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John Alexander Cameron
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1819
Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Death: Oct. 8, 1903
Rich County
Utah, USA

John Cameron

John Cameron, son of Alexander and Catherine McCollum Cameron, was born in Barcholl (Barachuile), Argyleshire, Scotland, December 25, 1819. He was baptized into the L.D.S. Church in Scotland, November 25, 1845. He married Margaret Fairgraves (or Fairgrove), and on April 21, 1847, a daughter, Catherine was born to them.

They immigrated to America in 1848 and resided in Patterson, New Jersey until the year 1852. While there, they suffered many hardships. His wife was taken very ill and the doctors said there was nothing could be done to save her life. John Cameron heard of some Mormon Elders thirty miles away. He wrote them and asked if they would come and administer to his wife. He told them he would pay their fare if they would come. They came and administered to her and promised her she would be healed and that a son would be born to them. James A. Cameron was born and was the delight of his parents and was called a promised son.

In 1852, John moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri, and they lived there until 1861. When they arrived in St. Louis, it was probably Friday night. They had enough money to buy food for his wife and two children and himself for one week, or else enough to pay for lodging for his family. They decided that they must have a place to live, so they spent every cent they had for lodging. He went out and got himself a job at his trade of shoemaking, but he could not start work until Monday. Being a faithful man, he located the Church, which was about nineteen blocks from where they lived. Sunday morning on his way to Church he found 25 cents in paper money lying on the board sidewalk. There were people coming and going all the way, but by the time he had reached the church, he had found enough money to feed his family for one week. While in St. Louis he buried his wife, Margaret Fairgrove. He then married Alice Parkinson. To this union John Cameron was born in September 9, 1859, in St. Louis. In 1861, he moved to Florence, Nebraska with his wife Alice and the three children: Catherine, James, and John. While camping there, in preparation for a further journey across the plains to Utah, a daughter, Jeanette Cameron, was born in a covered wagon on June 9, 1861. He was assigned to drive two yoke of oxen and a wagon across the plains. The worry and hardship caused by this new responsibility, which he felt he was not fitted for, and the hardships of bringing his family across the plains, contributed to the circumstances which caused him to take Mountain Fever. He had to be assisted by his family in taking care of his duties. They suffered the usual trial and hardships, such as gathering buffalo chips for fuel, at times having poor feed for the stock, shortage of water for culinary purposes, and such other things that accompanied the journey across the plains.

After all these hardships, they landed in Salt Lake City the last part of October 1861, with all of their family. Here again he took up his trade as a boot and shoemaker until he was called to help settle Round Valley in company with Joseph W. Young. Round Valley is on the Weber River. He lived there until the fall of 1870. During his stay there, the Union Pacific Railroad was completed on June 9, 1869. I have heard Jeanette Cameron say that her brother John and her father accompanied her to see the first train that went through.

While the family lived at Round Valley, little John Cameron met with an accident that left him a cripple the rest of his life. He was a very bright child and was handy at mending the wooden tubs and other useful things. This left more responsibilities on Jeanette, but she always accepted them willingly.

In 1870, my grandfather, with others, started to make a home at Randolph in Rich County. At that time he gave six hundred dollars for a pair of mules, both of which were blind; they had been used to help construct the Union Pacific Railroad. I remember as a boy that he did a lot of work with those mules. He cut his hay with a scythe, raked it with a hand rake, cut his grain with a cradle and bound it by hand. When he visited us, I used to ask him to put me on the mules while they grazed.

They had a hard time making a living in that cold country. He still worked at his trade as shoemaker most of the time, making his own wooden pegs for the soles of the boots and shoes. Many of the men working on the railroad wore high top boots. When the soles wore out they would throw them away. When my grandfather came to visit us, he would encourage me to gather these up and cut the good leather out and save it. This contributed much to his shoemaking materials, Salt Lake City being the closest place where leather could be bought and this was five or six days journey away. He worked nights at his bench to keep people shod as best they could at the time. As I remember it now, he and his family worked hand in hand to make a home. His life was much the same as that of other pioneers who worked and toiled there in the Bear River Country.

On April 2, 1879, little John Cameron died, a boy that was loved and respected by all, leaving Jeanette the main person to help in their home in their parents' declining years. During September 1882, her mother, Alice Parkinson Cameron, died leaving Jeanette to take care of a feeble father in his last years, which she did well and faithfully.

John died in Randolph 8 October 1903. It was his wish that when he died his body would be carried by hand to the cemetery. Following the funeral service, six of his friends hoisted his casket on their shoulders and carried the body of John Cameron to its resting place in the Randolph Cemetery on the hill at the top of Church Street. His grave overlooks the town of Randolph, which is full of beautiful lilacs in May. His grave is still cared for by his descendants. He was a good and faithful Saint who survived much hardship, and raised wonderful children.
(from John Alexander Cameron history)

Family links: 
  Alice P Cameron (1828 - 1882)
  Catherine Cameron Southam (1847 - 1929)*
  John Cameron (1859 - 1879)*
*Calculated relationship
Randolph City Cemetery
Rich County
Utah, USA
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Dec 23, 2007
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John Alexander Cameron
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John Alexander Cameron
Added by: Rhonda
John Alexander Cameron
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- The Sunlight Caller
 Added: Jul. 13, 2009
We owe much to our pioneer ancestors. A very nice tribute to a great man.
 Added: Jun. 6, 2008

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