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Whitaker Hill Campbell Biography

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Whitaker Hill Campbell was born July 7, 1805, on Shawnee Run, Mercer County, Kentucky, and in 1833 removed to Garrard County, where he has since resided.  His father, James Campbell, a native of King and Queen County, Virginia, was a very early settler in Mercer County, Kentucky, was a carpenter and builder; constructed General Adair’s and many other residences; was also a farmer and one of the processioners for Mercer County; was also a farmer and lost twenty slaves by the late war; was a Whig and a Baptist and died in 1865 at the age of eighty-five years.  He was the son of Whitaker Campbell of Virginia, who married Jane Hill, and their offspring were James, William, Mrs. Carlton, Benjamin and Mrs. Pendleton.  James first married Polly, daughter of Joseph Lewis of Mercer County, and aunt of Joseph H. Lewis, one of the judges of the court of appeals; from their union sprang Whitaker H. and William P.  His second wife was Catherine, daughter of Benjamin Bradshaw of Jessamine County, and their children were Jane (Bradshaw), Robert P., Hopy (Hill), Benjamin B., Ann P. (Key), Alexander, Catherine (Doneghy), Susan (Peyton) and Thomas C.  February 14, 1828, Whitaker H. married Miss Pamelia H., daughter of Colonel Edmund and Sarah (Bowman) Perkins, of Garrard County (born March 10, 1810), and to them were born Elizabeth (Barkley), Orpah (Van Meeter), Elias H. (wounded in Union Army), James W., Benjamin P., Hiram B. and Rebecca.  Mr. Campbell was many years engaged as an educator, and was principal of the Cane Run Academy while Samuel Taylor Glover, late of St. Louis, Missouri, was a teacher of mathematics in that institution.  Mr. Campbell served fifteen years as magistrate and member of the court of claims of Garrard County.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, belonged to “the old court party”, was an old line Whig, an uncompromising Union man, lost fifteen slaves by the late war, and is now a Republican, and obtained bounty land for the soldiers of the War of 1812.  Hiram Barkley Campbell was born near High Bridge, Garrard County, August 13, 1849, and in 1881 located at his present home, Mt. Ararat, near Bryantsville.  October 13, 1881, he married Miss Nannie D., daughter of William and Elizabeth (Thomas) Burnside, of Garrard County (born April 19, 1856) and to them have been born Benjamin P., June 11, 1883 (died March 31, 1885), and William Burnside, February 16, 1886.  Mr. Campbell is a farmer and trader, having 231 acres of grazing land in good condition.  He is a class leader, and has been seventeen years recording steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church South; has been fifteen years a Good Templar and is superintendent of the Sunday school.

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