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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Cameron (1838-1914)

Farmer.

Born in St. Johns Parish on 14 March 1838, a descendant of Selkirk Settlers Hugh Cameron and Margaret McLean, he lived on Lot 59 in the Parish of Assiniboia and was active in municipal affairs, serving around 20 years on the council of the Rural Municipality of Assiniboia. He farmed at Headingley for 50 years. During the 1869-1870 Riel Resistance, he served in the local militia. He was a member of the Lord Selkirk Old Timers’ Association and the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. He and his wife Annie Cameron (1846-1909) had five children: Mary Cameron (1875-1974), Annie Cameron, Alice Cameron (1881-1929, wife of Adam Sharpe Gibson), Margaret Catherine “Maggie” Cameron (1883-?, wife of Albert R. Bell), and Hugh A. Cameron (1885-?). He died at Headingley on 23 April 1914 and was buried in the Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage [Adam Sharpe Gibson and Alice Cameron, Albert R. Bell to Margaret Catherine Cameron] and death [Annie Cameron] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1916, 1921, and 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

“Old Timers’ picnic held at Headingly,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 July 1908, page 18.

Death notice [Annie Cameron], Winnipeg Tribune, 26 May 1909, page 10.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 24 April 1914, page 2.

“Headingly pioneer dies of pneumonia”, newspaper clipping dated 24 April 1914 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #7739 Donald Cameron, GR0170, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Annie Cameron], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1963, page 22.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #1786/63 Annie Cameron, GR4900, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, [Mary Cameron], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1974, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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