Search for content in message boards

GRANT, CAMERON, McINNIS, McDonald to Faribault, MN, USA

Replies: 3

GRANT, CAMERON, McINNIS, McDonald to Faribault, MN, USA

Posted: 4 Mar 2007 7:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: GRANT, CAMERON, McINNIS, McDonald
Help please. Searching for the surnames of Grant, Cameron, McInnis, McDonald from Glengarry, Ontario, Canada to Faribault, MN, USA.
Following are excerpts of information on one D.J. Cameron. Does anyone recognize this person and his family? Are there any Grant's in this Cameron Family tree?

There may be a Naarias and a J.F. and John Cameron who are also relations of this D.J. or Donald J. Cameron.

CAMERON D. J. BIOGRAPHY BOOK - HISTORY OF HOUSTON COUNTY, MN., PUBLISHED IN 1919. D. J. Cameron, at one time a prominent citizen of La Crescent township, engaged for a number of years in railroad construction work, and later noted as a breeder of blooded horses, was born in Ontario, Canada, April 8, 1828. Leaving home at the age of nineteen years, he went to work as time keeper on a canal in New York State. Later he became connected with railroad construction work, and during his early experience in that line of industry resided for some time in Ohio. He afterwards built and completed the Hoosac River tunnel, after several contractors had given up the work. Subsequently he took a contract to construct a tunnel at Tunnel City, Wis., for the Milwaukee Road, and was also engaged in grading many miles of the same road through Wisconsin. About 1859 Mr. Cameron came to Houston county, Minnesota, buying land in La Crescent, but for some time thereafter continued railroad work, building the Southern Minnesota division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul road from Grand Crossing to Mankato. Later he worked on the Burlington & Northern, the Winona & St. Peter, with headquarters at Mendota, and the St. Louis & San Francisco roads. In 1881 he had work at Ontonogon, Mich., for the Milwaukee & Northern Road, also at Superior, Wis., for the Omaha. Before this was completed he took a contract to complete a tunnel through the Boston Mountains for the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, which job also several contractors had given up after starting, but Mr. Cameron successfully completed it for the necessary distance of one-half mile. He also graded south of the Boston Mountains, and at Fayetteville, Ark., for about eighteen months. After that he had a year's work in heavy rock on the Canadian Pacific Rail road, on the north shore of Lake Superior, east of Port Arthur. He then started work on a large tunnel for the San Francisco Railroad through the Buckbone Mountains in Arkansaw, with fifteen miles of grading, and seventy miles of grading in the Choctaw Territory. When that work was finished he put through sixty miles of work from the Illinois River, Indian Territory, to Wagoner on the M. K. & T. He then gave up that line of industry and taking up his residence on his farm in La Crescent township, indulged his passion for fast horses, which he raised on the farm, keeping a stable of full-blooded animals until his retirement a number of years later, when he moved to La Crosse. He died Jan. 4, 1911, Mr. Cameron married Mary A. Rossiter, who was born on Prince Edward Island, Aug. 10, 1842, and who is now a resident of La Crosse. They were the parents of eight children: Anna, Belle, now Mrs. C. A. Patker, of Baltimore, Md.; Allen J., of La Crescent township; Mary, wife of Dr. Herbert Cary, of Minneapolis; John L., of La Crosse; Donald A., of Portland, Ore.; Grace, residing with her mother in La Crosse; and Catherine and Susie, deceased.

CAMERON D. J. BIOGRAPHY BOOK - HISTORY OF HOUSTON COUNTY, MN., PUBLISHED IN 1919. D. J. Cameron, at one time a prominent citizen of La Crescent township, engaged for a number of years in railroad construction work, and later noted as a breeder of blooded horses, was born in Ontario, Canada, April 8, 1828. Leaving home at the age of nineteen years, he went to work as time keeper on a canal in New York State. Later he became connected with railroad construction work, and during his early experience in that line of industry resided for some time in Ohio. He afterwards built and completed the Hoosac River tunnel, after several contractors had given up the work. Subsequently he took a contract to construct a tunnel at Tunnel City, Wis., for the Milwaukee Road, and was also engaged in grading many miles of the same road through Wisconsin. About 1859 Mr. Cameron came to Houston county, Minnesota, buying land in La Crescent, but for some time thereafter continued railroad work, building the Southern Minnesota division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul road from Grand Crossing to Mankato. Later he worked on the Burlington & Northern, the Winona & St. Peter, with headquarters at Mendota, and the St. Louis & San Francisco roads. In 1881 he had work at Ontonogon, Mich., for the Milwaukee & Northern Road, also at Superior, Wis., for the Omaha. Before this was completed he took a contract to complete a tunnel through the Boston Mountains for the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, which job also several contractors had given up after starting, but Mr. Cameron successfully completed it for the necessary distance of one-half mile. He also graded south of the Boston Mountains, and at Fayetteville, Ark., for about eighteen months. After that he had a year's work in heavy rock on the Canadian Pacific Rail road, on the north shore of Lake Superior, east of Port Arthur. He then started work on a large tunnel for the San Francisco Railroad through the Buckbone Mountains in Arkansaw, with fifteen miles of grading, and seventy miles of grading in the Choctaw Territory. When that work was finished he put through sixty miles of work from the Illinois River, Indian Territory, to Wagoner on the M. K. & T. He then gave up that line of industry and taking up his residence on his farm in La Crescent township, indulged his passion for fast horses, which he raised on the farm, keeping a stable of full-blooded animals until his retirement a number of years later, when he moved to La Crosse. He died Jan. 4, 1911, Mr. Cameron married Mary A. Rossiter, who was born on Prince Edward Island, Aug. 10, 1842, and who is now a resident of La Crosse. They were the parents of eight children: Anna, Belle, now Mrs. C. A. Patker, of Baltimore, Md.; Allen J., of La Crescent township; Mary, wife of Dr. Herbert Cary, of Minneapolis; John L., of La Crosse; Donald A., of Portland, Ore.; Grace, residing with her mother in La Crosse; and Catherine and Susie, deceased.

CAMERON ALLEN J. BIOGRAPHY BOOK - HISTORY OF HOUSTON COUNTY, MN., PUBLISHED IN 1919. Allen J. Cameron, who owns and operates the old Cameron farm in La Crescent township, residing in section 9, was born at Ft. Snelling, Minn., son of D. J. and Mary A. (Rossiter) Cameron. Of his parents' eight children he was the second in order of birth. He was quite young when in 1859 the family settled in La Crescent township, Houston county, taking the farm on which he now resides, and his education was acquired in the school of his district and at the La Crosse Business College. Until his marriage he worked on the home farm for his father, and for a year after that event resided on a farm near Austin. He then returned to the home farm, which he subsequently inherited, and has since been engaged in its operation, having 440 acres of land, well watered and highly cultivated, with good buildings and a full equipment for grain and stock raising. He is a breeder of high grade stock of all kinds, a branch of the farming industry in which he has been very successful. Among his other business interests are those of a stockholder in the La Crescent State Bank and the Pine Creek Valley Creamery, while he is also president of the La Crescent Canning Co., Inc. A man of forceful character, he takes a close personal interest in all things that make for the moral and commercial benefit of the community. He was for several terms chairman of the township board, and has also served as town treasurer and assessor. In politics he is independent and in religion a Roman Catholic. Mr. Cameron was married on Thanksgiving Day, 1898, to Anna B. Bresnin, who was born in Tiffin, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1869, daughter of John K. and Anne E. (Toumey) Bresnin. Her parents were both natives of Ireland, the father settling in Ohio when only seventeen years old, and the mother being brought to Canada at the age of three months. They both resided for some time in Pennsylvania, and from there removed to Ohio, where they were married, and in that State both subsequently died. Before her union with John K. Bresnin, Mrs. Bresnin had been previously married. By her former husband, Mr. Brady, she had a daughter, Mary E., and by marriage to Mr. Bresnin, an adopted daughter, Ella E., who was a daughter of Mr. Bresnin's former wife. Her children by Mr. Bresnin were five in number, Ignatius, Anna B., Catherine E., Louise and John, so that the household included seven children in addition to the parents. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron are as follows: Anna Marie, born July 16, 1901, who is a student at St. Teresa's College, Winona; Katherine and Margaret, twins, born Jan. 22, 1903, of whom Katherine is a student in the La Crosse high school; Donald, born June 27, 1905; Jean, born Sept. 9, 1906, now at the Ursuline Convent at Toledo, Ohio; and Gerald, born July 4, 1908.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
1zenfred 5 Mar 2007 2:33AM GMT 
margcam 30 Apr 2007 4:27PM GMT 
mctaylor11 10 Jul 2007 4:35AM GMT 
Connie Isham 18 Aug 2012 11:42PM GMT 
per page

Find a board about a specific topic