Camp & Satterfield Family Groups  

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James Thomas Camp

James Thomas Camp was the youngest child of John Hamlin Camp and Dorothy Chamberlin Jones. He was born on 2 September 1828 in Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee. His father died when he was a little over a year old, so he never knew him. His mother, however, kept John Hamlin's image alive and James knew of his father and grandfather and all their accomplishments. That history has been passed down to his descendants and to those of his siblings. (1, 2, 3)

James Thomas Camp

Texas was annexed into the United States 29 December 1845. James purchased land in Texas on 25 November 1850 before he married his first wife in 1851. This land was in Bastrop County. (1, 2)

James inherited several pieces of property from his father's estate that had been managed and preserved by his mother. He sold these properties a few at a time from 16 April 1852 to 24 October 1856. These properties were in Giles County, Tennessee, some being town lots in the town of Elkton. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

James married twice to Cain cousins. James married his first wife, Laura, on 8 January 1851. She died a short time after giving birth to a sickly son the couple named John Hamlin after James' father. The son died the same year in 1853. He then married Mary Phila Ann Cain 0n 27 November 1854. They had 8 children together and moved around frequently. The first three children were born in Cherokee County, Alabama where one of his older sisters and her family had moved. They then went to Bastrop County, Texas where the family lived during the war between the states.

He was educated as a physician and didn't really practice until the Civil War. Family stories say his life was never the same after returning from the war. He returned a broken man. The couple had two more children in Texas before selling everything at a reduced amount and returned to Warren County, Tennessee where the Cain family lived. This occurred between 5 September 1867 and 3 February 1869. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

The couple had three more children after their move back to Tennessee. He died 3 April 1881 before the youngest was six leaving his wife to fend for and raise the children, much as James' mother did for him. It is thought, by his descendants, he died of Tuberculosis. He was ill for some time before his death.