I,ve been thinking maybe I should contact the city of Peterborough
and see what they can tell me about my grandfather.
Maybe they can get me in touch with a relative I do not no.
I'll get back too you.
This is starting to get exciting.
Mike where are you from?
On 2011-11-25, at 4:40 PM, Mike Campbell wrote:
Hi, Debra, Julian, Bruce, et al:
I've been more than a little bit fascinated by Debra's originating post, and
the spate of correspondence that has since flowed from it, as there's a very
faint possibility that it may relate to my own brick wall - but perhaps
My own forebears had their earliest known roots in the Isle of Skye in the
form of John [or Ian if you prefer] Campbell. Of him I have no date of birth
or death, nor village or township where he resided. His religion was
Protestant. That is relevant. John had perhaps as many as six sons, and at
least one daughter.
I have the names and dates of two sons, Hector, born in 1777, and Duncan,
born in 1781, both in Skye. Hector and Duncan were soldiers, and probably
served in one of the fencible regiments raised to protect British soil from
the threat of invasion by the French in those years before Napoleon was
briefly exiled to St. Helena.
The two men married Catholic girls which probably made life on Protestant
Skye untenable to say the least. Barra, on the other hand was Catholic, and
the two men and their families settled there briefly. Hector married a girl
whose surname was MacMullen. Duncan married a Mary MacInnes. Duncan is my
gggg-grandfather. One of the consequences of the marriages of the two men
was that it estranged them from their parents and their siblings. They were
never to speak of their family again.
In 1806 Hector and Duncan, and their wives and children left Barra and
sailed to Canada, although on different ships. Duncan's ship first made port
in Prince Edward Island, after which it crossed over to Pictou, NS. From
Pictou, the family made their way inland, settling with Mary's parents near
Hector debarked in Sydney, Cape Breton, and made his way inland to the area
known as Red Islands, near St. Peters on the Bras D'Or Lake. A number of
years later, around 1810 or 1811, Duncan learning of where Hector had
settled, moved his family to the Red Islands region and permanently settled
Family lore offers evidence that at least two, and possibly three brothers
later emigrated from Skye to Ontario somewhere between 1806 and 1810[?]. It
was thought that at least one of them may have later emigrated from Ontario
to points west or south. There is also the suggestion that a sister also
emigrated to Canada, landing in Halifax, before moving to the "Boston
States" where she was employed as a domestic servant.
Yours posts inspired me to write. Other than what I have written, I have
little else to provide. There are some given names that seem to feature
prominently in my family. Among them are: Peter, Andrew, Colin, Neil, John,
Donald, along with the previously mentioned Hector and Duncan.
Hopefully, something I've written will ring a bell or strike a chord with
somebody that may help loosen a brick in my wall.
From: campbell-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Debra Parminter
Sent: November-19-11 9:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Campbell] Campbell families coming to Canada
"I have a Campbell family that settled in Glengarry County Ontario.
John Campbell b. c.1785 in Scotland m. Grace
They are in Martintown Ontario on the 1851 and 1861 census with two
children: Jannett and Neil. Both born in Ontario.
I have information on Neil's line but have not been able to locate anything
further on either John, Grace or Jannett. I would
love to hear from anyone that might have information on this family.
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