When I started researching the Campbell’s of East New Jersey, I was hoping to find a Robert Campbell who was a loyalist during the Revolutionary War. I will write much more about him in a future sketch but he was said to be b. abt 1756.
Family history states that Robert was a law student prior to the War and his family had come to “America in the late 1600’s following the Duke of Argyle’s execution, during the reign of King James II of England”. He joined Butler’s Ranger’s as early as 1776 but for sure by 1783 when he was listed as taking rations as a single person.
By 1786 he lived in Canada and married to Mary Smith, dau of Francis Smith and had a son and a daughter. In 1787, he was living in what would later become Grantham Township in the County of Lincoln (Canada).
Needless to say, I haven’t found the above Robert. However, there is an Robert Campbell who was a loyalist in Monmouth County, NJ. I can’t place my Robert with this Robert but if anyone has even a thought about any info presented here please, please, please let me know!!!
There are several Robert Campbells of ENJ. I know of 3 that were imported as servants in 1684 and 1685. One was for John Campbell, Proprietor, one for Lord Neil Campbell (LNC) and the other was for a David Vilant, also a Proprietor. David Vilant may have come to ENJ as late as 1687 when he claimed headrights for his children and 7 servants (not named). However, in 1688, David Mudy (Mundie/Mundy), also a Proprietor, gave a mortgage to Vilant using Vilant’s servants cattle as security. In that transaction a Robert and a James Campbell were listed.
- Chattel Mortgage. David MUDY senior of Amboy Perth to David VILANT of the same place, on the servants cattle, viz: Patrick WARDROPER, George SCOTT, Duncan ROBERTSONE, Catharina HERRIES, Robert and James CAMPBLE.
As a side note, in 1695, Mudie, David, of Perth Amboy, inventory metioned “the boy” Robert Campbell and gave him £10 in his will for his “time”. I can’t be sure if Mudie’s “boy” Robert is the same as Vilant’s servant originally listed with James but it’s worth mentioning (will is transcribed below).
I haven’t accounted for the 3 Robert’s and doubtful that we can ever know for sure. One, I have covered a sketch: 9 – Robert Campbell, Servant Essex Co That Robert lived in or around Newark and may have been one of the servants. He (probably) had sons John, Samuel, Nathaniel, James and possibly Robert Jr.
That leaves 2 remaining….
The next Robert Campbell lived in Sussex, Co and left a will dtd 1776. This Robert is probably not one of the original imported Roberts due to his age. While not impossible, he would have been 90 – 100+ at the time of his death assuming he came as a small child in 1685-1687. That Robert is presumed to have sons, Robert, Daniel and Obadiah who probably moved to Northumberland Co, PA. I detailed him in a sketch 26- Children of John Campbell of Piscataway. There are several theories about this Robert and I don’t know who is right but I’m fairly comfortable he was not in Monmouth Co which distinguishes him from others.
Robert Campbell of Fresh Ponds, Middlesex, NJ
There was an adult Robert Campbell in Monmouth Co circa 1723. He was associated with the family I sketched here: 31 – John Campbell of Manalapan (Monmouth Co). I included some info at the bottom of this sketch so as not to muddle up names here.
In 1753, we find Duncan, the son a John Campbell, living in an area in Middlesex, NJ called Fresh Ponds. Duncan was of Monmouth Co in 1731, however I believe he moved to nearby Middlesex Co about 1739. Duncan is also discussed at the bottom of the linked sketch above. In “Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey” by New Jersey Historical Society, p. 266, we find a reference to Fresh Ponds:
- TO be Sold by James Parker two Lots of Land the Title indisputable situate at the Fresh Ponds in the County of Middlesex and Province of New Jersey several Miles from New Brunswick and five Miles from South River Landing; one bounded on Duncan Campbell and William Cheesman’s containing 280 Acres, the other bounded by said Campbell and John Ireland’s containing 210 Acres; both well water’d and timber’d. Whoever inclines to purchase either of said Lots may apply to Andrew Johnston Esq at Perth Amboy, or said Parker at New York. – The NY Gazette or the Weekly Post Boy, June 4, 1753
Not sure if it matters but I also found a will that mentions living in Monmouth Co but keep a salt meadow in Fresh Ponds, Middlex Co – So people kept property in both places.
- Will of Job Cook, 1778 Mar 12 of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, yeoman. Mentions Son, Jesse, land where I live, and my salt meadow at Fresh Pond, and all that formerly belonged to Christofer Gifford
In 1769 and again in 1771, there were advertisements placed in a New York Newspaper by a Robert Campbell trying to sell several pieces of property in Monmouth Co including a Tavern. In addition, he was selling:
- “a Plantation belonging to the Subscriber, at Fresh-Pounds (Ponds), in the Corporation of New-Brunswick, containing about 100 Acres of good Wheat Land, lying on the Stage Road that leads from Philadelphia to Amboy, 90 of which are cleared, and on which there is a great Quantity of Fruit Trees, such as Mulberries, Apples, Peaches and Cherries, being situated within three Miles of two Forges and four of a Landing.”
Full transcriptions of the articles are given below
Then in 1777 “Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey – Vol 1” Edited by William S Stryker A.M. LL. D. Adjunct-General of New Jersey p. 474 we find:
- On Thursday Evening the 9th of October was buried in Trinity Church Yard in this City, Mrs Jane Campbell, Widow of Mr. Robert Campbell of Fresh Ponds in New Jersey. Daughter of Mr Andrew Gillaspie of Enniskillen in Ireland, and Sister to Mr John Gillaspie of Charlestown, South Carolina, she was 70 years of Age. New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury, October 13, 1777 (MY NOTE: Another paper gives her age as 74)
So from all of the above we have circumstantial evidence of a Robert Campbell living near the John Campbell Family of Manalapan Brook, then again living near to the son of a John Campbell (Duncan) in Fresh Ponds. I have no clue as to the relationship of these 2 families nor can I say that the Robert who witnessed a 1723 will was the same Robert who was selling land as late as 1771.
From Jane Campbell’s obituary, we know her husband d. before 1777. Jane was b. about 1703 or 1707.
There is a grave of Andrew Campbell, Son of Robert and Jane Campbell, Aged 16y 2m & 20d. Andrew was b. Sept 1744 and d. 11 Nov 1766. He is buried at Saint Peters Church Cemetery, Spotswood, Middlesex County
I’m going to discuss who I believe to be Robert Campbell Jr of Fresh Ponds, Middlesex, NJ later in this sketch.
Early Records of Christ Church, Shrewsbury
There is a book “Historical and Genealogical Miscellany : Volume 1: data relating to the settlement and settlers of New York and New Jersey” , [compiled by] John E. Stillwell. Published 1903. In it you can find some of the early records of Christ Church, Shrewsbury. You can link to a PDF version here. The following are records I found for a Robert Campbell, listed cronalogically.
- Baptism: 9 Feb 1746, William s/o Robert & Frances Campbell age 5 years (no idea who Frances is – This may be yet another Robert? Perhaps father to the Robert Sr of Fresh Ponds?)
- Burial: 24 Sept 1747 Robert Campbell – (Maybe the above Robert?)
- Burial: 3 Nov 1750 Mrs Campbell (Not sure if related to a Robert but thought I would list here just in case)
- Baptism: Unk Month 25, 1757 Mary, wife of Robert Campbell, an adult, Freehold
- Baptism: Unk Month 25, 1757 Jane d/o Robert and Mary Campbell Freehold
- Baptism: 27 Sept 1759, Matthias, s/o Robert Campbell Freehold (MY NOTE: Matthias died and is buried at Saint Peters Church Cemetery, Spotswood, Middlesex County), Birth: Dec., 1758, Death: Oct. 15, 1760, Son of Robert and Mary Campbell
- Baptism: 11 July 1762 Isabella d/o Robert Campbell Freehold
- Baptism: July 22 1764, Andrew s/o Robert Campbell of Freehold
- Baptism 27 Apr 1766, Mary d/o Robert Campbell
From the above records, I’m not sure about the first four, but I think that the Robert who m. Mary was the son of Robert and Jane from Fresh Ponds. Admittedly my evidence is circumstantial but Robert Sr and Jane had a son Andrew who died at age 16. Later, Robert Jr and Mary named a son Andrew. In addition, Robert Jr had a son Matthias who died and is buried in the same cemetery. So if I’m right the (incomplete) genealogy would look like:
Robert Campbell Sr. m. Jane Gillespie (dau of Andrew Gillespie, sister of John Gillespie of SC). Robert d. between 1771 and 1777 (although he could have d. much sooner and perhaps in 1747). Jane Gillespie Campbell was b. either 1703 or 1707 and d. 1777 in NY
- Son: Robert Campbell Jr of Fresh Ponds
- Son: Andrew Campbell b. Sept 1744 and d. 11 Nov 1766.
Robert Campbell Jr of Fresh Ponds, probably b. btw 1730-1744, married Mary. Mary was baptized as an adult in Christ’s Church Shrewsbury in 1757. Children of Robert Campbell Jr and Mary are:
- Jane b. abt 1757
- Mattias b. Dec., 1758, d. Oct. 15, 1760 Burial: Saint Peters Church Cemetery, Spotswood, Middlesex County, NJ
- Isabella, baptized 11 July 1762
- Andrew, baptized July 22 1764
- Mary, baptized 27 Apr 1766
As a side note, John Campbell Jr, subject of 30 – John Campbell Jr of Freehold also attended the Church of Shrewsbury and the baptismal records of his children with Rachel Walker are also detailed in those records. John’s children’s records by his second marriage to Henrietta Covenhoven are found at Tennents Church.
Robert Campbell Jr of Fresh Ponds
Robert Campbell Jr came to own the Tavern and several lots listed in the above referenced newspaper articles so obviously, they did not sell between 1769 – 1771. This Robert Campbell was a fierce loyalist and spent much of the Rev War in service to the British. I have included several references below detail his activities. In short:
- Robert has wife and 3 children. In 1775, he went to Boston as a refugee. In 1786, he returned to NJ having been absent since 1775
- From 25 August 1783 until November 1787 he was at St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada
- November 1787 went to “Scotland and England to gather together his children and grandchildren who had been scattered by the war”
- 100 acre Farm in city of New Brunswick occupied by father since 1729 and claimant since his death.
- 137 1/2 a in Monmouth Town near Scotch Meeting House at head of Deep Run
- Adjoining lot of land 39 1/2 acres with 5 houses
- 177 acres in Freehold known as Campbell Town or Campbell’s Tavern.
- In testimony, John Perrine said they had the property for at least 50 years and known him from his youth. He also knew of Robert’s father owning a farm at Fresh Ponds, NJ.
- Cornelius Pease, Thomas and John Smith also deposed for Robert and said they had been near neighbors. William Franklin of London recommended Robert (perhaps the former Gov. of NJ and loyalist son of Benjamin Franklin ???). And finally, William Perrin also testified.
There is another claim which I am pretty sure is this Robert. You can see it below but it states that Robert was a surveyor and merchant, settled in St. John’s, New Brunswick (Canada) after the war.
I also want to mention briefly about yet another Capt Robert Campbell, Loyalist, who was from NY. He was captain of a schooner called the Morning Star. Our Robert Jr mentions in his loyalist claim that he Captain’d a ship (or two) but these Roberts are not the same people. The Capt of the Morning Star was killed, Robert Jr of Fresh Ponds survived the War. There are several articles relating to the Morning Star on line. I detailed one below – but don’t get these Roberts confused.
Eventually Robert Campbell Jr’s land was confiscated by the American government to be sold at auction in 1780. From “Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey Vol IV” by William Nelson, Pub 1914 – Google book – pg 519-520
- To be sold at Public Vendue – On Saterday the 22d inst, At the Coffee House – THAT valuable TRACT of LAND in lower Freehold formerly Robert Campbell’s, adjoining said Campbell’s Tavern, containing one hundred and thirty-four acres, about fifteen acres of which, is good upland cleared, and ten acres excellent improved rich bottom’d meadow; situate about five miles from Monmouth Court House, and about four miles from Middle-Town Point, very convenient for a store as it lays on the Cross Roads, leading from Shrewsbury to Monmouth Court House; part of which is now under good fence, and the land well timbered ; its very convenient to a grist-mill, and near Mr. Tennant’s Meeting House; Any person inclining to purchase before the time of Sale may apply to JOHN L. JOHN SOX, in South Amboy, in the County of Middlesex, (New-Jersey) or to ANANIAS COOPE, in Philadelphia.
That’s about all I know of the above Robert. I would really like to know the names of the surviving children and grandchildren that had been “scattered by the war”. I feel he is probably not the father of the Robert for whom I am looking, but he could be a relative.
As to whether this family was related to the other Campbell’s in Monmouth Co at the time of the Rev War? I can’t be sure and other than proximity, I have no reason to believe they were. No other family had children named Robert that I can tell. The original Robert of Monmouth Co may have been an imported servant but again…. Who knows?!?
My other thought is that while I have treated this as a 2 generation family in this sketch, I am going forward with the thought we may have 3 generations here: Robert who m. Francis in the church records > Robert who m. Jane and had land at Fresh Ponds > Robert Campbell Jr who m. Mary and was a loyalist.
I’ll of course update if I discover any new information. Again, if anyone has any thoughts, I would love to hear them!
UPDATE: I have found a bit more information. While I can’t name all the children of Robert Campbell and Mary his wife, I can say there was a Robert Campbell JR which pretty much eliminates this family as potentially being the family of Robert Campbell who lived in Grantham Township in the County of Lincoln (Canada).
From “The New Brunswick Magazine, Vol 2”, William Kilby Reynolds, 1899:
- In 1788, Captain Robert Campbell published a map of the St John river from the Bay of Fundy to Fredericton including the tributaries which he claimed was the first ever published. A copy of this rare map is preserved in the archive of the New Brunswick Historical Society. It is entitled A Map of the Great River St John & Waters the first ever published from the Bay of Findy up to St Anns or Fredericks Town being little Known by White People until 1781. Settled by the American Loyalists then part of Nova Scotia now called New Brunswick from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1784 85 86 and 87 by Robert Campbell, Surveyor Capt of the 40th Company of St John’s Loyalists. The map is printed from an engraved plate and beautifully done but the names are not as correct as in Lieutenant Campbell’s map. It was publisher in London July 10, 1788. Captain Robert Campbell and his son Robert Campbell Jr were grantees of St John in 1783 and drew lots 708 and 709 on the south side of Orange street.
It also appears that Robert and his son Robert Jr were applying for several lots of land in Sunbury Co. I am unsure if they were ever granted the land or lived there. At http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbsunbur/land02.htm we find the following Campbell records, most surely belonging to this family:
- Campbell, Dugald: (see DePeyster, Abraham ) Abraham DePeyster, Thos. Golden and Dugald Campbell, at Underhill’s Tavern, for inquest for Townships of Maugerville, Burton and Sunbury. (MY NOTE: Unsure of relationship)
- Campbell, Mary (Widow): (see McCalpine, Walter; 1786): 1787 Walter McCalpine, John Wheeler, John Davis, Timothy Parke, Peter McAlpine, Samuel Theall, Tertullus Theall, Isaac Parker, Widow Mary Morse, Widow Mary Campbell and Gilbert Flowler ask for leave to choose land on Swan Creek.
- Campbell, Mary (see Campbell, Robert; 1785)
- 1794 Robert Campbell, asks for lot No.12 and asks for 200 acres for each of his children.
- 1796 Robert Campbell, states order from the Lords of the Treasury in England, was issued in 1794, giving him 700 acres and he asks for it on Oromocto River.
- 1785 Robert Campbell, Capt. of the 40th Comp. of Loyalist, asks for land on the Oromocto River.
- 1785 Robert Campbell asks for lots on the Oromocto River for the following, widow Sarah Gillaspie, Mary Campbell, William Carre, Elizabeth Mather and Robert Campbell, Jr.
- 1785 Robert Campbell, Capt. in 40th Company of St. John Militia, asks for land on the Oromocto.
- 1794 Robert Campbell, late of New Jersey, asks for 700 acres, being lots Nos. 4, 5, 6, Welches’ Survey, north side Oromocto.
- 1794 Robert Campbell – remonstrance respecting application of land on the Oromocto River.
- Campbell, Robert Jr. (see Campbell, Robert; 1785)
The above land records actually raise some questions as to whom the actual Capt. of the 40th Comp. of Loyalist is. I think it is Robert Campbell JR. I also think that JR was the surveyor mentioned in the Loyalist claim below. His father is the Robert who had the longer claim and went to Scotland and England to gather together his children and grandchildren who had been scattered by the war.
Also, the 1786 reference to the widow Mary Campbell is a bit confusing as it she could be the the Wife of SR. The problem is that SR was alive as late as 1788 when he wrote a letter petitioning the Crown for reimbursement of the loss of his property in Monmouth County NJ. It is either another Mary who married into this family or I have JR and SR’s loyalist claims confused.
I’ll let the reader decide that one! But tell me if you disagree!!
Supporting Documentation and References
Robert Campbell in Monmouth Co Circa 1723
In Sketch 31 – John Campbell of Manalapan (Monmouth Co) I discussed a John Campbell who could have been one of the ENJ imported servants. That John was a neighbor to William Davidson.
- John was a friend to William Davidson. Davidson was an imported servant.
- 1690: John received land from John Reid. Because of the date, I am assuming this was his headlands but it is not stated. William Davidson purchased (?) land next to John Campbell.
- 1695: John sold land to William Davidson
- 1723: William Davidson’s will was witnessed by William Davidson (son?), Thomas Laten, Robert Campbell, Janet Layton. George Davidson was named as William’s son.
It was 30 years after the 1695 sale so it’s hard to prove a relationship based on this but I mention it here for reference.
Newspapers Articles for Robert Campbell of Fresh Ponds (Pre-Rev War)
The New York Gazette or Weekly Post Boy, No. 1374, May 1, 1769:
To be sold, on Wednesday the 10th of May inst. at the House of Robert Campbell, at Freehold, in the County of Monmouth, the following Lots and Parcels of Land in said Township, viz. The noted Tavern, known by the Name of Campbell’s Tavern, perhaps one of the best stands in the County, a good Dwelling House with five Rooms and four Fire Places, a good Kitchen and Garden pailed in, as also a good bearing Orchard of 120 Apple Trees; besides Peach and Cherry Trees, of the best Sort, with about 100 Acres of Land. Also another Tract of Land adjoining on the South Side of the Road, where said Tavern stands, with about 100 Acres of Land, 30 of which are good Meadow, chiefly of the best Sort; there is also a good Dwelling House, Barn, and a young bearing Orchard of 150 Trees; also sundry Lots of Land and Meadow lying adjacent, will be sold at the same Time. The Vendue to continue two Days, if all is not sold the first. Also to be sold at private Sale, a Plantation belonging to the Subscriber, at Fresh-Pounds (Ponds), in the Corporation of New-Brunswick, containing about 100 Acres of good Wheat Land, lying on the Stage Road that leads from Philadelphia to Amboy, 90 of which are cleared, and on which there is a great Quantity of Fruit Trees, such as Mulberries, Apples, Peaches and Cherries, being situated within three Miles of two Forges and four of a Landing. An indisputable Title will be given. Good Bonds, on Interest will be taken, if it does not suit the Purchaser to pay Cash. The Vendue to begin at Ten of the Clock. – Robert Campbell
“Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey” by New Jersey Historical Society, Pg. 459-460
The New York Gazette; and The Weekly Mercury, No 1019, May 6, 1771
Monmouth County, May 6 1771, To be sold by the SUBSCRIBER, SUNDRY Lots of Land in said County viz .The noted Tavern in Freehold known by the Name of Campbell’s Tavern perhaps one of the best Stands in said County with 100 acres of Land has a com modious (?) House with four Fire places and a good stable; also a good Orchard of 150 Apple Trees of the best Sort; besides other Fruit Trees a long rail’d Garden with a Prospect of five publick Roads, is situate within six Miles of Middle town Point, and eleven of Amboy. Also another Plantation adjoining the above only separated by a large Market Road with about 120 Acres of Land, 30 of which is good Meadow Ground chiefly fit for the Scythe; with a good House and Barn and Orchard of 150 Apple-Trees now in the Possession of the Subscriber; it is deemed a fine Stand for a Country Store being (as well as the Tavern) several Miles distant from any other in that way. Also a House and Lot of 8 Acres adjoining two publick Roads adjacent very suitable for any Branch the Country requires. Also sundry Lots of Land and Meadow lying near New Forrest about one Mile from the above Lots. Also a Farm of about 100 Acres of good Wheat Land with a good Orchard and other Improvements the Buildings, large but somewhat out of Repair, situate near the Stage Road at Fresh Pond, seven short Miles from Brunswick and four from South River Landing; for the other good Properties that attend its situation the Purchaser can satisfy himself on seeing the Place. The Tavern may be entered on immediately. An indisputable Title with easy payments will be given by ROBERT CAMPBELL
Loyalist Activities of Robert Campbell Jr of Fresh Ponds
From a book called: “American Loyalist Claims Vol 1”, by National Geanological Society, pg 79-80 (My Note: I only have a photocopy of the page so no more information on the book – I believe this to be Robert Campbell SR s/o Robert and Jane Campbell of Fresh Ponds)
Campbell, Robert, Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey, October 1775, went to Boston as refugee; 28 March 1776 was taken prisoner by two rebel boats from Cape Cod from Sloop Sally, 90 tons, of which he was commander and half owner, put into custody of Capt. Joseph Smith and removed in July 2 Cotton Gaol. Until 18 December 1776, kept close confined supporting self on credit from a merchant, Joseph Green. Allowed bail to be at large in Massachusetts, set out for Addington and was secretly conveyed by loyalists at night to Eleven Town, Plymouth County. With a number of the other Loyalist, joined army at Rhode Island 27 February 1777, went to New York in HMS Sphinx, was commissioned as captain and went back to Rhode Island in the service two enlist men. From 25 August 1783, employed in distributing land grants in New Brunswick to those who wish to go up the river, but to November 1783 lost use of arm when attacked by assassin with a Cooper’s knife; until the following spring, remembered little except pain. Employed by churchwardens of Parr Town (now city of Saint John), spent the best part of the summer in the woods to obtain timber for a church.
Memorials: 3 March 1786 St. John’s; 8 April 1788 London; 26 July 1788 London.
- 100 acre farm in city of New Brunswick, New Jersey occupied by father since 1729 and by claimant since his death;
- 137 1/2 acres in Monmouth Town near Scotch Meeting House at head of Deeprun;
- Adjoining lot of land of 39 1/2 acres with five houses;
- 177 acres in Freehold known as Campbell’s town or Campbell’s Tavern.
Evidences: copy of inquisition and proceedings.
- Deposition for November 1786 St. John’s by John Parrine, late of New Jersey, that he is known claimant from his youth, and his property in New Jersey; he also knew the claimants father farm at Fresh Pond, New Jersey, owned by him as long as deponent can remember, at least 50 years.
- Certificate 5 April 1770 1788 London by William Franklin, recommending claimant.
- Deposition 25 July 1788 London by William Perrin that March 1787 claimant was brought aboard his ship (then lying at Old Ship in New York) with a broken arm and wounded; during passage to St. Johns he was unable to leave bed.
- Deposition 21st of February 1787 Middlesex County, New Jersey by Cornelius Keyes, John Smith, and Thomas Smith that they are freeholders in for 30 years were near neighbors to claimant; they appraised value of his property in freehold.
Letter by claimant to commissioners 30 September 1788 Marylebone.
- He was in St. John’s and till November 1787 when he embarked for England:
- his wife and three children.
- If he had the pen of Mr. G he might be heard from pole to pole but Mr. G and the other agents, having got themselves served, have left him another’s to remain unnoticed.
- He is informed by principal Council of a lot that the act was meant only for those in Britain and Ireland and does not extend to (those) in America, that the commissioners would be sent to America. The latest act provided that no claim should be received after 1 May 1786.
- On arrival of commissioners in Halifax, he went immediately to New Jersey to arrange affairs, having been absent from that state since 1775. Before leaving, was informed he would be summoned by the commissioners, but when he had nearly finished his business in New Jersey, fell and broke his arm; return to St. John’s leaving behind many of his papers.
- When he reported to the commissioner’s office that he was not ready for a full hearing, they were roughly treated and told he should not expect to get even a farling, would not be suffered to perjure herself, and might go about his business; was told his interviewers name was Hunter.
- After that he went to Scotland and England to gather together his children and grandchildren who had been scattered by the war.
Source: “Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society, Volume 9”, By William Nelson, Published 1916, pg 41, Chapter: The Loyalists Of New Jersey In The Revolution. Found at google books. (My Note: Pretty sure this is Robert Campbell, Jr)
Robert Campbell – A merchant and surveyor, he lost his plantations, valued at £1,484 currency by confiscation he took an active part for the crown from the beginning of the Revolution and was obliged to quit his home in New Jersey (not stated where) and seek refuge on board of the “Asia” man – of – war. He raced a company in the guides and pioneers. At the Peace he settled at St. John’s, New Brunswick, as a surveyor and was captain in the provincial militia. Campbell received a military allowance of £40 from 1788 to 1816
Capt. Robert Campbell of the Morning Star:
“Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey Vol IV” by William Nelson, Pub 1914 – Google book, Pg 354-355
- Jersey, Wood, in Mountholly, on Thursday the 8th day of June next, at ten oclock in the morning of the same day, then and there to try the truth of the facts alledged in the bills of William Treen (who as well, &c.) against the sloop Speedwell alias Dispatch, lately commanded by James Robeson—and of William Marriner, (who as well, &c.) against the brig Blacksnake, Cornelius French, late master, and the schooner Morning Star, Robert CAMPBELL, late master: To the end and intent that the owner or owners of said vessels, or any other person concerned in them, or either of them, may appear and shew cause, if any they have, why the said vessels should not be condemned, together with their respective cargoes, furniture, tackle and apparel, according to the prayer of said bills.
Same book as above, pg 351:
- Captain Marriner left Amboy on Tuesday evening the 18th ult. in a whale-boat with nine men, and on Thursday morning about 4 o’clock he boarded the Blacksnake with 20 hands, which he carried without opposition, although he was within hail of the Volcano at Sandy-Hook. The Blacksnake was a privateer, and belonged to Rhode-Island, but had been taken by the Galatea. Capt. Marriner then weighed his anchor and stood to sea. After 5 the same morning he fell in with the schooner Morning Star, that mounted 4 swivels, 2 cohorns, and had 33 hands.—Notwithstanding his having the brig, with 20 hands on board in charge, he immediately boarded the schooner, and after an obstinate action, carried her. The enemy had 3 men killed and 5 wounded. The prizes are safely arrived at Egg-Harbour, and 52 prisoners taken in them, are conducted to Philadelphia. The schooner was commanded by Robert CAMPBELL, of New-York, who fell amongst the killed,—the men taken in her were mostly deserters from men of war, secretly conveyed from New-York, to go on board a privateer commanded by Capt. Hall, who was hourly expected from that city.” We hear that a large number of counterfeit continental dollars was found on board one of the above prizes. At a Special Court held in the county of Sussex, the week before last, John Harp was found guilty of manslaughter, and burnt in the hand. James Mac Quigg, James Slack and Matthew Brown, were all found guilty of a misdemeanor, in attempting to pilot sundy deserters from the Convention troops1 to New-York.—M’Quigg was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment; Slack to pay a fine of £1000 pounds and nine months imprisonment; and Brown nine months imprisonment.
There is probably more information in that book about this Robert Campbell
Will of David Mudie (mentions “Boy” Robert Campbell)
1695 6 Feb 18 Mudie, David, of Perth Amboy, will of. Children, James, Isobell, Christian, Elizabeth and John; to have the real and personal property in Europe. Margarett, Anna, Jannet, wife of Thomas Gordon, Katherine and Mary, the American property; daughter Jean Stracken mentioned as already provided for. Executor, Thomas Gordon. Witnesses James Armour, Samuel Loveridge, and Jno Chaplin. Proved, March 12, 1695-6. NJ Archives XXL, p 237 and Middlesex Wills. 1695-6 March, Inventory of the personal estate (£60.3.3 incl a Bible and books £1.9 and the boy’s, Robert Campbell, time £10.-.); Made by James Dundas and Geo Willoks
Some History about Fresh Ponds: http://www.daytonvillage.org/history/freshponds.htm