William Camelon Sr. and Jenny Stewart along with their three sons John, William Jr. and David came to Canada from Johnstone, Scotland, in about 1841.
They settled on W 1/2 lots 9 and 10, Conc. 6, Darling Twp., but did not register the lots until they received a notice in 1853 from the government saying that they would lose their land if they did not register the lots and start paying taxes which they did. The area was known as Yeoman.
The homestead was built on w 1/2 lot 9, conc. 6, Darling Twp., and it is here the boys grew up. The land is now registered to the late Eric Lee and his wife Gladys. The old house is long since torn down.
The boys continued to live here even after they married and they took jobs clearing land for neighbors as well as their own lots. They were well known as great bushmen.
John Camelon, first son of William Camelon Sr. and Jenny Stewart married Christina Wark in Lanark Village, September 29, 1848 but continued to live at home until the 12th of March 1860 when they bought E1/2 lot 7, Conc. 7, Darling Township from Gaiah and Mary McKean containing 90 acres for $80.00 and moved out.
On the first day of November 1861, they bought E ½ Lot 8, Conc. 6, Darling Township for $300.00 from John Caldwell and his wife.
On the first day of November 1861 they also took out a mortgage on both properties with Charles Rintoul for $220.00.
On the 8th Day of January 1870, they sold E ½ Lot 8, Conc. 6, Darling Township to their son William, married to Margaret McDougall for $150.00
On the 6th day of March 1893, William (Son of John) and his wife Maggie sold E1/2 Lot 8, Conc 6, Darling Township to John Pretty for $330.00. John and Christina stayed on E 1/2 lot 7, Conc. 7, Darling Township until the 19th day of May 1881 when they bought W ½ Lot 8, Conc. 8, Darling Township from William Hall and his wife for $125.00
It is on E ½ Lot 4, Conc. 7, that John and Christine’s son Alexander was killed while falling a tree 5th December 1878. The Tatlock road now passes over the place of his death and is known as Hickory Hill.
Two and a half months before John died, 15th February 1892, they sold E ½ Lot 7, conc. 7, Darling Township to their son Archie Camelon on the first day of December 1891 for One dollar.
John died in Darling Township and is buried at Clayton United Cemetery.
William Jr. (2nd Son) married Sarah Pretty 1857 in Darling Township. On the 23rd of July 1861, William Camelon Sr. sold William Camelon Jr. W ½ lot 9, Conc. 6, Darling Township (the homestead) for 57 pounds.
On the 3rd of May 1870, William Jr. and Sarah sold W ½ lot 9, conc. 6, Darling Township to Peter Barr for $120.00 and moved to the USA where William Jr. died at a young age of 44 years. He is buried in Duluth.
Sarah (Widow) with her family moved back to Canada and on May 9, 1873 bought back W ½ lot 9, Conc. 6, Darling Township from Peter Barr for $150.00. Sarah married Andrew Napier and on 14 March 1878 they sold W ½ Lot 9, conc. 6, Darling Township to George Gunn for $375.00 and went to live at Andrew’s farm.
After the 23rd of July 1861, When William Sr. had sold the Homestead to William Jr. and wife William Sr.’s wife Jenny had gone, William Sr. moved to a three acre plot of land W ½ Lot 8, Conc. 6, where he lived as a bachelor. There is no record of him having registered the land. He had only 1 cow and six hens. He later moved to Pakenham, where he died 15 February 1888, and was buried in United Cemetery, Clayton Ontario.
David Camelon (3rd Son) married Mary Stretch, 25th January 1850 in Lanark Village, Ontario. On Wednesday, the 2nd day of April 1862, William Camelon Sr. sold W ½ Lot 10, Conc. 6, Darling Township to his son David for 60 Pounds.
On April 27, 1867 David bought W ½ Lot 11, Conc. 6, Darling Township from Horatio Gates Flint (widower) for $112.00. On June 23, 1869 David and Mary sold W ½ lots 10 and 11, Darling Township to George Gunn for $560.00
David and Mary had already bought all of lot 24, conc. 3 and N.E. ½ Lot 25, conc. 3, Darling Township (300 acres) for $800.00 from James Stretch on November 20, 1868.
They also bought W ½ Lot 24, Conc. 4, by way of a mortgage from John Rintoul on the 28th day of February 1879.
Mary Died May 11, 1883. On the 6th Day of November 1883, David (Widower) sold W ½ Lot 24, conc. 3, to William Croft for $350.00
David Married Isabelle Boyle (Campbellon) on the 5th of June 1889 in Darling Township.
On December 9th 1890, David and Belle sold E halves of Lots 24 and 25 conc. 3, Darling Township and the W ½ Lot 24, conc. 4 Darling Township to John Craig for $1,000.00
When David Boyle, (Isabelle’s father) died 15th January 1891, the farm NW ½ lot 2, conc. 3, Darling Township was willed to Isabelle by mistake. David and Isabelle lived here while their house was being built on Princess Street in Lanark Village.
When the house was finished, David and Isabelle moved to Lanark and the farm NW ½ Lot 2, conc. 3, Darling Township was passed on the James Boyle ( Isabelle’s nephew) for five dollars.
David Died on Princess Street in Lanark Village, December 1912 and was buried at Clayton United Cemetery.
Camelon Clan Reunion – The The Buchanan Scrapbook
The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’ Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby