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From: "Terry Schliewe" <>
Subject: [NYOTSEGO] More on Campbell's
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 15:07:19 -0500
The Williams-Rafter Family History
by Ethel Rafter Williams
Publ Rochester NY 1962.
The Campbell family, into which James Willson married, was one of the most important among the early settlers of Cherry Valley. We have a genealogical chart showing their descent from the time of William the Conqueror. The American branch of the family is supposed to be directly descended from Sir Archibald Campbell, who was descended from Lord Campbell the first Earl of Argyll.
Sir Archibald's third son, William, of the House os Auchinbreck, was the father of William of Wester Kames. He was the father of William Campbell, born in Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland, who took part in the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. He escaped to the north of Ireland and was a lieutenant colonel in the Protestant Army under William of Orange at the siege of Londonderry, Ireland, in 1689. He lived there until he died.
His son James Campbell, born in 1690 in Londonderry, Ireland, came to American in 1728. He lived first at Boston, but in 1735 moved to Londonderry, New Hampshire. In 1741 with a group of friends he took his family to the wilderness, later known as Cherry Valley. He acquired a large part of the Lendesay Patent lying north of the village, on which one of his descendants still lives. He died in 1770 at the age of 80. His wife, Sarah Simpson, also was born in Ireland - in 1694. Her father was William Simpson of Argyll, Scotland, who was likewise a lieutenant colonel at the siege of Londonderry in 1689. She died at cherry Valley in 1773 at the age of 79.
When James Campbell and his wife came to America, a group of about thirty emigrated with them. The leader was the Rev Samuel Dunlop, and among the group were David Ramsey, William Gault, and William Dickson, all men who became prominent in Cherry Valley history.
James Campbell is said to have erected the first grist mill in Cherry Valley, in 1743-44. He and his wife had five children, of who we have partial records: 1. Elizabeth, born in Londonderry, NH, married William Dickson of Cherry Valley in 1752; 2. Samuel, born in NH in 1738, was a colonel in the Revolutionary War and held many high positions. (He died in Cherry Valley Sept 12, 1824, age 86. His wife was Jane, daughter of Matthew Cannon.) 3. Robert, who was killed in the Battle of Oriskany; 4. Sarah, born in Cherry Valley in 1742 and died June 15, 1778; 5. John, also born in Cherry Valley, married Eleanor Ramsey. (It is very noticeable that the name Campbell is used frequently in naming the Willson children for several generations.)
Perhaps one of the most dramatic stories of the Cherry Valley Massacre was the way the family of Col Samuel Campbell was treated. Remember that he was the brother of my great great grandmother Sarah Campbell, so he is of special interest to our family. Being the colonel of the First Battalion, Tryon County Militia, he was away at the time the Indians and Tories cam. The house was vigorously defended by Matthew Cannon, the 61 year old father of Mrs. Campbell, but he was at last wounded and the family was captured, with the exception of one son. They were carried off and forced to walk long distances each day until they neared Montreal, Mrs. Campbell carrying a small child in her arms the whole way. After two years, through the efforts of Gov Clinton, they were exchanged for the wife of Tory Colonel Butler and were returned home. Both Colonel and Mrs. Campbell lived to an old age.
1st generation: William Campbell, of Wester Kames, cadet of the House of Auchinbreck.
2nd generation: William, b in Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland. Escaped to Ireland, took active part in siege of Londonderry in 1689.
3rd generation: James, b. 1690 in Londonderry, Ireland. Came to America, and to Cherry Valley in 1741, d. 1770, m. Sarah Simpson.
4th generation: Sarah, b. 1742 Cherry Valley, New York, d. June 15, 1778, m. James Willson in 1763.
Hopefully this provides some long sought information.