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Monday, January 17, 2011

A real old timey fiddler

On one of my hunts for fiddlers in Missouri and found this little tidbit about a fiddler from Ripley County Mo. where I lived for a time in the seventies and where my ex-wife resides for eternity along with most of her family.

It used to be a kind of second home for me but no more.

This entry was copied off the blog of a descendant of said fiddler.

John Jasper Campbell (1838-1882), in the 1860’s.

John Jasper Campbell was born 28 Dec 1838, probably in Ripley County, Missouri. His parents were Boyd Campbell and Boyd’s first wife (name unknown), who had probably recently moved from Haywood County, Tennessee. “J. J.” left home around 1851, at the age of 13, making his own way in the world from that time on. As the picture indicates, he was a fiddler. In 1862 he joined the Confederate army, serving in Company C of the Missouri 8th Infantry, although some of his brothers served the Union. Little is known of his Confederate service except that he “last appears on a list of men who were with the Cavalry without authority.” In 1867 he married Nancy Marie Smith in Randolph County, Arkansas, and they returned to southern Missouri. Their first son, James Boyd Campbell, was born in September 1871, and Nancy died just a month later. J. J. married a second time to Mary Jane Griffeth (date and place unknown), In 1879, J. J. became the first post master of Mountain View, Missouri. He also ran a general store and operated a grist mill. He died in 1882, after sleeping overnight at the mill, and catching a “chill.” He is buried with his first wife, Nancy, at Chapel Hill Cemetery, in Mountain View, Missouri.

source:Janis Walker Gilmore blog

I found more info online from another website by this author and to distill, this fellow was fond of alcohol and his second wife helped him dry out and adopt a severe form of strict moralistic faith and (dang it) he quit the fiddle as part of reforming. What does that tell you about that devilish fiddling! Huh!!!

This is interesting to me on two levels. He fought with the Confederate forces as part of the guerrilla resistance and he was a fiddler. A major skirmish was fought just a couple three miles from my former in laws farm and I think I baled hay on the site once. When I lived there I had no idea there was so much history concerning the Civil War there as much as there is.

Wouldn't it be interesting to meet this guy? If you could? What stories he could tell.

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