Samuel Thomas Cameron (1834 - 1905) MP

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Birthplace: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Cooper, Monona, Iowa, United States
Occupation: farmer
Managed by: Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator
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About Samuel Thomas Cameron

Samuel T. Cameron was born in Upper Canada on January 17, 1834, of parents William Cameron born in 1804 in Wellington County and Cecelia Bentley of Montreal born in 1808. William and Cecelia married in 1823 and had a family of four: Charles, Emma, Anna, And Samuel T.

  

Samuel, the youngest, assisted his father on the farm. He received an excellent education in the land of his birth. Samuel T. left home in the spring of 1855 and came to Linn County, Iowa, where he was engaged in farming until 1862. He then enlisted in the Army, Co. E., Sixth Iowa Calvary in the Civil War.

The first winter after enlistment was spent at Davenport, IA, at Camp Hendersnott. In May of 1863 his Company came across the state of Iowa to Sioux City where they made camp. From there he went on several expeditions into Dakota Territory with Capt. Sully (this Company was formed during the Civil War after the regular Army was sent south to participate in the Civil War). Early settlers were left unprotected from Indian uprisings. The Company was made up of citizens of the immediate area, and small groups of the Company were sent to various trouble spots in this area when the settlers and Indians had disagreements. The regiment made Sioux City its camp the winter of 1864, and Samuel Cameron's family was listed as one of the 93 families living in Sioux City the winter of '64. The Company disintegrated when the Civil War ended.

Samuel Cameron was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of the 2nd U.S. Infantry and took part in many skirmishes. One time a Capt. Fisk had his Company surrounded by Indians near the Black Hills, 280 miles from where Lt. Cameron was stationed. Lt. Cameron's men went to the scene of the conflict to help rescue Capt. Fisks' Company. They had only two pieces of artillery, but they rescued the imperiled men.

Cameron was mustered out of the service on November 27, 1865. He then returned to Linn County, sold his property and went to Hamilton County, and in 1866 he moved his family by covered wagon to Monona County, Cooper Township and homesteaded land in Sections 4 and 5. Samuel was elected supervisor while living in Sioux City. A supervisor then was to lay out roads, levy taxes, and audit accounts.

  

Sam Cameron married Sarah Rice, daughter of Charles Rice, of Waterloo County, Canada. Samuel and Sarah had eight children. He died February 13, 1905 in Monona County, Iowa

Sam appears in the 1900 US Census for Cooper Township, Monona County, Iowa, as a 66-year old male born in English Canada of Canadian parents, married 44 years, and a farmer by occupation. Son Mark lives is his neighbor on one side, son David on the other side, according to this census.

Children of Samuel T. Cameron and wife Sara Rice:

  • Charles H. CAMERON b. 1855, Linn Co. IA./or Canada
  • Pricilla Ann CAMERON b. 1861, Waubeek, Linn Co., IA.
  • William CAMERON b. 1862, IA.
  • Jane CAMERON b. 1862, Danbury,Woodbury Co., IA.
  • Cora CAMERON b. 1867, IA. d. Aug. 1946
  • Clarissa/Clara E. CAMERON b. March 1869, Monona Co. IA. m. Robert Nelson Williams.
  • Marques Miles "Mark" CAMERON b.8 Feb.1877/8, Danbury, Woodbury, IA. d. 27 May 1952
  • Lafayette CAMERON b.31 Mar 1863 Danbury, Woodbury Co., IA., d. Apr. 25, 1884,buried at Heisler Cemetery
  • Dennis David CAMERON b. 1871/72, Danbury, Woodbury Co. IA. d. 18 Oct 1949 m. Cora CARHART, 24 Mar. 1891.
  • John CAMERON b. 1871/72, Danbury, Woodbury Co., IA.
  • Robert B. CAMERON b. 13 Dec 1858,Waubeek, Linn Co., IA. d.28 Aug 1928, Mount Hope, Spokane Co., WA..
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Samuel Thomas Cameron's Timeline

1834
January 17, 1834
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1855
March 23, 1855
Age 21
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1862
1862
- 1863
Age 27
US Civil War
1863
1863
- 1864
Age 28
Iowa, United States
1872
1872
Age 37
Iowa, United States
1905
February 13, 1905
Age 71
Cooper, Monona, Iowa, United States
February 1905
Age 71
Mapleton, Monona, Iowa, United States