*******MY CAMERON ORIGINS*******

UPDATE*****Sept., 2005*****

     Recently, on the Gen Circles, and a couple of other Internet sites, I found where someone is claiming to know the ancestors back in Scotland of James Cameron, who died in KY in 1838, and was married to Charity Ann Spangler.   This is, in my opinion, PURE FICTION!!!!

     I contacted this person, asking for proof of his information.   I received NONE!!   I tried contacting this person twice more and they will not reply.   Check out these terrible, misleading web sites - the birth dates, marriage dates, etc.   That should tell the reader the true worth of this information.

      This is not an effort on my part to bore the reader.   I will not go into the history of The Clan Cameron - if the reader wishes to know the history, there are many places on the net to learn such history.   I cannot give a complete history of my Cameron family because I do not know which of the two Cameron Clans was the progenitor of my Cameron Tree.

     The Cameron Family is a very large Clan and Camerons can be found in almost every country in the world.   The purpose of this page is to let other Camerons know my Camerons as best I can document my ancestors.

     After some 40 years of research, I can get my Cameron family only back to Shenandoah County, Virginia in 1779.   It was here that my gggg grandfather, James Cameron, joined the Army in 1779.   The origin and parents of James Cameron are still a mystery.

     James was first stationed at Albemarle Barracks, now Charlotteville, Virginia, where he guarded prisoners of war.   Later, his command marched the prisoners to Winchester, Virginia, and after turning the prisoners over to another command, James' outfit marched to the Falls of the Ohio, now Louisville, Kentucky, using Braddock's old road.

     His service papers say that when he was discharged in 1781, he took the Kentucky Trace and returned home.    It is not known for sure, but it is thought he returned to Shenandoah County, Virginia.    The next record I find concerning James is here in Wythe County, Virginia, when he married Charity Ann Spangler on July 20, 1784.    They were married in the home of William Thompson, in Thompson Valley, now Tazewell County, Virginia.

     In his early years after the war and his marriage, it appears James and Charity moved to different places because an old personal family history tells of James living in North Carolina - then Georgia (but I think Alabama on the Tennesse River) and then Floyd County, Kentucky.    By the census records, his third son, Duncan, was born in North Carolina.

     About 1808, James, who was already in Floyd County, Kentucky, was visiting in Burke's Garden, Virginia with at least one of his son Duncan. I say at least because his oldest son, Daniel George, (my ggg grandfather) never left the Ceres, Virginia in his life time.    While in this area in 1808, James left his son, Duncan, with Jacob Spangler, and James returned to Floyd County, Kentucky, where he died in 1838.

     In addition to Daniel George, and Duncan, other sons of James and Charity Cameron were Jacob, James, and Felix.    Nothing is known about these three sons.    From all avialable records and an old personal history of the family, these three sons did not live to adulthood.    There is one possible exception - A Felix Cameron was living in Hardin County, Kentucky in 1840-1850 and this man may have been the son of James and Charity Cameron.

     The daughters of James and Charity were: Elizabeth, thought to have married a Snider and moved to Iowa, (2) Mary, who married Jacob Handshew, and lived in the Ceres, Virginia area, Sarah, who married Joe Watkins, in Floyd County, Kentucky, and moved to Missouri, (3) Nancy, who married John Howard, in Floyd County, Kentucky, and (4) Margaret, who never married, but had quite a few children.

     My ggg grandfather Daniel, lived most of his life on the old Ceres Road as you travel from Ceres across Walker's Mountain into Crawfish Valley.   Daniel's old home stood to the east of the old road just as you start up the mountain and above the present day (1998) Hudson place.    He died sometime after 1860, a few days after being kicked in the head by a horse.  In the 1860 census, Daniel was living with his brother, Duncan, on Wolf Creek, near present day Bastian, Virginia.  I do not know if Daniel was taken back to Ceres, Virginia, to be buried, or if he possibly could be buried in a cemetery near Duncan Cameron's home on Wolf Creek.

     Duncan would serve in the War of 1812 in place of Jacob Spangler who did not want to go to war.    After serving six months in Norfork, Virginia, Duncan Cameron returned home and married Jacob Spangler's daughter, Margaret.    In 1818, Duncan took his new bride across the Garden Mountain to the Valley of Wolf Creek, now in Bland County, Virginia, where he built his home and lived there until he died December 18, 1886, at the ripe old age of 92 years.

     No ! That is not a flock of ducks passing over the old house.   The original photo is very large, and I have compressed it greatly for loading speed.

     The Duncan Cameron home no longer stands.   From my talks with the older folks on Wolf Creek, it appears the old home, which was vacant and falling down, was most likely torn down around 1930-1940 time frame, and it is thought the home was torn down by the Boy Scouts of America when they accquired the Cameron land to be used as a campground.

     From talking to Randolph Looney, who was born in the old Duncan Cameron home, it is thought the last family to live in the old home was John H. and Virgie Looney, Randolph's parents.    The Looney family moved out of the old house in the 1920's.

     The old home's location was on present day route # 614 (Wolf Creek Road), approximately 3 miles west of the intersection of # 614 and US # 52.    As you drive up Wolf Creek Road, and about 100 yards before you come to the entrance to the Boy Scout Camp, you will see a place on the right of the road where a large amount of dirt has been removed.    Directly across the road is where the Duncan Cameron home stood.

     During his productive years, Duncan acquired over six thousand acres of Wolf Creek land.    His bounary lines were from approximately one mile east of the site of his home up Wolf Creek to about the present (1998) Teddy Wolfe place, and the southern and northern limits of his land were the tops of Round and Rich Mountain.

     The majority of this land Duncan and his son, Peter, owned jointly.    Peter would sell his part back to his father, and move west to Missouri where he was killed in action during the Civil War.    For unknown reasons, most likely the Civil War and it's aftermath, and advancing years, Duncan became burdened with debts, and in 1882, all his land was sold to cover his debts which had been long outstanding.   His creditors, his neighbors, must have been very close friends and very understanding with Duncan because when the land was sold, Duncan and his wife were given the home place and the surrounding 200 acres of bottom land for their lifetime use.

     Some in the family think the last Cameron to live in the old home was Joseph Wynn, Duncan's son, who sold his land about 1902, and moved to eastern Virginia, near Maidens.    I cannot prove or disprove this.    Joseph Wynn Cameron had acquired about 250 acres joining his father's land to the west - land that originally belonged to Squire Stephen Gose, and it is possible that Joseph lived in an old log home that stood on the north bank of Wolf Creek road across from the present day Teddy Wolfe place.

     Duncan Cameron had a large family from two wives. After his first wife died, he married Margaret Fox, and there are descendants still living today on Wolf Creek.    Some of the family surnames associated with the Duncan Cameron family are Fox, Gose, Tabor, Cox, Brown, Brewster,and Wolfe.

     My ggg grandpa, Daniel Cameron, married Jean Gullion, a daughter of Barnabus Gullion, and the majority of that family remained in the Ceres, Virginia area with surnames such as; Bean, Ratliffe, McRae, Carver, Spangler, and others.    James W. Cameron, a son of Daniel, lived across the old Ceres Road from his father in 1850, and his two sons, Thomas, and Gordon eventually moved south across Walker's Mountain to the Kimberling area of present day Wythe County, Virginia, where they married Tobler sisters.

     It is from Gordon Cameron that I descend.   His son, Thomas Hawkins Cameron was my grandpa, and his son, Dewey Phipps Cameron was my father.

     My ggg grandpa, Daniel Cameron, had a son, David, who moved west after 1850, and it it thought he went to Indiana, or perhaps Illinois.    David's brother, Joseph, left present day Smyth County, Virginia, for Ohio either just before or during the Civil War leaving his family on Bear Creek, in Smyth County.   Either during the war, or shortly thereafter, all of Joseph's family would move to Vinton County, Ohio.  I have not fully researched the Ohio Camerons, but I do know that quite a few of Joseph Cameron's descendants would later move west into Indiana and Illinois.

     One of Joseph's sons, William Martin Cameron, born about 1854-57, in Virginia, remained in Ohio.   William had a son, Samuel E.. Cameron, born about 1892, probably in the Vinton County area of Ohio.  One of Samuel's sons was Raymond Cameron, who was born in 1922.   There are still descendants of Samuel Cameron living in the Columbus area of Ohio.

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