John Campbell, c1798 West Virginia
John Campbell (1758 - 1840) of West Virginia circa 1798. He was approximately 40 years of age when this photo was taken, making it the earliest photograph that we have, dated approximately 1798. He was respected highly in the Kessler Cross Lanes, West Virginia community, a devout Baptist, Judge and Justice of the Peace. His plantation lies on the right side of Whitewater Road at the foot of the mountain in the meadow lands. On the left side of Whitewater Road lies Rev. War John Hamilton's plantation and location of the first Nicholas County court held in a log house that no longer exists today.
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