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John F. Campbell

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 681

JOHN F. CAMPBELL, who is a member of one of the old and representative families of Shelby county, O., is one of the substantial citizens of Turtle Creek township, where he owns 370 acres of very valuable land. He was born in this township, December 26, 1836, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Brown) Campbell.
John Campbell and wife were born in Shelby county and were very early settlers in Turtle Creek township, where he followed farming until his death in 1841. His widow subsequently married Edward Beck, who was also a farmer and well known resident of this township. To her first marriage the following children were born: Joseph, Robert and Jackson; Elizabeth, who was accidentally drowned when eight years old; Susan, who married Kinley Sissell: Margaret, who married William Millinger; John F.; and Mary, who married Martin Burress. To her second marriage four children were born: Martha, who married James Russell; Raper; Laura, who married William A. Russell; and Frisby, who was accidentally killed by failing from a wagon.
During boyhood John F. Campbell attended the district schools and afterward worked for his step-father on the home farm until he was sixteen years of age and then worked two years longer for his board. He was eighteen years old when he started out for himself and remained with his first employer for three years, receiving wages of eleven dollars a month, and as soon as he had enough money hastened to invest in land, his first purchase being eighty acres. Mr. Campbell has always believed that good land is a wise and sensible investment and has followed out that policy and now owns 370 acres of producing property. He is no longer actively engaged but for many years was a hard working and has always been provident, and while he has been able to accumulate a large property, has done so through his own unassisted efforts. He is also a stockholder in the churn factory at Sidney.
In 1865 Mr. Campbell was married to Miss Melinda Strouse, who was born in Montgomery county, O., a daughter of Adam and Barbara (Dare) Strouse, the former of whom was a tailor in early life but later became a farmer. Both he and wife are deceased. They had the following children: Mary, wife of Lewis Hohn; Sarah, wife of Shedrach Burton; Rebecca, wife of Jacob Zimmers; and Melinda, wife of Mr. Campbell. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have two children and three grandchildren: Littie Dell, who is the wife of William Widney and they have one son, John; and Sheridan S., who married Mary Marshall and they have two daughters. Sadie E. and Emma Marie. Mr. Campbell and family belong to the Presbyterian church. He is a democrat in his political views and has served two terms as township trustee. In business, social and church relations Mr. Campbell has always been held in esteem.


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