NOTE: My interest in Archibald is identifying any siblings he may have had. If you have any clues, suspects, or speculations, I would love to hear it them!
Archibald Campbell, surveyor in Albany, NY, was b. 1 June 1735 (via his gravestone) and d. 24 Apr 1793. He m. Christina Starrenberg abt /bef 1777 (assumed from the date of the birth of his son Archibald, Jr.). Per his will 19 Feb 1793, he had sons John, Jacob, “and four others”, plus daughters Margaret, wife of Thomas Brissbrown, Hannah, Sarah, Caty, and Elizabeth.
My Note: I haven’t found an on-line transcription of Archibald’s will. I took this information from here.
UPDATE: One of Archibald’s descendants provided a transcription of his will (in the comments section)… Thank you so much!!
I’m certain I don’t connect directly to Archibald; however, I may have a clue as to his parents. I have written extensively on the following family but will summarize here and link below:
- John Campbell d. prior to 1764 Dec 28, when: “Renunciation by Margaret Campbell, the widow, in favor of her son, Archibald Campbell. (Will of John Campbell)”
- 1764 Dec 31, in Somerset Co, estate papers name: Margritt, wife, Archibald, eldest son, Greear Brown fellow Bondsman, and an inventory valued at £78.13.6
- In 1784, 20 years after the death of the above John Campbell, Archibald Campbell of Albany, NY advertised what was either his or his father’s farm, on the Bank of the Raritan River, as being for sale in the Political Intelligencer, New Brunswick. Interested parties are directed to Greear Brown or himself in Albany.
I have dedicated four sketches related to this John, his sister Jeanette who married Tobias Van Norden and a possible father Duncan:
From Electric Scotland, “Surveyor for Captain Lauchlin Campbell of the island of Isla was the surveyors, Archibald Campbell, of Raritan, New Jersey, and Christopher Yates, of Schenectady, who began their labors June 19, 1764…”
Archibald Campbell lived in Albany, NY during his adult life and while many families of the time maintained homes in both NYC and NJ, Albany is 167 miles N. of Raritan, NJ so it’s doubtful he visited Raritan often if at all. There are a couple records with regards to his family at the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany. Most significant is that it identifies his wife and a son Archibald.
- 4/8/1778 baptism of Archibald of Archibald Kemmel and Christina Starrenberg
- 6/6/1784 baptism of Pieter, born 2/23/1784, of Pieter Vroman and Wyntje Redlif,
- witnesses Archibald and Christina Camble
A short narrative about Archibald can be read here but I’ll summarize a facts which I have not collaborated but are very likely accurate.
- By 1766, he was paying taxes on an Albany house.
- In 1768, he married Christina Starenberg of the Schoharie Valley. The marriage produced In 1763, he is said to have been deeded a tract of family land in Albany County.
- In 1772, he laid out a 1.15 million acre tract in the Adirondacks. He also made a number of maps of the city of Albany.
- Represented Charlotte County in the Provincial Congress during Rev War. He also posted bail for some country people including his father-in-law
- During the 1780s, his store “opposite Mr. Denniston’s tavern” was advertized in the Albany newspaper. He sold imported tea, sugar, and window glass.
- He owned and leased a number of lots within the city limits.
- In 1787, he served as an inspector in the first ward.
- Member of the Albany Presbyterian church.
- In 1785 he was the deputy State Surveyor.
- In 1789, he patented 3,000 acres of bottomland (including two islands) in what became Tioga County.
- He also owned lands in New Jersey and near Sacandaga.
It is from a transcription of his gravestone that we learn Archibald’s date of birth. Archibald d. 24 Apr 1793 the rest of the inscription reads, 57 y 10 m 23 d and mentions he was a surveyor. There are also 2 William Campbell’s buried in the Presbyterian Burial Ground; one could be an un-named son.
- “Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, NY 1683-1809” C.T. Gotham, 1981
- Gravestone inscription: “The annals of Albany, Volume 3”, By Joel Munsell, p. 231 Available at Google Books