Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Wileman Patent and Peter DuBois

An earlier post discussed the 1760 Farm of Samuel Campbell (Joel Campbell's father) that was situated on the southern border of the Wileman Patent.

The Wileman Patent was a rectangular parcel of 3,000 acres that was located in what is now the northeast corner of the current Town of Montgomery, Orange County, New York. At the time Samuel located to this property, it was in Wallkill Precinct, Ulster County, New York.

The parcel was named after Henry Wileman who acquired the "patent" in 1712. By the time Samuel Campbell was farming this land in 1765, the ownership had transferred to Henry Wileman's step-grandson, Peter DuBois.

No deed has been found that contains any transaction between Samuel Campbell and Peter DuBois. It appears Samuel did own the property (versus tenant farming) as he bequeathed it to his son, Daniel, in his will of 1773. However, by 1794, the heirs of Peter DuBois are again in possession of the property and a deed was recorded of the sale of the property to Robert Beattie. There is more on this transaction in the recent book on Joel Campbell.

Peter DuBois fled from Ulster County in 1776 when the War for Independence broke out. He would never return to his home on the Wallkill River. His life was an interesting one and is described in a recent article (by yours truly) in the Orange County Historical Society Journal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Just Published! Book on Joel Campbell.

My posting has been a bit spotty in the past year. Sorry, but my focus has been the completion of my book on Joel Campbell. The good news is that I have wrapped it up and made it available to the public. The bad news is that it will not be the "final chapter." There are so many unknowns about his life yet undiscovered.

The paperback and eBook are available at

The paperback is in 6" x 9" format. It is about 400 pages and contains 561 footnotes, 24 maps, and many images and tables. You will find it a priceless addition to your family histories. It is also a fantastic gift for descendants of Joel.

The book contains a lot of local history. If you wonder what your Campbell relatives were doing during the Revolutionary War (and what everyone else was doing), this book contains some answers. In many cases, the exact role of Campbells in local events is not known and the roles of neighbors are used as surrogates. Some sections of the book are written as historical fiction and are clearly marked as such. This was done to aid in the story-telling.

What is a "Yeoman?" If you could go back in time and ask an eighteenth century colonist, "What is your occupation?" the majority would have answered, "Yeoman." The term denoted a person who owned his own land and farmed it primarily for his own subsistence. Joel Campbell (1735-1828) described himself as a yeoman. His ninety-three years spanned three wars, two religious reawakenings, and the birth of the United States. He was born before Jefferson and Adams, and died after them. He settled wilderness areas in three states and left over 100 descendants at this death.

This is his story and the story of his times. It is typical of the yeomen of that day who were the stuff of which the new nation was made.  Jefferson described them as "the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

You can see a preview of the book at Let me know what you think!

The electronic version contains color maps which are easier to read (see example below). The maps and images in the paperback book are in "gray-scale" to reduce costs.

Map of Campbell Farm in current Montgomery, New York near the Wallkill River.

Here is one of the many jewels in the book:  Joel's signature!

Deed "signed" by Joel Campbell

The author is a 5th great-grandson of Joel Campbell. He is an amateur author, historian, and genealogist. He lives within an hour’s drive of Newark Mountain and Newburgh and has researched the life of Joel “on location.” He is also the author of 1685 - The Year that Changed Scotland and Clan Campbell. He is a volunteer at the Orange County Historical Society, New York.

Author Jay A. Campbell

His ongoing research can be viewed at