Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of James CAMPBELL


         The first James CAMPBELL originally came from Scotland and left there because of the religious persecution. He and his family fled to Ireland, then came to America in the seventeenth century, settling in Pennsylvania. There was a direct line of descent by the name of James Campbell to the sixth generation. James Campbell VI was 2 years old about 1928.

         Three Campbell brothers went to Pennsylvania; one remained there, one went to Lexington, Virginia, and one to Berkeley County, Virginia. James Campbell I was a member of the County Court of Berkeley County and of the Virginia Legislature for two terms. James Campbell II was commissioned an officer in the Revolution, James Campbell III served in the War of 1812, and James Campbell IV was a soldier in the Confederate Army in the Civil War, having volunteered early in the war, but discharged because of health.

         James Campbell V was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for County Commissioner of Berkeley County, West Virginia, in the fall of 1918. He lived on the old Campbell homestead near Gerrardstown and was engaged in growing apples. His brother, Ned B. Campbell, was a Presbyterian minister at Pumplin City, Virginia, who for many years was stationed in Monroe County, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928.

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