CAMPBELL, JAMES H., a worthy, highly respected and substantial farmer, who pursues his calling eight miles west of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born February 15, 1837, three miles southwest of Lynnville, Ill. At that period, the farm on which his birth took place was in Morgan County, but is now in Scott County. On this place, his father, Samuel F. Campbell, located in 1834 - his birth occurring in Lincoln County, Ky., February 29, 1808. James Campbell, the grandfather, was a farmer by occupation. He migrated to Tennessee when Samuel F. was an infant, and lived in that State until about the year 1832, when he moved to Morgan County, Ill., and entered a tract of Government land. He married Margaret Moore, a native of Kentucky, and their children were as follows: John B., Joseph, Givens, Samuel, William L., and Green B., all of whom are deceased; Orpha, Sally, Hannah, widow of Wilson W. Hawk, of Winchester, Ill. (but now deceased); and Eliza J., widow of William Rice, of San Jose, Cal. Grandfather Campbell followed farming all his life. He and his wife were members of the first Christian Church in Lynnville, Ill., which was organized in 1838, and he was one of the principal men connected with the erection of the edifice. The original building now stands on the public square and is called Irving Hall. His wife, in particular, was very active in church work. James Campbell died when sixty-seven years old, and his widow passed away at the age of eighty-eight years.
Samuel F. Campbell received his mental training in the subscription schools. When but a boy, he was apprenticed to learn the tailor's trade. On account of dissatisfaction on the part of his employer, he worked overtime to redeem his unexpired limit, and, when free, engaged in business for himself in Maury County, Tenn. In the fall of 1833, he married Nancy T. Moore, a native of that State. They lived in Tennessee until 1834, when they located in Morgan County, Ill., and bought a tract of land lying southwest of Lynnville, which was mostly timber. This Mr. Campbell cleared up and lived there until 1852. In that year the family moved to what is now Cass County, where they spent one year. Mr. Campbell bought 360 acres of land in Sections 30 and 31, Township 15, Range 11, on the State Road, eight miles west of Jacksonville, Ill., which was partly improved. On this place the family lived until the father's death. Samuel F. Campbell and his wife were the parents of ten children, namely: William M., of Kansas; James H., of Morgan County; Clinton S., and John B., of Hancock County, Ill., Lewis, who also lives in Kansas; Elizabeth A., wife of H. Dickinson, of Oregon; Sarah J., wife of John Mitchell, who lives in Sangamon County, Ill., and Eliza E., wife of Archie B. McKinney, of Morgan County, a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this volume. The father of this family died when he was seventy-four years old, and the mother passed away at the age of eighty-six years. After coming to Illinois the former abandoned the tailor's trade and devoted his attention to farming. He was a member of the Christian Church of Lynnville.
During his boyhood James H. Campbell received his mental training in the district schools and remained on the home farm until his marriage. He and his brother had bought a part of the homestead, on which he now resides. Later, Mr. Campbell purchased his brother's interest, and has made all the modern improvements on the place. He now owns 193 acres of land, nearly all of which is under cultivation. He carries on general farming and stock-raising breeding Poland-China hogs, Shorthorn cattle, and Cotswold sheep. He also raises Light Brahma chickens.
On October 14, 1860, Mr. Campbell was untied in marriage with Emeline A. Funk, a native of Scott County, Ill., and they commenced housekeeping in that county, where they lived until her death, a year after her marriage. Mr. Campbell then returned to the old home, where he remained until 1860. In that year he married Sarah Ellen Rice, a native of Morgan County, and a daughter of Elder E. G. and Mary A. Rice, prominent people in that section, and members of the Christian Church, of which Mr. Campbell was a leading member. The following children resulted from this union, namely: Alice Cary, who lives with her parents; Mary E., widow of Arthur A. Wilson; Albert J., and Charles S., both of Howell County, Mo.; and Edith and Nancy, who are on the home farm.
In politics Mr. Campbell is a Democrat, and religiously is a member of the Christian Church, which he joined in 1861, and in which he is an Elder, taking a deep and active interest in church work. He is a man of strict probity, of pure and blameless life, and is everywhere regarded as a model farmer and an exemplary citizen.