There were a good number of Campbell families in North and South Carolina by the end of the 18th century, but the relationship of many with this surname is not exactly known. The earliest Campbells in South Carolina this researcher has found include: Archibald and William Campbell (brothers), listed in 1747 land survey for Williamsburg Township; also, an Alexander Campbell who was listed in a 1758 land platt near the Little Pee Dee. According to Sellers “History of Marion,” early Carolina Campbell settlers included:
Edward Campbell from Scotland who lived north of the Little Pee Dee and supposedly took all of his family, except a son named Duncan, to points further west (may have migrated to Florida instead).
Peter Campbell who came from Scotland around 1800 and settled on the east side of Little Pee Dee and had sons Ducan, Hugh, James, David, Alex, Archibald (see below), and one daughter known of named Mary who married a McInnis
John Campbell who was born 6 January, 1752, also from Scotland. This Campbell came to Marion County area sometime before 1790 where he married Ann Cribb. He settled in the Maiden Down area (near Millers church), and the following is his beginning lineage courtesy Marvin A. Grant (see link below):
Campbell, John (1752-1810) married Cribb, Nancy Ann
Campbell, Nancy Ann (1775-1856) m. Huggins, John
Campbell, Mary (1777-1837) m. Huggins, Willis (?-)
Campbell, John (1779-c1825)
Campbell, James (1780-1842) m. Barnes, Mary (?-)
Campbell, Gadi (1784-1862) m. Norton, Mary (?-)
Campbell, Jeremiah (1791-1865) m. Scott, Patience
Campbell, Elizabeth (1794-1878)
Campbell, Theophilus (1796-1860) m. Perritt, Celia
The 1790 census for the District of Georgetown has no fewer than nine Campbells listed as heads of households. (Check census link above).
Particular information on selected Marion District families include three Archibald Campbells:
First, was an Archibald Campbell who married a Miss.Lydia? Paul and had children: John P, Peter, William P, Alexander and Sarah Ann. This family comes from Seller's "History of Marion County." This Archibald was the son of Peter Campbell.
A second Archibald Campbell (c1790-c1845) was married to Ann (Unknown Maiden) and had at least two daughters: Hannah who married H.W. Moore and Elizabeth who was second wife of William Keeffe, Sr. A one Samuel A. Campbell who married Ann White and then Martha Thwing(Irving?) was most likely related to this Archibald, but in what respect is not certain. (Samuel A. Campbell's father was James Campbell).
A third Archibald Campbell (c1765-c1830) reportedly killed a man in Carolina for tearing down his widowed mother's fish traps. He fled to Georgia about 1800, with his family following later. He may have had a brother, William, who moved to Alabama.
These Archibald Campbells may or may not have been related, but they all were early residents along the Great Pee Dee.
For more detailed information on the Campbells of North and South Carolina, go to:
Marty Grant's Campbell Family Web Pages
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