Pioneers Of Madison County: The Campbells

Submitted by The Madison Genealogical Society
John Campbell, Sr., born in Scotland in the 1770s, came to the US after the Revolutionary War on the same ship as his future wife, Mary Nicholson.  They were the parents of five children: 1) John Campbell, Jr.; 2) Neill Campbell, Sr.; 3) Flora Campbell; 4) Sarah Campbell and 5) Mary Campbell.  Mary died about 1820 and he later married Susan whose last name is currently unknown.  Although both of John’s sons moved to the Florida Territory and helped to establish Madison Co., Fl., many of their descendants ended up moving further south.
1)  John Campbell, Jr. was born July 4, 1800 in S.C.  He married a Miss Nancy Taylor on Dec. 20 1820 in Appling Co., Ga. In March 1825, they moved to the Florida Territory, settling first in Gadsden Co.  By August 1929, they had moved to Madison Co. settling near Mosey Hall.  In 1838 he joined the Middle Florida Mounted Volunteers at San Pedro Station, Madison Co.  In late April or early May 1838 he was wounded in action with the Seminole Indians and on May 27, 1838 died at his home, where he was buried. In late 1841, Nancy and her unmarried children moved to Melender’s Settlement, Hillsborough Co., Fl. where she lived the remainder of her life.  She died Sep. 28, 1884 and was buried at the Clearwater Cemetery. John and Nancy were the parents of: 1) Mary Campbell, born Sept. 1822, died July 3, 1890. She married first Ferdinand Whiddon (1818-1840) on June 26, 1839 in Madison Co., Fl. He was killed by Indians in 1840 where he was serving as a 2nd Lt. in the Seminole War. She later married David Benjamin Turner (1819-1868). Both Mary and David were buried in the Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater, Pinellas Co., Fl.; 2) Elizabeth Campbell born Feb. 25, 1825 and died Dec. 17, 1890. She married James Parramore McMullen who served as a Captain in the CSA. He was born June 11, 1823 and died April 17, 1895. Both Elizabeth and James Parramore were buried in the McMullen Cemetery in Clearwater, Pinellas Co., Fl.; 3) Catherine Campbell born July 1 1827 in Gadsden Co., Fl.. Catherine passed away in 1858 in Clearwater, Pinellas Co., Fl. She had married Daniel Scott Whitehurst, who was born in 1816 in Jasper, Hamilton Co., Fl. and killed during the War Between the States at Boca Ciega Inlet, Florida.  They were the parents of five children; 4) William N. Campbell was born May 16, 1830 and died May 26, 1896.  He served in the War Between the States as both an infantry man and a seaman. He died at Clearwater, Pinellas Co., Fl., and was buried in the Clearwater Municipal Cemetery. He married Florida A. Harn. Florida was born Feb. 26, 1838 and passed away on Jan. 13, 1910. She also was buried in the Clearwater Municipal Cemetery; 5) Margaret Ann Campbell born April 17, 1833 and passed away on April 21, 1909. She married Daniel McMullen, born July 26, 1825 and died Aug. 5, 1908. They were both buried in the Largo City Cemetery, Largo, Pinellas Co., Fl.; 6) Lavincia Jane Campbell was born Feb. 25, 1836 and passed away in 1884.  She married Robert J. Whitehurst, born March 5, 1831 and died Oct. 20, 1916.  They were both laid to rest in the Anona Pioneer Cemetery, Largo, Pinellas Co., Fl.
2)  Neill Campbell Sr. was born Nov. 3, 1802 in Marlborough District, S.C. He met his wife, Elizabeth Taylor (born July 19, 1809), in Appling Co., Ga., and they were wed on Oct. 14, 1824. After their marriage, they also moved to Madison Co., Fl., settling near Moseley Hall. Neill joined the Florida Territorial Militia to fight in the second conflict with the Seminole Indians (Florida War, 1835-1842). Harmony Baptist Church was founded in the southwestern portion of Madison County. The Campbells were early members and Neill served as a deacon for many years.  In November 1873, the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church was organized and the Campbell family shifted to it, with Neill becoming a deacon in Aug. 1874. Neill died March 15, 1875 and Elizabeth died Sept. 26, 1883.  Both were buried at the Campbell/Spradley Cemetery in Madison, Fl. It was sometimes known as the “Old Neilly Field.”  Neill and Elizabeth were the parents of:  1) Alexander Neill Campbell, born in 1826, married Margaret Ann Lee; 2) Nancy Campbell, born 1830, married John A. McDonald; 3) James R. Campbell, born 1834, married Jane Elizabeth Lanier; 4) Lavincia Campbell, born 1842, married Daniel J. DeVane; 5) Neill Campbell, Jr., b. 1843, married Julia Williams and later Susan Elizabeth Tedder; 6) Elizabeth Campbell, b. 1847; 7) Sarah A. Campbell, b. 1849; 8) Flora J. Campbell, b. 1851, married George H. Tedder
2A) Neill Campbell, Jr., son of Neill Campbell, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor, was born Oct. 1843 in Madison Co., Fl. On Aug. 20, 1861, he enlisted in the Florida Volunteers, Co. “M,” 2nd Florida Infantry (Confederate).  He was taken prison on April 9, 1865, at the Appomattox Court House, Va. On Jan. 1, 1874 in Madison Co., Neil married Miss Julia Williams who was born April 7, 1854. They were the parents of three children: James Wesley Campbell, John Alexander Campbell and Lulu Arline Campbell who was born Aug. 20, 1879 and died Oct. 11, 1882). Julia died on Sept. 6, 1879, shortly after Lulu’s birth, and was buried along with her daughter in the “Old Neilly Field.” Shortly after Julia’s death, Neill moved to Taylor County. On Dec. 28, 1883 he married Susan Lovely Elizabeth Tedder. She was born Oct. 2, 1844 and died July 15, 1900. Both Neill and Susan were buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Perry, Taylor Co., Fl.
2B) Alexander Nicholson (NEILL?) Campbell, son of Neill Campbell, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor, was born Jan. 20, 1826 in Gadsden Co., Florida Territory. While still very young, his parents moved to Madison Co., where he remained the rest of his life. At the age of 12, he enrolled at Camp Taylor, Florida as a private in Captain Richard B. Turner’s Company, 12th Regiment, First Brigade, Florida Mounted Militia (it is possible that a James Smart served as a substitute for him). On Jan. 25, 1847 he married Margaret Ann Lee, daughter of Elam Zadoc Lee, Sr. and Annie Dill. Margaret was born at Fort Gaines on Oct. 1, 1832 in Early Co., Ga., but came to Madison Co. with her parents about 1842. In 1849, Alexander moved his family close to his parents’ home. On March 1863, Alexander enrolled in the Confederate Army at Madison Co. He served as a corporal in Captain Charles Begg’s Independent Co. (Bradford Avengers), Florida Infantry, later known as Company “E,” Eleventh Florida Infantry. On March 2, 1870, he purchased the land on which the “Old Neilly Field” or “Campbell/Spradley Cemetery” is located. Margaret died on April 30, 1903 and two years later Alexander died on Aug. 10, 1905. According to the Madison County Cemetery Book by Joseph Eichelberger, they were both buried at the “Little Brown Church Cemetery,” the name Mr. Eichelberger gave to the Campbell/Spradley Church Cemetery (or “Old Neilly Field”) on Co. Road 150, Madison, Florida because he did not know the official name of the church and because it was located near a “Little Brown Church.”
Margaret and Alexander were the parents of the following children who remained in the Madison area:  1) Allen Dennett Campbell born Dec. 15, 1854, died July 2, 1916, married Winnie Jane Spradley.  Both were buried at the Campbell/Spradley Church Cemetery. 2) Margaret Nancy Campbell born July 27, 1879, died July 24, 1963, married Thomas Jefferson Mathers. Both were buried in the Lamont Walker Cemetery.
Their daughter, 3) Annie Elizabeth Campbell married Richard William Spradley. They both moved to Burleson, Tex., and were buried there.
The remainder of their children moved to the Dade Co., Fl. area. They were: 4) William Wesley Campbell who married Mary Jane Reams; 5) Thomas Alexander Campbell who married Amanda Elizabeth Mathers. 6) John Richard Campbell who married Sallie Tillman Eason; 7) Emma Margaret Campbell who married John Lumis Chambers; 8) Neill Willard Campbell who married Julia Bell Lanier and 9) Mary Alice Campbell who married Robert Joseph Mathers.  Robert and his wife were two of Miami’s oldest pioneers, moving to Miami in 1900. He was killed in an automobile accident on Pembroke Road in Hallandale. At the time of his death, he was president of the Diamond Furniture Company.
3) Flora Campbell, daughter of John Campbell and Mary Nicholson, was born about 1805 in S.C.  She married David Rowell, Jr. on Oct. 20, 1833. They were the parents of three children: Elizabeth Rowell, born Sept. 2, 1834; Thomas Rowell, b. Dec. 4, 1836, died Jan. 1, 1838 and Mary Rowell, b. Aug. 11, 1839. David died in Lowndes Co., Ga., in 1847 and his estate was administered by his widow, Flora and her father, Neill Campbell.  There is no indication that they ever lived in Madison Co., Fl., but they were just across the state line from Madison Co., in Ga.
4) Sarah W. Campbell, daughter of John Campbell and Mary Nicholson, was born about 1816…TO CONTINUE READING THIS STORY, CLICK HERE OR PICK UP A COPY OF THE AUGUST 8, 2014 EDITION OF THE MADISON ENTERPRISE-RECORDER
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