MURDER OF NORTH CAROLINIANS IN TEXAS
DeAnn Monroe Steely of Huntsville, Texas and Rick Monroe of Cornelius, North Carolina share what they have learned of the
murders of Angus & Colin MONROE in hopes of finding additional information about the Campbell/Monroe family in the Cumberland
and Robeson Counties. Rick wrote the North Carolina State Archives for a copy of the newspaper article. He was sent copies of
the March 23, 1860 Daily Herald and the March 24, 1860 Wilmington Journal. The articles are identical.
"Murder of North Carolinians in Texas -- We understand that authentic information has been received here from W. A. Evans, Esq.,
formerly of this vicinity, that two young men, brothers, Colin and Angus Monroe, formerly of Robeson county, N.C., were murdered
by Indians recently. They were in search of a location for the purpose of stock grazing, when the Indians came upon one of them
at their camp and murdered him, and subsequently met the other in the road and murdered him. The citizens pursued the Indians and
killed 15 of them.
We learn that the brothers Monroe were very worthy men, much respected in Robeson and Cumberland counties, where they have left
many relatives and friends. -- Fayetteville Observer."
The following research of the Campbell family published in 'Scattered Seed - Genealogical Research Data
of Southeastern North Carolina' by Myrtle Bridges proves Angus and Colin descend from Angus CAMPBELL and
his wife Christian McLELLAN through their daughter, Flora Campbell Monroe.
It was 1804 when Angus and Christian emigrated from Kilmartin, Argyllshire
Scotland to North Carolina. Their grown children were Flora, thirty-four, Sarah, twenty-nine, and Mary,
twenty-four. Duncan was only ten and their youngest, Effie was about six years old. Angus believed that a
sober, industrious man like himself could make a good living in Robeson County. He knew people, already
settled in Carolina who wrote encouraging him to come here. They had told him all about how he could
purchase un-cleared land for as little as 6d an acre. Angus remembered vividly the severe winter of 1771
when he had lost most of his cattle and sheep. The little corn he raised had been almost totally blighted by
frost for two years before that, and the price of cattle was so low, he could no longer have bread for
Angus & Christian Campbell named their second (b. 1810) son Daniel. Dugald was born four years later.
The 3 boys were a great help on the family farm. Recalling the difficulty he had in plowing the rocky soil
of his homeland, Angus found pleasure in tending the soft fertile soil of Robeson County. The Campbell's owned
two hundred acres of land in Robeson County, one hundred acres joining Peter Crawford's land and the other
lying near the cowpen branch between Peter CRAWFORD and Absolom DAVIS. Angus knew a lot about
animal husbandry, and his herds of cattle and sheep soon increased. By 1838 the Campbell plantation
contained six hundred and eighty-five acres.
Flora Campbell and Malcom Monroe were married 10 February 1810 with friends Malcom GALBERT and James
McNEILL as their witnesses. Malcom and Flora Monroe's son Angus was born at the end of that year. Christian
was born to this couple probably sometime in 1812. Angus bequeathed a small red heifer about three years old
grandson, Angus Monroe, and to his son-in-law, Malcom Monroe, five dollars.
Colin is listed on the 1850 NC Census, Robeson County, page 337A in the household of his parents -
Malcom, age 64, farmer, born Scotland; Flora, age 63, born Scotland; Colon, age 26, farmer, born NC;
Duncan, age 25, tailor, born NC; Peter, age 23, farmer, born NC. Angus Monroe (1811-1860)
was not found in that census.
Flora states in her will that her eldest daughter, Mary, was the wife of Archibald McEACHERN. Her second daughter,
Christian was the wife of Neill McMILLAN.
December 18th, 1820 was the day Hugh McEachern and Sarah Campbell became husband and wife. They were the
parents of Christian and Mary S. McEachern. Mary met and married Daniel I. Munn, who was born about 1775 in
Glasgow, Scotland. Their daughter Mary, was born about 1823. Daniel died 1856 in Tarheel, North Carolina.
Angus bequeathed to his son-in-law, Hugh McEachern, his old gray mare, and appointed his son Duncan Campbell
and his son-in-law Hugh McEachern joint executors of his will. This will was written on the 18th day of
November 1822 witnessed by N. McALPIN, John MacMILLAN and unknown McGOOGAN
Duncan Campbell was thirty-three when he married lovely Christian McKINNON on December 5, 1827. She
was twenty seven. Roderick McSWAIN and Neill BUIE were there as witnesses. This couple was known as
loving and devoted christians. They were exemplary citizens and valuable members of St. Pauls Presbyterian
Church in St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina.
In 1838 Daniel Campbell would receive two hundred acres of land from his father.
Dugald Campbell and Catherine McMillan were married January 30, 1836. Their children were Christian, Hector,
Barbara, Sarah, Angus and Mary.
Effie Campbell was the record keeper in her family. She died unmarried April 18, 1855 leaving a will with
valuable information for the researcher of this family. She was living with her brother Dugald in Robeson
County at the time of her death.
Last Will & Testament of EFFIE CAMPBELL 1800 - 1855
I, Effie Campbell of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory,
but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare this my last will and
testament in manner and form following: That is to say; First, that my executors (hereinafter named),
shall provide for my body a decent burial, suitable to my relations and friends and pay all funeral
expenses, together with my just debts, howsoever and to whomsoever owing, out of the money that may
first come into his hands as part and parcel of my estate.
Item - I give and devise to my eldest sister Flora Monroe the sum of fifty dollars.
Item - I give and devise to my sister Sarah McEachern the like sum of fifty dollars.
Item - I give and devise to my sister Mary Munn also the like sum of fifty dollars.
Item - I give and devise to my brother Duncan Campbell twenty five dollars.
Item - I give and devise to my brother Dugald Campbell my negro girl, Nancy.
Item - I give and devise to my niece Christian Ann Campbell a negro child, daughter of the said
Nancy, named Caroline.
Item - I give and devise to my niece Barbara Jane Campbell one bed and bedstead and furniture,
also my wheel and chest.
Item - I give and devise to my niece Sarah Catharine Campbell one bed and furniture, also one heifer.
Item - I give and devise to my nephew Angus Daniel Campbell two bulls.
Item - I give and devise to my nephew Hector McMillan Campbell one table and some bed-clothes.
Item - I give and devise to my niece Mary Margaret Campbell two blankets and two quilts. I give and
devise the balance of my bed-clothes to be equally divided among my above named nieces and nephews.
Item - I give and devise all my wearing apparal to be equally divided among my above named nieces (viz.)
Christian Ann, Barbara Jane, and Sarah Catharine.
Item - I give and devise my clock to my above named sister Mary MUNN.
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my brother Dugald Campbell my lawful executor to all intents
and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same,
and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments
by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Effie Campbell do hereunto set my hand and seal this
13th of April A.D., 1855. Signed, sealed and declared by the said Effie Campbell to be her last will and
testament in the presence of us, who, at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names. Neill
McNeill & John L. EVANS
Last Will & Testament of FLORA MONROE 1770 - 1864
I Flora Monroe of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory
but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and
testament in manner and form following that is to say;
First, that my executor (hereinafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to
the wishes of my relations and friends and pay for all funeral expenses together with my just debts
howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part or
parcel of my estate.
Second, I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Mary, wife of Arch'd McEachern the sum of ten dollars
to be paid by my executor within two years from the time of my death out of any moneys belonging to my estate.
Third, I give and bequeath to my second daughter Christian, wife of Niell McMillan one bed and its
furniture and the sum of ten dollars.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my son Peter Monroe the sum of ten dollars.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Julia Ann Monroe one bed furniture.
Lastly, I give and bequeath to my son Duncan Monroe all the balance of my household and kitchen
furniture, all of my stock counting cattle, hogs and sheep to him and his personal representative
forever. I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Duncan Monroe my lawful executor to all intents
and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of
the same and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills
and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Flora Monroe do hereunto set my
hand seal this 16th day of February A.D., 1864.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Flora Monroe to be her last will and testament in the
presence of us who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses.
Daniel A. MALLOY
Robeson County, North Carolina - Book 2, page 216 - Dated February 16, 1864, probated February Term 1865
Last Will & Testament of DUNCAN CAMPBELL 1794 - 1881
In the name of God Amen, I Duncan Campbell of Robeson County and State of North Carolina, (farmer) being
weak in body and of sound mind and memory and understanding but, considering the uncertainty of this
transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. My
will is that all my expenses shall by my executrix hereinafter named, be paid out of my estate as soon
after my decease as shall be found by her convenient.
Item - I give and devise to my beloved wife Christian all my possessions, real estate and personal
property whatsoever that I may have at my death, to have and to hold the same to, for and during
her natural life. But after the death of my beloved wife Christian above named, my will is that I
give devise and bequeath to my nieces, the daughters of my brother Dugald Campbell, their heirs and
assigns forever the plant-ation on which I now live (with my dwelling house and household and kitchen
furniture) containing three hundred and eighty-five acres of land joining the land of Neill McNeill,
Campbells, and Angus Evans. Also another tract of woodland joining the above land south, containing
twenty acres, more or less. I give, devise and bequeath to my four nieces viz: Christian and Mary S.
McEachern, Christian McMillan (formerly Monroe) and Mary Munn the remainder of my lands which is three
hundred and sixty acres known as the McGoogan lands and it's apparatuses from and after the decease of
my wife Christian, also, all the residue of my personal property, except what is otherwise herein
bequeathed, real and personal with of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be
entitled to at the death of my wife Christian. I devise it to be sold and the effects to be equally
divided among my said nieces, Christian & Mary S. McEachern and Mary Munn and Christian McMillan. I
give, devise and bequeath a note which I hold against Peter Monroe for the sum of one hundred thirty
two dollars as follows. It is my will that the said Peter Monroe pay half of said note to his brother
Duncan and retain the remainder for himself.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Christian Campbell and H. A. McEachern to be the
executrix and executor to this my last will and testament subscribed and affix my seal this twenty ninth
day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen eighty one. Wits: H.A. McEachern and A.R. McEachern.
Probated 1881 Robeson County Will Book 3/261
Anyone having further information about this family is encouraged to contact DeAnn or Rick or Myrtle. Thank You.
August 2, 1904, Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina)
Mr. J.D. McEachern, of Pine, Florida, a former resident of Robeson county, made us a pleasant call
while in town yesterday. He is spending several days with his brother, Mr. A.R. McEachern. For the past
23 years he has made his home in Florida. Myrtle Bridges January 15, 2011
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