Ancestors of Charles Brent Campbell of Lynchburg, Virginia:Information about Alexander Mills Campbell
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Alexander Mills Campbell (b. November 18, 1818, d. February 21, 1870)Alexander Mills Campbell (son of Wiley Campbell and Elizabeth Marshall Sale)406 was born November 18, 1818 in Virginia407, 408, and died February 21, 1870409, 410.He married Martha Ann Frances Dinwiddie on October 31, 1843 in Campbell County, Va411, daughter of John Dinwiddie and Mildred (Millie) Campbell.
Notes for Alexander Mills Campbell:
Following is a description of a letter written from William H. Campbell to Robert Campbell in 1912.Enclosed with this letter was a letter written 62 years prior from Alexander M. Campbell (Robert's father) to William Campbell.This letter was found in Robert Campbell's bible in the fall of 1997.
The envelope was addressed as:
from Wm. H. Campbell
Bowling Green, Ky
Mr. Robert Campbell
Note:Addresses were evidently not necessary in 1912.
Below is the note from William H. Campbell to Robert Campbell that was enclosed with the letter from Alexander to William Campbell:
Bowling Green KYJuly 10,1912
Dear Cosin (sic) Robert Campbell
I will send you your
father's letter he wrote to me
in the year of 1850.
I send it to you for a keep
sake.Keep it as long as you
Love to all from your cosin (sic)
Wm H. Campbell
#1035 Center St.
my age 83 yr.
Note:If William Campbell was 83 in 1912, he was born in 1829 and was 21 years old in 1850.
This is the letter from Alexander M. Campbell to William H. Campbell:
Marysville Campbell Va, Nov 7th 1850
By this you will be informed that I have been in expectation of a letter from you for some six months but have waited in vain your letter shortly after your arrival at home was was (sic) answered promptly and strange to all we have not heard a word from you since. I feel satisfied that you must have written to me but your letter did not come to hand therefore I embrace the present opportunity of letting you hear from us. By this you will learn that we are in the enjoyment of a reasonable portion of good health as we have been since you left this county.Our relations are well also as far as my information extends. I suppose you are not aprised (sic) of the death of Uncle Lewis Campbell which took place sometime in August last. His disease was palsy - the same that he was laboring under when you saw him. Brother Thomas has lost his wife since you were in Virginia. I think she was quite ill when you was with us. Heard from him a short time last - he was well and his little ones also. I am still at Marysville and getting along tolerable well though there has not been much sickness in this county this season and consequently there has not been much to do in the way of practice.
Crops are very sorry in this county this season.There was almost a failure in the wheat crop on account of the rust. I think it is the worst crop I ever saw in my life - it is very difficult to get wheat for seed. The larger portion of the crop does not weigh more than fifty to fifty-five pounds to the bushel and some less than that. The crop of tobacco is even worse than the wheat. There was a failure in plants in the first instant, then there was a long drought in planting season so that persons could not plant what few plants they had except on moist lands and flats. Then in August we had a very heavy fall of rain that raised the water courses higher than they were ever known and swept off [unreadable] on the flats and destroying the corn in a great measure.The corn crop would have been an average one if it had not been for the freshet.Oat crops are as sorry as wheat.They are worth $1.25 per hundred.Corn is worth $3 to $3.50 per barrel. Tobacco is worth from $7 for the primings to $40 for the best quality. It is thought that tobacco will bring a higher price than ever it was known to bring in this county. Hay and fodder brings $1 per hundred and ready sale. It is generally thought that food will be much higher this winter than ever it was before in Virginia.I have no other knews (sic) that would interest you. You will please remember me to your father and mother, and to the rest of the family and accept of my best wishes for your happiness and prosperity.
As ever - your uncle Alex M. Campbell
P.S. - Tell your father that I should be very glad to get a line or so from him. You must answer this as soon as possible.Martha joins me in love to you all.
At bottom of last page of Alexander's letter, possibly in different handwriting is written:
Your(?) love I'll not forget thee
Time shall only teach my heart
This letter was
seal with a wafer.
You can see where the seal was put on.
More About Alexander Mills Campbell:
Occupation 1: September 14, 1868, Appointed Commissioner of the Revenue in District No. 1 County of Campbell by the Military Authorities of the United States.412
Occupation 2: 1850, Doctor.413
Occupation 3: 1860, Dentist.414
More About Alexander Mills Campbell and Martha Ann Frances Dinwiddie:
Marriage: October 31, 1843, Campbell County, Va.415
Children of Alexander Mills Campbell and Martha Ann Frances Dinwiddie are:
- +Delia A. Campbell, b. 1845416, 417, d. date unknown.
- Ethelbert B. Campbell, b. 1847418, 419, 420, d. date unknown.
- +John W. Campbell, b. Abt. 1849, Virginia421, 422, 423, d. Aft. October 07, 1922424.
- Rufus A. Campbell, b. 1849425, d. date unknown.
- +Robert Cornelius Campbell, b. July 27, 1852, Virginia426, d. October 07, 1922, Home of Robert M. Campbell, Radford, VA426, 427.
- Bettie M. Campbell, b. 1855428, d. date unknown.
- +Cornelia Muriel Campbell, b. September 16, 1857, Virginia429, 430, d. November 20, 1907430.
- Mary Campbell, b. March 1860431, d. date unknown.
- +Willie Adelaide Campbell, b. Abt. 1862432, d. Aft. October 07, 1922433.