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TRANSCRIBER'S (1987) INTRODUCTION
TO FAMILY OF CAMDEN
For many years prior to World War Two, the Camden and Hancock reunion was held at the old Stonefort Reunion grounds at Stonefort, Illinois. Camdens, Hancocks and relatives from all over the country congregated there, and according to some, its size rivaled the Old Stonefort Reunion (which is still held). Former Saline County Judge, Lynden Hancock, was the President of the Reunion, and Leona Isabel Turner was its Secretary. According to Mrs. Turner, "Aunt Sis's family (Martha L. Camden and her husband George B. Hancock), were responsible for the beginning of the gathering of the kin together for her birthday dinner some years ago, then it grew until it was made a Reunion for all known relatives."
Mrs. Turner, then living at Kankakee, Illinois, compiled the information for this genealogy and prepared it into a mimeographed publication for distribution at the annual reunion. Untold hours of labor and research went into its preparation. She must have written, and answered, hundreds of letters to far-flung relatives. Obviously we owe a great debt of gratitude to that devoted and unselfish lady possessed of such a sense of "family". She was also, I believe, the prime mover behind the reunion. I don't know how many copies of this genealogy where originally published, nor how many of those survive. My father has managed to preserve his copy from which I have transcribed the following pages. Perhaps no other copy exists. I don't know. Nor do I know why the Camden Hancock Reunion was never resumed after the war. Perhaps the organizers were by then too old, or had passed away, and nobody stepped forward to fill there shoes. Or, perhaps the family had simply become too scattered. Few Camden's remain in the area.
Whatever the case, Mrs. Turner left a great mark of accomplishment on behalf of the Family of Camden. The many descendants of our common great ancestor, Marble McPatrick Peter Henry Camden, will find this genealogy invaluable in piecing together their family histories. At least that is my hope and feeling, and it is my hope that this effort will inspire a renewal of interest in our family history - perhaps even an eventual resumption of the reunion itself. Will someone step forward and continue what was begun? I hope so.
It must be understood that I am not a genealogist. I've made no attempt to update, edit, or research. All the credit for what has been done in that line is solely Mrs. Turner's. I've merely transcribed. I must apologize if there are any typographical errors which I've failed to detect and correct. I've endeavored to make them as few as possible.
Hopefully, making this work available will prompt others to take on the task of completing (or continuing) the job on behalf of their own branches of the family. The numbers of descendants since the 1939 era must be astounding. This genealogical groundwork should serve as the starting point for a hundred other genealogies, as the tree grows.
In the very few places where I have taken the liberty of adding a word or two not in the original, I have indicated it by placing them in parenthesis.
It is regretted that I have no current information on any of the branches of the family other than my own very small branch. This project was undertaken exclusively on the assumption that there must be many who would be happy to have a copy of this genealogy. In short, I've just "up and did it". A shot from the hip, so to speak, without any by-your-leaves. Sometimes that's the best way for some of us. Otherwise, it might not be done at all. I trust that the descendants of Mrs. Turner will appreciate this and approve of this action.
I would be pleased to learn more about the descendants and various branches of the Family of Camden, and welcome correspondence with commentary, general information, updates and corrections to this document, as well as information about the old reunions at Stonefort. I have some sketchy information about the famous Camden - Lawrence fight mentioned on page 16, but would like more information. (It is alleged to have been the only Civil War action fought in Johnson County, Illinois.) I wonder if Mrs. Turner ever got the authentic information which she was seeking and wrote it as she had intended? (New information is included below.)
By way of introducing myself, and my own connection to the Family of Camden, let me state that Marble and Sally Camden were my great, great, great grandparents. I am descended from their fifth child, Olivia Frances "Leave" (Camden) Wright, my great, great grandmother. Her daughter, Tranquoline "Tran" (Wright) Gurley was my great grandmother, and her only daughter, Sybil, was my grandmother. Sybil's third child, James Robert Carr, is my father, who is still very much alive and well at 74 years of age, and well remembers the Camden and Hancock Reunion.
Lastly, I think it fitting and appropriate that I dedicate this small effort of mine to the memory of the author of the following pages - Mrs. Leona Isabel Turner - and to my father, who preserved her work for us.
Bill Carr, 12 April, 1987
The years have flown since I transcribed and published this document. When the age of the Internet arrived, it was with pleasure that I was able to make this document available via the Web to all who are interested.
When this page was first published on the Web in 1998, it seemed to be the most significant – perhaps the only – Camden web-site on the Internet. Things have changed since then. One Camden site, by a Michael Bowen, documents an impressive 12 generations, from Thomas "Cambden" (born before 1669) onward, and there are others of significance too. But this site, featuring Mrs. Leona Turner's genealogy, along with her comments on our branch of the family, remains significant to the Camdens of Southern Illinois, and particularly the descendants of our patriarch, Marble McPatrick Peter Henry Camden.
In February of 2001 I learned that other copies of Mrs. Turner's document had survived. Jabran Soubeih, Marble and Sally's 4th Great Grandson, descended from McDowell Camden and Shelton Columbus Camden kindly provided some of the formerly missing words in my copy. Jabran's grandmother, Wanda Laverne Southwood Schuchardt, daughter of Clyda Camden and Earl Schuchardt had preserved a copy of Mrs. Turner's work. Other copies have survived, sometimes under differing "authorship," as other family members had used it for the basis of continuing the genealogical record of their own branches of the family. In fact, I have found the work was probably a collaborative effort from the beginning, with Luetta Camden contributing much of "Leona's" original text, and Luetta is the probable author of the poem "Great Grandad".
In May of 2005 I heard from Christine A. Camden, daughter of Eugene and Rose Camden of Missouri, who are descended from Marble's brother, Benjamin_B. Camden. Benjamin and his clam left Coffee County, Tennessee about the same time Marble and family left. Christine has given us some data, and put us unto the book her father wrote on the Camden's of Missouri. (See Other Recourses: Geneworks. below.)
In May of 2007 I heard from Roanna Erin Camden Cann, of those Camdens who remained in Virginia. Roanna is the webmaster of a large and wonderfully done genealogical web site at: http://bergerelmore.tribalpages.com. (password needed to get into Roanna's site is "marble")
I have made several additions within the text of Mrs. Turner's document below. They are all noted as "Transcriber's Notes," "updates," "additions," etc., and segregated from the main body of Leona's work in inserted text boxes and/or "additions and updates." The Leona/Luetta text appears on green background (some formatting, emphasis, and hypertext links, added).
One big mystery remains, and that is Marble's sister Cynthia. (Though that mystery is probably about to be solved.) She is not found anywhere except in Mrs. Turner's mention that Marble had gone to visit her in Missouri after the Civil War and died while there, apparently unexpectedly. Marble is said to be buried at West Plains, Missouri, but we still do not know where his grave is.
Since I am not a genealogist, and do very little actual research, my only personal contribution, aside from adding my own family information, has been to include, or provide links, to the work of others and add information contributed to this site by others.
W. R. Carr
(October 2007 update): Linda Goodwin,
sent the information that, ..." I believe my Aunt Luetta was the author/possibly co-author of the
(Leona Turner's) genealogy. My cousin Betty, daughter of Loren
Camden, was born in 1928 and was at the 1939 Camden family reunion where the Family of Camden was distributed. She also read the poem
aloud to the crowd that day and attests that my Aunt Luetta was the
author of both. I know my aunt wrote poetry, I have a small collection
of them. The main clue I have taken from the genealogy itself, is the
Benjamin Thomas Camden, 6th child of Marble and Sallie. The author says:
'He hadn't seen me for years.....(and recognized me by my resemblance to my father) and said 'Hello Sheltie'. My argument is why would Benjamin call Leona Sheltie? Leona's father was Charles Henshaw, while Luetta's father was Shelton."
In light of this information, I have added Luetta Camden as co-author of the text and probable author of the "Great Grandad" poem. WRC Oct. 2007
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|(1) Shelton W. Camden 1829-1902||(5) Olivia Frances Camden 1838-1882|
|(2) William M. Camden 1831-1891||(6) Benjamin T. Camden 1840-1901|
|(3) Christopher C. Camden 1833-1910||(7) George W. Camden 1842-1877|
|(4) McDowell Camden) 1836-1913||(8) Sarah Elizabeth Camden 1846-1909|
This is a genealogy of the Camden family as far as we can find, written according to our own families and if you find names left out of your branch, remember we have written dozens of letters to all parts of the U.S. and even to England and we are not able to contact all of our relatives. Please fill in your families so that our children and grandchildren may find their lineage without trouble and we may write a fuller history later on.
I must offer my apologies for writing so fully of my own, but I think they are typical of the whole tribe for they all had the same qualities to a certain extent. All were honorable, self respecting, fighting, adventuresome pioneers in our U.S. We are to regret deeply that we didn't ask questions of our parents and grandparents who knew the history of their people so thoroughly. They were interested in the most distant relative and grandfather told us that they had never heard of a Camden who was not a relative. One characteristic that has helped us to trace relatives is their habit of naming their children for one another and for older relatives. Through the following pages you will find the same names appearing in every family. Bill, George, Ben, Mack, John, Mary, Martha, and Elizabeth were frequent as were Ann, Jane, Sarah, Frank, and Robert.
The numerous towns named Camden in America are said to be named after Lord Camden, the first Earl of Camden, who was so popular with the colonies because he championed their rights in the House of Lords before the Revolutionary War. At the tip of South America is a group of islands bearing the name. A group of historians in England are called the Camden Society in honor of Wm. Camden who was the head of Westminster school and spent many years writing and recording ancient history in England, all written in Latin and later transcribed. His pictures show the long pointed nose and heavy brows such as many of the Camdens have. He also had fine curly hair, deep forelock, rather small rounded head, short neck with squared off cheek. Altogether the likeness is striking. His father was a painter of pictures. History records that when William was a sub-master at Westminster school, he became interested in a poor student named Ben Johnson and he supported him so that he could remain in school. Ben Johnson later became a famous author. This kindness seems typical of the family name.
The first Earl of Camden was given his name or title a century later than William lived. He was an attorney and married a rich London lady who owned the estates in London later known as Camden town. For his services to the crown, he was given the title which holds today.
Our records at Richmond and Washington, having been burned, we have letters saying that it is believed that the first American Camden who came to Va. was a younger brother or nephew of the First Earl of Camden, and that they may have come even earlier than the 1760's which was about the time the Earldom was created. The Camden society although concerned with history of England more than individual families, has printed evidence to show that all Camdens originated from one branch both in England and America.
Though the early southern colonies lacked schools and churches, they had the blood of gentlemen and as soon as possible gave their children as much education as could be had in their time. Their wives seemed to be mostly of Scotch-Irish extraction and to marry beneath them was a thing they could not condone in a member of the family. In the young there was an unusual gaiety and high spirits. The girls were apt to be tomboys and outdoor types, teasing and joking. They all loved horses and dogs. The girls were good cooks, clean and seldom lazy. When Aunt Sis was very small her family went on a trip to Ark and stopped to buy eggs from a colored woman, the first Sis had ever seen. She stared and stared and finally said with utmost disgust, "I think I'd wash!"
As they grew older the men seemed to become somewhat melancholy as members of their families passed on, and there was some tendency to brood with sadness on the past when they were no longer able to engage in active work. Most of them lived to the age of 75 or more. The boys in their youth were a little wild, but the wildness consisted mostly of riding fast horses and restlessness, a drink now and then, but this always disappeared as they married and settled down. It seemed to be their ambition to have a large family and be proud of it. There were few divorces and no scandals.
Our folks didn't speak of their southern ancestry to any great extent, this being due mostly to the feeling in the North after the war and as they had come north to live they meant to be good citizens. Most of their neighbors were from the south at sometime themselves but hot feeling ran riot during the war and some years after. Great grandad's desire for adventure and new country was never quite satisfied for late in life he went to Missouri and Ark. and died in West Plains, Mo. he had a brother John, who was killed in Tenn., and a sister Cynthia. We appreciated the cooperation of the living descendants of each branch of the family for without the letters and records from family Bibles we could not have had the accurate information which will be of benefit to any who may wish to trace family connections in the future. In many cases it was the widows of Camden men who had kept the old records. Farthest cousins who had never seen any of us eagerly wrote and expressed a wish to meet the relatives. The Camdens knew their women and picked loyal ones.
None of us need to be ashamed of those hardy American forefathers. As far as we go back to the British Isles, there is no record except of learning and statesmanship. One of the most unusual traits of this family was their gentle handling of their children. In a day when children were ruled with a rod of iron, the Camdens treated theirs as individuals and showed them love and trust without spoiling or pampering them. They were the best possible parents. The father ruled the household and was obeyed, yet he was not a tyrant nor a killjoy. The women they married were real mothers and built character and ambition into their children. Another characteristic marked in every Camden is a strong sense of humor, a ready wit and mild sarcasm. Will Rogers was the nearest their type both in character and expression, natural, witty, sincere, clean wholesome American. If there was anything our race despised, it was a snob. They were modest and reserved except among kin or familiar friends.
To Leona Henshaw Turner must go the credit for first beginning the idea for the Reunion of the Camdens and a family tree. Her mother, Jane Camden Henshaw, daughter of Mack and granddaughter of Marble, had instilled in her the deep love of family relations and interest in all its branches. To her untiring zeal in getting addresses and writing to every known member of the family we owe our heartiest thanks. Also to Sis Hancock, oldest living child of Mack, we owe many details and trace of distant cousins.
To Robert M. Camden of Creal Springs and his brother Irwin goes credit for many dates and much necessary data, especially knowledge of burial places and dates for the kin and great grandfather Marble, whom Robert remembers and whom he resembles in stature.
To Martha Nelson Camden, widow of John, we owe most of the statistics for Uncle Shelt's family. She graciously answered all our letters and copied records from Uncle Shelt's family Bible. She also knew the where abouts of every branch of the family and looked them up and wrote us all the necessary details. Her husband, John died Dec. 1936 and she cared for him in invalidism many years. Victoria, widow of Shelt's Mack also sent records for us.
Will Hancock kindly wrote for us the records of his grandfather and mother from his mother's Bible which we very much needed, as we were not sure of ages and dates.
Ruth Hutchinson, her sister, Wanda, and Belle Camden, widow of Uncle Chris's Mack, have furnished all we needed from the old family Bible which Mac's wife had. Ruth and Wanda are daughters of Monta and are chips off the old block in every sense. Brought up without their mother, who died in early childhood of theirs, they stuck together and combed the country for relatives and history of their families and their family is interested and interesting.
Oma Tidwell Weaver and her brothers have shown deepest interest from the start and have been present at each Reunion. Have preserved records, pictures, and mementoes of our great grandfather and never lost touch with the older members of our family.
Of Aunt Leave's family we have Tran Gurley and her children and grandchildren who have always been present to show the same loyalty and family love that made Uncle John Wright's house home to the whole tribe. We hope others can come of this family.
Of Uncle Ben's family we have contacted only Dolph, oldest son of Uncle Ben's Bob. He is a well respected man of Johnston City, Ill. and through him we are to hear news of this branch of the family. Some live near Anna, Ill. Many others have written us but we cannot mention all of them. Not a single letter was unanswered, but the eagerness to hear from their distant cousins brought a thrill to us who were working to complete a family accurate family genealogy for our enjoyment as well as for our children. Some of the families are better known to the writers and therefore we have the most history of them but some of the material reached us too late to be printed so if you do not find all members of your family in this book please record all names and ages so that your children and descendants may have a tree that will be authentic. We thank you one and all who helped make this history possible and hope it will have results in holding our families together in the future.
Marble McPatrick Peter Henry Camden was born near Richmond, Va. about 1802. He was married to Sallie L. Hopkins of South Carolina in 1827. They were married in a covered ox-wagon and emigrated at once to near Nashville, Tenn. where their eight children were born. With wife and eight children he came to Ill. in 1848 and settled on the farm in Johnson Co. near New Burnside. The only other relative of his family we have heard of is brother John, who was killed in Tenn., also a sister Cynthia, Mrs. Mock Grace of West Plains, Mo., She has daughters Mary and Martha Grace.
Marble, our pioneer great grandfather, was six feet three inches tall and had a fist that could "fell an ox". He was stern and yet kindhearted, as the hardships of those early days produced such men. Fighting, poverty, stony ground, living outdoors lives, seeking new country, building homes, rearing large families, left little time for polished manners and soft speaking, yet there was pride and truth, manliness and uprightness, love of justice and independence naturally inbred in his children. Some call his name Marvel. Granpa always said "Marble" but I never saw it spelled.
Marble's grandfather was a native of England and was in the Cavalry during the Revolutionary War. He named his son Patrick Henry after the great patriot of that time. We think one branch of Camdens came from Ireland but all we can find today of that name are in England and America. We are still investigating.
Eight years ago we found a George Camden of Wilmington, Ohio, who had brothers Ben and John, and sisters Elizabeth and Nellie. By pictures and names and from what he tells us, we are sure his father, who was born in Rockbridge, Va. near Lexington, was a son of Marble's brother. The father's name was George Washington Camden. Nellie Camden Woods, Ohio, and Mrs. Paul F. Landt, Anniston, Ala., also have sent me this information. Mrs. Luella Pelter of Buena Vista, Va., Box 545; is the daughter of Nellie Camden Vest, mentioned above, now dead. From pictures we exchanged and from likeness of names and origin of all from Virginia, we are sure of being the same family. We found a Lewis Camden in Los Angeles, Calif., whose father was Bruce Camden of Oklahoma, with whom we could find no connection.
Our folks always said, and from the oldest records we find, that the first Camdens coming to America were two young brothers from England or Ireland in 1769 and came to the new world to seek fortune as cotton planters in Virginia. Having no money, the estate going to the older brother, they found it hard to buy land and disliked having slaves. One died early and his three sons had to shift for themselves. His grandson, Marble, went to Carolina to become an overseer because he was too proud for his (friends in) Virginia to know that he was obliged to work for others. He was a kind master and the slaves always came to him to plead for them when the master was going to whip them. When he married and left for Tennessee the slaves cried and said "Who will befriend us now when you are gone?"
Marble was "much of a man" said Mack, his son. He always won in log rollings and house raisings of the day when contests of strength were held. Martha Camden, wife of Uncle Shelt's John, wrote me that Marble had a little dog he loved very dearly and that it was at Uncle John Wrights long after great grandfather died. Marble is buried at West Plains, Mo. His wife, Sarah L. Hopkins Camden died 5/2/1875 and is buried at Rich cemetery, Johnson County, with most of her children.
Marble's children were:
Shelton W. Camden, oldest son of Marble and Sally, was born near Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 7, 1829 and came with his folks to Ill. in 1848. Shelt lived on the place in Pope Co. near Stonefort, Ill. known as the Geo. Howard place, now owned by John McSparin, until he traded places with Geo. Howard and moved to near Cherryvale, Kansas, where he became well to do growing wheat. He was the bad boy when a lad, always riding the calves, yoking up the animals, and getting a licking for his scrapes, but his energy seems to have turned to good use in later years. He was married four times. Delilah, his first wife died when John was born. (Delilah was) born Dec. 11, 1832, died 1858. Her children:
Martha Nelson Camden has sent these records from Uncle Shelt's Bible. John died at the age of 78 years in December, 1936. He was an invalid for 12 years. His wife, Martha, still survives and her interesting letters have helped greatly in getting these records. One daughter, Ethelyn, died 1935, leaving one daughter, age 13, and her husband. His name has not been given us. Shelt's second marriage was with Lucy Ann Jones in 1859. She died 1874. Her children:
The data for this family was sent me by Victoria, widow of Mack, above and by Martha, widow of John. We learn that Uncle Shelt's descendants hold a reunion each year at Colorado Springs, Colo.
Shelt's third wife was Eliza Parks. They separated. She had no children.
Shelt's fourth wife was Tennessee Cole. Their children: Dora Camden Nelson m. Will Nelson, brother of Martha Nelson Camden, is deceased . 2. Ora, Mrs. Floyd Huff. 3. Ollie. d 4. Jim, deceased. The girls live in Idaho. We hope to hear from them.
In October of 2010, Suzanne Boyde, contacted us with regard to her grandmother, Edythe May Stirlen daughter of Plona Jane Camden, daughter of Shelton Camden. She wrote:
"...I thought you might be interested in some of the information I have from my Grandmother Edythe May Stirlen, who is mentioned in your history as the daughter of Pelona Camden whose mother was Delilah married (first marriage) to Shelton, son of Marble Camden.
"I was fortunate to edit a book about her childhood that Grandma self-published. It was called From the Land of the Tumbleweed. She was born and lived her early life near Cimarron, Kansas. Included are many stories of her parents, siblings and grandparents. She presented this book to the town library over 20 years, and maybe they still have a copy. I don't know for sure. The town is Shenandoah, Iowa.
"My Grandmother was an ordained minister, and had a radio ministry for over 50 years. She sold hundreds of copies of that book and another she wrote through her radio program. The University of Iowa's Women's History Collection has four linear feet in her archive (the largest of any in their collections). Grandma Stirlen was a beautiful woman in almost any level you can mention, and it was a blessing to have known her. Even 25 years after her death she is well remembered by many people who somehow know I am her granddaughter. She was born March 31, 1895 and died on September 17, 1987, at the age of 92. Until the age of 91 she was still very active, and often called upon to perform a wedding or conduct a funeral service.
"One thing I know is that may be of interest to you is that Grandma (the youngest child of her family) always referred to her mother as Plona Jane Camden Elem, not Pelona, as it is spelled in your geneology. Another is that your genealogy lists one of Grandma's daughters as Wren. My mother was Rosalee (not Rosalie) Jane Swartz Stirlen. Her younger sister was Wren. Aunt Wren's first name was actually Delilah. Wren was her middle name. Delilah was the name of my grandmother's Camden grandmother, the first wife of Sheldon. Grandma Stirlen's parents were Samuel Hezekiah Elem and Plona Jane Camden Elem, whose children were Nela, Ella, Shelton, Johnnie, Leila Belle, Jerry and Edythe.
"Here is an excerpt from Grandma Stirlen's book (page 69) that might be of interest to those reading the Sheldon Camden page of your genealogy. It concerns her grandfather, Sheldon Camden. It happened when my grandmother was five years of age.
"About two or three weeks after Mother's death my father decided to share his grief with Mother's father and other relatives. He took Little Sammie and me with him on the train to Cherryvale, Kansas. I remember the red plush covered seats that would sit up or lie down, whichever we wished. It was the strangest feeling when the train started to move. The train moved so smoothly that I thought surely the depot and the houses were moving and the train was standing still.
My grandfather was a Civil War veteran who fought on the northern side. My brother, Shelton, was named for him. I don't know how we got to Grandpa Camden's house, but I remember standing beside his sickbed. He had a long white beard and hair and very large blue eyes. We have often said to some of our relatives, "You have the Camden eyes." Father told Grandpa that he was sorry he hadn't been able to bring Plona, my mother, back to see her father in all their married years, but they were so hard up they couldn't afford to. Grandpa patted my head and said, "She looks just like her mother!" Then he and Father had to cry.
My great-aunt Mary lived in Grandpa's home. She gave me a black haired small china doll with pierced ears. I had never seen a doll with pierced ears. I treasured her above all possessions. But sad to say, when I arrived back home, she soon disappeared. I never knew what became of her. The finger of suspicion always pointed at my brother Jerry, for he had broken one of Leila Belle's dolls when he tried to drive nails into its face."
"About her mother (Plona's) death she wrote (page 5-6)
"A great heartache came to me early in life. It was when a badger crawled under the house and killed my pet chicken when it was asleep. My chicken's name was Buster. She would follow me around and eat out of my hand. She "roosted" under the house. One night I was awakened by the dog barking, clubs pounding, lanterns flashing and voices shouting, "Sick 'em!" When the tumult died down I heard my father say,"The badger got Buster before we killed him." My grief was bitter and it took a lot of comforting to reconcile me to my great loss. To this day, my heart aches as I think of the tragic death of my dear Buster.
The next great sorrow that befell me was so great the wound in my heart has never healed. My mother was very ill with pneumonia and had been for several weeks.
Although I but faintly remember my mother, I do recall one spring day she called me to her bedside, and I climbed up on the bed with her. When I got up on the bed, she pointed out names on a "crazy" quilt. Many names and symbols adorned the quilt.
I recall seeing the names of my brothers and sisters, and many other relatives. There were birthdates, flowers, and hands clasped as if shaking hands and all "blocks" were set together with briar stitching and other fancy needlework. It was a velvet, silk and wool quilt tied with yarn. My mother pointed out my own name and my birthdate. Then she asked if I would always try to be a good girl if she should die. I was brokenhearted. I began to weep. To cheer me up, Mother tickled the soles of my feet and soon my tears were forgotten, or were they?
A week later I was awakened from my nap by my sister Ella, who carried me in great haste to the big front room or parlor where my mother's bed had been moved during her illness. No one explained anything to me. But I vaguely understood a great tragedy was taking place. There lay my sweet mother, her soft brown hair parted in the center on her white forehead.
All the family stood silently and sorrowfully watching our mother draw her last painful breaths. My mother turned and smiled at us individually as we put in our appearances. My oldest sister was married and living at Cherryvale, Kansas, and my youngest brother, "Little Jerry" was herding the cattle. But all the rest of us were present. Mother managed to whisper, "Take good care of my baby." Then her brave heart stood still. Unless you have heard two grown men mourning aloud, you have never heard a sorrowful sound! It is an experience never to be forgotten. Father, stunned with grief, put his forearm to his forehead, turned to the wall and wept aloud while the doctor said, "She is gone!" Then Doctor Hollenbeak put his forearm to his brow and wept aloud at the other wall because he was unable to save our mother. Oh, if they had only known about penicillin then.
A mixed quartet sang "Whispering Hope" at the funeral, and strange as it may seem the same quartet sang at my father's services years later. Mrs. F.M. Luther, a lyric soprano, was a member of that quartet. Just a few neighbors and close friends went with us to the cemetery. The sound of clods falling in my mother's grave will ring in my ears to the end of time. I never conduct a small funeral that I do not remember that tragic day when we buried my dear mother."
Suzanne Boyde. Email: email@example.com
William Lewis Camden, Fifth Child of Shelton and Lucy Ann Jones
Betty and Leon Green, (firstname.lastname@example.org), of Carbondale, Colorado sent the following information and followed up with two photos, (1) William and Mamie, and (2) this family group including Opal; Maxine; Mamie; Maude; William; Leon's mother, (Amanda) Irene; and James.
Leon's Mother was Amanda Irene Camden Green aka Irene. Her father was William Lewis Camden. He was the son of Shelton W. Camden, the fifth child of Shelton and Lucy Ann Jones.
Barbara Tidwell, whose mother was Maxine Elizabeth Camden, provided this information from Shelton Camden's family Bible.
William Lewis Camden was born Monday, April 21,1873 in Illinois.
William McArthur Camden, second son of Marble and Sally, born June 20, 1831 died March 7, 1891, married Martha Duncan. His sons, Marvel, George, and John, all lived to be grown up, all deceased without descendants. His daughter, Isabel Camden, born April 27, 1856, died Jan. 15, 1894, married Jeff Hancock, a merchant at Stonefort, Ill.
Isabelle's children are Martha, Will, Simon, and Ed. Both the latter died without children. Martha married Ira Blackman. They have one daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Montigue, wife of Dr. Charles Montigue, of Sarasota, Fla. Genevieve has a son, Jean Montigue. These folks have attended the family reunions and are well known to all our local folks.
Will Hancock married Della Craig and they have Lynden, Glen, and Alice Isabel. Lynden M. Hancock married Ann Hetherington, their children are Mary Alice, Martha Ann, and Cynthia Jane. Lynden and family reside at Harrisburg, where he was formerly County Judge. He is president of our Reunion at the time of this writing, 1939. Glen Hancock married Clara Trammel and is a successful dentist at St. Louis, Mo. They have William Thomas and Olen Craig Hancock, Jr. Alice Isabel married George Barnes, has one daughter, Lynda Ann.
William Camden's second marriage was to Fannie Rushing, who was the mother of Benjamin C(olumbus) Camden, born Aug. 12, 1874 in Williamson Co., lives at Drumwright, Oklahoma. He was married to Bessie Bridgewater, has William Benjamin in U.S. Navy at San Pedro, Calif. Raymond Edward at home in school, Thomas Calvin, Long Beach, Calif., and Virginia Nadene at home in school. Bennie kindly wrote me this information. Thanks Irishman!
William Camden's third marriage was also to Martha, but we do not have her last name. Her daughter, Mary Camden Parton, was born August 12, 1888, at Lead Hill, Ark. She resides at Enid, Okla., has a daughter, Mollie Parton, born July 31, 1915.
Bennie says the names Mack, Mike, Patrick, Mc, are all Irish and not English but in the beginning the name was first known in England and they all married Scotch-Irish women who named the children, but the Bills and Georges won out in the long run.
Uncle Bill was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War and suffered from exposure and had poor health, for several years was almost an invalid. He died at the age of sixty. Of his family we have little record except of the daughter, Isabel, who was married to S. J. Hancock and resided in Stonefort, Ill., where all who knew her lover her for the saintly character she was. Of her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren we have the record. If any who read have further information, we will be glad to have it.
As far as we know none of Uncle Bill's children survive except Bennie and his half sister Mary. Uncle Bill was true to type in naming his children. The first son, Marvel, after his father, John for his uncle. Then in his descendants we see all with the family names William, Martha, Mary, Ann, Cynthia, Jane, and Isabelle.
Uncle Bill was living in Missouri or Arkansas, but when he became ill he came
with his family back to Stonefort, where he died at the home of his daughter,
Isabelle. Mary is remembered as a beautiful child, and her mother was well liked
among the kin. She lived to a ripe old age with her daughter in Oklahoma. After
Uncle Bill's death they returned to their home.
(July, 2008 addition)
BENJAMIN COLUMBUS CAMDEN 1874 IL -
 Creek Co., Oklahoma, Marriage Records, Book 8, p. 88
 1930 Census, 2rd Ward, Drumright, Tiger Twp., Creek Co., OK, e. d. 19-14, sheet 10A, p. 42
"Camden "Christopher Columbus Camden, "Chris", third son of Marble and Sally, born Sept. 6, 1833, died Nov. 17, 1910, married Elizabeth A. Chapman, born June 15, 1839, died July 22, 1892. They were married April 2, 1857. Buried at Rich cemetery. Their children:
(1) Francis Marion Camden - born Jan 1, 1858, died Aug 24, 1901. Unmarried
(2) (George Washington Camden - born June 16, 1860, died Sept 13, 1861
(3) (Mack Henry Camden - twin - born June 16, 1860, died March 18, 1915. married Belle Snyder
(4) William Allen Camden - born Nov. 13, 1862, died Sept 30, 1867.
(5) Sara Frances Camden - born Aug. 20, 1865, died Sept 19, 1867.
(6) Mary L. Camden - born May 6, 1868, died Nov. 12, 1890 married J.K. Brown, 9/10/90
(7) Columbus Franklin (Frank) Camden - born Dec. 8, 1870, died Dec. 8, 1892.
(8) Cynthia A. Camden - born Oct. 18, 1873, died Nov. 7, 1898 married Frank McGee.
(9) Monta Eudora Camden - born Feb. 15, 1876, died March 8, 1906 married Joseph H. Lawrence, Fairfield, Ill.
(10) Ota Jane Camden - born Sept. 10, 1881, died Oct. 10, 1892. Mack Henry Camden married Belle Snyder, November 28, 1894. Their children:
(1) Wm. Franklin - born Oct. 3, 1895 married Pecola Browning, 1920, 1 girl.
(2) Chas. Elvin - born Feb. 4, 1897 married Faye Wills, 1917, 1 girl, 1 boy, Chas. was killed in an oil field accident July 16, 1920.
(3) James Milo - born Oct. 10, 1898 married Ruth Howard, 1925, 1 girl.
(4) Lawrence Allen - born Nov. 13, 1900 married Irene Bartlett, 1922, 1 boy.
(5) George Warren - born April 24, 1903 married Bessie Cupp, 1925.
(6) Mack Donald - born Feb. 23, 1906 married Mary Tatum, 1931.
(7) Wayland Victor born July 25, 1908 married Opal Clem, 1931.
(8) Robert Newell, born June 24, 1912 married Viola Jetter 1931, 1 girl.
Cynthia A. Camden married Frank McGee from Mortens, Tex. She died leaving twins, Roscoe and Ruth McGee. Ruth died, Roscoe survives.
Monta Eudora Camden married Joseph Henry Lawrence. She is buried at Fairfield. Her children:
(1) Wanda, born March 13, 1897, married W. G. Tate, lives at Frankfort, Ky. One daughter, Joellyn Tate, born 1921.
(3) Eulala Maye Lawrence, born May 20, 1903, lives at Chicago, Ill. Her permanent address is Fairfield, Ill.
(4) Joseph Franklin Lawrence, born Sept. 9, 1905, lives in Detroit, Mich. Has two daughters, Suzanne Lee and Gail Joan.
Those living of Uncle Chris's family are seven sons of Mack at Witchita, Kan., their mother, Belle Snyder, lives in Los Angeles, Calif. One child of Cynthia's lives in Ennis, Texas, Roscoe McGee. Four children of Monta, as named above. Monta's children are all lovable and true to the Camden type, independent and active. Her children are much interested in their mother's family and ancestors. All of Uncle Chris's children died before him except Mack.
Chris married Cass Hogg in March, 1894 and she survived him. Uncle Chris was well respected and loved by his neighbors and family. The newspaper notice of his death states that he came with his parents to Illinois in 1848 and settled with them on the old farm, he later homesteaded an adjoining farm, where he lived for the rest of his life. He sold it and moved into Burnside shortly before his death.
Uncle Chris was a good boy but he was funny and the other boys liked to tease him to hear his comical remarks. His own boys were full of mischief and liked to tease him too. Once shortly after he had joined the church, the hogs got out and Uncle Chris ran calling the dog and the boys to come and help get them back. As he ran he stumbled and fell and, looking back, saw Mack and Marion rolling on the ground laughing. They laughed twice as hard when he yelled in his high pitched voice, "It ain't so damn funny!".
The newspaper notice says that he was very honest, hardworking and kind to the poor and needy and had a habit of attending strictly to his own business. He was "Uncle Chris" to the whole countryside and made a very good living raising berries and other fruit. He was one of the oldest pioneers of Burnside township and his funeral was attended by an unusually large number of old families in that community. All his children had passed away at the time of his death except his son, Mack, then living in Oklahoma, who followed him four years later. All his brothers and sisters preceded him except his brother Mack, who died July, 1913. His sister, Babe Tidwell, died just one year before him.
Notice the names, George, William, Mack, Henry, Mary, Sara, Jane, and Elizabeth as they occur over and over again in our family, also Marble, Ben, Ann, Martha, John, Robert, Frank, and others.
Uncle Chris's son Mack, who passed away at the age of 54 of double pneumonia, was very much the good type of Christian citizen that his father had been. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church, respected and loved by his family and all who knew him. The author remembers Mack as "Uncle Chris's Mack" - handsome and much loved, with a lovable family of wife and eight sons.
Mac Dowell Camden, fourth son of Marble and Sally, was born Oct. 27, 1836, died July 3, 1913. He is buried at Rich Cemetery where also are his mother, wife, and brothers. "Mack" was married four times, first Nancy Parks, who lived one year. His second wife was Tranquoline Shelton, born Oct. 6, 1840, died March, 1870, daughter of Hubbard Shelton of Kentucky. Children of Mack and Tran Camden, married 1859.
(1) Robert William, died twenty days after birth.
(2) Shelton_Columbus, "Shelt", born Dec. 19, 1861, died March 15, 1926. Buried at Bolton, Stonefort. Has 6 children living, 19 grand children, 15 gr.gr.children.
(3) Martha "Sis", married Geo. Hancock. She was born 1863. Has 8 living children, 21 grandchildren.
(4) Sarah Jane, born 1864, died 1935, married Charles Irvin Henshaw. 4 children, 14 grandchildren.
(5) Julia Isabel, born 1866, died 1886, married Jim Mason of Crab Orchard. One son, one daughter deceased. 3 living grandchildren.
(6) Elvis Ethelbert Camden, born 1869, died 1920, buried McKenzie Cemetery, Taft, Mo. 4 daughters living, 4 grandchildren.
Third marriage of Mack was to Puss Kelton, who was a kind mother to his children but lived only two years and passed on with her baby, Mary, age 1.
Fourth marriage, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, of Iowa, died Feb. 18, 1899. Their children:
(1) Leona I. Camden, born 1880 married Jesse Stout, 1898. Four children living and six grandchildren.
(2) George M. Camden, born 1882, married Clara Worley.
George and Leona live at Poplar Bluff, Mo. and have always been very dear to the older brother and sisters and their families have always kept in touch even though they have lived so long apart. John took care of his father in his old age and deserves much credit for the faithful way he discharged his responsibility.
Grampa Mack Camden, although married four times, was never separated or divorced and had a wife only 34 years in all. He died age 76. He was a widower the last 14 years of his life. Grandmother Tranquoline Shelton had brothers Malcolm and Ethelbert and a sister Georgiann. These names lead us to believe that her mother whose name was Brizandine, was old Scotch or Norman blood. "Thel" Shelton was a Baptist minister in Missouri, had four sons and two daughters, lived to about 80 and died at San Antonio, Tex. He often visited his Camden nephews and nieces in Ill. and kept up correspondence.
Mack was the smallest of his brothers, square shoulders, full chest, deep blue eyes, soft silky, curly dark hair, long slender nose, which greatly resembles the noses of the Camdens pictured in histories and encyclopedias. He had a round head short neck, pointed chin on a rather small face. His teeth were good and not very large. He had a high, sweet, tenor voice and was often asked to sing the old ballads. Neighbors said on a clear morning he could be heard singing ten miles away. He was full of funny stories and was very gay and friendly and had many friends. He was a good dancer in his youth and welcome at parties and merrymaking, log rollings, house raisings, quiltings, corn huskings, and dances, which constituted their good times. Everyone went to church for social contacts.
In the South, Virginia, and Tenn. there were very few schools and little opportunity for learning. Grandmother Tran was very well educated as samples of her writing show. She taught Mack to write after they were married but he wrote a clear hand and correctly spelled each word. He could count and calculate very quickly. He greatly desired education for his children and was willing to sacrifice so that their children could have a better chance than they had. They knew the names of all the families for miles around and could tell you who each one married and where they came from. Mack was honest and taught his children that there was only one way to live so as to be respected and to have self respect. His family meant everything to him.
Shelton_Columbus Camden, oldest son of Mack and Tran, was born Dec. 19. 1861, died March 15, 1926, married Alveretta Jones, March 19, 1885, who survives with six children. Shelt was named for Uncle Shelt and also for his mother, who was Tranquoline Shelton. Columbus was for Uncle Chris. His children are:
(1) Lucetta Camden Edwards married Wm. T. Edwards, Kankakee, Ill. Her children are Kenneth Camden Edwards married Kathryn; Ann L. married Leslie E. Rutledge, has 2 children, Leslie, Jr. and Kenneth Jack; Wilma A. Edwards.
(2) Lula Mary Camden married Clarence Minor, son Arley. She died Jan 6, 1913.
(3) Orpha Jan Camden married Pleas Barnwell. Children, Mrs. Leota Little, 2 children, Shirley and Raymond Little. Mrs. Pauline Stalker, San Diego, Cal. Raymond Barnwell, Creal Springs. Orpha died 1918.
(4) Julia Isabel, died 1920, married Rob't Rose. Children, Mrs. Hazel Mitchell, four children; Wayne Rose; Mrs. Mildred Reynolds, 5 children; Shelton J. Rose.
(5) Harry C. Camden, died age 21.
(6) Luther E. Camden, unmarried.
(9) Minnie Acynthia Camden married J.O. Brown, 2 children, James O., Gerald A.
(10) Aubrey Eugene Camden married Ruth Kilhefner, Stirling, Ill.
Shelt did not greatly resemble the Camdens except in size and his hair, soft, brown, fine, and curly, grew high off from the temples, making a deep forelock, otherwise he resembled his mother's people. He had gray eyes and a long Lincoln-like face, sandy beard and mustache. He had much the same characteristics of the older ones, was rather strict and stern, yet reasonable and of good judgment and could read character at a glance. If he felt uneasy at meeting a new acquaintance he would be very slow to become friends and there usually proved to be a dishonesty of some sort in the newcomer.
He was the friendliest person on earth. Every young lad or old person would stop to chat with him because he was so interested in everyone. His ambitions for his children were unbounded. He always wanted them to have a chance as his mother died when he was eight years old and his schooling was very sketchy, yet he read constantly and never made a mistake in public speaking. His discipline of his children was near perfection. He seldom punished, yet a look was usually enough to stop the noisiest action. He was the head of the family and was respected and loved but was no tyrant or overbearing. He could tell of an incident he had seen and react it so clearly that you could see it. That was natural to his father also and must have been a characteristic of the family. They loved to sit by the fireside on winter evening and tell stories and some thrillers and hair raising tales were poured out as we children listened without moving. There was a strain of Irish and old settler belief in the spiritual and dreams that came true that was common among people of their day.
To them a man must first be honest, a good citizen, good neighbor, and of course decent and loyal to his family. The simple goodness of their lives was foundation for a nation like this. Somehow they dug a living out of their soil and managed to feed, shelter, and clothe the large families and set an example of Godliness and uprightness that brings a lump to our throats today.
Shelt was an invalid the last year of his life and died of Bright's Disease at the age of 64. His father and brother Elvis also succumbed to the same disease. Many of his friends came long distances to visit him while he was ill. Those who lived with him during his shut in days said it was like living in the house with an angel because he never complained, and could not be upset. He remained sweet and kind and planned the work and management as long as he lived. Everyone who knew him pays tribute to his very real, sincere Christian life. His family worshiped him.
(September 2007 Update)
This information was contributed by Linda (Camden) Goodwin, one of Shelton Columbus's granddaughters. "...a bit different than the original in that the children that died young are included and it is more updated. I have not kept up with all of the lines however... If you don't see complete information, it is to protect the privacy of living persons. There are also more recent generations that are not shown."
1, 2, 3. etc., are Shelton's children
Martha "Sis" L. Hancock, oldest daughter of Mack and Tran Camden, born Aug 23, 1863 married Geo. B. Hancock, lived many years on the farm east of Stonefort near Delwood, Ill. Geo. owned a large farm and machinery, threshed all wheat for miles around and in winter ran a sawmill. Aunt Sis is 76 years old at this writing (1939). Their children are:
(1) Luella, born March 14, 1884 married Rayburn Morse, dec., 2nd marriage to Rev. David Morse.
(2) Pearl, born Jan. 28, 1887 married John Barker. Her children, Leo at Carbondale, Ervin, died age 4. James B. married Virginia Shock. Bert Barker.
(3) Tranquoline married Arthur Hill. She was born Sept. 3, 1889, Her children: 1. Leota married Carl Murphy, one son, Billy Jo. 2. Ada married Claude Morse, one son, Claude M. Morse. 3. Guy married Louise Hausser. Guy is a teacher and our program director. 4. Martha. 5. G.B. 6. Lonny. 7. David. 8. Robert. 9. Betty Jean.
(4) Barnett Hancock, born August 27, 1891, his wife Adeline, 1 son, Wayne Dwight.
(5) Belle, born March 6, 1894, married Curt Riggs, one son, Carl Riggs, Second marriage, Dixon, has one son, Elza Dixon.
(6) Icy, born 1897, married Riley Gee, deceased. She has four boys, Norman, Noval, George, and Jack, one daughter, Lauretta.
(7) Ina, twin to Icy, married Joe Pyles, They have Herbert, Maxine, Marguerite, Second marriage to Frank Vineyard. Has one son, Frank Vineyard.
(8) William Hancock, born Aug. 7, 1901 married Nellie McClusky, 1 son, Jacky Dean.
Aunt Sis is the oldest descendant of Mack's branch and is both in looks and disposition a typical Camden. She was always a very energetic worker and had no time for lazy people. Very clean and neat down to the present day after all her years of hard work and loss, yet her spirit is ready to do and dare and she never gives up nor thinks of herself. She was always quick, active, and aggressive, quick of speech and of temper, yet reasonable and humorous. She seemed tireless, always busy. She has always been in touch with all her relatives and no where could we find a gladder welcome than at Aunt Sis's house.
Memories of fun and romping with Luella, Pearl, Tran, and Barnett, and had dozens cousins of the clan will live forever. We climbed trees, rode saplings, waded creeks, told big tales, some of our own imaginings, went on errands to the store, fell and broke the eggs, milked cows, and rode horses. Aunt Sis had time for consecration too, when her health permitted was found often in the house of worship and set an example in truth. She has the pointed face and nose and eyes of the Camdens and the quick temper, ruled by good sense however. Uncle George worked hard but left her a widow to raise the younger children alone, a hard task at which she did her best. Aunt Sis's family were responsible for the beginning of the gathering of the kin together for her birthday dinner some years ago, then it grew until it was made a Reunion for all known relatives.
Sarah Jane, daughter of Mack and Tran Camden, granddaughter of Marble, was born December 23, 1864, died April 13, 1935, buried at Little Saline Cemetery, Stonefort, Ill. She married Charles Irvin Henshaw September 3, 1884. Her children:
(2) Nora Elizabeth, born Jan. 29, 1888, married Charles Otto Dunn, Carrier Mills. Her children: 1. John Charles (J.C.) married Maude Blanche Stanley, 2 sons, Jerome Dunn, born Dec. 21, 1932 in Carrier Mills, Ill. - died Nov. 16, 2002, Burbank, CA, and Steven Earl Dunn, born Feb. 26, 1940 in Hollywood, CA. Steven is is married to Ann R. Bayliff. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. 2. Clyde married Merle Dallas. 3. Kenneth died 1932, age 20. 4. William died age 4. 5. Velma married Loren Dallas, one daughter, Ellen Colleen.
(3) Mack D. married Katie Campbell. He was born May 24, 1890. Children 1. Mary Jeannette married Harry Brayfield, one son, Harry, Jr. 2. Gilbert Webb married Nellie Glen Mabry, children, Shirley Ann, Virginia Lee. 3. Geneva, at home. 4. Jenell, at home.
(4) George, died age 4.
(5) Arthur, born 1894 married Winnie Buckner, Carrier Mills. Children: 1. George. 2. Evelyn, married Ellis Harris, one daughter, Phyllis. 3. Lena Mae. 4. Charlene. 5. Mary Alice. 6. Patsy Jean.
(6) William, born 1897, died Apr. 30, 1938, married Magdalene Pyles. No children.
(Transcriber's Note: Nora Elizabeth's family info., above, was updated here on 14 March, 2003 thanks to Steven E. Dunn who emailed the information)
Aunt Jane was rather petted by her father and brothers, was a cute, brave, little ambitious person in a frail body, yet she lived 71 years. As a child she was cunning and would follow her folks about and tell them tales of her fanciful imagination.
Once her brother Shelt, age 9, was chopping stovewood and she, little 5 year old, ran out telling him the following tale, "I was walking along and I heard a noise out in the bushes, I looked to see what it was and it was the moon trying to change. I threw in a quarter and she changed." About that time she stuck her foot on the chopping block and Shelt's axe came down and off came a toe, but her stepmother stuck it back on and it grew, rather crookedly however, and she always cut a hole in her everyday shoe to give her toe relief. Shelt was frantic with remorse and talked of it all his life.
She named her children for her folks too. I recall her brother, Elvis, once said, "The next one she names will probably be Elvis and I'll go over and kill it." The children were the joy of her life and she watched with a smile every little action. Very seldom did I ever see her show anger. She had affection for all. Jane married young and her health was never the best, but she had the courage and grit enough for an army. Living on a large farm with garden, cattle, and chickens, she worked early and late, cared for her children, washed, fed, and clothed and managed them so that they gave the least amount of trouble. Charles acquired lands and cattle and prospered but she never stopped working and planning as long as she was able to do so. When failing eyesight and aging limbs no longer allowed her active endeavour she was obliged for a few years to be waited upon and cared for by her children. Her husband preceded her in death, 1932. She named Leona for her half sister, Leona, and cousin, Isabel Hancock. Nora Elizabeth for her stepmother. Mack for her father. George for both uncle and brother. Chas Arthur for his father. William for his uncle.
To illustrate character of Jane Camden Henshaw and a typical kid stunt of their times, once Shelt and Jane were visiting at Uncle John Wright's, the children were playing in the barn lot and dared Jane to ride a mule which was known to run away at the least provocation. Shelt told Jane that it was a very contrary mule, that she must yell "get up" when she wished it to stop and whip it very hard until it stopped. She must say "whoa" to make it go faster. They put her on bareback and gave her a hickory gad and the mule started around and around the lot, he went frightening her to death. She clung for dear life and never stopped whipping the mule until the boys finally got scared and managed to catch him and release her. They got the proper chastising for their mischief and Jane ate standing for a few days, but she was as game as that all her life and was always outspoken for what was right, setting an example for her children.
Julia I. Camden, fourth child of Mack and Tran, born 1866, died 1886, married Jim Mason, who was born December 4, 1858 and died Sept. 11, 1934. Julia's children:
(1) John Francis Mason married Frances Lenora George, Dec. 11, 1904. They have one daughter, Julia Louise Mason, born Sept. 12, 1924.
(2) Mary Mason, born July 31, 1885, died Nov. 10, 1911, married Jim Fairless. Two sons, Mason Fairless and Alvin Fairless. One of these boys lives with his father near Poplar Bluff, Mo. The other in Chicago, Ill.
Julia died at the age of twenty with tuberculosis. She fed her baby, Mary, and went to bed at her father's house and died in a few hours while her husband was gone for the doctor. She told her father she could see heaven and her mother who had died before her and smiled happily as she seemed to fall asleep.
John Mason's daughter, Julia Louise Mason, who lives with her mother at Pin Bluff, Ark. charmingly wrote and gave us these records from Grandpa Mason's Bible. She is a sophmore in highschool, age 14, and we hope to meet her sometime for her intelligent letter tells us she will be another cousin to be proud of. John Mason was born Jan. 26, 1884 in Marion, Ill. and died Feb. 26, 1939.
(1) Cora, married Lewis Saunders of Doniphan, Mo. later moved to Washington, D.C. Has one son, James Lewis Saunders, Jr., age 17.
(2) Juanita, married Reuben Midkiff, lives at Deepwater, Mo. Has one son, Wallace, one daughter, Betty Jean.
(3) Ruby, married Ernest Mattkee of Detroit, Moved to Amhertberg, Canada.
(4) Faye, married S.W. Sturtevant, Montgomery, Ala. 1 daughter, Shirley Ann, (age) 5.
Uncle Elvis was one month old when his mother died of dropsy. He spent his youth near Stonefort, Ill. and lived much of the time at the home of my father, his oldest brother. We loved Elvis because he was so fond of we children. He attended the Old Crab Orchard Academy under Jas. Turner. My father paid for his education which he duly repaid. He clerked for a time in Bernie, Mo. and traveled for the same firm but most of his life was spent in teaching.
Notice of his death as it was printed in the paper. "Butler County Teacher dies Tuesday at Taft, Mo. June 20, 1920. E.E. Camden, 50 years of age, veteran school teacher in Butler Co., passed away Tues. at his home at Taft, Mo., from an illness with Bright's Disease, from which he had been suffering for some time. The funeral was held Thursday from the home and internment was made at the McKenzie Cemetery near Taft. The deceased is survived by his wife and four daughters. He was a schoolmate of county superintendent of schools, S. O Holloway and during the school year end in May he was principal of the Ball's mill School where he was popular among his students and highy respected by the entire community. His death will come as a great loss to the teaching staff of the county's schools.
Olivia Frances "Leave" Camden, fifth child of Marble and Sally, born 1838, died May 14, 1880, married John Wright. Her children:
(1) Sarah Ann (b. Dec. 17, 1858), married Tom
Hutchinson (Hutchison [b. Dec. 17, 1854], m. July 5,
1877), Hardin Co., their children. 1.
Lizzie, married Robert Jenkins. 2. Julia, married Homer Pate, died: 2nd
marriage Reve Edgar Slavens. Julia had 2 children. All of this family are
dead except Julia's 2 children. Sarah Ann was named for her grandmother
and named her children old family names. They were lovely girls.
(Transcriber's note: Family Bible indicates 1. Mary A. (b. 1878 d. 1879), 2. Lula B. (b. 1879 d. 1880), 3. Liza M. (b. 1883), 4. Juby E. (b. 1884), 4. W. T. (b. 1888), 5. John (b. 1890), 6. Auda (b. 1894)
(2) Martha, married Levi Groves. We have no record of birth date or children.
(3) Jane, married Rev. Pryor Nelson, lives in Marion, Ill. Her children: 1. Flora, deceased, married Bert Griggs. 2. Paralee married Raymond Bruce, one daughter, Elizabeth. 3. Stella, first married Milton Fletcher, 2nd Robert Ford. Jane was always friendly and quiet, her children handsome.
(4) Willie Wright, died in early youth. Named for her brother.
(5) (Virginia) Tranquoline, "Tran", married Green Gurley, Harrisburg. Her Children: 1. Sybil Otterpohl, sons George, and James Carr, daughter Flora. 2. Willie (Uncle Bill Gurley). Sybil is a beautiful woman and her children have the beautiful eyes and heavy brows of their mother and grandmother, Tran. They are typical brows of the old family pictures of the old Camdens.
(6) Elbert married Sarah Potts, deceased. Their children: one son, deceased, Mrs. Artie Potter, Harrisburg, Chloe Dorris, Belvia Grace, Harrisburg. (The son, Otis, who died at age 24, had one son, Otis, Jr. – see Transcriber's Update on Elbert and Sarah below)
(7) Alice Wright, died age 16.
I was of the opinion that they had a son John also, as the old folks always used to speak of "Little John Wright". We are sorry not to have full information as to ages and whereabouts of all this family. Tran says that her mother's Bible was burned when Elbert's house burned and so we lack full dates here.
Aunt Leave and Uncle John Wright were beloved by the whole countryside as benevolent, kind, Christian, folk, whose home was open and seemed to be a meeting place for all. Orphan children were given a place to call home and shown kindness and consideration. The old folks came to stay when they could no longer work and care for themselves. The young folks gathered at Uncle John's to have company and good times with their children, and cousins loved them as much as their own brothers and sisters. Yet neither Aunt Leave nor Uncle John had good health and both died in their forties and two of their children died in youth. No grandson lives bearing the name of Wright (see Transcriber's Update on Elbert and Sarah below), but the name will live in the hearts of all who knew them.
In their grandchildren and great grandchildren, we see the handsome countenances and the personality passed down, while goodness and kindness of heart is still doing duty in their descendants. Jane, Tran, and Elbert, of Olivia's children are living not far from their childhood home. Tran and her grandchildren have attended the Reunions and have great interest in meeting the kinfolks. Aunt Leave is buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery on the Harrisburg, Marion road.
OLIVIA FRANCES CAMDEN
WRIGHT - SECOND MARRIAGE?
My great, great-grandmother, Olivia Frances Camden Wright, supposedly died at the age of 42 in 1880. (Though I notice the year of death is given as1882 in the initial listing of Marble Camden's children.) However, evidence has surfaced that she wasn't dead after all, and got married again in 1883! How did that happen? Leona Turner's and Luetta Camden's source was my great-grandmother Tranquoline (Wright) Gurley. Perhaps Tran disapproved of her mother's second marriage and decided it wouldn't be recorded in the family record. Linda Goodwin has provided the following verified information:
This news is quite surprising, to say the least. We hope that Ms. Goodwin and her cousin Betty will discover the answers to the obvious questions that arise from their discovery.
ON ELBERT AND SARAH POTTS WRIGHT
In June of 2007 I heard from Evelyn Wright Field, a great, great granddaughter of John Wright and Leave Camden. She is the third daughter of Otis Wright, Jr. who recently passed away... Elbert and Sarah, had a son, Otis Wright Sr. who died young, but not before he produced a son, Otis Wright, Jr., Evelyn's father.
to Camden Family History (See Olivia above)
child under Leave Camden and John Wright:
(6) Elbert Wright married Sarah Potts. Sarah is said to have been a full blooded Cherokee Indian.
Note: Otis Sr's sister, Artie, was married to Blanche's brother, Charlie. Bro and sis married sis and bro. I know, it's confusing.
Transcriber/webmaster comment: Matthew is the last male Wright of this branch of the family. Hopefully, he and Chantelle will produce a male child or two before long. Come on Matthew, there's a lot riding on your shoulders. You're the last hope!
TRANSCRIBER'S UPDATE: The above section is my branch of the family. Tran was my paternal great grandmother. She, and her children and grandchildren have since passed away as of this date (May 2005).
BENJAMIN THOMAS CAMDEN, SIXTH CHILD OF MARBLE AND SALLY
Benjamin Thomas Camden, sixth child of Marble and Sally, born Aug. 2, 1840, died March 20, 1901 married Louis Cross, born April 1, 1842, died June 15, 1915. Their children:
(1) Robert Levi Camden, born Dec. 6, 1860, called Uncle Ben's Bob.
(2) Shelton Mike Camden, born April 2, 1863, died March, 1932, Called "Mike".
(3) Elizah Shields Camden, born Nov. 14, 1865, lives at Cobden, Ill.
(4) Sarah Frances Camden, born March 25, 1868, married Odel, lives at Anna, Ill.
(5) William Carol Camden, born Dec. 2, 1871, lives at DuQuoin, Ill.
(6) Mary Marina Camden, born May 5, 1874, died 1911
(7) Louisa Jane Camden, born Nov. 20, 1876, Married Phillips, lives at Anna, Ill.
(8) Ellen Isabel Camden, born Feb. 3, 1881, died July 7, 1903.
The author remembers Great Uncle Ben, and saw him at Aunt Babe Tidwell's shortly before his death. He hadn't seen me for several years, but I'll never forget his kind smile as he sat along on the porch (and recognized me by my resemblance to my father) and said "Hello Sheltie". I always thought he looked so much like my grandpa. Their eyes always made me think of an eagle. Uncle Ben married very young, had a large family, worked very hard and had plenty of hard luck, but he never lost that look of alertness and friendliness. He was a favorite among the brothers, as can be seen by the many Ben's named for him. Ben must have been an old name in the family, for the Camden's in Virginia and Ohio all had brothers and uncles and great grands named Ben, George, and Bill.
We thank "Bob" Camden of Anna, Ill., who is 78 years old, and his niece Mike's daughter, who wrote us the above dates. From some of our other kin we learned of Dolph Camden of Johnston City, who was born 1879 and has one son, Earnest, deceased leaving a son, Everret Eugene Camden, Jr. also Dolph's second son, Of Johnston City, named Leburn. Glen has a son, Donald Glen Camden.
We have not learned the names of any others of Uncle Ben's grandchildren. Bill Camden, his youngest son, married Minnie McNew, and we remember a girl and a boy or more, but have learned only one name, that of his son Claude Camden. Ben's folks have promised to meet with us this year. We hope to see them and learn more of them.
George W. Camden, seventh child of Marble and Sally Camden, was born March 15, 1842, died August 20, 1877, married Matilda Mounce, May, 1866. He is buried in Rich Cemetery. Aunt Mary Matilda Camden was a tall, slender, good looking, fair complexioned woman with a beautiful smile and quiet dignity. Left a widow very young, she managed well and her boys all learned to work and to manage too. Their children:
(1) Robert M. Camden, born 1867 married Lulu Craig, died July 19, 1939. Their children, 1. Carl married Elia Brockett, Creal Springs. 2. William married Ruth Holloway, Detroit, Mich. 3. Vivian married Capt. John Copeland, her children, Minnie Lou, James Robert Copeland.
(2) William W., born 1870 married Alice Lasley, deceased, no children. William was killed in an accident with a team. He was a large, handsome, friendly, much-liked fellow, and his wife was also a favorite.
(3) Thomas Irvin Camden, born April 23, 1873, married Maggie Anderson, born June 7, 1872. Children: 1. James Clyde Camden, born Dec. 25, 1895 married Estelle Edmonson. 2. George Washington Camden, born Sept. 25, 1897 married Lora Tanner. 3. Robert Franklin Camden, born Feb. 12, 1899 married Zella Deaton. 4. Elsie Camden, born March 14, 1900, first married Frank Tanner,s Elsie is now Mrs. Greer. 5. Ralph Arvel Camden, born July 21, 1908 married Fern Arnold. George's children are: 1. Helen Edith, born Aug. 14 1918. 2. Kenneth Neal, born Aug. 8, 1920. 3. Cletus Allen, born Dec 14, 1926. 4. Ruth Loudene, born Nov. 1929. 5. Irvin Anderson, born June 2, 1932. 6. Frances Christina, born June 4, 1936. Clyde's children are: 1. Luie Eldred, born July 27, 1914. 2. Sybil Louis, born Sept. 20, 1918. 3. James Dewey, born March 8, 1924. Elsie's children: 1. Frankie Elvis Tanner, born July 24, 1918. Frank's children are: 1. Irene, born August 15, 1922. 2. Juanita, born August 26, 1925. 3. Anamary, born June 3, 1931. Ralph's children are: Polly Anna, born July 21, 1925. 2. Coleen, born December 10, 1926. (4) Ora, youngest child of George and Mary Matilda, died age 10.
Thanks to Maggie, wife of Irvin, for this complete record of their fine family of children and grandchildren, all good and handsome. Irvin is the fair type of Camden, has the nose and eyes and large size of may of the older men. Some of them were smaller but all were lithe and active and loved the country and outdoor life.
Uncle George seems to have been a great favorite with the family considering how many namesakes he has, and the memories of him are so often retold. He was in the Union Army during the Civil War and his picture taken at the age of 19, shows him to be very handsome. He was the first of the family to go, dying at the early age of 35. He seems to have had all the best qualities of the family and none of the bad.
Robert is about the nearest in size to his grandfather, Marble of any living descendant we know. Irvin has the Camden look in many ways. His family is typical as the old families always had more boys than girls, so the name will be carried on, in the vicinity of the old Camden homestead. Robert also has two boys and one girl and they bear the size and looks of the Camdens to a great extent.
Sarah Elizabeth Camden, born 1845, died Nov. 19, 1909, "Babe", eighth child of Marble and Sally, married Johnathon Tidwell. She was always called Babe". She was born near Nashville, Tenn. Her children:
(1) George Tidwell, born Sept. 26, 1872, died Feb. 19, 1949 married Flora Hood, born May 11, 1881, died July 22, 1932. Her children: (1.) Carl, died 1919, age 19. (2.) Chloe, married Harmon Baker, her children: (a) Roger C. Martinell married Geraldine Walker. Their child, son, Roger. (b) Betty Jane. (3.) Edna Lincoln, Angola, Indiana
(2) Andrew Tidwell, born Aug 18, 1875, died July 8, 1948, first married Maude Tripp, child: Helen, deceased Jan., 1935. Second marriage, Genoa Wallace. Andrew lives at Memphis, Tenn.
(3) John Tidwell, born August 13, 1880. Died Jan 4, 1967. Twice married.
(4) Frosa, born 1882, died 1899, Apr. 4, unmarried.
(5) Oma Tidwell , born February, 1885, married Don Weaver, Cairo, Ill.
|TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: The surviving copy of Mrs. Turner's genealogy had a page with a corner torn off and missing. So information was thus lost. On February 14th, 2001 I heard from Jabran Soubeih, Marble and Sally's 4th Great Grandson, descended from McDowell Camden and Shelton Columbus Camden. His grandmother, Wanda Laverne Southwood Schuchardt, daughter of Clyda Camden and Earl Schuchardt had preserved a copy of Mrs. Turner's work. Jabran provided me with the few long-missing words, plus some other data added later. The formerly missing data is in italics above, and data added later is italics and underlined.|
Aunt Babe is remembered by many old pioneers of our community for her courage in firing the deciding shot in the famous fight. Aunt Babe was known to the writer personally and I have often spent a night in her home as a child. She was tall and large without a bit of fat. She had heavy black brows, black hair and a wide forehead. She had the strength of character typical of her family, no use for dishonesty or laziness or dirt of any kind. She led a life of hard work and raised her family alone, a thing few women of her day would have had the courage to do. She seemed to be rather stern and quick tempered but she loved children and I knew she took interest in us and we all loved her. She lived on a farm near Uncle Chris for a long while, then moved to Pope Co. where she lived on the farm with her children until she moved to Cairo and lived there ten years until her death in 1909.
Aunt Babe was one who kept pictures and keepsakes for the family. Her daughter, Oma, still cherishes clothing of Marble and Sally and antique china of Sally's. She has pictures of old tintype pattern much to be desired by those who wish to keep family history and preserve memories and ties. All of Aunt Babe's children have been present for family reunions except George, who was on a job that required all his time, but he sent information and helped with names and dates.
When the author can get authentic information the story of the Camden-Lawrence fight will be printed, but as one of our Camdens married one of the nephews of the said Lawrence, we have their version of the story also and the difference is truly laughable, as the daughters said, "What fights my mother and father could have had if they'd let the old stories of their kinfolks come up for discussion". But everyone knows that Aunt Babe's part in it ended the fight and probably saved her father's life. For a fourteen year old girl, she showed a real pioneer spirit and the thing that makes our family, the willingness to fight for it against all odds.
Anyone who ever knew Aunt Babe would never doubt her courage nor her true family inheritance of its rugged independence as well as the deep love of family and children which made her a good mother and a beloved relative to us all. Her grandchildren mention her with such loving remembrance as to leave no doubt as to the depth of real love and kindness combined with traits of firmness and dignity which made her loved and respected by all who knew her. Her children have many resemblances to the older Camdens. The long straight nose, pointing downward, heavy brows, and high cheek bones are present in several of her descendants. Aunt Babe's life was harder than a lot, as she had to rear her five children alone, but she fought poverty as hard as other enemies and kept her self respect and her children by hard work and integrity.
Great Grandad was a man of might,
Strict and stern and he loved a fight.
Six feet three stood in his sox,
And with his fist could fell an ox,
Rough and gruff but full of pride,
With a tender heart which he tried to hide,
Always helping the underdog,
He deeply hated the selfish hog.
Marvel Mack Patrick Peter Henry,
First saw light in old Virginny.
His Scotch Irish mother named him so,
To please his patriot father though
She added something of her own,
Long names, the fashion then 'tis known
And Camden was a proud old name,
So he must add links to its chain.
Great grandad he married a wife,
And then he kept her all his life.
Little Sally Hopkins full of charm,
Could easily stand beneath his arm.
In a covered oxwagon they were wed,
From Carolina westward sped.
To make their home in Tennessee,
Near Nashville started a family tree.
Came six big boys and two fine lasses,
Twenty years thus quickly passes.
All were lively and full of fun,
None were sickly, none were dumb.
But Marvel heard of a country fine,
North of the Mason Dixon line.
So Sally packed and the boys were happy,
To drive the team and follow Pappy.
To Illinois at last they came,
And built on their Johnson County claim.
The year of eighteen forty-eight,
They cleared and planted both early & late.
While Granny looked on the old fireplace,
And made each laddie was his face.
And to this day I've never seen,
A descendant of hers that wasn't clean.
But they worked that the children might have enough.
All loved Granny and feared Grandad,
And had no time for what was bad.
Two followed the flag to set slaves free,
But they hated war the same as we.
All loved children and cherished kin,
And stuck together thru thick & thin.
And they married mates of equal pride,
Honest and worthy to walk beside.
Scotch-Irish mostly, upright and strong,
Who raised the standards and righted wrong.
Ruled communities, founded schools,
Churches, homes and reared no fools.
Each kept contact with the rest,
And homes were open to every guest.
And then their children followed thru,
Loved lands and children and horses too.
They too married and children came,
And now it's we who bear their name.
Sixty five grandchildren in all he had,
You'll get up early to beat Grandad.
***End of Mrs. Leona Turner and Luetta Camden's Book***
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BATTLE OF CAMDEN
Students of history might recall the Revolutionary War "Battle of Camden," but few are aware of the Civil War battle of the same name that took place near the small town of New Burnside in Southern Illinois.
AUNT BABE AND THE
BATTLE OF CAMDEN
The Only Civil War Action Fought in Johnson County Illinois
by William R. Carr
Despite being reputed "Copperheads" five of Marble's boys to "volunteer" to serve the Union, including the one who was wounded by Lt. Lawrence in the "Battle of Camden." The following information was provided by Bill Finley:
Shelton W. Camden: Civil War, Union, Company B, 31st Illinois Infantry Regiment.
Benjamin Thomas Camden: Civil War, Union, Company F, 128th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.
George W. Camden: Civil War, Union, Company F, 128th Illinois Infantry Volunteers, Companies A and G, 9th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.
Marbell McDowell Camden: Civil War, Union, Company C, 128th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.
William McArthur Camden: Civil War, Union, Company F, 128th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.
Not bad for a family accused of being Copperheads.
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Submitted by Danone Louise Camden Simpson
We received this message on the 15th of March, 2011
My name is Danone Louise Camden Simpson born 6/20/1955 in
On April 3 and 11, 1992, I heard from Mrs. Hazel M. White, Family Historian, of 1100 N. Noland Rd. Apt. F, Independence, Missouri, 64050. She wrote:
"...Because of the name Marble (Marbel), we feel that your family fits into ours. William Camden (1740- ca 1813) had a son Marbell who died in VA. His son Marbell went to St. Louis. You see the connection...."
"...I feel your Marble is grandson of William and Sybil (Dent) Camden. Now, this William is the one that we three have had a hard time tying into the others. If Mrs. Turner is right about his coming from England, it would shed some light. My own particular Camdens were here in the 1600s.
"...There are some Camdens in Arkansas who are grandchildren of George W. Camden and great grandchildren of William (C. acc/to them) Camden. George had a brother John (as Mrs. Turner's George had). Their grandfather (George, I mean) talked of a Ben Camden.
"Mrs. Turner's William married three times. Great grandfather William of the Arkansas bunch married "three or four times". Mrs. Turner said William married third to Martha ___? . This could be Martha Threet who married the Arkansas Camden's William. The Threets were, as you know, in your area of IL. George also married a Threet, niece of Martha.
"I have traced William on the censuses as far as possible (difficult because his families keep changing). These indicate that he was born ca 1830. I found George (the AR George) in Boone County, AR, 1900. He was born in Illinois, his father in Tennessee and his mother in Illinois.
"Even though George was born 1862, I've not been able to find him as a child in IL, MO or AR.
"...Marble may have had a brother Leroy who moved to Lawrence County, MO. Died there; wife and children to AR.
"...Leroy named a son Marbel (marriage record) /Gerald (family history)/ Mason (on one census)."
Webmaster's note: As shown above, this connection has been confirmed in that the William Camden (1740-1813), has been shown to be the brother of Benjamin Camden, Sr., "our" Marble's father (or grandfather [???]).
In February of 2001 we received the following email from Joan (Stutsman?)
In June of 2001 we received the following email from Jeanne King who is a descendent of Polina's branch of the family, and who provided her family information above:
On July 11, 2009, we heard from Jackie Croslin-Flake. Jackie tells us:
In June of 2007, Roanna Erin Camden Cann told us she has made a viable connection between the famous "Native Virginian" Indian Princess Pocahontas and Marble Camden's mother Elizabeth Wright. Here's the lineage as she sees it so far:
See Roanna's web site at: http://bergerelmore.tribalpages.com (password needed to get into Roanna's site is "marble")
In March of 2008, Patti Voelker sent us the following email.
grandmother's name was Goldia Camden Branstetter Elfering. Her mother
was Anna Frances Camden born October 4, 1870. Anna died January 27,
1936 in Los Angeles, CA. Her parents were Mason Jackson Camden (also
called Marble Jack) born January 18, 1841 and died March 18, 1884 in
Stott City, Lawrence Co (Missouri, I presume). He was married to Eliza
"...Leroy S. Camden, wife Odelia and family, appear on the Dawes Rolls as belonging to the Choctaw nation. This information can be found at Rootsweb within the Native American database. Interesting! Family legend always held that the Camden`s were Cherokee, but I could find only one Camden on the Cherokee final roster. This was an "A. B. Camden" without reference to full name or gender. - DJ Camden -- Leroy S. Camden Birth: Apr. 29, 1799 Death: Jul. 20, 1876 Note: Husband of Odelia Burial: Colley Cemetery Lawrence County Missouri, USA Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?] Record added: Oct 5 2007 By: Pat Sproat" (From Roanna Camden Cann's web site at: http://bergerelmore.tribalpages.com (password needed to get into Roanna's site is "marble")
An interesting Indian Ancestry Research Site: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/
Roanna Camden Cann tells us that Elizabeth Wright, whose ancestry appears to directly connect to Pocahontas, probably also connects, more indirectly, to George Washington, "Father of the nation." It goes like this:
As I understand it, the link between Anne Washington and Maj. John Wright has not yet been absolutely proven, but here's hoping Roanna's research will make that confirmation.
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Leona Turner speculated that the Camden name, and the family in America, were probably somehow connected to the English First Earl of Camden (whose actual name, however, was Charles Pratt), and/or the famous William Camden, namesake of the English Camden Society. No confirmed connections have at yet come to light in this respect – nor have any such connections been disproved. I have included the following as a matter of historical interest with regard to the Camden name.
Camden, Charles Pratt, 1st Earl,
(baptized March 21, 1714, London, Eng.--d. April 18, 1794, London), English jurist who, as chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas (1761-66), refused to enforce general warrants (naming no particular person to be arrested). As lord chancellor of Great Britain (1766-70), he opposed the government's North American colonial policy of taxation without parliamentary representation.
Pratt (created Baron Camden in 1765 and Earl Camden in 1786) was a school friend and political ally of the statesman William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham. In 1763, as chief justice, he granted a writ of habeas corpus to the radical politician John Wilkes, who, in the periodical North Briton, had referred to a speech by King George III as a lie and had been arrested for sedition on a general warrant. In the cases of Wilkes v. Wood (1763) and Entick v. Carrington (1764-65), he firmly declared general warrants unlawful.
In his first speech in the House of Lords (1765), Camden attacked the Stamp Act, one of the colonists' grievances that led to the American Revolution. His continued opposition to the colonial taxation policy resulted in his dismissal as lord chancellor.
Encyclopaedia Britannica CD97. Copyright (c) 1996 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Not to politicize this genealogical Web-page, but merely as
possible point of interest to Camdens and others who have chanced to see this
symbol on some of this domain's political commentary pages, this will explain
the logo's genesis and meaning.
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Photo Credits: The copies of tin type photos of Marble Camden and Benjamin T. Camden were contributed to this site by Linda Goodwin who, in turn, had received them from Patrick Mc Donald, a descendant of Benjamin T. Camden.
Roanna Erin Camden, of Virginia,
is the webmaster of a large
genealogical web site which includes the Camdens of Virginia
– and more as time goes by.
(password needed to get into Roanna's site is "marble")
Roanna has a newer and
more regularly updated genealogical data base at http://trees.ancestry.com
Her site is at: http://trees.ancestry.com/fhs/home.aspx?tid=5024063
Here's another valuable resource:
of Thomas Cambden Camden - 12 Generations
by the late Eugene Camden of Winchester, Missouri
Being the family of "Benjamin B. Camden & Forefathers & Descendants
Includes other Camdens from Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland plus Others"
Available from Rose Camden, Widow of Eugene Camden
(Sorry, No longer available)
NOTE: In August of 2007,
Rose's daughter, Christine A. Camden, informed us that, due to failing health,
her mother is no longer able to fill orders. You may be able to find out how
to obtain copies of Eugene Camden's books by writing to Christine (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
December 2007): Christina has just begun a Camden web site to post her genealogical information on her branches of the family.
Christina's web site: http://benjamincamden.tribalpages.com
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