Duncan Pearsall Campbell


Duncan Pearsall Campbell (1781-1/18/1861) was the grandson of Thomas Pearsall (6/20/1735-3/18/1807) and Phoebe Cornell, d.12/1/1810. His parents were: Major Patrick Campbell of Barcaldine (d. 1782 ) and Sarah Pearsall Campbell, b.10/1/1763 ; m. Maj. Patrick Campbell 1/1781; disowned by the Meeting in consquence 3/7/1781. She died 11/17/1793.

"Sometime after the death of his father and mother Duncan Pearsall Campbell became entitled to a share of his deceased grandfather's estate in Scotland. So he forwarded a paper entitled, A statement of the claim of Duncan Pearsall Campbell of New York, son of Major Patrick Campbell, late of the 71st Regiment of Foot who was the son of Duncan Campbell of Barcaldine, the grandfather of the present proprietor.

Walter Barrett in his "Old Merchants of New York" says: "I had prepared a sketch of Mr. Duncan Pearsall Campbell, about six months ago. It was very imperfect, and knowing him personally, I thought I would some day or other fall in with him-show what I had written, and get some points from himself. I took time to accomplish my purpose, for I thought that I had noticed that Mr. Campbell had been shy of me, since he ascertained that I was the author of these recollections. The last time I saw him was in Chamber St. near Center Street. He complimented me on one of the chapters that he had recently read. I remarked: Some day when you are at leisure, I want to talk over old matters. Any time was his reply, as he passed on. Anytime! Don't hold good with a man who is eighty years old, and shortly I read to my amazement and also deep regret:" Died-on Saturday November 9 th 1861, Duncan Pearsall Campbell, in the 80th year of his age"

Very few of the people in the present city of New York will recognize this name or know anything about Mr. Campbell. Yet he was a great man in this city in his day. Of late years he had hardly been known to take an active part in public affairs. For twenty years he had frequented a place called The Grotto, at 114 Cedar Street, kept either by Barnard or by Patrick Reilly since 1840. I dare say he has spent two or three hours every fair day in the place, and drank one or perhaps two mugs of the unrivaled old beer kept in the establishment. At about mid-day in fine weather, anyone on Broadway could see a pale-faced man turn into Liberty Street from Broadway, reading carefully, a shadow of the past, eyeing suspiciously any face in a town where once, but more than half a century ago, he knew everybody. When he got safely into Liberty Street he passed down by Temple Street into Trinity place turned the corner and kept on until he reached Cedar Street, when he looked anxiously at the place where stood a little two story building kept by Reilly, as if fearful that that too, like a thousand other things he had seen, might have passed away or been moved up town. So methodical was this old New Yorker, that I do not think, in going to or from his favorite spot to home he ever varied a hair from one route. He was aged and yet dignified in his bearing until the last hour of his existence, although of late years he was very feeble. Many will recollect his old residence at No. 51 Broadway part way between Morris and Rector Streets. His doorplate had his name upon it in heavy commercial letters Duncan P. Campbell. He had lived in that house from 1810 to 1850 when he moved up town to 138 Second Avenue. In early life Mr. Campbell married a daughter of William Bayard, and was himself a partner of the house of LeRoy Bayard & Co., in the days of its greatest glory."

Duncan Pearsall Campbell m. 1st Elizabeth Ann, daughter of William Bayard; m. 2nd Marie Bayard, her sister. Their children:

Elizabeth Bayard Campbell

Sarah Ann Campbell

William Bayard Campbell

Thomas Pearsall Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Robert Bayard Campbell

Catherine Bayard Campbell

Henry Pearsall Campbell

Marie L. Campbell

Edward Campbell

 

 

Pearsalls v. 2 p.1121-1124

 

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