“CARI­BOO” CAMERON - 1820-1888

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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.

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