David Campbell biography

Farmer; Sec. 33; P.O. Box Durand; born on Grand Isle, Vt., March 24, 1815; only 12 years old when mother died; left paternal home soon after to seek his livelihood and independence; at 19, he went to Cambria, Niagra Co., N. Y., thence to LaPorte, Ind., thence to this Co. [Winnebago County, Illinois] in 1836; located 160 acres; made improvements and a home; when 24, he returned to Vermont, where he remained during the winter of 1839-40; married Miss Erixna, daughter of Asa and Molly Barker, of Swan, Feb. 16, 1840; on the 19th, he, with his young wife, again turned his face towards the setting sun and departed for his home in the West, where they yet enjoy life in comparative ease and comfort; had six children, four are living, Zeno A., born Jan. 14, 1843; Adeline A., June 30, 1847; Arba Z., Nov. 27, 1852; Lois I., March 17, 1858; children are all married, living in their own homesteads; Mr. C. owns 168 acres, valued at $7,000; Republican; Spiritualist; has been Assessor for nearly a quarter of a century; School Director and Commissioner.

Source: [Anonymous], The History of Winnebago County, Ill., Its Past and Present (Chicago: H. F. Kett & Co., 1877), p. 604.