History of the Restoration Movement

  Chronology Of The Life Of Alexander Campbell

Lithograph drawn in 1859 by D.S. Wagner
Signed: With Kindest regards, Forever yours
with hope of immortality, A. Campbell
Note: Wagner signed his name and date backwards
Drawing Hanging In the Campbell Mansion
Bethany, WV
Photo taken May 24, 2012

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  Chronology of The Life Of Alexander Campbell
1763 February 1 Thomas Campbell, father of A.C. born at Newry, County Down, Ireland
  Sept. 1 Jane Corneigle born, mother of A.C.
1788 Sept. 12 Birth in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland
1791 Jan. 29 Margaret Brown is born
1795   John Brown, Margaret’s Brown Campbell’s father, builds a three story dwelling in the northern Virginia wilderness, the beginning of what is now known as the Bethany Mansion
1802 Nov. 12 Selina Huntington Bakewell, is born in Litchfield, England. In 1828 she will become A.C.’s second wife.
1807 April 1 His father Thomas (1763-1854), migrated to America (Washington, PA.) – Arrived May 13 – Leaves Alexander to take charge of his school at Rich Hill
1808 Sept. 28 Departs for America on Sailing Vessel, Hybernia
  Oct. 7 Ship-wrecked off Scotland Coast, on the Isle of Islay, one of the Hebrides
  Nov. 3 Reaches Glasgow, comes under influence of Greville Ewing
  Nov. 9 Enters Glasgow University (Mem. Vol 1. p.130) The classes he had entered were those of Professor Young, both public and private, in Greek; those of Professor Jardine, public and private, in Logic and Belles Lettres, and Dr. Ure’s class in Experimental Philosophy. French 6am; Greek N.T. 7am; Latin 8-10am; Returning to bathe and breakfast; Advanced Greek and Latin in the afternoons. Professors Young and Jardine had taught his father, now him
  End of Nov. Greville Ewing arranges for family to move to “a more eligible situation in Youngsland, Broad Street, Hutchinsontown” Family stays here until departure to America. (Mem. Vol.1, p,130)
1809 Aug. 5 A.C. sails to America
  Sept. 29 Arrives In New York, USA on ship Latonia, Reads Declaration And Address and dedicates his life to its principles
  Oct. 25 Reaches Washington, PA
1810 July 15 Preaches his first sermon on Matthew 7:24-27
    Publishes the “Clarinda” essays.
1811 March 12 A.C. Marries Margaret Brown (A.C. is 23 years old & Margaret is 20)
  May 4 Christian Association Of Washington becomes the church at Brush Run – First meeting in building June 16 (EJW,v1,165)
  May 16 Leaves home on 1st preaching tour – Returns June 14
  June 16 Preaches first sermon in Brush Run Meetinghouse = The church begins taking the Lord’s Supper weekly.
  July 4 Thomas Campbell immerses James Bryant, Margaret Fullerton and Abraham Alters, himself standing on a root of a tree outside the water; these were the first immersions of the Brush Run Church. – Alexander Campbell moves to his father-in-law’s home, assists in the work of the farm and preaches. (Memoirs, vol. 1, page 371 /EJW,v1,172)
  Dec. 25 Writes memorability of heart examination and formulates his views of church government.
1812 January 1 Ordained To The Ministry – in view of impending birth of child sets out a diligent study of baptism
  March 13 1st child Jane Campbell (Ewing), is born – (A.C. is 24 years old) – She was later married to Albert G. Ewing
  June 12 A.C., Margaret, Thomas & Jane are baptized by Baptist minister Matthias Luce on the confession of faith in Christ as the Son of God – Leadership of the movement is conceded to A.C. by his father.
1813 Fall Brush Run Church joined Redstone Baptist Association (MH,1848,344ff;Memoirs,1,438ff)
  Sept. 13 Eliza Ann Campbell (later marries John C. Campbell), born – She is the second child daughter to Margaret and AC.
1814 June 8 Brush Run Church resolves to moves as a body to Zanesville, Ohio. Mr. John Brown, A.C.’s father-in-law, in order to keep A.C. near, deeds farm to him for a small fee.
1815 Nov. 20 Maria Louisa Campbell Henley – born, third daughter & third child of A.C. & Margaret Campbell
  Dec. 12 Goes east To Philadelphia, New York And Washington, D. C., To Solicit Funds To Build A Meeting-House At Wellsburg, Securing $1,000
1816 August 30 “Sermon on the Law” At Cross Creek Baptist Church, near Wellsburg, Growing opposition in Redstone Association. – Marks the beginning of separation from the Baptists
1817   Thomas Campbell moves to Cambridge, Ohio and later to Kentucky.
1818 January 17 Lavinia McGregor Campbell, (later Mrs. W.K. Pendleton) is born. She is the 4th child and daughter of A.C. & Margaret Campbell
    Opens Buffalo Seminary, Campbells board young men in their home for the purpose of educating them.
    AC challenges a Rev. Mr. Finley, a union Presbyterian minister, to discuss the points of difference;  AC receives his first challenge for public discussion.
1819   Second edition to Bethany home complete in view of housing/classroom space of Buffalo Seminary – during the building, the Campbell family lived in the basement.
    Walter Scott arrives at Pittsburgh from Scotland, becomes acquainted with plea for Christian Union.
    Thomas Campbell family returns to Virginia to assist in the work of his son in Buffalo Seminary
    AC writes under the pseudonym “Candidus” in consideration of the “Moral Societies” of the time, breaking their influence. Continues managing Buffalo Seminary and operating the farm.
1820 Feb 16 Amanda Corneigle Campbell is born. She is the 5th child and daughter of A.C. & Margaret Campbell.  (AC Mem. 2, p.31)
  Mar. 27 AC asked to debate John Walker (Presbyterian)
  June 19,20 Debate with John Walker (Presbyterian) at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. Campbell organized church at Wellsburg. A.C.’s first public discussion.
  August 8 Amanda Corneigle Campbell is dies. She is the 5th child and daughter of A.C. & Margaret Campbell. The 1st child of A.C. to die. – Buried in Campbell Cemetery #56
  August 30 Mahoning Baptist Association organized in Western Reserve of Ohio.
1821 May 21 Selina Huntingdon Bakewell is baptized by AC at the mouth of Buffalo Creek. (MEM v.2,32)
  July Adamson Bentley and Sidney Rigdon visit A.C. at his home. They remain 2 days. They embraced the teachings of Restoration
  July 14 Clarinda Campbell Pendleton (the later, 2nd Mrs. W.K. Pendleton) is born. She is the 6th child and daughter born to A.C. & Margaret Campbell.
1822   Through A.C.’s influence Sidney Rigdon becomes minister for the churches at Pittsburg, PA.
  Nov. 10 John Brown Campbell is born and dies. He is the 7th child and 1st son to be born to A.C. & Margaret Campbell. He is the 2nd child of A.C. to die.  Buried in Campbell Cemetery #55
  December Closes Buffalo Seminary
1823   Admitted to Mahoning Association to thwart plans to excommunicate him from Redstone Assoc.
1823-30 Beg. July 4 Published Christian Baptist. Spirit. strongly iconoclastic. Objects of attack: (1) missionary societies and ecclesiastical organizations, (2) clergy, (3) creeds.
  August Organizes the church at Wellsburg, outside the jurisdiction of the Redstone Association; this church was afterward received into the Mahoning Association.
  October 13 Sets out on 300 miles trip on horseback to Kentucky. Sidney Rigdon travels with him. A.C.’s first visit to Kentucky.
  October 15-21 Rode 300 miles on horseback to debate Debate with W. L. McCalla (Presbyterian) at Washington, KY. Growing influence in KY. Jeremiah Vardeman serves as his moderator. – After debate AC visited Mayslick and Lexington.
  December A.C. published the McCalla Debate
1824   Withdrew Brush Run from Redstone Association and Joins Mahoning Association – Also Wellsburg church is added.
    Toured Kentucky – Met Raccoon John Smith & Barton W. Stone – 3 month tour.
  Dec. 16 Margaretta L. Campbell is born. She is the 8th child and 7th daughter of AC & Margaret Campbell
1825   A.C. focuses largely on the Christian Baptist, beginning the series “Restoration of the Ancient Order Of Things.” Continues to work on the farm.
1826   Walter Scott removes to Steubenville and opens a private school. Memoirs, v.2, p.128 / P.S. Fall moves to Nashville at the request of the church there, Memoirs, v.2, p.142
  May 14 Margaretta L. Campbell died at 17 months old. She is the 8th child and 7th daughter of AC & Margaret Campbell. She is the 3rd child of A.C. to die. She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #54
  July A.C. visits eastern Virginia and met the leading Baptist ministers there. They refuse to accept his reformatiory views. His standing with the Baptists becomes more precarious.
  Aug. 25-27 A.C. attends the Mahoning Association Meeting Association meeting at Canfield, Ohio - Walter Scott attends with him, being his first visit to the association meeting. Memoirs, v.2, p.163,164
  November Makes his third visit to Kentucky; goes to Nashville, Tennessee. (1st trip to Tennessee.) This trip was taken for Mrs. Campbell’s health. Memoirs, v.2, p.168
    Barton W. Stone begins the Christian Messenger in Georgetown, Kentucky
  Winter A.C. devotes every spare moment to the preparation of the translation of the New Testament that he would release in the spring of the following year.
1827   A.C. visited Louisville/Indiana/Nashville, TN – Memoirs, v.2, p.168
  Spring A.C. publishes the George Campbell, Doddridge and Macknight translation of the New Testament, with notes and annotations; this publication he called “The Living Oracles.”
  July John Allen Gano baptized in Georgetown, Kentucky -
  August A.C. attends the Mahoning Association at Lisbon, Ohio, taking Walter Scott with him.
  August 25 Walter Scott is elected evangelist by the Mahoning Association at Lisbon, Ohio to travel and labor among the churches of the Association.  (Preaches five steps: faith, repentance, baptism, remission of sins, Holy Spirit) (Memoirs, p. 357)
  October 22 Margaret Campbell dies of Consumption (Tuberculosis) in her 36th year – (One “urban legend” is that she got sick as a result of living in the damp basement during the construction of an addition to the Campbell home eight years previous, but there is nothing historically to verify that assumption. She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #53
1827-30   Separation from the Baptists. Mahoning Assoc. dissolved.
1828 January 24 Daughter Jane married Albert G. Ewing. They reside in Tennessee. She is 16 years old. (Memoirs, p.243)
  July 31 A.C. married Selina H. Bakewell of Wellsburg, suggested by Margaret before her death. (Memoirs, p.243)
1829 April 13-21 Debate with Robert Owen (social reformer and skeptic).
  April 23 Margaret Bakewell Campbell (later Mrs. John O. Ewing) is born. She is the first daughter born to Selina and 9th child and 8th daughter born to A.C.
  December A.C. meets Obadiah Jennings, Presbyterian, in Nashville, TN, for debate. Jacob Creath, Jr. assists.
  October 5 Delegate to Virginia Constitutional Convention with James Madison, James Monroe, and John Marshall. (Memoirs, V.2, p.310)
1830 January 4 Began publication of Millennial Harbinger. (Continued publishing Christian Baptist for six months concurrently – Memoirs, V.2, p.285)
  January 14 A final vote on state of slavery made at Constitutional Convention – Campbell’s western voters were defeated by the stronger representatives of the eastern representatives – Memoirs, v.2, p.312 – Campbell returns home after 2 ½ months in Richmond.
  Spring Tour to Cincinnati, Ohio and northern Kentucky, Mayslick, (Memoirs, v.2, p.330)
  July 5 Last Issue Of Christian Baptist
  August Mahoning Baptist Association Dissolves at Austintown at the suggestion of John Henry and brethren. AC in attendance along with Walter Scott. Continual annual meetings take place but only in an advisory level, not legislative at the suggestion of AC. (Memoirs, v.2.,p.327f)
    Stillwater Baptist Association Dissolves – meeting the Friday before the third Sunday in the month. Continual annual meetings take place but only in an advisory level, not legislative. (Memoirs, v.2, p.329)
  Tues. Oct. 26th Tour to Ohio, Kentucky & Tennessee, (Memoirs, p.330, MH, V.1, p.553, v.2. p.27) (2nd of 7 trips to Tennessee)
  Dec. 10 Accompanied by Jacob Creath, Jr. Delivers lesson in Nashville, Tennessee. Presbyterian, Obadiah Jennings present. (Memoirs, p.338)
  Dec. 25 Debate with Obadiah Jennings begins. (Memoirs, p.339ff) 
  Dec. 28 Departs Nashville (Memoirs, p.343)
1831-32   Series of 7 articles on "Cooperation of Churches" led to organization of “cooperation meetings” through 1830's.
1831 January 17 Maria Louisa Campbell married Robert Yates Henley. They have children Thomas Meekins, who was married to Priscilla Ragby. Other children include Jane Caroline, Robert Yates, and Alexander Campbell
  January 26 AC crosses the Ohio at Maysville, Kentucky (Memoirs, p.343)
  February 3 Arrives home from southern tour of 1400 miles by land for one hundred days. (Memoirs, p.343)
  February Published a 12-page tract in MH & in separate tract Exposing Mormonism – Feb. 1831 issue of MH, the pub. As tract. (Memoirs, p.348).
  June AC makes a 22 day preaching trip through Northern Ohio, preached 18 discourses, baptized 27 people. The main focus was to expose the fallacies of Mormonism. (Memoirs, p.348)
  August AC attends the annual meeting at New Lisbon, Ohio. Main subject was the support of someone to preach full time, how it could be done Scripturally. (Memoirs, p.352)
  Oct. 24 Alexander Campbell, Jr. is born. He is the 2nd child and 1st son of Selina, & the 10th child and 2nd son of A.C. (Memoirs, p.361)
  By end of yr AC had spent most of year away from home, baptizing around 200 people. (Memoirs, p.361)
1832 January 1 Merger of Campbell and Stone movements, Lexington, KY. / Bethany Congregation established (discussed beg. Memoirs, p.370)
  March 4 First meeting of church in Richmond, VA, in the capitol building, with 68 members – Thomas Campbell preached the first sermon. (Memoirs, p.363,364)
1833 Oct. 4 Trip To Virginia – Arrived at Richmond the 24th. Conducted meeting of 16 congregations from Fredericksburg to the sea. He is traveling with B.F. Hall, Thomas Campbell, Maria and Eliza are with him along with Maria’s new husband R.Y. Henley (Memoirs. p.389)
  Nov. 30 Arrived in New York – first visit since 1815
  Dec. 5 Spoke to Skeptics at Tammany Hall, in NY
  Dec. 12 Arrived in Philadelphia / At Musical Fund Hall on the 29th
1834 Jan. 8 Arrive at Bethany after 1700 mile trip
  Jan. 24 Virginia Anne Campbell (later Thompson) 3rd child, and 2nd daughter of Selina, and 11th child and 9th daughter of A.C.
  June 24 Jane Caroline Ewing, 22 years old & oldest child of A.C. dies at Bethany. She and family had moved back to Bethany from Nashville, and she developed a bad cold that awaken the disease that killed her mother, Consumption. She left a husband, Albert G. Ewing, and small children behind. Buried at God’s Acre #71. (Memoirs, p.394). 4th child of A.C. to die. Ewing later remarries and dies in Eureka, Illinois.
    Hymn Book produced bearing the names of A.C. & Barton W. Stone, J.T. Johnson, Walter Scott printed by Bethany Press. The 1st printing sold 6000 copies quickly, three editions followed, further contributing to unity of movement
1835   D.S. Burnet published the 1st edition of the total work of the Christian Baptist
    Robert Richard joins the editorial staff of Millennial Harbinger
    “Christianity Restored” – released by Albert G. Ewing & James T. McVay. It was A.C.’s systematic theology explained. Campbell did not like the title. The following editions bore the name, “The Christian System” in 1839
  Feb. 25 A.C. sets out for Nashville. Daughter, Lavinia accompanies him – arrives 12 days later – Meets Tolbert Fanning – Visits Andrew Jackson at Hermitage. It had burned in 1834, and had been rebuilt. Got ideas for additions to his own Bethany home. (Memoirs, p.399).
  March Monthly issue of British Millennial Harbinger began appearing in Britain by William Jones – Introducing writings of A.C. to the people of Britain
  March 30 Sets out for Louisville from
  April 3 Arrived at Louisville – accompanied by Tolbert Fanning – days ahead through southern Indiana, Cincinnati, and Central Kentucky
  April 28 Jane Corneigle Campbell, A.C.’s mother, died at the home of her daughter Jane McKeever
  May 10 A.C. arrived back home in Bethany
  June 4 John Brown died, Margaret’s father, in his 74th
1836   “The Christian Preacher’s Companion” published – 1st ed.
    Building Of Dining Hall extension & A.C.’s Study at Bethany Home – This is according to Historical Marker in front of the Study. However, in speaking with Felicity Ruggiero, curator of the Bethany Mansion, the Dining Hall was started as early at 1832.
  May In May issue of MH, Robert Richardson is announced as assisting in the editing of Millennial Harbinger, on page 231; A.C.’s name is shown as “Editor” until the end of the year. In January, 1837 A.C.’s name is not shown as Editor, instead it declares “Conducted By Alexander Campbell.” However Richardson is Co-Editor of the paper.
  May 30 Trip to New England accompanied by Tolbert Fanning & J. Taffe of Wilmington, Ohio. Sent reports of trip to MH under heading, “Notes On Tour To The Northeast”
  June AC conducted a 4-day debate with a skeptic, Dr. Underhill. Held in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. After debate he traveled on Lake Erie to New York. The debate was on the “ultimate termination of two hopes – that of immortality, and that of eternal sleep.” --Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve, Ohio, A.S. Hayden, p.418. (Unpublished)
  June 12 Arrived in Buffalo, NY, many too busy to listen,
  July Sued by Dr. William Sleigh for damages caused, “to his faith.” A.C.’s lawyers worked a settlement out of court
  Aug. 30 Returned to Bethany after trip through NY, Penn., Maryland, he had been gone for 94 days from Bethany having delivered 93 discourses, averaging 1 hour 20 minutes in length, & travelling 2000 miles
  October 3 In Cincinnati, OH, addressing College Of Professional Teachers on the influence of morality in education. Used Martin Luther and Protestant Reformation as basis of period of Enlightenment and developing the view of morality’s connection with education. A young Catholic Bishop John B. Purcell was in the audience and took exception. Led to later confrontation in debate the following year.
  November 10 Bacon College begins with 40-45 students in Georgetown, Kentucky, though classes do not begin until Monday, the 14th – A.C. supports in the pages of the MH the following year
  Dec. 22 At 23 yrs old., Eliza Ann Campbell, (2nd child of A.C. & Margaret) marries John C. Campbell – They have one child, Victoria Huntington who later is buried in Campbell Cemetery - #67
1837 Jan. 13-21 Debate with Catholic Bishop John B. Purcell in Cincinnati, OH
  June 24 Birth of Wickliffe Ewing Campbell – He is Selina’s 4th child and 2nd son. He is A.C.’s 12th child and 3rd son of A.C.
  September Lunenburg Letters published in M.H.
1838   Publishing of Christian Baptist, and Living Oracles were published in Great Britain
  October 8 Tour of the South began – Took daughter, Lavinia. While at Charlottesville, VA, visiting the campus of the University of Virginia, Lavinia meets a young student by the name of William K. Pendleton, later her husband.
  Nov 25 Arrive in Augusta, GA – Speaks in area thru the end of year
1839 January 7 Sets out for Montgomery, Alabama
  January 16 Boards the Tapaloosa and travels down the Alabama River to Mobile; Also back home, A.C.’s sister Alicia (Mrs. M.S. Clapp), dies of an extended illness at the McKeever home. Buried near her mother in God’s Acre (Memoirs Vol. 2, page 462)
  March 28 Arrives back in Bethany – having travelled 5000 miles into the south and back in the course of six months. Went through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi & Kentucky = preached nearly every day (MH, 1839, p.312.)
  July 9 Eliza Ann Campbell Campbell (Mrs. John C. Campbell), second daughter of A.C. & Margaret’s dies of a lingering illness in Wellsburg, VA. – The 5th child of A.C. to die.  She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #68. (Memoirs Vol. 2, page 462) Another child named Victoria Hunter is buried next to her in #67.
    Elegant 5th edition of Campbell’s N.T. was released by Forrester & Campbell
    2nd ed. Of “Christianity Restored” released under title, “The Christian System”
  October Issue of Millennial Harbinger announces a new institution around four area: the combination of the family, the primary school, the college & the church in on great system of education – The announcement of the beg. Of Bethany College
  End Of Year Six-Week; 1200 mile “Excursion” to Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana – Reports in MH, 1840, p.30
1840 March 2 Formal existence of Bethany College took place when the commonwealth of Virginia, by act of the General Assembly, granted a “liberal charter” for the establishment at or near Bethany, in the county of Brooke . . .named Bethany College
  May 11 First meeting of Board of Trustees of Bethany College 9 of the 18 trustees present.
    Construction of “Stranger’s Hall” – Because of so many guests visiting the Bethany home. – Included an ornate sitting room with two bedrooms off the rear. Expensive Italian wallpaper added, like what he saw in Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage when he visited there in Spring, 1835.
  June Trip to Charlottesville, VA for the general meeting of the Disciples to assess the state of the Reformation & promote education – 56 congregations represented
  September 18 2nd Meeting of the Board Of Trustees – Alexander Campbell formally named president of the college. (Memoirs, p.
  October 12 Decima Hemens Campbell (later Barclay), Selina’s 5th child and 3rd daughter, & A.C.’s 13th child and 10th daughter. When he chose her name he said, “Augustus Caesar only had his Octavia, but I have my Decima.”
  October 14 Lavinia marries William Kimbrough Pendleton of Virginia. Their daughter Alexandria Campbellina is buried in God’s Acre - #83
1841 February 1 Departs on a 2000 mile to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee – spoke 60 times. – Returned to Bethany after 75 days – Spoke on Education  & Bethany College Specifically - (3rd of 7 trips to Tennessee)
  May 10 Second Annual Meeting of Board of Trustees of Bethany College
  Sept 2 Daughter, Lavinia gives birth to A.C.’s granddaughter, Alexandria Campbellina Pendleton. Called her “Cammie” – She later became the first female faculty member, and considered herself the twin of Bethany College.
  Sept 11 Maria Louisa Campbell Henley (Mrs. Robert Yates Henley) dies – 3rd daughter & 3rd child of A.C. & Margaret Campbell. She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #64 -
  November 1 1st Session of Bethany College – 102 boys enrolled from Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana, New York, & Canada
1841-43   Series of 16 articles on “The Nature of the Christian Organization.” Ending June, 1843
1842   Welsh Version of Living Oracles appeared in Wales being translated by John Williams /Campbell-Owen Debate/MacCalla Debate were published in GB
  June/July Seven week tour to Kentucky speaking on Education & Reformation principles in general. Report in Oct. MH. P.446-452
  August 16 Returns from Kentucky, Quick makes his way to Ohio for another trip.
  Oct. – mid-Dec. Tour to the Eastern States – Richmond/Charlottesville, Va then Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, & New York
1843 Feb. 9 1st Tragedy at Bethany College – William Stamps, 17 year old student from Mississippi died by concussion of the brain caused by a fall while ice skating on the Buffalo. He was the nephew of Jefferson Davis – Wrather, p.123-125
    The Christian System – published in London & Edinburgh. Dundee Herald Noted: “We hail this work as the advent of better times. No man of his age has done more for genuine Christianity, and no man has been more vilified than Mr. Campbell. (Wrather, vol.3, p.57)
  Nov. 11 William Pendleton Campbell is born. He was the 6th child and 3rd son born to Selina, and 14th child and 4rd son born to A.C. He is the baby of the family.  Of the 14 children, only 7 were living at the time of William’s birth. (Campbell Mansion Family Room Wall Photo and inscription)
  Nov. 15 18 Day Debate with Presbyterian, N. L. Rice; Henry Clay was moderator. At Main St. church in Lexington, Kentucky
1845 February A.C. begins a series of articles, “Our Position To American Slavery”
  March 10 Tour to the South: Baltimore, MD; Frederickburg, Caroline, Smyrna, King William, Richmond, VA; Wilmington, NC; Charleston, SC; Augusta, GA; then backtracking back toward Bethany arriving on the evening of the 10th of May, 2500 mile trip
  July/August Two week trip at end of July with Selina to White Sulphur Springs for a vacation
  August William Pendleton named V.P. of Bethany College
  Oct/Nov Tour of the Far West: Indiana/Illinois/Missouri – Reports in MH, Feb/Apr/May 1846: Over 7000 miles total for the year
1846 May 29 Lavinia McGregor Campbell Pendleton (Mrs. W.K. Pendleton) dies. She is the 4th child and daughter of A.C. & Margaret Campbell. She dies in her 29th year – The seventh child of A.C. to die before his death. She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #41
    At 17 years old, Margaret Bakewell Campbell, (1st of Selina and 9th of A.C.) marries John O. Ewing. She has a child who was buried in Campbell Cemetery – Alexander Overton – In plot #36
1847 April 22 A.C. departs for Great Britain, carried a letter of introduction by Henry Clay saying A.C. was among “the most eminent citizens in America.”
  May 3 Boarded a ship out of NY for G.B. – the Siddons, at sea for 25 days, less than half the time it took to come to America in 1809 – Arrived in Liverpool, England
  Aug. 5 Entered Scotland on the very day he had departed its shores 38 years before to go to America in 1809
  Aug. 31 Tuesday, Mr. James Robertson, of the Anti-Slavery Society of Scotland brought a formal charge of slander before the Sheriff of Lanarkshire against A.C. – asking for £5000 in damages
  Sept. 4 Saturday, at 4 p.m. - A.C. & Selina's son, Wycliffe, drowned in Buffalo Creek at 10 years old – Lived 10 years, 2 months, and 11 days. He was Selina’s 1st child to die and A.C.’s 8th. Though A.C. knew nothing of it until the day he returned to America, he was said to have awakened that morning with a “strange and unaccountable sense of foreboding.” (EJW,v3-p.168) He is buried in Campbell Cemetery #37
  Sept. 6 Monday - A.C. arrested, taken into custody, placed in “this North Prison on Duke Street, Glasgow’s Bridewell for untried prisoners” within sight of his old alma mater, Glasgow College (EJW,v3-p.169)
  Sept. 11 Saturday - A.C.’s friends pay his bond, and he is released. “After six days he yielded to his friends, allowing security to be placed on his behalf.” (EJW,v3-p.169)
  Sept. 12 A.C. celebrated his 59th birthday.
  Sept. 13 High Court throws out the Robertson case
  Sept. 17 A.C. in Ireland
  Sept. 24 A.C. in Newry, County Down, only there a few hours, (Memoirs, v.2, p.568)
  Oct. 1 Returned to Chester, England for cooperation meeting involving 26 congregations from England, Wales & Scotland
  Oct. 5 Embarks on the Cambria for home
  Oct. 19 Arrives in Boston Harbor, receives news of the death of Wycliffe. (Memoirs, v.2, p. 573) See Notes below on April, 1867 under W.T. Moore’s summary on how these events affected AC’s life.
1848 May 22 Ann Marie Bakewell, the mother of Selina, died at the age of 77 years, laid to rest in God’s Acre
    Same day, Selina’s daughter, Margaret Ewing, gave birth to a son, Alexander Overton – He was pale and sickly
  July 26 Clarinda, daughter of A.C. married William K. Pendleton  She was 27 years old.
  Oct. 22 Margaret Bakewell Campbell Ewing (Mrs. J.O. Ewing) died of consumption, burial in God’s Acre. It was the same day her namesake, A.C.’s first wife, Margaret died in 1827. She was Selina’s second child to die, and A.C.’s 9th. She was buried in Campbell Cemetery #35 Her son Alexander, is buried next to her.
1849   American Christian Missionary Society organized. Campbell did not attend convention in Cincinnati but was elected President of ACMS.
  Dec. 6 Tour to the South – Wellsburg, down Ohio R. to Cincinnati & to Kentucky
1850 March 12 Returned from tour
  End Of May To Baltimore, MD then to Washington D.C.
  June 2 Speaks to a joint session of Congress, Washington D.C. On Divine Philanthropy in contrast with Patriotism and Human Friendship, using John 3:16 as text, lecture was 1½ hours
  October To New York to give first annual address of the American Bible Union – The account of the address appeared on the front page of the New York Daily Tribune
  End of Oct. 40 day tour of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana with daughter Virginia. While in Indiana, Opened in prayer the Convention for renewing state convention – the governor of state and 150 delegates present
  Nov. 27 Returned to Bethany
1851 Jan. 10 Clarinda Campbell Pendleton, 6th child and 6th daughter of Margaret Brown died of a protracted illness. After only 2 ½ years of marriage to W.K. Pendleton. She had given birth to 2 children, William Campbell (married Helen King Austin) & and a daughter Lavinia. Lavinia died 12 days later and buried next to her mother in #42B. Clarinda was A.C.’s 10th child to die, only four left. She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #42A
  May A.C. attends state meeting in Ohio
  July A.C., Jr. graduates from Bethany
  September 2 Week trip to New York
  October Wrote that instrumental music was like "a cow bell in a concert.” MH, October, 1851, p. 582
  August MH announces that Christian Baptism: With Its Antecedents And Consequents is at the printers, soon released, p.473
  Dec. 17 A.C. made a trip to Memphis, Tennessee to speak at a Bible Translation Convention, MH, 1851, p.718, MH, 1852, p.57 – Presented lecture on 26th. (4th of 7 trips to Tennessee)
    Designs and builds Bethany Church of Christ building
1852 February A.C. attended a Bible Union meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. James Challen and Bro. Pettigrew accompany him. (Memoirs, p.593ff)
  October 28 Departs for Tour to Far West: Missouri to secure endowment for a chair in Bethany College – 76 days away from Bethany, 2800 miles, See MH 1853, reports in first three issues.
  December 30 Alexander Campbell, Jr. marries Mary Anna Purvis of Louisiana, Memoirs, v.2,608
1853 May 1600 mile trip to the East through Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania & returning through Ohio
  September Attended state convention in Kentucky – Speaks on church edification – (Memoirs, p.599).
  October 15 Left for two Month Trip to Illinois, MH, 1853, p.689, 707, 1854, p.40. Three reports
1854 Jan. 4 AC’s father, Thomas, dies at Bethany at just 28 days shy of his 91st birthday. – Laid to rest beside wife who died in 1835, almost 20 years before. Memoirs, v.2,604
  Nov. 20 AC departs Bethany for Nashville, by rail from Wheeling to Louisville, then stage to Bolling Green & to Nashville, arriving on the 25th. MH, 1855, p.102. (5th of 7 trips to Tennessee)
  Nov. 25 AC arrives in Nashville, staying in the home of John O. Ewing. MH, 1855,p102
  Nov. 26 Sunday morning begins his orations in the largest church building in the state of Tennessee to overflowing crowds of all denominations in the Methodist Episcopal church building. Speaks that morning on faith, Heb. 11:1. That evening to overflow crowds on Post-Mortem Gospel. Does so consistently, the next five nights, through Friday night. MH,155,103./ & Memoirs v.2,608,609
  Nov.27-Dec. 1 Meetings five nights at Cherry Street church where JB Ferguson is the preacher. However Ferguson never shows up. MH,1855,105 / Memoirs v.2,612
  Dec. 2 Saturday night he speaks at Franklin College. Young women from Mrs. Fanning’s school and those from
  Dec. 3 Sunday, Breakfast at Franklin College, then to Nashville to fill three appointments that day at Cherry Street church. MH,1855,106
  Dec. 4 At Murfreesboro speaking at a Baptist College. Memoirs,v2,612
  Dec. 5-25 Makes his way home through Hopkinsville where he preaches six days. On to Louisville, then to Indianapolis for two lectures, then home after 30 days away. Memoirs, v.2,612
1855 February A.C. comments in the M.H. on Jeremiah Jeter’s book, “Campbellism Examined.” Memoirs, v.2,p612
  Spring A.C. translates and submits the Book of Acts to the American Bible Union in view of its addition of a translation update
  May Trip to Chicago to speak to the American Bible Union
  July 26 Set out for Canada with Selina & Decima
  November Disturbance at Bethany College over three students who were promoting Abolitionist propaganda, ending in 5 students’ dismissal. The stir caused national and international notice in the press
  November Trip into eastern Virginia with Selina. Returns on New Years Day
1857 February 10 Attended Wool-Growers Convention in Steubenville, Ohio. A.C. was one of the foremost wool growers in the U.S. He was appointed chairman. Also present was a man nationally acclaimed Abolitionist, John Brown of Harper’s Ferry, Va, who within three years would hanged (Dec. 2, 1859)
  February 26 Tour Through South To Secure Endowment Funds for Bethany College, attended with A.C. Jr. Reports in MH, p. 309, 502,
  November 5 Sends report to MH speaking of tour in Illinois, MH, p.704
  Dec. 10 Bethany College Building Burns – 2 am – A.C.’s greatest sorrow was the loss of the library, of which had most of he and his father’s books, some of which he brought to America when he came there in 1809.
  Dec. 20 A.C., w/Selina & Decima are in Washington, D.C. He preaches in the presence of President James Buchanan & several of his cabinet, along with many members of both houses of congress; in the Baptist meetinghouse.
  Dec. 22 Visits the White House to share evening with President Buchanan
  Dec. 23 To Baltimore, Md
  Dec. 26 To Philadelphia, then to N.Y
1858 January Sets off with W.K. Pendleton to tour the south to raise money for a new college building.
  March Passes through Danville, KY, Nashville, TN, and on to Mississippi - (Memories, v.2, p.635) (6th of 7 trips to Tennessee)
  May 31 Cornerstone of New Building Laid – Entire Structure not complete until 1872
  Fall Attends and speaks at the annual meeting of ACMS
  Winter Tour of the East with Selina
1859 Spring Another tour of the South. Selina with him to Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana. (Memoirs, p.640,1) (7th-last trip to Tennessee)
  Sept. 29 Tour to the west, St. Louis. Lasts 72 days, returned on December 9, MH, 1860, p.109
1859,60   AC delivers his Lectures on the Pentateuch. They were recorded by a stenographer, and later (1867 – a year after AC’s death) produced in a book entitled, Lectures on the Pentateuch, by W.T. Moore. See notes below under April, 1867 as to the mental strength of AC at this time.
1860 Fall Delivers regular address as president of the ACMS in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Memoirs, p.641)
  December Tour of Indiana. Selina accompanies him.  2000 mile trip. (Memoirs, p.641)
    Musical Instruments added to worship at Midway, Kentucky
1861 April 23 Walter Scott dies in Kentucky of typhoid pneumonia
  October A.C. travels to Cincinnati to attend ACMS annual mtng.
  December Publishes his Life of Thomas Campbell, announced in MH, 1860, p.714
  Dec. 12 Dorothea Campbell Bryant, A.C.’s sister, and wife of Joseph Bryant, died at Indianapolis. She was 69 yrs. Old. Body removed to God’s Acre, Bethany. Left A.C. with one brother, Archibald, and sister Mrs. McKeever, (Memoirs, p.646).
1862   Due to war, MH is reduced from 60 pages to 48. (Memoirs, p. 646).
  May A.C. makes short trip to Ohio to address Ohio State Convention
  August A trip to Illinois
  September A trip to New York – Missionary Society meeting in Auburn. (Memoirs, p.646).
  Nov. 18 Margaret Ellen Campbell marries at Bethany
1863 April 7 Decima Campbell marries John Judson Campbell
  April 7 Long-time friend William Hayden dies, and buried in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, (Memoirs, p.646).
  October A.C. traveled to Cincinnati to attend the annual ACMS meeting
  October 27 29 year old, Virginia Campbell (Selina’s 3rd & A.C.’s 11th) marries William R. Thompson, a lawyer of Louisville. (Memoirs, p.647).
1864 October Went to ACMS meeting in Cincinnati
1865 May A.C. & Selina make a trip to Louisville
    Relinquishes control of Millennial Harbinger / W.K. Pendleton becomes editor
  Sept. 19 Alex Campbell receives a presidential pardon from president Andrew Johnson for the charges he had incurred as a soldier of the Confederate Army
  Mid Dec. A.C. preaches his last sermon from Ephesians 1
1866 January Confined to house because of a heavy cold
  Feb. 25 Confined to bed
  March 4 11:45pm – Alexander Campbell dies at Bethany, West Virginia – Buried in Campbell Cemetery
1867 April Lectures on the Pentateuch by A.C. released by W.T. Moore. It was a series of lectures given by A.C. between 1859,1860 that were taken down by a stenographer. There is a biographical sketch that appears beginning on page 9. – On page 38, reference is made to the events of 1847, visit to Scotland and the stroke of the death of his son Wycliffe upon his return, “It is said by those who were near him, that Alexander Campbell never was equal to himself after this stroke; but it was long before the admiring world perceived any change.” See other comments on page 58 concerning AC’s stability in 1859.
1870 July 7 William P. Campbell (6th of Selina and 14th of A.C.) married Nannie Cochrane.
  Sep. 25 Alexander Campbell, Jr. dies at Bethany, WV, and is buried in Campbell Cemetery #290. His wife, Mary Anna Purvis is buried next to him in #291. Alexander was A.C.’s 2nd son, and 10th child, and 11th child to die. He, along with Virginia, William and Decima succeeded A.C.,Sr. in death.
1897 June 28 Selina Huntington Bakewell Campbell, second wife of A.C., died in Bethany, W.V. She had survived her husband 31 years. She is buried next to A.C. in Campbell Cemetery #52
1908 Mar. 6 Virginia A. Campbell Thompson dies. She was the 12th child of A.C. and 4th of Selina to die (1st after her mother died). She is buried in Campbell Cemetery #10
1917 Apr. 29 William P. Campbell dies in Wellsburgh, WV. He is the 13th child of A.C. and 5th of Selina to die. He is the only child of A.C. not buried in Campbell Cemetery. His burial was at Brooke County Cemetery in the Cochrane family plot.
1920 May 4 Decima Campbell Barclay, dies. She was the last child of A.C. and Selina to die. She is buried in the Campbell Cemetery #33 beside her husand John Judson Barclay in #34. All their children and their mates were buried there as well.

Sources: Christian Baptist, Millennial Harbinger, Memoirs of Alexander Campbell, by Robert Richardson, Alexander Campbell, volumes I, II, III, by

References Above:
EJW = Alexander  Campbell, Adventurer in Freedom – Vols. 1,2,3
Memoirs = Memoirs of Alexander Campbell – Volumes 1,2
MH = Millennial Harbinger
CB = Christian Baptist

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