Page 732-733, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Rev. E. Cameron, a Kansas and Butler county pioneer minister of the gospel, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Salem, October 10, 1838, and is a son of Josiah and Hannah Cameron. The father was born at Salem, Ohio, in 1804, his parents being pioneers of that State and of Scotch descent, tracing their ancestry to the nobility of that country. The mother was of English descent.

Rev. Cameron was married in 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Elliott, a daughter of John and Mariah Elliott, and to this union were born two children: Marvin, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Adrian, of Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Cameron came to Kansas in 1878, and located in Chase county where he bought eighty acres of land. About eight years later he assisted in the organization of the Kansas Christian College at Lincoln, Kans., and was connected with that institution for twenty years, two years of which he was its president. In 1889 Mr. Cameron came to Butler county and while he has been engaged in general farming and stock raising, he has not given up his work in connection with churches and schools, all these years. His has been a busy life and his purpose and efforts to do good


have not been in vain. He has held pastorates at Matfield, Green and Pleasant Center, and also taught school at Oakdale, Kans.

His career in religious and literary work has been a busy one. After coming to Butler county, one of the first men with whom he became acquainted was Rev. Isaac Mooney of Towanda. Mr. Cameron attended the dedication of the First Christian Church at Towanda which was also the first one in the county, and he preached the dedicatory sermon. He has preached in a great many places in Butler county. He says when he did his first preaching in Butler county that it was in the real wild and woolly west. The young men came to church with their revolvers buckled on, and almost every man brought a dog with him, and the women brought their babies.

Mr. Cameron's first wife died in 1883 and in 1889, he was united in marriage with Mariah (Danby) Wilson, and two children were born to this union: Harry, who is engaged in teaching at Cassoday, Kans., and Ross, a student in college at Albany, Mo. Mr. Cameron has a broad acquaintance in Kansas and is held in the highest esteem by all who know him.

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