Biography of Armstrong Campbell of Selby, Illinois

Armstrong Campbell, Selby, was born in Juniatta County, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1822. He is of Scotch descent, a son of John and Nancy (Bard) Campbell. His father was a native of Sherman’s Valley, Pennsylvania, and his mother of Miflin County. Both died in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; he in the fall of 1860, at the age of seventy-three; she in 1870, at the age of eighty-three. They were the parents of two sons and two daughters, viz.: William I., of Selby Township; Eliza, deceased; Armstrong, our subject, Celia Ann Stewart, deceased.

When our subject was ten years old he removed with his parents to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, where he resided until 1854, when he came to Bureau County, Ill., and settled in Selby Township, where he has since resided. He, in partnership with his brother, bought the south half of Section 1, and since 1856 he has resided on the south west quarter of Section 1. He now owns 240 acres in Selby Township, one tract of eighty acres being in Section 11. Mr. Campbell was reared on a farm and has always made farming his occupation.

He was married in Pennsylvania, December 19, 1850, to Mary A. Duff. She was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., February 19, 1832, a daughter of John and Barbara (Randolph) Duff, both natives of Pennsylvania. He was born in 1804 and is still living in Huntingdon County, Penn., a retired farmer. His wife was born in May 1807, died June 16, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are parents of seven children, viz.: Alexander, born June 20, 1857, died March 20, 1884; Nancy, born October 3, 1858, wife of Ezra Rouse, of Selby Township; William Irvin, born January 31, 1860; Clark, born April 27, 1865. Three children died in infancy.

In politics Mr. Campbell is a Republican. He has been a member of the Levi Lusk Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Arlington, since 1860. He is also a member of the M. B. Society of Princeton. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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