Hugh Alexander Campbell

Hugh Alexander Campbell

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 Dec 1902 (aged 59)
Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 41868451 · View Source
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GARVIN COUNTY INDIAN PIONEER PAPERS
Jennie Campbell Reel

Hugh Campbell told by his Daughter Mrs. Jennie Campbell Reel

Story told by Mrs. Jennie Campbell Reel of her father, Hugh A. Campbell. Borned in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1843. His early educational privileges were those afforded by the public schools of his native city. He was but 18 years of age when at the country's call for aid to crush the rebellion, he joined the "Boys in Blue", becoming a private in Co. H, 18th Pennsylvania Infantry, in April 1861. Hardly had the smoke from Fort Sumter's loss cleared away when he offered his services to the government again. He re-enlisted as a private in Co. A, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry, and for three years remained at the front, loyally fighting the battles whereby the union was preserved entire. He took part in the engagement at Ball's Bluff, Fair Oaks, the seven days fight in front of Richmond, the battles of Antitum, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Petersburg. At Antitum he was wounded. With a military record which he was proud of, he returned to his home,having on many a field of carnage displayed his loyalty to the old flag.

After the war, Mr. Hugh A. Campbell went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked at the trade of stove molder until 1867. It was in the year 1867 that he came to Indian Territory settling at Pauls Valley, in the Chickasaw Nation. He engaged in hauling freight for the government from Leavenworth, Kansas to Fort Gibson, by Pauls Valley, and to Fort Sill, for two years, then he went to work for W.G. Williams who was known as, Caddo Bill. Subsequently he turned his attention to farming and stock-raising, meeting with creditable success in both branches of his business.

In 1872 Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Miss Julia Gardner, a niece of James Gardner of Choctaw Blood. In 1873 Mr. Campbell received a letter from his mother in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in 1874 he was in bad health and the doctor told him he would have to make a change to some other climate. At this time he was the owner of 500 head of thorough-bred Poland China hogs. He hated to sell out his stock but being in bad health he did sell out and went back to his place of birth, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lived there until 1878 when he returned and settled four miles north of Pauls Valley, Indian Territory. He was owner of over a thousand acres of land. It was at this home in 1879 that a daughter was borned. He was named Jennie, now she is Mrs. Jennie Campbell Reel having married Mr. William E. Reel October 30, 1899.

Mr. Campbell was a member of Whitebead lodge No. 73 F & A M and served as its master which position he held for several years. A fact which indicates his high-standing among his brethren of the fraternity. He attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, holding membership in the Consistory at Wichita, Kansas. He also belongs to Whitebead lodge No. 13, I.O.O.F; Whitebead encampment, No.3, Wagoner No. 1, Chevalier, and Crescent lodge No. 15, K of P. of Pauls Valley, in which he was honored with the office of Chancellor. In all measures and movements pertaining to the welfare and advancement of his adopted town he took an active interest. He has witnessed much of its growth and development and has labored earnestly for its improvement along substantial lines. He served as Second Mayor of his adopted town, Pauls Valley.

Mr. Campbell lived in and around Pauls Valley since his return from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878 until his death December 29, 1902. His wife died May 29, 1928.
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The above information was provid by Find A Grave contributor Robert Lee Layton Jr. [Okie Bob]


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 41868451
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Alexander Campbell (12 Feb 1843–29 Dec 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41868451, citing Whitebead Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .