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  • ID: I003260
  • Name: James Campbell of Burnbank& Boguhan
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1667
  • Death: 1713
  • Note:
    Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 11:28:10 EST
    Subject: Re: Margaret Leslie

    The account of James Campbell and Margaret Leslie and their supposed
    connection to a James Campbell McCollum who immigrated to Nova Scotia then
    New York circa 1760 has proliferated through out the internet. What its
    original source was, I do not know. What I do know without question, is that
    these accounts are false! James Campbell (1667-1713) who was the 4th son of
    the 9th Earl of Argyll did indeed marry Margaret Leslie (c1675-c1730). She
    was his second wife. The first Mary Wharton was a minor child (9 years old!)
    that James abducted then married in 1690 (for the inheritance) this was
    annulled by act of Parliament, all of which is well documented. They
    obviously had no children. James and Margaret were married in 1693. They
    had 5 children: Archibald who disappeared in 1713, John who died without
    issue, Charles (who was living in 1717 but no other info available), Ann
    (b1696 died young?), and Mary who inherited her parents estate when Margaret
    died. As you can see they had no son James. James "Campbell" McCollom who
    did immigrate to America before 1760 is well recorded in several land grants
    and records of Albany later known as Montgomery and Tyron counties of N
    York. He was born 1744 and was a Tory, Loyalist during the Revolution and
    migrated to Ontario in 1793 to take the UEL lands that were being distributed
    to Loyalists. James McCollom died in Gainsborough Township in 1819. He
    could not possibly have been the son of Margaret Leslie and James Campbell as
    the former would have been 69 at the birth and the latter had been dead for
    31 years!
    James McCollom's father has been determined to be John McCollom who
    immigrated to Nova Scotia circa 1758 then New York prior to 1760. John
    McCollom had 9 children. The oldest Archibald b1741 remained in Argyll,
    Scotland. The remaining children accompanied their parents. The immigrant
    children were James McCollom (1744-1819) [his first wife was Sarah Campbell
    d/o James Campbell Sr. of Cherry Valley, so James McCollom was a son-in-law
    of a James Campbell and probably resulted in all the confusion about Campbell
    to McCollom names], Mary (1745-1829) who married James Campbell Jr. of
    Cherry Valley [note this James Campbell was a brother-in-law of James
    McCollom and is descendant from the first settlers of Cherry Valley and has a
    lot of info on the Web, see Rootsweb], John McCollom Jr. (1747-c1820), Daniel
    McCollom (1748-1829), Alexander McCollom (1750-c1830), Elizabeth McColl
    (1751-1824), Andrew McCollom (1753-c1780), and Findlay McCollom (1754-1829).
    As you can see above the relationship of James McCollom to James Campbell was
    through the first wife Sarah Campbell. The Campbell's of Cherry Valley are a
    well documented family that probably descended from the Campbells of
    Auchenbeck rather than the Argyll's, though the two lines did merg about 10
    generation back this Campbell data can also be found on the LDS site.
    So in conclusion, James McCollom was not the son of James Campbell
    and Margaret Leslie and the attributions of a McCollom/Campbell link probably
    resulted from the in-law James Campbell who also was not related to Jam
    Campbell and Margaret Leslie.

    Now for another bit of confusion. There is an account that has been
    unconfirmed and probably never could be confirmed that has James' father John
    McCollom (1721-c1780, died in NY) son of Archibald Campbell McCollom
    (1688-c1750). This Archibald Campbell McCollom was said to be the bastard
    son of James Campbell of Boquhan, (he the son of Archibald the 9th Earl of
    Argyll). Considering this James Campbell's reputation, that is certain
    believable. There is an Archibald listed as the son of James and Margaret
    but he was born before the marriage, and my guess if this account is true, he
    was not the son of Margaret but raised in that family (as was a custom for
    bastard children of the upper classes). It is known that Archibald Campbell
    "disappeared" from the record in 1713 the year of his father's death and he
    probably was disinherited by the mother as James died intestate. Archibald
    then may have taken the generic Campbell surname of McColin (ie. descendant
    of Colin Mor the founder of the Campbell Clan) which hence became variously
    spelled as McCollum, McCollom, and McAllum. Of course the latter is
    speculation .
    If you all haven't been confused by all the Jameses etc., I hope this
    helps to clarify the line of James McCollom of Gainsborough.

    Scott Biggs

    Father: Ninth Earl Archibald
    Mother: Mary Stewart

    Marriage 1 Mary Wharton b: ABT 1681
    • Married: 1690

    Marriage 2 Margaret Leslie b: ABT 1675
    • Married: 1693
    1. Has No Children Archibald Campbell
    2. Has No Children John Campbell
    3. Has No Children Charles Campbell
    4. Has No Children Ann Campbell b: 1696
    5. Has No Children Mary Campbell
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