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The Family of James Raymond Campbell

Ohio - Kansas City, MO - Montana

James Raymond Campbell, was the father of George Scott Campbell 1862 - 1912 and Stella Campbell, 1859 - 1939. George Scott Campbell is in the author's direct line. Born in Ohio, served in the Mexican War and finally settling in Montana, James was a successful brick manufacturer.

The information on James was kindly provided by our distant cousin, Scott V Campbell several years ago.


  • 4 March 1823, born Dover, Ohio
  • Served in the Mexican War until 1848
  • 4 March 1858, married Victoria Holly (or Kolley) Franklin County, Ohio
  • daughter, Stella born in Kansas City, MO
  • 1860 census Kansas City, MO
  • 1862, son, George Scott born Montana
  • 1864 Confederate Gulch, Montana
  • 1880 census listed as a brick manufacturer in Deer Lodge County, Montana
  • 2nd wife Ella Hayes Campbell came to Montana in 1886
  • Married Ella November 8, 1886
  • 1893 Anaconda City Directory lists James as brick manufacturer
  • 8 March 1898, died Anaconda, Montana buried at Upper Hill Cemetery in Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Montana


1860 Census Kansas City, MO
James Campbell, age 29, brick maker $2000, $500 born Ohio
Victoria Campbell, age 25, housekeeper born Denmark
Stella, age 1, born Missouri

1870 Census Missoula, Montana

J. R. Campbell, age 47, born Ohio, home in 1870, Cedar Creek Mines, Missoula, Montana Territory, I believe his wife and children were in St Louis, MO. This looks to be a mining camp.

1880 Census Butt, Deer Lodge County, Montana

James R Campbell, age 56, brickmaker, born in Ohio, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania


"The Anaconda Standard" March 7, 1898

An Anaconda Pioneer Death of James R. Campbell, the Well-Known Brick Maker Was Ill for Many Months

One of Two Survivors of the Mexican War Residing in this City - A California Forty-Niner and a Montana Trail Blazer.

James R. Campbell, aged 75 years and 4 days, died at his late residence, No. 723 West Sixth Street, yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock. The death of Mr. Campbell removes one of the pioneers of Anaconda.

Mr. Campbell was born near Dover, Ohio, March 4, 1823. When a young man he engaged in the manufacture of brick in his native state. He served in the Mexican was until 1848, and went from Kansas City to California with one of the first parties of gold seekers to explore the gold fields of that state. He engaged in mining there and also followed other pursuits for a number of years. He went to Colorado, where he spent a few years, and came to Confederate gulch, this state in 1864. When Butte was a new mining camp he located there an again engaged in the manufacture of bricks. Early in 1883 he came to Anaconda and made the first bricks that were used in the building of the smelters here. From that year until 1890 he followed the business of brick making, and since 1890 he had not been actively engaged in any business.

For about a year Mr. Campbell had been falling in health, until the 6th of last month when he was stricken by paralysis. Since that date he rapidly sank until the end. He also was a sufferer from Bright's disease. Two months ago Mr. Campbell's two nieces, Mrs. Josie Atcheson and Miss Amanda Campbell, came here from Columbus Ohio, where a brother of Mr. Campbell resides. They with Mrs. Campbell, her son Wesley Hayes and his wife, have been constant attendants on the sick man. Mr. Campbell leaves a son and daughter, the former a resident of East St. Louis and the latter of Kansas city. They have been telegraphed to but as yet no reply has been received from either of them.

Mr. Campbell was well known as a keep observer of things generally and a shrewd business man, who had accumulated a fair share of the worldly goods. He owned ... on Park avenue, besides his fine brick home on Sixth street. He was a retiring disposition and took no active part in politics yet was in sympathy with everything that pertained to the welfare of the community. He was generous when occasion required, a man of temperate habits, quiet and reserved. During the long months of his confinement he was a constant reader of newspapers, ever eager to keep posted on affairs of national and local importance. during the last few days of his life he asked his attendants to tell him the latest reports from Washington and Spain concerning the Maine affair.

Wherever there was a parade in this city in which the old soldiers marched there was always one carriage in the procession in which were seated James R. Campbell and R. P. McDaniel, the only survivors of the Mexican was residing in Anaconda. As far as known Mr. Campbell left no will.

Burial at Upper Hill Cemetery, Section D, Lot 21B, Grave Site 4. Information kindly provided by: Colleen Ferguson ; Hearst Free Library; 401 Main, Anaconda, MT 59711; phone 406-563-6932; fax 406-563-5393

Obit for Ella Campbell, James 2nd wife


A Pioneer Lady Passes Away at Her Home in this City Mrs. Ella Campbell died yesterday at noon at her home at the corner of Sixth and Spruce streets. The cause of her death was a tumor. Mrs. Campbell was born in Licking County, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1838. she was twice married, her first husband, Mr. Hayes. The issue of this union was one son, Wesley Hayes well known resident of this city The second husband was James R. Campbell, who resided in Anaconda till his death, which occurred just a year and one day before the death of his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were married on Nov. 9, 1886.

Mrs. Campbell came to Montana 13 years ago and has resided in Anaconda since her arrival. She was well known to nearly everyone in the city. All who were acquainted with her knew her as a generous, kind and noble woman, and the announcement of her death will come as a shock to this community.

Mrs. Campbell leaves two brothers and one sister, besides her son. she was possessed of property in Anaconda of considerable property.

Campbell Home
Direct Line:
James Raymond
George Scott

Aunts, Uncles
(George) Scott
(James) Raymond

Rest of the family
Stella 1859 - 1939
S Verdi
Carl Pufalt Family
Edna Grunewald

Unsure connections
Mary Katherine Campbell Townley Miss America Twice!

Land / Deeds