STEPHEN R. CAMPBELL, a resident of Lebanon, Madison County, N.Y., and for many years a highly
successful teacher in the public schools, was born in this town in 1846. His grandfather, Daniel Campbell, a native of New England, settled in the town of Sullivan, N.Y., where he resided a few years, and then moved to the town of Lebanon, where he followed farming until the time of his death. He was one of three brothers who were prominent in the early settlement of Central New York. Another of the brothers settled in the town of Paris, Oneida County, and died there at the age of ninety years.
Daniel Kennedy Campbell, son of Daniel above named, was born in the town of Sullivan, February 4, 1811, and, after receiving a fair education in the village schools, turned his attention to farming. For a few years after his marriage he lived on the border line of Chenango County, New York; and, when he returned to the town of Lebanon, he bought a tract of land which is included in the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch. On this tract were a primitive log house and a small clearing, which constituted all the improvements then. He made in a short time a very marked change in the place, building fine stables, barns, and a good residence. He married Theodosia M. Barr, who was born in Belchertown, Mass., June 12, 1810. Her father was Joseph Barr, who, so far as can be learned, was also a native of that town. To Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were born eight children, seven boys and one girl. Avis L. grew to womanhood, and died at the age of twenty-seven years. The sons' names were Nathaniel B., David, Francis M., Stephen R., James D., Adelbert L., and Morell W. The mother, Mrs. Theodosia M. Campbell, died July 22, 1883; the father, Daniel K. Campbell, at the home of his son Stephen, December 30, 1890, when within a few weeks of completing his eightieth year. When Mr. Joseph Barr decided to move to the State of New York, he left his New England home, making the journey by ox-team with his family, including Theodosia, who was then a girl of twelve years, and by the same conveyance bringing all his earthly possessions. He came by way of Albany, N.Y., and settled in the town of Lebanon upon a tract which he purchased of the land agents. As was the case with much of the land here in those days, his purchase was well wooded; that is, entirely covered with trees, which he had to cut down to lay out his farm. This is the place where our subject now resides. The wife of Mr. Barr, Miss Ruth Waite before marriage, was also of Massachusetts. She shared the journey and the hardships of her husband in his pioneer life, and died, full of years and of good works, in 1853.
Stephen R. Campbell acquired the principal part of his early education at the Brookfield Academy, and later took a course of study at the Hamilton Seminary. For twenty-four years, almost continuously, he has taught school, and has achieved a first-class reputation as an educator. He succeeded his uncle in the ownership of the splendid farm of one hundred and forty acres upon which he now resides. He was married to Miss Alice Newcomb on the 24th of September, 1872. She was born in Rome, N.Y. and her parents were Waldo and Sarah (Boss) Newcomb, of Corning, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have six sons and one daughter. They are Daniel B., Miss S. Dotia, John E., George B., Clark W., Earl M., and C. Ray. Their third child, Olin, died at the age of nearly two years.
Mr. Campbell has been shown the high appreciation in which he is held by his townsmen in having been thrice elected a member of the County Board of Supervisors for the town of Lebanon, although he is a Democrat, and his town is largely Republican in politics. In the fraternal orders he is associated
with Lebanon Lodge, No. 582, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In his work as a teacher he has never been unmindful of the fact that the proper education of youth is a primary and most important consideration in our republic, and that his vocation is second to none in usefulness and dignity. In the ranks of this honorable profession he holds a leading place, his intelligence and scholarly attainments being well supplemented by his urbanity and tact as a teacher.
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