The Judah Campbell Plantation


The views below are magnified areas of a map created by Collet the French explorer from his 1796 trip down the Ohio River. He referenced in his notes that "Three miles below the last of the islands called Black Islands, and on the left side, lies a fine plantation, called Judah Campbell". At the time both James Campbell and James Campbell Jr. lived on Kings Creek. Collet may have interpreted "junior" as "Judah". There was no Judah Campbell referenced in historical records in this area. Because the name of the plantation was "Judah Campbell" it does not necessarily mean the name of the owner was Judah. James Campbell Sr. named one of his lands or plantations in Washington County, Pennsylvania "St. James". He may have chosen another Biblical name for this plantation. 

J. P. Campbell stated in his 'Short Sketch of the Campbell Family', "When my greatgrandfather settled on King's Creek in Hancock County, W.Va. about the close of the revolutionary war, he built his log fort near where the first Iron Furnace west of the Allegheny Mountains was afterwards built." Still at this point it is not known for certain that this was James Campbell or James Campbell Junior's plantation. 

I have provided various views of the Victor Collet map and topographical maps of the Kings Creek  area at the Ohio River for comparison. It is my opinion, however, that the Judah Campbell plantation was one of the plantations of James Campbell Senior.

The full version of Collet's  map is available through the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, PA. Collet's notes are published in Collet, Victor "A journey in North America". Paris, 1826. Shows situation ca. 1796.

The topographical maps are from USGS map of the Weirton Quadrangle revised 1978.


last update: 04/06/2006 

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