Thomas Camp Family
Virginia, North & South Carolina, and Georgia
b. 8 Feb 1717 Culpeper Co., VA
d. 8 Jan. 1798 Ireland (Island) Ford, NC
buried: Thomas Camp Cemetery on Horse Creek, Rutherford Co., N. C.
b. 1720 Accomac Co. VA
d. 1761 Rutherford Co. NC (11 sons 1 dau.)
father: Richard Starling (b. Accomac Co., VA) mother: ?
2m. Margaret Carney
b. 20 Jun 1744 ?Limerick, Ireland
d. 1824 Rutherford Co. NC
buried: Thomas Camp Cemetery on Horse Creek, Rutherford Co., N. C.
|Children with Winifred Starling|
||b. 1739 VA#||d. 1834 Franklin Co., GA||1m. Mary Ragsdale (8 or 9 children)
2m Eliz. Carney (sister of father's 2nd wife) - 14 children#
|Rev. Joseph Camp
||b. c1741 Orange Co., VA#||d. bef 7 Jan 1820, Pulaski, Kentucky||reputedly m. ? Roundtree#
2m. Susannah Tate
| John Camp
||b. 13 Oct 1743 Orange Co., VA#||d. 1818 Jackson Co.,GA buried Lebanon Chuch , Greenville, SC||m. Mary Tarpley
30 Jan. 1764#
(cousin, sister to Nancy and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley)
b 30 Oct. 1740 North Farnham Parish, Rich. Co. VA d 17 Aug 1789#
||b. 1745 Orange Co. VA#||d. after Jan 1832 Gwinnett Co, GA|| m. Winnifred Tarpley
(cousin, sister to Mary and Nancy, dau. of James
b. 9 June 1748 Rich. Co. VA #
|Thomas Camp IV
||b. 1747 Orange Co.,VA#||d. after 1811 Walton Co., GA|| m. 1763 Nancy Anne
Tarpley b. 6 Oct 1750 North Farnham, Rich. Co., VA
(cousin, sister to Mary and Winifred, dau. of James Tarpley)#
|Starling Camp||b. 1749#||d. 1851||.|
|b. 1751 Culpeper Co., VA||d. ? Fayette Co., GA||d.|
|William Camp||b. 1753 Culpeper Co., VA#||d. c1827 York Co. SC||m. c1770 Rebecca Wolford in S. C. (dau. of Absalom Wofford and Hannah Hosea|
|Alfred Camp||b. 1755 NC-SC||d. buried Campbell Co., GA||m. Miss Jennings|
||b. 1757 Culpeper Co., VA#||d. after 1811 Walton Co., GA||m. Eliz. Dykes#|
|Elizabeth Camp||b. 1759 Culpeper Co., VA#||d. 1850 SC||m. Reuben Brock II c1777 N.C. (Rev. soldier)|
|Joel Camp||b. 1761#||.||.|
|Children with Margaret Carney|
|Crenshaw Camp||b. 5 Jan1763 Culpeper Co., VA||d. 1808 Rutherford, N. C#||never marries, wills everything to his brothers and sisters#|
|James Camp||b. 1765 Orange Co., N. C.#||d. 1817 Spartanburg, S. C. [will below]
|| m. Sara Jennings#
b. 24 July 1779 d. Jul 1851 Spartanburg Co., SC
|Daniel Camp||b. 1766#||d. 2 Apr 1798 Rutherford Co., N. C.||m. Sara McKinney (b.1770 NC)|
|Lewis Camp||b. 16 Jan1768#||.||.|
|Adam Camp||b. 1769#||d. infancy||letter of John T. Camp|
|Stephen A. Camp||b. 17 Sep 1771#||d. 1846 Rutherford Co. , NC||m. Anne Alexander b1771 (dau. of Col. Elias Alexander and Nancy Agnes McCall)|
|Larkin Camp||b. 1773#||d. infancy||letter of John T. Camp.|
|Unity Camp||b. 1775||.||m. Samuel Broadway (no issue)|
|Ruth Camp||b. 30 Sep 1780||d. 1852||m. Daniel Patterson (no issue)|
|Aaron Camp||b. 13 or 21 Jun 1778 Rutherford Co., NC||d. 6 Jul 1861 Ringgold, GA|| 1m Miss Terrill 23 Aug 1803
2m Sara Suttle 3 Apr 1817
|George Camp|| b. 24 Sep 1782
Rutherford Co., NC
|d. 1835 Tenn||m. Mary Norman (b. 1790 d.1872)|
|Joshua Camp|| b. 10 Jul 1786
Rutherford Co., NC
|d. 9 Jan 1849 Rutherford Co., NC||m. Nancy Gregory (NC-SC)|
1739 - Thomas married Winifred Starling, dau. of Richard Starling
of Accomac Co., VA.
1776- There are conflicting opinions and documents related to
Thomas Camp's support of the American Revolution. He was
originally listed as an an accepted patriot by the DAR about 1938
and the writing of early researchers and family lore has often
promoted his heroic roll. More recently the DAR has refused
membership based on this ancestor and some of his sons. This
does not diminish the story of the family in my eyes. In fact, if
anything, it make this family more interesting to me. It
shows that the Revolution was a much more complicated and
interesting story than a wholesale conversion of a populous to
support the overthrow of the ruling government.
He had 24 children with most living in South Carolina. He
enlisted in the 4th Regiment on 14 Feb. 1776, N. A. 853
[Ancestral Rolls, DAR]
"Although of advanced age, Thomas Camp's two brothers served in
the Revolutionary War. Thomas Camp had, along with five sons,
participated in Battle of King's
Mtn in the 4th Regiment. Enlisted on 14 Feb. 1776( NA
In a footnote Leah Townsend's book on the South Carolina Baptists, 1670-1805
says that "Rev. Joseph Camp (Kemp) was according to tradition from
Maryland; settled in N. C. near the S. C. line in the neighborhood
of the Buffalo Church, which he is said to have organized; he was
arrested by Cornwallis to obtain information of Morgan's movements
but was released; his knowledge of medicine was of great service
to his community; an ho9nored and active member of Bethel
Association from its beginning, he served as moderator in 1791, as
member of various committees, and as writer of circular letters,
though his education was limited; he was equally active in Broad
River Association, and as supply and assistant to neighboring
churches; he probably secured land in S. C. in 1779 and 1805, but
emigrated to Kentucky in 1808." [Townsend p.139]
Mrs. Sara Sullivan Ervin, stated in the Camp family book by Mann:
| The burial ground for Thomas Camp is "ten miles
from the picturesque Island Ford on Broad river. ....
A lone, weather beaten apple tree, crowning an
eminence in a cotton field, marks the site of the
original home while hared by is the rambling,
comfortable farm house "Joshua's Home" built around
the final dwelling of Thomas, Senior, of logs
"veneered" with lumber.
Between these and the creek, whose torrent rushing over a rocky bed once hummed with the busy wheel of the mill, in the midst of a large corn field, is the family burial ground, consisting of a dozen graves in a row. There lie the remains of our famous progenitor between his second wife, Margaret Carney Camp, and son, Cranshaw or "Granger," who died unmarried. Neat headstones and a cedar designate the graves of Joshua and wife Nancy Gregory, a growth of aspen bushes and box ivy vine riot over the others.
The present Owner of the land has plowed as near the head and foot stones as possible and burned cornstalks upon the grave at the head of which is a granite boulder marked "T. Camp, Born 1717, Died 1798." Nowithstanding, the deed specifies that one acre shall be reserved for burial purpioses, A rail fence once enclosed this acre but a freshet in the "Eighteen Forties" washed it away." [Mann pp. 17-18]
"So far very little is known of his early life to manhood. At the age of 22 he married his first wife Winifred Starling, who was of Welch descent. They both lived in the lower eastern section of Virginia and it is reasonably supposed that his first wife died in that section of Virginia; since Thomas (1) married his second wife in Virginia and children were born by her in that state. The second wife, Margaret Carney Camp was of full blood Irish descent, who was born June 20th, 1744, and it is said was born in the County of Limerick, Ireland, and emigrating with her parents to Virginia, while she was young in years. She was only 18 years old when she married Thomas Camp (1) who was then 45 years old at the time and judging by his fame and past record, was still a young man, even if he did have 12 children to stare her in the face, She must have had great courage to marry Thomas Camp(1) must have been way above the average men of this day and generation, and a handsome man at that. It has been handed down through the older set of Camps, that he was man of powerful physique, aimable disposition, very religious, and a study worker, requisites in those days, which were like golden apples to fair sex. His oldest son (whose history follows ) Edmund Camp (2) was a chip from the old block, and like his father in many respects, and like his father he married the second time and strange to say, he married a sister of his father's seond wife, Elizabeth Carney, and their union was happy one and his descendants were almost equal to that his father, he having 22 sons and daughters by both marriages."
"All of the first 12 children of Thomas Camp (1) married in Virginia, some in Mecklenburg County and Nottaway County, as their individual history to follow, will show. As a rule they all had a profession, several were carpenters and builders and several, noted preachers in their day. It is known that they all immigrated westward into the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama and their constant trend has been westward, even into Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky and even Illinois and Iowa. Wherever they have gone, They were shining lights to civilization, prospered well and been a blessing to every community in which they located. It is estimated that the total number of Thomas Camp (1) descendants will be not less than five thousand, and perhaps more. It is surmised very correctly that the most of these sons emigrated before their father left Virginia and before, or about the time of his second marriaage to Margaret Carney. His first wife, as stated, was of Welch descent, a swell handed down. She was small of stature and likewise her sons were small in stature, but men of unconquerable will, brave as lions, and at the same time very religious as a rule. His second wife, Margaret Carney, was a woman of larger frame and likewise her sons, who did not know what fear was, but were cool, collected and honorable in all of their walks in life, and like their half brother, were very religious, and members of either the Baptist or Methodist church. It is said the Margaret Camp did not join the Baptist Church until she was a very old lady and beng a very large woman and almost helpless, it took four ministers to baptize her in the Broad river at Island Ford, N. C. and that she had to be baptized in her rocking chair. She was always a good woman and mother, and while she was not in the Church as a member until old age, she always attended church meetings and said that before she would be baptized, she must feel and know that she was a fit subject for the church. During the stirring times of the Revolutiionary War, she was very outspoken against the British and Tories. Her charcter for truth, honest and industry was transmitted to her sons, who developed into strong characters in the formation of society where ever they went. She outlived her husband, Thomas Camp (1) 26 years, dying in 1824, at the age of 84 years." [Mann. p. 13-17]
"Some references on the Camp family state that Thomas Camp lived at Ireland Ford' on Green River in Rutherford County, North Carolina. However, his last residence was at 'Island Ford' on Broad River in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
"The bridge on U. S. Route 221 between Chesnee, South Carolina and Rutherfordton, North Carolina over the Broad River bisects the island. The Broad River is approximateley one-half mile north of the North Carolina - South Carolina line at this point. The island is approximately one half acre in size in the middle of the river. The old road, long before the present road and bridge, crossed the river and island at this point hence the name 'Island Ford.' By the height of the water on the rocks on the island the early settlers could determine whether the river was fordable. " [Mann. p. 19]
"Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. IX, page 11, folio 3, North Carolina Archives, lists Thomas Kemp as receiving sum of money with interest. These records contain incomplete pay records of the Revolutionary period, denoting that some product or service. These records do NOT prove military service unless they carry this information, and many of them do not indicate for what purpose payment was made. These records do NOT give any personal information. Usually payment was for civil service, military service, or the sale of supplies to the army. " [Mann. p. 22]
1798, Jan 8- Last Will and Testament of Thomas Camp is recorded in North Carolina Archives, Raleigh North Carolin in Rutherford County Wills, 1784-1833, Ace-Haw, Vao. 1, page 29:
page: 142 males (u-16) (16+) females slaves
Thom Camp Sr 3 3 3 -
James Kemp 1 3 4 1
Joseph Kemp 4 3 7 3
William Camp 3 4 4 -
Daniel Camp 1 1 3 -
page: 396, Iredell Dist.
John Camp 1 4 3 -
Signed Sealed Published . . . Thom
Pronounst & Dclelard
by the Sd Thomas Camp
as his Last
will and Testament
in the Presence of us
who in his Presence
& in the Presence of Each
other have hereunto
Subscribed our Names
These are a few of several land records with Thomas Camp.
No. 508. (granted) Thomas Camp claiming 100 acres of land in Tryon County on the south side of Main Broad River above pools Brach including John Wilson's improvement. January 20, 1779.
1780- Orangeburg Dist., South Carolina
Deed Book JL, page 181. Dated March 21, 1780, recorded March 26, 1794. Christopher Hicks, Orangeburg District, South Carolina, to Thomas Camp of Rutherford County, North Carolina, for 80£ land on Sandy Run, a north branch of White Oak Creek in Rutherford County. Witnesses: Cranshaw Camp and Daniel Camp.
Deed Book 10-11, page 91. Dated April 12, 1795, recorded
Thomas Camp to William Womack, both of Rutherford County, North Carolina, for 20 lb. , 100 acres in Rutherford County on both sides of Obed Hill's Creek. mentions Elizabeth Armstrong's corner. Granted Thomas Camp November 28, 1792.
Witnesses: Isaac Safield, Daniel Webb, and William Smith.
1800 - South Carolina census.
1800- "Buffalo Church, only a half mile south of the North Carolina line and about seven miles west of Blacksburg, S. C., was in its early years connected with the Fairforest group of churches. James Fowler, a young licentiate of Fairforest, supplied the church occasionally in 1775-1776. Rev. Joseph Camp is the only minister recorded before 1800, and as early as September, 1776, he is said to hve represented Buffalo Church at a meeting of delegates held at Fairforest (Congaree Association). These statements indicate that the congregation had been constitued a church before 1777, the date usually assigned, and had entered Congaree Association. Like most churches of the back country, Buffalo Church disappears from recorded history during the Revolution; it emerged in 1789 as a constituent member of Bethel Association. Rev. Joseph Camp had probably been the pastor during the whole period and continued to serve at least through 1800 and possibly several years longer. " [Townsend 139]
1810 - South Carolina census.
1817 - Item from the Will of James Camp.
Item 1st. I give and
son Alphred a negro.
Item 2nd I give to my daughter NarrowSissy a negro girl.
Item 3rd. I give to my son
is of age one negro.
Item 4th. I give my sone Langly one negro.
Item 5th. I give to my daughter Harriet one negro girl.
Item 6th. I give to my two youngest sons James and William five hundred dollars each.
Item 7th I give to my beloved wife Sarah Camp, the balance of my negros, I also wish my beloved wife to sell my land in Virginia.
I appoint my wife and James Young my Ex-
Witness my hand and seal this 28th day of Jan. 1817.
James Camp died in 1817- [also identified as Box 21 pk 6, microfilm print copy unknown origin(probably SC) from the DAR library, WA DC.]
1820 - US Census, South Carolina,
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