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Campbell Family Farm

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S: Campbell Family and Farm Photos

BC: Created from family photos and genealogical records by Elizabeth Stevens December 2010

FC: Campbell Family and Farm Photos

1: If you look deep into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. They are alive in this moment and present in you. | I have written your name on the palm of my hand. Isaiah 49:16

2: Our family refers to 415 Redwood Road, Karns City, Pennsylvania as the Campbell Farm. The farm land was granted to the Campbells in the early 1800s and has been willed to five generations of descendants.

3: \Joseph Freemont Campbell 2/28/1831 - 12/29/1913 son of William & Jane Beatty Campbell | Elizabeth Shields Porter Campbell 9/20/1827 - 4/1912 daughter of William & Jane Kirkpatrick Porter | married on November 25, 1852

4: Joe and Bess greatly enjoyed their rural home and often spent time on the front porch overlooking green fields and two ponds with their three daughters, Eleanora Lajolia (Nora), Olivia Simonetta (Nettie) and Lula Jane. They also had three sons; William Lyle, Oscar Servetus, Ylysses Ambrose (Bros), and Robert James (Bob).

5: Joe's horse, Harry, helped work the farm and was also the main source of transportation. | Joe and Bess regularly visited friends and family and attended church meetings, in Petrolia, Bruin and Parker.

6: Joe was a veteran of the Civil War, serving as a sergeant in Company G, the 88th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. He held 4th of July reunions at the Campbell farm, for his friends, who also fought for the Union army.

7: During the Civil War, Joe fought in several battles, including the Battle of the Wilderness, where his brother, James Guthrie Campbell was killed. After the battle, Joe searched for James' body for several weeks, to no avail, before returning home. | Campbell family members enjoy a 4th of July picnic.

8: Joe and Bess on their front porch with daughters, Lula Jane, Nora and Nettie. approximately 1885

9: Joe and Bess and the dog, Ted, on their front steps. approximately1905 Lula Jane walking on the farm lane approximately 1885

10: Bess Campbell (left) and her mother, Jane Kirkpatrick Porter (center) daughter, Lula Jane (back left) | Joe, Nora and Lula Jane Campbell Foss Marion Foss, Bess Campbell. Dog, Ted and Daisy Goal

11: Those children and grandchildren who left the Campbell farm, corresponded regularly by postcard and letter to their grandparents. | Three of the Campbell children - Bros, who married and moved to California living there most of his life; Nora, who remained single and lived with her family, and; Lula Jane, who married Edmund Foss and lived in the Pittsburgh area.

12: Joseph Freemont Campbell passed on to Heaven on December 29, 1913. He was a soldier, a carpenter, a cabinet-maker, a cooper for the oil industry, a county treasurer, and a farmer of his ancestral land. He passed his legacy of a strong Christian faith to his children.

13: Lula Jane Campbell Foss 1859 - 1946 | Edmund Herman Foss 1857 - 1913 | married 1883

14: Edmund Foss enjoyed visiting his wife Lula Jane's family homestead and wrote poems of his experiences there. Although all of his children visited the farm, Robert Donald, fell in love with his grandparent's home. | Edmund, Marion and Robert Donald Foss At the farm in 1898

15: Don enjoyed country life and left the Wilkinsburg section of Pittsburgh, as often as possible to visit his grandparents.

16: Robert Donal Foss loved his ancestral farm. He often spoke of his wonderful memories of the time he shared with his Grandparents, Joe and Bess Campbell, his parents, Edmund and Lula Campbell Foss, and his family and friends. When given the opportunity, he purchased his brother's share of ownership of the land, the original homestead and cabin, and it came to be known as the Foss Farm. He eventually named his farm, Glen Argyle, in remembrance of his ancestors, John Campbell and Ann Christy, who migrated from Argyleshire, Scotland to Northern Ireland to the United States in the late 1700s. At Don's passing he willed the Foss Farm to be held in trust by his children, Mary Joan Foss Stevens, Donna Foss Stevens, and Gloria Foss Barrett for his four grandchildren, Debra Stevens Pincek, Jack Barrett, Elizabeth Stevens and Juliann Stevens McConnell. | Robert Donald Foss 12/14/1894 - 10/1985

17: Vespers by Robert Donal Foss 1947 Oh those Sunday evening vespers at the farmhouse long ago, When we gathered in the parlor by the oil lamp's meager glow; And Grandpa read some scripture, and then started into pray, Well, you really felt that Heaven wasn't very far away! Grandma sat beyond the lampstand in the rocker edged with lace, And the dimness of the lamp-rays smoothed the wrinkles from her face. Dad and Mother, aunts and cousins, filled the balance of the chairs, To receive their benedictions from these Sunday evening prayers. Old grandsires, in gilt-framed splendor, gazing at us from the wall, Seemed to join in with the Spirit of this Sabbath's worship call; And the verse that Grandpa pondered had a deeper, truer sense, In this homey family gathering that was stripped of all pretense. Lustily we raised our voices, in a well-known favored hymn, And what we lacked of harmony, we made up for in vim. Thru the door came sounds of cricket like a distant choir unseen, Blending with the noise of night moths as they fluttered on the screen. And amid the simple quiet of this group around the room, The sturdy oil lamp symbolized a beacon in the gloom. Just relaxing with the service made you feel a trifle blessed, And you slept a little sounder when you went upstairs to rest. Oh, at times I've skipped the lesson, but I can't forget the charm, Of those Sunday evening vespers, long ago upon the farm.

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