Rufus E. Campbell Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC195
Rufus Easton Campbell was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1815. He came to Texas between 1828 and 1832 with his brothers, Hill Otem and John Campbell. In 1836, Campbell served in the Texas Army as a member of Captain Gibson Kuykendall's company, which was detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, Texas, on April 21, 1836. After the war, Campbell settled in Travis, Texas, where upon receiving an inheritance from his uncle John Campbell, he bought land and established a plantation.
Campbell married Caroline Ayers, daughter of David Ayers, in 1843. They had seventeen children. Campbell died on October 27, 1878, and was buried in a marked grave in the Catlin Cemetery in Austin County, Texas. Campbell was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. In 1986, a proclamation was issued making Campbell eligible for burial in the State Cemetery; his body was reinterred at the State Cemetery in Austin, Texas, that same year.
The Rufus E. Campbell Papers are comprised of an 1841 legal document, creative works describing plantation life, genealogical information pertaining to the Campbell-Ayers family, and woven cloth produced on the Campbell plantation. An 1841 bill of sale to Rufus Campbell for a slave girl named Eliza was issued in the state of Alabama. Creative works are comprised of information written by 95-year-old Preble Drake, granddaughter of Rufus Campbell. The information provides insight into plantation life including the purchasing of slaves, the roles of the slaves and family information.
Genealogical information is comprised of six typed pages entitled “History of Rufus Easton Campbell” and a single paged typed record of the family of David and Ann Ayers. Five samples of woven cloth are accompanied by a note which provides contextual information indicating the cloth was woven on the Campbell plantation for and by slaves.
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[Identification of Item], Rufus E. Campbell Papers, MC195, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Dixon H. Manly, March 1974.
Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.