Bedford Order Book 1754-1761, page 149, contains the order that the church wardens bind out William and Ennis Hooper, orphans of William Hooper, to JAMES CAMPBELL. Though the order is undated, it appears to have been issued in 1760. There was no indication of how long the children were to remain bound.
I am trying to learn more about this James Campbell who took over control of the orphans.
--> How old was he, what was his profession, who was his wife, who were his offspring?
--> Is he identical with one of the 2 men listed as James Campbil [each with 1 tithe] in Lunenburg County in 1750? Was he related to the Wilm. Cambile [also 1 tithe] listed a bit later on the same Lunenburg 1750 list?
I doubt that the Hooper orphans had lived in Bedford very long before they were bound out. Their father had died without a will; his 1760 estate inventory in Bedford County shows no land nor slaves, and few possessions-the whole estate value under 11 pounds. He was a taxpayer in Hamilton Parish of Prince William County in 1751. In 1752, he was involved in a law suit in Prince William County. He was a defendant in another case, likely for debt, in Prince William County in 1754, a case involving Alexr. and Daniel CAMPBELL - I believe these were merchants of Glasgow, Scotland who had a colonial store at Falmouth, so I really don't think they would be close relatives of the James Campbell of Bedford.
So these Hooper orphans had little inheritance. They had a brother old enough [i.e., older than 14] to apprentice himself to a blacksmith in Frederick Co., VA-where there were other paternal relatives-in 1760. The orphans had a step-grandfather George Rust, perhaps a grandmother still alive, and a half-uncle Jeremiah Rust all living in Bedford County, so why were these paternal relatives not assigned to care for them?
The paternal relatives had been among the very first settlers in the area that became Bedford County. In fact, George Rust and his son Jeremiah Rust were listed in tithe lists in Lunenburg County in 1750 and 1752; they lived in the part of that county that later was combined with a piece of Albemarle County to become Bedford County in 1752. It would seem likely, therefore, that the Rust family would have met the Campbells at least during the court days held at Lunenburg and later Bedford County court houses.
George Rust had land transactions in Bedford County in the 1750s; he wrote his will in 1772 and it was probated 1775, leaving lands on Green and Molley's creeks to three named offspring. Jeremiah Rust, the half-uncle to the Hooper orphans, later donated the land that became the county seat of Rustburg in Campbell County after it was split from Bedford County in 1782. Obviously, these relatives to the orphans were well known to the court officers in their area.
I know that one of these Hooper orphans served in Lord Dunsmore's war in 1774 and was in the Revolution in an outfit formed from Bedford County men. Thus, it would seem that the orphan stayed in the same area even after he was released from his 1760 binding to James Campbell. This fact would suggest to me that the James Campbell of 1760 Bedford County likely remained in the same area for at least a few years after 1760. What happened to JAMES CAMPBELL after 1760?