Mary McCormick was the daughter of Thory and Christina Margaret (McKinnon) McCormick born in Glengarry County, Canada in 1800. Her father’s name was taken from the Canadian marriage record for Mary McCormick and William Cameron listed below. It was hand written and difficult to read but Thory is what it looked like.
On October 3, 1820, Mary married William Cameron at St Raphael Catholic Church in Glengarry County, Ontario. Mary and William may have had as many as fourteen children which I find listed in Ancestry, but I had eleven listed previously from my Mother-in-Law’s research; William, Mary, Allan (1825-1825), Catherine, Jennette, Anne, Christine, Donald Daniel , John, Margaret, Isabelle, Ellen, Grace, Charles. The birth years of many are conflicted so I left them out of this blog. They lived in Charlotteburg, Ontario.
The exact year that Mary and William came to Michigan is unknown. Charles Cameron’s 1914 Michigan Death records indicate that he was born on Goderich, Ontario in 1846. Mary’s husband died and was buried in the Kenockee Cemetery in Emmett, Michigan in 1858. I looked for immigration records and border crossings but did not find any.
In the 1860 Federal Census for St Clair County, Michigan, Mary is living in Emmett, Michigan with her son and her children. John (1835) is twenty five and listed as head of household. Mary is a fifty-nine year old widow with eight underage children ; Christine (1834) is next 26, Margaret (1837) is 23, Isabelle (1839) is 21, Daniel (1841) is 19, Ellen (1843) is 17, Grace (1844)is 16 , Charles(1845) is 15 and William (1852) is listed as 8 years old.
In the 1880 Federal Census, Mary is living with her son William and his wife, Mary and their nine children in St Clair County, Michigan. She is eighty one years old. Living next door is Daniel Cameron and his wife Mary.
One hundred and thirty-three years ago today, July 16, 1886, Mary died at the age of eighty-nine. She is buried in the Kenockee Cemetery in Emmett, Michigan. A St Clair County death register indicate that Mary was 89 years old when she died of old age which would mean that she may have been born as early as 1797 but her stone states that she was born in 1800.
Rest in Peace, Mary,
Mary McCormick in the fifth Great Grandparents of my sons, on their fathers side of the family. During the research for this blog I saw many conflicts when it came to dates and family members. I added what I felt was most probably true. If you find discrepancy and can show me sources for your information I will go back and make the necessary changes.