Clan Campbell Nova Scotia

The NS Society is no longer active but we are continuing to operate this website as a blog.

For More information on Clan Campbell Societies go to the link on this page

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 We had a delightful visit from Malcolm and Shona Campbell from Auckland NZ.  From left to right:  Ian, Malcolm, Margaret and Shona Campbell

Malcolm is the current Vice President of Clan Campbell Society NZ and they are touring Canada meeting Campbells.

We met them at the Westin Hotel in Halifax abd celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary with them.

Malcolm-Shona R.  Ian – Malcolm – Margaret -Shona



88 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave Campbell
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 14:03:14

    Do you have members who are actively involved in searching their genealogy ? My Campbells came to N..S. CIRCA 1842-44 from Scotland. The eldest was James b. abt 1798 , with wife Mary Jane and sons David and James .More children followed once in Salem , Cumberland , N.S. Any connections out there ?? Dave Campbell.


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Nov 24, 2012 @ 18:16:14

      Hi Dave: My Campbell’s are Loyalists and came to NS in 1783 to Shelburne and settled in Digby county.

      We are just reactivating the NS society but have been around for about 25 years and have some genealogical records. I will take a look and see if there is any mention of your Family. Where did they first land? I have quite a few records of Campbell’s in the Pictou County area and close by. Do you know Mary Jane’s maiden name? GANS in Halifax might be able to help you. Their e-mail is but you might have to be a member to get anywhere. You might also try Censuses

      Check out our membership page and if you become a member we can connect you to some others you might be able to help.

      I’ll let you know if I find something. Ian Campbell Genealogist.


      • Dave Campbell
        Nov 24, 2012 @ 21:59:53

        Hello Ian: My Campbells landed at or around Salem, Cumb. Co., N.S. and my g.g.grandmother’s maiden name was Hyndman (Hindman). Later on the younger James married Janet Leslie Robb and they raised a large family at East Mines , Colchester Co., N.S. ( a very small place midway between Londonderry and Debert.) This was the particular branch that my family came from . Dave.

      • David Campbe
        Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:34:09

        Hello Ian! My ancestor is Col. Samuel Campbell (Loyalist), formerly of North Carolina USA, who arrived in Shelburne in 1783. His first wife was Alice Mabson but some information suggests he later married Alice Hogg, the widow of Robert Hogg. Samuel C. and Alice H. had a son named Samuel born in 1788. After the death of Samuel, Alice Hogg married Colin Campbell.
        I am looking for source or other documentation related to these persons.

      • ianmurraycampbell
        Dec 12, 2014 @ 17:42:25

        Hi David: You have found the right person and I have sent you an email so we can start looking at our connections.

    • Thomas R Duescher
      Apr 09, 2016 @ 11:37:40

      Dave, My wife is a Campbell that descends from Duncan Campbell who was born in Tiree of Dougald Campbell. He immigrated to NS ca 1840. 3 children were born in NS when he moved to Bruce County, Ontario. My wife’s brother has taken the Y-37 test and I just ordered the Y-111 to confirm a few very strong matches. I would be happy to exchange my research with you. My wife, her brother and her first cousin (All direct Campbell descendants) match Autosomal DNA to several individuals from NS on the proven line of descendants of Dougald Campbell of Tiree.

      tduescher (AT)

      Tom Duescher


  2. Carole Campbell McDonough
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 21:41:33

    I also have Alexander Campbell who came to shelburne 1783 and settled in Arygle Nova Scotia and married Sarah Nickerson. I found info on Sarah but none on Alexander before 1783. Where can I find more info on him?

    See my comment below.


    • Matthew Daw
      Nov 20, 2013 @ 19:20:04

      I am a descendant of Alexander Campbell who came to Nova Scotia circa 1768 and married a Sarah Nickerson. I haven’t been able to find much info on him other than he came to Shelburne Nova Scotia aboard a ship called the Appollo. He came from New York and was laid to rest in Argyle Nova Scotia in 1808.


      • ianmurraycampbell
        Nov 20, 2013 @ 23:08:17

        My Campbells came to Shelburne in 1783 so I don’t think there is a connection. I will do some research and get back to you. Are you in touch with Carole? (See above)

      • Matthew Daw
        Nov 21, 2013 @ 11:33:31

        Haven’t spoke to Carole yet. From the info I have alexander and Sarah had 10 children named john, alexander, William, Charles, Elizabeth, Lucy, Sarah, William, Robert and margary they were born between 1789 and 1808. Alex himself was born between 1766 or 67 and died in 1808. From what I have gathered online he was a tailor and he came to ns from New York. Haven’t been able to track him any farther back yet but I did find records online from 1771 that list a Alex Robert and William campbell living in a place called holston river Tennessee. These just happen to be the names of the Alexander who came to ns sons. Don’t know how or if they tie in.

      • Matthew Daw
        Nov 21, 2013 @ 11:37:21

        I had mistyped the year he came to shelburne. It was 1783.

      • Matthew Daw
        Nov 21, 2013 @ 11:42:20

        John campbell would be my ggggg grandfather . His son was benjamin Roberts campbell. His son was benjamin Wesley campbell. His daughter was ruby myrtle campbell who married a Floyd. They had my grandmother virginia who married a Crocker.

      • Louise Waugh
        Dec 07, 2013 @ 18:26:11

        Matthew I am also descended from Alexander and Sarah via their daughter Elizabeth (1794 -1833) my 4th great grandmother. Elizabeth married Daniel Flanagan an Irish soldier stationed as part of the Nova Scotia Garrison at Yarmouth in 1818. Daniel, Elizabeth and daughter Margaret migrated to Australia first to Tasmania in 1833 (where Elizabeth died) then a few months later Daniel to New South Wales where Daniel was employed as a constable at the penal settlement of Port Macquarie. Daniel died there in 1851. Margaret married John Perry a freed convict and the Nova Scotia connection found a new home in one of the founding families of the Mid North Coast of NSW.
        Regards Louise

      • Carole Campbell McDonough
        Jan 31, 2016 @ 17:26:43

        Hi Matthew, I found an article in the Argus vol 8 No.1 page 10 at the Argyle Township court house at Tusket Nova Scotia. It is a family history by Mrs. M Weston. It tell the story of Charles McLarren who was an apprentice to Alexander Campbell, Tailor. It is about their life in New York and the trip to Shelburne Nova Scotia in May 1783. I could send a copy. I don’t know if I can put a copy on line or you could get a copy from them for a fee.

      • Matthew Daw
        Feb 01, 2016 @ 21:57:28

        Would love to see it if you can email a copy.


      • Carole Campbell McDonough
        Feb 01, 2016 @ 22:38:15

        Hi , The Argyle Township Nova Scotia has some info on Alexander and sarah Nickerson. I also got a copy of deeds of property Alexander bought from his father-in-law from them.Also a copy of family bible records. You can get a lot of information about Sarah Nickerson’s family from the Nickerson family association Chatham Massachusetts. Both these organizations are on line.

      • Carole Campbell McDonough
        Feb 01, 2016 @ 23:07:15

        Hi Matthew, I just read you have Myrtle Campbell as a relative. I knew Myrtle Campbell. I went to Freeport with her and my Aunt Nina Campbell when I was 16 for a vacation. She was married to Walter E. Floyd, I believe he was from Freeport too. We went to Virginia’s house for supper. We had a very nice time .We must be cousins!

      • Matthew Daw
        Feb 02, 2016 @ 10:22:42

        Virginia Crocker/Floyd, is my grandmother. Same one you went to visit?

  3. Ian Campbell
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 03:48:49

    Hi Carol: Are you related to a Alexander John Campbell?


    • Carole Campbell McDonough
      Feb 01, 2016 @ 22:51:30

      My relatives are Alexander Campbell married to Sarah Nickerson, His son John who went to Freeport N.S married to Susannah Roberts, their son Benjamin R. married to Julia Teed, Their son Herbert Campbell married to Althea Thurber, Their son (My Father) Cyril Campbell Married to Dorothy Herland and myself Carole Campbell married to Thomas McDonough
      Best Regards,


  4. ianmurraycampbell
    Nov 24, 2013 @ 11:25:04

    My ancestor was Colin Campbell who came to Shelburne in 1783 with the Loyalists. He left Scotland in 1766 and was a lawyer in New York. He had a brother Alexander who came over with him and his Father David Campbell (of Belmont). According to my records Alexander died in New York. I have nothing further on him.


    • Carole Campbell McDonough
      Feb 18, 2016 @ 20:27:49

      Are you sure Alexander the brother died in New York? My Alexander Campbell came with the loyalists in 1783 on the ship Apollo and he was a Tailor in New York.. He did have a Dougal Campbell Recommend him for the voyage to Shelburne N.S. in 1783. I always wondered if he was related. Maybe your Campbells are related to Alexander. Thanks, Carole


  5. Linda Brice
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 04:12:01

    HI Louise – I just wanted to say I can absolutely confirm everything you wrote to be correct, as Elizabeth Campbell is my 4th Great Grandmother as well (small world!). And to Mathew, I too have had difficulty tracking back on Alexander’s side. Would appreciate hearing if you have had any luck 🙂


  6. Cheryl Webster
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 03:06:43

    Hi to all of you it seems like we are all related through Alexander and Sarah. My line comes down through Elizabeth and then Margaret. Elizabeth is my 4th great grandmother.


  7. Robert Campbell
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 23:14:20

    I am a Campbell and have been researching genealogy on my families line for many years, My grand father came to Canada in about 1916 from Belfast Northern Ireland his father John Campbell and his father lived there as well, They had relatives that lived in and around Edinburg Scotland (Antrim) alot of the Scots came to Northern Ireland about 1625 when King James wanted his Scot ‘s there after he took over the area. Some of the names in my family tree are Thomson, Todd, Mann,- Sir Alexander Todd (Nobel winner) was a relative ,my grand mother whom came from Glasgow area and Alexander Todd was a close cousin. I would like to find more about my Campbell’s ancestry


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Jul 14, 2014 @ 13:33:22

      Hi Robert: The best way to follow up on your Family is to join on of the societies such as this one or the Clan Campbell Society of North America. (see links on this web and application forms. There are also many sites on the internet. One I like in particular is Wikitree. It’s free and you can enter your data easily and often link up with relatives. Of course the best is but it is expensive.


      • Robert Campbell
        Jul 14, 2014 @ 16:20:55

        I belong to ancestry for many years also some other sites but can’t get much there on them but lots of info on grandmothers( Todd) side as well as my fathers grandmothers side (Hunter) ,Sir Alexander Todd was my great grand uncle ( Nobel prize in chemistry)

  8. Lorraine Hodgdon
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 16:37:10

    My great grandfather came from Prince Edwads Island, Stephen P Campbell.
    Do they have a different location for information on ancestors?


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Feb 08, 2015 @ 19:12:35

      Hi Lorraine: I don’t think there is a CCSPEI. You could try or Wiketree (it’s free)


  9. Rocky Nelson
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 13:36:21

    I am trying to find my ancestor’s pedigree. His name is George Edward Campbell, Born May 3, 1850 in Canada/Michigan, Died Oct 1922 in Thurman Colorado. He married Eva Belle Smith. The thing is there is a book entitled A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People …, Volume 3
    By Alvah Littlefield Sawyer page 1354, that lists a George E Campbell being a son of Peter V. Campbell, who was a son of John Cambell of Scotland. So, was wondering if I have the right Campbell?
    I also went to a museum in a small town where the manager knows my family history. She said that my Campbell’s descended from the Campbell’s of the
    Inveraray Castle.
    I would like to become a member of the society but don’t know if you even have my Campbells listed?


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Jun 04, 2015 @ 10:08:35

      Hi Rocky: the CCSocietyNS doesn’t have any records you would be interested in but, the CCS of NA could help. There is a link on this website to this NA Society and I would suggest you become a member there to do your research.

      The Chief of Clan Campbell is the Duke of Argyle and he lives in the Castle at Inveraray. All Campbells are connected with the Argyll linage. You can find all this on the NA website.
      Thanks for contacting us and let me know how you do with your research. If you have any connection with NS let me know. Slainé, Ian Murray Campbell (Web Master)


    • Becky Frick Slegl
      Mar 01, 2017 @ 20:52:22

      Rocky, I am a decendant of the same line, George and Eva Belle being my great grandparents on my mothers side. Her father was Charles Bert Campbell, son of George E Campbell. I am planning a trip to Scotland soon, visiting Paisley, and would LOVE to communicate with you to share info.


      • rockycowboy61
        Mar 05, 2017 @ 13:26:45

        Yes, am excited about sharing information that I have with you!
        Thanks for responding!

  10. Casandra Frame (Campbell)
    Aug 12, 2015 @ 13:07:14

    Hello there! just started doing my geneaology and am thinking my 5th great grandfather came over sometime between 1770 and 1821. his father was one of the last baron’s of Auchinbreck. Sir Dugald Campbell (8th great grandfather?) was made baronet of NS and given land in 1628. just wondering if there would be any others who’s history matches up or knows any more?


  11. marcel Plante
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 18:01:15

    I’m serching for all the ancestors of “Genevieve Jennie Campbell “who was marrie with ” Leo-Athanase Clairmont “in Digby Nova-Scotia, can you help me please.Thank You


  12. ianmurraycampbell
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 22:31:33

    My Campbell’s come from Digby as well but, there is more than one Family. Can you give me any more information on Genevieve- who were her parents, what year was she born – died??


    • marcel Plante
      Sep 15, 2015 @ 15:52:49

      her father was Alexander-James Campbell 1848 and her mother was Henrietta Rudderham 4/7/1851, The father of Henrietta was James Rudderham 27/4/1816 and Boutillier Susan-Margaret 11/7/1818 and Jennie 19/9/1889 NS married to Léo-Athanase Clairmont 9/9/1879 married in Comeau’s Hill.
      Thank You


      • Andrew Campbell
        Jan 26, 2019 @ 20:53:44

        Hello. On the Isle of Tiree DNA facebookgroup we use gedmatch to compare our autosomal DNA. My closest matchs include persons with the BOUTILLIER name. Maybe you know the link? My Campbell family is from nearby Isle of Coll.

  13. marcel
    Dec 28, 2015 @ 15:45:17

    Sorry I made a mistake forget my previous posting. I’m looking for Genevieve Jennie Campbell 19/9/1889 married with Léo-Athanase Clairmont 9/9/1879 in Digby Nova-Scotia married in Comeau’s Hill. Her father was a Campbell(don’t know is first name and was married with Henrietta Lefave.
    Thank You


    • marcel
      Jan 23, 2018 @ 17:35:53

      I just found thats it is not Henrietta Lefave but Maggie Lefave with John Campbell Thank you


  14. Andrew Campbell
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 17:33:18



    We have traced a will for an Alex’r Campbell, married to a Christy Campbell,
    living then (1834) at Argyle Bay, now known as Whycocomagh Bay.

    The order of listing the children in the will is as follows:
    – John (son born Tiree, 1796?)
    – Archibald (son born Tiree, 1800?)
    – Donald (son born Tiree, 1802, Tiree?)
    – Marion (dau born 1804, Tiree?)
    – James (son born 1809, Tiree?)
    – Alexr (son no Tiree OPR noted, born Pictou?)

    This information quite nicely matches the family at Gortendonnel, Isle of Tiree Alexander C. (Alex’r) and Caolas, Isle of Coll Christian C. (Christy), married 5 May 1795 as determined by OPRs, though there looks to have been two early deaths (likely confirmed by the reuse of at least one Christian name).

    Parents (John & Isobel) Alexander, eldest and his brethren (years above are from Tiree OPRs) look to be at Gortendonnal, Tiree in 1792 — just 3 years before the above marriage. John’s family is listed first so probably tacksman or head tenant there then. This matches the tacksman standing of Christian Campbell’s family. The probability of another family anywhere having the same names and order of birth is very very low. Interesting to calculate, based on probability, how close this would be considered statistically as the same family, and hence “proven”.

    The will was lodged for execution on 13 Apr 1843, at Little Narrows following Alexr’s death by James Campbell, son. Will noted as “proven” on 23 Oct 1844. Further letter from James C, dated 11 April 1845.

    We have established the link to John Campbell, eldest son based on info on
    land grants around Whycocomagh, CB (kindly provided by a researcher based in Whycocomagh).

    “The petition for survey for John Campbell (Governor of St. Paul’s Island)
    was summitted in 1824. He was granted the land May 2nd 1832 and it is
    recorded in Book P. page 79.

    Cape Breton no.: 2971; NSARM microfilm: 15799
    –>1824 Campbell, John (N.B. a subsequent act of sale in 1844 identifies this John Campbell as being of St Paul’s Island)
    Report of Surveyor, D.B. McNab: 300 acres at the Head of the Basin of
    Whycocomah. Plan.

    Cape Breton no.: 3307; NSARM microfilm: 15800
    –>1833 Campbell, Alexander (possibly John’s father???)
    Report of McNab: 200 acres, north side Wycocomah. Plan”

    Per above, Alex’rs son James inherited his father’s land there.

    I would be very interested to hear from anyone who might know of descendants of this family?

    Many thanks,

    Andrew Campbell


    • Janice Dodgson
      Jan 05, 2017 @ 01:29:58

      Hi Andrew
      I am also a Campbell. My ancestors lived in Whycocomagh.
      My oldest ancestor is John Campbell born about 1806 in Scotland
      married to born about 1821 also in Scotland.
      I believe their children were;
      John J. Campbell b. abt 1832, married Mary Ann MacDonald
      Angus Campbell b. abt 1834, married Elizabeth Livingston
      Alexander Campbell b. abt 1835, married Christy McKinnon
      Donald Campbell b. abt 1840, married Christy Campbell
      Murdoch Campbell b. abt 1841, married Mary Campbell
      Donald (Dan B.) Campbell b. abt 1843, married Mary McKinnon
      Effie Campbell b. abt 1845, married Alexander McKinnon
      Catherine Campbell b. abt 1847
      Margaret Campbell b. abt 1850

      The family were Presbyterian.
      I wondered if you’d ever come across this family in your research.
      They appear in Whycocomagh on the 1871 census.


      Janice Campbell Dodgson


      • Andrew Campbell
        Feb 28, 2018 @ 17:54:33

        Hello Janice,

        I see in your family that virtually all of the Campbell christian names that you cite are common with my own, including Murdoch, which is a relatively uincommon Campbell name. I also have these Whycocomagh Campbells who are proven by marriage, but not necessarily of the same male lineage.

        Have you a male Campbell of your line who has done the Y-DNA test ? I also have a Campbell line also from the isle of Coll like my own that doesn’t match my line, but may match yours. This line settled in 1820 (Dunlop) in Malagawatch. The author of a write-up I have of that line claims to be a cousin to the Whycocomagh Campbells — mentioned. That is to say, John Campbell, born Gortendonnel, Tiree, father Alex’r, and presumed grandfather John C from Fracadale, Isle of Mull (1771 Argyll Estate list).

        You can contact me directly.



      • Barbara Campbell
        Dec 09, 2018 @ 20:38:36

        Hi Janice I still haven’t found any of my Dad’s relatives from Scotland to Cape Breton NS. I also have a Christy ( Catherine Christine) McKinnon who married William LeLaCheur. The Alex and Christy Campbell is also a possibility for me…I see this post might not be current so won’t add more until I see any reply. Thank you, Barbara

      • Andrew Campbell
        Jan 26, 2019 @ 21:05:38

        Hello Janice,

        I’m now tracing an Isle of Coll Campbell family that has a very similar name pattern to my own Campbell family from Coll had a son called John born in Ballyhaugh in 1806 who was noted as going to Pictou and then on to PEI. Siblings went to NS, settling in Malagawatch. Could they be related? Autosomal DNA comparison could help. Let me know your thoughts? Best. Andrew Campbell

    • Donna MacDonald
      Jan 31, 2017 @ 17:21:17

      I am looking for information on the family of Alex Campbell born May 7 1817 on the Isle of Coll . He and his family came to Canada in 1820 and ended up in Pictou Co. N.S. in 1843. His first son, John Hall Campbell was my great grandfather.


      • Andrew Campbell
        Feb 28, 2018 @ 18:33:20

        Hello Donna,

        Interesting. The family I’m researching had a son Alex’r who’ baptism is not identified in the OPRs of Coll or Tiree. While they were based on Tiree, they could well have regrouped with my own family that leased land from Argyll on Coll, where this Alex’r junior’s grandmother was from … her name Christian “Christy” C … This family first went to Pictou in 1820. Then on to Whycocomagh, and eldest bro of Alex’r Jr, John was noted as being from Pictou when he returned and married his cousin Marion C on the Isle of Coll in 1826. The went on to St Paul’s Island …

        I suggest that we get in touch.


        Andrew Campbell

  15. ianmurraycampbell
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 20:59:58

    Hi Andrew: Have you tried these sites:

    There’s more – just go to your browser and type in Cape Breton Genealogy.

    All my Campbells are Loyalists and settled in Western NS.


  16. Andrew Campbell
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 21:13:41

    Thank you Ian. How our history in Australia is different from Canada and the US (Louisiana) where my anscestors bros and cousins also went to. When I started out, the term “Loyalist” meant little to me. Learning about geography and history is a great plus to this quest. Descendants scalped and captured to live with American Indians, war and peace with Aborigines … so rich.

    Cheers, Andrew

    P.S. One thing we continue to share … like your John/Ian/Iain in our Campbell families … and for mine, Archibald, Alexander, Colin, John/Ian, Donald, Neil, Malcolm & Murdoch.


  17. Cheryl Webster
    Jan 31, 2016 @ 22:50:43

    Hi Carole,

    Would you have an address where to write to for the information you message Michael on about Alexander Campbell married Sarah Nickerson, they are my 5 x great grandparents. I would love to learn more about them.




    • Carole Campbell McDonough
      Feb 12, 2016 @ 15:09:54

      I got a lot of good info on Alexander Campbell and Sarah Nickerson and Family from Argyle Township Courthouse Archives At I am related through their son John who went to Freeport Nova Scotia and I got a lot of info there from the local library. I visited one summer and was able to visit the cemeteries and the court house and the local library in Digby. Good luck on your search. It is so
      nice to connect with people related to the Campbells.


      • Jill Campbell
        Aug 04, 2016 @ 11:29:23

        Hi Carole, I am related through John, the son of Alexander/Alixander and Sarah Nickerson, also. John had a son Freeman, who fathered Gilbert, my great grandfather, Robert Lester. Gilbert wound up in Boston, East Boston to be exact, and I believe he died there. I’m new to this, just started digging around, so I don’t have a lot to offer in terms of information. It’s nice to connect with others, however, and I would love to learn more about Alexander and Sarah.

  18. Cheryl Webster
    Feb 12, 2016 @ 17:43:41

    Thank you Carole for the info. It is nice to speak to someone from the same grandparents


  19. Donnie Macdonald
    Mar 30, 2016 @ 18:23:38

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am trying to trace the descendants of maternal Campbell/MacArthur ancestors who emigrated from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland to Cape Breton in the Early 19th Century.

    Do you as a society have any members who might have information about these families. My family in Lewis retained the MacArthur name, whereas there relations who emigrated to Canada adopted the Campbell surname.

    I appreciate any information you can offer.

    Yours Sincerely

    Donnie Macdonald


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Apr 03, 2016 @ 16:48:06

      Hi Donnie: There is quite a bit of information concerning the MacArthur’s and the Campbell’s on the Internet. For example: This website has some dialog on the connection between the Campbell’s and MacArthur’s.
      Try the Cape Breton, NS Genealogy site – for some Genealogy on your MacArthur’s
      Let me know if you find anything.
      Yours Aye, Ian Murray Campbell Web Master


  20. joann campbell
    May 16, 2016 @ 20:34:52

    HI I am looking for information on James Campbell who came over on the Hector. It says tha he was a full passenger from the Clyde..what does that mean? I am hoping this will be my breakthough lol..I have traced my Campbells to a John Campbell who was born in 1818 and died in 1896 in Pictou and married to A Christina but now am stuck. thanks


    • ianmurraycampbell
      May 16, 2016 @ 23:31:43

      Hi Joann: I have quite a few records in Pictou County but mostly on my Mother’s side. She was a Murray with roots in Pictou County.

      Where did they live in Pictou, where are they buried and what religion? I assume you have looked up some sources in the area, such as the Hector Center Archives.

      The more info you can give me the better.

      I’ll take a quick look and get back to you.

      Ian C.


  21. Camille Campbell
    Jul 18, 2016 @ 11:58:42

    My grand Father came from Cape Breton, I believe. And his parents, Scotland. I don’t know much more than that. His name was Angus Roland Campbell. Early 1900’s?


  22. Frances Campbell
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 08:42:09

    Hi our Campbell family in Australia, originate with Donald Campbell from Nova Scotia. We can’t find much on Donald, we know he was in Australia when his children were born, we can’t find a death certificate for him here.

    His children were illiterate, all marking an X, their birth certificates have Cambell (no p).

    Can anyone help us?


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Jul 31, 2016 @ 18:32:23

      Not much to go on! Try Clan Campbell Society Australia!
      Or There are many Donald Campbells. You would need dates, where they lived spouse, religion, where they were born etc.


      • Andrew Campbell
        Jul 31, 2016 @ 20:59:44


        It is a very long shot … but can you provide more of the info that Ian has suggested? I have a family (including a Donald Campbell) that went to NS (Pictou then Whycocomagh-CB … ) and later members of the family went to VDL (Tasmania, starting 1820) and later to Port Philip (now in Victoria). This was a tacksman family from the Islands of Coll, Tiree & Mull, and reputedly descendants of the Old House of Barbreck. The thing that marks me immediately compared with your family, is that descendants of the tacksman families were all well educated. Have not yet seen a record or a document signed with a “x”. Social positioning and as Ian suggests, in those times, this anfd religional denomination helps to understand in the space/time context.

        Any chance of a male Campbell line Y-DNA test result to match against?

        I have known descendants of a Donald Campbell in the Isle of Coll (1776 Catechist list) who have proved to match nicely … proving to different sons of this Donald …so while it matches back to 1776 & probably the mid-1700s, on his birth … this DNA result reasonably closely matches no other Campbells in the FTDNA Campbell group tests.

        Kind regards,

        Andrew Campbell

  23. Lynn Campbell
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 16:25:23

    Hi all, our ancestor is John McGregor Campbell, we know he lived in Mill Village and his first wife Sarah is buried there… 1856. If anyone knows ANYThing about him will you let me know? Thank you.ll


    • ianmurraycampbell
      Aug 02, 2016 @ 20:06:17

      Hi Lynn! Is that Mill Village, NS? Do you know Sarah’s birth name? What cemetery is she in?


      • llynnoel
        Aug 02, 2016 @ 21:58:59

        Hi Ian,
        Her birth name was Wentzell.. German I think. We don’t know how the 2 met, or when..
        I believe there is only 1 cemetery in Mill Village, I can ask my cousin who was just there and took a picture of the grave. Her baby Sophia is also buried there, 3 mos later. Sad story there, I am sure. Campbell married Anna Rebecca Olmstead later that year and my great grandad Emmet Napier was born 9 mos later – Mill Village. We know a fair amount coming forward, but nothing about how our ancestor got to Nova Scotia.
        We wonder if he had some family there already, to draw him from Scotland to such a tiny place on the map.
        Thank You!

      • ianmurraycampbell
        Aug 02, 2016 @ 22:12:16

        I live close by in Cherry Hill. Wentzell is definitely a German name. Where are you living? If it is near Bridgewater you could find out about the Wentzell’s at the new Library. What dates are you talking about?

      • llynnoel
        Aug 02, 2016 @ 23:34:14

        Oh- I live in northern CA. She is not my ancestor but their other children- my “cousins”, are descended from her 1st 2 children with my GGGrandfather… they would be interested. I will pass this on, thank you Ian!
        (His name on her’s and Sophia’s headstones is John McGregor Campbell)- 1856 is when she died (July, I think- Sophia in September).
        We think he probably came over to NS from Scotland sometime around 1845, but we are not too sure.

        Cherry Hill- I will have to look that up on the map!

      • Jerry Hedges
        Aug 03, 2016 @ 16:28:54

        Sarah Wentzell (2 Jan 1812-16 May 1856), daughter of Conrad Andreas Wentzel and Johanna Magdalena “Anna” Lohnes. Both parents born in NS (he in Centre, Lunenberg). His father was Johann Conradt Wentzell was born 1743 in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany. The name Wentzel was spelled inconsistently also Wentzel. Sarah was the first wife of my great-great-grandfather John George McGregor Campbell, and I am descended from their son Harry Morton Campbell – his daughter Sarah Catherine Campbell was my grandmother.
        The above would be nice to verify, and any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
        Jerry Hedges

    • kakolosifinehika
      Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:54:09

      Hi Lynn, I’m Tia. Did you end up finding out more about John or Sarah?


      • llynnoel
        Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:47:20

        Hi Tia!
        No not yet, long distance is tough.
        We pretty much know his life once he remarried and left Nova Scotia, but would really love to learn who his parents were and if he had relatives Mill Village.
        Do you hAve any hints for us?

      • Tia
        Oct 27, 2016 @ 12:59:46

        Not yet. I just started researching them, but I will let you know if I find anything. Do you have a research report or log or any compilation of your work/info for this family…that I could look at? You also mentioned a picture of Sarah’s grave? I would love anything you are willing to give me. Here’s my contact information,
        Thank you for responding!!
        – Tia

  24. Linda Lovering
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 17:07:55

    Hi Ian, Are you familiar with a John M. Campbell 1836-1918, married to Jane Peppard from Nova Scotia? They are related to my husband’s line and no one seems to be able to be able tell us any more than this info. Any leads or help would be greatfully accepted. Thanks. Linda Lovering


  25. Linda Ahern
    Oct 18, 2016 @ 21:31:29

    I just visited Cape Breton and traveled to North Sidney to find my great grandparents grave. Daniel A Campbell and Johanna Campbell (Murphy) daughter Lizzy all are buried in Old St Joseph’s Cemetery on Goat Hill. I think Daniels father was John Campbell of Boisdale. Anyone know of them? One daughter Mary married a John MacNeil, and lived on Park St. Mary I think was the only one to stay in Canada, the rest immigrated to the US, Boston area. Around 1911.


  26. Mr. Walsh
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 18:07:19

    My ancestors were Archibald and Sarah (poss. Colter) Campbell. I can find nothing about them other than they were the parents of my GG grandmother Elizabeth who was born in 1861 at Cape Breton, NS. Does anyone know more?


  27. Therese Harvey
    Sep 29, 2017 @ 12:35:07

    Hello, my great grandmother was Catherine Campbell, married to William McGibbon. Their daughter MaryEllen (Minne) married James Thompson who made their home in Cloverville, Antigonish.
    Would you have any information about my great grandmother Catherine Campbell?


  28. Ian Murray Campbell
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 18:53:55

    I found this reference on My Heratage ( There are quite a few of them and you may have to join to see more.

    William McGibbon was born on month day 1846, at birth place, to Terrance McGibbon and Mary McGibbon.
    William had one brother: David McGibbon.
    William married Catherine McGibbon (born Campbell) on month day 1872, at age 26.
    Catherine was born on February 22 1848.
    They had 8 children: Rose MacDonald (born McGibbon), William B McGibbon and 6 other children.
    William lived in 1881, at address.
    He lived in 1891, at address.
    His occupation was occupation.
    William passed away on month day 1916, at age 70 at death place.

    You also could go to a local library (preferably near Antigonish) and see if they have on their computer and look up these names, or if you have that would be the best place.

    Also on My Heratage there are references to James Thompson


  29. bluenoser100
    Feb 28, 2018 @ 00:36:53

    Hi I wonder if any one matches my son’s DNA he was born in Nova Scotia but his father’s family were from Pennsylvania. I’d love to add the Nova Scotia side to my family tree because I’m a true “Bluenoser” thank you Barbara hoping to hear from you M160227 and ZZ4363920


  30. Andrew Campbell
    May 13, 2018 @ 10:27:30

    Hello all,

    My DNA interest is particularly focused on CAMPBELLs (hence Y-DNA) from the Inner Hebrides, Small Islands and Nether Lorn, where CAMPBELLs documented to be close to the ARGYLL line and my own CAMPBELL line were located before emigrating to so many parts of the world.

    Since this is a Clan Campbell blog, I would like to encourage ALL MALE CAMPBELLs, who are not aware of a genetic interuption (i.e. adoption), to test at least to Y-67. You can do this by contacting Kevin Campbell who runs the CAMPBELL GROUP on FTDNA. When I did it through him I got a discount, which as a “Campbell”, was an incentive for me.

    Based on my experience, it is really adding a new dimension to my research, while opening many new questions, it is also allowing me to orient my research at a higher level … and allow comparison of traditions and notes with many more CAMPBELLs. The more we are to test, the more traditions we can share.

    I have uploaded my result to YSEARCH.ORG

    You can contact me at with any questions or results you want to share. My own family is documented on the web-site

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,



  31. Joan Whitbeck
    Sep 05, 2018 @ 17:01:02

    This may be of interest to anyone interested in Campbells in Mill Village NS.
    My husband’s gggrandfather was a John Campbell b 1823. He taught at Liverpool Academy and married one of his pupils, Asenath Mack b 1803. Their marriage record givers her residence as Upper Port Medway alias Milll Village. Children Isabella Mary b 1823, m a Demoliter; James b 1826 d. 1898; John Alexander b 1829; Auguste Miller b. 1831 m a Thompson; John b 1833; Elizabeth b 1835 died young; Colin b 1838 m Mary, #2 Sarah; Asenath Sophia
    b 1839 m a Barss; Cecelia b1824 m Frank Baddos; Elizabeth b 1844 m a Everding.
    Colin lived NY, James San Francisco, Auguste in Boston; Elizabeth CA; Isabella & Cecelia in Mill Village. Possibly a William in CA.
    Cecelia, my husband’s ggrandmother became melancholy so her children raised by her mother, Asenath. Even though Cecelia’s children’s name was Baddos, several of them adopted the Campbell name. The children: Elizabeth Anne; Frances Maud Heustis, Bedeque PEI; Georgina Isabella Sophia RN married Fred Doane, my husband’s grandfather and lived in MA; Francis William; Asenath Evelyn RN Ferenbach lived in US with her Uncle Colin; Jessie Emily Campbell lived in Minnesota.
    Asenath made a trip to California to visit her children on one of the first transcontinental trains and kept a diary of her travels while there. I have a copy of this diary.


    • Ian Murray Campbell
      Dec 05, 2018 @ 10:03:26

      I have some Campbell’s in Liverpool who arrived in 1783 as Loyalists in Shelburne. There were 2 brothers, Colin and John A. Colin was my g-g-g grandfather. Their father was also Colin Campbell who ended up in Weymouth, NS. I am presently living in Cherry Hill which is close to Mill Village. Let me do some research and get back to you.


      • Joan Whitbeck
        Dec 05, 2018 @ 18:53:47

        Thank you for your contact. I have been reviewing some of my research on our Campbell ancestors. My son and I visited NS back in the late 2000s looking for information on his grandmother’s Doane family. Her mother was Georgina Isabella Doane (born Baddoes, raised by grandmother Asenath and son Colin Campbell.) We visited Campbell Hall (house) in Mill Village. No family there so saw only the exterior. My son later found a record of a breakin at the home which was being investigated by the RCMP which occurred between Dec 25 and March 1 of 2007.
        I’d be happy to receive any information that you might have about our ancestors Campbell. Joan

      • Ian Murray Campbell
        Dec 09, 2018 @ 17:25:35

        Hi Joan! Colin Campbell was my Gt-Gt.Gt-GT-Grandfather. He came to NS in 1783 with the Loyalists and retired to Weymouth North in 1828. There were 2 sons Archibald John and My ancestor Colin. Arch. John C. married a Sarah Budd Moody and lived in Liverpool. There was also a Col. Samuel Campbell who came to Shelburne in 1783 but I don’t see any mention of the names you have mentioned. The Queens county museum in Liverpool have a large genealogical section and I would suggest you contact them for more info. on your Campbells. I know there are 3 volumes of the Freeman Family which might have some of your Campbells.

    • Andrew Campbell
      Dec 06, 2018 @ 08:42:29

      Hello Joan. Has a male of this line carrying the name Campbell done a Y-DNA test? If not, it could be very interesting to do so. Kevin Campbell runs the Campbell group on ftdna. The more Campbells who test and join the group and add info on their oldest proven Campbell ancestor, the more the clues we can all use in our research, as well as for yourself. Many of the companies are still running the annual Thanksgiving promotions. Just a thought. My Campbells are from the Hebridean islands of Coll, Tiree and Mull. One family went to Pictou County circa 1815-20, then on to Whycocomagh, Little Narrows, Argyll Bay, and further … even St Paul’s Island. Others went to Louisiana, Australia and New Zealand. Autosomal DNA testing has identified a match with a descendant of a daughter of John Campbell who went to Louisiana circa 1820, who I’d already identified, but it is so rewarding when you do the paper research, and DNA proves it up. It can of course work the other way, and give good clues to work on. So, I recommend for the male Campbell a Y-DNA test combined with an autosomal test. Best, Andrew Campbell


  32. Juston
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 15:33:42

    my name is juston Campbell in my family is from Nova Scotia Cape Breton Island my father was born there Ronald Campbell his father was Steve Campbell. I myself live in Mexico now it’s good to see people trying to find their roots.


    • Ian Murray Campbell
      Dec 02, 2018 @ 17:21:46

      My Genealogy is mostly from the Loyalist settlers in 1783. On my Mother’s side Murray’s from Pictou County


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