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CAMPBELL
King of Scotland

By     Robert C. Boyett

Furnished by : Robert & Carolyn Boyett

 

 

King of Scotland
By     Robert C. Boyett

Former Ruler of Scotland Who Settled
Near Old Du Quoin, is Buried In Campbell
Cemetery, On Kaskaskia-Shawneetown Trail

      In the northeast part of Elk Township ( Jackson County, IL ) near the Perry County line lies a deeply wooded territory still bearing the signs of the wilderness as it was at the time of the Indians and early settlers,

      A small band of Scots came to this area from Philadelphia where they had landed on July 4, 1776. This story was related to Mamie Reheis who lives near the original site, by David Lee Campbell, the great-great-grandson of the leader of the group who was the King of Scotland. These Scots were driven out of Scotland during the religious wars between the Catholics and Protestants in Scotland

      The Scots went first to St. Louis, and from there traveled on the Old Kaskaskia-Shawneetown trail which went through this area, and finally settled just a short distance southeast of Du Quoin, or about one mile east of Old Du Quoin.

      The group of Scots built their homes by a beautiful lake. One of these cabins, just as simple as the rest, sheltered John Campbell and his family. This was John Campbell, once ruler of Scotland.

      One of John's sons, George Washington Campbell, (1808-1876) became quite prominent in this area. He at one time owned 15,000 acres of land, among which was part of section 34 of township 6 of Perry County. George took out the land patent on the homestead on which his father squatted. It is in this later place that the old Campbell Creek graveyard is located. One of the sons of Washington Campbell was James Campbell, who in turn had a son named David Lee Campbell, the narrator of this story. David Lee Campbell married Laura Snider, and they resided for many years at the old Campbell homestead, over by Old Du Quoin. In 1934, Lee and Laura had a centennial of their own, honoring the homestead. David Lee Campbell, and his wife now live in Royalton, but they often visit the old site of the early settlement.

      The Campbell Cemetery is located on the Old Kaskaskia-Shawneetown Trail near the point where Jackson and Perry counties join. David Lee Campbell's great-great-grandfather, John, former King of Scotland is buried there.

 


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