Near Linden in Cumberland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rev. James Campbell
Erected 1980 by North Carolina Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number I-52.)
Location. 35° 14.595′ N, 78° 49.081′ W. Marker is near Linden, North Carolina, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Ramsey Street (U.S. 401) and East Reeves Bridge Road, on the right when traveling north on Ramsey Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9498 U.S. 401, Linden NC 28356, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Alexander McAllister (approx. 6.7 miles away); Old Bluff Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Bluff Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Federal Artillery (approx. 7.7 miles away); Oak Grove (approx. 7.8 miles away); 20th Corps (approx. 7.8 miles away); Battle of Averasboro (approx. 7.8 miles away); Taliaferro’s Division (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Regarding Rev. James Campbell. A Presbyterian minister, Campbell was born circa 1700 in Campbelltown, Scotland, and emigrated to Pennsylvania
In 1755, Hugh McAden visited Campbell on his way to North Carolina to ascertain the religious needs of Highland Scots in the region. On McAden’s return he convinced Campbell to move to North Carolina, and preach to the Scottish settlers in their own native Gaelic. Campbell did so in 1756 or 1757, preaching in communities located in the present counties of Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke and Lee, and Robeson, as well as “other destitute settlements” in South Carolina.
Campbell remained the only minister to preach in Gaelic until the arrival of John Bethune and John MacLeod in 1773. He organized Barbecue, Bluff, and Longstreet Presbyterian churches.
During the American Revolution, Campbell, an outspoken Whig, ceased preaching in the Cape Fear River area because of Loyalist threats. He resumed his ministerial duties in Guilford County, only after having been rebuked by an elderly woman. Hearing the woman cursing, Campbell admonished her, to which she
William H. Foote, Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical (1846)
Malcom Fowler, They Passed This Way (1955)
William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, I, 314-315—sketch by James McKenzie
Also see . . .
1. Biography — The Reverend James Campbell (1705 - 1780). From the Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat, PO Box 207, Montreat, NC 28757. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. HMdb: Old Bluff Church Marker. (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Carvers Creek
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