I ran accross this post by mistake in Campbell County forum, but I am very interested to talk to you about this Baker/Beard mystery as I am a direct decendant of 'said Archibald Campbell through his son John b.6 Feb 1761 Bedford, m. Sarah Vance. Sourced D.A.R.
This mystery is of great importance to me in that I can not publish (internet not withstanding) our family genealogy untill I can sort this and a couple other thing out. I have this book:
Campbell kith and kin: Descendents of Archibald Campbell and Elizabeth Baker, who came from Campbell County, Virginia, to Knox County, Tennessee, 1796 (Unknown Binding)by Grace Spencer Fassnacht (Author)
I tracked this down with the help of a genealogical volunteer from TN who found the author's son. A very old man himself. I chatted with him and he sold me a copy. She (the author) asserts that Archibald and Elizabeth Baker were married abt. 1755 probably in Prince Edward Co. She further asserts that they raised 8 children, one of them James, who's wedding a certain Elizabeth Beard witnessed. She does not mention that this Elizabeth was the grandmother of James.(m. Jane Means). She also mentions the land deed of "Askew, and Pew", but she sources deed, but does quote it saying "now wife". Also she says that per deed; April 13, 1801, Deed Book 5, pg. 545 "to receive acknowledgement of Elizabeth Campbell and examine her privately and apart from her husband Archibald Campbell."
That being said, Mrs. Fassnacht (author) states that research into the estate of Samuel Baker solidified the identity of Mrs. Archibald Campbell as that of Elizabeth Baker. Samuel Baker's will is dated 13 Aug 1782. Other info states the actions of Elizabeth, son and family friend in attending to the will. All Campbell and Baker wills are in the book.
Ok, Ive seen the evidence that Elizabeth is the daughter of John Beard and it also looks very credible to me. Especially his wife's witnessing of her grandson James' wedding. Also some documents concerning both Archibald and John Beard. I have to have my 'bloodlines' and I would give up my Baker research if I knew I should be after John Beard.
Archibald's grandfather James was m. to Margaret Beard. Arch's father was John, another enigma. and here's part of a post I found one time:
Message Board Post:
Thanks for the reply; with what you have given me on the Campbells, I think I can put together the family back to the original immigrant.
Archibald Campbell and Elizabeth Beard were the parents of James and John Campbell. Here goes the rest of these Campbells: Archibald Campbell, b. on Island of Jura, off the coast of Argyll, Scotland. He came to the American Colonies about 1740, along with sons; Malcolm, James, John and William Campbell.
Malcolm b. 1720 in Argyllshire, Scotland,d. June 1763 at Big Lick, VA.
James emigrated to Bladen Co., NC. He acquired a 600 acre land grant there.
We think John settled in N.Y. with the info we have.
William, we haven't any additional information on him at present.
Malcolm Campbell came to Big Lick when his children were grown from PA. He had a grant in Roanoke of 440 acres and a house at Lick Spring. He furnished supplies for the French and Indian War. Thomas Walker found Malcolm Campbell at the Great Lick in March 1750 and bought corn from him.
This land which became his sons, Archibald and William Campbell, emcompassed the salt licks.
Malcolm Campbell md Isabella Huston Their children were:
William Campbell, b. 1745, Botetourt Co.VA;d. April 1804.
Archibald, b. 1743, Botetourt Co., VA; d. March 11 1774
Elizabeth Campbell, bl 1747, Botetourt Co.VA; md William Simpson.
Jean Campbell, m Nathaniel Evans
Mary Campbell, b. 1749, Botetourt Co.VA
Rebecca Campbell, b. 1751,Botetourt Co, VA
Whatever. Hope I didn't wear you down reading this. If you care to correspond, I'm at email@example.com
, hope to hear from you.- Bill Campbell