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Campbell, Dr. Robert Alexander

Campbell, Dr. Robert Alexander

Male 1870 - 1960  (90 years)

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  • Name Campbell, Robert Alexander 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Nickname RA 
    Born 9 Jun 1870  Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Census Oct 1870  Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 15 Jun 1880  Joliet, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    368 Eastern Avenue 
    • Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son
    Census 1920  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Assembly District 63 
    Land Record 28 Dec 1929  [8
    320 acres in San Bernardino County [Section 11; Township 7N, Range 6-W] 
    Name RA 
    _AMTID 302051499905:1030:155362986 
    _UID 31D1311A57AB1946B8F12A7CD26CE707294C 
    Buried 1960  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Address:
    Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
    Campbell, Robert A.
    Campbell, Robert A.
    Died 23 Jun 1960  Whittier, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    Person ID I2493  Tree_1
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 

    Father Campbell, Dr. Merritt Bates,   29 Nov 1843, Williston, Chittenden County, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   1 Dec 1911, Heber, Imperial County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Pennington, Hannah Elizabeth,   17 Nov 1849, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   31 Oct 1902, Patton, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1869  Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14, 15

    • [From Alma Campbell's letter]
      ...the restless pioneer spirit soon drove him westward, and his journey ended at Wilmington Illinois, a thriving country town. Here he met and married Hannah Elizabeth Pennington, a girl of nineteen, who was a helpmeet indeed, and whose alert mind and ready sympathies shared his ideals and aspirations and rejoiced in his achievements...

      ...On June 16, 1869, she married Merritt Bates Campbell. The day was ushered in by a heavy frost, following several weeks of warm weather, and stoves were brought out and set up for the occasion. The wedding trip of this young couple took them as far as Bloomington and Springfield where they were caught in a heavy rain and father went to purchase an umbrella. Although characterized all his later life by extremely good and accurate taste, he was in his youth slightly color blind, and returned not with the green umbrella, which was wanted, but a beautiful blue one. And for the three days of their honeymoon they plodded around under this brilliant canopy.

      Their first meal in their own home was spread on a little drop leaf table, one of the pieces that father purchased at "secondhand" when he furnished the one room in which he slept and doctored his patients for three years.


    Census 22 Jul 1870  Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Living with his wife, Lillie; also boarders: Mary McCabe, 19, a domestic servant born in Ireland; Charles Barton, 14, "does chores" born in Illinois; James Relark (?), age 27, a saloon keeper, born in Ireland.
    Census 15 Jun 1880  Joliet, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    368 Eastern Avenue 
    • Household includes John Campbell, age 26, a single cousin who is a physician. He was born in Ohio and both his parents were born in New England.
      Name: Merret B. Campbell
      Age: 36
      Birth Date: Abt 1844
      Birthplace: Vermont
      Home in 1880: Joliet, Will, Illinois, USA
      Street: Easterer Avenue
      House Number: 5
      Dwelling Number: 368
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital status: Married
      Spouse's name: Hannah Campbell
      Father's Birthplace: Vermont
      Mother's Birthplace: Vermont
      Occupation: Physician
      Neighbors:

      Household Members: Name Age
      Merret B. Campbell 36
      Hannah Campbell 30
      Robert Campbell 10
      Alma Campbell 7
      Mary Campbell 3
      Cora Campbell 1
      William R. Pennington 57
      Mary Pennington 56
      John Campbell 26
    Residence 1881  Joliet, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Address:
    46 Eastern Avenue 
    Residence 1889–1890  Joliet, Will County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Address:
    319 Van Buren Avenue 
    • Joliet City Directory, 1889-1890. Joliet, IL: W. F. Curtis and Co., 1890

      Name: Merritt B. Campbell
      Residence Year: 1889, 1890
      Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA
      Residence Address: 319 Van Buren
      Business Address: 406 Eastern avenue N.
      Occupation: Physician And Surgeon
    Residence 14 Oct 1892  Claremont, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Address:
    Lordsburg 
    • Described as 5' 8", light complexion, blue eyes and dark hair; a physician, born in Vermont.
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Young, Wilhelmina Antoinette,   25 Jul 1873, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   25 Jul 1907, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1896  Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19, 20
    • Newspaper clipping dated June 25, 1896; Bloomington, Illinois

      Will Be Married In August.
      Miss Wilha A. Young, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. D. Young, of this city, will be married in August to Dr. R. A. Campbell, of Pomona, Cal. Miss Young is one of the most capable and talented musicians, a graduate of the College of Music, the contralto of the quartette choir at the First M. E. church, a position she has filled for nearly four years; a talented pianist of great ability, and for the past year a teacher in the Bloomington city schools.
      Dr. Campbell is a young physician, a graduate of Chicago, and Los Angeles medical schools, and has been practicing in Pomona during the past year. His specialty is surgery and he stands high in his profession. His father is also a physician and state medical director of the Southern California State Insane Asylum at San Bernardino.
      The wedding will occur about the middle of the month and the young people will leave immediately for their home in Pomona.
    Residence 2 Jul 1898  Ontario, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Address:
    First Precinct 
    • He is described at 5' 4", dark complexion with blue eyes and black hair. He's a physician and was born in Illinois.
    Census 1 Jun 1900  Ontario, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    • Name: Robert A Campbell
      Age: 29
      Birth Date: Jun 1870
      Birthplace: Illinois
      Home in 1900: Ontario, San Bernardino, California
      Ward of City: 1
      Sheet Number: 24
      Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 590
      Family Number: 603
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital status: Married
      Spouse's name: Wilhemena A Campbell
      Marriage Year: 1896
      Father's Birthplace: Vermont
      Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey
      Occupation: Physician
      Months Not Employed: 0
      Can Read: Yes
      Can Write: Yes
      Can Speak English: Yes
      House Owned or Rented: O
      Home Free or Mortgaged: M
      Farm or House: H
      Household Members: Name Age
      Robert A Campbell 29
      Wilhemena A Campbell 26
      Anna Bryden 16
    Children 
     1. Campbell, Frances E.,   1897,   4 Feb 1900, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. Campbell, Marion Yale,   27 Sep 1901, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   13 Jun 1977, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Campbell, Merritt Y.,   1903,   Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 2 years)
     4. Campbell, Wilhelmina Y.,   25 Jul 1907, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   15 Jul 1975, Redlands, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Young, Sarah Katherine,   4 Jul 1869, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   11 May 1944, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1909  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    Address:
    First Congregational Church 
    • [May 5, 2004] This marriage is confirmed, based on information from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. The death notice and memorial to Mrs. Elizabeth Moffett Young, who died March 25, 1928, says: "Mrs. Young is preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Katherine Yale of California, and Ruben Moffet, a brother, who died in the Civil War. Her husband died April 30, 1902, as also her daughter, Mrs. Lulu Van Petten and Mrs. Wilha Campbell, the latter of Los Angeles. She is survived by Mrs. J. W. Dodson, Moweaqua, Mrs. R. A. Campbell, Los Angeles, and Dr. M. D. Young of Tempe, Arizona. Also by thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren."

      Therefore one daughter, Mrs. Wilha Campbell of Los Angeles, has died and another daughter, Mrs. R. A. Campbell, was then living in Los Angeles.

      [April 2, 2004] This marriage is assumed -- and also assumed is that Wilhelmina Young, Robert's first wife, and Katherine Young, Robert's second wife, were sisters; both daughters of the Rev. WHD Young, a Methodist minister from Illinois.
      • 1900 census for Ontario, CA shows Wilhelmina was born in Missouri, her father in Tennessee and her mother in Illinois.
      • Wilhelmina died in 1907 (gravestone).
      • 1910 census says Robert and Catherine (with a "C") had been married 0 years as of April 18, 1910. Catherine was shown to be 40 and the mother of 0 children. In the same household were Marion Y. age 8, and Wilhelmina Y. age 2.
      • 1910 Census also says Catherine was born in Illinois, her father in Tennessee and her mother in Illinois.
    Census 18 Apr 1910  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Address:
    1608 Orange Street, [Now Wilshire Boulevard], 
    • Marital Status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Census 1930  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Address:
    764 S. Hobart Blvd 
    • listed as "Katherine Y."
    Census 1940  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Address:
    4415 Victoria Park Drive (rear) 
    • private practice at medical center (which Ancestry transcribes as "mineral editor." Same residence as in 1935.
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F1113  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jun 1870 - Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Oct 1870 - Wilmington, Will County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    368 Eastern Avenue - 15 Jun 1880 - Joliet, Will County, Illinois
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Aug 1896 - Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    First Precinct - 2 Jul 1898 - Ontario, San Bernardino County, California
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1900 - Ontario, San Bernardino County, California Link to Google Earth
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    First Congregational Church - 28 Sep 1909 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    1608 Orange Street, [Now Wilshire Boulevard], - 18 Apr 1910 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    Assembly District 63 - 1920 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    764 S. Hobart Blvd - 1930 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    4415 Victoria Park Drive (rear) - 1940 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    Hollywood Forever Cemetery - 1960 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jun 1960 - Whittier, Los Angeles County, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    RA Campbell obituary - Whittier newspaper
    RA Campbell obituary - Whittier newspaper

  • Notes 
    • Robert A. Campbell, Los Angeles, Homeopathist, graduate University of California (L. A.) class 1894, Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, 1895;

  • Sources 
    1. [S111] Campbell, RA obituary, photocopy of original article.

    2. [S2402] 1880 US Census - IL: Will County, Year: 1880; Census Place: Joliet, Will, Illinois; Roll: 260; Family History Film: 1254260; Page: 143B; Enumeration District: 197; Image: 0296.

    3. [S1345] California WWI Soldier Service Cards and Photos, 1917-1918, California State Library; Sacramento, California; California, World War I Soldier Service Records; Roll: 04.

    4. [S1156] California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Ancestry.com), Date: 1960-06-23.

    5. [S867] 1870 US Census - IL: Will County, City of Wilmington; p. 43; dwelling 357, family 366; MB Campbell; 5 October 2016.

    6. [S2402] 1880 US Census - IL: Will County, 1st Ward, Joliet; 4; pg. 42; dwelling 368; Merritt Campbell household; 12 May 2015.

    7. [S1469] 1920 US Census - CA: Los Angeles County, Assembly District 63; 176; 2B, image 134; Robert Campbell; 11 October 2013.

    8. [S936] Land Records - BLM_GLO, Accession #1033245; BLM Serial # CALA 0044812.
      Authority: May 20, 1862 Homestead Act

    9. [S110] Campbell family monument - Hollywood Forever (Reliability: 3).
      Robert A. Campbell 1870-1960

    10. [S2151] Campbell, Robert Alexander (1870-1960) - FAG #207235690, 23 Jun 1960; 1870–1960; 207235690.

    11. [S884] California Death Records - Rootsweb, http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi.

    12. [S1207] Campbell, Alexander - Family Bible.

    13. [S131] Letter from Alma Tracy Campbell, 1935.

    14. [S1467] 1900 US Census - CA: San Bernardino County, Highland; 0253; pg. 1A; MB Campbell; 11 October 2011.

    15. [S1896] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, viewed ; 8 April 2004; Will County License 00003686.

    16. [S1230] U.S. City Directories 1821-1989 (Ancestry.com).

    17. [S1834] California Great Registers, 1866-1910 (FS), abstracted; 14 November 2018; elector #26024, pg. 439.

    18. [S114] Campbell, Kleber - correspondence.

    19. [S112] Campbell, Robert and Wilhelmina Young, engagement announcement.

    20. [S1896] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, viewed; 8 April 2004; McLean County. License: Volume 00K, page 0164; license number 00012036.

    21. [S1834] California Great Registers, 1866-1910 (FS), abstracted; 14 November 2018; elector #29, pg. 110.

    22. [S1467] 1900 US Census - CA: San Bernardino County, Ontario City; 243; Sheet 87; dwelling 590, family 603; Robert A. Campbell household; 19 May 2013.

    23. [S1530] California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 (FS), Film 141986013, image 581 - marriage of RA Campbell and SK Young.

    24. [S2409] 1910 US Census - CA: Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Assembly District 75; 108; sheet 5A; dwelling 101, family 124; Robert A. Campbell household; 10 August 2020.

    25. [S1471] 1930 US Census - CA: Los Angeles County, Assembly Dist 58 Part; 0194; 7A; dwelling 8, family 86; Robert A. Campbell.

    26. [S1472] 1940 US Census - CA: Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, block 16; 60_390; 2B; House 4416, family 45; Robert A. Campbell; 15 October 2016.