SORRY, I CAN'T HELP MUCH WITH FORWARD GENERATIONS OF JAMES AND HANNAH CAMPBELL.MY JAMES CAMPBELL DIDN'T HAVE A SON NAMED JAMES THOUGH, SO WE ARE PROBABLY NOT BOTH ON THE SAME JAMES CAMPBELL.
I ONLY LEARNED OF JAMES AND HANNAH THROUGH THIS BIOGRAPHY ON MY THIRD GREAT GRANDFATHER BENJAMIN F. TAYLOR.THIS BIOGRAPHY DOES GIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON JAMES AND HANNAH THOUGH WHICH MIGHT BE OF HELP TO YOU.
Biography of Benjamin F. Taylor
Posted by Wells CC on Fri, 04 Jun 1999
Surname: TAYLOR, FOSTER, SPRAGUE, PEIRCE, CAMPBELL, OGAN, RODGERS, BIVEN, BONSLER
Biographical sketch extracted from:
Biographical and historical record of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1887. p. 861-863.
BENJAMIN F. TAYLOR was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, October 2, 1812, son of Ebenezer and Margaret (Foster) Taylor, of Irish ancestry. The father was born in New Jersey, and was a son of Thomas and Ruth (Sprague) Taylor; the latter was probably born in New Jersey. The family came to Ohio about 1785, settling in what is now Jefferson County, where the parents both remained until their death. Their children were—Ebenezer, John, Henry, Cornelius, Rannel, Hiram, William, Ann, Ruth and Jane. Of these children, Ebenezer, the oldest, was the father of our subject. All the brothers and sisters lived, married and died in Ohio, except Cornelius, who is now a resident of Bartholomew County, Indiana. The children of Ebenezer and his wife were--Benjamin, our subject, Hannah, Ann, Thomas, Ebenezer, Henry, Andrew, James, Ruth, Richard, Zebra and Margaret J. The father of Mrs. Taylor, Benjamin Foster, was a resident of West Virginia, near Wellsburg, when his daughter married Mr. Taylor. He was of German descent, and his wife, Hannah Peirce, was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. They had several children—Andrew, Aaron, Samuel, Benjamin, Margaret, Hannah and Elizabeth. This family all came to Ohio except Samuel. About 1816 the parents of our subject moved to Coshocton County, Ohio, settling on a quarter section of land given by Benjamin Foster to his daughter, Mrs. Taylor. They settled in the dense woods, and were among the early pioneers of that country. Mr. Taylor frequently, when a boy, drove the deer and wild turkey out of his father's dooryard. Those were the good old times when neighbors were neighborly, and when men would go eight and ten miles through the pathless woods to assist in a cabin-raising or a log-rolling. The principal music was the ring of the sturdy pioneer’s ax. Children were rocked to sleep in sugar troughs, and snugly tucked between soft woolen blankets, could almost see the twinkling stars as they peered through the crevices of the logs that formed the walls of their cabin home. Their ears were filled with the mournful cries of the catamounts that often came near the cabins at night. As the settlements became more numerous, the game became scarce, and by the time our subject was grown to maturity scarcely anything was left but deer. Benjamin was not a hunter, but was “death” to the squirrels, which were so plentiful it was with difficulty the corn was protected until it was sprouted. In fact, the main business of the children was to watch the fields in the spring time to keep the squirrels from digging up the newly planted corn. When Benjamin was eighteen years of age he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter’s and cabinet-maker’s trade. By this was meant to hew logs and make the material ready, taking it from the stump. He was quite a contractor and builder, and for several years worked at the trade in Ohio. October 13, 1836, he was united in marriage with Miss Nancy Campbell, daughter of James and Hannah (Ogan) Campbell, who were then living in Coshocton County. James Campbell was born near Dublin, Ireland, and when sixteen years of age emigrated alone to America. He was first married to Mary Rodgers, and they had four children—William, Evan, Sally and Elizabeth. He was one of the heroes of the war of 1812, serving under the command of General Anthony Wayne. He helped to build Fort Deposit and Fort Recovery, and was Sergeant of his company. He had a fine education and was an excellent penman, a teacher, and a weaver of linen in Ireland. His parents were William and Nancy Campbell. After his return from the war of 1812 his wife died, and he afterward married Hannah Ogan, daughter of Peter and Phamia (Biven) Ogan. Her mother was a Bonsler, and the family were natives of New Jersey, and were Quakers. They lived in that country during the war of the Revolution, but would not carry arms. Three children were born to James Campbell and his second wife——Phamia, Peter and Nancy, the latter being the wife of our subject. She was born in Belmont County, Ohio, September 12, 1815, and was past twenty-one years of age when married. Their children numbered thirteen— Hannah J., wife of John McCorkle; Ebenezer, who was a brave soldier during the late war, and lost his health and his life during his term of service, being a member of Company A, Thirtieth Indiana Infantry; Henry C., also deceased; William H., who enlisted in August, 1862, in Company G, One Hundred and First Indiana Infantry, passed through the entire war, is now the husband of Mary Donnelly and resides in Pike County, Ohio; Mary A. became the wife of Freeman Taylor, a carriage manufacturer in Trumbull County, Ohio; Cornelius married Mary Ashburn, and is a resident of Jefferson Township; Elizabeth is the wife of David Huss, who resides on Mr. Taylor's farm. In 1853 the family settled in Jefferson Township, this county, where Mr. Taylor had entered a quarter-section of land on the Indian Reserve. His patent bears the signature of President Zachary Taylor, and the ownership has never been changed. Six years after coming here he was elected justice of the peace of the township, and was re-elected when his term expired. He positively declined to hold the position longer, though strongly urged to do so. Politically he has been a Republican and was one of the founders of that party in the county, but he is now a strong Prohibitionist. The old log cabin that first sheltered the family in this county has long since been replaced by a modern one, and the land has been placed in a good state of cultivation. Their children have married well, and most of them live near. They have held seventeen grandchildren in their arms, and have passed their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They are perhaps the oldest married couple in the county, and still do their own work.
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