Biography - Allan Campbell

Allan Campbell, son of John Campbell, died October 13, 1875. Without a sketch and portrait of Allan Campbell this book would be very incomplete, as the Campbell family was among the earliest and most prominent pioneers in Bourbon township. Allan came before his father, and soon after his arrival bought five acres of land just south of Lesterville, at the Bagdad bridge, and ran a ferry here for three years. Allan Campbell was born in Knox county, Kentucky, in 1809. His grandfather, Allan Campbell, was born in Virginia, and was among the early settlers in Kentucky. His father, John Campbell, removed to Bourbon township soon after his brother. His mother was Lucinda Sullivan, also a native of Kentucky.
Allan Campbell first married Miss Mary Ann Hoots, who was a daughter of David Hoots, of a German family. Of this marriage are three children living, all residing in Bourbon township: Hiram, John H., and (Julia), the wife of William Warmsley. His first wife died, and on February 13, 1851, he wedded Miss Mary Fleming, who still survives him. She was born in Parke County, Indiana, and was a daughter of Stephen and Jane (Kerr) Fleming. Her father was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, and her mother in Pennsylvania. Her grandfather, Stephen Fleming, was a native of Scotland, and her grandfather, Thomas Kerr, was a native of Ireland. To Allan Campbell and Mary Fleming Campbell were born three sons and one daughter, now living: Joseph A., James H., Annette, who is the wife of Albert Ellers, of Garrett township, and Stephen S. At the time of Mr. Allan's death, he owned about thirty-five hundred acres of land. At that time it was divided up between the widow and the children. Mrs. Campbell receiving nine hundred and twenty acres, all in Bourbon township, which she still owns. She resides on the old Campbell homestead, two miles south of Lesterville. She is in her seventy-fourth year, and is a devoute member of the Presbyterian church.

Extracted by Linda Lang from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, pages 227-228. Portrait and first paragraph added 22 Jul 2019.

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