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Matilda (Young) and Duncan Cameron
Matilda YOUNG was the first-born child of John Landis and Judah (GOLDSMITH) YOUNG. She was born in Shelby County, Kentucky on March 3, 1821. Matilda and Duncan CAMERON (born ca. 1825, Indiana) were married in Jackson County, Indiana on January 20, 1840.
Duncan and Matilda (YOUNG) CAMERON resided near her parents in Grassy Fork Township of Jackson County, Indiana where Duncan farmed. They moved to Decatur County, Iowa along with her parents. 14-year-old Hetty YOUNG, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (?) YOUNG and Matilda’s father’s half-sister, resided with the CAMERONS. Although Matilda and Duncan did not have children of their own, they raised Emeline MOREN, daughter of George and Sarah MOREN. George was a boot and shoemaker of Jackson County, Indiana.
Emeline MOREN married Capser Gottlieb SPRAY, born circa 1850, Grand River, Decatur County, Iowa. Emeline was born in 1848, Decatur County, Iowa. Emaline and Casper had a son, Albert Marshall SPRAY who was born March 14, 1876, Grand River, Decatur County, Iowa. Emeline died in 1929. Casper died May 26, 1948, Decatur County. They were interred at Grand River Cemetery, Decatur County, Iowa.
Albert married Josephine Mabel GIBSON on December 24th, 1902, Grand River, Iowa. Josephine was the daughter of John Wooster GIBSON (1843-1918, Inter: Page Co., IA) & Sarah Catherine (McDOWELL) GIBSON (1853-1891). Josephine was born April 26, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. She died July 9, 1961. Albert and Josephine were interred at Grand River Cemetery, Decatur County, Iowa. Josephine and Albert had six children.
Duncan and Matilda appear in the 1870 Federal census but seemed to have disappeared afterward. Their names do not appear in the Young Cemetery Records or in the Grand River Cemetery records. Nor do their names appear in the WPA Grave transcriptions.
Return to John Landis Young Family Page
Indiana Marriages, 1802-1882 database; genealogical records of Norma G. (FOLAND) BECKER
DAVIS, Elsie (SPRY). Descendants of Jacob YOUNG of Shelby County Kentucky, including President Harry S. TRUMAN. Coronado, CA. 1980.
Reflections of Grand River, Iowa 1881-1981. 1981.
Compiled and submitted by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2013