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Jean (Jane)  CAMERON

Jean (Jane) CAMERON

Female 1769 - 1827  (58 years)

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  • Name Jean (Jane) CAMERON  [1
    • She is named Jean in her marriage record and Jane in her daughter's death certificate. In early Scotland, Jean was interchangeable with Jane. We are referring to her as Jean in these notes, to distinguish her from her mother who we are referring to her as Jane.
      Incidentally, Jeff Macleod's family tree (attached) queried if her name was Isabel.
      (This note by Don Gordon in April 2020.)
    Nickname Jean 
    Born 1760 or 1769  [2
    • * Jane was probably the first child born in the relationship after the elopement from Aberdeen of Donald Cameron and Jane Robertson and was born before 1770. See biography notes here for rationale.
    Gender Female 
    Education She learnt English and handicrafts from her mother.
    John Macleod stated "She [Jean Robertson] saw to it that her children got from herself a course of English and practical education . Likely she had a course in Aberdeen of what used to be called 'The White Seam'. She taught my great grandmother to spin and weave linen and my sister still has a tablecloth which this daughter made. She grew the flax, scutched it, spun it, and then wove it. Home industries counted for something in those days. It was something more than fancy work. People depended on their own initiative and enterprise. In those days this was an uncommon thing that a whole family boys and girls should get an English education in the fastness of wild Lochaber".   [3
    Biography Notes c1700's  Homepage menu-SMALL PRINT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Extensive,evidence,persuasive narrative in SMALL PRINT MENU on HOME PAGE MENU
     
    Biography Notes c.1769-  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minimal evidence of support....letters from direct line ancestors of J MacLeod of TGSI Vol x
    * Jane was married five months after Christian's wedding. The weddings were in March & August 1786.

    * In our D55in SMALL PRINT ON HOMEPAGE, we have concluded that Christian was born about 1771 - ie that Christian was about 15 years old at the time of Janes marriage.

    * We take it that the sisters were born at least 12 months apart (ie we take it that they were not twins), thus Jane must have been either about 14 years, or more than 16 years old, at the time of her wedding. It is less likely that she was just 14 years, so she was probably born at least 16 years before 1786 - that is, before 1770, perhaps 1769. On the assumption of 1769, we had been searching for the birth of her mother, Jean Robertson, as before 1752, in that her mother was probably no younger than 17 years old when she gave birth.
    * HOWEVER Jeff Macleod, a grandson of John MacLeod has provided (email in Sept 2020) a family tree with Jane's birth year as 1760.

    Evidence for about 1760:-
    * Tree: Jeff's family tree, which mentions the birth of 1760, is soft evidence - it requires corroboration. We have asked Jeff and his cousin Alan, if they can provide some details about the basis for including this date.
    * Memoirs: There is some indirect support for 1760 in that John MacLeod's memoirs state that "It was shortly after the middle of the 18th century that Donald Cameron brought to Lochaber his young wife Jane [Jean] Robertson" (Memoirs p236). Shortly after the middle of the 1700s would be the late 1750s or early 1760s.
    * OPRs: Unfortunately all the birth records of Kilmallie parish are missing in the years before 1773.
    * Marriage: There is a record of her wedding in 1886. This record does not include her age but, if she was born in 1760, she would have been 26 years old at the time of her marriage - or 17 years, if she had been born about 1769.
    * Death: We have not found a record of Jane's death (maybe 1827) which might have indicated her age when she died.
    * Census: The earliest census was in 1841.

    Conclusion: Jane was born before 1770. We had guessed at 1769 but it might have been as early as 1760.
     
    Biography Notes 1700s-1800 
    * On page 236 of his memoirs, John Macleod mentions 'my great grandmother' without naming her but he refers to her as 'this daughter' when he is describing his great grandmother's time with Jane Robertson - ie, she was the daughter of Jane Robertson and Donald Cameron.
    * She must be a sister of our Christian Cameron, because they have the same mother and father-namely Jane Robertson and Donald Cameron.
    * The death record of her daughter (Mary MacMillan) shows that her name WAS JANE.
    * Unfortunately, apart from her marriage record, and being mentioned in death record of her daughter, we have not found OPRs for her birth or her death, nor births of her children.
     
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    * Death: We have not found a record of Jane's death (maybe 1827) which might have indicated her age when she died.Sourced John MacLeods letters of 2020.
    * Census: The earliest census was in 1841.

    Conclusion: Jane was born before 1770. We have guessed at 1769 but it might have been as early as 1760.
     
    Died 1827  [1
    • Jane might have died in 1827 (email Jeff Macleod Sept 2020).
    Person ID I-8670  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2022 

    Father Donald CAMERON 
    Relationship -3063 
    Mother Jane (Jean) ROBERTSON 
    Relationship -3063 
    Married Y  [4
    Children of marriage Comments by Don Gordon in November 2020:
    Donald Cameron and Jane Robertson had at least two daughters (Christ'n & Jane/Jean) and at least two sons (Donald & Charles). There might be other children, but we have no direct evidence of this.  
    Family ID F-3063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Donald MACMILLAN,   b. 1765,   d. 1845  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1786  [5, 6
    • Callich is near Murlaggan, Loch Arkaig
    Children 
    +1. Mary MACMILLAN,   b. 1794, Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1872, Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2022 09:15:28 
    Family ID F-3065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Descendants of Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    Jean Cameron & Donald McMillan - married 14th Aug 1786 in Callich
    Jean Cameron & Donald McMillan - married 14th Aug 1786 in Callich

    LIBRARY
    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    * 'A Boyhood in An Gearasdan [Fort William]: Notes by the Late Principal John MacLeod', by JFM ‘Jeff’ Macleod, in ‘Transactions of Gaelic Society of Inverness’ (TGSI), vol 57, written before 1946, published 1993
    * This includes mentions of Jane Robertson & Donald Cameron - also the MacMillan, Macmaster, Cattanach & Macleod families.
    * See D56 in SMALL PRINT for analysis of these memoirs. This includes a family tree that links all these families.


    SMALL PRINT
    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    Donald and Jean met when they were each training in Aberdeen in the 1760s. He was training as a millwright and she was learning homecrafts. They eloped to Achnacarry where Donald was a saw miller. Jane was from the lowlands, and had to adjust to highland culture and learn Gaelic - she was always considered an outsider.
    Jean and Donald had at least two children - Jane in the 1760s and Christ'n about 1771. Jean taught them needlework and English. Donald's saw mill developed to become a substantial supplier of lumber to distant customers.
    Updated March 2022
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    John was the cousin two times removed of Christina McPhee. His memoirs are a key source for identifying Jane Robertson as the wife of Christina's probable grandfather, Donald Cameron.
    Updated March 2022

  • Sources 
    1. [S-237] JFM 'Jeff' Macleod re content of TGSI Vol57 - ID 3072 - letters held by Don Gordon who can be contacted via 'Contact Us' on the homepage, Letter on 21st Sept 2020.

    2. [S-237] JFM 'Jeff' Macleod re content of TGSI Vol57 - ID 3072 - letters held by Don Gordon who can be contacted via 'Contact Us' on the homepage, Hard copy mail letter on 21st Sept 2020, ~Sept 2020.
      Not transcribed (redacted or otherwise) by Don Gordon:but in his custodianship.

    3. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs re TGSI - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p236.

    4. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, http://www.familysearch.org, 9 Sep 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Donald Cameron Husband M Name Donald Cameron Sex Male Spouse's Name Janet Robertson Spouse's Sex Female Marriage Date 29 Mar 1748 Marriage Place Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland Marriage Place (Original) Blair Atholl, Perth, Scotland
      searched with assistance of FS in Warwick staff on their website

    5. [S-231] FM Alan Macleod re content of TGSI VOL57 - ID 9251- emails held by Don Gordon who can be contacted by 'Contact us' on the homepage, Email on 21st Sept 2020.

    6. [S-226] Marriage certificate attached to this profile .