This Alexander Cammeron (also Cameron) probably was born before 1756. After the Revolutionary war, he settled in Albany in a modest house as part of a Scottish enclave living along the Schenectady road above the settled part of the city.
At the same time, it appears that a number of individuals named Alexander Cameron were active in New York and its environs during the second half of the eighteenth century. Caution is the watchword here!
In November 1777, Alexander married Margaret Murray at the Albany Dutch church. So far, we have not encountered additional references in the records of the church. However, their marriage did produce children who lived in their Albany home.
The first name on the city assessment roll in 1788 was that of Alexander Cammeron who owned a house in the first ward above the settled part of the city. In 1790, this household was configured on the first ward census. A decade later, his home included two young children and a younger adult.
In August 1802, Alexander Cammeron was listed on the first ward municipal poor roll. In 1799, his wife had been included as well.
Beginning in 1813, an Alexander Cammeron was listed in the city directory as a silversmith. That individual probably was not the recent pauper.
Sources: The life of Alexander Cammeron is CAP biography number 7512. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 1/15/09