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Loyalist Directory: Donald (aka Daniel) Campbell

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Surname : Campbell
Given name : Donald (aka Daniel)
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Where Resettled : evacuated to Jamaica, West Indies 1782-1783; Richmond Bay, Lot 16, Prince Co., Island of Saint John (Prince Edward Island)
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Source : American Loyalist Claims, Series 2, A.O. 13/137 pp. 203, 208-209; PRO, Kew, London, England
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Settled before war : Cumberland Co., Province of North Carolina (now State of North Carolina)
Date & Place of Death : Prince Edward Island
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Wife Name : Margaret Fullerton
Children : William (m Unk.)
John (did not marry)
Archibald (m Unk.)
Elizabeth (m Carr, Donald)
Barbara (m McIntosh, John)
Alexander (m (1) Margaret; (2) Lyle, Caroline)
Donald (m Murray, Jane)
Mary Jane (m Engles/Inglis, Donald)
Biography : Prior to the War of Independence, Daniel aka Donald Campbell and his wife, Margaret Fullerton were raising a young family on their plantation in Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina. The Campbells had at least eight children; some were born after they left North Carolina.
With the onset of the revolution, Daniel refused to take an oath of Allegiance for the Security of the State, so in July 1777 he was ordered to leave and go either to Europe or to the West Indies - within 60 days. Evidently, this expulsion did not transpire as his name is listed on a second refusal document, two years later.
We learn about his personal history from a sworn deposition made after the war, in which he stated that he "carried arms on behalf of his Sovereign on every occasion during the late war," and that he served "until he was under the necessity of leaving the Country with his Majestyís Troops upon the capitulation of Lord Cornwallis in Virginia."
The withdrawal of British troops after this capitulation, led to concentrating some of these forces in Charleston, South Carolina in preparation for evacuation. Exactly how Donald Campbell came to Charleston or how his family also made it there is not known. However, the story is told that the Campbells left home in such haste that the cows could not be milked before departure and were left bawling at the farm gate.
Fleets of ships transporting soldiers and loyalists left Charleston, for various destinations. The Campbells sailed to Jamaica, in the West Indies. At least sixteen ships were employed to evacuate people to British-controlled Jamaica in December 1782, with three more ships going there the following month.
However, within a year or two, the Campbells moved from Jamaica to the Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island). During Campbellís stay in Jamaica, he submitted, in May 1783, his first deposition with proof of £388 in losses; but six years later, he still had no response. Compelled to take action, he and two other similarly affected loyalists travelled to Charlottetown. Here, in 1789, a second sworn deposition and claim for losses was processed for Campbell, at the same time as similar documents for his neighbour Alexander Cameron and his friend John Murray. Their claims were accompanied by a character reference written by the islandís Governor, naming them "His Majestyís suffering American Loyalists."
For many loyalists, patience must have been a virtue. When Campbell first arrived on the Island of Saint John, he was allotted 500 acres in Lot 16, Prince County. However, it was about a ten-year wait before he was legally granted the land, in 1795.
Over time, Daniel Campbell became a successful farmer in his final home, as well as, a Surveyor Master of Lumber, a Fence viewer and a Constable.
Proven Descendants : Lynne Charles of Vancouver Branch on 2010.07.12
Military Info : See Certificate Application by Lynne Charles.
Loyalist Genealogy : "An Island Refuge : Loyalists and Disbanded Troops on the Island of Saint John," edited by Orlo Jones and Doris Haslam; (pp. 59-61 in 1983 printing)
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Other Info : Information was contributed by Lynne Charles
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