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McLean County, Illinois
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HUGH CAMPBELL, who is now living in ease and retirement at No. 904 Moulton street, Bloomington, is enjoying the results of an energetic and industrious life and the esteem and confidence of a large circle of friends. Mr. Campbell has been a resident of Illinois since 1835. His birth occurred on the 14th of January, 1812, his parents being James and Nancy (Jamieson) Campbell, natives of the same State as their son, and engaged in farming pursuits. Of their seven children four are now living Hugh. John G., James and Emeline J. The parents removed to Missouri in 1854, where they passed the remainder of their days. Both were honored members of the Christian Church, and greatly esteemed by all who knew them.

Hugh Campbell remained with his parents and received a common-school education. After attaining his majority he left the parental roof, and worked on a farm for two and one-half years, then, in 1835, came to Morgan County, Ill. There he purchased a farm of 290 acres, upon which he lived for fifteen years, when he sold out and came to McLean County. Here he purchased 120 acres four and one-half miles southwest of Bloomington, where he remained from 1850 until 1886. He then moved into the city, and purchased the place where he now lives, consisting of a house and three lots, which forms a comfortable and attractive home.

In 1834 Mr. Campbell was united in marriage with Miss Catharine Frye, of Kentucky, and of their union there was born one child, a daughter. Adeline, now Mrs. Lawler, and the mother of two children Hugh and Clarence Eugene. Mrs. Catharine Campbell departed this life in December, 1870, after being the companion of her husband for a period of thirty-six years.

The second wife of our subject was Mrs. Jane Simmons, a native of Montgomery County, Ill.. She was born Jan. 9, 1828, and by her former husband, Hamilton Simmons, became the mother of eight children, of whom the record is as follows: John T. married Miss Dora Shurtz, and they have three children Ashley, John M. and Nancy J.; Celestia married Oscar Shurtz, and they have two children Alvin and William D.; Charles married Rebecca Miller, and they have two daughters Teresa and Annie; Rosella became the wife of George Little, and is the mother of two children  Orville and George; David married Miss Alice Pricer, and their two children are named Clyde and Calvin; Lillie became the wife of James Hitchcock, and they have one son Hugh O.; James Jefferson, born Aug. 11, 1863, was killed by lightning May 23, 1880, near Marengo, Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are worthy members of the Christian Church, and in politics our subject casts his vote with the Republican party. He became Supervisor in 1862, held the office three years, and he has also been Road Commissioner and Township Trustee.

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), 126.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards


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