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


John Cameron was a native of Inverness, Scotland. His father, Angus Cameron, was also a native of the same place. In 1804, he was married to Catharine, daughter of Alexander Cameron, of Argyleshire, Scotland, and soon after, in company with his wife, came to America, landing in the city of New York, and proceeded from there to Geneva, where he engaged in the mercantile business in company with Colonel Grieves.

After remaining there nearly a year he sold out his interest to his partner, and through the solicitations of the Scotch settlers in Caledonia, or

Big Springs,” as it was then called, came here in 1805 and opened a store containing general merchandise.

He was the first merchant who engaged in business in this town, and continued in it till about 1815 or ‘16, soon after the close of the war of

1852. He died August 7th 1820. and his wife June 8, 1849. They left eight children as follows :—Angus, born July 10 1805 Margaret, born March 4, 1808; Mary Ann, born March 21, 1810; Alexander, born December 10, 1811; John Greg, born July 31, 1813; Caroline, born May 13, 18I5; Jean, born March 25, 1817; and Charles, born August 5, 1820. Only three of the family are now living, viz :—Margaret, Mary Ann, who married Peter Forbes and resides in Burlington, Racine county, Michigan, and Jean, who married Robert Brown, of Mumford, Monroe county, N. Y.

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