Lancaster Co PA

In my prior sketches on the family of James Campbell (1771) of Derry (later Londonderry), Lancaster, PA, I have pointed to the possibility of that James (1771) was related to the John Campbell / Grissell Hay family whose sons were one of the earliest settlers of Beverly Manor in SW Virginia. This possibility comes from the work of Dr William Henry Egle and is discussed extensively in the sketch: John Campbell m. Grace Hay: Comparing Traditions in Lancaster Co, PA

I have not found any evidence that points conclusively to the family of John and Grace being in Lancaster, PA and, short of DNA testing with the family of Patrick Campbell who married Eleanor Hayes, that probably will not change. However, I have come across an interesting land record that adds to the tradition.


There were 2 David Campbells in Lancaster Co, PA.

  1. “White” David in Campbell literature and is the son of John Campbell and Grace Hay. From the work of Philip Norfleet, David was b. 08 March 1705/06 in Londonderry County, Ulster Province, Ireland; died 19 October 1790 in Washington County VA. This David’s presence in Lancaster is only tradition.
  2. A David Campbell was mentioned in the Will of Patrick Campbell who died in 1772, Donegal, Lancaster Co, PA. This David was the brother of the said Patrick and had died prior to 1772 leaving a widow Martha (surname Byers), and children: Patrick, David, Mary and Jane.  You can read more about Patrick’s Will here: Patrick Campbell of Lancaster Co, PA.

Both David’s are (probably) about the same age – give take 10 years – and old enough to be acquiring land in the mid to late 1730’s. I say “probably” because I can only guess the age of David who died before 1772 (Will of Patrick Campbell).

Land of James Campbell (1771)

James Campbell (1771), according to Egle (and disputed by others), was a son of John Campbell and Grace Hay and therefore a brother to “White” David. As I said, the family’s presence in Lancaster, PA is only tradition however, in the Lancaster Co, Warrant Registers, 1733-1957, on page 31, we see that a David Cammel was issued warrant #66 by survey, on 13 Mar 1737, for 200 acres on Spring Creek in Derry Township, with the additional notation that the land was vacated.

On the same page, we see James Cammel was issued warrant #71 by survey, on 2 Mar 1737, for 300 acres on Spring Creek in Derry Township. James was issued a patent for 279 acres, 6 Oct 1741. His survey is on file and can be seen here: A64-214

James (1771) 279A

James Campbell 279 Acres on Spring Creek – Click to enlarge.

So David and James warranted adjoining parcels. If we look at the reference near David Campbell’s name (A73-41), we find the land eventually came in possession of James Galbraith:

David Neighbor to James (1771)

Land warranted by David Campbell but vacated and patented by James Galbraith. Click to enlarge

James Galbraith sold this land to John Gerber in 1757 and the Deed is recorded in the Lancaster Deed Book D, page 458: Image 472. * In this deed, it is stated that Galbraith received his patent from the Penns on 2 Mar 1744. So whichever David warranted the land, he was gone by 1744 – but gone where?

White David is said to be in Beverly Manor (later Augusta co, VA), by 1738 and possibly 1-2 years earlier . The other David, brother of Patrick who left the will in Donegal (1772), remained in Lancaster and was settling other land by 1748 (probably prior) which I will talk about in a future sketch.

* If you are not sure how to access the multitudes of PA land records (or search in a meaningful way), you may want to read this: Searching Pennsylvania Land Records


While not conclusive evidence that the John Campbell/Grace Hay family every lived in Lancaster Co, PA, this land history is the only bit of evidence I have found from a primary source and it can easily be explained away.

I still feel the only positive way to verify the presence of John Campbell and Grace Hay in Lancaster will be through DNA via the son of James Campbell (1771): Patrick Campbell who married Eleanor Hayes. But until then, these small bits of information may be useful.


A word of caution before I begin: This page is mostly for me. A year from now when I come across these Campbells, I need to remember how I put them together and the theories on which I was working. All of my work is documented unless otherwise stated. In order to find my sources, I ask that you visit the original page which I will link. I’m not documenting sources here. Additionally, on the linked pages, you will far more detail. Nothing here should be construed as transcription of any estate document, Will or complete outline of an individual family.

The purpose of this page is to tie everyone together so the future me can remember why I was researching them in the first place and the family to whom they belonged.


My study of Lancaster Co, PA is centered on Patrick Campbell of Donegal, Lancaster, PA who died in 1772.  In his will, Patrick identified 2 brothers Robert and David. In addition he named a John Campbell but did not specify a relationship.  He also names 2 sisters, Elizabeth Montgomery and Margaret Hutchison. He names several nieces and nephews, including those of his brother David, namely Patrick, David, Jane and Mary. The guardian of David’s children was John Byers, brother to David’s wife/widow, Martha Byers.

  • Note: There are several others named in the will of Patrick Campbell, please go to that sketch to learn more.

John Byers moved to Cumberland Co and the children of Martha and David lived with him until about 1770(ish) when at least some of them are said to have removed to VA. I am unsure which ones went to VA.

Patrick Campbell who m. Eleanor Hayes was living in Peters Township, then Cumberland County. His family carried the same names as the family of Patrick Campbell of Donegal. It is through these circumstances that I researched Patrick and Eleanor Campbell, which led me back to James Campbell of Derry and subsequently the family of John Campbell and Grace Hays.

Read more about: Patrick Campbell of Lancaster Co, PA

John Campbell who married Grace or Grissell Hays

In order to discuss the Campbell family of Derry (later Londonderry), Lancaster Co, PA, one has to start with this family.  John and Grissel are said to have come to Lancaster, Co circa 1726, only to remain a few years, and then remove to Beverly Manor, VA with their sons, Robert, David and Patrick.  These 3 brother’s presence in Beverly Manor is undisputed, especially David and Patrick. There is some difference in the details of Robert’s life in VA.

Their presence in Lancaster would be inconsequential if it weren’t for James Campbell who Dr. William Egle said stayed in Derry, Lancaster, PA, and is buried in the Derry Presbyterian Churchyard.

Campbell Graves in Derry

Find a Grave Memorial # 19229930 From Left to Right, James (1771) – Large Stone, flat to ground, Gravestone of John Campbell (1734) and Memorial to James (1751), next, James (1781) s/o Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hayes. Note the placard and flag. Prob denoting Rev War Service.

THEORY: Probably buried in the same plot is  James’ father John Campbell (according to Egle). On the same stone is a memorial to James Campbell, who d. 1751 (?) at the age of 33. My theory is James (1751) is probably the son of James (1771).

Next to the stone of John (1734) and James (1751), is the grave of James (1781) who died in the Revolutionary War. This James was the son of Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hayes and the grandson of James (1771) – This theory developed from viewing pictures of this plot and comparing them to other known pictures of individual stones.

For more information on the many early theories and contradictions surrounding this family, please read: Comparative Study of Family Traditions of John Campbell and Grace Hay in Lancaster Co, PA

James Campbell (1771) of Derry

James Campbell owned a large plantation in Derry ( later Londonderry), Lancaster, PA and is said to have died at age 80 from the transcriptions of his stone.  He died testate in 1771 so he was b. about 1681. According to Dr. William Henry Egle, James was the son of John Campbell who traditionally is referred to as the John Campbell who m. Grace (Grissell) Hay. However, Egle provides an additional generation in his work as opposed to the more commonly referenced work of Margaret Pilcher.

From his Last Will and Testament, we know James (1771) had 2 sons; John and Patrick.  We know that Patrick had at least 1 son named James, to whom James Sr (1771) left his plantation.  John had no issue at the time James wrote his will.

Read more about: James Campbell Sr (d. 1771) of Derry, Lancaster, PA

John Campbell (1776) of Londonderry and Campbelltown

John Campbell was the son of James Campbell (1771) and the founder of Campbelltown in now Lebanon Co, PA. He died intestate abt. 1776.  He was married to Margaret, surname unknown. Margaret sold her interest in the estate to John’s brother Patrick and it is in the estate documents that we find proof that Patrick Campbell of Peters Township, Cumberland (later Franklin) Co, PA, whose wife’s name was Elinor (Eleanor), was the brother of John Campbell, and subsequently the son of James Campbell (1771). We also find proof that Patrick Campbell had a son James.

Patrick’s son James married a Margaret (surname unk) and their daughter Eleanor married Rev. Joshua Williams. James died in the Rev War and is probably buried in the same plot as his grandfather James (1771) and perhaps his great grandfather John (1734).

Also in the estate documents of John Campbell (1776) we find that he and his wife Margaret, had no (living) children.

Read more about: John Campbell of Derry and Londonderry, PA

Patrick Campbell (1795) of Peters Township

Patrick Campbell married Eleanor Hays in 1755 and had several children.  My initial interest in Patrick was to differentiate his children from the others living in Peters Township and Cumberland Co in general.

My “new” interest is to find a proven descendant of this family who is participating in the Campbell DNA Project. Participation would help to resolve many of the conflicting traditions surrounding John Campbell and Grace Hay.  If descendants were shown to match this family, more weight could be given to the history of this family as detailed by Dr. William Henry Egle. As a personal note, it would also eliminate any connection to this family and my own.

If no relationship to the family of John Campbell and Grace Hay were shown, well, it could mean a lot of things but probably best not to speculate until it’s known to be true.

Read more about Patrick Campbell of Peters Township, Franklin Co, PA

Family Tree

So far, my research has done more to validate Dr. Egle’s theories although no documentary evidence had been found connecting James (1771) to the John and Grissell Hay family. So, it is tentatively, and THEORETICALLY, that I say John Campbell who married Grace Hay died in 1734 and buried in the Derry Presbyterian Church Graveyard. Their son was:

James Campbell who was born prob about 1691 and d. 1771. His sons were:

  1. THEORY: James Campbell, d. 1781 (or 1757?) from gravestone. He was 33 when he died. IF he was the son of this James, he presumably died with no issue as they most likely would have been named in the will of James Sr (1771). The basis of that assumption is that James Sr. provided for unborn children of his son John so he would have done the same had his son James had living children. I presume him to be related to this family b/c his memorial is on the same stone of John (1734) whom Egle presumes to be the father of James Sr (1771)
  2. John Campbell d. abt 1776, married Margaret (unk surname). He founded Campbellstown, PA and died with no issue
  3. Patrick Campbell of Peter Township, Cumberland Co, PA. Patrick Married Eleanor Hays in 1755 and was the executor of his brother, John’s, estate. Eleanor was the dau of Patrick Hayes and Jane or Jean McKnight.

Children of Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hays

  1. James Campbell who was b. abt 1756 and d. 1781. James left a will in Lancaster Co, PA. He married Margaret (surname unknown). He had 1 daughter named Eleanor who m. Rev Joshua Williams. James died before his father and therefore not mentioned in Patrick’s will however the estate documents of his Uncle John Campbell of Campbelltown, PA make the relationship clear.

The remainder of the children are named in the will of Patrick:

  1. Son: William
  2. Dau: Jenny Stockton, wife of Caleb Stockton
  3. Son: John: £500 paid in installments. John died testate in 1798 with no issue. He left his estate to his sister Jenny and brother William. Will on-line at
  4. Son: Patrick
  5. Son: Robert: was named executor and was to share the Upper Peters Townshp 400 acres or thereabouts with his brother Patrick
  6. Son: David
  7. Son: Samuel: was to share the other plantation in Peters Township being 300 acres or thereabouts with his brother David.


Again, understand this is just a brief write up to remind myself who this family was, how they linked together, and how I came to research them. MANY more details, documents and sources can be found in the individual sketches linked above. No information found here should be construed as a transcription of LW&T, estate administration or complete genealogy.

This sketch is on the family of Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hays/Hayes. If you are a descendant, please keep in mind that my research goal was not to accumulate everything there is to be known about Patrick and Eleanor. My goal was to differentiate him and his family from other Campbells who were in the area. I mention this so that you can take my work and expand on it yourself. There is more to be learned by following up on the various land records I cite here and some that I am not referencing at all.

If you are unfamiliar with the records available, you can start here: Searching PA Land Records. Many Campbells are listed in Franklin Co but not all belong to this family.

Also, I know some people have dedicated much time (years?) to this family. If you see errors in my work, PLEASE point them out. Last thing I want is to be passing on bad information!

And a final note: The names of the Townships of Derry and Londonderry are used interchangeably throughout the documents transcribed here. Don’t let this throw you off. I transcribed as written. James Campbell’s (1771) land is found on the Derry map. Londonderry was split from Derry in 1767.

Unanswered Questions

I have 2 questions about the children of Patrick Campbell that remain unanswered and would appreciate any input:

  1. Is any member of this family a participant in the Campbell DNA project?
  2. Did any of the children (or grandchildren) of Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hayes settle in Fannett Township, Cumberland, then Franklin co. Fannett is located about 30 miles north of Peters Township.

You can either leave a note in the comments section or email me directly. You can find my email information over there in the Contact Me box: ————->

Family of Patrick Campbell

Patrick’s father was James Campbell of Londonderry, PA and his brother was John Campbell of Londonderry, PA. I wrote about both James and John in the above linked sketches. It is through the settlement of John’s estate and the Last Will & Testament (LW&T) of James Campbell, that we find the evidence of the family relationship.

Patrick Campbell m. Eleanor Hayes on 6 Feb 1755 (See records of Paxtang Presbyterian Church, History of the Sesqui-Centennial of Paxtang Church, by Mathias W.  McAlarney, p.  269.) Hays family researchers say that Eleanor is the daughter of Patrick Hays (Hayes) and Jane or Jean McKnight.

Patrick and Eleanor raised their family in Peters Township, Cumberland Co (later Franklin), PA. Peters is about 80 miles West of Patrick’s father’s plantation in Londonderry, Lancaster (now Dauphin), PA. The estate documents of his brother John make the relationship clear – repeatedly.

Peters Township, Franklin Co, PA

I can’t say why Patrick moved to Peters Township but I suspect he moved with his wife’s family as a William Hays had land next to Patrick’s. Later William Hays land was transferred to Patrick and Samuel Hays.  See Survey C37-23 for more details.

Patrick Campbell had land in Peters Township as early as 1767, probably earlier. In the Pennsylvania Archives, V. II, Edited By William Egle m.d., Pub 1894, pgs 384-385, 395 (Google book linked)  we find 3 caveats filed where Patrick was claiming various surveys were interfering with his land. Two were filed in the Land Office on 2 Feb 1767 against Alexander McConnel and another bearing the same date against Robert Wilson. On the 26 May 1767, he filed another claim against Samuel Robb. Samuel Robb is mentioned in the above linked survey.

Another interesting survey is C31-122. It lists the land of Patrick Hays and mentions a Robert Campbell who was granted 250 acres of land 4 Sept 1767. I don’t know who this Robert is. He is not the son of Patrick and Eleanor who (at most) would be 11 or 12 in 1767.  There were other Campbell families in the area so I am keeping this land doc in my “still to be figured out” pile. The only reason I reference it here is because of the name Patrick Hays.

There is a book State  and Supply Transcripts Of The County Of Cumberland, Edited by William Henry Egle M.D., Vol XX, Published 1897. Several pages have information on Campbell’s – not all this family. It is a searchable and is a good resource for this area.

  • 1780: Patrick Campbell is listed as owning 718 acres, 6 horses, 7 cattle and 1 negro (Pg 347)
  • 1781: Patrick Campbell is listed as owning 678 acres, 5 horses, 8 cattle and 1 negro (Pg 475)

When Patrick died in 1795, we know he owned at least 2 tracts of land which he bequeathed to 4 of his sons. Two other sons he gave cash to be paid in installments.

Will of Patrick Campbell

Patrick left a will in Franklin Co, PA. A copy of the will, inventories and administrations can be found at the web site (link provided below). Details include:

  • Patrick Campbell of Peters Township, Franklin Co, Yeoman,  dtd: 15 June 1795
  • Beloved Wife Eleanor
  • Son: William: £300 paid in installments
  • Dau: Jenny Stockton, wife of Caleb Stockton, £100 paid in installments
  • Son: John: £500 paid in installments
  • Sons: Patrick and Robert: Upper Peters Township 400 acres or thereabouts
  • Sons: David and Samuel: Other plantation in Peters Township being 300 acres or thereabouts. Samuel also received £100 paid in installments
  • Mentions former contract with John Wray or John McRay
  • Exec: Wife Eleanor, son Robert, friend John Scott Esq of Chambersburg
  • Wit: Robert McFarland, James Erwin, John Riddle
  • Prvn: 14 Sept 1795

One interesting note about the inventory of Patrick; It included an eight-day clock which had its own separate appraisal attached. I note this because in the LW&T of Patrick’s father James who d. in 1771, he also mentioned a clock. Not sure if it was the same one.

Children of Patrick

I don’t want to get too detailed about the children of Patrick as I haven’t spent enough time researching them. There are a few on-line genealogies out there that can be easily found by searching for “Patrick Campbell married Eleanor Hayes”. That said, I must make one observation.

Some of the birth dates of the children look a little off. Keep in mind, Patrick and Eleanor were married in 1755 and from my experience with his brother’s family, I would guess he was born btwn 1720-1730. His first child, James was b. abt 1756 – I have seen some dates that have the children being born quite late in life.

HOWEVER – nothing is easy (lol) – there is a reference to an approval by the orphan’s court 14 May 1804 in Patrick’s administrations docs. I feel it has more to do with an heir passing away but I could be wrong.

James Campbell who was b. abt 1756 was not mentioned in his father’s will because he died in 1781; reportedly in the Revolutionary War. He married Margaret (unknown surname) and had one daughter Eleanor who grew up to marry Rev Joshua Williams. I discuss James in detail and list sources in the sketches regarding James Campbell of Londonderry, PA and John Campbell of Londonderry, PA.  James of Londonderry is this James’ grandfather, John was his Uncle. I have seen Eleanor, dau of James being listed as a dau of Patrick but I think the evidence now available on-line clearly defines this relationship.

Here are a few sources that may help provide additional info on the children of Patrick; probably nothing new to those who have researched this family for years.

The next 4 links are from a Rootsweb poster who has transcribed some information on Mercersburg Campbells (not all are this family). The posts are from: Information held at Kittochtinny His. Soc. Chambersburg PA.:

And finally, if you want to look at the Campbell wills for Franklin Co, now available on-line thanks to the wonderful people of, I suggest you start here (link). Someone took the time to look up all the Campbells and find the Image numbers. This is a HUGE time saver (Thank You)!!  Here are a few hints when using this document:

  • First, go get the document and print it.
  • Go to the Franklin Co site (linked)
  • SCROLL to the bottom where you find Will books, Open the appropriate Will Book, then go to the Image Number

The links at the top, before you scroll, are by estate number and have all the estate docs available (Inventories, etc). I found a few Inventories before I figured out the Scrolling – I link them below as the inventories and administrations have addl info – plus might be the original wills? Not all estate docs are available:

If you have questions – please ask, I’m happy to help. Some of these are for the kids of Patrick and Eleanor but not all of the so proceed with caution.


I probably know more about this family than I’m writing here so if you have questions, let me know. I’ll write one more sketch summarizing this entire family. If you go to my Pennsylvania Page at the top of this blog, you will find it (in the next few days).  It might be a good place to start if you are looking for more information.

My interest in studying John stemmed from the will of his father James Campbell of Londonderry who died testate 1771. I’ll refer to James with the notation of (1771) going forward. Per James LW&T (Last Will and Testament) he had sons Patrick and John. Because I am interested in anyone named Patrick (or John for that matter), and because there was a John Campbell who owned land near James (1771), I thought I would do some research.

Note: The names of the Townships of Derry and Londonderry are used interchangeably throughout the documents transcribed here. Don’t let this throw you off too much. Londonderry was split from Derry in 1767. I transcribed as were written.

Family of John Campbell

Patrick Campbell, John’s brother, married Elinor Hayes 6 Feb 1755. Elinor was the daughter of Patrick and Jean Hayes. The marriage service was preformed by Rev John Roan.  (See records of Paxtang Presbyterian Church, History of the Sesqui-Centennial of Paxtang Church, by Mathias W.  McAlarney, p.  269.)

Patrick had a son James who was mentioned in James (1771) LW&T. Besides James, Patrick and Elinor had several other children which will be discussed in a future sketch. I mention the marriage here to give a sense of John Campbell’s age – I can guess he and his brother were probably born sometime between 1720 and 1730. My feeling is that it was closer to 1720 if not a bit earlier.

John Campbell died intestate, sometime bef 3 Apr 1776, when we find his wife Margaret (surname unknown) selling her interest in the estate, to John’s brother Patrick. John was living 7 Jun 1775, when he made a deed poll with the sheriff of Lancaster so he passed sometime between Jun 1775 and April the following year.

In the deed of Margaret to Patrick Campbell, we find irrefutable evidence that Patrick Campbell of Peters Township in Cumberland County, whose wife is named Elinor, is the brother of John Campbell. In later estate transactions, we discover there were no other living brother’s or sisters to John or Patrick. John Campbell and Margaret had no (living) children and Patrick had a son James. All of this, combined with the LW&T of James Sr in 1771, makes the family relationship clear.


John probably wasn’t a farmer by trade. He seemed to be in the business of buying, selling and renting properties especially in the later years.

At his death he was in the process of developing Campbelltown, now in Lebabnon Co, PA. Campbelltown was subsequently sold to Peter Grubb who, I assume, finished laying off the parcels. Campbelltown is still in existence today and is located about 4 miles East of Hershey, PA as shown in this Google map. Hersey was the approximate location of his father James (1771) – plantation:

Hersey to Campbelltown map

Google map: A) Hersey, PA B) Campbelltown, PA

According to the US Census Bureau (and Wikipedia) Campbelltown has a total area of 2.9 square miles, 2,415 people, 900 households, and 682 families in the year 2000.

Mystery Land

Before I get in the weeds about John Campbell’s land holdings, I want to point out the land he didn’t own at his death – nor have I found evidence he ever owned it. The land was located a few plantations away from James Campbell Sr (1771) and is the pictured here (below Henry Walker).  It contained 267 acres and was patented 27 Nov 1771 by a John Campbell – as I said, I can’t say if it was this John Campbell although it would make sense.

NOTE: all of the maps on this page can be found here. If you want to see more maps, go to my All Sources Page above or read this sketch: Searching PA Land Records to learn how I found all this information in total.

Land-JamesC Derry

According to Survey C220-250, the land was formerly owned by James Walker. If you look at the surrounding surveys, you will see the names of John Myer, George Henry, William Leitch, and John Walker.  Drilling down further and viewing Survey C97-133 and we find that Ulrick Weltmer owned the land in Oct 1771. So whoever this John Campbell is, he must have purchased the land from Weltmer.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a deed for a Weltmer to Campbell (or vice versa) in the Lancaster Deed Index so I am at a loss.

I want to point out something that threw me off. When John died, he owned a parcel of 40 acres (Survey H-384) warranted 21 Nov, 1771.

John C 40A SurveyThis parcel looks very similar to the bottom piece/tail of the tract pictured above on the map. The directions on the surveys are different and the patent date is off by 6 days, but still I was skeptical – it might be part of the above land. However, in the deeds that will be discussed below, we find the above survey of 40 acres (resurveyed to find it contained 42 + acres), is described as being:

  • Other plantation or  tract of land in the Township of Hanover, in the county of Lancaster, containing about 40 acres now in the tenures or occupation of Thomas Wallace.

Clearly this property is not in Hanover, so the mystery continues.  It’s important to me as I am looking for a John Campbell…  Just not this (subject of this sketch) John Campbell. Although I’ve grown fond of him too

Land of John Campbell

The remainder of this sketch is going to get ugly and tedious – sorry. It’s probably only important if:

  • You are looking to differentiate one John from another in Londonderry although; I haven’t run into many John’s besides this John. Or…
  • You are looking for the paper trail/evidence that Patrick Campbell who married Elinor Hayes (Eleanor Hayes), is the son of James Campbell (1771) of Londonderry, Lancaster (or Dauphin) Co, PA. Even then you can skim the remainder, taking note of the bold and italic areas.  Plus, read the Sketch on James Campbell of Londonderry.

I will start by summarizing the information found in the Deed from Margaret Campbell to Patrick Campbell whereby Margaret relinquished her interest in and administration of John’s estate to John’s brother Patrick. In this document (sources sited below- in the section on deeds) all of the holdings of John were summarized:

His Mansion: His Mansion house where he resided at the time of his death was in the Township of Londonderry containing about 325 acres (See Survey A66-179). This was the future site of Campbelltown. The survey says the tract is 352 acres.

  • Per the survey, this land was warranted to John Campbell by the Proprietors, 13 May 1752 and surveyed 14 March 1754. His father, James Campbell’s (1771) land was located NW of this land on the Londonderry Map). The Land was sold to land was sold to Peter Grubb after John died. See #6 in land transactions below.

Campbelltown Warrant Map

Adjoining Land: Plantation and tract of land, adjoining situate his other plantation in the same Township of Londonderry, occupied by Joseph Sherrer

  • Probably Survey A45-76. The land was originally said to be 210.10 acres but was returned as 102 acres per the survey dtd 5 Sept 1761. Also, see Warrant Registers, Lancaster Co, page 42, warrant #450.
  • In deed #4 (below) it says: one certain plantation or tract of land now known by the name of Campble’s Town track adjoining lands of Peter Dalibaugh, on the southwest lands of William Sayers and others, containing about 450 acres. Adding this with his Mansion property we get 352 acres + 102 acres = about 450.

Other plantation or tract of land in the Township of Londonderry, containing about 150 acres in the tenure of Conrad Wishong.

Other plantation or tract of land in the Township of Londonderry, containing about 80 acres in tenures or occupation of Peter Shields

Other plantation or  tract of land in the Township of Londonderry, containing about 30 acres; 3 undivided 5th parts of and in a certain other plantation and tract of land, in Londonderry containing about 150 acres. Under the tenure or occupation of Jacob Bender

  • I’m unclear as to the exact location of the above 3-4 properties however there are some hints: From Deed #4 (below) one other 3/5ths of an undivided tract of land now in the tenure of Henry Shell adjoining Conrad Wishon and others. The reference to the 3/5th property and Conrad Wishon may put at least 2 of these properties in the same general area.
  • From Deed #4 (below): One other tract of land lying on both sides of the road leading from Canawago Creek to Landisses Mill in Derry and Londonderry Township known by the name of Cross RoadsThe reference to Canawago Creek places the property South of Campbelltown. Here is another Historical Map that gives some context. Campbelltown is in the middle of the hour-glass shape. There is a cut out to the right. Canawago creek is south.

Other plantation or  tract of land in the Township of Hanover, in the county of Lancaster, containing about 40 acres now in the tenures or occupation of Thomas Wallace.

  • See Warrant Registers, Lancaster Co, page 42, warrant #481. Land was warranted 21 Nov 1771. This 40 acres went from Patrick Campbell to James Campbell (Patrick being James’ father) then back again. See Deed #4 below. Patrick Campbell had the land resurveyed 8 Nov 1784. See Survey H-384: 40 Acres found to contain 42.87. Patented by Jacob and George Moyer (dtd 22 Mar 1826 ?) This parcel was discussed above in the section on Mystery Land

Deeds executed by John Campbell or his Estate

All of the following transactions can be found on-line at the Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster Co. For instructions on how to search the database, you can see my sketch: Searching PA Land Records, Go to the paragraph titled: Land Records by Name in Lancaster Co.

1)  Willing To Campbell: Book G, page 202, Image 214: 7 May 1761, Thomas Willing, merchant of Philadelphia to John Campbell of Derry, for £200, land in Derry on Swahatars Creek (Swatara Creek). Recorded 5 Nov 1761.

  • This land was warranted to Hugh Chambers 10 Jan 1744, Valentine Klunegar and wife Katharine patented land 6 Nov 1752. Thomas Willing and wife Ann Willing, executors of Charles Willing, late of the city of Philadelphia, Merchant, were highest bidders at the sheriffs sale. Purchased for £62, 2 Aug 1758. Sheriff to Thomas Willing – Original Survey Map: A64-176
  • To see the deed where Thomas Willing purchased the land See Book D, page 459, Image 474

2)  Campbell to Hummell: Book H, Page 100, Image 119: Selling same land as above (Willing to Campbell): 6 Oct 1762, John Campbell and Margaret his wife to Frederick Hummel, of the township of Derry, for £200, 150 Acres, recorded 24 Nov 1762.

Swatara Creek Land (John C)

The upper highlighted property is the location of James Campbell (1771) plantation. The lower highlighted land was purchased by John Campbell from Thomas Willing.

I want to mention that there is something “nagging” me about this purchase. It feels somewhat random. He had warranted the Mansion property back in 1752 (352 acres) and probably had a house built. Why buy this property and sell for the same amount a year later? I can’t say – however, since the Deed mentions a wife Margaret, I attribute it to this John, but I’m keeping my options open.

3)  Margaret Campbell to Patrick Campbell: Book S, Page 519, Image 536

Margaret Campbell, widow and relict of John Campbell, late of Derry Township. Whereas the said John Campbell died without issue leaving the said Margaret, Widow and one brother to wit Patrick Campbell of the Township of Peters in the County of Cumberland. John Campbell died intestate seized of plantations and tracts of land (See above section Land of John Campbell for details).

Margaret is entitled to ½  part of the personal estate of John Campbell and the administration of the estate. In consideration of £1,100 lawful money of Pennsylvania, she has agreed to release (her share and interest) of all real estate land tenements and hereditaments late of the said John Campbell. Together with her share and part of the personal estate and administration of the estate, to Patrick Campbell. Recorded 3 Apr 1776.

4)  James Campbell to Patrick Campbell: Book R, Pg 567, Image 568

  • My Note: At some point in time (I haven’t found the deed) Patrick Campbell conveyed some (most? all?) of John’s land to his son James. I will mention here that James had inherited ½  of the land owned by his grandfather, James Campbell Sr (1771). The other ½  was to go to the eldest son of John Campbell, now deceased, should he ever have male issue. Because John Campbell died with no sons, James Jr (s/o Patrick) presumably inherited the entire plantation of his grandfather – see map pics above: James (1771) land is shown in a few. Not really important here but thought I’d mention it.

Whereas, asserting John Campbell of Campbletown, (Londonderry Township, Lancaster Co) died possessed of a real estate being an lying and lying in the aforesaid Township, county and state aforesaid, one certain plantation or tract of land now known by the name of Campble’s Town track adjoining lands of Peter Dalibaugh, on the southwest lands of William Sayers and others, containing about 450 acres and one other 3/5ths of an undivided tract of land now in the tenure of Henry Shell adjoining Conrad Wishon and others and one other tract of land lying on both sides of the road leading from Canawago Creek to Landisses Mill in Derry and Londonderry Township known by the name of Cross Roads and one other tract of land in Hanover Township, county and state aforesaid containing about 40 acres being the same more or less.

And whereas it is covenanted by and between my father Patrick Campbell of Peters township Cumberland County and the state aforesaid and I and the above named James Campbell for the above mentioned premises and tracks of land and every part there of together with one other tract of land now in the tenure of Conrad Wishon in Londonderry Township, containing 175 acres or that are about to be the same more or less joining Robert McCallan and others… For £1000 current money of Pennsylvania to me this said James Campbell in hand paid by my said father Patrick Campbell the receipt and payment whereof I do hereby acknowledge together with a certain tract or parcel of land being part of the state of the said John Campbell, deceased, joining Michael Jannens land Lodwick Slingar and others containing about 50 acres of land to be the same more or less conveyed to me by my said father Patrick Campbell… Forever quitclaim and to the said Patrick Campbell all my estate, right, title, interests, property, claim in demand, whatsoever of, in, two and out of the townships aforesaid… Said premises in every part and parcel thereof so far as it relates to the property of me by the decease of John Campbell aforesaid but … not to extend to my estate and interest in the same premises as the estate of my said father Patrick Campbell. Signed: 26 December 1778, James Campbell, Witnessed: Robert Heayes (Hayes), Samuel Rodgers

5)  Patrick Campbell to James Campbell: (Book R, Page 654, Image 656)

  • My Note: Patrick sells the 3/5th part back to James 5 months later

27 March 1779, between Patrick Campbell of the County of Cumberland, yeoman, and Eleanor his wife, of the one part and James Campbell (son of the said Patrick Campbell) yeoman.

Whereas John Campbell, late of Londonderry Township, in the County of Lancaster,  deceased, by virtue of a deed poll bearing the date of the 7 Jun 1775 under the hand and seal of John Feree, Esq, then high sheriff of the County of Lancaster became and was at the time of his deceased seized in fee and lawfully possessed of 3/5th part of the following described tract of land situate, lying and being in the Township of Londonderry in the County of Lancaster aforesaid being bounded and described as follows, corner of John Overs (Obers) land, corner of Williams Sawyers land thence by other lands late of the said John Campbell containing 150 acres.

And the said John Campbell being so aforesaid seized in fee and lawfully possessed of the aforesaid 3/5ths part of the above described tract of 150 acres the whole into five equal parts to be divided, he the said John Campbell lately died intestate without issue having no sisters but one brother only to wit the said Patrick Campbell to whom this said 3/5th part of the above described tract of land descended and came as sole heir at law of the said John Campbell, deceased.

The sum of £700 lawful money of Pennsylvania to him this said Patrick Campbell in hand well and truly paid by the said James Campbell.

All of those the aforesaid 3/5th part of the above-described tract of 150 acres of land, the whole in five equal parts to be divided together with the three full and equal fifth parts and all the singular houses, outhouses, barns, stables, edifices and buildings, (etc.)

That said Patrick Campbell …. hereby granted and released unto the said James Campbell his heirs and assigns. 8 April 1779. Witnessed: Thomas Edwards, Jacob Cook signed by Pat Campbell and Eleanor with her mark, recorded 3 May 1779.

6) Campbell to Grubb: (Book R, Page 657, Image 659)

By this deed, it appears Patrick is selling of the Campbelltown “project” (my word) and the Mansion House to Peter Grubb. John Campbell obtained the land from Patrick Hay and William Sayors on 21 June 1758. This deed is recorded in the City of Philadelphia, Patent Pook A, Vol 20, pg 412. Contained 352 acres, in Derry, by lands of William Slowan, John Campbell’s other land, thence by William Sawyer’s land, thence by John McCord’s land.

The said John Campbell did afterwards lay out part of the first above described Patented tract for a town or village and divided the said part into lots and granted and confirmed the same lots of ground unto sundry persons subject to the payment of a yearly ground rent… And whereas, the said John Campbell soon after died intestate and without issue.

Sold for £7,000…. 28 Apr 1779. Witnessed by Jacob Cook and Jas. Sullivan. Signed by Patrick Campbell and Elinor Campbell (her mark).

7) Patrick Campbell to Jacob Ricker: (Book U, Page 723, Image 729)

8 Apr 1779, Patrick Campbell, brother and heir of John Campbell, to Jacob Rickard* of Derry (*NOTE: Rickard is not a typo on my part. Jacob’s name is spelled 3 ways in this transcribed document: Jacob Ricker, Jacob Rickard, and Jacob Rickatt).

Indenture gives a genealogy of two separate pieces of land. The first being:

  1. Thomas and Richard Penn (Proprietors) to James Galbraith: 14 Oct 1760, 212 Acres, recorded City of Philadelphia, Patent Book AA, Vol 2, Page 64
  2. James Galbraith and Elizabeth his wife, 1 Mar 1761, granted to John Gerber, 212 Acres
  3. John Gerber and Elizabeth his wife, 12 Mar 1764, grant to Henry Tietzel
  4. Henry Tietzel and Cathrin, his wife, 17 Mar 1774, grant and convey to John Campbell described as land by John Gerber and Henry Tietzel, it being PART of the aforementioned 212 acres, containing 9 acres and 50 perches.

The second land being:

  1. John Gerber by another indenture did grant and convey to Adam Hamaker, 26 Jun 1762, 106 acres plus allowance
  2. Adam Hamaker and his wife Ann, 26 May 1762, sold the 106 acres to John McClure (Note the dates…  but this is how the document reads)
  3. John McClure and his wife Lilly sold to Henry Tietzel, 20 Nov 1766, described as beginning at a stone on FURNACE ROAD and extending by John Gerber’s land, then (by) other land of John McClure’s, (more descriptors then by) Max Spindle’s land at Furnace Road, containing 11 Acres 32 Perches and the usual allowance. It being part of the 106 Acres.
  4. Henry Tietzel and Cathrine, his wife, 17 Mar 1774, conveyed to John Campbell the 11 Acres 32 Perches

This deed is for both parcels of land as mentioned in #4 and #4 above. Patrick Campbell, brother and heir of John Campbell, sold the land containing together 20 acres and 82 perches, to Jacob Rickatt for £390.

Thomas Edwards and Jacob Cook witnessed, Patrick Campbell and Elinor Campbell (her mark) signed.


There isn’t much else to say but if you have questions, or if I forgot to name any of my sources let me know. Also, if you know the ownership of the Mystery Land (as I call it) I would love to hear from you!

When I first started researching in PA, I thought there was a shortage of land records available; boy was I wrong! There are millions of records on line; the problem is finding them in a semi-organized fashion.

There are 3 sites available to help you with this and that breaks down to several pages per site. I have included these links in my All Sources page at the top of this blog for future reference. I’ve also explained them in more detail at the bottom of this sketch. It might be helpful to scroll down and read them first – your choice. Am also linking them as we go.

How you search is dependent on the information you have; no one search method or database is inclusive. I’ll break it down by category but as you get more and more information, you will probably want to go back and search an entirely different way to see what else is available. For example, if you start with a name, you are likely to discover the county so you’ll want to search by that; then you may discover a town so you can search a map, and on it goes…

Finally, if you need to review the definitions of various records (warrant, grant, patent, etc), scroll to the bottom where I’ve listed them – not terribly important right now.

Land Records by Maps

This is the least efficient way to begin a search as you need to know the county and town where you ancestor lived – you may need to know who owned the land prior, but it’s a good way to demonstrate finding additional information and the method here will be used throughout this page. So for our purposes, it’s a good place to start.

Here’s the link to all the maps but you will find them broken out at the end.

This a snippit of a map showing land owned by a John Campbell in Londonderry, Dauphin Co:


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You will notice several sets of letters/numbers. Right now I am interested in: C-220-250.  This set refers to the location of the original survey. In this case: Book C, Vol 220, page 250.  Now we want to go to: COPIED SURVEYS, 1681-1912  – Bookmark it – We’ll be using it often.

Under the “C” section, we click the link C-220, then click page 250, and we get this:


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Not what I was expecting as I don’t see John Campbell’s name however, if I look closer, I see the shape of the property is the same so it is the right record. I see the survey is dtd 27 May 1761 so I know John Campbell acquired the land sometime between that date and the date he patented the land (from the town map) 27 Nov 1771. I also know he may have purchased the land from a Walker (probably James or his estate).

Look at all the numbers outside of the survey on neighboring properties (e.g. C97-133). Those numbers will lead you to other surveys which may give you information on other owners. Many times you can build a fairly complete picture if you keep drilling down on neighbors.

  • NOTE: How did I know which number to look for and which number to ignore (C-220-250 vs AA-11-532) – Trial and error; I think the survey location is usually referenced first on these maps. Also, there is no Survey Book/Vol No. AA11 and yes, I’ve looked at surveys which were clearly not what I was looking for so I just noted the number and moved on.

Land by County

If you know the county where your ancestor lived, you will want to go here: WARRANT REGISTERS, 1733-1957 Scroll down and choose your county, keeping in mind boundary changes. You may have to search a couple of different counties. From here you will have to search page by page depending on the surname. I’m looking for Campbells. On the first page listed under the Lancaster Co, “C” section I find this:


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From this record I can see that John Campbell surveyed 200 acres, SW of Pequea Creek on 21 Mar 1736. By 19 Feb 1823, this land was part of a larger tract containing 377+ acres owned by John and Henry Brien and the above information can be found here:

County2Once again, we are going to ignore the “Where Recorded” set of numbers – and look at “Where Survey is Copied”, B9-109. Go to the page, I had you bookmark in the Maps section above, find Volume B-9, page 109 and you will see the survey:


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There is enough information on this survey to keep anyone busy drilling down to see what more can be learned about John in 1736. Keep looking up all the surveys listed for surrounding properties as they were most likely done at a later date and you can get a good feel for how long John (or his family) owned this property. Then go back to the register (pictured above), and see what more info you can find, e.g SW of Pequea Creek – locate on a map.

Land Records by Date

If you are looking for people within a certain time frame and you don’t have anything more specific than that, you will want to search here: PATENT INDEXES, 1684-(ca. 1957) Again, I am searching for early Campbells so I go to 1684-1781, then start searching page by page under Surnames beginning with “C”.  Five pages into it I find:


From this I see that on 7 Oct 1741, James Campbell patented 279 acres. He had warranted the land 2 Mar 1737, and the land was located in Lancaster Co., A little above that, I find this notation:


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And matching this up with the page number next to James’ name I get: Book A, Vol 9, page 463. I go to my bookmark page of surveys (see Map section) and I see there is no page 463 in Bk A Vol 9, so the above reference wasn’t indicating a survey – again, I ignore it for now. However, I can go back to the county section and see if I can find out more information there.

Land Records by Name in Lancaster Co

If you are lucky enough to be searching in Lancaster Co, you will want to search the Lancaster Land Grantor Index Series 1, 1729-1893 to see if your ancestor bought land from someone else, when or if the land passed to heirs, or if the heirs sold the land and to whom. Keep in mind, Lancaster was quite large in the early days so some of the neighboring counties may be represented.

Go to the above linked page, scroll down to find where you need to go from there (self-explanatory) then start searching for a specific name or page by page for all the names. On the first page under Given Names Starting with “J” I find the following:

Name1From the above I see that John Campbell sold land to Richard Peters et al on 1 Dec 1742, and the deed was recorded 1 May 1743 (not shown). Sometimes there is a township listed (not shown) but for this particular record it was left blank.

Note the “Where Recorded” column in the above pic. It says Book B, Page 71. For once, I’m not going to ignore this.

Go to Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster Co. You need to sign in but you can do so as a guest and accept the disclaimer. Then you need to back up your  browser a page or 2 (you may need to refresh along the way)  to get back to the page from where you started.

Now look right above the physical address in the middle of your screen and click the small link to search records from 1729-1981. It will open a new page/tab named IQS Film Reader.

  • NOTE: At some point in this process you may be required to install a Java plug-in.

At the top of the page you see an input box labeled FILM ROLL – click the drop down Box button and select the appropriate Book & Volume No. In our case, we don’t have a Vol No. so we are just looking for Book B – it may take some searching – and some good eyes. For Book B, we click on 000B – If we were looking for Book B, Vol 20, we would click B20. Also note that the name of the drop down box changes. No big deal.

I like to look at pages 1 at a time so I can read them as I go. If you look to the far right, you will notice an Image Layout Box, change that to 1×1. Now look to the far left, and you see an Input Box for Image numbers.

I want to see the record on Page 71 of Book B. Page numbers do not equal image numbers but they get you close. I enter 71 in the box, it pulls up page 62, I enter 80 in the Image number box, and it gets me to page 71 where I find the actual deed.

Name2How great is that!

  • NOTE: Once you have searched by Grantor, you need to check out the Grantees. While incomplete now, there are quite a few names listed. Find the link on the above listed page or just go here: Partial List of the Grantee Index

Land Records by Tract Name

This is an odd and tedious way to search and the only reason I mention it here is that when I was researching East New Jersey, it would have (would still) come in handy. It gives the name that was given to the land when it was patented.

Go to PATENT TRACT NAME INDEX and pick your time frame. For me it is 1684-1781. You will have to search every page listed unless you know what your ancestor named their land. I am looking for Campbells so “C” is a reasonable place to start:. On the 1st page under “C” I find:


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From that I see John Campbell patented 95+ acres in Chester County 12 May 1767. The land was warranted 30 Aug 1765 by John and named “Campbell’s Addition”. We also see another reference to a Book, Vol, and Page No (AA-8-282) that we will have to ignore for now.

Old Land Records

Finally, I’m not going to discuss these here but if you are looking for very old records, try this:

The entries are fairly self-explanatory

References I’ve Ignored

The reason why I am ignoring some references is that I don’t know where to look for them (on-line). If I find out, I’ll be sure to update. More than likely, I could contact the various courthouses give them the pertinent information (Grant, Warrant, Patent: Book, Vol, Page No) but that doesn’t appeal to my need of instant gratification.

For now, I am making note of them and if I ever get within striking distance of a large genealogy library (Salt Lake or PA), I will definitely look them up.


Hopefully these tips will help you organize your search. For every name and family, I am matching up all the available records detailed above. It’s time consuming, tedious and far more rewarding than endless Google searches and sorting through random drops of information – lol. I fully expect to go through a ream of paper, a few ink cartridges and a jumbo sized binder by the time I’m done.

I’m so happy!!

Sources and Misc Information

Land Record Definitions

The five basic documents created in the land process are*:

  • Application: A request for a warrant to have a survey made; usually a slip of paper that does NOT bear applicant’s signature.
  • Warrant: Certificate authorizing a survey of a tract of land; initiates title of a property and provides the basis for legal settlement, but does not convey all rights to the property.
  • Survey: Sketch of boundaries of tract of land with exact determination of total acreage.
  • Return: Verbal description of property boundaries; function is similar to that of a patent; internal document sent from Surveyor General to Secretary of the Land Office
  • Patent: Final, official deed from the Penns (e.g. William Penn) or the Commonwealth, which conveys clear title and all rights to the private owner.

* The above info was taken from the The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) page.

Grantor/Grantee: This is how I think of it. Someone (or Gov) is passing their interest in land to someone else for some consideration (e.g. $$ or service). Grantor = current owner, Grantee = future owner. For example, I grant my interest in my land for $$. Government grants land in consideration of military service, or settling the area. Headrights would be another example.

Acknowledgements and Links

It is absolutely AMAZING the amount of time, financial support and volunteerism that made these pages happen and I couldn’t be more grateful. I could go on and on about the value of each of these sites – be sure to look through or you will miss something.

I have listed these and several other excellent sources on my All Sources page at the top of this blog. You can check it out here

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC – Home page linked) These folks maintain the bulk of records available in conjunction with the PA State Archives.

Maps: <—- Use this link to read about this section or go directly using the links below. Courtesy of PHMC.

The Southern Lancaster County Historical Society (hosted by Rootsweb) This group is responsible for digitizing the Indexes for Lancaster Co. Without these on-line indexes, the Deeds located at the Recorders Office would be worthless to most researchers unless they had access to the print version (which I don’t) – Thank you SLCHS!

Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster Co: Digitized Lancaster Co. Deeds from 1729 forward. Original Deeds if the land was sold by an individual (a few are transcribed in full)

Let me start by asking if anyone knows if the family of Patrick Campbell who m. Eleanor Hays is represented in the Campbell DNA Project? I don’t see an obvious line represented but I could easily be missing something.

If you know of a male descendant, who is for sure of this line, I would strongly encourage them to consider joining. I’ll explain later but they may be able to solve some of the John Campbell/Grace Hay debate.

James Campbell of Londonderry, Lancaster, PA

I know Londonderry is now in Dauphin Co but it was Lancaster back then and is where you find the bulk of information about James. Also, he originally lived in Derry (where you find him on a map) but Derry divided in 1767 and subsequently the place where James lived became Londonderry. When researching, I would suggest both searching both counties and being aware of the Township change.

James Campbell died testate in Londonderry, Lancaster, PA in 1771. When comparing his will to that of Patrick Campbell who died in Donegal, Lancaster Co, PA  in 1772, no obvious connection can be drawn. I’ll include links to both wills and transcriptions at the bottom but to summarize:

  • James had 2 sons: John and Patrick. His grandson, named James, was “the son of his son” Patrick. James Sr, left his plantation to his grandson James, and if his son John were to ever have a surviving male child, it was to be divided between James the grandson, and John’s oldest surviving male. His will was proven 8 Nov 1771. Others were named but not important here. Read the will for full detail (see below)
  • Patrick had 2 brothers: Robert and David. Both predeceased Patrick. David died abt/bef 1758 and his children were Patrick, David, Mary and Jane (Read more about David here – Read more about Patrick here). Robert d. unk but he had a son Samuel. Samuels’ children in 1772 were: Robert, Mary and Agnus. A John Campbell (deceased) was also mentioned but the relationship was not stated. John’s children were Robert, William and John. Others were named but not important here. Read the will for full detail (see below).

Neither Patrick nor James cross referenced each other in their wills or their various family members. I suppose, Patrick and James could be brothers (or even nephew/uncle) but it’s somewhat glaring that there are no James’ in Patrick’s family, nor did James make any allowance for the orphaned children of David (Patrick’s brother) who were under age at the time of his death. That’s what I mean by no obvious connection…

What is interesting about James’ will is that he skipped a generation when he willed his plantation to his grandson(s) – present and future – yet he made his 2 sons executors so no family squabble there.  In fact, both John and Patrick had land prior to James’ death. J

Land-JamesC Derry

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James’ will was proven in Sept 1771 by John Roan and by the second witness, Daniel Davidson on 8 Nov 1771.  If you look at the cut out of the map of Derry, you find James land (279A) but also that of a John Campbell who patented his land 27 Nov 1771. While I can tie John Campbell to several other land transactions in and around Lancaster, I can not tie him to the land only a few plantations away from his father. See the entire map here.

You can read more about John, his life and land here: John Campbell of Londonderry and Lancaster, PA

Patrick Campbell, son of James

Patrick lived in Peters Township which was Cumberland co. in 1772. In 1784, it became part of Franklin County. He married Eleanor Hays.  I am going to cut and paste some information I found here – not all of it is copied here so read for yourself if you want more. This very nice person transcribed a chapter from a book entitled: The Families of Joshua Williams of Chester County, PA and John McKeehan of Cumberland County, PA With Some Allied Families ; compiled by Bessie P Douglas, Augsburg Press Minneapolis, Minn, pub 1928, p 267-273. I checked but this book is not available at Google books. I will refer to this book as “Douglas” going forward.

Douglas starts with a genealogy of Duncan Campbell who married Mary McCoy, then down to John Campbell who m. Grace Hay. She is using Egle’s version of the genealogy in Pennsylvania Genealogies: Scotch-Irish and German, by William Henry Egle, published in 1886, page 516. You can read that book here.

By process of elimination, Douglas determines that James is the son of John Campbell who m. Grace Hay and he remained in PA. I don’t disagree with her logic assuming that Egle’s version of the genealogy is correct.

Douglas’ primary concern with the Campbell’s was connecting them to the family of Rev. Joshua William’s which she accomplished through the daughter of James Campbell Jr (d. 1781 – the grandson). I am cutting, pasting and editing for clarity from the above linked web site. My notes are in brackets, not italic and noted as such. If you don’t feel like reading all I made bold the important parts:

  • James Campbell, born, 1689 in Ireland; died, May 31st, 1771 at Londonderry (now Hershey)
  • March 2d, 1737, James Campbell is on a list of warrantees of land in Derry Twp.  for 300 acres.  On the same date 279 acres of land in Derry Twp. were.  “surveyed to” James Campbell.
  • James Campbell was survived by (My Note: his wife and her children, sisters “if they come to this country) his sons John and Patrick; and James Campbell, son of his son Patrick. Rev John Roan was witness to the will.
  • James Campbell is buried in old Derry churchyard and the inscription on his tombstone has been published numerous times as an example of the lugubrious in epitaphs….
  • Patrick Campbell (James): Married: Feb.  6th, 1755, Eleanor Hays, daughter of Patrick and Jean Hays. The marriage service was preformed by Rev John Roan.  (See records of Paxtang Presbyterian Church, History of the Sesqui-Centennial of Paxtang Church, by Mathias W.  McAlarney, p.  269.)
  • That Patrick and Eleanor (Hays) Campbell were the grandparents of Eleanor Campbell who married Rev.  Joshua Williams is matter of absolute family knowledge. Children:
  • Jane married, 1st, Stockton, 2nd, McFarlane, and probably others.
  • James Campbell (Patrick, James) born 1756, died June 10th, 1781.  Married: probably 1779, Margaret McMichael; died Sept 7th, 1825, buried at Carlisle, Pa. After James Campbell’s death, his widow married 1st, Aug.  19th, 1782, Lambert VanDyke, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Davis) VanDyke of Buffalo Valley.  The service was performed by Rev. John Elder of Paxtang Church.  By her second husband Margaret (McMichael) Campbell had six sons. After the death of Lambert VanDyke, his widow married a third husband in 1795, Benjamin Thompson of Carlisle, Pa.
  • James Campbell was a soldier of the Revolution and died at the early age of twenty-five, from wounds received in battle.  Family tradition says that he was an officer.  A James Campbell was ensign in the Officers Seventh Battalion, Col.  John Boyd, 1777.   (My Note: Do not confuse Col John Boyd with John Byers to be discussed later)
  • After having, searched printed records in vain for a notice of James Campbell’s death, the writer made a trip to Derry graveyard and discovered that several mistakes had been made in copying the inscriptions for publication.  Three inscriptions of different names Campbells were found to be incorrect in Mr.  Egle’s compilation of them. 
  • I found a small stone in-scribed “In memory of James Campbell, who departed this life June 10th, 1781, aged twenty-five years.  Egle had given the date as June 10th, 1783, ten months after James Campbell’s widow had married her second husband.  As his parents were married in 1755, and we know from the statement of his daughter that he did not die until she was about a year old, this date on the tombstone fits in exactly with facts we know, and beyond question marks the grave of our James.
  • Children Eleanor born June 26th, 1780: Eleanor Campbell, (James, Patrick, James), born, June 26th, 1780; died, 1856. Married: June 15th, 1800. Rev. Joshua Williams born, March 8th, 1768, son of Lewis and Mary (Hudson) Williams.
  • Rev.  Joshua Williams was pastor of Paxtang and Derry congregations from Oct 1799 until 1801 and met and married his wife during that period, which is further proof that her family still lived at Derry.  Her property of twenty-five thousand dollars was probably her share of her father’s estate.

Regarding that last point, 25,000£ !!!  WOWZA!

You can read a bit about Joshua Williams in the above referenced book: History of the Sesqui-Centennial of Paxtang Church, by Mathias W.  McAlarney, p.  256. Link to the Google Book here.  I am sure Douglashas more to say about the William’s family in her book. The transcribed Bible Records of Rev Joshua Williams family (Eleanor down) can be found in Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Vol VII, Pub 1920, Page: 272.

I applaud Douglas’ effort of going to the graveyard and finding the stone of James Jr. The incorrect transcription of his stone must have been frustrating.   There is a nice picture of the stone at Find A Grave. You can link to it here: Find A Grave Memorial# 19229935 I must admit it looks like a 3 to me but it could be a 1 that was chipped – Even the transcriber of the stone thought it said 3. It is listed 2ce at Find A Grave.  The other lister says it’s a 1 but no picture so they could have entered that from a book – not the actual cemetery – I don’t know.

I will point out that the Find-A-Grave stone is located in the same cemetery where James Campbell Sr is said to be buried, and that of his father (depending on which genealogy you believe), John Campbell who m. Grace Hay.

For now, Douglas’ genealogy makes sense (James d. 1781 age 25) and it seems like she researched her work well. Her interest in this family was in Eleanor, dau of grandson James (d. 1781). James, the grandson, left a will in Lancaster which I have copied and sourced it below but here are the highlights:

Will of James Campbell of Londonderry (1781)

  • Written Feb. 2, 1781 and Proven June 25, 1781, Executors: Wife Margret & David Hay & Timothy Green, Witness George Bell & Samuel Wier
  • Beloved wife Margaret
  • 15 bushels wheat each year until my daughter arrives at 18
  • My daughter Elinor the whole of my real estate but in case my wife is with child of a son I alow him to have 2/3 of my real estate my daughter the other 1/3
  • (If heirs die then real estate to be sold and money) equally devided between my brothers and sisters
  • I alow all my wearing apparel to my Brother Patrick Campbell

Will of James, Campbell Sr (1771)

When James left his plantation to his grandson (thereby skipping his own two sons), he put in quite a few stipulations. Again, read this for yourself and please correct me if I’m wrong but when it came to the plantation:

  • James (son of Patrick) was to have one half;
  • The future, oldest, surviving male of his son John Campbell was to have to other half; I say future because it appears that at the time James Sr wrote the will, John had no children – or at least sons.
  • If John did not have surviving sons, the entire plantation was to go to James (grandson)
  • If James died before maturity, the plantation was to go to the oldest surviving son of Patrick; if none of Patrick’s son’s survived, it was to go to Patrick’s oldest surviving dau.

First of all, I think James Sr really wanted his plantation to stay in the family. He must have loved his land. That said, John (s/o James) did die with no issue and his estate was passed to his only brother Patrick and his wife Margaret (surname unk although reported as McMichael by Douglas above). 

It would seem, per the terms of James (1771) will, that Eleanor, dau of James (1781), inherited her grandfather’s entire plantation along with her mother. I haven’t found the documents relating to the sale of the plantation but I have yet to search at any great length nor have I searched for Eleanor’s will in Cumberland Co, where she is said to have passed in 1856.


My next sketch will be the land documents of John, brother of Patrick who married Eleanor Hays and son of James.  For now, I will summarize a few thoughts:

James Campbell, who died in Londonderry in 1771, is not related in any obvious way to Patrick Campbell who died in 1772, in Donegal, Lancaster County, PA. (Will is posted below) He lived at a 279A plantation which he warranted 1734. Had 2 living children:

  1. John Campbell d. abt 1776 m. Margaret and left no issue
  2. Patrick Campbell m Eleanor Hayes

Patrick Campbell (son of James). Had children:

  1. James, inherited his grandfathers plantation when he was 15 and d. 1781
  2. Patrick Campbell who was given clothing in his brother James’ will dtd 1781
  3. Other brothers and sisters not named in James’ will dated (1781)

James Campbell (son of Patrick)

  1. Died in 1781 and is buried at the Derry Presbyterian Church Graveyard
  2. Married Margaret ____
  3. Had a daughter Eleanor mentioned in his will (Will is posted below)

As always, if you disagree with anything I say here, or even suspect you disagree, please let me know.  I’m just learning about these families so it may be easy for me to miss something.

And one last thing…  Campbell DNA Project. I would be VERY interested to see the results of a known descendant of Patrick and Eleanor Hays. Many people think that James Sr (1771) was the son of John Campbell who married Grace Hay – probably many of them belong to this family.

Members of Campbell/Hay family have participated (White David line – possibly other lines – 3 participants). If a descendant of Patrick Campbell and Eleanor Hays matched, well that would answer a lot of questions not to mention dispel many, many myths.

If there wasn’t a match, then Hmmmm…I would still find it interesting – maybe more so.


The LW&T of  Patrick Campbell (1772) can be seen in my post: Patrick Campbell of Lancaster, PA or here: Wills 1730-1773 Vol A-B, on page 656 (Image # 469)

The LW&T of James Campbell (1771): The will of James Campbell Sr (1771) is posted below or can be found just a few pages prior to Patrick’s At (link)  Wills 1730-1773 Vol A-B, on page 651 (Image # 467)

Will contains more info than I have listed here:

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James Campbell in Landcaster1James Campbell in Landcaster2

James (1771), names his wife Rosanna, Jean Edmingston Step daughter, James Vernon son to step son Henry Vernon, Robert Crows children to be equally divided at mature age, Sister Martha Cary, Sister Elizabeth Long, Flavel Roan. Grandson James Campbell “son to my son” Patrick Campbell his heirs and assigns one half of my plantation. And his other son John Campbell. Nov 8, 1771 Probate & Letters granted to John Campble and Patrick Campbell the two Executors for Feb 8, 1772 accounting.

The LW&T of James Campbell (s/o Patrick) d. 1781: Will Book D, Page 14, Image #322

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From the will of Patrick Campbell of Donegal, Lancaster Co (1772), we learned that Patrick had a brother David who had died and left a widow Martha, and four children; Patrick, David, Mary and Jane. The Widow was Martha Byers which is determined from a court case involving the children of David Campbell and the sale of his land in Derry, Lancaster Co, PA.

October Assizes 1796, At York

To the best of my understanding, the children of David were claiming that the land of their late father David Campbell was wrongly sold and were hoping to re-claim it from Andrew Rheim and Casper Lear, the owners in 1796.  The Campbells lost the case but it provided valuable information. I have copied some (not all) of the case at the bottom and linked the original law book so you can verify my notes.  The items of interest to me are:

  • Name of the Case: Lessee of Patrick Campbell, David Campbell, Henry Wales and Mary his wife, and Jane Campbell against Andrew Rheim and Casper Lear.
  • David Campbell on the 28th May 1748 took out a warrant for 200 acres of land more or less in Derry township adjoining James Russel
  • Interest to commence thereon from 1st March 1739
  • He (David) died intestate on the lands in 1758 leaving Susannah his widow and issue the lessors of the plaintiff who were all young at the time but their ages were not ascertained.
  • They contended that this usage ceased in 1753 or 1754. The tract was sold at public vendue for 140£ 10s in 1758…  *
  • He (David Campbell Sr) had a brother named Patrick who lived about six miles from the land and two brothers in law, John Byers who lived about the same distance from him, and Thomas Smith whose house was thirty five miles distant.
  • The widow after her husband’s death removed with her children to her brother Byers’s;
  • The interest of the intestate in the lands was sold by John Byers and Martha Campbell, (the widow,) at public vendue for 140£ 10s and they executed a bill of sale thereof to Robert Taylor, Josiah Candow, and John Vanlear,
  • After some time, Patrick the eldest son and Mary went to the house of their Uncle Smith where they continued two or three years
  • The two other children (My Note: David and Jane) remained with their uncle Byers eleven or twelve years until they removed to Virginia.
  • Byers and his sister were dead

* I have taken these 2 lines out of context in the original case so verify my thought process for yourself. I believe –although a bit confusing- it is referring to the fact that the Campbells had left the property by 1753 or 1754. One could infer that this was due to the death of David Campbell Sr.  The land was sold in 1758 but not necessarily the year David died. That said, the line proceeding seems to contradict my thought process.  This source is not a genealogy book, it is a law book describing a case of interest regarding the sale of land. In the end, I’m keeping an open mind as to when David died but for sure we know it was prior to or in 1758.

Life of David Campbell

David Campbell Lancaster LandI know very little about David Campbell and most is from the secondary sources cited below.  Thanks to the great people who run the PA State Archives web site we can see the location of David’s Land in Derry. You see a small snippet of the map here but for full context, you can check out the map here: Derry Twp. See my “All Sources” page above for links of many more Town maps.

The rest of the information I will list since I don’t have much to add:

  • 1737-9 David Campbell was a warrantee for four hundred acres in Derry Township. Source: The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 28, pub 1903, p. 65 footnote.  Link to the Google Book.

Note: I referenced the exact page (above) but be sure to read the entire chapter on Francis Campbell for some early information on the Campbell’s of the area. On the same page and above my reference to David, there is a reference to a Robert (1724). I suspect this Robert may be the brother to David and Patrick however that has yet to be determined. Here, the author is linking Robert to the Augusta Co VA Campbells (John Campbell who m. Grace Hay).  What is interesting is he seems to be inferring more twists to the Augusta Co Campbell’s than what is routinely seen in popular versions of this family’s genealogy.

  • 1742: (David) witnessed the Will of John Catherwood with Patrick Campbell at Patrick’s House where Catherwood lived. Patrick owned and operated a Tavern as previously discussed in this sketch. Source: Notes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 1, Pub 1887, Edited by William Henry Egle: p. 281 Link to Google Book
  • David Camble is listed on the 1751 tax list for the West End of Derry where he was assessed 2s 0d. Source: Same book above (Egle N&Q) p. 326:
  • From a GenForum query: Seeking information on a David Campbell. In 1737 he was granted a Warrant for land on Spring Creek, Derry township, Lancaster Co, PA. Now in Dauphine co. His wife or Daughter was named Martha. I tried the email but it was no longer valid.  The author of the query did post a transcription of the sale of the property here:,116339  This was the sale of the property by Martha (the Widow) and eventually subject of the above court case.

Martha Byers, Widow of David Campbell

Martha Byers was the daughter of David Byers. Her home before she was married was was located SE of Patrick Campbell’s Tavern. See the full map here and a snippet of the map below. The property is named on the map as that of John Wilson. The Heirs of David Byers sold this property to him sometime prior to 1762.  How do I know this?

The Byers home still stands today and is known as the Byers-Muma house.  There is a National Registrar of Historic Places form (Linked), that gives some information about this house and it’s history. Of interest is:

Taken from the Byers-Muma House Wiki Page:

Taken from the Byers-Muma House Wiki Page:

The history of this property begins with the Scotch Irish Byers family when David Byers purchased 332 acres of land in the Donegal Township, Lancaster County in circa 1720. Donegal had been mainly settled by Scotch Irish Presbyterians in the early 18th century and was named for a place in northern Ireland. Buyers land was surveyed on April 8, 1736 he never received a patent for the tract; however, he was issued a warrant for it on October 24, 1739. Township tax records seem to indicate that Byers passed away around 1759. He died intestate, leaving the property to his two sons, David and John Byers, and his two daughters, Jane Smith (married to Thomas Smith) and Martha Campbell (a widow). Byers’ wife must’ve also been deceased by that time; her name is unknown. Sometime between 1759 and 1762, the Byers children sold the property to John Wilson. The land was resurvey at the time and found to contain 342 acres. Wilson obtained a warrant and a patent for the property in September 1762 and then sold it to Margaret and George Clingen the following month. The deed of sale list Wilson’s wife’s name as Martha; possibly he married the widow Martha Byers Campbell (My Note: Not Verified). The year 1762 corresponds with the date when the entire Byers family permanently moved away from Donegal Township as part of the Scots Irish migration from Pennsylvania into Ohio. (My Note: I can’t speak for all the family but John Byers did not go to Ohio).

Location of Property in Donegal.

Location of Property in Donegal. See this Map:

There are a few Byers genealogies available if you search. One is in the second volume of Egle N&Q, pub 1896 p. 429. Link provided. A short biography of John Byers is on page 416.

I found one that was 26 pages here. Search for the name Campbell. I will mention that author states that Martha m. Patrick Campbell but this in error as shown by the court case.  I still need to read much of this genealogy myself so I haven’t verified anything outside of the fact that the author seems to care a great deal about genealogy in that he took the time and effort to write a 26 page history of his family – not to mention visiting gravesites.

While the above 2 genealogies state that John Byers was a Col, you may also want to search for Capt. John Byers.  In the above 26 page genealogy, the author states:

  • Patrick Campbell was issued letters of Administration for David Byers (probably the source of confusion on the marriage to Martha) and;
  • John Byers moved to Carlisle, Cumberland Co, PA.

There is evidence that John did move there and presumably, Martha went with him. I say presumably because I don’t know for sure but it was inferred in the above court case. For sure, David and Jane Campbell (children of David and Martha) were living with their Uncle Byers for 11-12 years before moving to VA.

While I have yet to search extensively for John Byers (or Martha) in Carlisle but there is one bit of internet posting that intrigues me. It is a post entitled James Mc Farland (1695) Family Of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In it we find:

  • Cumberland County Will Abstracts: James McFarlane of West Pennsborough, 20 Jun 1770, probated 27 Nov 1770; Wife Margaret, Children: William (had Ann), Andrew, James, Patrick, Jane CAMPBELL, Ann DUNNING, Robert, and John.  Executors Robert and Andrew; Overseer & Guardian John Byers;  Witnesses John Denny, James Byers, Mary Byers, Elizabeth Byers

James, Mary and Elizabeth Byers are the children of John Byers. The mention of Jane Campbell is interesting to say the least and I need to investigate that further. There are other Campbell’s mentioned in the post as well but I don’t recognize them as yet.

Also, in the court case Martha is referred to as both Susannah (initially) and Martha (later). I’m not ignoring this. I suppose Martha could be a nickname (?) but in the little bit of information I have found, she is always referred to as Martha. That said, be aware of both names just in case.

My final note about Martha is that I still don’t have a good feel for her age or even that of her children. Egles N&Q (linked above, page 416) says John Byers was b. about 1715. I suppose Martha could be 5 years + or – from that.  Patrick Campbell, brother to David Campbell, was showing up on tax lists as early as 1721 in Donegal. Come to your own conclusions but my thought is that David may have been 10, 15, even 20 years older than Martha but as I said, I don’t have a good feel for it yet.

Uncle Thomas Smith who married Jane Byers

We know from the court case that David and Jane went to live with their uncle John Byers. Patrick and Mary went to live with their Uncle Thomas Smith.

Let me start by saying (as way of an excuse) there are no shortages of Smiths in Lancaster – many of them named Samuel but a few named Thomas.  I can not find anything obvious about a Thomas Smith who married Jane Byers (the only sister of Martha).  There are indications that the family thinks Jane may have married a Lytle so that may be why.

Alternatively, Patrick Campbell married Mary Smith (widow of James Smith). Perhaps they were referring to “Uncle Thomas Smith” in the loosest of terms? I don’t know but that feels a bit like a zebra in a forest of Smiths…. Especially since it said in the court case that David had “two brothers in law” when referring to the Uncles.

I could write more about my suspicions (and I have a few) but probably better to wait until I have more information.  Or if you’re curious, just ask and I’ll share. That said, Patrick and Mary only stayed with Thomas but a few years and from there… I am at a loss.

We know from the title of case (as listed in the book), that Mary Campbell married Henry Wales. I can find nothing about Henry Wales which is a bit unusual – not even a hint.  If you know anything, let me know.


Hopefully, I have dropped enough names that someone searching for these families can link and possibly provide more information. In the meantime, I have enough to continue searching for the children of David. I am very interested in knowing where they went in VA since the Botetourt area is where my Campbells are known to have been.

If you know anything, please leave a comment!

Below is some of the text of the above court case. Again, I encourage you to read it in total. I attached the link.

Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, By The Hon. Jasper Yeates, V. II, p. 123 Link to free Google eBook here.

At Nisi Prius, At York, October Assizes 1796

Lessee of Patrick Campbell, David Campbell, Henry Wales and Mary his wife, and Jane Campbell against Andrew Rheim and Casper Lear.

Where lands held under an equitable title have been formerly (as in 1758) sold bona fide by administrators to pay debts or maintain children without an order of Orphans Court such sales will be established.

Ejectment for lands in Derry township.

It appeared in evidence that David Campbell on the 28th May 1748 took out a warrant for 200 acres of land more or less in Derry township adjoining James Russel including his improvement. Interest to commence thereon from 1st March 1739. On that day, he also paid 10£ into the receiver general’s office. He had brought the original improvement from William Hall and had on the tract a tolerable cabin stables and above ten acres of cleared land. He died intestate on the lands in 1758 leaving Susannah his widow and issue the lessors of the plaintiff who were all young at the time but their ages were not ascertained. The intestate was possessed of a stock of creatures which was sold shortly after his death. He had a brother named Patrick who lived about six miles from the land and two brothers in law, John Byers who lived about the same distance from him, and Thomas Smith whose house was thirty five miles distant. The widow after her husband’s death removed with her children to her brother Byers’s; after some time, Patrick the eldest son and Mary went to the house of their Uncle Smith where they continued two or three years and the two other children remained with their uncle Byers eleven or twelve years until they removed to Virginia.

The interest of the intestate in the lands was sold by John Byers and Martha Campbell, (the widow,) at public vendue for 140£ 10s and they executed a bill of sale thereof to Robert Taylor, Josiah Candow, and John Vanlear, and also an assignment of the original receipt for 10£ paid to the receiver general both bearing date on the 11th of May 1758. The premises being afterwards vested in Taylor were conveyed by his administrators in pursuance of a sale directed by the Orphans Court to John Sterling in consideration of 145£ 10s on the 1st January 1761, who on the 14th April 1769, conveyed to Jacob Lime in consideration of 502£ and the defendants entitled themselves thereto by divers mesne conveyances.

Byers and his sister were dead. No letters of administration to them were shown in evidence but their bill of sale stiled them administrators; nor were any inventory or administration account shown to the court, or search made for them.

…. But they contended that this usage ceased in 1753 or 1754 and consequently that the sale made by the administrators in 1758 was not protected thereby

Byers took the children who are now claiming the land to his own house and kept two of them many years.