Edward Raymond Campbell (Dr Ned)

M, #32, b. 17 June 1758, d. 4 November 1830
Father*Alexander Campbell (Dr) b. 22 Feb 1732, d. 28 Dec 1782
Mother*Lydia Stearns b. 7 Jan 1735, d. 19 Mar 1816
ChartsPedigree - Jane's father Leon George Campbell
John Campbell (Rev) (Immigrant 1717)
Reference3G Grf
Birth*17 June 1758 Edward Raymond Campbell (Dr Ned) was born on 17 June 1758 at Oxford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.1 
(MentionedIn) Will1 August 1760 Was mentioned in the will of John Campbell (Rev) (Immigrant 1717) on 1 August 1760; He gives to his wife Esther one moiety of all his household movables and furniture, excepting bonds, notes, accounts, clothing, library and gun, also his spoons and gold rings : to be used and improved by her during her life and afterward to go to Mary Twiss and Isabella Wolcott, his daughters ; also a comfortable home in his house with full provision for her support, with what wool and flax she may need, and eight pounds annually of money for incidental expenses.
     To his son Duncan he gives 40 shillings, as he had received at setting out in trade his share of the estate.
     To his son Alexander he gives a lot in the Cedar Swamp which, with a farm formerly given and his expenses of education as a physician, is his portion of the estate.
     To his son William he gives a deed of one-half his home farm, with other out lands, bearing the same date as his will, and in his will gives him the other half, with his farming tools, stock, etc., and also his negro, " Will," to be kindly used and improved and supported by him during his life.
     To his son Archibald he gives £133. 6s. 8d. lawful money, to be kept on interest until he settles in some business in the world, also his apparel, library, watch, gold wrist buttons, knee and shoe buckles, and a young horse, and provision for payment of all his bills at college "till after the next commencement."
     To his daughter Mary Twiss he gives 40 pounds to be kept at interest for her benefit and a house and lot near the north end of the Plain, one cow and five sheep.
     To his daughter Isabella Wolcott he gives one cow and five sheep ; also 60 pounds to be kept at interest for her benefit. . . "which with what I gave to her at her marriage and some articles since, with a considerable sum of money I paid for Mr. Josiah Wolcott her husband in consequence of the decree of the Governor and council in my favor against him, which he hath neglected and refused to pay makes up her full portion of my estate."
     To his granddaughter Esther Town and his grandsons John and William Town he makes small bequests.
     To his grandson John (son of John, Jr., who had then gone from town) he gives 10 pounds, and to his grandsons, John, son of Duncan, and Edward R., son of Alexander, he gives his land in the South Gore, " provided that the said farm may be sold . . . for their education/' To his grandson John, son of Josiah Wolcott, he gives the gun which was his great-grandfather Wolcott's, and "which I purchased out of the estate of Capt. Richard Williams."
     He appoints his sons Alexander and William his executors.2 
Source* Source:      Campbell article: We first hear of the Campbells when Dr Edward R Campbell, known affectionately as "Dr Ned" came from Oxford MA and settled in Westminster. His father was Dr Alexander Campbell of Oxford MA, a member of the MA Provincial Congress in 1774. His grandfather, Rev John Campbell, also of Oxford, was born in Scotland and was allied with nobility, emigrating to this country soon after 1715. "Dr Ned" was a brother of the Hon. Alexander Campbell MD, one of the early settlers of Rockingham.3 
Marriage*circa 1788 Edward Raymond Campbell (Dr Ned) married Anna Norton, daughter of John Norton and Anna Holton, circa 1788 at Vermont. 
Death*4 November 1830 Edward Raymond Campbell (Dr Ned) died on 4 November 1830 at Surrey, Keene Co., New Hampshire, at age 72.4,5 
Burial* He was buried at Westminster West Parish Cemetery, Westminster, Windham Co., Vermont; d. Nov 4, 1830, b. 1760, 72 yrs, married Anna. [The cemetery is on West Rd in the West Parish of Westminster, and located in the rear of the Congregational Church]4,5 
Source Source: Jane, I'll eventually recap the info from this source.6 
Source Source: Jane, I'll eventually recap the info from this source.7 
Source Source: Part of an article reads: Two of his sons were Alexander, who settled in Rockingham, VT, and Edward R., b. about 1758. Edward R. was a physician. He m. Anna, dau. of John Norton, of Westminster, VT, who was also a native of Scotland. He d. Oct., 1830. His ch., all of whom were born in Westminster, were as follows: Edward R. m. Clarissa Chamberlain, of Newfane, Vt., and was the father of Dr. Daniel Campbell, of Saxton's River, VT; Sophia, m. James Houghton, of Westminster; Eunice S. m. Epa Cone, of Putney Vt; John N. m. Fanny Brewster, of Wmd; Frazier F. m. Lydia Thayer, of Dum; Anna Matilda, m. Grant Ranney, of Westminster; Sidney S. (1) b. Mar 3, 1910; George, d. in infancy. (There is more on Sidney's family).8 
Note  For future consideration:: Are there any church records that might help? (None at SLC.) 
(Witness) Occupation He was associated with John Campbell (Rev) (Immigrant 1717)      For nearly one hundred years there was a Dr Campbell practicing medicine in Putney. Other doctor members of this family were prominent and famous physicians elsewhere in the state. The first of the Putney doctors was Dr John Campbell who came from Oxford MA and was in practice here by 1786. He was born in 1754, married Martha Stevens of Oxford and died in 1820. At his death his home place was deeded to David Crawford and later became the property of Mrs Caddie Fuller who lives there now. When Dr Campbell came to Putney, the famous Dr Josiah Goodhue was the town's physician and the two practiced amicably until 1803 when Dr Goodhue moved to Chester VT. Dr Campbell remained the leading practitioner in town for 34 years. Following Dr John was his brother Dr Alexander Campbell who was fifteen years younger. The third was Alexander's son born in 1793 who practiced in Putney for 53 years. He died in 1866 after a long and respected life among the people in Putney. His home was at the head of Kimball Hill, the place now owned by Omar Buxton.
     A third brother of John and Alexander was Thomas, a Revolutionary soldier who died here in 1844. The father of these three brothers was Duncan Campbell who lived in Putney for some years but later was in Oxford MA, until he died in 1795. Duncan was the son of Rev John Campbell (1690-1761) who was a minister in Oxford from 1721 to the time of his death. Duncan had a brother, Capt William Campbell, who was a selectman of Putney in 1787, but later moved to Castleton VT. He had been captain of an Oxford company in the Revolution before coming to Putney to live. Another brother, Rev Archibald Campbell, preached in Putney occasionally. A third brother, Alexander, was a distinguished physician who remained in Oxford. This Dr Campbell had two sons who became doctors and came to Vermont to practice. One was Dr Alexander of Rockingham, and the other Dr Edward R (known locally as "Dr Ned") was famous in Westminster. It is interesting to note that the last of the Campbell doctors was a grandson of "Dr Ned". He was Dr Daniel Campbell who was born in Westminster and practiced for ten years in Westminster West and later in Saxton's River.9 


Anna Norton b. 1769, d. 10 Sep 1827
Marriage*circa 1788 Edward Raymond Campbell (Dr Ned) married Anna Norton, daughter of John Norton and Anna Holton, circa 1788 at Vermont. 
Last Edited12 Oct 2012


  1. [S103] Vital Records of Oxford MA to the End of the Year 1849, Franklin Rice, : Worcester MA, 1905, 23+, 140+, 272+, SLC 369745 [SLC 0754010 is the microfilm of the original documents of the Town Clerk at Oxford MA], My Evd # 103.
  2. [S76] History of the Town of Oxford MA, George Daniels, Author: Oxford MA, 1892, http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofo00dani, pgs 525-6.
  3. [S104] History of Westminster, 42-43, My Evd # 104.
  4. [S97] General index to vital records of Vermont, early to 1870 - microfilm of original index cards, VT Secretary of State, , SLC 27499 etc, My Evd # 97.
  5. [S102] Headstones and Epitaphs in Westminster Vermont, Bertha Miller & Caggiono, Alice Collins, , SLC 974.39/W3 V3c.
  6. [S77] History of the Town of Rockingham Vermont, Lyman Simpson Hayes, Publ by the Town: Bellows Falls VT, 1907, SLC 974.39/R1 H2h, film 476935, pgs 610-615, My Evd # 77.
  7. [S76] History of the Town of Oxford MA, George Daniels, Author: Oxford MA, 1892, http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofo00dani, pg 430.
  8. [S74] History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County NH, Oran E. Randall, D. Leonard: Brattleboro VT, 1882, 974.29/C1 H2h, pg 240, My Evd # 74.
  9. [S101] People of Putney 1753-1953, Fortnightly Club of Putney VT, , 1953, 13-14, SLC 974.39/P1 H2f film 896628, My Evd # 101.