This week I am writing about a wonderful breakthrough I had in researching in my children's LEWIS line, for Arthur Gifford CAMPION. A wonderful name, isn't that? I 'knew' the Gifford was likely a maiden surname, but whose, and where? From research on his daughter's marriage to Charles LEWIS, and her death in Bath, Ontario, Canada, I knew she was born in County Cork, and that the family appeared in Ontario between 1840-1844. But I had little luck finding more details in Ireland.
I received a friendly email from an Irishman named Chris, who came across my earlier blog about Arthur, and wrote me. He mentioned knowing there were many Campions in Co. Cork, and I should look there... (I'd been looking but with very little results). A few emails back and forth, and he pointed me to the Grove White Notebooks on the website: Cork Past and Present. A few more emails back and forth, and I finally typed in "Grove White" and found the notebooks: click on Places, then on North Cork, to see Grove White in the left side panel. He also told me the Campions he knew of were in North Cork [county], in the Leitrim Castle area. A-ha!! By flipping pages through the several notebooks, I found Leitrim Castle, and details of the land ownership, and more.
I quickly realized that King Charles II [photo to the right] who returned to the throne after Oliver Cromwell died - had rewarded the many officers of the 1649 Army [who had been involved in crushing Ireland under Cromwell], by giving them Land Patents, from 1657 onwards.
From Page 13 onwards, you can read about the previous owners of the land, the total acreage and value of the rents of the land, and more, in the pages. I found it interesting to see sources mentioned relating to this Campion family living from medieval times in Essex, relating to Nicholas de Campion, a Norman Crusader.
Several pages provided more details followed with Pedigree listings of Thomas CAMPION and issue:
p.18: "CAPTAIN THOMAS CAMPION, of Leitrim, of the 1649 Royal Army of Ireland, b. 1619. He received a patent grant of Leitrim estate, Co. Cork, from Charles II, 26 Nov 1667."
There followed more details of Capt. Thomas CAMPION, his lands, a few photos of the Campion Family Vaults, Leitrim Church, and more. Thomas CAMPION became one of the first members of the Society of Friends in the area, along with others of the Army; he was buried in 1699 in the Quakers' Burial Grounds in County Cork.
And on page 18, after reading about a few more generations of Campions, I came across the following:
3rd child of Lieut. Jeremiah CAMPION & unnamed wife, is shown as:
You know what I did next, right? I sat up until well after 1am, slowly and carefully transcribing the pedigree notes in these Notebooks, from my Arthur Gifford CAMPION back to his father, Gifford, his grandfather, Jeremiah, his greatgrandfather Gifford, his 2nd great-grandfather Thomas 3rd, his 3rd great-grandfather Thomas 2nd, and finally back to his 4th great-grandfather Captain Thomas CAMPION 1st. Whew! You can see there were many repeated names in this family!
Now of course, I need to do much more research, filling in with the specific documents footnoted in this notebook of Col. James Grove White. Oh, to be in Ireland, going through the records held either up in Dublin or in Co. Cork, looking for burials, wills, probates, births, and other histories of related families. In the meantime, over the coming year, I will be learning even more about searching in Ireland for more CAMPION and related individuals' documents/histories and more. The Grove White notebook implies details back to the 1300s or earlier... However, I'd be happy to find out Arthur's mother's name, and perhaps a little about Arthur's siblings!
Several of the Campion men went to Australia, other Campions went to the United States, a few over to England. Many appeared to be well educated, and were lawyers, physicians, or ministers. The land provided a large revenue to the Thomas Campion family, and relatives. A number of marriages were seen to be with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th cousins. There is a large Campion Family Vault with details of the deaths of numerous family members.
A huge THANK YOU to the friendly reader "Paddychris" who helped me break through this challenge. Who knows when I'd have eventually learned about the Grove White Notebooks? The Cork website was a bit difficult to search at first, as every website has its own method of organizing records and databases.
If you know anything more about any of the above individuals, I would be so pleased for more details. And if you wish more information on them, I'm also happy to share. Contact me at my address at the bottom of the page or, in the Comments section.
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