Thomas Hugh Campbell's father, Ezra Martin Campbell, was born on: March 13, 1848. The 1880 Census for Walnut Township, Polk, Iowa lists Ezra Campbell as 32 years of age in 1880. His father's birthplace is recorded as Virginia, and his mothers birthplace was Ohio. The census also records Ezra as being a married man in the year of 1880. He married my great grandmother Mary Cassandra Roberts who was born on: November 1, 1853 and died: February 5, 1934.
My grandfather, Thomas Hugh Campbell was born to Ezra Martin Campbell and Mary Cassandra Roberts on April 22, 1872 in Campbell county, Iowa. He married Caroline (Carrie) Frederika Pedersen, who was born in Sleswig Holstein, Denmark on September 18, 1874. Carrie Pedersen Campbell died on October 5, 1972, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington. Thomas Hugh Campbell died in his home at 1111 Meridian Road, Bellingham, Wa. The obituary reads as follows:
CAMPBELL, Thomas H., age 72 years, a resident of 1111 Meridian Road, passed away at his home Friday morning, July 19, (1946) after a lingering illness. Mr. Campbell was born in Iowa and had lived in the Laurel district for the past 46 years. He is survived by the widow, Carrie; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Bellingar, Mrs. Alta Smith, both of Seattle; one son, Philip, of Bellingham; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Smith, of Bellingham, Mrs. Eva Wilson, in Montana; one brother, William H. Campbell, of Route 1, Ferndale. The body rests at the Monroe Funeral Home in Ferndale where funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 22, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Edward Shipman officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
IMMIGRANT SHIP "ISLAND" YEAR BUILT: 1882
My grandmother, Carrie came to America when she was 16 years old aboard the ship " Islander," enroute from Copenhagen, to New york on May 19, 1892. The ship's weight was 2,844 gross tons, length 313ft x beam 39.2ft, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron hull, single screw, speed 11 knots, accommodation for 50-1st, 50-2nd and 900-3rd class passengers. Launched in Aug.1882 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen for the Thingvalla Line, she began her maiden voyage on 6th September 1882 when she left Copenhagen for Christiania (Oslo), Christiansand and New York. Her last sailing on this route for these owners started on 7th Sep.1898 and she was then sold to Scandinavian American Line. She re-started New York voyages on 28th Dec.1898 and commenced her last sailing on 22nd Dec.1904. She arrived back in Copenhagen on 8th Feb.1905 and was then laid up. Sold to Calame & Cortese, Genoa on the 20th of January in 1906. She sprang a leak in Copenhagen harbour on 26th January, and was scrapped at La Spezia. [North Atlantic Seaway, vol.3,p.1051 by N.R.P.Bonsor] [DFDS Line by S.Thorsoe & others]
The port of arrival of the immigrant ship that carried my grandmother to New York harbor, was Ellis Island. From there she traveled to Albert Lea, Minnesota. The city of Albert Lea is named after Albert Miller Lea, a topographer with the United States Dragoons which surveyed southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in 1835, including the current site of Albert Lea. Captain Nathan Boone, a son of Daniel Boone, was the scout for Lea's unit.
My grandparents met when my grandmother, Carrie was out riding her pony in the fields of Ferndale, Washington, when she chanced to meet young Thomas Hugh Campbell, who was also out riding his horse on property the family had homesteaded. They fell in love and eventually were married.
Carrie Pedersen's father's name is Christian Pedersen, and her mother's name is Mary. Her sister Christine Pedersen, married Ray Dills.