Capt. Charles Edward Cameron
d.14 July, 1829
Facts and Events
Charles Cameron was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Charles Cameron in Augusta County, VA
- Page 491.--2d April, 1766. Margret Cameron to sons Charles and George Cameron, love and goodwill, household goods. Teste: George Francisco and John Murray.
- Page 526.--24th August, 1767. John Cowardin, sadler, to William Bowyer, merchant, £40, slaves and horses. Teste: Michael Bowyer, Chas. Cameron.
- Page 310.--10th August, 1774. Charles Lewis' will--To wife, Sarah; to son, John, tract testator lives on, also tract on Greenbryer called the Great Glade, 1,000 acres; to son, Andrew, plantation gotten from John Lewis, George's son, line where his brother's survey begins; also 1 plantation on Greenbrier where Wm. Crane lives; to daughter, Elizabeth Lewis, plantation on Greenbrier where George Lewis lives; to daughter, Margaret, plantation on Greenbrier where Wm. Bleake lives. Wife is now pregnant, to such child, plantation where Mr. Cowordin lives, also Cuthbert's Lick Place on Greenbryer; to sons, the lands coming to testator as an officer. Executors, brothers Thomas and William. Teste: John Dickinson, Hugh Hicklin, Charles Cameron. Proved, 17th January, 1775, by Dickinson and Cameron. Executors qualified, with Robert (mark) Bratton, Andrew Hamilton, Wm. Christian, George Mathews.
- Page 438.--18th _____, 1775. Peter Burns' will, of the Cowpasture Executors, John Cowardin and Chas. Cameron, of the Cowpasture. To John Cowardin, all estate. Teste: James Shaw, Margaret Cowardin, Catron Sevents. Proved, 19th November, 1776, by Cowardin. Executor Cowardin qualifies.
- MARCH 19, 1776. - (101) Administration of estate of George Cameron granted to Charles Cameron. (Note: George Cameron was most likely the brother of Charles and based upon the date of death, may have died in the Revolutionary War).
- ADMINISTRATORS' BONDS. - 19th March, 1776--Samuel Vance, administrators of Benj. Vance; Benjamin Harrison, administrator of Mark Bannister; Charles Cameron, administrator of George Cameron; John Miller, administrator of Francis Miller; Jacob Conrad, c. t. a., administrator of Jacob Conrad; Joseph Haines, administrator of Wm. Church; Thomas Jameson, administrator of John Jameson.
- May, 1781 - (330) Charles Cameron, as Captain; William McCreery, as Lieutenant, and Patrick Young, as Ensign--recommended for appointment in Second Battalion. Cameron and Young qualified.
- AUGUST 21, 1781. - (349) Charles Cameron recommended Colonel of 2d Battalion, vice Colonel Hughart, resigned.
- FEBRUARY 19, 1782. - (364) Charles Cameron qualified Colonel.
- Page 267.--29th December, 1782. Inquisition at David Frame's before John McCreerey, one of the Coroners, on view of body of Gerrel Pheland -- Witnesses John McRoberts, James Young, that on said day they found said Wheland lying in the Cowpasture River without any wounds. Verdict: He was drowned in attempting to cross the river. Pat. Miller, Andrew Suttlington, Robt. McCreerey, Wm. Black, Alex. Black, Abram Hempenstall, David Frame, Jeremiah Frame, Mathias Benston, Sampson Willson, Chas. Cameron, James Henry.
- Page 74.-- (undated, prob. bet. 20 May, 1783 - 19 Aug. 1783) - Two patents to Edward Erwin, Sr., father of Edward Erwin, Jr., 5th April, 1748, and March, 1747. Patent to Edward Erwin, Jr., 12th May, 1770. Teste: Chas. Cameron, Thos. Hughart.
- Page 391.--17th December, 1783. Charles Cameron's bond as inspector of hemp, deer skins, &c., at Staunton.
- MARCH 16, 1784. - (175) Charles Cameron qualified Justice.
- Page 209.--23d April, 1785. Moses Easley, Crawford Black & Co., by Wm. Crawford, to Henry Miller, mortgage, lot whereon Peter Heiskell now lives, formerly occupied by Enos Atwater, by William Gilham and Thomas Smith, fronting the house of the late Roger North, deceased, and also 80 acres, as described in deed, Gibson to Atwater. Teste: Charles Cameron, Benj. Roberts, Geo. Mayberry.
- MAY 17, 1785. - (18) New Commission, viz: Thomas Adams, William Bowyer, Thomas Hughart,* Alexr. St. Clair, Charles Cameron, William McPheeters,* Joseph Bell, Samuel Vance, John Givens, David Stephenson, Richard Mathews, Robert Porterfield, Jacob Warrick, George Moffet, Alexr. Robertson, Elijah McClenachan,* Thomas Hughes,* George Poage, James Steel, John Wilson, Samuel Lewis, John Taite,* Robert Gamble, James Crawford, Jr., James Davis, Alexr. Crawford, John McKemey. (Those marked (*) qualified.)
- AUGUST 17, 1785. - (152) Charles Cameron qualifies Justice.
- Page 21.--19th June, 1787. Joseph Bell, Jas. Ramsey, Chas. Cameron took oath as Commissioners of the Tax.
- DECEMBER 18, 1787. - (438) Charles Cameron resigned as Commissioner of tax, and Samuel Vance appointed.
- NOVEMBER, 1788 (D to Z). - Hollingsworth vs. Charles Cameron.--Writ, 4th May, 1787. Letter of plaintiff to Archibald Stewart, dated 4th March, 1788. E. Randolph and I. Marshall were yesterday elected for the convention. Ennis is to be returned for Williamsburg.
- DECEMBER, 1790. - List of present justices. George Moffett, William Bowyer, Elijah McClenachan, Alexander St. Clair, Alexander Robertson, Thomas Hughart, Joseph Bell, John Tate, David Stephenson, Richard Mathews, Robert Porterfield, John McKemy, dead, James Ramsey, Robert Douthat, James Searight, James Berry, William McPheeters, James Steel (refused to act since he was sheriff), Samuel Vance, in Bath County; John Wilson, in Bath County; Charles Cameron, in Bath County; Robert Gamble, Richmond; Alexander Crawford, Rockbridge County; Alexander Gibson, Alexander Nelson, Joseph Bell, Jr., William Moffett, James Poage, Kentucky.
- JUNE 19, 1793. (295) On motion of Charles Cameron, guardian to James Vance, orphan of John Vance, deceased, John McCarty and Martha, late Martha Vance, widow of John, to be required to settle accounts.
- FEBRUARY, MARCH, MAY, AND JUNE, 1792. - John McRoberts vs. Charles Cameron.--In 1790 plaintiff bought 400 acres from defendant lying in the county of Kentucky, part of 1,000 acres, for which Charles had a certificate on Dick's River, near Logan's Fort, by the name of Dochester's Improvement.
- OCTOBER, 1794. - Charles Cameron vs. William and Samuel Armstrong.--1794. Abates by death of Samuel.
- Book 2 (undated, poss. abt. 1797) - Richard Mathews vs. Robert Burns Exs.--O. S. 1; N. S. 4--From Augusta. Robert Burns died 1782. "He was an honest man." Answer says Robert was bred to the sea, was unlettered & kept no regular accounts. 20th August, 1782 was 6 weeks before Robert's death. Robert carried about in his pocket a piece of parchment which was a written recommendation from a society of which he was a member. Robert's youngest child at Robert's death was 3 weeks & one day old. He died 4th October. Answer denies that Hessian Peter, alias Peter Hune, alias Peter Hayne, is a man of fair character. Charles Cameron testifies that Mrs. Burn's reputation is that she is unjust.
- William Patrick's Declaration, September 25th, 1832: Aged 69 years on the 21st of last January; was drafted January 1st, 1781, and assembled at Teas's; in Capt. Thomas Rankin's Company; about four weeks afterwards he was assigned to Capt. Charles Cameron's Company, of Col. Sampson Mathews's Regiment, of which William Bowyer was Lieutenant Colonel and Alexander Robertson Major; was marched to the "Old Bird Ordinary" on the way to Richmond; an express was received that Arnold was about to go up the Rappahannock and destroy the stores at Falmouth; marched to Fredericksburg, where they remained a few weeks, then marched with the company and regiment to Portsmouth; near there he was in several skirmishes on scouting parties; there his regiment joined General Muhlenburg with several regiments of Militia and perhaps some regular troops or "18-months men;" Baron Steuben was training the men at this place; was discharged at Portsmouth, having served three months and nineteen days. Was again drafted, and rendezvoused at Teas's, under Capt. William Finley, about the first of August; in Colonel Samuel Lewis's Regiment; Long was Major; the Company and Regiment marched to New Canton, thence to West Point, where they remained eight to ten days, and marched back by New Canton, down to Cabin Point, crossing the James River about twenty miles above James Town and again at James Town; marched to Williamsburg, where they remained two or three weeks; proceeded to York Town. joining the main army under Washington, Lafayette, and Wayne; was there discharged, having been in no battle; York Town was fought a very short time after he was discharged; was out two months and nineteen days. He was born in Augusta about twelve or fourteen miles east of Staunton on January 31st, 1763. Alexander Williams was with him on his first tour and Smith Thompson returned with him from the second.
- John Diddle's Declaration, October 24th, 1832: Aged 87 years; was born in Pennsylvania in 1744, and raised there within seven miles of Philadelphia; resides now sixteen miles southeast of Staunton; volunteered as one of the militia of Augusta County against the Cherokee Indians in August, 1776, and rendezvoused at David Steele's in the Company of Capt. William Christian and Lieut. Pat Buchanan; declarant was Sergeant; marched to New River, and was put under the command of Colonel William Christian, of the Militia; thence to an island in the Holston River, where they awaited troops; thence marched for the Indian Nations, but near French Broad River they were informed that a large body of Indians lay on the other side, whither they crossed in the night, but the Indians had Fled; thence marched to the Indian Towns, where they lay for some time, burnt their towns, and were discharged; arrived at home in November, 1776. Appeal being made to the Augusta Militia to turn out against the British, he volunteered, and with other troops from Augusta rendezvoused at Teas's in January, 1781; Col. Mathews was in command; declarant was in Capt. John Cunningham's Company; they marched to Fredericksburg, where they lay a few days, and were then ordered to Portsmouth; they crossed the James River at Cabbin Point; thence to Camp Carson, below Suffolk; was in a scrimmage in which Capt. Cunningham was wounded; declarant took a British Yeauger prisoner; was transferred to Capt. Charles Cameron's Company; was discharged with the other troops and reached home in April, 1781; Major William Willson was in the service with him on the first tour, and on the second were Maj. William Willson and John Thompson; Col. or Lieut. Col. Wm. Bowyer and Maj. Alexander Robertson, of the Augusta Militia, served on the second. (Maj.) William Willson, aged 87, deposes that the foregoing declaration is true, and that the Ensign with Capt. William Christian was Zachariah Johnston. John Thompson deposes that he was a soldier and knows that declarant served the last tour.
- William Kennerley's Declaration, July, 1833, amended July, 1834: Mentions Capt. George Mathews, Lieut. William Robertson, Lieut. George Gibson, Capt. George Moffett, Col. Sampson Mathews, Capt. William Bowyer, Lieut. Samuel Bell, Lieut. Charles Cameron, Gen. Campbell, William Campbell.
- James Robertson's Declaration, July, 1834: Mentions Capt. George Moffett, Gen. Hand, Col. Hugart, Maj. Samuel McDowell, Capt. Thomas Smith, James Johnston, Samuel McCune, Capt. John Givens, Capt. Charles Cameron, Gen. Campbell, Major McCreery, Capt. Zachariah Johnston, William Bowyer, William Kennerly, Col. Dickerson.
- Rachel Cameron, aged 67, widow of Charles Cameron, makes declaration March 19, 1839, that Charles was Lieutenant and attached to the Tenth Virginia Regiment of Colonel Stevens in the Company of Capt. John Syme; he entered December 3d, 1776, and resigned January 3d, 1778; was in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. In 1780, or 1781, he was drafted as Captain of Militia in the Regiment of Col. Sampson Mathews; the Lieutenant was William Anderson; Robert Christian was Ensign; was again drafted and was in the battle of Jamestown in the Brigade of Gen. Campbell and Regiment of Col. Sampson Mathews. After Jamestown, he was put in command of the company of Capt. John Brown who had been taken prisoner; Robert Thompson was Lieutenant. In 1788 he was appointed a commissary Augusta, Rockingham and Rockbridge; was married the 3d of May, 1792. Charles died July 14th, 1829. Robert Thompson swears to the truth of these statements.
Information on Charles Cameron
From "Annals of Bath County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton:
- Charles Edward Cameron, born precisely twenty years later than Washington, was a soldier at Point Pleasant, where his only brother was killed. General Lafayette, who esteemed him as a personal friend, presented him with a gold-headed cane in 1781. He became a colonel. About 1790 he settled at Fassifern, which he named after his ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands. He died here in 1829. His wife was Rachel P., daughter of Jacob Warwick. The only son to grow to maturity was Andrew W., grandfather to Mrs. Tate Sterrett. But Colonel Cameron reared Andrew Gatewood, and also Charles L. Francisco, son of his half-sister, Mary, and afterward county clerk. Colonel Cameron was of very estimable character.
From "Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871", Pg. 354:
From an account of the Cameron family, by Mrs. Maria Boys Cochran Sterrett, a great-grand-daughter of Col. Charles Cameron, we have obtained most of the information embraced in the following sketch.
The first of the family who came to America, from Scotland, was Dr. John Cameron, who is said to have been a nephew of Cameron of Lochiel, chief of the clan. Dr. Cameron was one of the men who, following Lochiel, took up arms in behalf of Charles Edward, the young Pretender, in 1745. After the disastrous battle of Culloden, in 1746, he made his escape to Spain, coming from that country to the West Indies, and from thence to New York. In New York, he met and married a widow, Mrs. Margaret Murray, a native of Ireland, of Scotch descent, who had two daughters, Sarah and Mary Murray.
From New York Dr. Cameron came to Norfolk, Virginia, and there his two children were born. The older of the two, called Charles Edward, was born February 22, 1753, and the younger, George Hugh, several years afterwards.
When Charles Cameron was six years of age his father with his family removed to Staunton. After that, but exactly when is not known, it being safe for him to return to Scotland, Dr. Cameron embarked for that country, hoping to recover his property, but was lost at sea.
Charles Cameron found employment in a store in Staunton, and a few years later went to the Mossy Creek Iron Works to act as clerk for Henry Miller. When only nineteen years of age he married Mr. Miller’s daughter, Nancy, who died about six months after her marriage.
Col. Charles Lewis’ wife was Sarah Murray, the half sister of Charles Cameron, and the latter and his brother George were members of Col. Lewis’ regiment in the expedition to Point Pleasant in 1774. Charles and others were sent out to hunt for game, and when he returned he found the battle over and both his brother and brother-in-law slain.
On the 3rd of December, 1776, the Court Martial of Augusta county met at the court-house, and proceeded to choose by ballot officers “to raise two companies of regulars according to act of assembly.”
John Syme was chosen Captain of the first company, and Charles Cameron First Lieutenant. At a meeting of the Court held February 1, 1777, it was reported that Capt. Syme had recruited 28 men and Lieut. Cameron 20. The company was a part of the 10th Virginia regiment, commanded by Col. Stevens, and participated in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. On the 3rd of January, 1778, Lieut. Cameron resigned his commission in the regular army, and retired to private life. What his occupation was, we are not informed; probably he was a farmer and grazier. Early in 1781, he was in the military service again as Captain of Augusta militia under Col Sampson Mathews, in lower Virginia, for a tour of three months. In the summer of 1781, he was in the field again as Captain, and was present at the battle of Jamestown, or Green Spring, in June, serving at this time for two months. His last military service was as commissary of the district composed of Augusta, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties, for furnishing supplies to the stations in Western Virginia and aiding in recruiting for the regular army. After the war he became Colonel of Militia.
In 1790, Col. Cameron was a Justice of the Peace for Augusta county. At this time he probably lived in the part of Augusta which is now Bath county; and when the latter county was organized, early in 1791, he was one of the first Justices commissioned by the Governor. He was, however, appointed Clerk of the County Court, and his office of Justice was vacated. His nephew, Charles L. Francisco, whose mother was Mary Murray, succeeded him as clerk and held the office many years.
In 1793, Col. Cameron married his second wife, Rachel, daughter of Jacob Warwick, who, like her mother, was distinguished for her piety. She was the mother of three children, two of whom died in infancy. The third, Andrew Warwick Cameron, was born June 6, 1806.
Col. Cameron died July 14, 1829. His widow survived till 1858, when she was 86 years of age.
Col. Andrew W. Cameron, only son of Charles Cameron, removed from Bath county to the vicinity of Lexington, in 1840. During the late war between the States, he had four sons in the Confederate army, and on the 18th of July, 1861, rode to Lexington to enquire the news. The stage coach from Staunton arrived at the Lexington hotel, and was surrounded by a crowd of people anxious to hear from the army, Col. Cameron being among them. One of the passengers carried a loaded minnie rifle, which was accidentally discharged, and the ball striking Col. Cameron he was instantly killed. Young William McClung was mortally wounded by the same ball, and a third person was somewhat hurt.
- ↑ Morton, Oren Frederic. Annals of Bath County, Virginia. (Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1917, c1918), pg. 109.