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Coll. No. 313
Scope and Content Note
The Campbell family papers highlight five generations of the Campbell family of Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York. The history of the family and their involvement in the legal and political scene of Cherry Valley and New York State is presented through correspondence, business and legal papers, photographs and daguerreotypes, land surveys, and writings and research notes on local history. The papers span the years from 1750 to 1925.
The majority of the collection revolves around the lives of three men, William B. Campbell (1768-1844), William W. Campbell (1806-1881), and Douglas Campbell (1840-1893). There is much correspondence between these men and other family members. Of particular note are the Civil War letters of Cleaveland J. Campbell, brother to Douglas, and numerous letters between Douglas and his son William A. Campbell while the latter was away at school and just beginning in the legal profession.
Also of interest are the numerous patent and Great Western Turnpike survey maps drawn by William B. Campbell and his contemporaries. The collection contains an extensive history of Schenectady (mainly late 18th century to first half of the 19th century) which focuses on early families and has many maps illustrating the histories of Schenectady streets and buildings. The early history of Cherry Valley is represented by papers relating to the Cherry Valley Academy and the Presbyterian Church, as well as the Academic Library and general town business (a portion of an 1814 census is among the papers).
Additionally, the collection includes papers relating to the Starkweather, Bowers, Crafts, and Paige families -- all related to the Campbells by marriage.
Series titles consisting of personal names followed by dates in parenthesis indicate birth and death dates rather than the date range of the manuscripts.
The Campbell family of Cherry Valley, New York, originated in Scotland. James Campbell, the first Campbell of Cherry Valley, was born in 1690 in Londonderry, Ireland. He moved to Boston in 1728 and found his way to Cherry Valley in 1741. After the 1770 death of James, son Colonel Samuel Campbell inherited his father's land patent, which became known as Auchinbreck. Samuel's six children were captured in the Cherry Valley Massacre of 1778, but all were later released.
The Campbell's penchant for the legal profession began with Col. Samuel Campbell and continued through the generations. It should also be mentioned that two family members, William W. Campbell (1806-1881) and Douglas Campbell (1840-1893), had a strong interest in history, which resulted in the publication of several historical works, notably The Annals of Tryon County, written by William W. Campbell.
In addition, Douglas Campbell (the 2nd) wrote a family history entitled, "The Campbells of Cherry Valley."
NOTE: Many dates are derived from the papers and should not be regarded as absolute or all-inclusive.
James Campbell (1690-1770)
Born in Londonderry, Ireland
Moved to Boston, Mass.
Brought family to Cherry Valley, N.Y.
Colonel Samuel Campbell (1738-1824)
Born in Londonderry, N.H.
Moved with family to Cherry Valley, N.Y.
His family is captured in Cherry Valley Massacre; all later released
Commissioner of highways
He served in the French War and in the Revolution as a colonel of the First Regiment of Tryon County Militia and sat in the state legislature.
John Campbell (1720-1810)
A farmer in Cherry Valley.
Dr. William B. Campbell (1768-1844)
Captured in the Cherry Valley Massacre
Treasurer and trustee of Cherry Valley Academy
Partner in Diell & Campbell (dry goods store in Cherry Valley)
Justice of the Peace, Otsego County
Elected by directors of Otsego Lake Turnpike Road to survey
He was also a farmer, doctor, surveyor general of New York State, university regent, and Cherry Valley Town Supervisor.
James S. Campbell (1772-1870)
Captured in the Cherry Valley Massacre, lived with the Caughnawagas
Coroner of Otsego County
Overseer of Highways in Cherry Valley
Treasurer and trustee of the Cherry Valley Academy
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Director for New York State Central Society for the Deaf and Dumb
President of the Cherry Valley Female Academy
Henry J. Campbell (d. 1884)
He lived primarily in New York City and Elizabethtown, N.Y. An attorney, for a time he was part of Whallen, Judd & Campbell. He also had an interest in iron mining.
George W. Campbell
He was deaf and dumb, attended a school for similarly handicapped students. Became a carpenter, inherited a portion of his father's farm and in the 1860s was growing apples.
Samuel B. Campbell (1811-1887)
An attorney who resided in Castleton, N.Y.
John Cannon Campbell (1817-1891)
Worked on Aqueduct Bridge
Worked with Indianapolis and Illinois Central Railway Company
Opened office of railway construction in New York City
Worked with Racine and Mississippi Railroad, Racine, Wis.
Worked at Harlem River and Porchester Railroad, New York City
Office of Public Works, New York City
President of North American Metaline Company, New York City
William W. Campbell (1806-1881)
Member of Congress
Judge of Superior Court of New York City
Judge of Supreme Court of New York City
Judge of Court of Appeals
An attorney, mainly working in New York City. Wrote several histories and biographies: The Annals of Tryon County, "Life of Mrs. Grant," "Life of Dewitt Clinton," and An Historical sketch of Robin Hood and Captain Kidd.
Alfred E. Campbell (m. 1824)
Lived in Wayne County, N.Y.
Moved to Newark, N.J.
Minister in Palmyra, N.Y.
Living in Ithaca, N.Y.
Living in New York City
Associated with the American & Foreign Christian Union
Mined in Sacramento, Calif., then traveled to Panama
Physician in Gloversville
Lived in Galena
Lived in Dunleith
A physician; lost an eye.
Douglas Campbell (1840-1893)
Harvard Law School
Attorney with Hilton, Campbell and Bell, New York City
Partner in Campbell & Paige
As an attorney he was based in New York City. He was also a partner in Campbell and Bell. Served in Civil War as a captain. Member of Sigma Phi Society, New-York Historical Society, Century Club, and Union League Club. Wrote The Puritan in Holland, England, and America.
Helen S. Campbell
Visited Florence, Italy
Patient at Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Patient at Brigham Hall, Canandaigua, N.Y.
She often stayed with her Uncle Samuel B. Campbell in Castleton. Later came under guardianship to her brother Douglas.
Colin Campbell (ca. 1838-1858)
Member of Sigma Phi Society. Died in sailing accident in Castleton.
Cleaveland J. Campbell (1838-1865)
Started Irving S. and Cleaveland J. (IS & CJ) Campbell Law & Collection Office, New York
Served in Civil War, became a captain of division of Colored Troops
Lewis Averill Campbell (b. 1842, m. 1868)
In school in Andover, Mass.
Started Campbell & Co., Forwarding and Commission Merchants in Lumber
L.A. Campbell & Co., (lumber) Toledo, Ohio
Sheriffs office, Toledo, Ohio
Lived in New Mexico
Organized electric company in Massachusetts
Douglas Campbell (d. 1950)
William A. Campbell (d. 1925)
Attended St. Paul's School
Attended Harvard Law School
Worked at Choate & Beaman law firm
Also worked for Edward Winslow Paige; Rollins & Rollins; Rothwell, Harper & Matthews.
Harriet Mumford Campbell ("Sistie")
Attended Miss Porter's School, Fannington, Conn.
Maria Starkweather Campbell
Served as private in New York Militia
Representative in New York State Legislature
Separated from wife, Marcia Averell
Legally separated from Marcia Averell
Lived mainly in Cooperstown.
Resident of Cherry Valley and contemporary of William B. Campbell. Merchant; overseer of the poor for Cherry Valley.
Henry Bowers (d. 1800) and Mary Bowers
Lived in New York City. The grandparents of Harriet Bowers Paige (Douglas Campbell's wife).
Attended Williams College
Member of Assembly, New York
Justice of Supreme Court of New York State
Judge of the Court of Appeals
Member of Constitutional Convention
Benjamin Maverick Mumford
Fire warden and fireman for New York City
A Schenectady merchant.
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