HON JOSEPH CAMPBELL, of Centre township, was born in 1799, at the present residence of his widow, and was the
son William and Ann (White) Campbell. William Campbell was among the early settlers of the township, and was engaged
in some of the Westmoreland furnaces. William White, the father of Mrs. Campbell, was an early pioneer of Centre
township. Both the Campbells and Whites migrated from Antietam creek, Maryland, to what is now Indiana county.
William Campbell died when Joseph was a young lad, leaving a widow and two children, with a farm in the woods,
without horses, implements, or the means with which to secure them. Joseph worked with Rev. Joseph Henderson, on
the latter's farm, and the mother and daughter took in weaving. Slowly the land was improved and the necessary
stock and appliances were obtained. Our subject was married, first, in 1836, to Nancy Elgin, a daughter of Daniel
Elgin. She died in 1838, of consumption, and their only child died when three months old; and second, in 1848,
to Rebecca Allison, daughter of Andrew Allison. Their children were: Sarah Ann, Rebecca J. and Nancy Ellen. Mr.
Campbell served in the various township positions, and as an associate judge for five years. He was among the earliest
antislavery reformers in the country, and was termed an abolitionist more than fifty years ago. He was among the
first men in the county to sign the total abstinence pledge, and was among the earliest champions of the temperance
cause in the county. He died in 1879, not long after the above was written, and was buried at the Crete United
Presbyterian cemetery. His funeral was attended by over a thousand persons.
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