Life of Archibald Campbell
By James A. Campbell and Stefan Bielinski
5th Great-grandfather of James Alan Campbell
Campbell Tree #1
Archibald Campbell was born on June 1, 1736 in New Jersey. His grandfather, Captain Dugald Campbell III, immigrated from Scotland to America in 1693 .
Archibald was 2 years old when Laughlin Campbell's three groups of Scottish immigrants started arriving from Argyleshire Scotland to the Argyle Patent in 1738, 1739, and 1740. However, Archibald became an intergral part of the Argyle Patent and did surveying and mapping in Albany, Argyle and New Jersey.
Perhaps this individual worked as a surveyor in New Jersey prior to settling in Albany. By 1766, he was paying taxes on an Albany house. In 1768, he married Christina Starenberg of the Schoharie Valley. The marriage produced many children including Archibald who was baptized in the Albany Dutch church in 1778 and became a prominent Albany resident. Perhaps Albany mainstay John Campbell was his son as well.
In 1763, he is said to have been deeded a tract of family land in Albany County. He was known regionally as a surveyor. In 1772, he laid out a 1.15 million acre tract in the Adirondacks. He also made a number of maps of the city of Albany.
At the outbreak of the War for Independence, Campbell supported the Revolutionary cause and was named to represent Charlotte County in the Provincial Congress. He also posted bail for some country people including his father-in-law.
For several decades these Campbells were Albany mainstays. During the 1780s, his store "opposite Mr. Denniston's tavern" was advertised in the Albany newspaper. He sold imported tea, sugar, and window glass. He owned and leased a number of lots within the city limits. In 1787, he served as an inspector in the first ward. He also was a member of the Albany Presbyterian church.
After the war, he resumed surveying. In 1785 he was the deputy State Surveyor. In 1789, he patented 3,000 acres of bottomland (including two islands) in what became Tioga County. He also owned lands in New Jersey and near Sacandaga!
In March 1793, he was one of those called on to authenticate the will filed by an Albany neighbor.
Archibald Campbell filed a will in February 1793. It identified his wife and eleven living children. He died on April 24, 1793 and was buried in the Presbyterian church plot. He was two months shy of his fifty-eighth birthday.
Map of Subdivisions of Argyle Patent made by Archibald Campbell