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James Isaac Campkin

My Heritage recently announced that it would be removing the collection from their website, as the contract had expired.  I therefore decided to go through my Record Matches for this collection.  I didn’t manage to do very much research before the collection was removed yesterday, but I have decided to share a couple of the articles I found.

The first is a transcription of the obituary for James Isaac Campkin, from The Ogden Standard Examiner Ogden City, Utah, Wednesday Evening, March 24, 1948 .

James I. Campkin Dies at Age 92

James Isaac Campkin, 92, of 458 Sixteenth, died in a local hospital at nine p.m. Tuesday, following a short illness of causes incident to age.
Mr. Campkin was born Oct. 18, 1855, in Biggleswade, Medfordshire, England, the son of Isaac and Martha Webb Campkin. He came to the United States with his parents when two years of age, crossed the plains by ox card in 1857 and settled in Perry, Box Elder county. He had resided there unti seven years ago, when he moved to Ogden. In Perry he engaged in farming.
He was active in L.D.S. church and had filled a mission to the eastern states. He was a high priest in the Seventh ward, Ogden.
On June 9, 1886, he married Catherine Russell in the L.D.S. Logan temple. She died Aug. 5, 1909, in Perry.
Surviving are a son and daughter, James M. Campkin, Ogden; Mrs. Thomas Rampton, Garland; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted Friday at one p.m. in the mortuary, 533 Twenty-sixth, by Bishop Orson T. Foulger of the Seventh ward. Burial will be in Brigham City cemetery.

As the obituary mentions, James was the son of Isaac Campkin and Martha Webb.  Isaac Campkin was the son of Stephen Campkin and Rebecca Pewter.  I’m descended from Stephen and Rebecca’s daughter Susannah, who married George Oliver.

The second article I found was about James’ contribution to the war effort, from The Ogden Standard-Examiner Saturday Evening, April 17, 1943.

Oldster Active in Aiding War Effort

Dedicating his dwindling years to patriotic endeavors, James Campkin, 87, of 759 Twenty-second, is proving that age and position have nothing to do with one’s ability to aid in the war effort.
Mr. Campkin, a retired farmer, is doing his part in supplying his country with a material which is direly needed in that every day he scours the neighbourhood near his home for tin cans. And daily the returns of his search are turned over to officials of the Madison school for disposition to the correct channels.
The oldster explained at his age there really isn’t much a person can do and yet he feels it is the duty of every individual to contribute something toward a speedy victory.
So, armed with a small wagon he makes his daily neighbourhood tour.
Business is falling off somewhat since the rationing program got underway, he reports.