Campbell, James (1)

Campbell, James (1), a Presbyterian minister, was born at Campbell on Kintyre, in Argyleshire, and came to America in 1730. He was licensed by the New Castle Presbytery, and received by the Philadelphia Presbytery, in 1739. The church at Tehicken sought his services, and the presbytery granted its request, but he after many struggles, told the synod, in 1739, that he was unconverted, and dared not preach till he was born again. He had been preaching four years, and was moral, upright, and well esteemed. At the persuasion of Whitefield he was induced to preach once more, on the following Sunday. He consented, and success attended his labors. In May, 1742, he was directed to spend one fourth of his time at Forks, and in August Durham asked for a portion of his time. Campbell was ordained Aug. 3, 1742, and was ordered to divide his time between Forks and Greenrwich. He was installed at Tehicken May 24, 1744. In 1758 he was dismissed to join the South Carolina Presbytery, and he became a minister of a band of his countrymen settled on the left bank of Cape Fear River. The Scotch Irish began to flow in a steady stream southward from Pennsylvania before the French war, and drew to this region large numbers from their native land. Mr. Campbell united with the Orange Presbyterv in 1774. When or where he died is not known. (W. P. S.)

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