There are three biographies which mention him. All say that he was born in York County, Pennsylvania. One says that his father was born in America but had Scotch ancestry. One says that he was born in 1813 and orphaned at the age of two [the census records consistently suggest a birthyear of 1811] and later was apprenticed to a weaver. They also say that he died in 1878, having lived the last 12 years of his life in Nanticoke.
From an 1893 biography of his son William in the "History of Luzerne County", by H.C. Bradsby:
WILLIAM A. CAMPBELL, hardware merchant, P.O. Shickshinny, was born at Nescopeck, this county, August 13, 1837, a son of Joseph W. and Catherine (Kester) Campbell. His paternal grandfather, who was of American birth and Scotch parentage, was a pioneer of York county, Pa. Joseph W. Campbell was a native of York county, Pa., and settled in Luzerne county about 1830. For twenty-five years he was division superintendent of the Pennsylvania Canal, and was for several years engaged in farming in Salem township, but spent the last twelve years of his life at Nanticoke. His wife was a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Washburn) Kester, and granddaughter of Daniel Washburn, who came from Connecticut to Luzerne county prior to the Revolution, and carried a musket at the Wyoming Massacre. Daniel Washburn was at that time a resident of Plymouth, but after the massacre spent some time in Northampton county; he later removed to Nescopeck, this county, and, died, in what is now Conyngham township, when over ninety years of age. The children of Joseph W. Campbell were William A., Charles H., Jacob W., Joseph and Sarah (Mrs. Wrighter Thomas).
From an 1899 biography of his son Charles H Campbell in the "Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District" - Biographical Publishing Company of Chicago, Ill. and Buffalo, NY
Joseph W. Campbell was born in York County, Pa., in 1813 and was a good citizen and a reliable business man, accumulating a handsome competency during his active life. For many years he was foreman of construction on the North Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal, the duties of which position he performed up to the time of his death in 1878, at the age of sixty-five years.
From another biography of his son Charles, this time in 1915- in the "History and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties" by J. H. Beers.
"Joseph W. Campbell, his father, was born in York county, Pa., in 1813. His parents died when he was two years old, and he was apprenticed to a weaver. In early manhood he came to Luzerne county and was appointed foreman of construction on the north branch of the Pennsylvania canal, a position which he held until his death in 1878. His wife was born in Luzerne county, one of a family of seven children, and her father was a farmer. The brothers and sisters of Charles H. were: William A., former county superintendent of Luzerne county, died in 1901, leaving a wife and four children; Edward N. was accidentally killed at the age of twelve; Jacob W., living in Berwick, employed with the American Car & Foundry Company for thirty-three years, married Margaret Thomas and has four children; Joseph H., a wagonmaker of Berwick, married Elizabeth Post and has four children; Mary died at the age of twelve; John A. is a plumber in Los Angeles; Sarah married Writer Thomas and died at the age of sixty-five. Mr. Thomas now living in Booneville, Ark. (he has two children).
Mary Catherine Kester Campbell (1812 - 1862)*
Edward N Campbell (____ - 1861)*
William A Campbell (1837 - 1899)*
Charles Henry Campbell (1839 - 1923)*
Jacob Wilson Campbell (1841 - 1922)*
Joseph Hiram Campbell (1843 - 1919)*
Sarah Catherine Campbell Thomas (1846 - 1912)*
John Allen Campbell (1848 - 1926)*
Mary A. Campbell (1856 - 1864)*
Note: aged 60.
Beach Grove Cemetery
Plot: Row 19 Grave 7
Maintained by: Clifford Mullis
Originally Created by: Bryan Winter
Record added: Mar 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25003252
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