Substantiating "Tinkham, Campbell, Winchester, Grinnell and Allied Families"

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The following excerpt appears in the book "Tinkham, Campbell, Winchester, Grinnell and Allied Families" by Ora Tinkham Roberts: 

"The following is copied from a note made by Mrs. Roberts — ‘The following explanation from Clyde M Campbell, Lansing, MI., who worked long and hard until the work was accomplished. It is the same story my grandmother, Electa Campbell Winchester, related though we did not understand about the two Davids who were grandfathers and grandson. Thus we skipped the two generations that made it seem impossible for David to have fought in those two battles of Cromwell’s time.

"‘The copy given briefly–From 1546 to 1555 Andrew Campbell was locked in Hamilton Castle for preaching heresy at Glenluce, Scotland. He gave his estate of Skerrington to his brother-in-law, Charles Campbell, for breaking into the castle and releasing him.

"‘His son Patrick, born 1544, was sent to Ulster, Ireland, by Queen Elizabeth of England. Patrick’s son Hugh was born in 1579, and Hugh’s son David was the one who fought in the siege of Londonderry, and also in the battle of Dunbar 1651. He was captured in that battle and sent to Maine (Great Isle). His son Hugh went back to Scotland and returned with three sons, Andrew of Mansfield, Conn., David [of Blandford, Mass.], and a third son who was killed by Indians. It was James, son of this David, who went to Pennsylvania.'"

For context, Clyde M. Campbell was a 3rd great grandson of Andrew Campbell of Mansfield and provided the family bibles shown here. Ora Tinkham Roberts' grandmother, Electa Campbell Winchester, was a great granddaughter of Andrew's purported brother, David Campbell of Blandford.

I've been documenting my research in the sources and comments (be sure to click "View Archived Comments") of my 5th great grandfather, Peter Campbell, who I'm pretty sure is a son of Andrew of Mansfield along with Clyde's 2nd great grandfather, Zuriel Campbell.

Can anyone help me substantiate the following claims (listed in order of importance)?

  1. Patrick is Andrew's son
  2. David was in the siege of Londonderry, was in the battle of Dunbar, and was sent to Maine
  3. Hugh was David's son, emigrated to Connecticut after a return to Scotland, and is this Hugh Campbell
  4. Andrew of Mansfield, father of Peter and Zuriel, and David of Blandford were Hugh's sons. The former may be supported by a sale of land, and that they were brothers is supported by their descendants' similar family histories but not by Y-DNA testing thus far, as I detailed in my comments for Peter.
WikiTree profile: Hugh Campbell
in Genealogy Help by Tim Anderson G2G Crew (490 points)
edited by Tim Anderson

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Tim, re your question #2, I would suggest checking this relatively recently updated source: Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell  Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018),

The book appears to cover those known to be at Dunbar and those thought to possibly have been at Dunbar. Where they are known deported and on what ship this is given. Where it is speculative that is stated.

by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (156k points)

Thank you! What actually led me to this line of inquiry was a recent reply by Gordon Sheret to this blog post about that very book. I hadn't given the book much thought, but will now. I do see that it doesn't appear that David was listed, and there may be a year discrepancy, implying either that Clyde was mistaken about the year of the battle or Dunbar was conflated with a different battle (e.g., Worcester). 

One of my ancestors where his origin was the subject of heated debate on WikiTree is listed in the book as "Possible" he was a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity but that there is no record of him. He got on their radar only because so many undocumented family histories stated he was on the ship and connected him to a Laird (of course!) in Scotland who had no son by that name. I thought the researchers must have been rather thorough to include people that were simply said to have been at Dunbar (and it sure is a help that they did).

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