Please take a look at this correction. I tried to add my THOMPSON ancestor
to the Campbell family she married into. Big mistake. I am basing the
names and ages on the 1860 census, Amherst Co, M653, Roll 1332, page 329.
> James W. Campbell , s/o John and Frances, s/o George and Caty.
> 2 males under 5, Robert P. b. 1830 and David S. b. 1826
> 1 male 5-10 Charles A. b.1820
> 2 males 10-15 John P. b. 1815 and Poindexter b. 1819, and Jesse b. 1817.
only 2 males are counted)
> 1 male 15-20 James Henry b. 1811
> 1 male 40-50 James W. Campbell b. abt 1784 d. 9-19-1853
> 1 female under 5 Nancy b. 1826
> 1 female 5-10 ??
> 1 female 10-15 Permelia b. 1813
> 1 female 15-20 Nancy Evans b. 1791, d/o Charles, s/o Thomas, s/o Charles.
Please Note: Concerning the male children, there is no George listed, and
also there seems to have been an under reporting of the male kids in the
10-15 age bracket, because I count 3, and they only reported 2.
In the 1860 census. Rob P. Campbell says he was 30 yrs old, meaning b. 1830,
was he born before this census in 1830, or AFTER??????? I notice that most
researchers list the birth year of Rob P. Campbell as 1829, upon WHAT
evidence is this based?
This could affect the calculation of this family, because if Rob P. Campbell
was not alive at the date of this census, then perhaps the child listed was
Could that be George T. Campbell b. 1824?
What do we know about George Campbell, the son of James W. Campbell and
Nancy Evans? Was he named in the Will of James W. Campbell when he died in
1853 in Amherst Co? Does anyone have that Will? If this is my ancestor,
then he would still be alive in 1853 when his father died, and possibly was
named in the Will. Does a George Campbell, s/o James W. exist, or is he
fiction? Any Family Bibles, or letters, or any notes that would ahve come
from his siblings, which does recollect or list a man named George? From
who, or from what source do we get the name George Campbell, as a child of
James W. Campbell and Nancy Evans? The 1850 census lists George T. Campbell
b. 1824 with his father in laws household, Jesse Wright.
George T. Campbell b. 1824 did not name any male children for anyone
connected to this family group, and did not name any of his female children
for anyone connected to this group. Going by naming patterns alone, it
would not appear he is connected to this family group. But that doesn't
prove anything, because I have noticed that the majority of the Campbell
families do not seem to conform to any naming pattern, except that they ALL
seemed to LOVE the name GEORGE. (just kidding...)
I will examine the 1840 census also for this family and perhaps that will
shed some light.
Another way to verify the facts of this family, would be to research the
Civil War file of Rob P. Campbell, since he died in the War, he should have
a military packet, which possibly states his exact birth date. If he was
born after the date of the 1830 census, this would further open up the
speculation. Does anyone have the War file of this Rob P. Campbell? He died
Now look at the FEMALE children. First we are missing a girl b. 1820 to
Then look at the MOTHERS reported age. She should be 39 years old, not
reported 15-20. Was this her 'wishful thinking'? Or was this actually
Nancy Evans was not dead at the time this census was taken, because she
later had a son Edward Stephen Campbell b. 1833, my ancestor. Any thoughts
as to this question about her age?
In the 1860 census Nancy Evans Campbell, widow, is listed as 69 years old in
Amherst Co, VA.
Based on the Age given in the 1860 census at Amherst Co, which of course
might have been in error, but if those dates are correctly given, then the
birth order of the children of James W. Campbell and Nancy Evans should
appear something like this:
#1. James Henry b. 1811 d. 1850 (not in the 1860 census, since he was dead.
His parents married in 1810, so we can 'guess' that his birth in 1811 would
be their first child.)
#2. Permelia 1813
#3. John P. 1815
#4. Jesse 1817
#5. Poindexter 1819
#6. Charles A. 1820
#7. David S. 1826
#8. Nancy 1826
#9. Rob P. 1829? or 1830?
#10. Edward S. 1833
The only way I can see that a George T. Campbell b. 1824 d. 1856 could fit
into this family, and also at the same time conform to the 1830 census
report, would be if Robert P. Campbell was born AFTER the 1830 census date,
and the YOUNGEST male in the 1830 census report listed was this above George