MONROE COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CAMPBELL, Robert
Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 20, 1999
A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
The McClure Company, Inc.
Robert (1760-1847) was born at Armagh, county Antrim, Ireland, his parents,
Archibald and his wife Jean Meathers, being of Scottish blood. In 1781 he
came to Philadelphia, and thence by way of Fincastle to Pickaway, where he at
length owned 1500 acres of the best land in that locality and from 30 to 40
slaves. Owing to an unpleasant experience in his early life he never
afterward incurred a debt. He was a heavy owner of livestock and a great
lender of money. He was a hard trader yet charitable. He was a justice and
otherwise prominent in the social and political life of the county. In
religion he was a Presbyterian and in politics a Democrat Since there was no
local bank in his time he kept large sums of money in his home. In Noveniber,
1846, he had $13,000 in his possession, a heavy payment having been made a
few days before a visit by five robbers. One of them broke into his sleeping
room, tore the money drawer from the table and tossed it through the window
to his companions. The aged man grappled with the robber, and two others came
through the window to his relief. But his son Andrew Campbell, a very large,
powerful man, heard the noise, rushed into the room, pitched two of the
would-be thieves out of the entrance they had used, and pursued the third.
The negro men came to the rescue and the robbers fled, nothing more being
heard of them. They secured no booty, the money being in another room. During
the affray the old gentleman was severely cut on the head with a club and the
son received several slight bruises. The wife of Robert was Lydia Jeifries, a
native of Wales, whom he was married to in 1791.
C: Archibald (Susan Jones)-Robert (1801-1880) (Sarah McDowell, 1830)-Matthew
(Virginia Brown)-Andrew (Ann Hawkins)
-Isaac (Mary A. Jenness, 1831)-Lewis (Mary Brown)-Caperton (Re-becca
Jennings)-Sarah (John Skaggs, 1817)-Jean (John Holsapple)-Mary (William
C. of Archibald: Robert, Dr. William, John, Allen, Wentworth, Margaret,
Mary. All these left the county.
C. of Robert: James (d. 1899)-Mary J. (Clark Johnson)-Ann (Cal-vin
Young)-John (d. 1903) (Alcesta Black)-Dr. Robert (d. 1862)-Marga ret S.
(Kenneth Williams) -Isabella (Thomas Williams) -Alcesta
-Sarah C. (Henry Dunn)-Burnett-Thompson (d. 1906)-Zerilda E. (Joseph
Brown)-Dr. Clark R.-Everett L.
C. of John of Robert: Edwin ( Frap)-Gertrud~Burnett-Catharine (James B.
C. of Matthew: Elizabeth, Jane, Amanda ( Smith), Nannie, Henry, William.
C. of Andrew: Mary J. (N. H. Roberts)-Frances A. (William Boyd)
-Archibald-Andrew N. (Eliza 3. Leach)-James P. (Fannie Crews)-Lewis E.-Isaac
N. (Mrs. Elizabeth Parker)-Nathaniel B. (Bettie Davis).
C. of Andrew N.-Nannie E., Nettie G., Andrew A., Kenna C., Wal-ter R., Crete
C. of James P.-Gertrude, Nannie M., Hattie, James, Carey.
C. of Isaac N.-Georgia.
C. of Nathaniel B.-Frank, Annie ( Shanklin).
C. of Isaac: Dr. Christopher C., John E., William H. H., Virginia 3. (Robert
C. of Lewis: Charles R., Henry B., Isaac, Andrew L., John, Mary A.
C. of Caperton: Elizabeth (James Parker), Ella D., John H., Lewis C.
Andrew N. Campbell served throughout the war of 1861 and was graduated from
the law school of Washington College during the presidency of General Robert
E. Lee, with whom he was personally acquainted. By reason of the test oath
restriction he was not admitted to the bar until 1870. As an attorney he
acquired a statewide reputation. He has represented his county in the state
legislature and has been a member of the Board of Regents of the West
Virginia University. In 1888-1896 he was judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit,
and was unanimously inominated by his party. In 1912 he retired from the
active practice of his profession. Judge Campbell enjoys the esteem and
respect of those who know him by reason of his kindly social qualities and
his abundant Store of anecdote and reminiscence.
Of the 29 grandsons of Robert Campbell all but one were in the Confederate
army. The sole exception was a resident of Illinois and a Southern
sympathizer. Two great grandsons, David Skaggs and Cephalus Black were also
in the same service.
Samuel (Margaret) died, 1814. C: Sarah (George Steele, 1800)-Samuel
(Elizabeth M. Steele, 1805)-Mary A. (Matthew Ellison, 1806)-Jane (Michael
Smith, 1808)-William-Rebecca-Isaac (1786-1860) (M )
The above John was the father of Jesse (1813-1909) and Anderson; Isaac, of
Clement, Calvin, Emily ( Vass), Elizabeth (Robert llumphreys, 1841).
Samuel (Elizabeth M. Steele) lived on Indian a mile and a half above Red
Sulphur. C: Robert D. (b. 1818) (Mary K. Johnson, 1850) Isaac-
( Vass) -Thomas-Will iam-Eliza (Wilson Shumate, 1841) –
Agnes ( Wheeler)-Polly ( Dunbar)-Amanda (Morgan
Barger, 1847)-Adaline (Christopher Handley). Thomas and Isaac were
proprietors of Red Sulphur Springs. They died before the war, William in 1879.
C. of Robert D.-Elizabeth M. (J. Oscar Neel)-Margaret E. (John
D. Beard-Charles W. (Jennie E. Ratliff of Wayne Co.)-George C.
(Susan Wylie, Eliza VanBuren)-Ann R. (Clark 0. Neel)-Lewis M.-Robert E.
(Annie McClaugherty)-Eldridge H. (Elizabeth Spessard)-Walter (Mary
Bowner)-Roxie (James Miller). L. M. and E. H. are physicians. W. M., an
attorney, lives in Cal. and G. C. in Arizona.
Charles W., an attorney of Huntington, is a circuit judge. C: Nannie
M., Ruth R., Rolla D., Jennie E., Charles W.
C. of R. E.-Catharine K., Robert M., Walter M., Mary E., Agnes M., William L.
C. of E. H.-Eldridge H., Elizabeth.
C. of Isaac: James A. (Margaret Rutherford)-William (k.
’61)-Thomas-Henry-Lewis-Robert-Erastus (0)-Mary ( Ballard).
C. of William of Samuel: Walter I., Edgar H., William, Emma.
Still another Campbell was William (d. 1827). C: James (Sarah
Young, 1806) -William-Thomas-Sarah (Alexander Hutchinson, 1807) -Polly (
Caldwell)-Mattie E. (William Chanley, 1811)-Rebecca (Joshua Callaway, 1808).