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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILLIAM H. CAMPBELL. Among the men who are actively advancing the stock-raising interests of Illinois stands our subject, who occupies a leading position among the farmers and stock growers of Evansville Precinct. He has horses, cattle and hogs of standard grade that are as fine as any to be found in the state. His beautiful estate consists of two hundred acres and is located on section 17. He was born a half-mile from where he now lives, August 12, 1845.

Samuel and Nancy (Glasgow) Campbell, the parents of our subject, were natives of South Carolina, and in company with the McBride and Crozier families, came to Randolph County in an early day. They died in Evansville Precinct, the father in 1856, and the mother twenty years later. The former was an influential member of the Presbyterian Church, while his good wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They reared a family of five sons and three daughters, of whom William H., of this sketch, is the only one living. He was reared in this precinct, and received his education in the district schools during the winter seasons. His father dying when he was quite young, he was obliged to aid in the maintenance of the family, and thus learned to carry on an estate in the best possible manner.

Mr. Campbell and Miss Pauline Schuline, a native of New York, were united in marriage February 16, 1874. The parents of Mrs. Campbell were early settlers in this county, where they were prominent and wealthy farmers. To our subject and his wife have been born the following five children: Mary C., Albert J., William H., Anna V. and Agatha E.

Mr. Campbell cast his first Presidential vote for Seymour, and voted with the Democratic party until 1892, when he joined the People’s party. With his family, he has been a member of the Catholic Church since 1887. He has taken a prominent part in educational matters, and has been School Director. He is now serving as Trustee of his township. A part of the farm which he owns was included in the old homestead, which he purchased from his mother in 1878. It is beautifully located about two and one-half miles east of Evansville, and from its cultivation he reaps a handsome income.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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