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From: Bill/Cathy Coverdale <>
Subject: Robert Campbell, Sr. Part II
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 22:34:10 -0700


Here comes the second and final part.

Catherine Campbell Coverdale


Part II Robert Campbell, Sr.


Dougal Campbell (born 1710, died 1795), his wife Mary
and their six children, came from Ireland in 1753 and
landed near Philadelphia. They initially settled in
Pennsylvania, near Dougal's brother William, who had
come to America at an earlier time. Are William and
Dougal, the brothers of Robert Campbell, Sr.?

"They came to join other members of the Campbell
family who had crossed the Atlantic earlier. Dougal had
a brother William, who lived at Peters Township, a
Cumberland County Community in Pennsylvania. The county
was later renamed Franklin.

William Campbell and his wife Francis had ten
children; James, William, Andrew , Dugal...

When my ancestor Dougal arrived in Pennsylvania with
Mary and their children, they first lived for nine
years near the william Campbell family. there they all
attended the Upper West Conococheague Presbyterian
church in Mercerburg (Pa).

...I do not know what prompted Dougal to move his
family west in 1762 to the area of Fredericks County
-which is now Berkley County, West Virginia....Dougal
built a stone and log farmhouse he called 'Red Bud
Hollow' in 1762 and that little house stood for 212

After selling the house to his son James, Dougal
moved south to the Timber Ridge area of Rockbridge
County in Virginia-about seven miles east of Lexington.

There Dougal bought a large farm from Capt. John Lyle
in 1780, and named the place 'Fairfield'. the small
town of Fairfield which lies some three miles east of
Timber Ridge is said to be named after Dougal's place.

Dougal Campbell lived for 15 years at Fairfield and
died in 1795. His grave is next to that of his wife
Mary and his son Joseph at the old Timber Ridge
Presbyterian Church graveyard.

Journal of the Clan Campbell (Vol 21, No. 3, p
27, A Campbell family Moves West by Linda Hart (Summer
of 1994)

In a previous article, Linda Hart, alluded to her
search for the "missing middle man" linking Dougal
Campbell, back to Duncan Campbell, the spouse of Mary
McCoy, who sired the ancestors of a large portion of
the Campbell Clan Society. Journal of the Clan
Campbell (Vol 20, No. 4, A Campbell family Moves West
by Linda Hart (Autumn 1993). She apparently was advised
that the ancestry of Duncan Campbell and Mary McCoy was
a "thorny genealogy problem that may never be solved".
In her 1994 article she surmises that missing link to
be James Campbell of Northern Ireland. Unfortunately
she does not discuss her findings to support that
conclusion. It should be noted, however, that the
oldest son of Robert Campbell, Sr. is James. It is my
understanding that in accordance with the Scottish
naming practice, the oldest son is named after his
father's father.


Alexander Campbell lived in Scotland, and had a son,
William, who married Mary Byers.
The couple emigrated to America and settled in
Virginia. They had seven children. The eldest, David
Campbell, married Jane Conyngham. The couple had four
children. "Black" David Campbell, their youngest child,
was born in Augusta County, VA in August of 1753.
(Pilcher p.130,135)

"Black" David, at age 20, invested in a farm in
Washington County, VA. near Abington, VA. "Black" David
married his cousin, Margaret Campbell, (daughter of his
mother's half-sister, Mary Hamilton and "White" David
Campbell). (Pilcher p 132, 135)

"Black" David Campbell and Margaret Campbell married
in 1774. At the time of her marriage, Margaret was
keeping house at the "Royal Oak", the family seat of
her two brothers, Colonel John Campbell and Arthur
Campbell (the children of White David
Campbell).(Pilcher p 136).
"...During his exploration expedition in 1765 with Dr.
Thomas Walker, Capt. John Campbell purchased a tract of
land for his father called the "Royal Oak" and Halls
Bottom, near the headwaters of the Holston river. This
tract contained 740 acres, surveyed for John Buchanan,
October 14, 1747. The town of Marion, Virginia now
stands on this spot." (Marion, Va. is about 10 miles
east of Abington, Va.)

Clan Society of the U.S., prepared by James Lyle
Campbell, chart 71 note

Black David Campbell and Margaret Campbell settled on
their farm near Abington, VA. About the year 1782,
Black David, with his family, moved from Abington, VA
to Washington County, East Tennessee, where he remained
for only one year. He then went to Greene County, TN,
where he lived on a farm for four years. He then moved
to Grassy Valley, in Knox County, TN, about the year
1785. He built "Campbell Station" in March of 1787. The
station became a stronghold against hostile Indians. It
was a frontier fort and nearer than any other to the
Cherokee tribe of Indians. (Pilcher p. 136)

Black David died in 1832 at 79 years of age. He was
buried in Leeville, TN. (Pilcher
p. 137)


John Campbell (b Nov 1674 in Drumboden, Ireland
located 7 miles from Londonderry) and his wife Grissel
Hay had 9 children (John, William, James, Patrick (b
1696), Robert, "White" David" (b 3/8/1706), Margaret,
Catherine, and Mary. They were all born in Drumboden.
The family emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in
1726.The family settled in Augusta County, VA. (Clan
Society of the U.S., prepared by James Lyle Campbell,
chart 5 note)

John Campbell is claimed to be the son of Duncan
Campbell and Mary McCoy (Pilcher p. 11)
Margaret Campbell Pilcher, a descendant of both
"White" and "Black" David dealt with the Patrick, David
and Robert lines from John Campbell and Grissel Hay.
She states Robert married and left four daughters and
perhaps sons. Martha Campbell married Robert Kennedy of
Virginia. The other known daughter married Col. John
Anderson. (Pilcher p.19)

In 1735, White David married Mary Hamilton (of
Inverary, Scotland) in Augusta County, Virginia. The
couple had 13 children, (Catherine (b 1736), Mary (b
1737), Martha (b 1739), Capt. John (b 1741), Col.
Arthur (b 1743), James (b 1744), William (b 1746),
Margaret (b 1748), Judge David (b 1750). Sarah (b
1752), Col Robert (b 1755), Patrick (b 1758), and Anne
(b 1759). (Clan Society of the U.S., prepared by James
Lyle Campbell, chart 66 note)

Margaret Campbell, the wife of Black David, was born
in 1748 in Staunton, VA in Augusta County.(Clan
Campbell Journal, Vol 22, No. 3, p 49- Ancestry of
William Bowen Campbell of Tennessee by Grace Benedict
Paine) If so, most of White David's children were
probably born in Staunton, Va, which is located about
25 miles to the northeast of Rockbridge, VA.

White David, with 12 of his 13 children (William died
young) moved to "Royal Oak" at the headwaters of the
Holston River, in what is now Marion, VA. (Clan Society
of the U.S., prepared by James Lyle Campbell, chart 66
note). White David's daughter, Margaret Campbell
married Black David Campbell. (Pilcher p 33) (Clan
Society of the U.S., prepared by James Lyle Campbell,
chart 118 note)

Margaret Campbell and Black David Campbell had 11
children. Mary Hamilton Campbell was born on February
22, 1783.


James Hamilton married Janet Campbell at Inverary,
Scotland. They had two children, Arthur Hamilton and
James Hamilton. (Pilcher p 23)

Arthur Hamilton married Martha Conyngham, with whom he
had two children, Mary Hamilton and Arthur Hamilton.
The senior Arthur died near Londonderry, Ireland,
leaving his widow, Martha Conyngham to marry a cousin,
Walter Conyngham. (Pilcher p 23)

In 1726, Walter and Martha Conyngham emigrated to
America with Martha's two small children, Mary Hamilton
and Arthur Hamilton. Walter and Martha had several
children together, but only Jane Conyngham is known.
Mary Hamilton and Jane Conyngham were half sisters.
(Pilcher p 23). The Conyngham family (including Mary
Hamilton) allegedly sailed on the same boat from
Ireland as "White" David and his family. (Pilcher p.
22) Pilcher contends both families were "descendants
of noble families of Scotland".

Mary Hamilton married "White" David Campbell. Jane
Conyngham married David Campbell, the father of "Black"
David Campbell (who married Margaret Campbell, the
daughter of "White" David Campbell. (Pilcher p 23,


No documentation is known to exist to prove the
identity of Robert Campbell Sr.'s parents, siblings,
place of birth, or his relationship to the "White" or
"Black" David lines.

Nevertheless, there are numerous connections between
the four families that strongly suggest the existence
of a relationship.

All three families came from Northern Ireland on or
about 1726. All three would presumably have left
Ireland at Belfast, its most northern port and all
three landed at Philadelphia. All three settled and
raised children in Augusta county, Va. At the time, the
borders of Augusta County made up what is now
southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia as well
as some parts of southwestern Pennsylvania. (Journal of
the Campbell Society, Vol 22, No. 3, p.45-Campbells in
Augusta County Virginia by David E. Birkle) Rockbridge
County is short distance from Staunton. Of greater
interest are the moves of Robert Sr., "Black" David's
and "White" David's families to the area surrounding
Abbington, Virginia.

Robert Sr's oldest son was James, his next oldest
Alexander. Was James named after one of Robert Sr's
ancestors? Was Alexander named after a family member ?
You will recall that Alexander Campbell heads the
"Black" David line. Alexander (the father of William
and grandfather of "Black" David) was known to have
several children. Was one of his children James, the
father of Robert Sr.? That would account for his oldest
child being named James and his second oldest son named

Alexander named a son "Hamilton Crockett Campbell".
His middle name, Crockett, was obviously given in honor
of Alexander's deceased mother, Leticia Crockett. His
first name, Hamilton, also appears to be a family name.
Was the name Hamilton given in honor of: 1) James
Hamilton, who headed the Conyngham side of the "White"
Campbell line, 2) Arthur Hamilton, who fathered Mary
Hamilton, the wife of "White" David, or 3) Mary
Hamilton, presumably resided on the Holston river in
Marion, Va at the time Hamilton Crockett was born in
nearby Hawkins County and lived there until her death
in 1801?

Margaret Campbell and "Black" David Campbell had 11
children. Mary Hamilton Campbell was born on February
22, 1783. Hamilton Crockett Campbell, the son of our
Alexander Campbell and grandson of our Robert Campbell,
Sr., was born September 21, 1786.
Each family gave the "Hamilton name" to their children
within three years of each other at a time when they
both lived in close proximity.

In any event the connections appear sufficient to
assign Robert Sr.'s heirs to the Argyll Clan of
Campbells from Inverary.

William Albert Coverdale, Jr.
Attorney at Law
Genealogical Researcher (Amateur Status)
San Rafael, California
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