Believe it or not, the Campbell Branch of my family tree came from Scotland!!! There has been a lot of research done on the Clan Campbell, including the history, the tartan (whether or not there actually is one!) and the castle. You can find out more information here.
The progenitor of my Campbell family was Dugald Campbell. Canadian records indicate that he was born in Argyll, Scotland, in 1815. But before I go any further on Dugald, let’s stop and ask “How did I get to him?” Remember, I work backwards, slowly but surely confirming my lines and ancestors through records.
Since my Grandfather is still alive, I will refer to him as D. Campbell, born in the 1930s. Now, I was extremely blessed in that I remember spending summers in Waubamick, Ontario with my Great-Grandparents. I know their names were David John Campbell and Olive Ruth May Hall. By knowing and spending time with these particular family members I had access to firsthand knowledge of their parents’ names. Since their deaths are relatively recent, obituaries and communication with extended cousins have also helped me confirm parents and some siblings.
Ancestors of D. Campbell (b. 1930s) leading to Dugald Campbell (b. 1815)
- D. Campbell was born in the 1930s in Parry Sound, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. His parents were 2. David John Campbell (Dave) and 3. Olive Ruth May Hall (Ruth).
- Dave Campbell was born on 21 April 1911 in Waubamick, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. He was the second child born to 4. Alexander Campbell (Sandy) and 5. Annabel Collison (Annie). He married Ruth Hall on his birthday, 21 April 1936 and together they had 11 children. He passed away on 03 January 1996 at the age of 84.
- Ruth Hall was born on 18 January 1919 in Parry Sound, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. She also was the second child of her family, born to John “Jack” Bright Hall and Eleanor Alice Taylor. She passed away on 27 August 2006 at the age of 87.
Now, let’s take a moment and look at some new last names that appear, as we have three new branches that have sprouted out from D. Campbell’s line thus far: Collison, Hall, and Taylor. As I continue to do more research, all the new branches will be detailed within their own page.
- Sandy Campbell was born on 11 February 1883 in Waubamick, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. He too was the second child born into his family, born to parents 6. Dougald (alternate spelling Dougal) Campbell and 7. Susan McEachern. He married Annabel Collison on 13 May 1909 and together they had 10 children, 2 of whom are still with us. He passed away 24 April 1937 and is buried in Thompson Cemetery, with Annabel and their infant daughter Edith. Dougald and Susan, Sandy’s parents, are also buried there.
- Annie Collison was born on 20 October 1891 in Luther Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to John Collison and Mary Ann Steinburg. Her family originates from Matilda Township, Dundas County, Ontario, Canada, although they had moved to Wellington County for a short period when Annie was born, they eventually settled in Parry Sound District. This is where she met and married Sandy. Annie passed away on 8 August 1969 at the age of 77.
- Dougald Campbell was born in Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada in 1860 to 8. Dugald Campbell and 9. Margaret McArthur. His family moved to McDougall Township, Parry Sound District, where he married Susan McEachern in 1880. Together they had 13 children. Dougald died in Waubamick, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada on 13 March 1933. As noted above him and Susan are buried in the Thompson Cemetery located in McKellar Township.
- Susan McEachern – Need to do some more research on her before posting anything. Stay tuned!
- Dugald Campbell was born in 1815 in Argyll, Scotland. The first appearance of Dugald was in the 1851 Census of Canada West, in Eldon Township, Victoria County. Every Census from then on states that he was born in Scotland, where there was room for details it showed as Argyll. Since this is where most Campbells are from in Scotland, I can safely but skeptically assume it is correct. Dugald and Margaret had 14 children together (although some believe it was only 12 and the other 2 were actually grand-children). Dugald died 11 September 1903 at the age of 88.
- Margaret McArthur – Need to do some more research on her before posting anything! Stay Tuned!
Again I find myself looking at the new branches that need to be noted: McEachern, Steinburg (or was it really VanSteinburg?), and McArthur. Stay tuned for more information on each of these lines!
To see a visual chart of D. Campbell’s paternal ancestors going back four generations, click to open D. Campbell Paternal Chart.