He was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1829. In his father's family there were nine children, of whom our subject is the sixth child. His father was married about 1819 to Miss Sarah Jones, a native of Pennsylvania, whose father came from Wales in an early day and settled in that state. His father, John Cameron, was born of Scotch parents, on the highlands of Scotland. He came to Pennsylvania and settled near the Juniata river, where he died. Mr. Cameron came to Illinois in 1850, in company with a brother and sister.
They first settled in Ohio Grove township, near the line between Ohio Grove and Abington, where he entered a piece of government land containing a quarter section. Before his removal to this state he followed milling and worked with his father. Our subject was married in Pennsylvania, February 26, 1861, to Miss Margaret E. Crabtree, whose parents had moved to Illinois a short time prior to Mr. Cameron's arrival here. By this union they have had four children born to them as follows : Malinda (wife of Frank Humpstead, of Delialb county), Lewis E., born January 25, 1866, George M., born September 29, 1868, Clarence F., born November 2, 1872.
When the war broke out Mr. Cameron entered the service and was engaged in all the battles with his regiment, from Chattanooga to Hardeeville, (South Carolina), and was wounded at Resacca, May 15, 1864. Mrs. Cameron's parents on her father's side, were of English descent, and on her mother's side, Irish. Mr. and Mrs. Cameron are both members of the Methodist church.
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