This is the family
history of my mother and her four siblings
CAMPBELL McCartney [1894-1950],
Jameson (Jamie) CAMPBELL [1898-1946],
May CAMPBELL Lollis [1901-1991],
Alexander (Bob) CAMPBELL [1904-1987], and
-- Mary Evalyn
CAMPBELL Auer Wulff [1912-1999].
The family was
created 20 Dec 1892 by the wedding of their parents
Alexander CAMPBELL [1869-1943] and
-- Luna May
(May) JAMESON [1869-1940] in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA.
half of the family is entirely from
Scotland -- via Ontario
and Manitoba. The
Jameson half of the family is essentially
But George and May both grew up as members of the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ), and this similarity formed a strong part of their relationship.
contains their four-generation pedigree followed by hot links
to many documents written by or about family members and their ancestors
Campbell, Smith, McLarty, Thompson (ex-McTavish),
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CAMPBELL SMITH McLARTY THOMPSON JAMESON MURPHY INGELS CARVER
Malcolm Isabel Archibald Isabel Max.Har. Sarah James Mary
b.1787 Sc b.1784 Sc b.1795 Sc b.1796 Sc b.1815 KY b.1818 KY b.1821 IN b.1831 IN
d.1862 ON d.1841 ON d.1884 ON d.1867 ON d.1884 IL d.1894 IL d.1883 FL d.1907 IL
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CAMPBELL McLARTY JAMESON INGELS
Peter Isabel Robert Bruce Rosa Melinda
b.1819 Scotland b.1824 Scotland b.1841 KY BowlingGr b.1849 IN Wabash
d.1915 MB PortageLP d.1917 MB PortageLP d.1900 IA DesMoines d.1908 IA DesMoines
George Alexander Luna May (May)
b.1869 ON Kent County Morpeth farm b.1869 IL Henry County Galva farm
d.1943 MI Oceana County Pentwater cottage d.1940 MO St.Louis hospital
CAMPBELL CAMPBELL CAMPBELL CAMPBELL CAMPBELL
Rosabelle Edward Jameson Georgia May RobertAlexander Mary Evalyn
b.1894 Kansas b.1898 Chicago b.1901 Chicago b.1904 Chicago b.1912 Hannibal
d.1950 Arizona d.1946 St.Louis d.1991 Indiana d.1987 Illinois d.1999 Miami
m.McCARTNEY CE m.WHALEY Mary A m.LOLLIS Edw W m.DAVIS RachelC m1.AUER m2.WULFF
1789 - Malcolm
CAMPBELL [1787-1862] is born in Auchindrain,
Argylleshire, Scotland. He will marry Isabel SMITH [1784-1841] in
South Knapdale, Scotland, in 1808.
1792 - Two
Betsys fight off Indians just after their husbands (brothers Hosea
and Jesse COOK) are killed at Innis
Settlement in Franklin County, Kentucky (near Frankfort). The
brothers' sister Rhoda COOK is wife of John JAMESON and mother
of Robert JAMESON [1785-1840].
1801 (August) -
meeting at Cane Ridge in Bourbon County, Kentucky (near Paris), attracts
as many as 20,000 people. Led by Barton
Warren Stone [1772-1844], this meeting is the climax of the Great
Western Revival (also known as the Second Great Awakening) and
leads to the "Stone-Campbell
Movement" (also known as the Restoration Movement) including
the creation of the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ).
c1803 - Our Smith
ancestors leave Scotland and settle in Town of Russia, Herkimer County,
New York, along with one or more Scottish families named
1812 (June 16) -
are at liberty [and] are our own men as yet"
in Town of Russia, Herkimer County, New York, writes to another Malcolm
CAMPBELL in Scotland.
1812 (June 18) -
of 1812 is declared, interupting travel and mail between the US and
Britain including Scotland. Duncan SMITH's letter is not posted and remains
in Herkimer County to this day.
1815 (August 5)
"It is my will and desire that...my black people...be
divided amongst my children by families." Henry HALEY provides
for his wife and adult children in Virginia and Kentucky in a last will
and testament signed 05 August 1815 in Barren County, Kentucky. Henry gives
"a negro woman named Anica and her future increase" to his daughter
(Betsey) HALEY [1786-1859], wife of Robert JAMESON [1785-1840].
Betsey gives birth the same year to Maximillian Harrison JAMESON
[1815-1884]. See him on the above pedigree.
1818 (November 12)
- Wedding of
John INGELS [1793-1859] and Rosa (Rosey) GAAR
[1803-1877] in or near Richmond, Indiana. Her brother Jonas GAAR
[1793-1875] will found Gaar,
Scott, & Co. ("the leading manufacturer of threshing machines and
steam engines") in 1842. Her nephew Abram GAAR [1819-1894]
will build the
Mansion and Farm (now open to the public) in 1876. Their son
INGELS [1821-1883] will move from Indiana to LaFayette, Illinois, in
1854. Their 2x great grandson Gaar Austin INGELS [born near LaFayette
in 1922] has a personal website
today in Beaverton, Oregon. My parents took me to visit James' and
Rosey's graves just south of Bentonville, Indiana, in 1947.
1821 - Malcolm
CAMPBELL & Isabel SMITH leave Scotland and settle in Town of Russia,
Herkimer County, New York, joining Smith and Blue families who moved
there before the War of 1812.
1830 - Malcolm
Campbell, Isabel SMITH, & others move from the US to Canada, i.e.
from Town of Russia, Herkimer County, NY, to Morpeth, Howard Township,
Kent County, Ontario, via the Eire
Canal (which opened in 1825). Click here
for excerpts from published histories of Morpeth and Howard Township mentioning
the Campbells and and neighboring "Scotch" families.
1831 - Our McLarty
ancestors leave Lochgilphead and sail from Port of Crinan, Scotland, to
Ontario, Canada. They belong to a group of Scottish
Baptists led by Dugald SINCLAIR. Elder Sinclair
will remain their spiritual leader in the New World (see 1850 below)..
1832-33 - Cholera
Epidemic in Europe and America interupts transAtlantic travel and emigration
to the US and Canada.
1834 (January 17)
- "All our intention is to venture there."
LEITCH in Scotland writes to his daughter Isabell & son-in-law
SMITH in Town of Russia, Herkimer County, New York.
1835 (August 18)
- "There was twelve schooners under full sail [on
Lake Erie]." - Newlyweds Neil CAMPBELL and Flora JOHNSON
try to decide whether to farm in Howard Township, Kent County, Ontario
(where his family has moved), or in Town of Russia, Herkimer County, New
York (where her family remains).
1847 (January) -
home aftr we left you...was not very good"
- Allan SMITH in
Town of Russia, Herkimer County, New York, writes to his cousins in Kent
1849 (December 29)
- "We live about 11 miles from Utica" - Scottish
immigrant Alexander BLUE in North Gage, Town of Deerfield, Oneida
County, New York, writes to his uncle Daniel BLUE in North Carolina.
1850 - "To call
the brethren by the name of 'Disciples of Christ'" Baptist elders Dugald
SINCLAIR of Lobo and Edmund
SHEPPARD of Dorchester enter into an agreement at South Dorchester,
thus allying the Scottish Baptists of Southern Ontario to the "Stone-Campbell
Movement" (also known as the Restoration Movement). The movement's
leader, Alexander Campbell
of Bethany, Virginia, will visit Ontario in 1855.
1865 (December 6)
- Slavery is abolished in Kentucky and other border states by ratification
of the 13th
Amendment to the US Constitution.
Campbell and Uncle Allen went to Doug Campbells. John Campbell and Alex
went to Pa's." - Motherless teenager John Peter SMITH in Town
of Russia, Herkimer County, New York, fills his diary with the comings
and goings of Scottish friends, including Blues from North Gage, Town of
Deerfield, Oneida County, and Campbells from Kent County, Ontario.
1876 (November 1)
- "How the [Canadian] Lion threw the [American]
Eagle on the wet grass" - Toronto law student Isaac
CAMPBELL writes to his father's first cousin Allan SMITH in Town of
Russia, Herkimer County, New York.
1882 (June 13) -
Males of Canada and their address to the
Marquess of Lorne,
at the Citadel in Quebec. Our ancestors in Ontario join other Campbells
in saluting the Governor General of Canada -- who is also heir to
the Duke of Argyll, the future Chief of the Clan Campbell,
and the son-in-law of Queen Victoria.
1882 (December 15)
- "Going with full speed from our old home to the
westward" - Retiring farmer
Peter CAMPBELL writes on arriving
in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, to his nephew Malcolm CAMPBELL in Kent
1883 - Gunshot
death of James INGELS while hunting deer in Fayette County, Florida.
Ingels' son-in-law Robert Bruce JAMESON travels from LaFayette,
Illinois, to retrieve the body. (Text of Jameson's account will be posted
some time in the furture.)
1884 - "We
have a very hard proprietor here." Cousin Dugald CAMPBELL in
Kenmore, Scotland, comments on Auchindrain,
the Duke of Argyle, and family matters to our great grandfather
and great uncle in Portage-La-Prairie, Manitoba. Here are two of
the letters exchanged in 1884 which "bridged" the 104-year gap between
1821 (when our Campbell ancestors left Scotland) and 1925 (when our grandparents
became the first descendants to "return" to Scotland -- and visit Auchindrain).
1887 (August 10-11)
- The Chatsworth
Wreck of the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad involves Luna
May JAMESON (age 18) and other family members (none fatally) near Chatsworth,
Illinois, at Midnight. The train was carrying about 500 holiday-makers
from Peoria, Illinois, to Niagara Falls when it hit a burning culvert,
killing 81 passengers and injuring 372. The wreck was immortalized by a
1889 (June 20) -
Harrison had been shot by a negro." Luna May JAMESON (age 20) in Des
Moines, Iowa, begins four summers' correspondence with George Alexander
CAMPBELL (age 20) in Manitoba by reporting a false rumor "probably started
by foreigners who saw all the flags at half mast...on the fifteenth of
June -- the centennial of the great American Flag." (This is the first
letter transcribed and published by Robert Alexander CAMPBELL in "Letters
of Two in Love: June 20, 1889 - August 30, 1892.")
17) - "Self contained character and a stern adherence
to justice and truth" - Winnipeg lawyer Isaac
CAMPBELL writes to his father's cousin Allan SMITH in Town of
Russia, New York. This 11-page letter bridges our family's history from
upstate New York, to Ontario, to Western Canada, and to the Midwest. I
think it's probably the most interesting single document which has survived
from our ancestors.
to the KKK. Three sisters -- Luna May JAMESON, Eva Lena JAMESON,
and Golda Gertrude JAMESON (each age 23 when they marry) -- successively
wed three young men from Drake University
(each born in 1869) whom friends jokingly call the "KKK" (Klu Klux
Klan) -- George Alexander CAMPBELL, Charles Otis CARTER,
and Charles Noyes KINNEY. (May and George will move to other
states to follow his career as a minister, and Eva and Otis will do likewise
to work at various newspapers and hotels. But Golda and Charles will
remain in Des Moines, Iowa. See 1911, 1918, and 1942 for documents
about the careers of the three husbands.)
1893 (May 1-October
31) - Columbian
Exposition (World's Fair) records 27 million paid admissions
and brings untold attention to the booming city of Chicago. Newlyweds
George Alexander Campbell and Luna May Jameson will remain in Hiawatha,
Kansas, until they move to Chicago in 1896.
1898-1911 - "Austin
Church refuses to accept Rev. G.A. Campbell's resignation by 67 to 35,
and twelve deacons quit." - Disciples minister George Alexander
CAMPBELL is the first minister of Austin
Boulevard Christian Church, a small church in suburban Chicago, Illinois,
1898-1911. (Extract from the church history, including newspaper accounts,
will be posted sometime in the future.)
1900 - Editor George
Alexander Campbell chooses "The
Christian Century" as the new name of "The
Christian Oracle" (a Disciples weekly established in 1884) in recognition
of the turn of the 20th century.
1901 - Pan American
Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Our family members are attracted to
"The Pan" both from the East (Herkimer County, NY) and the West of Buffalo
(Kent County, Ontario). (Text of a letter from John Campbell in
St. Thomas, Onatario, mentioning the fair will be posted here some time
in the future.)
1903 - George
Alexander CAMPBELL [1869-1943] makes his first visit to Pentwater,
Taylor Sweeney [1849-1926], Disciples minister of Columbus, Indiana.
Newly elected as President of the American Christian Missionary Society,
Rev. Sweeney is trying to establish a memorial for his late son, Joseph
Irwin Sweeney, and is considering the purchase of the White Elephant.
The two ministers meet with village leaders, walk around Pentwater Lake,
and also visit the future site of Campbell Park, "a 33-acre tract
of woods north of the pier...that Dr. [Edward Scribner] Ames had
1907 (July 15) -
the pines, on the singing sands, by the cool waters." "The Campbell
Park has been purchased by a group of Disciples mostly from Chicago"
(including George Alexander CAMPBELL) in Pentwater, Michigan.
here for a lengthy chrolology of Campbell Park, Pentwater, & Vicinity.
1911 - "An
expert whose name is known throughout the country." - A contemporary
biography of Charles Noyes KINNEY [1869-1963], husband of Golda
Gertrude JAMESON [1873-1958], written at age 42 -- 15 years after he
of Chemistry at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and 38
years before he publishes "Nutrition"
in 1949. They will reside
at 1318 West 27th Street until their deaths in 1958 and 1963.
1912 (December 31)
- "Accumulated a considerable fortune and...actively
associated with many important industrial and financial enterprises."
- Death of Toronto mill-owner and politician
Senator Archibald CAMPBELL
[1843-1912]. Archie is a grandson of Malcolm CAMPBELL [1787-1862]
and Isabel SMITH [1784-1841], son of Neil
CAMPBELL and Flora JOHNSON, first cousin of George
Alexander CAMPBELL, brother of St. Thomas mill-owner John CAMPBELL
[1847-1914], and grandfather of eighteen, including Douglas
Argyle CAMPBELL of Hollywood, California.
1914 - "The
attic was a furnace of fire and smoke" Lowell Jameson CARTER (19-year
old nephew of Luna May JAMESON) writes about a fire at the home of chemistry
professor Charles Noyes KINNEY and
Golda Gertrude JAMESON
at 1318 West 27th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The Kinneys' son Corliss
Robert KINNEY and daughter-in-law Edith Alberta WALLIS will occupy
the same house until their deaths in 1996 and April 2000. The house
will be acquired by Drake in 2001, stripped, and then resold to Larry
and Jennifer James, moved five blocks away, restored, and reoccupied
in February 2002.)
1918 - "An
exceptionally fine preacher" - A contemporary biography of George
Alexander CAMPBELL [1869-1943] written at age 49 just as he started
a 20-year ministry at Union
Avenue Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. This biography has
been put on-line by the Rev. James L. McMillan who is researching the
Restoration Movement at the University of Illinois.
1918 - On
the street where they lived - An outline of the Visitation Park Historic
District in St. Louis, Missouri, where George Alexander CAMPBELL
and Luna May JAMESON Campbell lived and worked from 1918 until he
retired from Union Avenue
Christian Church in 1938. Put on-line by the City of St. Louis. Two
cautions: The photos of all 31 houses on Windermere Place take many minutes
to load! #2 Windermere Place became the parsonage in the 1930's, but the
house the on-line photo is a replacement -- NOT the house in which the
Campbells lived and many family events took place.
1935 (August 16-September
2) - "We left St. Louis with all the luggage inside
the car." - Highlights from an overland trip from St. Louis to Florida
and Cuba by Edward Jameson CAMPBELL (1899-1946), Mary Anielka WHALEY
Campbell (1899-1978), and their three children.
1938 (February 7)
- "Father the Lemmons Mr Dulany and Roberts were
here last night." - Mary Evalyn CAMPBELL Auer (age 26) in St. Louis
writes her mother visiting in Indianapolis one week after George Alexander
CAMPBELL (age 69) retires from Union
Avenue Christian Church.
1938 (Summer) -
children enjoyed...the bull-fight that we visited." - Highlights from
an overland trip from St. Louis to Mexico City by Edward Jameson CAMPBELL
Mary Anielka WHALEY Campbell [1899-1978], and their
three children. [coming soon]
1940 (March 10)
- "She died into glory as the stars die into the
sunrise." - The death of
Luna May JAMESON Campbell [born near
Ablingdon, Illinois, in 1869] in St. Louis, Missouri -- as described by
her husband George Alexander CAMPBELL (1869-1943).
1942 (March 4) -
are not making expenses at Carter Hall,... [and] I dread being totally
dependant." - Letter from Charles Otis CARTER [1869-1943] written
from Daytona Beach, Florida, a year before his death to the oldest of his
three sons, Lowell Jameson CARTER [1895-1952].
1943 (August 17)
- "He passed away this evening just as the sun set
in a glorious glowing sky."
-The death of George Alexander CAMPBELL
[born in Morpeth, Ontario, in 1869] at his cottage in Campbell Park,
Pentwater, Michigan -- as described by his friend
1962 - Col.
Merlin Ingels CARTER [1904-1963] of Eugene, Oregon, publishes the history
of our Boone ancestors: "The Boone-Elledge Family."
1963 - Minnie
Ethel BURLEY [1897-1978] of Burlington, Ontario, publishes the history
of our McLarty ancestors: "Archibald McLarty of Argyll." Soon after
this 245-page hardbound book is privately printed by Hanson & Edgar
Ltd. in Kingston, Ontario, the plates are consumed by a fire, thus precluding
reprints. Minnie is a daughter of Mary McLARTY [1862-1951] and a granddaughter
of William McLARTY [1831-1911].
1970 - Emily
Helen (Lee) CAMPBELL Price [1901-1982] of Vancouver, British Columbia,
publishes the history of our Campbell ancestors: "The Campbells from
1978 - Giving
away the family farm. Nellie Pearl HARROLD [b.1897], childless widow
of Lorne Wilfred CAMPBELL [b.1897] gives The
Campbell Farm to the Presbytery
of Central Washington for a small conference and retreat center. Lorne's
father Peter Neil CAMPBELL [1859-1940] was one of three Campbell
brothers who moved to the Yakima Valley of Washington from Portage-La-Prairie,
Manitoba, in the mid-1890's.
1999 (July) - "Like
the core of the family that held everything together." - Two of the
oldest and most revered members of our Campbell family die eight days apart:
Hope CAMPBELL Whitehead [born in Yakima, Washington, in 1893] and Mary
Evalyn CAMPBELL Auer Wulff [born in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1912].