82nd Campbell Family Reunion

Near Enid, Oklahoma

September 5, 2004

Ancestors | Photos | Reunion

I am very pleased to post the following information concerning a branch of the May family that moved west from Floyd County before 1840 to settle in Western Missouri, north of Kansas City. Descendants of this family line attend annual reunions in Enid, OK. Campbell genealogists continue to be active and we exchange research information to add to the family records.

Fred T. May

Campbell Family

This branch of the May family is descended from Elizabeth May, daughter of Samuel May (1783-1851) and Catherine Evans (1787-aft.1860). Elizabeth was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky on Oct 20 1811 and moved to the Samuel May House when it was completed in 1817. She was married there on May 6, 1830 to Ephriam Elliott Hill and began keeping house in Floyd County. They are listed in the census that year. In 1832 Ephriam sold a 74 acre farm on Abbott Creek to his father-in-law, but the couple apparently remained in the county until after the birth of their fourth child, Rachel R. Hill, on August 16, 1835. They moved from Floyd County and beginning in 1840 Ephriam's name appears on deeds in Ray Co., Missouri. He also is listed in the 1840 census of that county.

In 1852 Ephriam was a Trustee of newly incorporated New Market, MO, where he operated a store ["Annals of Platte Co., MO" by Paxton in 1897]. During the Civil War he wrote some letters from Weston - located a few miles north of New Market - that describe how he was chased out of New Market by the Bushwhackers (Southern sympathizers). Ephriam wrote again in 1864, "I am here in Weston and not doing any thing but spending what few dimes I had left."

The Campbell branch of the family descends from Robert Montgomery Campbell and Rachel R. Hill, who were married June 10, 1852 in New Market, Green Twp., Platte Co., MO by R.G. Barber, J.P.

Family line

John May (1760-1813) & Sarah Jane Phillips (1759-1848)
Samuel May (1783-1851) & Catherine Evans (1787-aft.1860)
Elizabeth May (1811-1891) & Ephriam Elliott Hill (abt.1807-bef.1870)
Rachel R. Hill (1835-1926) & Robert Montgomery Campbell (1821-1879)
** Parents of 12 Campbell children **

Rachel R. Hill

Robert Montgomery Campbell
Rachel R. Hill

Rachel Hill Campbell [Left-Front]
with three of her daughters:
Minnie [R-F]
Sarah [L-B] & Carolyn [R-B]

Ron Bebee standing by the headstone of his
Robert Montgomery Campbell,
in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Potter Kansas.

Campbell Reunion
Enid News and Eagle Newspaper article
written by Donna Bebee.

Fifty-three descendants of Robert M. and Rachel (Hill) Campbell and four descedants of Addison and Sareptah (Hill) Campbell attended the 82nd annual Campbell Reunion Sept. 5, 2004 at the Breckinridge Community Center near Enid, OK.

Samuel G. Campbell of Fayetteville, Ark., was honored for his writings of the Robert Montgomery Campbell family histories. His grandfather, Samuel C. Campbell, served as Garfield County's first sheriff from 1905 to 1910. Patty Campbell of Wichita, Kan., was honored for her research and work as webmaster of the family Web site.

Recognition went to Agnes Campbell Marsolf, 92, of Enid, OK for being the oldest present, and J.P. and Sadie McWilliams of Tuscon, Ariz., for traveling the farthest. Framed pictures of Robert M. and Rachel Campbell were given as door prizes.

The next reunion is Sunday at noon, Labor Day weekend, 2005. For genealogy information, e-mail Patty Campbell at pacam008@sbcglobal.net.