Fonds MG 36 - Cameron family fonds

Photograph of the Cameron family farm

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Cameron family fonds

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CA ON00373 MG 36

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  • 1820-1995, predominant 1857-1995 (Creation)

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55 cm of textual records
198 photographs : b&w and col., most in card photograph format
1 tintype ; 31 x 51 cm or smaller

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Born in the Parish of Kirkmichael, Glassary, Argyleshire, Scotland, Donald Cameron immigrated to Caledon Township, Upper Canada in 1819. He moved to Vaughan Township in 1824. The Cameron family descendants have since resided in various parts of Vaughan Township, most notably at Vellore, where J.J. Cameron established the very successful Cameron Road Cart Company. On lot 30, concession 5, Donald Cameron operated the "Vaughan Township Door Yard". The family was also present on lot 17, concession 6 (Archibald Cameron). The Camerons were also major shareholders in the Union Telephone Company (Vaughan Township, Ont.).

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Fonds constituted of photographs of the annual Cameron family picnics and the Cameron and Walkington families; the 1932, 1971, 1987 editions of the booklets containing the memoirs of Donald Cameron and the remarks of his son, Archibald Cameron; write-ups on the history of Vellore and Vaughan Township; responses to invitations to the Cameron family picnics; photocopies of the 1820 ‘Location Ticket’ drawn by Donald Cameron for his piece of land; personal and agricultural censuses from 1851; a newspaper clipping regarding Donald and Elizabeth McMurchy’s 50th wedding anniversary; funeral service cards; memorial prayer cards; railway passes for various Cameron family members; a funeral service program for Archibald James McMurchy; a speech written by George Cameron Sloan for the 1991 Cameron family picnic; correspondence sent to Cameron family members from the President of the Cameron Clan; a genealogical tree showing the descendents of Donald Cameron; a registry of the family members present at the Cameron picnics from 1926-2001; and a scrapbook spanning the years 1957-1993 that was created by the Association of the Descendants of Archibald Cameron which includes photocopies of newspaper clippings, picnic programs, meeting minutes, photographs, correspondence, picnic invitations, write-ups on the picnics, and officer lists. The textual component of the M988.8 accession consists, principally, of financial and legal records relating to the business activities of the Camerons. Of particular interest is a share book for the Union Telephone Company, 1909-1910, and a list of subscribers for the Vaughan and Woodbridge Telephone Company, 1913. Graphic component of fonds constituted of an aggregate of photographs of family members, the majority of which are card format, albumen studio photographs; 3 class portaits of the Vellore School and an image of Donald Cameron's "Vaughan Township Door Yard" are also present.

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