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Biography: Jasper Newton Campbell born in 1836 – Rather do this job than be president of the United States

Jasper Newton Campbell loved his job

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Shannon Hollon

My GGGgrandfather was Jasper Newton Campbell (1836-1911).  He was born in Dekalb County. In 1859 he worked for the Alabama Coal mining company, he was in charge of the Browne and Phil Weaver mines and the Fancher pit these are in the Montevallo coal seam.


 Jasper Newton Campbell (1836-1911)

He worked as a miner and mine supervisor and served as a private in Co. D 44th Alabama infantry during the Civil War, fighting in some of the bloodiest battles of the war, Antietam, Gettysburg(Devils Den) and Chickamauga.jasper newton campbell2

After the war he began prospecting coal in the Cahaba coal fields, it was a life of solitude looking for and measuring outcropped seams of coal.Jasper Newton Campbell (1836-1911)3

One 19th century Alabama coal prospector was quoted “I would rather be in the woods on a foxtrotting mule with a great seam coal under my feet than the President of these United States.”

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About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

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3 comments

  1. Lisa Matthews Leonard

    Ricky Leonard
    is he on your Campbell side?

  2. Brandon Campbell

    Keith Campbell never heard of this Campbell man. Possibly a relative of a relative?

  3. William Terry Blackwell

    He died about the time my grandfather was born.

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