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Lady Mary Cameron, (Of Glen Nevis)

Female 1739 - 1830  (91 years)


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  • Name Lady Mary Cameron, (Of Glen Nevis) 
    Prefix Lady 
    Suffix (Of Glen Nevis) 
    Born 1739  Glen Nevis, Inverness-Shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Nov 1830  Cornwall, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Cameron Cemetery On Lot 6, Conc 4 Cornwall Twp, Ont Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1070  Ramage | Ramage Line
    Last Modified 15 May 2013 

    Father Alexander Cameron, 12th Chief of Glen Nevis,   d. 18 May 1774, Glen Nevis, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Cameron, (of Dungallon) 
    Family ID F1586  Group Sheet

    Family John Cameron, (Of Clunes),   b. 1725, Lochiel Estate (Clunes Farm), Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1824, Cornwall, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1758  Fortingall, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Mary Cameron of Glennevis eloped at fifteen years of age per letter

      possibly 27 Jan 1758, Fortingall per CLUNES, Dr Robert S. Cameron
    Children 
     1. Allan Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Janet Margaret Cameron,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Janet Cameron,   d. 1828
    +4. Christina Cameron,   d. 19 Jan 1853
    +5. Alexander Cameron,   b. 1764, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837, Nissouri, Onterio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +6. Donald Cameron,   b. 1769, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1809, On Lot 21, Conc. 4 Finch Township Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +7. Margaret Cameron,   b. 1775, Mayfield, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Lochiel, Glengarry, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Grace Cameron,   b. 1775,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +9. Lieut. Col. John Cameron,   b. 3 May 1779, Mayfield, Mohawk Valley, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1862, Cornwall Twp, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +10. Nancy Cameron,   b. 1780,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +11. Hugh Cameron,   b. 1780,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +12. Susannah Cameron,   b. 1786, Cornwall Twp, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1846, Lochaber, Quebec Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F445  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    Cameron's, MacLeods and the Loyalist Rose
    Cameron's, MacLeods and the Loyalist Rose

  • Notes 
    • From Cameron of Cornwall Township, by Duncan MacDonald, U.E. page 3: Lady Mary Cameron, daughter of Sir Alexander Cameron of Glen Nevis. And Christie Menzies of Rannoch in Rannoch Church. Born 1739 in Scotland, Roman Catholic. Died 3 Nov 1830, in lot 6, 4th Cornwall Twp. Burial in Lot 6, 4th Cornwall Twp. Note: He lists 12 children for her.

      From Margaret Cameron Long Sault: Mary Cameron of Glennevis(on tombstone) l739-l830, was the daughter of Alexander Cameron, Chieftain of the MacSorlies in Glennevis c l745. Mary's oldest son, Alexander Cameron, who was about twenty at the outbreak of the American Revolution, was named for his maternal grandfather.

      Correspondence with Mrs. Loraine Maclean of Dochgarroch at the Farraline Park Library in Inverness, Scotland (who is also the secretary of the Highland Family History Society) regarding Mary Cameron, wife of John Cameron of Clunes: "It is well established that Alexander Cameron of Glen Nevis married Mary Cameron of Dungallon and that their daughter Mary married in 1762, James Cameron of Callart." Mrs. MacLean suggests the possibility that Mary, wife of John Cameron of Clunes might have been the sister of Alexander of Glen Nevis, and therefore the daughter of Allan Cameron of GlenNevis, though there is no documentation for this.
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      THE LOYALIST ROSE The Hamilton Branch is responsible for the ongoing cultivation of the Loyalist Rose at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This antique rose, identified as "Maiden's Blush" of the Rosa Alba family, is illustrated in many Renaissance paintings, notably Botticelli's "Birth of Venus". It was taken to England from Damascus during the Crusades. In 1773, John Cameron of Clunes and Mary Cameron of Glen Nevis brought it with them when they emigrated to Sir William Johnson's estates in the Mohawk Valley of Western New York. In 1776, John joined the King's Royal Regiment of New York. After the Revolution, the family took a root with them on the 230-mile trek over the Appalachians to the Cornwall area. It was a treasured possession, vital to their survival; from its flowers, stalks, leaves and hips, they could make medicines, tea and many delicacies. It grows today in the Ottawa Valley in the gardens of the descendants of John and Mary Cameron. Two hundred years later in 1976, Ethel MacLeod, a descendant, registered "The Loyalist Rose" with the International Registration Authority for Roses. She donated it to The United Empire Loyalists' of Canada to mark the Bi-centennial for the American Revolution and the coming of the Loyalists to Canada. It is a double, very fragrant pale pink rose fading almost to white, bushy, densely branched blooming well in June.

      Note from Wendy Hawkins: the Loyalist Rose, which is more commonly known as
      Maiden's Blush or Great Maiden's Blush. Thought you'd be amused to know that the original name for this shell-pink flower was in French "Thigh of the Passionate Nymph". Oddly, that translation didn't make it across the English Channel or over the Atlantic in those Puritanical times.
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      THE CAMERON CEMETERY The half acre cemetery on Mr. Frank Cameron's farm, located on North McConnell Avenue (Cameron Road) is a perfect example of an abandoned resting place of early pioneers who settled this area. For more than a century the Cameron cemetery has been reserved as a burial plot, although no one has been interred there since the late 19th century. Evidence of early deeds stipulate that the land be retained for this purpose. The cemetery is situated on a grassy mound, surrounded by a cornfield, a peaceful little spot for the remains' of many of the settlers who developed the region. There are only two actual stones with inscriptions on them in the entire graveyard, and recently they have been placed back to back for the sake of preservation. The other grave marker's are simply field stones, so it is impossible to decipher the exact number of people buried there. Some of the local residents revealed bits and pieces of information about the cemetery - for example, it is believed that nine small children were buried together in the Cameron cemetery. Apparently, they all died within a few days of each other from diphtheria . The last person to be buried in the cemetery was Donald McLeod, sometime in the 1880's.

      INSCRIPTION ON CAMERON CEMETERY -TOMBSTONE

      Lieut. Col. JOHN CAMERON, Clunes
      BORN May 3, 1779
      DIED Jan. 29, 1862
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      also his Father
      JOHN CAMERON, Clunes, U.E.L.
      DIED May 10, 1824
      AGED 99 YEARS
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      also his Wife
      MARY CAMERON
      DIED Nov. 3, 1830
      AGED 91 YEARS
      She was of Glennevis
    • C John Cameron, U.E. Loyalist- Born 1725, Clunes, Lochaber (near Fort William), Scotland. According to Dr. George Cameron (15 Dec 1987), 417 Pitt St., Cornwall, Ont: "John (C) and his brothers Alexander (Sandy) and Donald took part in the battle of Culloden (16 Apr 1746). John's brother Allan had been killed at the battle of Prestonpans on 21 Sep 1745. Sandy and Donald were killed at Culloden, but John escaped. Married Mary Cameron (a distant cousin), when? Rannoch Church, Scotland. The family emigrated to the Mohawk Valley in New York State in the autumn of 1773 on the ship "H.M.S. Pearl". The family settled as tenants on the estates of Sir William Johnson near Johnstown, Tryon County, N.Y (in the Mohawk Valley). As John and his son Alexander (C-1) fought for the Crown during the American Revolution in 1776, the family was expelled from the Mohawk Valley. John never served as a soldier, but he assisted scouting parties and procured intelligence. Those persons who were loyal to
      the Crown during the American Revolution (United Empire Loyalists) were given 200 acres of land free in Canada. Also the sons and daughters of these Loyalists were also given 200 acres of free land. John came to Canada in 1783.
      There is a record of a Land Grant- Lot 6, Conc 4, Cornwall Twp, Stormont County, 200 acres to Alexander Cameron and John Cameron (son and father), registered 16 Nov 1797 (Patent: 27 May 1797). John had the west half of Lot 6
      and Alexander the east half. John died 10 May 1824, Lot 6, Conc 4, Cornwall Township, Stormont County. Buried on the farm (Cameron Cemetery). Inscription on John's tombstone: "John Cameron, Clunes, U.E.L., died May 10 1824, aged 99 years. Also his wife Mary Cameron, died 3 Nov 1830, aged 91 years." Description of Cameron Cemetery by Alex W. Fraser (March 1986) of Lancaster, Ontario: "It isn't easy to find. The half-acre cemetery on Frank Cameron's farm, located on North McConnell Ave. (Cameron Road) is a long way from a main road and any means of transportation. One must set out on foot after a half mile ride up Frank Cameron's lane to a
      set of buildings. You walk through the site of an old stone quarry. The remains of a metal fence (that kept cattle away from the cemetery) are on a small grassy mound, surrounded by a cornfield." (Cornwall Registry Office, Duncan MacDonald, J. M., Alex W. Fraser, Dr. George Cameron)

      C* Mary (Cameron) Cameron- Born 1739, Glen Nevis (near Fort William), Scotland. Father- Alexander Cameron, of Glen Nevis, was a peer under the Jacobite regime (entitled to "Lord Alexander"). Mother- Mary Cameron. Mary (C*) has been referred to as "Lady Mary Cameron". "These peerages were conferred on various Highland Chieftans by the Jacobite kings, but were all abolished after the Battle of Culloden in 1746." The following story was told, in 1924, by Rev. Robert Cameron to his cousin Jane Withers :
      "Sophia's grandmother was known as Lady Mary (C*) of Glen Nevis. She was a wealthy heiress. Her family opposed her marriage to her cousin John Cameron (C) who was a poor young accountant and had been rejected for army service because he was not tall enough. Mary slipped out the window and married him anyway in spite of her family's opposition. They lived happily for several years in her home. All their children were born there except the last two who were born after they left Scotland and came to New York." (Note:
      Susan, was born in Cornwall Twp. Grace, and John, , were born in Johnstown, N.Y. Christy's,, birth date needs to be checked.)
      Mary died 3 Nov 1830, Lot 6, Conc 4, Cornwall Twp, Stormont County. Buried on the farm (Cameron Cemetery).
      (Duncan MacDonald, June MacIntosh)

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Camerons of Cornwall Township, by Duncan MacDonald.

    2. [S22] Margaret Cameron.