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Isabella Jeanette Dewar

Female 1899 - 2003  (104 years)

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  • Name Isabella Jeanette Dewar  [1
    Born 23 Sep 1899  Roxborough, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Oct 2003  Maxville, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • from Linda Tannis via email:
      CAMERON, Isabella
      (nee Dewar)
      Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 26, 2003 at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital, Alexandria. Isabella Cameron of Maxville, age 104 years. Beloved wife of the late Harold Cameron.Loving mother of Ruth Moffatt (Harold) of Navan. She will be lovingly remembered by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Isabella is predeceased by her children, Roy Cameron (the late Isabel), Marion Cumming (Donald), Edwin Cameron (Ruth), by one daughter-in-law Marie, by two grandchildren Gordon and Glenda, by 3 brothers and two sisters. Friends and family may call at Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 20 Main Street South, Maxville, 613-527-2898 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Friday, October 31, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Munro & Morris Funeral Homes, Maxville. Interment will follow in the Maxville Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to the Maxville Manor Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Isabella, a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows - memories live.
    Buried Maxville, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2838  Rowe Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 May 2010 

    Father Archibald Bancroft Dewar,   b. 18 Sep 1865, Roxborough, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1952  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Jeanette Elizabeth Rankin,   b. 1 Aug 1871, Lochiel Twp, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1896  Breadalbane, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1034  Group Sheet

    Family William Harold Cameron,   b. 3 Mar 1894, Maxville, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1983  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1921 
     1. Roy Cameron,   b. 1922, Dominionville, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 2002, Edmonton, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Marion Janet Cameron,   b. 1925, Maxville, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1985, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     3. Edwin Harold Cameron,   b. 4 Feb 1929, , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 2003  (Age 74 years)
     4. Living
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2005 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Info: From the Glengarry News, 21 Sep 1994, pg. 17, Maxville col.:
      A very happy birthday and very best wishes are extended to a special lady of the village in the person of Isabel (Mrs. Harold) Cameron. On Sept. 23, Mrs. Cameron will celebrate her 95th birthday with family members, including son Roy from Edmonton. Mrs. Cameron is well and a most gracious lady when visited.
      Her memories reach way back to her childhood spent on her Dewar parents' farm west of Dominionville and when Dominionville was a busy commercial centre.
      INFO: From the Glengarry News, 20 Sep 1995, pg. 16, Maxville col., by Gordon Winter:
      A highly respected lady of the village, Isabelle (Mrs. Harold) Cameron is celebrating her 96th birthday this Saturday, Sep. 23 at her home on Mechanic St. W. Home with her at this time is her son, Edwin from Bently, Alberta, and daughter Ruth Moffatt, Navan, will also be here. Another son, Roy, lives in Edmonton and a daughter, Marion Cumming died in 1985.
      Mrs. Cameron is the daughter of Archibald and Jeanette Dewar of the 4th Conc. Roxborough and walked a considerable distance to the school in Dominionville. With her mind still very alert, this charming lady is a storehouse of area history, especially of Dominionville and of the Baptist Church of which she was a member until her marriage in 1921.
      The young couple farmed west of Dominionville first and later at McDonald's Grove. Retirement in 1959 brought Mr. and Mrs. Cameron to Maxville where he died in 1983.
      Mrs. Cameron is wished the very best from her family and friends and is thanked most sincerely for her contributions to a happy family life, to her church and to her work in the communities of St. Elmo, Maxville and Dominionville. While close together, her Christian influence has been widely spread.
      MARRIAGE: Date of 1921 from write-up in the Glengarry News, 20 Sep 1995, pg. 16, Maxville col.
      INFO: From the Glengarry News, 25 Sep 1996, pg. 16, Maxville col.:
      On Monday, Isabel (sic) (Mrs. Harold) Cameron celebrated her 97th birthday at the Manor. Mrs. Cameron enjoys good health. Best wishes and congratulations for her successful life-style and best wishes for continued peace and contentment. This gracious lady is an aunt of Jim Dewar's, 4th Conc., Roxborough, and it is his farm that was once her home before she farmed with her late husband at McDonalds Grove.
      INFO: From the Glengarry News, 10 Sep 1997, pg. 26, Maxville col.:
      Two local ladies who are now Manor residents, are celebrating birthdays soon. ... Isabel Cameron who was born at Dominionville West on Sept. 23, 1899 marks her 98th birthday on that date.
      We extend our best wishes and congratulations to these two who have served their families and community well over the years.
      INFO: From the Glengarry News, 16 Sep 1998, pg. 9, Maxville col.:
      On Sept. 23, Isabel (Mrs. Harold) Cameron, nee Dewar, will be celebrating her 99th birthday. Mrs. Cameron enjoys good health and her sharp mind could be the envy of many much younger.
      We wish a very happy birthday to this lady who has always lived in the area from Dominionville west to McDonald's Grove. She is also wished continued good health with the peace and contentment that goes with it.
      INFO: From the Glengarry News, 23 Sep 1998, pg. 26, Maxville col.:
      Today, Wednesday, the 99th birthday of Isabel Cameron is being celebrated at the Manor.
      Her son Edwin, his wife and two daughters from Edmonton are here for this special occasion.
      ITEM: From the Glengarry News, 22 Sep 1999, pg. 15: Isabel Cameron celebrates 100 years.
      by Gordon Winter.
      "Are you getting excited about your birthday, Mrs. Cameron?" I asked Isabel Cameron at the Manor recently.
      There's nothing for me to get excited about," she replied.
      "Well, after all you will be celebrating your 100th birthday, won't you?
      "There's nothing for me to celebrate. It's those who are keeping me alive who should be celebrating." Mrs. Cameron explained in her modest fashion.
      She was born Isabel Dewar on Sept. 23, 1899 to Archibald Dewar and his wife, Jeanetta Rankin, formerly of Breadalbane. The farm home was on the Fourth Conession of Roxborough, west of Dominionville. Her siblings were Clinton, Donald, Diana, Jenny and James, who died in a fire accident at the age of 23. All are deceased.
      The Dewars were staunch Baptists and attended the Dominionville Baptist Church until its closure in 1918. Then it was to Maxville the family travelled faithfully to attend the Maxville Baptist Church, now St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church.
      The children walked to the one-roomed school house at Dominionville, a considerable distance, and Mrs. Cameron can name all the families who lived along the road, explain family relationships and give historical details of Dominionville when it was a commercial centre.
      Hattie Cheeseman, her next door neighbour, and William MacLeod who lived closer to the school, started school together in Junior First. Some 80 years later, the three were visiting and naturally, ages come up.
      "I wonder who will live the ongest?", MacLeod asked. After a short pause, Mrs. Cameron came up with her answer "Let's stick around and find out!" She has found out and is still blessed with good health and a keen mind filled with lots of memories.
      On Aug. 25, 1921 Isabel was married at home to Harold Cameron, whose farm was on the edge of Dominionville. They took up farming at the job in their road, the farm now owened by Helen and Ian D. MacLeod.
      The depression years were hard but the couple persevered and in 1933 moved to McDonald's grove to one of the farms there now owned by Gordon and Neil McIntosh.
      There they attended the Gordon Presbyterian Church at st. Elmo and raised their family which consisted of Ray [should read Roy], Marion, Edwin and Ruth.
      Ray [Roy] married Isabel Christie of Maxville and they had two children. Isabel is deceased and Ray [Roy] continues to live in Edmonton.
      Donald Cumming of Maxville became the husband of Marion and their children are Jim, Glenda, Norma and Wallace. Marion died on Dec. 24, 1985. Donald's second wife, Christine became a loving friend to Marion's mother.
      Edwin lives in Bentley, Alberta and he and his first wife Marie had four children, Edwin Jr., Gea, Gordon and Heather.
      Ruth married Harold Moffatt of Navan and their children are George, Gary, Dorothy, David, Darrell and Cynthia. Altogether Mrs. Cameron has 34 great grandchildren.
      Retirement brought the Camerons to Maxville, where Mr. Cameron died on March 12, 1983. Mrs. Cameron maintained an independent lifestyle until her move to the Manor on Feb. 20, 1996.
      Mrs. Cameron was honoured by the Women's Missionary Society of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church here with a life membership in the W.M.S.. She had been a faithful member of the Society for many years and throughout her lifetime was devoted to her family, church and community.
      On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., Mrs. Cameron will receive relatives and friends in the Town Square at Maxville Manor. Their attendance will be a token of the esteem in which she has been held for so many years.
      No doubt, staff members will be greeting her as well and offering her their congratulations and best wishes. In return she will most likely cut them an extra large piece of birthday cake to show her appreciation of the extra special care she receives.
      NOTICE: In the Glengarry News, 22 Sep 1999, pg. 16:
      The Children of ISABEL CAMERON cordially invite family, friends and neighbour to join them in the mother's 100th Birthday Celebration. Sat. Sept. 25 (1999), 2-4 p.m. Maxville Manor. Best Wishes Only Please but Birthday Cards Very Welcome.
      NOTE: In Feb 2002, Isabel Cameron is still alive, and living at Maxville Manor.
      ITEM: From the Glengarry News, 12 Jun 2002, pg. 10, Maxville col.:
      Manor tea
      A tea for all Manor residents who are over 90 years old is held monthly in Town Square. On Sunday, there were 33 residents ...
      Isabelle Cameron at 102 was there and enjoyed herself very much. Her big news was that her grand niece, Cindy Dewar, after her wedding, called on her, with her new husband, and had photographs taken.
      ITEM: From the Glengarry News, 18 Sep 2002, pg. 9, Maxville col.:
      Turning 103
      Manor resident, Isabelle Cameron, will be 103 years old on Sept. 23. To honour this great lady, her family is having an Open House in the Town Square at the Manor from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 22. All friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend and greet Mrs. Cameron.
      I (Gordon Winter, Maxville correspondent) met her in the hall recently and asked her if she was getting ready for her party and if she was excited. Her response was that she hadn't been invited yet.
      Mrs. Cameron's daughter, Ruth Moffat from Navan, assisted by Christena Cumming will be looking after the party.
      It is expected that Mrs. Cameron's son, Edwin, and his wife, Ruth, from near Red Deer will be home as will the two grown children of her late son, Roy, and his wife, the late Isabel Christie. They are Bruce and Anne and Anne is expected to bring her two young children.
      Some months ago, I (Gordon Winter) reminded Mrs. Cameron that a lady who had just died was 107 years old and I suggested that she had that record to beat. She responded very quickly that she intended to. We wish her continued good health and happy days.
      The Glengarry News, Sept. 17, 2003, pg. 11, Maxville column.
      Manor resident set to celebrate 104th birthday
      Membership in that very exclusive 3-Century Club is becoming smaller with the passing of the years. However, there is a lady at the Manor, Isabel Cameron, who continues to be a very alert member.
      Mrs. Cameron, nee Dewar, was born west of Dominionville, farmed with her husband Harold at McDonald's Grove and then retired to Maxville many years ago. She was born on Sept. 23, 1899 and next Tuesday, her daughter, Ruth Moffatt and other relatives will be hosting a 104th birthday party at the Manor for this great lady.
      Our best wishes go to her along with congratulations for choosing a life style that has enabled her to be so healthy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S208] Gail Hewlett's Begg register of 11/8/03, 56 (Reliability: 3).
      provided her full name

    2. [S359] Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1909 Index -, (

    3. [S357] Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 Index -, ( and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Ontario, Canada. Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1922. MS932, 695 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario, Canada. Division Registrar Vital Statistics Records, 1858-1930. MS940, 28 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario, Canada. Marriage License Books, 1907-1910. MS945, 12 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario, Canada. Delayed Registrations of Marriages, 1892-1916. MS948, 4 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario, Canada. County Marriage Registers, 1858-June 1869. Microfilm rolls 1030055-1030068. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (Archives of Ontario, MS 248, reels 5-18).), 011934 (Reliability: 3).

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