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Re: St. Clair conundrum!
>My ancestor is Daniel H. St. CLAIR, b. abt. 1833 in IL, d. Aft. 1900 in
>Tulare County, CA. He m. Elizabeth ______ abt. 1870. Their children:
>Charles, Annie Pearl (my g. grandmother), Nellie, Frank, Maybelle, Mary,
>Winifred, Leslie St. CLAIR.
>Problem: The Tulare, CA census shows Daniel ST.CLAIR b. 1833 in IL with
>parents both b. in Germany! How can this be? Isn't ST. CLAIR a Scottish
>surname? There is a tradition in our family that someone in the St. CLAIR
>family was adopted. Anyone who can shed light on my ancestor and his
>ancestors will be profusely thanked!
A lot of Scots fought in continental wars. One of Prince Henry's
ancestors died fighting with the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania,
for example. This could be a similar situation.