Col. Arthur Campbell

Male 1754 - 1811

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  • Name  Col. Arthur Campbell 
    Title  Col. 
    Born  3 Nov 1754  Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military  Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lieutenant Colonel of the (Washington County), Virginia militia.
    Died  8 Aug 1811  Middlesboro, Knox/Bell Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Early Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky - CAMPBELL, ARTHUR OF KNOX COUNTY - The famous Campbell family of the Scottish Highland was founded by Cailean Mor ("Colin the Great") who lived at Argyll nar the close of the thirteenth century. The name Campbell like Cameron, is derived from a nickname: "Caimbeul" meaning "Twisted mouth". The original form -Caimbeul- is from the Gaelic cam ("wry,twisted") and beul ("mouth"), supposedly an allusion to the personal appearance of an ancestor of the family. The principal Campbells of the Highlands came from the House of Argyll and from the Campbells of Breadalbane, Cawdor and Loudoun.

      Colonel Arthur Campbell was one of the most distinguished pioneers of the Southeastern Kentucky. He was of Scottish extraction and was born in Augusta County, Virginia, November 3, 1754, old style, and died at site of present Middlesboro, then Knox, now Bell County, August 8, 1811. He was a man of importance and very influential in the early affairs of Southwestern Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky. He represented Fincastle County in the first constitutional convention of Virginia in 1776; was one of the first justices of the peace of Washington County, and of Fincastle County, 1773; was county lieutenant of Washington County; and was a lieutenant colonel of the (Washington County), Virginia militia. (1)

      Colonel Campbell married his cousin, Margaret Campbell, daughter of Charles and sister to General William Campbell. In 1766 with his wife, he settled at Royal Oak, a mile east of present Marion, Smyth County, Virginia. Subsequently he settled on his plantation on Yellow Creek, site of present Middlesboro, Kentucky. He had acquired a very large estate of lands in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, negro slaves and other personal property at date of death, which was bequeathed to his widow and their children by will which was proved in the Knox (Kentucky) County Court in 1811.

      (Listed 11 of the 12 children)

      When Middlesboro first attracted the attention of the business people and was being developed, the grave of Colonel Arthur Campbell was discovered in an out-of-the-way place. The remains were removed by his Tennessee relatives and the grave newly marked. The grave was marked by an iron slab bearing the inscription:

      "Sacred to the memory of Colonel Arthur Campbell, who was born in Augusta County, Virginia, November 3, 1754, old style, and after a well-spent life, as his last moments did and well could approve, of sixty-seven years, eight months and twenty-five days, ere a constitution preserved by rigid temperance and otherwise moral and healthy, could but with reluctance consent. (4) The lamp was blown out by the devouring effects of a cancer on the eighth day of August, 1811, leaving a widow, six sons and six daughters to mourn his loss and emulate his virtues.

      "Here lies, entombed, a Revolutionary sage,
      An ardent patriot of the age.
      In erudition great, and useful knowledge to scan-
      In philanthropy hospitable, the friend to man,
      As a soldier brave Virtue, his morality.
      As a commander, prudent His religion, charity.
      He practiced temperance to preserve his health
      He used industry to acquire wealth.
      He studied physic to avoid disease.
      He studied himself to complete his plan.
      For his greatest study was to study man.
      His stature tall, His person portly,
      His features handsome, His manners courtly.
      Sleep, honored, sire In the realms of rest
      In doing justice to thy memory, A son is blest.
      A son is inheriting in full thy name,
      One who Aspires to all thy fame.
      (1) Virginians in the Revolutionary War, 1776-1785", by John H. Gwathmey, pages 1924-5.
      (4) "History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County. 1777-1870", by Lewis Preston Summers, 1903, page 463.
    Person ID  I0575  Campbell Family Southern Ohio
    Last Modified  23 Sep 2006 

    Family  Margaret Campbell 
     1. William Campbell
     2. John B. Campbell,   d. 28 Aug 1814
     3. Charles Lewis Campbell
     4. Arthur Lee Campbell
     5. James Campbell
     6. Elizabeth Campbell
     7. Margaret Campbell
    >8. Mary Campbell
     9. Jane B. Campbell
     10. Martha C. Campbell
     11. Ann Augusta Campbell
     12. son Campbell
    Family ID  F245  Group Sheet