It had taken them nearly two months to travel from Lexington, in Rockbridge County Virginia to Dardenne, in St. Charles County Missouri. This is where the enslaved Archer Alexander would spend the next 34 years of life, dreaming of freedom.
This is the journal of William Massilon Campbell written from August 20, 1829 until October 8, 1829, describing a journey from Rockbridge County Virginia to St. Charles County Missouri. The transcript is located in the collections of Leyburn Library, Special Collections and Archives, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington Virginia. We are deeply indebted to the Library, and Lisa McCown. Editor is Dorris Keeven-Franke.
On the 27th and 28th of September the caravan crossed Indiana. This is the journal of William Campbell, traveling to Saint Charles Missouri with Archer Alexander.
An epidemic of cholera broke out in Hindostan in 1820. Water- and insect-borne illnesses were the bane of many towns on the Midwestern frontier. Situated along rivers for the purpose of easy transportation, towns were often built on flood plains that bred insects in huge numbers.
This would have been 23 year-old Archer Alexanders first encounter with freedom!
Archer Alexander is leaving Kentucky and passing through the free state of Indiana… Next day proceeded on our way to Lewisville (now called Louisville) a handsome well…… Read more “Entry 28 – Date 23 September 1829”
THIS IS THE JOURNAL OF WILLIAM CAMPBELL (1805-1849) LEADING SEVERAL FAMILIES FROM LEXINGTON, IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO ST. CHARLES COUNTY MISSOURI, WRITTEN IN 1829. AMONG THEM IS ARCHER ALEXANDER, BORN IN 1806, IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA THIS JOURNAL IS LOCATED IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LEYBURN LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, LOCATED AT THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY, IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA, AND FOR WHICH WE ARE DEEPLY INDEBTED TO LISA MCCOWN. EDITOR IS DORRIS KEEVEN-FRANKE
It being Sunday Staid next day to rest our horses and selves, it being Sunday.*This is the journal of William Campbell (1805-1849) leading four families from Lexington,…… Read more “Entry 26 Date 21 September 1829”
Trailblazer, Daniel Boone (1734-1820) lived his final years in St. Charles and Warren County, Missouri. Originally buried on another hillside overlooking the Missouri River, next to his wife Rebecca, his body was supposedly disinterred and returned to Frankfort, Kentucky in 1845.
Entered Lexington, KY, a large town with many fine brick houses, but it has the appearance to be declining. No new buildings are going up. It has got its growth. Took road to Frankfort. Staid that night at William McCluer’s 7 miles from Lexington.