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Mary Campbell[1]

Female 1853 - 1944  (90 years)


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  • Name Mary Campbell  [2, 3
    Born 16 Aug 1853  Howard Twp., Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    FamilySearch ID LW6L-N3W 
    FamilySearch URL https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LW6L-N3W 
    Died 27 May 1944  Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I4452  Main
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2018 

    Father Peter Campbell,   b. 12 Jan 1819, Cove Farm, South Knapdale, Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1915, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Mother Isabel McLarty,   b. 20 Sep 1824, Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1917, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1845  Morpeth, Howard Twp, Kent County, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Howard Campbell,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 16 Jul 1879  Howard Township, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Christina Belle Campbell,   b. 21 Jun 1880, Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1977  (Age 97 years)
    +2. Winnifred Maud Campbell,   b. 15 Dec 1882,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Peter Ward Campbell,   b. 1887,   d. 1888  (Age 1 years)
     4. Florence May Campbell,   b. 6 Dec 1889,   d. 2 Oct 1910  (Age 20 years)
     5. Archibald Campbell,   b. Jun 1890,   d. Dec 1890  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +6. Howard Wells Campbell,   b. 5 Dec 1892,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. Douglas Lloyd Campbell,   b. 27 May 1895, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1995  (Age 99 years)
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F2142  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 May 1944 - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Notes from "The Family of James Stephens:"

      Mary was born on July 24, 1851, on a farm located on the 12th concession of Howard, Kent County, Ontario. She attended the one-room Slabtown school. After her school days were over, she took a three month course in dress making. doing the sewing for the family occupied most of her time but she also help with the spinning and weaving and other arts of homemaking. A happy gathering place for the young folk of the area was the "Singing-school", and there Mary developed a good singing voice. She also took music lessons and learned to play the organ.

      When she was 25, Mary married John Howard Campbell, son of John and Christena Campbell who lived near London but were not releated. Howard was employed at the Kent Flour Mills at Chatham which was owned and operated by two of Mary's cousions, Archibald and John Campbell. Howard bought a nice house in Chatham and Mary was quite proud of her new home with the white picket fence around it. They did not live long in Chatham though, for John found the work amidst the dust and flour did not agree with him. He was offerred a partnership in the mill but still felt he should give it up; so in 1882 with his wife and little daughter Christena, he joined the other members of the Peter Campbell family in their trip by train to Manitoba.

      They took with them some furniture and some livestock, including a pure bred cow given to them by Mary's father, and a dapple grey horse, a gift of her uncle Mac Campbell. The horse was supposed to have a touch of the heaves, but in Manitoba the climate must have had a good effect for the heaves were gone, and Mary's duaghters rode and drove him, for many years.

      The train trip to Manitoba was not a pleasant one for the train was dirty, and their clothes were soon soiled and there was no place to get them washed. In Winipeg they stayed at a boarding house which wasn't very clean either, so they eagerly looked forward to reaching their destination, a farm about fifteen miles from Portage la Prairie. Much to their dismay, when they reached the little two room log cabin which was to be their home, they found it filled with bushels and bushels of wheat left by the homesteader who had live there previously. For several weeks they were the guests of neighbors living across the road while Howard disposed of the wheat.

      There on that pioneer farm Howard and Mary farmed with much success for fifty years. They kept large herds of cattle, and for many years Howard was noted for the fine seed grain which he raised and sold. About 1889 he had a new frame house built which was still in good repair in the mid ninteen sixties.

      In the early days Mary and the children stayed in town with her parents during the winter, while Howard worked in the bush near High Bluff getting the year's supply of wood. The children went to school in Portage la Pairie for as yet there was no nearby church or school. Life on the prairies was pretty lonely, and Mary often said she didn't know how she could have stayed had it not been for the folk who lived across the road. In the summer there were picnics and it wa fun picking wild fruit that grew so plentifully. She loved working in the garden and took pride in her housekeeping; she was noted for her canned fruits, pickles, mincemeat, and her specialty, cooked meats.

      Mary had been a member of the Disciple Church in Ridgetown which her grandfathers, McLarty and Campbell, had both helped to organize. Soon a church of that denomination was started in Portag la Prairie and she became an active worker there too.

      After her husband's death on September 30, 1930, Mary left the farm and lived in Portage la Prairie, boarding for a time but, for the most part, living with her two daughers, Christena and Maud. She passed away on May 27, 1944 and was buried in Hillside Cemetary, Portage la Prairie. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S942] George Stephens, George Stephens, (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=jastephens - gstephens513@aol.com), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jastephens&id=I0363 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S1125] Emily Campbell Price, Emily Campbell Price, (Manuscript. 71 pp. Extensive research. Includes maps and transcripts of letters describing family relationships. 10 original copies produced and circulated by the author in 1970. PDF copy available at jhowell.com.), p.27 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1711] Ontario Marriages, 1869 - 1927, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMJ3-QLR : 11 March 2018), Howard Campbell and Mary Campbell, 16 Jul 1879; citing registration , Howard, Kent, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario (Reliability: 3).