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McLean County, Illinois
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ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL, who is descended from an honorable line of Scotch ancestry, was born in the Land of the Thistle in 1826, and came with his parents to America two years afterward. In about 1840 he became a resident of Illinois, and until within the last three years was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is now a resident of Bloomington, where he owns and occupies a good residence which was erected at a cost of $3,100. He has been intimately identified with the industrial and agricultural interests of McLean County for the last forty years, and is held in the highest respect by the citizens among whom he has moved with an honest and upright purpose and a blameless life.

The parents of our subject were Archibald and Elizabeth (Shields) Campbell, also natives of Scotland. After coming to America, they stopped in Pittsburgh for eighteen months, and then went into Jessamine County, Ky., and were residents of Lexington for eight years following. They then moved to McLean County, locating in Orendorff settlement, where they remained one year, and thence removed to Old Town Township, where the father purchased 200 acres of land at first and subsequently added 300. Here he remained until the close of his life, cultivating the soil and beautifying the homestead, and was buried on a portion of land over which he had walked for so many years. He was Justice of the Peace for many years and an Elder in the Baptist Church, of which his wife was also a devoted member. The record of their four sons is as follows: John is a merchant of McLean County, and all the other brothers are residents here.

The subject of this history remained with his parents until twenty-four years old, assisting in the labors of the farm and receiving a practical education. He then purchased forty acres of land which he paid for before his marriage, afterward making further purchases, first of eighty and then of 120 acres, and then his father left him eighty acres. To this he afterward added sixty acres, and has also 160 acres near Farmington City, and eighty near Amboy, Lee County.

Mr. Campbell was married, in 1851, to Miss Mary E. Twining, a native of Pennsylvania, born June 2, 1833, and the daughter of Thomas Twining, a native of the same State. Of this union there were born seven children, three now living, and the record is as follows: Mary B., Mrs. Wagner, was born Feb. 21, 1852, and is the mother of five children Charles F., Gracie (deceased), Abbie J., Edna, and an infant unnamed; Sarah E., Mrs. Gregory, was born Dec. 19, 1856, and has two children Ella M. and Goldie E.; Thomas A. was born May. 2, 1859,and married Miss Mary Nogel; they have two children  Howard and Elnora; Franklin E., born Dec. 9, 1861, died Oct. 13, 1886; Howard A., born Aug. 2, 1864, died Jan. 31, 1882; Charles E. born Oct. 23, 1867, is attending college at Bloomington; Nellie A., born May 24, 1871, is at home with her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. C. are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bloomington, and in politics our subject is a stanch Republican. He was School Trustee while on a farm, and belonged to the Union League. No man in McLean County is held in higher respect than our subject, and no lady is more worthy of esteem than his amiable and excellent wife.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States.  (Chicago:  Chapman Brothers, 1887), 251-2.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


031 CAMPBELL, ARCHIBALD Nat. Rec. 1859-1894 p. 99  1st day of November 1867 Declaration of Intent to become U.S. citizen; From Great Britain


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