Joseph E. Campbell
Joseph E. Campbell was born in Shelby County, August 7, 1843, being the fourth of ten children born to John and Amelia (Ruggles) Campbell, and is of Irish origin. The grandparents of Mr. Campbell came to Indiana in a very early day, and first settled in Franklin county, and later removed to Rush County, and then came to Shelby county. The parents of our subject were married in Shelby County, and began life for themselves in Moral township, where the mother of Mr. Campbell still lives on the old home farm, and where his father died in 1880. The subject of this biography was raised on the farm, at the common schools obtained a fair education. He remained at home until eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-first Indiana Volunteers. He was at the siege of Corinth, battles of Stone River, Franklin and Nashville. For four years and three months he served his country in that memorable and terrible conflict. After the war he engaged in farming, which he continued until 1884, when he began general merchandising at Fountaintown, and which he still continues, and is doing a good business. Mr. Campbell was married in the spring of 1866, to Miss Matilda Ruggles, a daughter of William and Sarah (Wilson) Ruggles, natives of Kentucky. Mr. Campbell is a well-known and honorable man.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,
Brant & Fuller, 1887,
Pages 781 & 782
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