Biography of Duncan A. Cameron
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Duncan A. Cameron was born in Invernesshire, Scotland, on Christmas day, 1783. He was the third son of Angus and Catherine (McPherson) Cameron. They first located at Johnstown, Montgomery county, N. Y., and after remaining there about a year, removed to Caledonia, where, in 1805. Mr. Cameron purchased a tract of land which he cleared and afterward cultivated till near the time of his death, which occurred in 1823. His widow survived him till 1839.

Duncan A. spent the early years of his life on his father's farm, and on the 23d of March, 1813, he was married to Sarah McColl, of Argyleshire, Scotland, by whom he had eleven children, as follows: Angus (died in infancy); Hugh, an attorney, in LaCrosse, Wis.; Duncan, a farmer, residing in Wisconsin; Mary and Catherine, residing on the old homestead; Margaret E. Wilson, residing in Caledonia; Daniel (dead); Angus, U. S. Senator from Wisconsin, residing at LaCrosse; Dugald (dead); Charles, a farmer, now living in York; and Alexander (dead).

In politics Mr. Cameron was a Whig till the organization of the Republican party, when he joined that party, and took an active interest in all political matters. In religion he was a strict Presbyterian, and rigidly opposed to any innovations of the tenets of that sect.

The happiness of Mr. Cameron's married life was suddenly changed to sadness, when Jan. 24, 1863, the loving wife who had passed with him through many years of trials, was called away from his side and the society of many dear friends. He was not, however, left many years to walk the paths of life alone, but Dec. 3, 1868, quietly passed away to the other world. He was one of the leading representative farmers of the county, and at the time of his death, his farm, which is situated about three and a half miles southwest of the village of Caledonia, fully illustrated that labor and perseverance will accomplish much if only properly applied.

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