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This week in history: April 5-10

This week in history, both Robert Campbell and his son Hugh Campbell made their wills.  The two were almost 60 years apart – 1 day short of 59 years exactly.  Because both of these documents are important, we are going to post both.

First, we post Robert Campbell’s 1832 will.  It was entered into evidence in the 1938 estate case that would decide the future of Robert’s son Hazlett’s $2 million estate.  By 1832, Robert had already begun to amass a great fortune.  He knew he was going into dangerous territory out West on a regular basis, and wanted to be sure his family and fortune would be taken care of.  This was obviously not Robert’s final will.  He would marry Virginia Jane Kyle on February 25, 1841, and the two would have 3 surviving children.  Robert finally died on October 10, 1879.  This will shows his thoughts and worries as a young man.

In the name of God, Amen. I Robert Campbell at
Present residing in the City of Saint Louis Missouri in
The United Stated of America do make this my last
Will and Testament –
Item    I bequeath and device to my Brother Andrew Campbell
All that parcel of Land in the townland of
Gelncopogagh in the part of Upper Badoney County
Of Tyrone Ireland held by law renewable forever
`Under the heirs of the Honl. George Knox, to have
And to hold said parcel of land with its apprenten
=ces (as now occupied by Gabriel Walker) to him and
to his heirs forever. Provided he my said Brother
Andrew Campbell pays one half the amt. of Debt
Due by me to the heirs of Andw. McFarland Decd. And
To my sister Anne Campbell before entering in possession
Of said farm of land in Glencopogagh –
Item –     I bequeath to my Brother Hugh Campbell my tith
And interest in the rents receivable under Deed
of Mortgage from the tenants in East Aughalane
amounting to 16 pounds Irish currency per annum) to him
and to his heirs forever. Provided he my said
Brother Hugh Campbell pays one half the debts
Due by me to the Heirs of Andw. McFarland Decd.
And to my Sister Anne Campbell – before entering
Into possession of the bequest before mentioned
Item –  I bequeath to my Brother Hugh Campbell above
Mentioned the proceeds of the expedition now fully
Out by me for the region of the Rocky Mountains
After deducting the amount due by me to Miss J & A Kerr
Merchants of St. Louis Missouri say
And also paying the men in my employ the balance
Which may be due by me to them at the time of
My decease – all of which will be determined by
My executors Mr L. Sublette and Thos. Fitzpatrick who
Accompany me on this expedition – the proceeds (if any),
To be appropriated in the following manner

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Firstly    That my said Borther Hugh Campbell do
Pay himself the amount of money I shall borrow
Of him before my departure
SecondlyThat my said Borther Hugh Campbell ao
pay to my Beloved Mother the sum of Five
pounds sterling annually during her natural life
and if the proceeds should not afford this then me
said Brother Hugh Campbell to pay to my beloved
mother Five pounds sterling per annum out of
the rents of East Aughalane –
Thirdly That my Brother Hugh Campbell pays to my Dear
Sister Anne Ten pounds sterling – and should the
proceeds of my expedition prove more than
repays the above appropriately – then the residue
if enough to be dispersed of as follows – to my
Dear Mother few pounds annually in addition
To the above and the residue to be divided in
Equal parts between my Brothers Andrew & Hugh and
My sister Anne one third each –
Item     I bequeath to my Beloved Mother the sum of Five pounds
Sterling to be paid by my said Brother Hugh Campbell
And in case the proceeds of my Rocky Monts be
Sufficiently lucrative the sum of Ten pounds in
Addition to the above –
Item    I bequeath to my Sister Anne Campbell as
Above Ten pounds sterling to be paid her
By my Brother Hugh Campbell which with
The assumption of two hundred pounds of my
Brother Hugh & myself and fifty pounds which
I presented her when in Ireland to be paid by
Hugh and myself. I consider as on equal
Portion with my Brothers – in case my Rocky
Mountain trip affords a profit I wish one third
Of the nett proceeds (after paying all other demands)
To be paid to my dearest sister Anne

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O nominate and appoint John W Farland of Culls
=lillan part of lower Budony & County Tyrone
and William Wilson of Eden Derry (Leap Mill) in
land County in Ireland as my executors there
and Mr L Sublette of St. Louis County Missouri
and Thos. Fitzpatrick of the Rocky Monts. And
My brother Hugh Campbell late of Richmond
Of Virginia but now of Philadelphia as my
Executors in the United States. – I request [missing]
To superintend the settlement of the matters herein
Named and to direct that each Item shall
Be performed (as far as possible) within two years
After my decease at farthest and sooner if
In witness where of I have herunto
Set my hand and seal this tenth day of
April in the year of our Lord one Thousand
Eight Hundred and Thirty Two

Signed sealed and declared
By the above named
Robert Campbell to be his
Last will and testament
In presence of us who have
Hereunto subscribed our
names as witnesses in the
presence of the testator

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Robert Campbell
Will of April 10 1832

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This week in history: March 22-28

In 1834, Irish immigrant Robert Campbell was still a “mountain man”, living out west.  But what did his family back in Ireland think about this?  This week we find out!  On March 26, 1834, Robert’s sister Anne writes him from Aughalane house, thanking him for his multiple letters this year.  It seems Robert has assured his sister that he is perfectly protected in the west, although that doesn’t stop Anne and the other Campbells from praying for Robert daily. Someone sent the family a newspaper clipping from a St. Louis newspaper.  The article was written by the American Fur Company, Sublette & Campbell’s biggest fur-trading rival, and talked about the devastation cholera and famine had brought at the mouth of the Yellowstone and how Buffalo were dying out.  Anne responds that “some people are very cruel!”  Enjoy this glimpse into the home front of life as a mountain man!

Aughalane 26th March 1834
My Dearest Brother Robert
How grateful have your letters been to out feelings – I think I can count 5 within the last year. This life is (__?) and among the brightest spots of my existence is the receipt of you letters. There is not a human with un-gratified, for the margin of each are filled up by brothers Hugh, to hear that one of you were well would be pleasure, but to know that
both are well and so affectionate is happiness indeed.  Thank God you are measurable secure, in having Horses, more men, and a fort to protect yourself – our earliest and our latest thoughts are about you, and although they are not so heartsounding as heretofore (since 18th Jan, when we had your first letter dated in the mountains) yet daily on our knees is our petitions offered up for your safety here, and your happiness hereafter. Two days I saw a paragraph copied from a St. Louis Newspaper headed “The far west” It shoed [showed] that cholera and famine were sweeping away all, at the mouth of the Yellow Stone, and that where herds of Buffalo abounded there was

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not a solitary one to be found and no one knew where they were gone-some people are very cruel!  The American fur company were given as the author of this – perhaps it was best we heard this calamitous intelligence for after the first (__?) of grief were over it brought us oftener to ask protection and help of our God for you – your kind offer that Mother and I should draw on your property for any measures we would require is too much – I cannot thank you in terms strong enough.  Language could not express the sentiments of my heart! I shall therefore desist – may the blessed savior be your paymaster for all your kindnesses to me.  I trust we will not take any of your property unless absolute necessity compel us, and even then, I would rather the interest of what my Father left me would be given then burden you with what I am confident is not your right to do-  Richard Keys has been in New South Wales more than a year, he has written Andrew giving an account of every thing from the variety of the ladies, till the quantity of the wool that is on the sheep.  There is not a question you would ask concerning that country that is not answered in his letter it was published in the Derry sentinel of Saturday, he is very anxious to know where

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you are and talks warmly of the pleasant days he spent in Aughalane his salary was 50 pounds per year for overseeing a gentlemans estate I expect on this brother Hugh has informed you of our dear mothers Lameness, Doctor Laughlin attended her and his was not the formal attendance of a Doctor, it was like the case of a dutiful son – he would not take a fraction for all his trouble, we made a small present with nearly 1 pound to his youngest daughter, who is named for me, subscribed to the dispensary for this year.  I saw him on Tuesday he requested me that I should present the warmest esteem to Mrs Laughlin and himself to you – Mr Himphills family are well Hamilton is on your side the Atlantic Charles is at college, the young ladies are not yet married, his soninlaw Mr Campbell has recently got a
lucrative situation under Lord Darnley – Doctor MCMullon was married to Miss Adams, he is now a widower, and is on the eve of soothing and for Vandiamen lands – After 10 days illness cousin Robert Helson died he has left a widow and three children – It is but a few days since old Billy one morning began to sing pslams very loud, when he ceased he was speechless, and the same evening expired In 7 hours his sufferings were terminated I trust for ever I had 10 of the last 1 pound that brother Hugh sent to bury him – may we my dear Brother meet here in pleasure and in another world in glory
Is the prayer of your sister Ann Campbell

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27th March 1834 7 oclcok P.M. I have opened this letter to say that William Campbell has read a letter stating that Mr. Copel
Cathrine and their family are living extremely well in Upper Country Clarks family are well and so are Mrs Campbells

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Uncle and Aunt Graham died in one day about 3 months ago – sister
Catherine and family landed at Luebra when the cholera was at its
Hwight in that city, we have not heard from her since – my poor dear kind-
Hearted sister I fear she has fell a vistim to that dreadful disease she and sister
Were my favorites I have many sorrow thoughts for her and when Margery is
[missing] in New York, her husband is worth 500 pounds their son is the finest boy can be he
frequently writes to his grandfather Mr Hamilton in this country.

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On the subject of Andrew going to America we seldom talk it would be too painful
To us, Betsy and he are quite well she is still friendly and affectionate, he carries
On his farming as usual. The sweet Margret is still clever and decided. She talks
Often of you yet I fear she scarce recollects you. I try to keep you in her recollection. The
Rest questioned her whether she loved Aunt Jean as I , best, she answered in her
Decided way, that she loved Aunt Ann, but the finger, better that Aunt Jeans soul
And body. They are all so intelligent it would take an entire letter to describe them singly.

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Your mother sends a thousand blessings, she is quite well Thank God, and delighted you intend
To read your Bible
May God enable you
To pursue it with care

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Recd. at Philada. 12th May 1834
Forwarded by Hugh Campbell to his brother

Robert Campbell
Saint Louis
Sister Anne
March 26th

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Merry Christmas from Campbell House!

Merry Christmas to all from Campbell House Museum!  This week we post a letter that Anne Campbell wrote to her brother Hugh on Christmas Eve in 1842.  Hugh sent it to Robert some months later with an additional letter.  Anne is deeply worried about her niece Bessie, who had caused so much trouble in America that Hugh had sent her back to Ireland.  Apparently she is causing trouble there too, because her father Andrew started drinking again after Bessie came home.  Read all about the troublemaker of the family in Anne’s letter!


Aughalane Dec 24, 1842
My ever Dear Brother,
I recv’d sister Virginia’s very kind letter in this time as I may say I had no tidings ready at that time, at least none that would be agreeable to you.

Ten days after Bessie’s return home poor Andrew was sorry (as we all were at the event) and he again began in temperance in spite of all remonstrance he continued so late in Oct. since which time he has been strictly temperate.  Time winter commenced he had a school for his family every night and is schoolmaster himself it is wonderful how the very youngest is progressing.  But to return when Andrew began to drink Bessie grew quite uneasy and no wonder (as you and I know there is no being on earth that intemperance makes so great a change on) she told me there was two things she was undecided which to do, the last objectionable of which was that she would fly from her fathers and try to get service in some gentlemans family; I knew that this would not only blight her prospect for ever but blight the prospects of her youngest sister, therefore after consulting with my mother I told her should my days terminate in the workhouse she should e welcome to every kindness and attention it was in our power to pay her; she accepted and after being nearly three weeks in her fathers she came her permanently to reside.  The task is more arduous than I expected but to save a family from desolation was my aim.  My motives may be attributed to other causes.  I expect no gratitude from anyone on this the atlantic and will think myself favored if I escape censure Mother is old and taking care of her would be enough for one advanced in life as I am yet I never could forgive myself if anything disgraceful had occurred and the Almighty that saw the purity of my intentions.  I have no doubt will support me.  Poor Bessie is to be pitied her misfortunes were some of her own choosing.  I think Mr. Boyle was the cause of all for when brother Hugh was her in 1835 and ’36 he thought better not take any of Andrews children before that time he had certainly asked one of the children to educate it, and in another letter to make a little republic of it.  I told Andrew he did not want any of his children as I was allowed, but there hopes were aroused by former invitations and this with Mr. Boyles advice made them send her and surely an educated lady in an obscure country place is a pitiable object.  The first part of my life was chiquered [?] perhaps it is better for me now that it was not continued sunshine, yet of poor Bessie return has lain heavier on my heart than almost any occurrence of my life Mothers memory is not so good as usual but her health is pretty good Andrew and his family are well the clothes Bessie wears I washed in her fathers therefore we do not require a second girl.

Excuse dear brother so much of my own and other peoples affairs.  I trust in God that you, sister Virginia and James Alexander well, that dear name, God bless him, and bless you all.  You or brother Hugh are seldom many hours out of our minds, I feel pleasure thinking of you both, and foolishly conclude if I saw you every anxiety would vanish.
I am Dearest Robert,
Your affectionate sister
Ann Campbell

Dec. 27
Jack Young’s daughter Eliza Jean went with a young man the name of Gray, last night who lives near Gortin, she will be brought to her fathers to night when the wedding day will be set the young man is wealthy.

Dec. 27,
We had a very pleasant Christmas in Andrews.  James McFarlands child (Anne) is three months old all of them we hope will be with us as usual on Saturday brothers birthday.
The name of Annes child is Alexander it is interesting like herself.

March 9, 1843
Dear Robert:
This letter from Sister Ann explains and justifies Bessie in removing from her fathers house – but it is no apology for her indolence and refusing all kinds of useful employment.  If she were only to teach her sisters wash her clothes or do anything to show filial affection gratitude or common sense, I would readily excuse her.  I fear she will be indulged in her present course by our good mother and sister.  She certainly required rigid control.  Amongst them all she is likely to escape every restraint.
In Ann’s letter to me (inclosing this) she dwells on the financial affairs at great length.  It appears that Richard Key’s has not paid in full.  Ann does not like to have Andrew as a paymaster to her.  In fact it appears he will neither pay her interest (according to our instructions) nor give himself any trouble about any debt due her.  He considers all he gets as so much land off the sea – and doubtless thinks it would be like throwing it into the sea again to repay either the principal or interest!  He is not likely to get any more from either of us.
After all perhaps it is as well that she directed the money to be collected from R. Keys.  The fact is I doubt whether he is worth anything and believe it might have been totally lost if not then collected.  It is better that poor Andrew should have it than such to be the cause.
I really do not know how to advise Ann to invest her money.  She ought to avoid intimate friends – and she ought also to have real estate security.  Whom do you think she should apply to for advice.  She has now about $100 lbs. to invest.
You should write either to Ann or Andrew and give your views on all matters about which they have written.  I will not write till after you have written.
Yours truly,
Hugh Campbell

Mr. Robert Campbell
Saint Louis

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