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2051 {From Kleber Alexander Campbell, III)
At the start of the research all that was known about Argyle Campbell seemed to be family lore.  The only information found in print was published in "New England Families, Volume I", compiled under the editorial supervision of William Richard Cutter, A.M., by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913.

 Charles Henry Campbell of Rutland, Vermont, a grandson of Argyle Campbell, apparently was the reason for the family to be included in the publication and most likely the source of the genealogical information.  In part.... "Argyle is thought to have been a native of Scotland, and is thought to have emigrated at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the United States and settled in Chesterfield, New York. Soon after the birth of his youngest child he left the family and set out for the west, thinking he might find in that then sparsely settled region more favorable opportunities.  This was about 1818.  The family watched in vain for his return, and year after year went by with no message from him and no tidings in regard to his fate, which ever remained a mystery."

A first 'sighting' of Argyle came as the result of  an analysis of  the 1880 U. S Federal Census when a John Campbell with the relationship to the head of the household of cousin was found living with Merritt Bates Campbell, eldest son of Argyle's son Alexander, in Illinois.  John was traced back to his father Charles Henry Campbell in Belpre, Ohio.  This is how and where Charles, Argyle's youngest son, was first found. 

Next, while researching Charles, information regarding an Argyle Campbell came to light.  A book "Dear Isa, Dear Johna, Civil War Correspondence of Ohio's Hundred Day's Men, First Sargent John A. Brown 148th Ohio National Guard, Compiled and annotated by Natalie H. Lee" on page 221 shows "Campbell, Charles H. 43, Corporal, Co. H. 148th O.N.G. The New York born son of Argyle and Elizabeth Campbell, ......". Next “Records of Men Enlisted in the U. S. Army from May 17, 1815 to 1891, inclusive”, shows an entry on page 39,line 16, for an Argyle Campbell, age 28, born in Peru, New York, who enlisted on September 14, 1820 in New York City for five years in the 5th U.S. Infantry (Regiment).  Several factors contribute to the probability this was our Argyle.  His enlistment age of 28 makes him born circa 1792 and does not seem to pose any questions. His birthplace of Peru, New York, is in the immediate area of Chesterfield, New York.  The fact that Argyle's youngest child was born on May 9, 1820 and he enlisted on September 14, 1820 in New York City seems totally consistent with family lore and is a most convincing fact that this was our Argyle. 

Based on additional research all indications are that Argyle's probable parents are Elizabeth (Williams) Hay and Alexander Campbell.

Elizabeth Williams (probable mother of Argyle) was born in either 1759 or 1760 possibly in Scotland and was the daughter of a British officer.  Nothing in known about her mother. Elizabeth came north from, apparently, New York City in a party with William Gilliland who established the town of Willsboro, New York. Her arrival in that area on June 4, 1766, was noted in the "Gilliland Journal."  In 1773 she married William Hay who according to the History of Peru, New York, edited by Lincoln Sunderland, "was the first settler, witnessed the naval engagement between the British fleet and the Americans under Arnold, October 11, 1776.  He is located on Stewart's Patent opposite Valcour Island in 1772 but soon went to Canada.  In 1785, he returned and located a little south of Salmon River, on the Lake Shore. He died on February 1790, the first death in town."  (Another article states that he was in Peru from 1772 until after the battle at Valcour Island, then to Canada until 1785.)  

Alexander Campbell (probable father of Argyle) married Elizabeth before June 7, 1790.  This time is established by the evidence that Elizabeth signed her appointment as administrator of Hay’s estate on May 4, 1790 as Elizabeth Hay and signed the inventory of Hay’s estate on June 7, 1790 as Elizabeth Campbell.  Who Alexander was and where he came from are not known.  One possibility is that he lived in New York prior to the American Revolutionary War and fled to a Loyalist Camp in Quebec.  It would seem that Alexander must have been well acquainted with both William Hay and Elizabeth given the short time after Hay's death before Alexander and Elizabeth married.  It would also seem that their contacts may have originated while the Hay family was in Canada circa 1775 to 1785.  We do know that Alexander was in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, at the time of the 1790 US Federal Census.  In that census he was the only Campbell shown in Plattsburgh, New York and known members of Elizabeth's family fit into the profile of Alexander's household.  Argyle is not a factor as he is not yet born.

Alexander Campbell disappeared from the records and may have died in or before 1798 as properties on the U. S. Assessment Role of 1798 for Plattsburgh and Peru appear in the name of Elizabeth Campbell.  In the Peru town records 1793-1813, the annual returns from the Commissioners of the highways listing the number of days that men had to work on the roads show Alexander Campbell for 1796, 1797 and 1798 and then Elizabeth Campbell for 1799 and years after.

An article published in the Plattsburgh Republican on May 1, 1909 in a note states "The Alexander Campbell mentioned was the husband of  Elizabeth Williams formerly, afterwards Elizabeth Hay and later Elizabeth Campbell" and supports the foregoing.  Other references cite Elizabeth as the presumed widow of Alexander Campbell.

A survey of the U. S. Federal Census data from 1790, 1800 and 1810 does not disprove that the parents of Argyle were Alexander and Elizabeth.   Alexander was not shown in the 1800 census, however Elizabeth Campbell was shown in Peru.  Argyle does fit into her family profile for 1800, however not so for 1810.  A distinct possibility regarding Argyle's whereabouts in 1810 is that he was a member of the William Wilder household in Chesterfield.  William Wilder was the husband of Mary Jacox (Betsy's older sister). Their 1810 U. S. Federal Census profile includes them and their three children plus another male (16-25 years).  Argyle fits into this profile.  William Wilder was a medical doctor and may have  taken Argyle in for what ever reason and this may have provided an opportunity for Argyle and Betsy to create and/or foster their relationship.

Elizabeth Campbell died September 14, 1812 in the 53rd year of her age and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York. 

Based on the foregoing, Argyle Campbell lost his father when he was about six years old and his mother when he was about twenty years old.

Argyle served during the War of 1812.  His first known recorded tour of service took place from October 29 through November 2, 1813. The unit in which he first served was the 36th Regiment (Miller's) New York Militia, Captain Gilead Sperry's Company of New York Cavalry with the rank of Cornet.  His second  recorded service was from July 30 and 31, 1814 in Captain Gilead Sperry's Company of New York State Cavalry (no mention of the 36th Regiment is made on the forms) also with the rank of Cornet.  On the payroll record for the service in 1813 "Post or Place where due" shows Plattsburgh.  It can also be presumed that he probably had other periods of service because it was unlikely that a first enlistment would start with the rank of cornet as that rank was not given out lightly, or because of who your father was, or as an honorary position. 

As aforementioned Argyle enlisted on September 14, 1820 in New York City for five years in the 5th U.S. Infantry (Regiment).  He was originally assigned to Fort Gibson, now Ellis Island.  Additional research by a third party at the National Archives Records Administration was done in the records of the 5th Infantry Regiment.  From Fort Gibson where he enlisted he went to Fort Armstrong in Illinois where he arrived October 21, 1821. Fort Armstrong was at the edge of Indian territory on Rock Island in the Mississippi River. Argyle did complete his five year enlistment and was discharged from Fort Armstrong on September 14, 1825.  At this point his trail goes cold.   Nothing more is known of him at this time.

Nothing in the foregoing would indicate that there is more than one Argyle.  Additionally, Argyle seems to have been be a very uncommon name.  None has shown on the Federal Census in the 1790-1820 time period and only a very few Campbells appear in the Clinton and Essex County region of New York.  No others of the same name have emerged.  At this point the odds seem overwhelming that there in fact was just the one Argyle.  
Campbell, Argyle (I8496)
Commonwealth of Virginia  Franklin County SS.
On this 12th day of September 1832 personally appeared before Henry Carper a justice of the peace and member of the county court of Franklin which is a Court of record, Moses Greer, Sen’r, a captain in the service of the United States during the revolutionary war, a resident of Franklin County & State of Virginia born in Baltimore[?] Maryland 2nd day of June 1744 according to his register & aged 88 years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed 7th June 1832  that he entered the service of the United States under the officers named hereafter and served as herein stated — that he commanded a company of Militia in actual service in the year 1779– two full tours of service to wit Six months, that during the said six month his company and others were stationed at the lead mines in Grayson County Va [sic: see note below] not far from the Carolina line the object to protect said mines from the Indians and tories, that he repaired to and remained at said mines as above by the orders of Colo James Callaway. That he marched from his then & now place of residence to the mines to wit from Bedford now Franklin County. After the service above in which he gave entire satisfaction – This applicant received from Gov Jefferson a special commission as Lieutenant in a company of volunteers to serve under Gen’l [Robert] Lawson–which commission he has fortunately preserved–and which is hereby exhibited dated in October 1780– this applicant being devoted to the [word illegible] of independence tho’ a captain accepted this appointment and repaired with his company to petersburg Va where he joined the commander General Lawson – that the Captain being about [two lines illegible] his company was honorably discharged – that his company were what was called minute men under an obligation to march when ordered  that while at Petersburg and its vicinity Baron Steuban [sic: Baron von Steuben] was attached to the company and Maj’r Tucker also – that he frequently during the War acted under the orders of those patriotic and gallant officers Colo Charles Lynch  Colo Wm Leftwich and Colo James Callaway. That he marched with his company at another time into North Carolina, the object to attack the tories [one or two words illegible, possibly “at Kings”] mountain but from the circumstances of the greater distance he & his company had to march he did not arrive till the battle was [two words illegible] but by [word illegible] and [word illegible] got there a very short time after the battle. That at this time he was out at least three months. That he was out on various tours – besides those enumerated after the Tories on the North Carolina line and in the mountains to which they had repaired in great numbers  that he was on the march to York Town when the British surrendered – that his zeal in the cause of American independence is well remembered by many old persons yet living and has been rewarded by honorable promotion in civil life since the war– He was after the war elected to the State Legislature from Franklin County nine years  he was made a member of the county court and is now the presiding judge of that court – That from age and bodily infirmity he can no longer attend court–being nearly blind and unable to ride or walk about without being in danger of falling – for his character in every respect he refers the Department to Nath’l H Claiborne member of Congress – and the larger portion of the people of the county in which he resides — This applicant states that he verily believes he was in actual service more than two years  that he considered himself as a volunteer thro’ all his services – that he obeyed every order to enter the service and never quit till discharged – he has lost or mislaid all his discharges – he files herewith the affidavit of one of his volunteer soldiers – [one or two words illegible] old and poor and infirm, and dependant in a great measure on his children for a support. I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any state.    [signed] Moses Greer Sen.
            Greer stated that he was stationed at the lead mines in Grayson County, but that county was not formed until 1793. The lead mines are actually near Fort Chiswell in Wythe County.
            The application of Moses Greer, Sr. was supported by Moses Greer, Jr., a clergyman. A typed summary adds that Moses Greer, Jr. was also a justice of the peace and stated that he served several tours against the Tories under Moses Greer, Sr.
            A note on Moses Greer’s pension voucher states that he died 10 May 1834. 
Greer, Capt. Moses Sr. (I1403)
2053  Children:
  Hannah Avery Minor (1644 - 1721)*
  James Avery (1646 - 1728)*
  Mary Avery Minor (1648 - 1708)*
  Thomas Avery (1651 - 1736)*
  John Avery (1653 - ____)*
  Rebecca Avery Potts (1656 - 1707)*
  Jonathan Avery (1658 - 1681)*
  Christopher Avery (1661 - 1683)*
  Samuell Avery (1664 - 1723)* 
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