CHARLES F. CAMPBELL, one of Knox Township's well known citizens, is a member of one of the old pioneer families of this section. He was born on the farm on which he lives, March 24, 1856, and is a son of Thomas J. and Harriet Campbell, and a grandson of William Campbell.
Grandfather William Campbell came to Knox Township among the earliest settlers and made his clearing in the midst of the dense forest that then covered a large part of the land. Here his life was spent and here a large family grew around him. His son, Thomas J. Campbell, was born in the pioneer cabin and he also spent his life in Knox Township, completeing the clearing of the farm and making improvements which resulted in more comfortable living. He added to the original acreage and at the time of death owned some 500 acres of land which he devoted to farming and stock raising. He was not only a good business man but one of sterling character and was useful to his community in many ways. Hw was one of the liberal supporters of the Island Creek Presbyterian Church, in which he was an elder. He and wife are deceased, but eight of their nine children are living, namely: John H., who lives in Jefferson County; Emeline, who is the wife of William Gray, and lives in Saline Township; Mry F. and George, both of whom live in Knox Township; Thomas J. who lives at Toronto, Ohio, Charles F. and David F., both of whom reside in Knox Township; and Catherine J., who lives at Newark, Ohio, and is the widow of J.B. Rex, formerly of Harrisburg, Pa.
Charles F. Campbell has continued the industries started by his father and grandfather and is regarded as one of the leading farmers and stock growers of Knox Township, where he is part owner of a farm of 180 acres. Mr. Campbell was married October 28, 1887, to Miss Mary E. Wasson, who was born in Pennsylvania. Her father was the late Andrew Wasson, of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have had five children: Andrew W., Thomas J., Nina M., Harriet T. and Mary E., all of whom have had school advantages. Mr. Campbell being a firm believer in the value of an education, whether ones future is to be passed on a farm or in a city. He is a Republican in his views on public questions but has never sought public office.