The CAMPBELLs of New Orleans have been my main focus for about 18 years. My father was Patrick Joseph Campbell, Jr., born on 14 November 1928, the only child of Patrick Joseph Campbell and O'Ceola Josephine BERNIUS. They lived in New Orleans in the area bounded by Magazine Street, Louisiana Avenue, the Mississippi River and Washington Avenue.
My grandfather (Patrick Joseph Campbell) was the oldest of seven children. His parents were Patrick Campbell, son of Hugh Campbell and Winifred ROPER, and Ellen Edna "Nellie" FARRELL, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" Farrell and Mary SWORDS. Their other children were Winifred Rose, Mary Myrtle, Thomas C., Ellen Irene, Estelle Josephine and Helen. At the young age of 26, Nellie Farrell died shortly after delivering her last child, Helen, on 20 November 1910. Newborn Helen died on 5 Decmeber 1910.
This unfortunate family lost its father (Patrick Campbell) just two years later. The children were turned over to Nellie's mother, Mary Swords Farrell, who was divorced and had one son living at home. However, Mary had trouble caring for her grandchildren and the remaining five children (Estelle Josephine had died shortly after her birth) were placed in the St. Joseph's Orphanage. The "asylum", as my grandfather called it, was run by German nuns, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and was located in the Irish Channel of New Orleans, where the St. Thomas Housing Project stands today.
Hugh Campbell and his wife Winifred Roper Campbell have been my stumbling block. I know that they were married in New Orleans at St. Patrick's Church on 3 April 1858. They had 10 children: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Mary, Isabella, Irene, Hugh, Jr., Patrick (my ancestor), William J., Winifred and Jane. They lived at #180 South Franklin Street in New Orleans, which is now called Loyola Avenue. All children were baptised at St. Joseph's Church on Tulane Avenue.
Rebecca Campbell married Henry DUCASTAING; Mary Campbell married William McCLOSKEY; Isabella Campbell married Richard DEANE; Irene Campbell married John BONNEVAL; William J. Campbell married Florence FRESCH; Winifred Campbell married Robert SIMPSON.
Winifred Roper Campbell died on 26 December 1890. Her husband, Hugh Campbell, died one month later on 21 January 1891. At the time of Hugh's death, the three youngest children (Patrick, Jane and William) were placed in the custody of their sister, Winifred and her husband Robert Simpson. Hugh and Winifred are both buried in St. Patrick #1 Cemetery in New Orleans. Census records show that they were both from Ireland.