|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1838|
Michael Campbell was born about 1800, but the location of his birth is sadly lost in time. His death due to it's unusual circumstance however, is forever etched in the annals of Victoria, Texas.
Michael joined the Texas Army on November 20, 1835. Then in January of 1836 he became part of Henry Teal's Company, and eventually transferred to an Artillery Unit under the command of Isaac N. Moreland. He held this position on April 21, 1836, and participated in the Battle of San Jacinto . After the Battle Private Campbell joined Peter B. Dexter's Company and supposedly served until June 20, 1836. However later on October 31, 1836, he was listed in Confinement as a member of Jacob Snively's Company. The reason for the confinement "note" is not known at this time. Mr. Campbell was issued 1280 acres of land for his military service.
Louis W. Kemp the excepted expert on the veterans of San Jacinto,wrote: "Mr. Campbell probably left Texas shortly after receiving his discharge from the army. He did not apply for a headright or for the land due him for having served in the army of Texas."
Michael became somewhat of a mystery man, as there is not much recorded of his existance, until on December 12, 1837 near Texanna, on the Lavaca River, he and another man, Millard M. Parkinson supposedly fought with a Stanford Lindsey. Mr. Lindsey was shot and killed by Michael Campbell. He was indicted by the first Grand Jury in Victoria County, for the first murder on record. His firsts did not end there sadley, as he was also the first man to be found guilty of murder, first to be given the death penalty, and the first to be legally hung in Victoria County.
In Michael Campbell's Last Will and Testament, he left all Right Title and Interest in his Claims on the Government of The Republic of Texas, in Lands, for his service to the Republic, during the Battle of San Jacinto, to a fellow veteran of the same battle, Pinkney Caldwell. Pinkney Caldwell was Michael's Quartermaster during the Battle. The above mentioned Will was not probated or filed for record until December of 1852, and by that time Mr. Pinkney Caldwell had been killed by the Commanche Indians and dead some twelve years.
The actual distribution of Michael Campbell's Estate remains a mystery.
Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
Record added: Jun 20, 2009
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