I am searching for the existance of a R.R. that ran from Charleston, S.C. through Kentucky and on to Chillicothe, OH. and would have been in existance between 1870 and 1880. I think I found my 2nd great grandfather on the 1870 census for Charleston, S.C. as Edward Campbell age 22, single, R.R. laborer, b. S.C. (on the 1880 census this man does not show up)
I KNOW that MY 2nd great grandfather, E. Thompson Campbell was born in S.C., had one child born somewhere in KY. in 1872. In 1873 another son was born in Chillicothe. His wife was a Margaret/Mary Ashby. If these two Campbell men are the same it would account for all the moving around if he was following the construction of a railroad (I'm not quite sure what a R.R. laborer would do).
To sum it all up I need to know if such a railway existed between 1870 and 1880 ( on the 1880 census I find his wife listed as a widow in Iredell Co., N.C.), and I want to know if there were any train wrecks on that railroad in 1873-1880.