Let me start by saying… As a word of caution, I am writing this post with far less information than I normally like to have and I’m sure there will be follow-ups and many corrections to come. I am hoping someone can step in and help with information but don’t take anything I say as gospel. In the meantime…
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There is a Patrick Campbell who lived and died in Lancaster Co, PA.
I knew of a Patrick in Lancaster, PA but, for many years I had assumed he was the Patrick related to the family of John Campbell and Grace Hay who moved to Augusta Co, VA. I was mistaken. This is not the same Patrick.
Recently, familysearch.org digitized several probate records including those of Lancaster Co, PA. You can choose the county you would like to search here. In Wills 1730-1773 Vol A-B, on page 656 (Image # 469) you will find the Will of Patrick Campbell. I am going to summarize here but please go read it yourself (and let me know if you have any corrections). I will also post at the bottom of the page.
Will of Patrick Campbell, Donegal, Lancaster Co, PA.
Written, 17 June 1772 – Proven 27 Jul 1772.
Wife: Mary Campbell – 168A he now lives on.
Campbell Smith “son of my son in law William Smith of Baltimore Town”
Martha Campbell “widow and relict of my brother David” was given (£10):
- Son of David: Patrick Campbell (£120)
- Son of David: David Campbell (£60)
- Dau of David: Mary Campbell (£10)
- Dau of David: Jean Campbell (£20)
Mentions a debt David said Patrick owed him. Patrick denies and qualifies the legacies
Robert Campbell, deceased, brother to Patrick:
- Son of Robert: Samuel (£30)
John Campbell, deceased, Relationship not stated:
- Son of John: Robert (£20)
- Son of John: William (£10)
- Son of John: John (£10)
Samuel (Prob the son of Robert above?)
- Son of Samuel: Robert (£10)
- Dau of Samuel: Mary (£5) (£10 divided equally amongst Mary & Agnus)
- Dau of Samuel: Agnus (£5)
Elizabeth Montgomery, widow of Patrick Montgomery (£20): Relationship not stated
Margaret Hutchison, widow of John Hutchison of Paxton Twnshp (£10): Relationship not stated
Rev Mr. Tate, pastor of the Donegal Meeting House, 30 shillings/year, if continue to be pastor and if (widow) has use of pew formally John Sates and adjoining the West door be appropriated for her use.
Mulotto Slave George Christie free at wife’s death (provided he be at age of 25)
Witt: Robert Spear, James Cook (? Abr) , Randal McLure.
Referred to him in death as Patrick Campbell, yeoman.
Exec: Wife Mary and William Smith (Son in Law)
Life of Patrick Campbell
I have listed my sources below since I am combining many references into one narrative. I could probably write a lot but it would be mostly plagiarizing. Best if you read the stories I referenced yourself. I apologize if it reads short and choppy but I am trying to stick to the what has already been written instead of injecting my own thoughts unnecessarily. I just don’t know enough about Patrick yet.
The first record I have found which probably belongs to this Patrick Campbell is a 1720 Tax List (See source #1 below, pg 759), the next is a 1721 Tax list for Conestoga where he was charged at £10. The following year (1722) he was again on the Conestoga Tax List being charged £16. Next he can be found on the 1724, 1725, and 1726 Tax Lists for Donegal Township.
Donegal was formed in 1722 and most likely the town formed around where he was already living.
Patrick was said to be an Indian Trader and owned a Tavern until his death. While I can’t be sure, he was probably the Constable of Donegal or Overseer of the Poor (in Donegal) in 1729 – not the Patrick who was the son of John Campbell and Grace Hay as is widely reported. This Patrick had been long established in the area and known to most.
He married Mary Smith, the widow of James Smith (maiden name unknown to me). James’ will was proven in June 1739. I do not know if it was Patrick’s first marriage nor do I know if he had any children. My theory is that he did not since he left large legacies to nephews and nieces. I will point out, he did not mention his relationship to John Campbell (deceased), Elizabeth Montgomery, and Margaret Hutchison. However, the size of the legacies would not indicate a father-child relationship in my opinion. That said, more information is needed.
One note on the marriage of Mary to James Smith. You may see her first husband referenced as (Capt.) Samuel Smith. My step mom (and partner in genealogy) found a reference to James and tracked down his will. Sure enough… It appears James was the husband of Mary and the father to William Smith referenced in Patrick’s will.
In James’ will he requested that his land be placed in the name of his son William Smith who is said to have married a daughter of William Spear. I have yet to verify (I haven’t tried) however, at the PA State Archives there are Warrant Maps for many of the Townships of PA (so awesome!). We find Patrick’s Land on the Conoy 1 map of Lancaster Co.
He originally purchased his land from Samuel Smith. A bit further across, we see William Smith as well as a William Spear. I have cut out at bit of the map (left) but be sure to see the map in it’s entirety here. There is also a cut out on the lower left Showing Patrick Campbell.
Patrick Campbell first located upon land south of John Galbraith. On the 1st day of May 1743, he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land from Capt Samuel Smith Indian trader which was bounded on the west by Conoy Creek and upon the south by land of John Galbraith. The old Peters road ran through this land and crossed the creek at Erb’s mill and continued to James Logan’s ferry at Bainbridge. Capt Smith built a tavern on this road and as such it was continued by Mr. Campbell until his death. Like all of the early tavernkeepers he was a prominent and important personage. (Note: Paragraph was copied from Franklin Ellis And Samuel Evans book, #1, pg 751, referenced below)
On page 752 of the above referenced book, we find the heirs of Patrick Campbell selling his land to John Engle about 1773 or 1774. The Engle’s remained there for many years. Patrick’s Widow, Mary Smith, moved to Baltimore to live with her son by her first marriage, William Smith. Campbell Smith (mentioned in Patrick’s will) is presumably the son of William. Campbell was a soldier in the Revolutionary War but I don’t know much about his family.
Not the family of John Campbell who married Grace Hay
For those who are familiar with the family of John Campbell who m. Grace Hay, it is apparent that this is a different Patrick. The names look the same, but the details are very different:
- This Patrick was in America by 1720, the other did not come to America until 1726 per a descendant Gov. David Campbell (1779-1859).
- This Patrick m. Mary Smith, the other married either Delilah Thompson or Elizabeth Taylor.
- This Patrick Died in 1772 in Lancaster Co, PA, the other died in 1767, Augusta Co, VA
And probably the most compelling evidence:
- Both Patrick’s had brothers named David, however the David who moved to Augusta Co, is well documented and known to have died in Washington Co, VA in 1790. This is the “White David” often reference for this family. The Will Patrick in Lancaster Co’s lists a brother named David but he had died by 1772 (probably c. 1753).
If you need more information on the family of John Campbell who married Grace Hay, I will point you to sources below.
Siblings of Patrick
I have only begun researching the family members Patrick mentioned in his will. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I know a bit about David Campbell who died prior to Patrick. He married Martha Byers. Martha was the daughter of David and Mary Byers of Donegal. Her father is said to have d. 20 May 1743. Her brother was John Byers.
I will write more of David in my next sketch.
I don’t have much more to say about Patrick and am hoping others have more information. I am THRILLED to have found him and so very thankful to the folks at LDS for doing the work they do.
For those of you who were following my posts on Mathew Campbell “One Armed School Teacher” , you may want to poke around Donegal, Lancaster Co, PA as well. The last lead I had on him was that the family of Josias Campbell (who I suspect is a brother to Mathew). That family is said to have come to America with the Mitchell’s. This information is found in the Journal of John C. Smith and I wrote about it here. I tracked the Mitchell name to a John Mitchell who is also on the tax lists sourced below. I am so excited about Patrick, I had to put the Mitchell’s on the back burner for now but I’m still on the look out.
If you know anything about ANYONE in this family leave a comment. If you are shy, you can email me directly at rmg8243 (@) gmail DOT com.
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Life of Patrick Campbell
- History of Lancaster Pennsylvania With Biographical Sketches of Many Of Its Pioneers And Prominent Men By Franklin Ellis And Samuel Evans. Pub 1883. Many pages reference the Campbells. The book is searchable.
- The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 28, Pub 1877, P.64 footnotes – and probably others. This is another book that needs to be studied more than I have. Not all the footnotes I referenced belong to this family; however there are a few that deserve further investigation. I couldn’t find this in google books but the PDF version is searchable.
- Notes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 1, Pub 1887, Edited by William Henry Egle: Page 270, 281
- The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 29, Pub 1905, Pages 249-250
- Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society, V1, Pub 1896-7, Page 308 (Note: I mention this reference as I believe it is in error. It states that the 1st husband of Mary was Capt. Samuel Smith however the Will of James Smith is clear that his wife’s name was Mary and his son was William Smith)
- History of Lancaster County, By Israel Daniel Rupp, Pub 1844, pages: 250, 253
- A History of the Presbyterian Church in America. By Rev. Richard Webster, Pub 1857. NOTE: There is nothing specific to Patrick in this Book but other Campbell’s of the area are mentioned so if you’re researching this family, you’ll want to check it out.
- Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society, Vol. XX, Pub. 1916, Pages: 170, 176, 187
- Tax List of Donegal Township (1725): Chester County (now Lancaster Co.), PA
- Tax List of Donegal Township (1726): Chester County (now Lancaster Co.), PA
- Tax List of Donegal Township (1724): Chester County (now Lancaster Co.), PA
Family of John Campbell who married Grace Hay
- White David Campbell Genealogy Report: By Philip Norfleet. This is my “go to” reference on this family. While others have expanded on his work, I feel that he has made an great effort to research the early origens of this family in America.HOWEVER…. Norfleet states that the wife of Patrick Campbell, son of John and Grace, was Delilah Thompson. Equally knowledgeable researchers have concluded his first wife was Elizabeth Taylor.
- Historical sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and kindred families; (1911); Margaret Pilcher.
NOTE: Use Mrs Pilcher’s work on the Campbell’s Pre “White” David with great caution as many of her claims have been shown to be wrong – especially prior to this families arrival in America. I have compared her work to an early historian, William Egle, in a sketch here.
Will of Patrick Campbell
Wills 1730-1773 Vol A-B, on page 656 (Image # 469) Note: I may be crazy or these Image numbers keep changing. Sorry if the above link is wrong but it should get you close.
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Will of James Smith
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