Friday, January 15, 2016

The Campbells Take Missouri

Harrison M Campbell was born in Ashland county, Ohio, on 8 December 1837, and at 23 years old, after the Southern states announced they were seceding, he went off to war.

He first served briefly as a private in Company B of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry before heading east and re-enlisting in Company I, New York 59th Infantry Regiment on 19 October 1861. His unit mustered out on 15 September 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia, having been involved in many of the major battles of the Civil War.

Harrison came home to Ashland county and married Catherine Hoot (1846–1930) on 9 August 1865. Catherine was a younger sister of John B. Hoot. (John Hoot married Harrison's sister, Frances, who will be the subject of next week's post.)

Kate and Harrison moved to Morgan county, Missouri, where they established a farm at Mill Creek. The couple raised a large family of eight children there in Missouri. By 1920 they retired from their farm, probably early in the 1910s, as the Callin Family History reports their location as Tipton, MO. After 1918, they moved far to the west, settling in Forest Grove, Washington county, Oregon. Their daughter, Mary, and her family (the Hodges) were already there, having moved around 1906.

Harrison died 27 December 1924, and Catherine followed a few years later on 21 March 1930. They were buried in the Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove.

1. Walter Campbell (1867–c. 1946) was born in Missouri, and grew up on his father's farm in Mill Creek. I am reasonably certain that he is the Walter Campbell of Versailles, Morgan county, who married Ida M. Williamson of Todd, Morgan county, on 12 April 1893. If he is, they seem to have settled in Kansas City, Kansas, by 1900, where Walter worked as a clerk for a packing plant. They remained in the same house, at 309 N 18th, from at least 1924 until 1947, when Ida is listed at that address as Walter's widow. There is no indication that they had any children.

2. Lillian Campbell (b. 1871) only appears on the 1880 Census, and after that, I have not been able to find any additional records. She may have married in Missouri before 1900, and any family she had might still be there.

3. Mary C Campbell (1874–1947) married James Aron Hodges (1873–1944) on 25 April 1896 in Jasper, Missouri. They had five sons and a daughter, all but two of whom were born in Missouri. The family relocated to Washington county, Oregon, around 1906, and the two younger sons were born there. Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate their 1910 Census record to demonstrate this!

By 1940, it appears that Mary and James were no longer together. Mary was living in Hillsdale, Multnomah county, and James living in Vernonia, Columbia county, according to their U.S. census records. Mary is listed as "widowed," and James as "divorced." James died in September 1944; Mary in August 1947. Both were buried in the Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove.

     a. George Hodges (b. 1898) does not appear in any of the records I have been able to locate.

     b. Clarice Hodges (1902–1983) married Paul Alexander Scott Sr. (1898–1969), and they had four sons. Clarice was living in Multnomah in 1970, according to her brother Raymond's obituary.

        i. Paul Alexander Scott Jr. (1932–2007) served as a U.S. Navy Seaman (SN) in the Korean War, then married Lena Ann Sanseri (1937–2001) 31 Oct 1956 in Skamania County, Washington. They had a daughter, Francesca Marie, in March 1957, but the baby only lived a couple of weeks, and the marriage did not survive for long beyond that. Lena was remarried in October 1960 to Richard K. Land (1934-1989) and they died in Colorado Springs.

        ii. Howard Lancelot "Lanny" Scott (1936–1992) was married to Mercedes "Dee" Cameron (1937-1996); they both died in Portland.

        iii. (Living brother) Scott - is still with us! If anyone knows him, please send him the link to this post.

        iv. Leslie Keith "Les" Scott (1940–2002) was born in Portland, and died in Sun Valley, Nevada.

     c. Everett Hodges (1903–after 1970) There were multiple "Everett Hodges" in Oregon, but the one I think is most likely our Everett was in Washington county in 1930 and 1940. I estimate that he married Mabel (b. 1907) around 1927, and they had one son and two daughters. Everett was living in Boring, Clackamas county (that's the name of the town, not a comment!), according to his brother's 1970 obituary.

        i. James Warren Hodges was born May 27, 1928, in Forest Grove, and died April 17, 2008. He served in the Army and was a property manager. Like his parents before him, he and his wife also had two daughters and a son.

     d. Raymond Ernest Hodges (1905–1970) married Roberta Fay Eslinger (1911-1995) in Forest Grove, Oregon, on 13 September 1930. Ray was a meat cutter in the 1930s, until he got a job with Haney Truck Lines, where he worked for 25 years before retiring in 1967. They had a son and two daughters who are still living.

     e. Floyd C Hodges (1907–1985) was living in the home of his aunt, Francis Campbell (see below) along with his brother, Ray, in 1930. Both boys were working as meat cutters. When Floyd enlisted in the Army in April 1942, his enlistment record said he was "single, with dependents," but I haven't found any other mention of him having children.

After the war, he continued working as a meat cutter for a while, then as a restaurant supervisor. He married to Lucille Pauline (last name unknown) (1911–1979) after the war, and they lived in Medford, Oregon, where they appeared in the U.S. City Directories database in 1946 and 1948. By 1970, they had relocated to Eugene in Lane county, and Lucy died there in 1979. When Floyd died six years later, he was married to the former Frances Huntley (1907-1999).

     f. Harold (Harry) Hodges (1915–?) is still a mystery to me, and since he would only be 100 years old right now, he may possibly still be alive. That said, I have not been able to trace his steps past 1940. In 1930, he is the last of James and Mary's children left at home; in 1940, there are three Harold or Harry Hodges listed as living in Oregon; the most likely of these is a single truck driver listed as a lodger in the home of Eldon and Bessie Hoodenpyle.

4. Ella Campbell (b. 1877) was born in Missouri, and after appearing there on the 1880 Census at age three, she is no longer in her parent's household by 1900. As with her older sister, Lillian, the search for information about her fate continues.

5. Francis Campbell (1881–1974) was also born in Missouri, and probably named for her aunt, Frances Campbell Hoot. This Francis stayed home with her parents, going along with them when they moved to Oregon. When Harrison and Catherine died, Francis became the head of her household. In 1930, she is listed as a shop keeper, with her nephews, Ray and Floyd, lodging in her home. (They might even have been working as meat cutters in her store, though it doesn't say that in the Census.)

Some time in the 1930s, Francis married Karl H. Potten (1903–1968), a German immigrant who worked as a greenhouse manager. They lived in Beaverton during the 1940s, and LaGrande during the 1950s. Karl died in Seaside, Clatsop county, and was buried in the Ocean View Cemetery there in Warrenton; Frances joined him a few years later after she died in Portland.

There is one thing that stands out as odd in the records. There is an 11-year-old boy called "Deronshire" (maybe "Devonshire"?) listed in the 1920 Census as the grandson of Harrison and Catherine. I doubt that this is Francis's child, as his birthplace is listed as "Indiana," and she was also in her parents household in Missouri in 1910. I believe he might be the son of one of the remaining brothers.

6. Clyde Cyrus Campbell (1883–1953) was born in Missouri, and was an electrician living in Chicago when he registered for the World War I draft in September 1918. (He listed his nearest relative as his father, and gave a Tipton address--this is how we know that Harrison and Catherine moved to Oregon around 1919.)

The 1920 Census reveals that he was married to Lucy Olive (last name unknown, b. 1896); but the records don't quite show us where he was in 1910. It's possible that he could have been the father of "Deronshire," mentioned above.

Later, on the World War II draft registration, he listed "Mrs. Karl Potten" of Beaverton as his nearest living relative. In 1950, before his death in 1953, Cyrus filed a Life Claim with the Social Security Administration, and because that record gives his full name and birth place (Tipton, Missouri), I'm reasonably certain he is the Clyde Cyrus Campbell buried in Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon.

7. Elbert E Campbell (b. 1887) was 13 when he appeared in the 1900 Census, and must have been out on his own by 1910. Like his sisters, Lillian and Ella, I have been unable to find any trace of him.

8. Earnest Harold Campbell (1891–1964) grew up in Missouri, and was still there when he registered for the draft in World War I. Later, in the 1940s, he was working in the Albina Shipyards in Portland when he registered for the World War II draft, he listed "Mrs. Carl Pottem" of Beaverton as his nearest living relative on his World War II draft registration.

Earnest (or Ernest, on several records) died in Portland, and his Oregon Death Index record says he was married to a woman named Ida. In all of the in-between years, where I did not find any definite records for Earnest, I did find an inmate in the Oregon State Penitentiary who was listed as "Harold Campbell" in 1930 and "E.R. Campbell" in 1940; this inmate was born in 1891 in Missouri, and was listed as "married" in 1930, but "widowed" in 1940.

A Little Commentary

As a researcher, I actually enjoy the challenge of finding and filling gaps in my knowledge. But when it comes to a family with a large number of "missing" people, and I have to leave you with incomplete stories as we had in today's post, I feel like I'm leaving the job unfinished.

Facing those missing documents, and missing people, does force me to re-examine my methods, though. In the case of the Campbells of Missouri, I found myself at a loss for tracking down Birth and Marriage records. I've been spoiled by the Ohio databases, and I didn't have anywhere near the same success in Missouri. Partly, I have simply gotten used to the quirks of pulling results out of Ohio. But I think part of the problem is that "Campbell" is a much more common name, and I ran down so many false leads while putting this post together because there was more than one "Everett Campbell" in the database.

But once again, paying attention to the records you do find can be the ticket to making significant progress. Until I opened up and viewed the Word War I and World War II draft registrations for the brothers, Cyrus and Earnest, I had no idea that Francis had been married. Seeing "Karl/Carl Potten" listed for both of them as a point of contact sent me looking to see who Mr. Potten was, and let me finish Francis's story!

I would end this by saying something like, "...and that's why you never give up!" But I've wrung all I can out of this group for now, and I'm going to have to leave a few mysteries to solve later. I don't think that's giving up--that's just putting it off for another day.

Here's to procrastination!

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