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Gen. William Campbell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Biography of Gen. William Campbell
Colonel (later General) William Campbell (1745 – August 22, 1781) Revolutionary War hero of such battles as King’s Mountain, Guilford Court House, and many campaigns against area Loyalists. He inherited the large "Buffalo LIck" tract of land in VA from his father, Charles Campbell. He may also have received a large grant of land for his military service. He was married to Elizabeth Henry, one of Patrick Henry's many sisters. Patrick Henry was Governor of Virginia and the justly celebrated Voice of the American Revolution. Elizabeth Henry and General William Campbell raised at least 2 or 3 children. (See sources below.) After General Campbell's death, his widow, Elizabeth HENRY CAMPBELL, inherited much of his father's land near the Buffalo Lick. She subsequently married General William Russell and gained her own fame as "Madame Russell". She converted and became a zealous Methodist leader in the Salt Lick area where the Madame Russell Methodist Church still exists.
William Campbell is reported to have served on the Virginia General Assembly in 1780 and 1781. During 1780 and the earliest months of 1781, he was still a Colonel. During a battle on 15 March 1781, his position was left vulnerable through the actions of Colonel Henry Lee. Subsequently, Col Campbell resigned his military commission on 20 March 1781 and returned home where he was promptly elected to the Virginia General Assembly in "the spring of 1781". The General Assembly met in Richmond, but was forced to meet in Charlottesville, and later Staunton VA to avoid capture by the British. The House of Delegates appointed him a Brigadier General of militia on 14 June 1781 and he took a leave of absence to serve under General Lafayette as the army drew closer to Yorktown. By August 1781, he led actions near "Three Burnt Chimneys" near Williamsburg VA. Shortly after this he had a pain in the chest which disabled him and he was taken to the home of John Syme at Rocky Mills, Hanover County, Virginia. The general died there on 22 Aug 1781 after a few days illness and was initially buried in Hanover County. General Lafayette gave the best military funeral that circumstances allowed. General William Campbell was dead at the age of 36, from an apparent heart attack, while other reports indicated pneumonia as the cause of death. Subsequently, the General's body was relocated to his home in Aspinvale (old spelling) near Seven-Mile Ford on the Holston (?) River. The modern name for this area is the Aspenvale Cemetery in Smyth County VA. General Campbell died just over a month before the Yorktown Campaign which began 28 Sep 1781. His widow, Elizabeth HENRY CAMPBELL RUSSELL continued to live in the Salt Lick area until later in life, when she moved to the Royal Oak and a home she had built there which she called Aspenvale. The Aspenvale cemetery is supposed to be about a mile from that home.
General William CAMPBELL was on a leave of absence from the Virginia General Assembly at the time of his death. (From approximately 14 June to 22 Aug 1781). Following his death, the Virginia General Assembly voted 5,000 acres granted to his only (surviving?) son, Charles Henry CAMPBELL. Two surviving children of General William CAMPBELL and Elizabeth HENRY had court appointed guardians, COL Arthur CAMPBELL and COL William CHRISTIAN. COL Arthur CAMPBELL recorded the land grant adjacent to the Salt Lick, land which would have been owned by his mother, which she received from the General, and he from his father, Charles CAMPBELL. Upon the death of this only son at about age 5, the newly granted 5,000 acres passed to his sister, Sarah Buchanan CAMPBELL.
Information on William Campbell
For more information on "William Campbell (85)" see the Wikipedia article William Campbell (general), referenced above.