Biography of John A. Campbell
Madison County, NY Biographies





Campbell, John A., p. o. Mile Strip, was born at Avon, Livingston County. N. Y., May 19, 1840, a son of John and Maria (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 Scotland and came to this county when about seven years of age, settling 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, he 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 Wendall, who is in the grocery and meat business at Peterboro, and Harry. 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 the peace, also takes 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 now lives at the time of his marriage, where he has resided and followed general farming to the present time.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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