Christopher Campbell was born in Switzerland. His parents embarked for the United States when he was an infant, and the mother died on board the ship just before landing in New Orleans. The father settled first at Sandy, Jefferson Co., Mo., and his death occurred when Christopher was six years of age. Christopher's real name is Christopher Croft, but after the death of his father he was bound out to John Campbell, who moved to Potosi, Washington Co., Mo., where he kept a hotel.
Christopher worked in the hotel, and his educational advantages were
very limited, having acquired nearly all of his education since grown.
January 20, 1871, he married Mary, daughter of Michael Hurst, who died
in the service of the United States during the late war. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, of whom five are living, viz.: Minnie L., Lula M., George A., Grace and Frederick. Mr. Campbell
returned to Jefferson County in 1865, settling in Joachim Township, and removing to his present farm in 1882.