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Richard Warden Campbell
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1816
Bradford County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1885
Franklin County
Idaho, USA

Richard Warden Campbell married Fanny Stiles (1814-1890) in 1836.


Richard Warden Campbell was born the 9th of September 1816 at Bentley Creek, Bradford, Pennsylvania, and this town is only a short distance from the border of New York. He was the son of John Campbell and Mercy Warden.

Some of this history was taken from his Grandson, Fredrick Henry Campbell and a Granddaughter Clara Melissa Campbell Bowers. We of the Campbell Family are grateful to these individuals for information regarding Richard Warden Campbell.

Richard Warden Campbell was an upright soul, known most far and wide. He was a great and Scotchman, standing up straight and tall, and having a big chest, would stretch his muscles, and challenge each to do his best, even if to cause a fight.

He married Fanny Stiles in 1836, and she was from Bentley Creek also. Fanny Stiles was born the 23rd of April 1814, a daughter of Aaron Stiles and Polly Rightenbark. At the present time we have no information regarding her parents, but tis said that her ancestors were Dutch. At the time Richard married Fanny tis when he had his hair cut just like a bowl.

He had a great love for God, the land, and for his family. His creed was "Be stern in your right and love in its turn, always keeping God in your sight and you will never burn." He got a great enjoyment out of planting corn and hoeing weeds, and used to say "Don't drift from the trail too far, lest by your people you come to scorn."

There were four children born of this marriage and one adopted:

Adam Rightenbark Campbell - born 7 June 1838 at South Creek, Bradford, Pennsylvania, died 11 Jan 1921 in Weston, Franklin, Idaho.

Mercy Campbell - born 26 February 1841 at Chemung County, New York, died 26 Nov 1859 in Bountiful, Davis, Utah.

John Campbell- born the 17th of January 1843, at Chemung County, New York and died the same date.

Clark Campbell- born the 15th of March 1844, at Chemung County, New York, and died the same date.

Henry White Campbell born in 1847 in Chemung, Chemung, New York. Adopted.

Richard conquered all the sod from Pennsylvania to Idaho, having a great faith in God and love for his fellow men. When he drove his 12 oxen straight and true right down the westward trail, he'd yell to left, "there Blue" and grab him by the tail. His wife would cry "don't be so cruel" and he would reply "please mama don't be a fool or you could go to Hell." But tis told that when the day's drive was done and he would camp for the night, and they were alone, his kindness was a sight.

When Richard got in a tight situation, if not trying to be friends, and would say "let's show our strength" and sometimes would say "I'll bet you a keg of beer I can throw you off this rack, now watch out-don't come near or I'll throw you through that shack."

Many a fight was just for fun as they traveled west, and sometimes he came on the run with tobacco on his vest. As this family traveled west it included Richard, Fanny and the two children.

Richard Warden Campbell moved his family from one place to another until Adam was about 10 years old, when they settled in Tioga County, New York. This was where Adam heard the gospel and was baptized at the age of 16 in January 1855.

In the fall of 1855 they started for Salt Lake City and got as far as Michigan, where they stayed until the spring of 1858. In the summer of 1858 they again picked up and left Michigan for Council Bluffs, Iowa, a journey of about 1000 miles which they traveled on foot, driving one yoke of oxen and one yoke of cows. (A yoke of oxen- is 2 animals), they stayed at Council Bluffs until the first of January 1859, where Adam married Orpha Jane Brewer, Adam being 20 years old at this time.

The story is told that the faithful cows would pull the wagon all day, give milk night and morning for their sustenance. The milk was strained into the churn, by night there was butter churned by the shaking of the wagon.
The first of April 1859 Richard and his son Adam were hired out to drive a merchant wagon to the City of the Saints.

They left Omaha, sailing down the Missouri River on a steamboat to Atchison, Kansas, and when they arrived there the wagons were loaded up and ready for the journey. About the 25th of April they started across the Great American Desert, with a bunch of wild oxen, with Richard and Adam driving the merchant wagon, while an adopted brother by the name of Henry, more commonly known as Hank White, then about eight years of age, drove their own outfit along with the help of the women folks.

They arrived in Salt Lake City the 21st of July 1859, then Richard, his wife and daughter Mercy went on to Bountiful, while the son Adam went to work in Cottonwood, leaving his wife in Salt Lake. About the 15th of September 1859, the daughter Mercy contracted Typhoid fever and Adam's young wife went to Bountiful to nurse Mercy. The young wife contracted the same disease, and this brought on a premature birth. The baby died, and as Adam was called to the bedside of his wife, he also became ill with the dread disease, and lay unconscious, his wife Orpha died in the same room. It was three weeks after her burial that he found out about the deaths. Mercy also died about the same time from a relapse of Typhoid fever. About the 1st of January 1860 Richard and his wife Fanny loaded Adam on a Bed and took him to North Ogden. It was March of 1860 before he could walk again.

Richard and his wife later moved to Weston, Idaho and Adam who had married again to the sister of his first wife, Emma Bethena Brewer, moved to Virgin City for a while. Finally moving to Weston where father and son farmed together and became more prosperous.

Richard Warden Campbell died the 18th of September 1885 at Weston, Franklyn County, Idaho at the age of 69. His wife Fanny died the 10th of March 1890 at Preston, Franklin, Idaho and both are buried in the Weston Cemetery, Weston, Idaho.
Family links: 
  Fanny Stiles Campbell (1814 - 1890)*
  Adam R Campbell (1838 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Weston City Cemetery
Franklin County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Section B, Lot 125, Grave 1
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Originally Created by: Julie Nash
Record added: Jan 17, 2009
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Richard Warden Campbell
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Richard Warden Campbell
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