Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 302] a retired contractor of New Castle, well known throughout Lawrence County, was born in Mahoning township, Feb. 1, 1837. He is a son of Alexander Campbell, grandson, of Robert Campbell, and great-grandson of John Campbell.

Our subject's grandfather was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and worked at the weaver's trade until he immigrated to America. After his marriage with Maria Stewart, also a native of Scotland, he came to this country, and settled on a farm, located near West Liberty, Pa., where he was engaged in agricultural labors the rest of his life, dying at the advanced age of ninety- six years. His wife lived to be seventy-two years old. Their children bore the following names: John; Robert; Thomas; Henry; Alexander; Ruth; Margaret P. (Wigton), and William.

Alexander Campbell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was but a boy when his parents brought with him the rest of the family then born to this country. He followed the trade of a carpenter and millwright in connection with farming. The old homestead remained his home until 1834, when he sold it and moved to Parkstown, Pa., where he bought a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits for fifteen years; at length disposing of that property, he bought a grist and saw-mill at Covert Station and was identified with the milling business three years. He then moved to New Castle, where he lived two years, and from there went to Edenburg, Pa., where he died at the age of fifty-five. He married Cornelia Covert, daughter of Garrett Covert; she passed away aged sixty-seven years. Their children were: James; Garrett; Margaret (Fitch); Henry; Thomas; Orlando; McKee; and Joseph J. V. They were Methodists in their religious belief, and Mr. Campbell was a Whig.

Joseph J. V. Campbell, after receiving but a limited school education, became an apprentice in New Castle to the carpenter's and wagon-maker's trade. He followed the carpenter's trade, and was located at a number of places, but finally settled in New Castle in 1881, and began to figure on contract work, and to undertake large jobs in the building line; he was thus engaged until 1895, when he turned over the business to his son, Louis L., and since then has been content to rest from his labors and to enjoy a peaceful, retired life.

In 1858, Mr. Campbell married Mary Morrow, daughter of Matthew and Sarah (Bullman) Morrow. They have brought up five children, as follows: Willis L., a contractor; Thomas A., who married Elizabeth Mosher and has four children—George, Leonard, Elizabeth and Willis; Addison married Lovica Connors and has one child, Albert L.; Laura B. married Joseph Knoll; and Newton L., a painter by trade. Mr. Campbell's family favor the Baptist Church. He is a strong Republican, and active in his partisanship. Socially he is a member of Lodge No. 406, Knights of Pythias.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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