Robert R Campbell


ROBERT R. CAMPBELL, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Sugar Creek township, is a member of one of the oldest families of his section of Armstrong county. He was born Jan. 20, 1863, on the farm where he now lives, this being part of the property purchased by his grandfather, William Campbell.

William Campbell came to this country from Ireland, and made a permanent home in Armstrong county, Pa. When he settled on his purchase of 440 acres in Washington (now Sugar Creek) township it was all wild, in the woods, and though the Indians were still numerous he never had any trouble with them. The log cabin he built for his first home is still standing, and there he reared his family, which consisted of two sons, John N. and Robert, the latter dying at the age of five years. William Campbell was prominent in the public affairs of his locality, and in politics was associated with the Democratic party. He lived to the age of ninety-four years, dying July 6, 1885, and is buried at Kittanning. His wife, Sarah (Nelson), died Feb. 24, 1869, and is buried in the Kittanning graveyard.

John N. Campbell, son of William, always remained at home with his parents and farmed the place until his retirement, when his son Robert succeeded to its management. He married Nancy Montgomery, who died April 23, 1879, at the age of fifty-three, Mr. Cambell surviving her thirty years. His death occurred in 1909, when he was eighty-one years old. They had a family of four children: Mattie, Mrs. W. R. Bowser; Robert R.; Maggie, Mrs. Hugh Tompson; and Sadie, Mrs. David Welton.

Robert R. Campbell has spent all his life in the old homestead, and he now owns and cultivates 269 acres of the original tract bought by his grandfather, being one of the most prosperous agriculturists of the locality. He followed stock raising as well as general farming, and has made a success of both lines, devoting all his time and energies to his work. Though a loyal and public spirited citizen, he confines his activities to supporting and encouraging good movements, never aspiring to office himself. In political opinion he is a Democrat.

On April 9, 1895, Mr. Campbell was married to Cora Burk, a native of Armstrong county, daughter of Charles Burk, and they have had eight children, of whom four survive: Carrie, Grace, John and William. Edward, Margaret, Mabel and Viola are deceased.

Source: Page 719 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September, 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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