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Near South Glengarry in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

“Cariboo” Cameron

1820-1888

 
 
"Cariboo" Cameron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 19, 2017
1. "Cariboo" Cameron Marker
Inscription.
Born in this township, John Angus "Cariboo" Cameron married Margaret Sophia Groves in 1860. Accompanied by his wife and daughter, he went to British Columbia in 1862 to prospect in the Cariboo gold fields. That year at Williams Creek he struck a rich gold deposit. While there his wife died of typhoid fever and, in order to fulfil her dying wish to be buried at home, he transported her body in an alcohol-filled coffin some 8,600 miles by sea via the Isthmus of Panama to Cornwall. She is buried in the nearby Salem Church cemetery. Cameron built this house, "Fairfield", in 1865, and in 1886 returned to the B.C. gold fields. He is buried near Barkerville, B.C.
 
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
 
Location. 45° 3.364′ N, 74° 34.067′ W. Marker is near South Glengarry, Ontario, in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties. Marker is on County Highway 2 0.2 kilometers west of Summerstown Road (County Highway 27), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is to the left of the entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19119 Route 2, South Glengarry, Ontario K6H 5R5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lieutenant-Colonel John Macdonell
Wideview of "Cariboo" Cameron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 19, 2017
2. Wideview of "Cariboo" Cameron Marker
(approx. 4.4 kilometers away); Inverarden (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); War of 1812 (approx. 9.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); On This Site was Built in 1812 a Blockhouse (approx. 9.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); a different marker also named War of 1812 (approx. 9.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Fort Covington, New York (approx. 9.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown (approx. 9.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); a different marker also named Fort Covington (approx. 9.4 kilometers away in the U.S.).
 
Regarding "Cariboo" Cameron. A descendant of one of Glengarry's pioneer families, John Angus Cameron spent many years in the Cariboo fields of British Columbia prospecting for gold. His exploits and adventures made him something of a folk hero in his native county.
 
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Fairfield residence image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, May 19, 2017
3. Fairfield residence
Constructed by "Cariboo" Cameron in 1865
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.
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