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Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Harrisburg

The Kemp Sketch

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CAMPBELL, DAVID WILSON - Born in Georgia, May 4, 1812 and came to Texas from Springfield, Kentucky in 1833. On September 6, 1838 he was issued a headright certificate for three-fourths of a league and one labor of land by the Robertson County Board. The land was surveyed in Navarro County in 1845.

Mr. Campbell was a member of Captain Joseph B. Chance’s Company and was among those who were detailed to guard the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. In Comptroller’s Military Service Record No. 6050 it is certified that he served in the army from March 20 to June 20, 1836 and when discharged he was a member of Captain Peter B. Dexter’s Company. He also served for a time in Captain Sterling C. Robertson’s Company. He was appointed Second Lieutenant of the Fourth Company of a corps of Mounted Rifleman, December 14, 1836 by President Houston. Captain Thomas H. Barron commanded the company. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1872 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 20 to June 20, 1836. He was living in Robertson County April 26, 1839 when he sold the certificate to Captain Joseph B. Chance. On July 3, 1852 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1125 for 1280 acres of land for having served in the army from November 1, 1836 to November 1, 1837.

Mr. Campbell was on July 3, 1828 married to Rosetta Jones. Of this marriage the following children were born, Joseph Patterson Campbell, who first married Mattie Melton, and after her death, Loutitia Willis.

After the death of his wife, Mr. Campbell was married to Ann, M. (Nelms) Cyrus at Victoria. Children of this union were D. A. Campbell, who married E. D. Neal; L. P. Campbell, who was never married; Samuel L. Campbell, who married Louisa T. Marshall, daughter of Joseph J and Elvira Wingfield Marshall, and Susan M. Campbell, who married J. F. Neal.

Mr. David W. Campbell died in April, 1879 and is buried in a (marked) (unmarked) grave in the Campbell Cemetery nine miles west of Corsicana, Navarro County.

(Note: See account of the Morgan Massacre in Wilbarger’s Indian Depredations.)

CAMPBELL, DAVID W. – Received title to 1,107 acres of land in_______Colony__________situated in the present counties of McClennan.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Joseph Bell Chance

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1812 May 4
  • Birthplace: Georgia
  • Origin: Kentucky
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Date of Death: 1879 Apr
  • Burial Place: Campbell Cemetery, Navarro Co., Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 1872
  • Wife: 1. Rosetta Jones; 2. Ann M. Cyrus
  • Children: Joseph Patterson Campbell; D. A. Campbell; L. P. Campbell; Samuel L. Campbell; Susan M. Campbell Neal