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N. M. CAMPBELL. The subject of the following brief history owns and occupies a good farm on section 32, Bloomington Township, and is successfully engaged in general agriculture and stock-raising. His homestead consists of 120 acres of finely improved land, stocked with good cattle, and supplied with a fine set of frame buildings.

With the exception of a few years Mr. Campbell has made this place his home since he came to McLean County in 1849. N. M. Campbell was born in Monroe County, Ind., March 30, 1842. His father, Rev. John G., and his mother, Sallie A. (Campbell) Campbell, were both natives of Bourbon County, Ky., and descended from excellent Scotch-Irish ancestry. They were reared and married in their native State, and soon afterward came North to Monroe County, Ind., where, after eleven years, and the birth of three children, they returned to Kentucky on account of failing health. While in Indiana the father of our subject had frequently officiated in the pulpit of the Christian Church and followed preaching afterward with the exception of a few years.

After their return to Kentucky, Mr. Campbell became greatly opposed to the principles of slavery and decided to remove away from it. He accordingly proceeded to Illinois, where freedom reigned and all enjoyed their liberty. He secured a wild tract of land in McLean County, on which stood a small log cabin, into which he removed his family.

He now began to preach in earnest, and his health greatly improved, by the change. He labored faithfully among the settlers with good results, and on the 3d of April, 1853, was greatly pleased in being able to assist in the organization of the Grassy Ridge Christian Church, which started in with about a dozen members and Mr. Campbell as Elder and minister.

In due time a church edifice was erected on section 32, and upon ground donated by Wilson Lindley. The church thus started has been well kept up, and the building still occupied for religious purposes. Rev. J. G. Campbell conducted the services of this charge for about a quarter of a century, and in the meantime also officiated at other places and was an active agent of the McLean County Missionary Society. The good seed thus early sown by the father of our subject sprang up and brought forth fruit, and is felt to-day in the religious influences which prevail throughout that locality.

The subject of our sketch in early life was greatly devoted to his parents, and labored on his father's farm early and late. He attended the common schools during the winter seasons until he was twenty years of age and remained under the parental roof until his marriage.

This interesting event took place Oct. 27, 1864, at the home of the bride's parents in Bloomington Township, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary S. Quinn, daughter of S. M. and S. A. (Boulware) Quinn, of Richmond, Ky. Her parents were born and married in the Blue Grass State, and the father died at the old home in Bloomington Township in 1882, aged about sixty-six years. Mrs. Campbell was born in Kentucky, May 23, 1847, and came North with her parents when a young child, living with them in Bloomington Township until her marriage.

She has become the mother of two sons: Charles L., born March 10, 1866, and Ira C., Oct. 18, 1869. Both have received a good education and are living at home with their parents.

Mr. Campbell and his family are active members of the Christian Church in Grassy Ridge, of which our subject has held the office of Deacon for several years and is now Elder in the church at Bloomington. In politics he is a stanch adherent of the Republican party.

[SOURCE: 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). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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