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From: Fay Stengler <>
Subject: Edmiston and Campbell and Returned E-mail
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 15:12:34 -0600
This E-mail was returned to me, so I am resending.
First of all, thank you for the the information on the Kennedy's. I am
impressed with the organization of your material. Well done.
Now, as to Martha Campbell and Col. William Edmiston, my interest in
this couple began when I received copies of material known as the
"Kercheval-Trimble Papers," housed at the Tennessee State Library and
Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. This collection includes several
pieces of genealogical material contained in letters and recollections
of the Kennedy and the Edmiston families. The individual pieces are
1. "Edmistons or Edmonsons or Edmundsons" by a GG granddaughter of
2. "Edmondson--Edmonson--Edmiston" by Mrs. H. L. Calloway
3. "Edmiston Genealogy" by Georgia Rankin Cole
4. "Annals of the Edmiston Family" by Mrs. Hetty Montgomery McEwen,
dated Feb. 1879
5. "Annals of the Kennedy Family" by Hettie M. Loggins
6. "Edmiston, Campbell" a typed partial copy of a longer document by
possibly C. E McEwen Jones, a daughter of Mrs. Hetty M. McEwen.
7. A letter from K. J. Henley to genealogist Miss Gentry, dated April 9,
Copies of all of these documents can be obtained at a low cost from the
Library and Archives mentioned above.
Mrs. Hetty Montgomery McEwen was a granddaughter of Col. William
Edmiston, and the daughter of Esther Edmiston. She has many interesting
things to say about Col. Edmiston. She states that his mother was
Welsh; he married twice, first to MISS MARTHA CAMPBELL, " a Scotch
lassie of the House of Argyle... ." She goes on to say that this Martha
Campbell emigrated to America with her father, John Campbell and three
brothers and a large number of the Campbell Clan, landing in
Philadelphia, later moving to Virginia and settling near Abington. She
also states that Col. William next married Miss MARGARET MONTGOMERY.
She goes on to discuss the children in some detail.
The GG granddaughter of William Prewitt says in her document, "There was
another William Edmiston who was a captain at King's Mt. He survived
the battle and was afterwards Lt. Col. of Washington, County Virginia.
He married first (MARTHA CAMPBELL) (2nd) MARGARET MONTGOMERY. Later in
the document, she states about William Edmiston, "He is said to have
married Martha Campbell. She was perhaps the sister/daughter of the
patriot Maj. Arthur Campbell. He was a Maj. in the Battle of Kings
Mountain; and she was descended from the Campbells of Kirnan of Scotland
who were cadets of the House of Argyle ... . Martha Campbell married
Captain William Kennedy in Augusta County Virginia." She goes on to
discuss Col. Edmiston, finally stating that a Col. Edmiston was killed
at Kings Mountain.
The Hetty M. Loggins account states that MARTHA CAMPBELL married William
Kennedy, and that Col. William Edmiston married MARGARET MONTGOMERY, and
refers to another wife.
K. J. Henley states in his letter, "...that Col. Wm Edmiston or Edmonson
who survived the battle of King's Mt. and held many civil offices was
born in MD. He m'd NANCY MONTGOMERY whose father was a distinguished
pioneer citizen and a Captain of Militia. They had a son JOHN EDMONSON
who married MARGARET MONTGOMERY and have descendants in Kentucky. This
John Edmonson fought with the Washington County Militia at the Battle of
King's Mt. Capt. Wm Edmiston killed in that battle who and?(m'd)?
MARTHA CAMPBELL have had a son John too."
The other documents do not speak to the Martha Campbell issue. As you
can see, this tangle was compounded by the Clan Campbell's information
that Martha Campbell, a daughter of Patrick Campbell, married an
Edmondson and they had a daughter Esther Edmondson who married 2nd
cousin Robert Campbell Kennedy.
I am beginning to share Linda's belief that a confusion among various
William Edmiston/Edmonson's has been a major cause of this Martha
Campbell issue. It is obvious when reading these documents, that the
writers do not make distinctions among the William Edmiston/Edmonson
I hope this information has not confused you, but I thought it important
to let you know where my interest in Martha Campbell has come from.
I would be greatly interested in the proof your cousin Howard V. Jones
has concerning this matter. Please do send his snail mail to me. I
would like to put Martha Campbell to rest!
Have fruitful searches today.