Family tradition has it that Thomas' father was a Duncan Campbell who was born in Scotland and fought with the Black
Watch (42nd Highland Regiment) during the French and Indian War.
A reference on Ancestry called "Scottish Settlers in North America" lists dozens of Duncan Campbell's but only one
who fought with the Black Watch... "Duncan Campbell, born in Scotland, Officer in the 42nd (Black Watch) Regt., fought in
the French and Indian War, Settled in America, father of Duncan, John, Thomas and Archibald."
The same source lists
a "Duncan Campbell, son of Lt. Duncan Campbell, born 1732, married to Mary Christie in 1762, died in 1808 in America". And
also a "Thomas Campbell, born in 1744 in Scotland, son of Lt. Duncan Campbell, died in New York in 1825 (which coincides exactly
with all other birth/death dates for the father of Henry M #1). Interestingly, both of those children would have been born
in Scotland because the Black Watch arrived in Albany NY in 1756 -- unless Duncan the Lieutenant enlisted as a resident of
NA, which is very unlikely because he was an officer.
So -- I think we may have found the missing Duncan Campbell,
father of Thomas, and we can also conclude he was a lieutenant in the Black Watch.
Then I looked up the officer lists
on the 42nd Highlanders website (www.42ndrhr.org/officers.php
) and found a Lieutenant Duncan Campbell in the lists for 1759 - 1765. That site recommends a rather expensive book of short
biographies of all scottish officers in NA during that time period, which I will probably break down and buy to learn more.
But first I'll see what I can learn online, and I'll keep you posted.
brother H M (the sixth) Campbell IV