A Family History written by Stanton Archibald Campbell, 1862

To his only surviving daughter Truth Alice Campbell

Contributed by George Reis, also Donna (Race) Kneip, transcribed by Michele Valenzano




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This book is dedicated to Truth Alice Campbell ______________ child, in this world, of Stanton Archibald Campbell _____________ Campbell, by her father, her mother having _____________________ righteous” on the 13th day of October last _______________________ and Truth of her family alive, the ___ of ___________________ one girl having died before, and their _________________________ of their mother in Dodge School House Burying Ground ______________________ about half way between Beetown Village, and Tafton Village _____________ with their mother too, who lives with them in Heaven. I the ______ feeling my infirmities and that I may soon be taken away, ___________________ child, feel it my duty to leave for her benefit, a brief record of history of her family and relations.


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I was born in Mount Washington the south west corner town of the County of Berkshire in the State or Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the town and county both lay on the line of the State of New York on the West, and the State of Connecticut on the South, in which is the town of Salisbury, to which I moved with my family, the first of May 1855; and from there to the town of Beetown in April and May 1856.


I was born according to the record February 20, 1817, and am the youngest living child of twelve (12) seven others of which are I suppose still living. Three (3) of us are sons and five daughters, myself, Robert and John Campbell, Anna the oldest of the family who married Simeon Pollard, Almira next, married William Vosburgh, Huldah the next oldest of the girls, married Gilbert Race, Harriet next never was married, Susan the youngest of my sisters married Jason Lamson, half brother of your grandfather Origin Lamson. Anna, Huldah, Harriet, Susan and Robert are still living in old Mount Washington, where we were born, and where my father and mother died, and are buried by the side of my grandfather, Captain Robert Campbell. John lives in the town of Northeast, Dutchess County, New York, about nine miles from the old homestead in Mt. Washington, Mass. And about one mile from Millerton Station on the Harlem Rail Road. Almira lives in the town of Sheffield adjoining Mt. Washington on the East, about four (4) miles from the old home. Anna has four children living, and has lost four I think. The names of the living were Simeon, Anna, Lucinda and Harriet Pollard. Anna married Bela N. Clark, and now lives in the town of Egremont the first town North of Mt. Washington, in the same county of Berkshire. Lucinda married James R. Warren and lives in the same town with Clark. Simeon lives with his wife in Mt. Washington, near the old home, and Harriet lives with her parents being unmarried and as she wrote me the other day is 23 years old. Sister Almira has several children living girls and boys, (I do not remember their names except Julia the oldest who is married and has several children), these Eunice, John, William, Susan, Huldah and perhaps more. Two certainly Maryette and Emily Vosburgh are dead. Julia married John Soule and has several children. Maryette who is now dead married a man by the name of Holibert who now lives in Sheffield. She left one child I think. I do not well remember regarding sister Almira’s family. Your Aunt Huldah Race has seven children, all living, Charles W., Luther E., Cynthia A., Martin and Gilbert, all living in and near Chicago, Illinois. Louisa and Sidney are living at home with their parents in Mt. Washington. Charles, Luther, and perhaps Martin are married.


Your Uncle Robert has had two wives and has had a very large family of children. I think 13 or 14. I do not know all their names. His first wife’s name was Dorcas Mead, she was a large portly woman, kind and loving as I remember her though she died when I was a boy, she had five children two of which are now dead. The oldest of the living, Darius, married Selina Lamson a daughter of your great Uncle, Isaac Lamson, and has several children. Then Robert and Peter N., Stephen died after he was grown up in Ohio, he was teaching school there in the neighborhood of his Uncles the Meadses, the other died small.


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Brother Robert married for his second wife Clarissa McIntyre and by her he had the rest of his children. John is the oldest, then Levi, Stanton A., Warren, Theodore, and several smaller ones. John I have heard married a cousin of your mother, Cyrus Lamson’s daughter Waity. Cyrus Lamson is of course brother to your grandfather Lamson and lives in Mt. Washington and has a large family. Your Uncle Robert lives a little way from where I was born.


Your Uncle John I think has eight children living and one, the oldest, died since we came to Wisconsin. Her name was Sarah Jane. She was about twenty-two years old, and died with consumption. Her parents felt the loss deeply and her father mourned and would not be comforted. She was amiable, lovely, and is buried in the town where her father lives; I have heard her monument cost eight hundred dollars. John, his oldest son, is teaching school near Chicago. James has been to Europe the last summer or rather England and was in the great City of London. Wesley, Eliza Ann, Christina and a boy and girl – I have forgotten their names – constituted the rest of the family.


Sister Susan married Jason Lamson half brother of your grandfather Lamson. She has only three children living having lest two. Susan her youngest daughter died about the first of last October of sore throat, she was about twenty-one years old and your Uncle John wrote that he parents whilst she lived, had entertained an angel unawares. A little boy died before we came from the East, and a lovely boy he was. Timothy is the oldest of her children. He is married and has one or two children but I understand does not live with his wife. They have had much wrangling and have parted several times before. Eunice married John Dibell and has two children I think. She was a good girl. I gave her her name and a silk dress when she was eighteen years old, or the money to buy it with. She lives with her husband in Mt. Washington, Ira the youngest one living is with his parents.


Your Aunt Harriet as I have said is not married but lives alone at the old home where I was born. She is an opium eater having taken as much as an ounce per week of the best Turkish opium for many years. It has cost her family much trouble yet I and Brother John love her because she is a slave to the pernicious habit and we pity her. She is now nearly destitute of means having spent most of the property left her by our father who died in 1852. We expect to have to contribute to her support. All the rest of my brothers and sisters are temperate I think as people generally are.


I have sent to the East for a copy of the old family record which will give the ages of my family and the deaths, by my family I mean my father, mother, brother and sisters. My father had two brothers and one sister, Uncle Archibald after whom I was named was about ten years older than my father, and when I was a little child he lived with us considerable. He was an old bachelor and did not get married ‘til he was fifty or more. I remember him being entirely different from my father in all regards. He had red hair, sharp grey eyes, and almost a crewel determination marking every feature. He was passionate and sometimes cruel to his beasts and had it not been for my mother of whom he stood in awe, we little children should have been afraid of him. Although usually


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morose, he was sometimes good natured and pleasant. Thus I remember him when I was not more than seven or eight years old and I have briefly given my childish impressions of him. He married a pleasant, always good-natured and happy widow woman whom we called Aunt Eliza, with whom he lived very happily having his own way in everything when he died about eighty years old. They left no children. He however had one child by a girl by the name of Kline who afterward married John Jones. Still the child was called after his father Archibald Campbell, and he always called my father Uncle Robert and my father always acknowledged the relation, but his father never owned him although they resembled each other physically and in disposition. My cousin Archibald accumulated considerable property and moved with his family from Mt. Washington to Ontario County State of N. York about 25 years ago where some years after he died leaving his family. Harry Campbell was the oldest son and Curtis next. There was one Fanny and one Polly and several younger ones. Harry and Curtis must now be 40 years old. I frequently visited Uncle Archie as we familiarly called him at his home in Salisbury, Connecticut, and in that part of Salisbury called Weatogue where he owned a beautiful farm on the West bank of the Houston River. He was called out as a soldier I think in the War of 1812 and consequently drew a pension of $60 a year. Upon reflection I think it was the Revolutionary war, and that he was at Plattsburgh, N.Y.


My Uncle Stanton after whom I was also named I never saw, but I have seen several of his children, Thomas, Frederick, and Jefferson and one of the girls who married Elias Rathbone, and they as well as my father told me of my Uncle that he was a tall handsome man as tall as I am and of pleasant disposition, kind and indulgent to his family and all, yet he lacked energy and was consequently poor. I have forgotten the number of his children. I think nine or more. He always lived in Connecticut in some town south of Hartford I think; I have forgotten the name of it. Most of his children still live in Connecticut or did when I visited them in the fall of 1849 and some of them in the town where their father died. I visited the one that married Rathbone at Hartford; they were well off although the husband had had a fit of palsy that made him quite lame. They were very pleasant and agreeable to me and took me around the city to see the large stone buildings that had constructed, the Coolidge Athenaeum, Arch Bridge, etc. He was a master stone mason. They seemed to be very much respected by the first people in the city and I did not wonder for he was most childlike, friendly and unpretending man I ever saw. He appeared like a man indeed, in whom there was no guile. I hired a horse and carriage from the Livery in Hartford and he went with me thirty miles East of Hartford to Willimantic where Thomas, Frederick, and Jefferson lived in a large manufacturing village on Willimantic River. We found them glad indeed to see us and we stayed with them two days. Thomas is a plain familiar man and has a fine woman for his wife. I think it was intimated that he had sometime been intemperate; Frederick is a laughing hearty man with a very fine woman for his wife and a whole drove of little children that he seemed very proud of and very happy among. His wife was a model woman.


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Jefferson is tall and genteel in his appearance, yet he shows a conceit that never marks the true gentleman, but is more characteristic of the fop. He was the only one of the family that had then visited us at Mt. Washington, which he did once when he was building the elegant stone church at Great Barrington, Mass. He and Frederick are both masons of the higher order as well as Rathbone.


My Aunt Susan, my fathers only sister married a Ketchum. I think his name was Jeremiah. They lived in Princeton, State of New York, seven miles from Schenectady. They had eleven children and all were living when last I visited the cousins. My aunt and her husband I never saw. My aunt was said to be a rather fleshy woman with mild blue eyes, very fair complexion, regular features, dark brown hair, indeed she was called very fair. Then she manifested a loving kind and patient temper. A Christian she had learned of him who did all things well to live in Christ. Whoever loves Jesus loves everybody else, which renders them lovely to everybody else. I suppose that was the case with my Aunt. Her children Daniel and Robert, Rachel and Susan lived in Schenectady when last I saw them, Jeremiah and William in the town of Niskayuna and Archibald in Troy, Fanny and John I think lived in Princetown, one of them lived in Canandaigua, New York, Ann Vose lived in Ann Arbor, State of Michigan. I never saw any of them but Robert, Jeremiah, William, Daniel, Fanny, Rachael, Susan, Archibald, and John. All are married, except John who is intemperate, and have grown up children. Although my father loved his sister dearly, yet he never visited with her because he disliked her husband. My father when he died held a note against old Mr. Ketchum for, if I remember well, $150. Which I suppose Ketchum had neglected or refused to pay when my father was poor and needed it very much. The note was dated some 30 years before my father died, and I presume my father thought he was a man of bad principals. My father always paid all of his obligations whether outlawed or not and taught all of his family to do so if it took all they had.


My grandfather and your great grandfather Robert Campbell, according to my recollection of what my father told me, was born in Arguyllshire in west of Scotland and consequently was called a Scotch Highlander. He was a descendant of some Campbell that belonged to one of those powerful we read of in the History of Scotland. The Duke of Arguyll, whose name was Campbell, was the leader or head of our Clan and he had a Company of eighty chosen men and each man’s name was Campbell and each man was six feet high or over. Our ancestor according to the tradition belonged to that company, and it was for that company that the sweet old Scotch tune was composed “The Campbells are Coming” which you have heard me sing to the children, with the words “Rock O by Baby”. Our grandfather came from Scotland to this United States sometime before the Revolutionary War, which you will see by history commenced in 1775, in and near Boston, the Capitol of Mass. I think he first settled in Virginia at Harpers Ferry or at a place called Harper Straw or Haver Straw in Maryland, and went from there to Wallingford, Connecticut. I think his children were all born in Connecticut by his first wife, my grandmother, who I think died there. Whether she was Scotch or of some other country I do not know.



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I think his second wife was a Yankee woman and with her and his children he moved from Connecticut to Mt. Washington in Massachusetts where my grandfather lived for many years and died about 90 years old in very destitute circumstances. He came to a new country poor,  he had been burnt out. I think, where he first settled. Then in Connecticut he lost his wife and was left with four small children and perhaps on their account married again. Then,  probably to improve his circumstances he moved to Mount Washington, which then was almost a wilderness where he lost his second wife and was  getting old and infirm, So many reveres kept him poor and perhaps discouraged, yet he was honest and consequently respected, and although he left no property for his children, he left what to them was of more value - an example of honest poverty and destitution. My father had married to my mother before her father died, being less than 20 years old and as I understand contributed what he felt was able to support in his old age, yet he was to some extent a subject of charity. His grave is by the side of my father and mother's in what is called the Lamson burying ground because it is located on the land owned by your Great Grandfather Captain Isaac Lamson.


What I have written regarding your great grandfather Robert Campbell is undoubtedly nearly correct. I have given a hasty sketch of  one of his family, except my father, and their families, as for instance Uncle Stanton and Aunt Susan's family, also of my brothers and sisters or your Uncles and Aunts on your father's side, and their families which includes all of the descendants of your great grandfather Campbell. I shall next try to tell you of my Mother's family, which ought to be as of much importance to you as that of my father's family. 


I do not know where my mother was born what her mother’s name was nor where her father or mother lived. I only know that her mother died when she was very young and her father died a few years later leaving three little children orphans of which my mother was one. I think her father first name was Peter, I know his last name was Noble. I shall call him Peter Noble. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and was taken prisoner and was put in irons on a British ship of war with Col. Ethan Allen and another man. Allen having double teeth all around bit off a wrought ten penny nail that fastened his irons, got loose, liberated my grandfather and the other man. Then to save themselves they jumped overboard. My grandfather had nothing on but a pair of buckskin breeches and a piece of gold tied in his hair, Allen was retaken, the other man lost, but my grandfather being a great swimmer swam three miles and got away from them. Notwithstanding his skill in swimming he was afterwards drowned. This was told to me by my mother and she was very scrutinizing regarding the truth of anything. My mother whose name was Huldah Noble was taken by a Christian Minister of the Gospel by the name of Humphrey to bring up. They gave her what education she had (and she was a good reader and reckener and could write) and kept her till she was about fifteen years old when the old man died, which made it necessary for her to find a new place. She then went to live with another minister whose name might have been Pettybone with whom she lived till she married my father, when she was about seventeen. The last named minister moved from some place with her in Mt. Washington, I think some part of Connecticut. My mother had


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One brother whose name was Peter Noble, brother Robert has a son named after him, and one sister whose name was Rebecca Noble. Uncle Peter left Mt. Washington long before I was born and it was said went to Indiana, we never heard from him afterwards. I do not know who brought him up after his parents died. My mother said he was tall and good looking and of a cheerful, roomy disposition. My Aunt Rebecca I knew well. She frequently made long visits to us and at one time brought her three boys with her, they lived in the Town of Lee, Mass., about 30 miles from us. She married a man by the name of Wilson and her boys were named George, James and perhaps Hiram Wilson, I do not well remember the last named. She had another child before she married Wilson that was always called Amanda Wilson. She grew up a good girl although she labored under disadvantages yet she obtained an excellent education and was much respected. She married a man by the name of Jason C. Woodruff who moved from Lee or Egremont between Mt. Washington and Lee to Syracuse N.York soon after they were married and when they were poor. He, Woodruff afterwards became rich and they were when I visited them, in 1842 I think, among the first families in the city. Mrs. Woodruff’s mother, my Aunt Rebecca then lived with them and two of the boys George and James were in the city. I spent several days with them and was treated with the greatest kindness and civility. My dear mother who was a pattern of virtue, chastity and discretion always despised her sister, my Aunt Rebecca, for her conduct before she was married to Wilson, and my Aunt herself felt degraded, or she would never have married to Wilson, who was of a low order of intellect, while she was intellectually gifted. And you my Dear Daughter whom I love as I do my own life, for my sake, for the sake of your Dear Christian mother, who lived a life of purity and faithfulness, and died a saint, for Gods sake, preserve your chastity, be pure as your sainted mother and never cause one of your relatives, nor friends, nor strangers to despise you, or blush for your conduct, in that regard. Much as I love you, the only living member of my dear family, if I knew that you would ever allow yourself to be led astray by bad female associates or by some libertine, some polite, gentlemanly appearing well dressed scoundrel, from your chastity, your innocence, and purity, I should much prefer to now tear you from my heart and lay your cold inanimate body, in its purity, by the rest of my pure family in the grave. I have now given you a brief description of all of my family and relatives as far back as I know them on my fathers and mothers side.


I shall now very briefly tell you of your relatives by your dear mother or your mothers relatives. Your mother was one of nine children by your grandfather Origin Lamson and your grandmother Eliza Lamson, her name before she was married to your grandfather was Eliza Patterson. Your mother and her brothers and sisters were all born in Mt. Washington about one mile and a quarter from where I was born and bred. Her oldest brothers name is Levi Lamson. He is married and has several children. The last I heard from them they had moved away from Mt. Washington. Your Uncle Origin was next whom I very much valued as a friend


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When we were boys together, he was about two years older than I was. He got married to a woman in Chatham Columbia County State of New York. He afterwards moved to the State of Indiana, sickened and died there. He left a wife and one child, a little girl, who moved back to Chatham where they were the last I knew of them. That girl of course is your cousin. I have forgotten her name. Her mothers name was Genith. Goodpell Lamson was the next oldest of the family, he is about my age (45). He left the East long before we did or any of his fathers family and your aunt Eliza and your Uncle Saml. Followed him sometime after but before I was married to your mother which was the 9th of October 1851 when your Aunt Eliza had returned to Mt. Washington on a visit and attended the wedding at your Grandfather Lamsons house. The next spring she returned to the West or to Beetown. Eldora your cousin was born at her grandfathers during the winter. Your Aunt Elizas husband Mr. Platt was then in California looking for gold and died there sometime after. I think your grandfather with your Uncle Byron and Franklin left Mt. Washington in the fall of 1852 for Beetown where we found them all in 1856. The other one of the family was named Hannah that died I think when she was about eight years old. As you are so well acquainted with those living at Beetown and with Franklin who is in California I shall not be particular. I will further remark however in this place that your grandfather has always treated me as one of his family. Your Aunt Eliza has always been to us “a friend in need” and we owe her our heartfelt gratitude, which we could better manifest towards her if it were not for her present unfortunate connection. Your Uncle Samuel too has always been kind to us and during our affliction he and your Aunt Marthy, his wife, did all they could to help us. Franklin also has always treated us kindly and well. Your grandmother Lamson was a fine woman but suffered for many years with Asthma from the effects of which she finally died. My team carried her body to the grave. I was also well acquainted with your grandfathers brothers and sisters most of them. Two of his own brothers always lived in Mt. Washington named Isaac and Cyrus both have large families. One of your Uncle Isaacs girls, Salina, married your own cousin Darius Campbell also one of your Uncle Cyrus girls Waity married another of your Uncle Roberts sons, John. Most of your Uncle Isaacs children are married and live in the state of Connecticut in the town of Southington about 18 miles west of Hartford. Their names are Samuel, Thomas, Isaac and Esther, she is married and one named Lucinda living with her parents in Mt. Washington. They are all small of stature. The next spring after I and your mother were married we first went to keeping house in the west room of your Uncle Isaacs house and continued, to live there, till after you were born, Sept. 23d, 1852, sometime. Of course you was born in that room. It is less than a mile from where I was born at the old home. Your Uncle Cyrus family are Diadamia who is married to John M Benjamin and did live in Egremont, Mass., Mary, then Waity, then Alma, John, Marcus, and several small ones. They live more than a mile North of Uncle Isaac.


Your grandfather has another own brother by the name of Daniel living somewhere in the East part of Mass. Then he had three sisters, Judith who married a man by the name of Thorp, Ruth, and Esther. Esther also lives in eastern Mass. The other two I think are dead. These were all by your great grandfathers first wife whom he ran away from


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Taking these children and another woman from the eastern part of Mass. And moving to Mt. Washington where he lived with the other woman till she died leaving three children, Jason, Ira, and Otis Lamson. Jason the oldest married my sister your Aunt Susan whose family I described in the first part. I will further say here that I very much respected your Uncle Jason. Ira is or was an old bachelor and owns a saw mill and other property in Mt. Washington. Otis is sometimes in one place and sometimes another. He I think is not married. Your great grandfather after the woman died married again a widow Patterson who was sister-in-law of your great grandfather Patterson, by her he had four children, William Waity, Horace, and Marium. William married a fine girl by the name of Lee, lived with her in Mt. Washington and Egremont for several years and until they had four or five children and without any apparent cause ran away and left her and all of the children without any means of support. He was gone about a year before they heard from him and then he was found to be in Illinois. She remained faithful in her love to him and wrote to him appealing to him in the tenderest manner for her sake and the sake of the children to return. One of the children was taken sick and died and during the illnesss she wrote to him imploring him to come and see his dying child, yet he would not return to his family. Her father Isaac Lee an old neighbor of ours, took care of her and her family, until he died and then as I have learned, she having some property left to her by her father, the wretch returned and she, notwithstanding, he had forfeited all claim to her affections or even respect, went to live with him again, and they are living near Winona, Minnesota, now. The next by that woman was Waity who died when about 18 years old just before she would have been married. Horace W. the next is married to a fine woman and they have two or three children and are living in Mt. Washington. Marium the youngest of all married a man by the name of Wolcott, although she had one child before she was married. They live I think in Mt. Washington. Wolcott of course is a low ignorant man or he would not have married her. They I think are quite poor. I have thus given you a brief description of your grandfather Lamsons family as far back as your great grandfather whom I well knew when I was a young man and when a boy I also knew your great great grandfather Lamson, who was then called Elder Lamson. He was a very old man and died of old age apparently having no sickness. The Lamsons have numerous relatives, cousins, uncles and aunts etc. in Eastern Massachusetts.


I now remember that in writing about your mothers brothers I omitted Daniel who lives in East Weymouth, in the East part of Mass. He is married and has one or two children. He wrote me a very good letter after the death of your mother in which she manifested more feeling than is common for a Lamson to do regarding the loss of relatives.


The Lamsons generally are Universalists in Religion, if it can be called religion, for my observation teaches me that it is a nearness to Infidelity and Atheism and that those that profess that doctrine are as likely to be one as the other of them in pure sentiment. For instance your great great grandfather seemed to be a religious one, and consciencious in his belief, whilst your great grandfather seemed to have some private sentiment that he thought would make him unpopular if he expressed it. Then your grandfather seems now to be rather faithful


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To the best sort of Universalist religion, yet many years ago he was very much in favor of men that ridiculed the Bible, and employed one of them to preach or talk your grandmother’s funeral sermon. Then your Uncle Byron and Goodpell especially the latter was once a great advocate of Universalism and are now apparently wreckless regarding any religion, and opposed to all. There are a few, of the family, and I speak of the family at large, that are exceptions to the Universalist rule, your grandfathers brother Isaac is a Methodist Class leader, your own mother too, according to her own account had never been much under the influence of Universalism, although until she married me she was completely surrounded by it, and she died a member of the Congregational Church and a very firm and faithful believer in the doctrine that unbelievers are not saved by Gods grace. But these two are about the only ones of the whole family and its branches that ever opposed, Universal Salvation, of all men to any extent. And they were the most intelligent in fact your mother could hardly be said to belong to the family she was of so different a spirit, her mind was clear and expansive, ready to grasp any subject, in the light of reason, and to comprehend the length and breadth. She was willing and thought it a duty to do by others as she would have them do to her, to feel towards and think of others as she would have them think and feel towards her. She was forgiving, loving, patient, forbearing, combining the innocence of a child, the faith of a pure hearted child of God and that wisdom that always accompanys a firm trust in him and his providence, to know her was to respect and love her and she was beloved by all who knew her. I do not know that Universalism would have made her different but I do know that she differed from Universalists.


Date of the following record. August 21st 1862


The Patterson’s were an old family of Mount Washington. Your grandmother Lamson was the daughter of Levi Patterson, by his first wife, Hannah Lothrop, I think her name was, Your grandmothers name was Eliza Patterson, and she had I think three brothers and two sisters. Charles the oldest brother is still living either in the Town of North East where your Uncle John Campbell now lives or a few miles further East in the Town of Sharon, State of Connecticut. He lost his wife last fall I think, and is living with his daughter. He has 2 sons somewhere. Levi the next brother died some years ago near Waterloo N.Y. He married Abigail Chapin whose parents were dead and whose adopted parents were Merrit Smith & his wife of Mount Washington who had no children of their own, your Uncle Levi Patterson lived with his wife until they had two children when from family quarrels by the influence of Smith and others the family were broken up. They were then living in Ohio where she petitioned for a divorce and obtained it, and she also kept the children with her and went back from Ohio to Mt. Washington Mass. To live with Smith, her adopted father. The children David and Augusta grew up in a rude way, were saucy and disrespectful to Smith and everybody else in the neighborhood. Smith finally disinherited them in his will giving most of his property to the Universalist Society in Southern Berkshire. Your Uncle Levi died several years before Smith having, after the divorce of his wife if not before, become rather wreckless.


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The woman and children still live somewhere in the vicinity of Old Mt. Washington.


Lothrop the youngest brother of your grandmother Lamson went with his father, your great grandfather Patterson, to Ohio in 1836 or 37 where they both died several years ago in Lorain County near Illyria. Joseph Patterson, your grandmothers Uncle, now lives, with a large family in the same County, Lorain, with other people from old Mt. Washington. The two sisters of your grandma were Helen the mother of your cousin Mrs. Rockefeller & Wm. Woodworth who live now at Beetown, and Martha an old maid who lives at the East somewhere. Mrs. Woodworth also lives somewhere in the State of N.Y. with some one or more of her sons, she has several, one, the oldest, Henry, lives in North East, the same town with your Uncle John Campbell. Martha the old maid lives somewhere at the East and has for many years followed the business of School Teaching. Your mother once appeared to be a great favorite with her, but when we got married she pretended to be displeased, which your mother disregarded and after that there was but little intercourse. Your mother had another Aunt named, Mariah Patterson. She married a man by the name of Keleon Whitbeck, in Mount Washington, and they had quite a family. They both died long before we left there with the dysentery which is frequently very fatal at the East, two or three of their children died about the same time, with the same disease. The children died about the same time, with the same disease. The children that are now living are Henry, Orrin, & I think Helen Amanda, Angeline & perhaps Augusta in and about Mt. Washington.


The father of your great grandfather Levi Patterson, was Charles Patterson Esq. one of the oldest inhabitants of Mt. Washington. He died there since my remembrance a very old man & his wife also a very old woman. The Patterson at any one time, since my remembrance, were among the first people in the town of Mt. Washington but your grandfathers family have not prospered like some other families that were living there at the time they did.


I here close the brief description that I have given of your relatives which it may, when I am dead and gone, be a pleasure for you to look at, and should you live, you may become acquainted with some of them, who for my sake and your mothers may regard you more than mere acquaintances will; but it will not answer, to put your trust, in relatives, acquaintances, nor earthly friends, but in the living God who will always bring you safely through if you trust and confide in him. In short follow the advice given in the 5th Chapter of 1st Peter from the 5th to the 11th verse inclusive, and study the whole Bible and “it shall be a lamp to your feet and light to your path”.



Stanton Archibald Campbell