John A. Campbell
(May 19, 1840 - )

Campbell, John A., P. O. Mile Strip, was born at Avon, Livingston County, NY,
May 19, 1840, a son of John and Maroa (Rich) Campbell.  He was one of eight 
children as follows: Mary E., wife of George M. Curtis; Arthur M.; John A.; 
James W.; Florence A., wife of Nelson Beebe; Marinette Ann (deceased); Daniel
 D.; and Henry R., all born in Madison County, with the exception of John A. 
John Sr. was born in Duanesburg, NY and came to this county when about seven  
years of age. The Father of John A. settled in the town of Smithfield, where 
he lived for about twenty years, then moved to Livingston County and worked 
as a clerk in a grocery store. After two years he returned to Madison County 
and settled in the town of Smithfield, where he lived until his death in 1888,
at seventy-eight years of age. When he returned to Madison County he entered  
the general merchandise business at Peterboro and later in life followed 
farming. John A. Campbell was educated in the schools of the town of 
Smithfield and Cazenovia Seminary. When he was about seventeen years of age 
he started in life for himself as a clerk in a general merchandise store at 
Peterboro, which business he followed in Canastota and Oneida. On September 
19, 1862, enlisted in the 157th Regiment and was mustered out July 10, 1865, 
he was wounded in the left thigh at the Battle of Gettysburgh. He enlisted 
as a private and for services and bravery was advanced through successive  
positions and returned to his home in 1865 as a First Lieutenant. When he 
returned from the army he entered the general merchandise business at 
Canastota. In 1867 he married Emma J., daughter of Harry and Laurie Cotton 
and they have two sons: John Wendell, who is in the grocery and meat business
at Peterboro, and Harry Willard. Mr. Campbell is a member of Reese Post, 
G.A.R., No.34, of Canastota. He has always been active in town affairs and 
has been justice of peace, also taken an active part in school and 
educational work, having been connected with the school most of the time 
since he has resided in the town. He purchased the farm where he now lives at
the time of his marriage, where he has resided and followed general farming 
to the present time. In 1860 John A. Campbell was a clerk in a store of 
Elijah D. Bacon, his Uncle. 

From "Our County and its People, a Descriptive and Biographical Record of 
Madison County, NY" ...Edited by John E. Smith, 1899 
Transcribed by Mary E. Payne 


Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 08:14 AM

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