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David Montgomery Campbell, Sr
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Birth: Oct., 1821
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 28, 1907
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

David was born in Trenton, old Hunterdon (now Mercer) Co., NJ. He was named for his uncle by marriage, David Montgomery. He married Sarah Ann Ashcraft on 2 June 1851 in Philadelphia, PA. David was a cabinet maker and pattern maker by trade.

In 1857, he purchased property on Harrison St., Trenton, where he and his family resided. He later purchased property on Front Street (1877) and two houses on Humboldt Street (1881).

In 1868, David was widowed at the age of 47, with 5 minor children. In 1870, his son James and daughter Louetta were living with him, though Louetta also lived with David's brother James and sister Mary for a time. David's daughters Anna and Amanda were then living with his sister-in-law and mother-in-law, Amanda Rush and Louisa Ashcraft. And son David Jr. was living, at that time, with David Sr.'s sisters Henrietta Reckard and Eliza Campbell.

In 1880, David and his daughter Lou were living with Amanda Rush and Louisa Ashcraft. For thirteen years, in the late 1870s and 1880s, David was employed as the custodian of the State House. He was an active volunteer fireman and served as a tax assessor for the City of Trenton. He was also active in civic organizations including the Knights of Pythias and the International Order of Red Men. He lived with his daughter and son-in-law Anna and George M. Furman at 89 Jackson St., Trenton, at the end of his life.

On the occasion of his 85th birthday, his family and friends held a celebration in his honor. Following the event, the Trenton Evening Times reported: "Yesterday was the happiest day of my eighty-five years," said Mr. Campbell this morning, "excepting, of course, my wedding day. My children, grandchildren and great-grandchild and the members of my lodge made me the happiest man in Trenton. It was a fine day for me and I'll never forget it."

David died a little over a year later, having reached his 86th birthday. The following appeared in the Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ, Tues., 29 Oct. 1907, p. 1:

"David M. Campbell, who 30 years ago was custodian at the State House, died yesterday at his home, 89 Jackson street, aged 87 years [sic; he was in his 87th year].

He was a patternmaker and by his skill and ingenuity had gained a name for himself among his fellow craftsmen. He was prominently identified with the old volunteer firemen and was a member of the old Goodwill Fire Company. He was a member of Sparticus Lodge, K. of P. [Knights of Pythias], and Moax Tribe, No. 5, I.O.R.M. [International Order of Red Men].

The funeral will be from the house of home of his son-in-law, G. W. [sic] Furman, 89 Jackson street, at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with interment in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Poulson & Coleman.

Mr. Campbell is survived by two sons and three daughters, Mrs. George M. Furman, Mrs. James Pierson of Hopewell, Mrs. Amanda Wilson, James Campbell and David Campbell. He was an attendant at the First Presbyterian Church."

The following (contributed by Carol Foss) also appeared in the Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ, 29 Oct. 1907:

"CAMPBELL--In this city, on the 28th inst., David M Campbell, in the 87th year of his age. The relatives and friends of the family, also Sparticus Lodge No 10 K of P, Moax Tribe No 5 IORM, and Goodwill Fire Company are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his son-in-law G M Furman, No 89 Jackson Street, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Riverview Cemetery."

Finally, another family news clipping (source unknown) notes that: "He had always been an ardent Republican and at one time was one of the tax assessors of the city. His trade was that of a patternmaker and for many years he occupied a responsible position at the Charles Carr foundry. ..." 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Alexander Campbell (1783 - 1848)
  Ann Yard Campbell (1783 - 1836)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Ann Ashcraft Campbell (1834 - 1868)*
 
 Children:
  Anna Louisa Campbell Furman (1852 - 1928)*
  James Alexander Campbell (1854 - 1933)*
  William A. Campbell (1856 - 1856)*
  David Montgomery Campbell (1858 - 1931)*
  Amanda Rush Campbell Wilson (1860 - 1944)*
  Charles B. Campbell (1863 - 1867)*
  Mary Louetta Campbell Pierson (1865 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Campbell (1808 - 1839)*
  Mary A. Campbell (1809 - 1878)*
  James Yard Campbell (1811 - 1893)*
  Eliza Campbell (1816 - 1888)*
  Henrietta Campbell Reckard (1819 - 1893)*
  Susan A. Campbell Bell (1820 - 1868)*
  David Montgomery Campbell (1821 - 1907)
  Isabella Campbell Bottom (1825 - 1850)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Heartfelt thanks to Carol Foss for creating this memorial and Judy Ryan for the gravestone photo.
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Joseph R. Klett
Originally Created by: Carol Foss
Record added: Apr 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26180282
David Montgomery Campbell, Sr
Added by: Joseph R. Klett
 
David Montgomery Campbell, Sr
Added by: Joseph R. Klett
 
David Montgomery Campbell, Sr
Added by: Joseph R. Klett
 
 
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Thank you for your part in bringing about my life, for the love you gave and the sacrifices you made. May you rest in peace.
- Joseph R. Klett
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
 
 
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