Miguel and everyone,
I too have a Campbell ancestor from the Isle of Man. William Campbell came
to America in 1716, to the Tappan area of the Colony of New York. From this
time on he is quite well documented, but prior to his arrival all that is
known comes from his gravestone. It states, "Here lyes the body of William
Campbell, born on the Island of Man, baptized in Cork, London Church the 9th
of Feb 1689."
I don't believe there is a Cork on the Isle of Man, and speculate that Cork
refers to County Cork Ireland, and that the London Church refers to the
English Episcopalian Church as apposed to the Catholic Church of Ireland.
I would be very grateful for anyone's thoughts or suggestions on where to
get help in determining William's actual place of and date of birth.
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Labrego, Miguel R" <LabregoM(a)email.chop.edu>
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2010 4:48 PM
Subject: [Campbell] Rhea/Rea Campbells of Skipness
27 December 2010
I have been doing family history for many of my friends for many years and
recently I started working on my friend's ancestry and I was able to trace
his most paternal ancestor to a Samuel Rea/Rhea who was born about 1725
possibly in Dromore Parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. This Samuel
married three times: First to Martha Grier Wallace, then Eleanor Snodgrass
and finally Rosana English.
This Samuel Rea/Rhea immigrated to the United States and died in Green
Township, Chamberburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania on 15 August 1811.
According to records I found, Samuel had brothers William, Isaac, and
It looks like they They were all the children of Matthew Campbell Rhea and
his second wife Mary Lockhardt/Lochhart of Fahan, County Donegal. This
Matthew was the son of Matthew Campbell "The Rebel" Rhea of Skipness,
Kintyre, Scotland and Janet Barten Baxter (who married in Derry Cathedral,
Templemore, Parish, Northern Ireland).
According to what I read, this Matthew was originally from Skipness,
Argyll, Scotland and took the oath of Prostestant faith and assisted the
Earl of Argyll (Archibald Campbell) in raising an army to aid the cause of
the Duke of Monmouth in an uprising against King James II. Subsequently,
the Duke of Monmouth was captured and executed. The Duke of Argyll was
under royal parole and when he was captured, he was executed on 30 June
1685 without a trial. His kinsman, this Matthew Campbell, was tried and
condemned to life imprisonment in Castle Pell on the Isle of Man. He
either escaped the prison or never was imprisoned and made his way across
the straits to the shores of Northern Ireland, near Londonderry and
changed his name to "Reagh/Reah/Raugh" or red-haired in Gaelic. The name
was often written Rhea. Matthew participated in the Siege of Londonderry
in 1689, in which the town successfully withstood a siege by King James
II. He is listed as a merchant and a ship master and d!
ied in Londonderry.
According to Clan Campbell website sources, Matthew Campbell was the
second son of Walter Cambell, Laird of Skipness and his second wife, Jean
Does anyone have proof of this. It seems pretty interesting that my
friend's most paternal side goes straight back to the Lairds of Skipness
(which itself goes back to the very first Campbells in Scotland).
Thanks for the assistance.
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