“CARIBOO” CAMERON - 1820-1888
Born in Glengarry, 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 13,840 km by sea via the Isthmus of Panama to Cornwall. She is buried in the nearby Salem Church cemetery along with their daughter Sophia who died at 14 months. Cameron built his house, “Fairfield”, in 1865, on the north side of Hwy. 2, .2 km west of Road 27 (Summerstown Road) and in 1886 returned to the B.C. gold fields. He is buried near Barkerville, B.C.