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Josephine Campbell

Josephine Miller Campbell

Authored by the great-grandchildren of Josephine Campbell in September 2013

Josephine was born near Port Gamble on Hood Canal in 1864 to Sne’-nai, a S’Klallam woman also born along the Canal, and Charles Miller.

Josephine Campbell

Josephine Campbell

There is a story about a very young Sne’-nai wherein some Songish from Victoria came down during the night and attacked her people, who were on the beach at the time. A Twana took her and tucked her in the hollow of a cedar log, telling her to stay there until they returned. They did, of course, come back for her when the attack was over (Elmendorf).

Sne’nai, was related to the Chimakum people, and had at least four sisters. She began wearing “western clothing” at age 23 and was given the English name Sybil. Her parents were Che-wha-noks, a S’Klallam woman born in the Elwha area between Port Angeles and Pycht, and Ya-whal-cho. Ya-whal-cho’s father, Salach, was a Humptullips sub-chief from the Tokeland area.

In about 1873, Sne’-nai took her children, Charles, William, Josephine, and Louise Miller to the Skokomish Reservation, where they were raised and attended school.

In about 1878, young Josephine married Harvey Campbell, whose parents were from Scotland. Harvey was a logger who bought land, logged it, and then sold lots. He was a developer of his day. They made their home where Quilcene proper is today, but Josephine, longing to be with her people, often left with her relations to attend Potlatches and other gatherings.

Josephine and Harvey had four children, Ellery, Samuel, Charles, and Mary. When Harvey Campbell died in 1891, Josephine took her children and moved back to the Skokomish Reservation where they were raised and attended school, though Sam and Charles attended the Cushman Indian Boarding School on the Puyallup Reservation, many miles from their homeland.

Later on, Josephine had a daughter, Dorothy, with her third husband Alpheus Woodbury. The Woodbury family lived at Fairmount on Discovery Bay.

Josephine’s eldest son Ellery married Elizabeth Tunmer, daughter of Sa-atla and Ned Tunmer of Discovery Bay. Sa-atla was from the S’Klallam House of Ste-Tee-thlum from which rose Cheech-Ma-Ham (a.k.a. Chetzemoka or Duke of York).

Josephine’s second son, Sam, married Ella Tunmer. Sam and Ella lived at Discovery Bay next to Ellery and Elizabeth. Sam told Ellery’s grandchildren stories of paddling their canoe to Edmonds to pick tule reeds for their dwellings, explaining that the very best tules were found there. 

Josephine passed on September 12, 1927, and is buried at the Discovery Bay (a.k.a. Maynard) Cemetery, as are many relations of this family.

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Elizabeth Harvey, one of Josephine's great granddaughters

Elizabeth Harvey, one of Josephine’s great granddaughters

Sne’-nai

Sne’-nai

Che-wha-noks

Che-wha-noks