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Matthew  Campbell

Matthew Campbell

Male 1840 - 1887  (46 years)

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  • Name Matthew Campbell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 25 Aug 1840  Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 6 Sep 1840  Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    AFN 207P-VH8 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer 
    Died 23 Jun 1887  Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6, 7
    Buried 25 Jun 1887  Oswego Twnsp Cem, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I4102  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2012 

    Father William Campbell,   b. Abt 1799, Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1875, Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Mary Fulton,   b. Abt 1805, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1858, Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1830  Riccarton Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F1528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Hastings,   b. 19 Feb 1851, La Prairie Twsp, Marshall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1916, Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 30 Mar 1877  Marshall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 9, 10, 11
    Children 
     1. William Henry Campbell,   b. 29 Jan 1878, Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1947, Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. George Hastings Campbell,   b. 12 Oct 1879, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1967, Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Ellen Rae Campbell,   b. 23 Oct 1881, Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1962, Waterman, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. James Hastings Campbell,   b. 4 Sep 1884,   d. 17 Aug 1885, Oswego, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Matthew Campbell,   b. 15 Feb 1886, Kendall Twsp, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1961  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 12:43:00 
    Family ID F1481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Matthew Campbell
    Matthew Campbell
    Abt 1886

    Documents
    'Mathew' Campbell
    "Mathew" Campbell
    Illinois Death Register (1887)

    Headstones
    Matthew Campbell
    Matthew Campbell
    (Oct 2001)
    Photo courtesy of James Seidelman
    Matthew & Elizabeth (Hastings) Campbell
    Matthew & Elizabeth (Hastings) Campbell
    (Oct 2001)
    Photo courtesy of James Seidelman

  • Notes 
    • PAROCHIAL REGISTER, CO. OF AYR, RICCARTON, vol. 611/2, records:
      "Campbell. Matthew, son of William Campbell and Mary Fulton was born 30th [sic] Aug. 1840 & baptized 6th Sep." [LDS Film 1041404, frame 379] Because all other sources list the birth date as 25 Aug 1840, it is assumed here that the parochial compiler got it wrong by a few days.

      F.H. Groome, ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, p. 1379 (1903), states:
      "Riccarton, a parish on the northern border of Kyle district, Ayrshire, containing the Riccarton suburb of Kilmarnock and the greater part of the town of Hurlford. It is bounded N by Kilmarnock, E by Galston, S by Craigie, SW by Symington, and W by Dundonald. Its utmost length, from E to W, is 4 1/2 miles; and its utmost breadth, from N to S, is 2 3/4 miles.... The river Irvine winds 7 1/8 miles west-south-westward along all the northern border.... At the NE corner of the parish it is joined by Cessnock Water, which winds 5 miles north-by-eastward.... The banks of Cessnock Water are picturesque, but those of the Irvine are very tame. *** The name Riccarton was originally Richardstown or Ricardston, and seems to have been derived from a Richard Wallace, whom tradition declares to have been the uncle of the celebrated Sir William, the patriot, but who probably lived too early to claim that honour. In the 13th and 14th centuries the lands of Ricardston belonged to a family of the name of Wallace, or, as the word was anciently written, Waleys. *** The parish church surmounts a mound in the southern suburb of Kilmarnock ... formerly known as the 'Seat of Justice.' "

      N. Bateman & P. Selby, HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS AND HISTORY OF KENDALL COUNTY, p. 960 (1914), record:
      "Campbell, Matthew (deceased), one of the pioneers and representative residents of Kendall County in its earlier days, was born near Glasgow, Scotland, August 25, 1840. When he was nineteen years old [1859] he emigrated to the United States, coming direct to Kendall County and for some years he worked for James Stevenson in this county. He was married in Marshall County, Ill., March 30, 1877, to Miss Elizabeth Hastings who was born in that county February 19, 1851, a daughter of George and Helen (Rae) Hastings, natives of Scotland, where they married. About 1844 they [the Hastings] came to Marshall County, Ill. After his marriage Mr. Campbell settled in Kendall Township, and continued to reside here until his death on June 23, 1887. His widow survives and makes her home in Aurora. To Mr. Campbell and wife were born five children: William, George H., Ellen Rae, James H. and Matthew."

      That Matthew emigrated about 1859 is consistent with the Scottish census reports. The 1851 Census shows "Mathew" [sic] living in the family home in Riccarton Parish; the 1861 Census shows that he was no longer in the family home. Census of Great Britain, 1851, Riccarton Parish, Ayr, Scotland, Enumeration Book #3 [LDS Film 1042409] and 1861 Census, Riccarton Parish, Ayr (#611), Enumeration Division #3 (by John Millar)[LDS Film 0103806].

      Precisely when Matthew emigrated, what ship he took, where he departed, and where and when he disembarked are unknown. Numerous searches have revealed no data.

      The 1870 Illinois census lists Matthew living with his brother James in Kendall County. It provides: "Campbell, James, 25, M[ale], W[hite], Farmer, Scotland." Right below him is listed "Matthew, 28 [sic], M, W, Farmer, Scotland." 1870 U.S. Census, Kendall twsp, Kendall Cnty, IL (M 593, Roll 239, stamped p. 385). See also Elmer G. Dickson, 1870 Census of Kendall County, IL, p. 144 (published by E.G.Dickson, Chico, CA: 1994). Mr. Dickson wrote, in an Email to Wm.C.Snouffer (25 Oct 2002): "For your information, the Campbell brothers were living in northeast Kendall Township in or near the area referred to as Specie Grove."

      The 1880 Illinois census lists "Camble, Mathew," a 39 year old farmer born in Scotland to Scottish parents, living with his wife "Elisabeth," 29, and two sons, both born in Illinois: William, 2, and George H, 7 months. Also in the household are two farm hands, James McMurtire, 24, from Scotland and Lewis Henson, 56, from Denmark. 1880 U.S. Census, Kendall, Kendall Cnty, IL (T 9, Roll 219, stamped p. 329)(the census indexer misread the "b" for and "h," so the surname is indexed as "Camhle"). See also: Elmer G. Dickson, 1880 Census of Kendall County, IL, p. 119 (published by E.G.Dickson, Chico, CA: 1994).

      According to Naturalization Records maintained by the Kendall County, IL, Circuit Court Clerk, Matthew became a United States citizen on 6 April 1876.

      The Record of Marriage, Marshall Cnty, IL, reads:
      "Mr. Matthew Campbell, Kendall Illinois was married to Ms. Lizzie Hastings, LaPrairie Illinois in Marshall County on the 30th day of March A.D. 1877 by H.H.Houston, a Minister of the Gosepl."

      Obituary, Kendall County Record (29 Jun 1887):
      "There were several burials in the Oswego Cemetery during the last week of persons from outside of this town; *** Another was Matthew Campbell of Kendall Township....
      "Mr. Matthew Campbell died at his residence about 2 miles southeast of Yorkville last Thursday afternoon [June 23], from consumption, having been an invalid for many months. The funeral was held at the house Saturday morning, conducted by Reverend Thos. Galt and Rev. T. F. Jessup; the remains were buried in the Oswego Cemetery.
      "Mr. Campbell was one of our best farmers. Recently he bought the Henry Jessup farm and had got [it] nicely fixed when disease prostrated him, and finally death claimed him. Matthew Campbell had many friends, and they extend sympathy to his widow and children."

      "Card of Thanks -- We desire to return our sincere thanks to the kind friends and neighbors who were so thoughtful of us during the illness and death of the husband and father. Who by their acts of kindness and comfort helped us bear the burden which otherwise would have seemed more than we could bear and words fail us when we try to express our thanks, but may they in like manner be remembered, and 'When they have reached the last milestone / And look back o'er the pathway they have trod / May they know they have done their whole duty / To themselves and their friends and their God' is the wish of Mrs. Mathew [sic] Campbell and family."

      Matthew's death certificate, No. 708, filed in Kendall County, IL, 28 June 1887, states that "Mathew" died 23 June 1887 after suffering for one year with "phthisis pulmonalis" [or tuberculosis; the obituary says "consumption"], and that he was buried 25 June 1887 in Oswego, IL. It also states that he was 48 years old and had resided in Illinois for 23 years. The death record further states that he was of "Scotch" nationality and that he was born in Ayrshire. (See, Register of Deaths, IL Regional Archives Depository, Northern IL Univ., Dekalb, IL 60115.)

      At the time of his death, Matthew Campbell owned "Two farms in Kendall township, and horses, cattle, sheep and farm machinery and Household Furniture ... estimated to be worth about Two Thousand Dollars." See Kendall County Circuit Court, Petition for Letters Testamentary (19 July 1887).

  • Sources 
    1. [S297] Ayr Parochial Register 611/2 |, Ayr County, Scotland; Parochial Register, Riccarton [Parish], vol. 611/2, (Scottish Church Records, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (Film 1041404)), frame 379.

    2. [S734] Dickson's Kendall Cnty Pg|, Elmer G. Dickson, "The Kendall County, Illinos Home Page," Part of the USGenWeb Project, (http://kendallkin.org ), (Burials Alphabetical).

    3. [S292] Cathy Campbell |, Mary Cathleen Campbell Knopp, "Campbell/Croushorn/Nuss/Dann Family", (Mary Knopp, Rochester, MN; Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/659527/listofallpeople).

    4. [S1056] Hastings-McCuen|, Florence M. McCuen Strohm, The History of the Hastings-McCuen Family (1772-1995), (Florence M. Strohm (1995)[unpublished, unpaginated booklet, based on personal knowledge; 20 pages]).

    5. [S569] Kendall Cnty IL Deaths|, Kendall County, IL, "Register of Deaths", (Kendall County, 111 W. Fox St., Yorkville, IL 60560), p.55.

    6. [S566] Cem - Oswego, Kendall Cnty, IL |, Elmer Dickson, "Oswego Township Cemetery" : 1998, (Kendall County Historical Society, PO Box 123, Yorkville, Il 60560), p.7.

    7. [S287] Kendall Cnty IL Record|, Kendall County [IL] Record, (Kendall County Record, 222 S. Bridge St., PO Box J, Yorkville, Il 60560), (29 Jun 1887).

    8. [S297] Ayr Parochial Register 611/2 |, Ayr County, Scotland; Parochial Register, Riccarton [Parish], vol. 611/2, (Scottish Church Records, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (Film 1041404)), frame 436.

    9. [S286] Marshall Cnty, IL, Marshall County, IL, "Marriage Record", (Marshall County Clerk's Office, Lacon, IL 61540), Marriage Record Certificate.

    10. [S287] Kendall Cnty IL Record|, Kendall County [IL] Record, (Kendall County Record, 222 S. Bridge St., PO Box J, Yorkville, Il 60560), (22 Jan 1916).

    11. [S4] Hastings|, D. Gale Hastings, "Family History Chart", (D. Gale Hastings : 12 Nov 1995).