Source: Grace Alward Newnum's obituary book, hand dated 3 March 1899
John Campbell, a citizen of Cain Township and one of the most honorable citizens of our county died March 3. Mr. Campbell was born July 31, 1837 and was 61 years, 7 months and 2 days old. He was married March 13, 1862 to Mary F. Foxworthy and we know that there was no more happier home in all the world than that of those two good and noble people. Both did their part to make their lives and fireside one of credit and no dark cloud ever crossed their part until that dreaded disease, consumption, fastened its fangs upon the life of Mr. Campbell and slowly but surely death came. He, like the good and noble man that he was, bore his sickness without a murmur. He was always glad to have his friends and neighbors visit him and it seemed to be a relief and not a worry. The funeral was held Sunday, interment in the Masonic cemetery at Waynetown, and despite the inclemency of the weather there was a large concourse of people, all waiting to pay a last sad duty and respect to one whose friendship they had so dearly treasured. We have known John Campbell since our childhood days. He was the kind of a man that made the honorable side of life. He was honest, pure, noble and good. If he had an enemy that enemy was the cause of it. Thus passes away a man whose place is hard to fill. His good wife has the sympathy of everyone in her sad hour. But there is consolation in the knowledge that his life was one that assures in death eternal reward.