1789 - 1877 (87 years)
||Jacox, Betsy |
||14 Jun 1789
||Duchess County, New York
||14 Mar 1877
||Evergreen Cemetery, Village of Keeseville, Town of Ausable, Clinton County, New York
||28 Jul 2016 |
||Campbell, Argyle, b. Abt 1792, Peru, Clinton County, New York , d. Yes, date unknown |
|+||1. Campbell, Alexander, b. 28 Sep 1816, Chesterfield, Essex County, New York , d. 8 May 1882, North Granville, Washington County, New York (Age 65 years)|
||8 Feb 2017 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Buried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Village of Keeseville, Town of AuSable, Clinton County, New York
Betsy Campbell married Argyle Campbell circa 1812 and they had four sons, the last being born in 1820..
Argyle's departure in 1820 could well have been the act of a "vanishing husband" which has been described as the common practice to get a divorce in the absence of other options. Her father's (Joseph Jacox) 1852 will identifies Betsy as the "widow of Argyle Campbell late of Chesterfield".
Following Argyle's leaving, Betsy (based on US Federal Census analysis) was in 1820 (as of August 7, 1820 which was the Enumeration for that census) living with her father and mother with her four sons in Chesterfield (Argyle did not fit in the profile). Betsy can not be accounted for in 1830 U. S. Federal Census and nor is it known how and when Charles got to Belpre, Ohio. The following speculation is the result of theoretical analysis of and around facts that are known.
Nothing was heard from Argyle after he left Chesterfield in mid-1820. Betsy wanted to find him and took her youngest son, Charles, in tow and set off to find him or seek some knowledge of his whereabouts. Her older sister, Mary, and family had left Chesterfield, New York, after 1810 and were settled in Danby, New York, about 250 miles distance. Betsy and Charles went to her sister's home in Danby, New York, with the hope that the possible previous relationship of Argyle with Mary's family circa 1810, might provide some answers. According to the New York State census for 1825 Danby, New York the family profile could account for Mary's family including Betsy and Charles except for the oldest son Theodore. He probably was just married (he had a daughter in 1826 born in New York state) and living elsewhere. The U. S. Census for 1830 does not provide much help. Mary and William Wilder and their daughter Betsy were in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Their son Renselaer died in 1830 and was buried in Springfield. Their son Theodore could have been practicing his medicine somewhere close to Danby, New York and his wife Betsey E. and daughter Caroline were with him. He does not appear as a head of household in New York in 1830 and may have been living with his wife's family. It is possible that Charles was there too. Apparently a deep bonding developed between Charles and Theodore before he moved on to Ohio where he married and settled in Belpre by 1842. Theodore may have become a surrogate father to Charles (a first cousin fifteen years younger) and after whom Charles later named his first born son, Theodore Wilder Campbell.
How long Betsy was away from Chesterfield is not known. She can be accounted for in Danby in 1825. She is not found in the 1830 U. S.Federal Census. Her mother Phebe died in 1832 so she may have been home by that time. In 1840 she can be accounted for again on the census. This journey for Charles may in retrospect be the most logical means for him make his way eventually to Ohio.
Based on US Federal Census analysis for 1840 she probably was with father and sons Joseph and John in Chesterfield; 1850 with sons Joseph and John and her father in Chesterfield; 1860 with son Joseph in Chesterfield; 1870 with son Alexander in Westport, New York. The New York State Census of 1865 shows her living with her nephew George W. Fowler, Jr.