Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 587-588
Alexander CAMERON, one of the prosperous and well known farmers of Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County [IL], was born in Scotland in 1833, and is a son of James and Sophia (SKINNER) CAMERON. His ancestors were farmers and mechanics. His parents had a family of four sons and one daughter: Chrisitian, now deceased; Mrs. Alexander SKINNER, who died in Scotland; Alexander; James; William, who died in his native land; and Andrew, who died in Rockford in the spring of 1882, leaving a family.
Our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof, and on attaining his majority emigrated to America, in April 1854, settling in Ashland County, OH. He there learned the blacksmith's trade, and before coming to this country had learned the trade of shoemaking with his father. In 1857 we find him a resident of Rockford, and he opened a blacksmith shop at No. 115 South First Street, where SACKETT's store now stands. He was in partnership with William RYBURN, his wife's brother, and they did a large business, having two shops on opposite sides of the street.
In 1860 Mr. CAMERON was united in marriage to Miss Jane, daughter of William and Ann (MITCHELL) RYBURN. She was also a native of Scotland, and came to this country during the same year in which her husband crossed the Atlantic. They began their domestic life in Rockford, where Mr. CAMERON continued to engage in blacksmithing for 21 years. However, in the fall of 1862, he purchased his present farm of 170 acres on section 28, Cherry Valley Township, removing to it on 11 March 1878. He has since extended its boundaries unti it now comprises 305 acres of valuable land, all of which are under a high state of cultivation, well improved. He came to this country almost empty handed. On landing in OH, he had only $5, yet few men have been more prospered than Mr. CAMERON, who now owns one of the best farms in this community, supplied with good buildings and all the accessories of a model farm. He also raises a good grade of stock, and the neat appearance of everything upon the place indicates his thrift and enterprise.
Mr. and Mrs. CAMERON have three sons and one daughter: James, William, Mary T., and Alexander. hey also lost one son, John, who died 01 Sep 1872, at the age of seven months. The three sons aid the father in the operation of the home farm. The daughter is now the wife of Wiliam VOGT, a resident farmer of Ogle County. They have one son and have buried two daughters. [p 588] This family is one widely and favorably known throughout the community, and held in high esteem by their many friends. Mr. CAMERON cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has since supported the Republican party.
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