Re: Alexander Cameron (c1787-1859)
Posted by: Price Cameron (ID *****1380) Date: November 17, 2009 at 09:57:16
In Reply to: Re: Alexander Cameron (c1787-1859) by Ruth Cameron of 5863
Just prior the the American Revolution the Superintendant of Indian Affairs was Col. John Stuart. He was married to a Fenwick lady from Fenwick Hall on John's Island, S. C. (still standing). He built a fine mansion on Tradd Street in Charleston, but fled Charleston at the out break of the Revolution. His deputy was Alexander Cameron, probably the son of Donald Cameron, brother of Ewen Cameron of Erracht in Lochaber, Scotland. This is surmised because Lorraine Maclean of Dochgorrach in her book INDOMITABLE COLONEL about Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht, son of Ewen of Erracht, quotes Sir Alan as having said that this Alexander, Indian Agent , was his close kinsman. It is known that Sir Alan Cameron's uncle, Donald, had emigrated to America.
Apparently Alexander had at least one brother, because he is said in an obituary to have been the great uncle of Catherine Cameron Bate, a Grande Dame of her era, who died in Ottawa, ON in 1904.
After Col. John Stuart died Alexander Cameron was appointed to take his place.
Prior to the Revolution Alexander Cameron had taken a mistress or common law wife, who was said to have been a Cherokee princess, and who possessed considerable real estate in the Cherokee lands. He maintained her in great style at his plantation, called "Lochaber," which was near present day Greenville, S. C. This couple had two sons, and I have read that although these boys were sent to England to be educated, they returned to their native country. They have been lost to followup, which doesn't mean that their descendants, if any, might not be traced. Through their mother they would have been very prominent citizens in the Cherokee community, and doubtlessly influential in dealing with the Caucasian element because of their English education. I would be particularly interested if they had any male line descendants and would urge them to join the Cameron DNA Project.
Alexander Cameron gained great noteriety among the Patriots for supposedly having incited the Indians to violence agains the Patriot back woodsmen and upcountry settlers. Having become persona non grata, he withdrew to the safety of the Cherokee lands. As did many Loyalists he wound up in St. Augustine at the end of the war. I believe he died there in 1787.
Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht acknowledged that the current Donald Cameron of Clunes in Lochaber, nephew of my ancestor, John Cameron of Clunes, who emigrated to N. Y. ini 1773, was his cousin. My ancestor would therefore have been related to the Indian Agent, Alexander Cameron, but I cannot tell you exactly how.
There is a recent publication, THREE PEOPLES, ONE KING, which will provide you further information on this Alexander Cameron.
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