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Samuel Campbell (1738 - 1824)

Col Samuel Campbell
Born in Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
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Husband of — married 1765 in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New Yorkmap
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Died in Otsego County, New York, United Statesmap
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Col Samuel Campbell served in the 1st Regiment during the American Revolution
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Bio Notes on Samuel Campbell

[1] (Samuel Campbell was) born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, in 1738. Samuel served in the French and Indian War and ultimately was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1772. Active in the Revolutionary War as a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety, he was involved in the "Cherry Valley Massacre" in 1778 (a bloody skirmish between colonists and Native American and British forces), was steadily promoted through the ranks, ultimately achieving the rank of Colonel, and served in the state legislature after the war until his death. Having married Jane Cannon in 1768, Samuel sired a son, James S. Campbell, in 1772; in turn, James married Sarah Elderkin of Windham, Connecticut, in 1800. Along with his mother, his sister, and his brothers, James was held captive by Native Americans as a result of the Cherry Valley Massacre of 1778; they were exchanged after two years of captivity. Commissioned Cornet of Horse in 1798, James S. Campbell served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Otsego County, New York. He inherited his father's property in 1824 and lived there until his death in 1870.
(Samuel was) commissioned as ensign and lieutenant by royal governors of New York and served under Sir William Johnson in 1757 during the war with France. He served as major, lieut. col. and colonel during the revolutionary war. He was a prominent leader in his community, an ardent patriot, and friend and adviser of Gov. Clinton. Seldom has a soldier been placed in such an embarrassing position as he was during the captivity by the Indians and British of his wife and four children. His five sons and many of his descendants have rendered valuable services to their country and achieved success in many walks of life.
His only daughter married Samuel Dickson, a son of William and Elizabeth (Campbell) Dickson and was a great grandmother of the compiler. (Gen TC Dickson)
The first of the four Tryon County Militia regiments is usually known as Campbell's Regiment or as Clyde's Regiment. The territory from which this regiment was drawn was known as the Canajoharie country or precinct and was all the land from the "Noses to the east, to Little Falls to the west, lying altogether on the south side of the river. Concerning the regiment S. L. Frey in his treatise "The Minute Book of the Committee of Safety" says on PP. 122: "There were two colonels in the first regiment Tryon County Militia, according to 'New York in the Revolution'--Campbell and Ebenezer Cox. The regiment was at Oriskany and Cox being killed, Colonel Campbell was in command and brought off the regiment or what was left of it. He was also colonel of a battalion of Minute Men, presumably a local organization for the protection of Cherry Valley.
The family was Scotch-Irish and came to Cherry Valley with several others in 1741, from new Hampshire. In the massacre of Cherry Valley Mrs. Campbell and her four children were among the prisoners and were not exchanged until 1780. Col. Campbell died in 1824, aged 86 years. Judge William W. Campbell, author of the 'Annals of Tryon County' was his grandson. Samuel Clyde was Lt. Colonel but afterwards raised to Colonel. He was a very efficient officer and rendered valuable aid to the cause throughout the war. He was in command at Fort Plain in 1783, when Washington visited the valley. In the massacre at Cherry Valley Col. Clyde escaped by hiding in the woods. He was in the assembly in 1777-8 and sheriff 1785 to 1789.


  • 1738 Apr 25 - Birth - Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • 1765 - Marriage to Jane Cannon - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  • 1772 - Tyron Co. Militia, First Regiment, New York[3]
  • 1772 Nov 9 - Birth of Son James S Campbell - Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York
  • 1775 Jan 2 - Birth of Son Matthew Campbell - Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York
  • 1775 Apr 19 – Start of American Revolutionary War
  • 1778 May 27 - Military Service - Regimental Return - Montgomery Co., New York[4]
  • 1783 Sep 03 – End of American Revolutionary War
  • 1791 - Death of wife Jane Cannon - Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York
  • c 1797 - Served as Commissioner of Highways[5]
  • 1824 Sep 12 - Death - Cherry Valley, New York[6] — Burial: Cherry Valley Cemetery, Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York[7]


  1. [1]
  2. Find A Grave: Memorial #51474004
  3. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Ancestry Record 2204 #17135
  4. "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Samuel Campbell, 27 May 1778; citing 27 May 1778, New York, United States, citing NARA microfilm publication M246. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Services, 1980. FHL microfilm 830,352.
  5. Campbell Family Papers. 1750-1926
  6. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 Ancestry Record 2375 #1402051
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #51470188

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Died September 12, 1824 in Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York, United States