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Re: Patrick St. Clair
At 12:22 19/04/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Thank you, Niven. I wish it were that simple. Here's some additional info on
>him in case anyone has come across St. Clairs in the Civil War. Rev. P. St.
>Clair served as a chaplain for the Union army. No, I don't know where or for
>which commander. Before the war, he had a plantation (Kentucky or Missouri)
>which was burned to the ground by the Union army. Why he joined them is a
>mystery except that he was opposed to slavery all along but kept slaves for
>economic reasons. The diary he kept up to and including the war was sold by
>his son, my grandfather, Wilbur Fisk St. Clair. Yes, the one I've been
>talking about all along. Any ideas?
>Johnnye St. Clair-Gerhardt
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The only Wilbur Fisk St Clair I can find in the "St Clairs of the Isles"
in 1834 and died in 1835 so he couldn't have been your grandfather!!!
His father was John Merrill St Clair* (1800 - 1835) and his father was
Clair of Strafford, Vermont who is thought to have been the son of Ebenezer
St Clair, the martyr soldier of the War of Independence, although there is no
positive evidence that this was so. A link may be found when we find another
Ebenezer St Clair who was born in 1806 who, in turn,
had a son, William Monroe St Clair**, who was a Union soldier, a member of
the 15th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers. (Does Vt stand for Vermont or
Virginia? American abbreviations confuse me).
**Born 1838 died 1863.
It is also thought that this family was an offshoot of the New Hampshire St
about which the "St Clairs of the Isles" has a great deal of information.
* John Merrill St Clair had a daughter, Loruhamah, which must be a sufficiently
unusual name to give someone a clue. She married a William H. Pearson who
came from Lowell, Massachusetts which happens to be where the Cummings
family come from and where, coincidentally, we find a Thomas Jefferson St Clair
marrying a Margaret A. Cummings.
I know I may have your address but if you e-mail it to me again, I'll
forward the relevant
pages to you. You may have that elusive link which you are looking
for. Good luck.
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