens.

JOHN CAMPBELL'S CITIZENSHIP DOCUMENTS

To the Honorable the Judges of the court of Common Pleas of the County of Clearfield, now composing and holding a court at Clearfield town in and for said county..

The petition of John Campbell a native of Ireland humbly showeth in
That having according to Clearfield Registry, I Report of myself in this court on the 21st of October A.D. 1822 and made declaration of his intentions to become a citizen of the United States of America on the 21st day of December A.D. 1825 and now offers to take the oath prescribed by law, and fulfill any further regulations in that can made & provided. He therefore prays your honorable court to admit him to citizenship & will pray ...

The Report & Registry of your partitions are in words following:
To the Judges of the court of Common Pleas of Clearfield County at the Octr. term 1822.
John Campbell an alien makes the following Registry and Report fore the purpose of becoming a Citizen of the United States.
That he was ,born in the Parish of Tamlaught Ocrilly in the county of Londonderry in Ireland and owed allegiances to the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, that he is now thirty years of age. That he migrated from Belfast in Ireland and arrived in the United States on the twentieth day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. And that he now intents to make Clearfield county in Pennsylvania the plan of his future residence and settlement.
Signed John Campbell
Sworn & Subscribed in the
open court the 21st of Octr. 1822
signed Samal Fulton Prottey

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And the Declaration of his intentions are in words following-
To the Honorable the Judges of the court of Common Pleas of the county of Clearfield, at a court held at Clearfield town December 20th 1825.
The partition of John Campbell a native of Ireland humbly showeth in that having according to law filed a Registry and Report of himself in this court on the 21st of October 1822. He now makes the following declaration of his intentions to become a citizen of the United Sates of America.
Clearfield County for John Campbell the above Petitioner being sworn according to law doth declare that it is bonafide his intention to become a citizen of the United Sates and to renounce for ever allegiances.

Do say that John Campbell the above named Petitioner has resided within the Jurisdiction of the United States for more than five years last past, that it has been the bonafide intention of the said petitioner for five years lout past to become a citizen of the United States, that he has lived in said time in the State of Pennsylvania and the county of Clearfield. During which time he has behaved as a man of good moral character & attached to the principles of the constitution, and well disposed to the good order and happings of the people of the United States to the best of deponents knowledge and belief.
Sworn & subscribed in open court signed Richard Shaw William Raft
Feby 6th A.D. 1828 before
me J.O.Boone
Clearfield County lgs

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The petitioner John Campbell being sworn according to law, doth deplore and say that he has never been of any of the orders of nobility in the country from whence he came; That he will support the constitution of the United States and that doth absolutely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever & particularly to George the Forth King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Sworn & subscribed in open
court the 6th day of Feby signed John Campbell
A.D. 1828 before me in open court
J. O. Boone

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To the Honorable the Judges of the court of common pleas of Clearfield county at a court held at Clearfield town December 20th 1825.
This petition of John Campbell a native of Ireland humbly showeth that having according to law filed a registry & report of himself in this court on the 21st of October 1822. He now makes the following declaration of his intentions to become a citizen of the United States of America.
Clearfield County ps: John Campbell the above petitioner being sworn according to law doth declare that it is bonafide his intention to become a citizen of the United State & to renounce forever all allegiance and facility to George the Fourth King of Great Britain & Ireland and to every other sovereign potentate or government state or sovereignty whatever.
Sworn & Subscribed Signed John Campbell
Decr 21st 1825
Reuben Winslow Proths


OTHER DOCUMENTS IN CLEARFIELD, PA

I, George Campbell, do hereby convey & assign and set over to John Campbell all my rights, title, interests and blaisor to -to the improvements I now hold, Joining land, of John Campbell in the neighbor has of Mount Pleasant in Beccaria Township in the County of Clearfield also all the property here in mentioned items, one soiree mare, one heifer, one one horse wagon, the whole with improvements valued at ninety two dollars. The above mentioned property is given and conveyance to said John Campbell in payment for debts due the said John by the said George as full compensation there of witness my hand and seal this Twenty fifth of July 1829.
Personally appeared before me the Subscribes, one of the Justice of the Peace in the & for the County, the above named George Campbell and acknowledged the foregoing instruments of writing to his act and deed, and defused that the same should be as such. In testimony where of I have now unto lad my band and seal this 25th of July, 1829 James W Neel

In 1843, John settled in Scott Co. IA where he farmed and helped build the Baptist Church in the fall of 1847. The church was used as a grammar school during the week and this lasted until 1854

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