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Cameron, John Stark


Age: 0, credited to Ryegate, VT
Unit(s): 7th SQDRN RI CAV
Service: Dartmouth CAV, aka Co. B, 7th Squadron, RI CAV

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Birth: 03/28/1841, Ryegate, VT
Death: 07/21/1914

Burial: Blue Mountain Cemetery, Ryegate, VT
Marker/Plot: Plot A
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 120524768

Cenotaph: Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, IA
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 27510719


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: According to his will, "Half of the testator's ashes are to be interred in the grave of his father and mother, in Ryegate burial ground, in Ryegate, Vt, the other half in the grave of his wife in Burlington, Iowa."


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Blue Mountain Cemetery, Ryegate, VT

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Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, IA

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John Stark Cameron, who died in Woodstock, Vt. July 21, was born in this town March 28, 1841, being the youngest of four children of John and Jane (Gray) Cameron. He was educated at the district school and the Newbury Academy. He was graduated from the Chandler Scientific Department of Dartmouth College in 1863. While pursuing his education he taught occasional terms of school, both in this town and Newbury, and the older ones testify to his success as a teacher. At one term of school in this town he had 65 scholars of all ages, and so anxious was he to give them all a chance, that he taught the higher grades in the evening.

In 1862 he enlisted in the Rhode Island cavalry, serving with his college mates in the so called “Dartmouth Cavalry”. Though it was only four months service it was full of adventure. This troop, with some of the infantry were at Harpers Ferry when it was surrounded by Southern forces. The infantry was captured and sent to Andersonville, but the cavalry escaped by a wild night ride, capturing, in their flight, Gen. Longstreet's ammunition train.

After graduating from college he entered the engineering corps of the old Boston, Hartford, and Erie railroad, which later became the New England Road, and is now part of the New Haven system.

In 1865 he went West for the next 25 years, and was an active and constructive force in the development of some of the great transcontinental lines. He was, for two years, locating and constructing engineer of the Chicago and Quincy railroad. In 1867 he was appointed chief engineer of the Burlington and Cedar Rapids railroad, completing the construction of that line. He was for several years secretary of the Board of Railroad commissioners of Iowa. Later he became connected with the Union Pacific railroad, where he not only superintended the construction of new lines, but arranged for the purchase of feeders to that great system.

When he left the road he held the responsible position of assistant to the president, Charles Francis Adams, of Boston. In 1890 he turned his attention to the construction of street railways, building at Salt Lake City one of the first electric lines in the United States. This afterwards became the Salt Lake Rapid Transit railroad, and when he sold the property in 1901, he was president and principal owner of the corporation.

He retired from active business at this time, taking up his residence in Washington, D.C. Since that time he had been an intensive traveller, but his love for Vermont called him back every year, as his annual visits to his native town were one of the most delightful memories of his life.

Me. Cameron married on Jan. 4, 1876, Sarah M. Palmer, of Burlington, Iowa, who died in 1881. He leaves children; John Stark, Donald P., and Miss Sarah P. Cameron, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Williams, of San Francisco.

A memorial service was held at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, which was largely attended by friends and relatives from the surrounding towns. The services was in charge of Rev. Donald Fraser, pastor of the Congregational church at Wells River. He spoke most appreciatively of Mr. Cameron’s long and useful life, and particularly of his fondness for his native town. Two solos were rendered by Mrs. Peach, of Wells River. The ashes were deposited in the cemetery near the church, with a brief burial service.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, July 29, 1914
Courtesy of Deanna French

Extracts from Will


The following article was taken from the Washington Post of August 9, and will interest all who ever knew the testator:

The cremation of his body, and a distribution of his ashes in the graves of his parents and his wife are directed by the will of John S. Cameron, who died July, last. The testament is dated November 25, 1913, and was filed yesterday in the Probate Division of the District Supreme Court.

John S. Cameron jr., and Donald P. Cameron, sons of the testators are named executors to carry out the terms of the will. Half of the testator's ashes are to be interred in the grave of his father and mother, in Ryegate burial ground, in Ryegate, Vt, the other half in the grave of his wife in Burlington, Iowa.


Following that items are minute directions for the erection of a monument in the Ryegate cemetery. The inscriptions on various sides are to show the initial descent of the family in Scotland from the eighteenth generation.


John S. Cameron Jr. is bequeathed $25,000 in cash or in securities, the family silver, and one diamond from a set of earrings worn by his mother, and the papers and goods in a box, located at a certain number in West Madison, in Chicago.

His son, Donald, is also bequeathed $25,000 in cash and securities, one diamond from his mother's earrings, and certain other heirlooms.


John S. Cameron Jr., is also to hold $25,000 of securities to be held in trust for benefit of Sarah P. Cameron, a daughter of the testator, and is also directed to purchase a home for her in St. Johnsbury, Vt., Pasadena, Cal., or some other city which may be selected.

Bequests of $5,000 each are made to George G. Nelson, of Ryegate. and Mrs. Fannie Lowell of California, both cousins of the testator. Bequests of $1,000 each are made to two other cousins, Mary Henderson, and Victoria, both of Vermont.

A trust fund of $10,000, is placed in the hands of his son for benefit of Marion Nelson, another cousin.

The residue of the estate is to be shared by the sons and daughter.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, August 19, 1914
Courtesy of Deanna French

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