|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1830|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 4, 1892|
Home located at 2811 Westwood Rd, Minnetonka Beach, MN -- On Lake Minnetonka next to St. Martin's by-the-Lake Church. Victorian mansion built in the 1880's and church built in 1888.
GAR: Commissioned an officer in Company A, Minnesota 9th Infantry Regiment on 14 Aug 1862. Promoted to Full Major on 20 Nov 1863. Mustered out on 20 Nov 1863. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Minnesota 8th Infantry Regiment on 20 Nov 1863. Mustered out on 02 May 1865.
Partner with T.B. Walker in the lumber business from 1877 -- Camp and Walker.
Cass Gilbert Society website:
Minnetonka Beach -- St.. Martin's by-the-Lake was built in 1888 by Major and Mrs. Camp. It was the direct result of a presentation by the assistant bishop, Mahlon Gilbert, at the Lafayette Hotel, now the Lafayette Club. Bishop Gilbert noted that there were large numbers of people spending summers on the lake, and he advised them that they were not to take a vacation from Christianity when they went on vacation from the city. He directed them to build a place of worship. Major Camp was so moved by the presentation that he immediately donated the land for the chapel.
As weeks passed his generosity continued to grow, and he eventually donated the entire building as well. He and his wife were also inspired to this work because they had had three children die in infancy. The fourth daughter, Lou, survived into adulthood and that autumn was going to be married. The Camps decided to dedicate the chapel to the memory of the three children that had died, and in celebration of the marriage of the daughter that lived. It was a sign of their faith in God made manifest. We remember that faith when we worship here as well.
The architect, Cass Gilbert, was the designer of the Minnesota State Capitol, the George Washington Bridge, and the U. S. Supreme Court building, as well as the cousin of Bishop Gilbert. He designed the building in "the seaside style of New England" and modeled the interior after that of a Stave Church in a museum in Oslo, Norway.
Salinas Weekly, Thursday, 19 May 1892:
**Romance in Real Life -- Twice Betrothed and Twice Parted -- Death Postpones a Wedding Forever -- A Contested Will --
During the latter part of February a tall, sturdy gentleman with iron-gray hair and bright sparkling eyes was a noticeable figure on the streets of Salinas. The gentleman in question was Major George A. CAMP, of Minneapolis, who was here as the guest of Hon. J.D. CARR. For several years
past he had been in the habit of spending several months in San Francisco each year, making his home at the Occidental hotel. While Major CAMP was in Salinas, it became whispered that he and the comely widowed daughter of Hon. J.D. CARR, Mrs. Jesse D. CARR-SEALE, were engaged,and that the wedding
would take place in the near future. About the first of March Major CAMP and his fiancee went on an extended trip to Mexico in company with her father. Upon their return they parted company at Denver, Major CAMP proceeding to Minneapolis, and Mr. CARR and his daughter returning to Salinas.
On Wednesday, May 4th, a dispatch was received here to the effect that Major CAMP had died suddenly of heart failure at his Minnesota home. Mrs. SEALE was of course greatly shocked over the sad news. She immediately telegraphed to embalm the body and defer the burial until she arrived. The
next morning, in company with Mrs. N.L. HUEL, Mrs. SEALE left for Minneapolis. On May 12th a press dispatch from Minneapolis announced that the will of the late Major George
A. CAMP, filed for probate that day, contained a surprise for the heirs-at-law. The estate amounted to over half a million dollars, ½ of which he bequeathed to his fiancée, Mrs. Jesse D. CARR-SEALE of Salinas, Cal., and the other half to Mrs. Henry VON WEDELSTAEDT, of St. Paul, an only daughter, and her son Henry. The will was executed at San Francisco, January 30, 1892, and was witnessed by Mary
J. HEALEY, G.E. STALLMAN and May Hammon COE, all of that city. There is a chance, it is said, that the will will be contested by the heirs-at-law.
Mrs. SEALE is wealthy herself and is very determined, like her father, in maintaining what she considers her rights. In connection with the affair the Examiner gives the following pleasant love story, involving the romantic incidents of wooing, winning, separation, 2 weddings, 2 deaths, another wooing, another winning, and then another death to keep 2 souls asunder: The lady in the case is a daughter of Jesse D. CARR, of Salinas City, well known as a Democratic politician and political wire-puller from one end of California to the other. Major CAMP met her nearly a quarter of a century ago, while on one of his visits to California, was smitten with her girlish charms, laid siege to her susceptible heart, captured it and announced the
engagement. But the course of their love did not run smoothly. They quarreled and parted. She married Mr.
SEALE and CAMP also took unto himself a wife. Time wore along and the lovers did not meet. SEALE died last summer. Mrs. CAMP, crazed by suffering from a protracted illness, jumped into the waters of Lake Minnetonka and was drowned. She left 1 daughter, 22 years of age, and the wife of Mr. VON WEDELSTAEDT of Minneapolis. Mrs. SEALE reached the comfortable age of 41 years and wore her widow's weeds becomingly. During his last visit to California Major CAMP met Mrs. SEALE at the Occidental hotel. That was 4 or 5 months ago. Their meeting was a pleasant one. They enjoyed the talk of the dear old days, and went over, with lingering fondness, the incidents of their love making, when their pulses were quicker and their steps lighter. Mrs. SEALE was still comely. The Major was a manly man. They found favor in each others eyes. The old love was warmed back to life, and again they plighted their troth. Once more the engagement was quietly whispered among their intimates. The wedding was fixed for May 20th, and the Major went on to Minneapolis to prepare the way for his bride. The engagement was eminently satisfactory to the CARR family, and presumably it was equally so to the Major's people.
In due time a telegram was sent to Mrs. SEALE announcing that everything was in readiness for the wedding and asking her to leave for Minneapolis. Then came the sudden news of Major CAMP's death, and the long-delayed wedding was postponed forever.
Now the story of the will comes clicking along the wires, with the probability of a bitter contest by the Major's daughter, who, though she accepted Mrs. SEALE as a prospective stepmother, objects to her most decidedly as a taker of share and share alike in the CAMP estates.
Salinas Weekly, 16 March 1893
A Minneapolis dispatch dated March 11th says that the Major CAMP will case has been amicably settled as follows: The sum of $5000 is to be paid to Major CAMP's grandson and the rest of the estate is to be divided between his daughter, Mrs. VON WEDELSTAEDT of Minneapolis and Mrs. Jessie CARR-SEALE of Salinas, Cal., ¾ to the former and ¼ to the latter. The estate is valued at $500,000.
Milo Camp (1798 - 1873)
Sarah Northrup Camp (1806 - 1880)
Lucy Aurilla Draper Camp (1831 - 1891)
Charles H Camp (1857 - 1859)*
Charles D Camp (1860 - 1861)*
Adah Bell Camp (1867 - 1871)*
Lucy May Camp Wedelstaedt (1868 - 1948)*
George Albert Camp (1830 - 1892)
Henry C Camp (1843 - 1863)*
Plot: Sec 2, lot 314, grave 1
Created by: JC
Record added: Jun 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71167615