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Re: Where is Goose Creek?
Posted by: Lewis Campbell Date: January 18, 2002 at 20:16:49
In Reply to: Re: Where is Goose Creek? by Cathryn Ann Campbell Kalata of 1954

Goose Creek may be very significant to the study of the Campbell families who resided there in the late 1700's.

First, the William Campbell who died there in the 1780's leaving several children mentioned in his will was said to have been married to Rebeccah Caldwell. Records on this William Campbell are also found in Prince Edward Co Virginia and at least one other Va county. He was closely associated with a Robert Campbell who is said to have been married to a Crockett as his first marriage. Robert Campbell removed to Rockbridge Co, Va, and then to Tennessee according to an old article in the Clan Campbell magazine.

It is interesting to me that some of the Caldwells in Prince Edward Co, Va are thought to have migrated to Mecklenburg Co, NC. and were associated with several Campbell families who lived in that area.

William Campbell and wife Rebeccah had a son named William Campbell who married Elizabeth Crump (Some Crump family members appear in early Quaker records in Bedford Co) and migrated to Stokes Co, NC. Later this family migrated to Madison Co, Ala near Huntsville, and probably resided in or near the community of New Market. There are good records on this family in Madison Co, and I think I remember that they moved on to Lincoln Co, Tenn just over the Tennessee line after residing in Madison Co for a time.

The Moses Run mentioned in the will of William Campbell of Bedford County Va may have been a reference to Moses Campbell who resided on Goose Creek at about the same time as William and Rebeccah Campbell. Moses Campbell also left a will in Bedford Co Va records. I suspect that Moses Campbell was somehow related to William Campbell with wife Rebeccah, but I don't know the relationship. Records on this Moses Campbell can also be found in Amherst Co Va. Moses is associated with early Amherst Co Va Campbells, and there may be clues in Amherst that help to identify to which group of Campbells Moses Campbell belonged.

I must note that Moses Campbell appears to me to have possibly been of the Quaker faith. I do not know if William Campbell with wife Rebeccah was of the Quaker faith, but I have confirmed that at least one of the men mentioned in his will was a prominent Quaker in the area. Moses Campbell had a son named Aaron Campbell who migrated to Logan Co Kentucky in about the 1790's.

I need to also mention that Goose Creek appears to have been the location of an early SW Va Quaker Monthly Meeting. I think that this is the case, although it is certainly possible that the Quaker Goose Creek was on another creek also named Goose Creek. I suspect that it is the same Goose Creek, however.

There is evidence that another Campbell lived on Goose Creek for a while. His name was James Campbell who was married to Lettice Taylor. This couple would later migrate to the New River area of what is now Whyte Co Va. There they lived on Cripple Creek, and would become a significant pioneer family in that area. They had a son named William Campbell who married Jane Dean, the daughter of Adam Dean in about the 1780's. William Campbell and wife Jane Dean Campbell migrated to Cumberland Co Kentucky and lived on the Cumberland River. This William Campbell had at least two sons who migrated to Tipton Co Tenn in about 1830. The town of Creelsboro Kentucky was first named Campbellsboro after William Campbell. Some of the descendants of William Campbell and Jane Dean still live near the little town of Creelsboro.

I don't know if William Campbell who married Rebeccah Caldwell, Moses Campbell, and James Campbell who married Lettice Taylor are related, but they all appear to have lived on Goose Creek at about the same time. I suspect that they are related. If so, several histories on James Campbell and wife Lettice are probably wrong in identifying the lineage of James.

I have studied Goose Creek Campbells for several years because I think that my family of Campbells are also related to all three of the Campbell families mentioned above as having resided on Goose Creek. I would like to learn more about these Campbell families. I do have more data I can share.


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