SAMUEL ST. CLAIR, farmer, residing on section 34, Cedar Township, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., Nov. 20, 1829, and is a son of Archibald and Esther (Alcorn) St. Clair. When nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter and joiner's trade, which he followed until Sept. 15, 1862, when he responded to his country's call, enlisting in Co. D 18th Pa. Vol. Cav., and served until the close of the war. He was in thirty-two engagements, including Winchester, Gettysburg, Cedar Creek and Fisher's Hill, serving in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was discharged from the service June 12, 1865.
On his return from the army, Mr. St. Clair came to Vinton and worked at his trade one year. He bought his land in Cedar Township in 1865 and began farming in 1867, and has a fine farm of 160 acres, which he has under a fine state of cultivation, with nice house, barns, etc.He was united in marriage in Venango County, Pa., March 15, 1855, to Miss Rachel Morrow, of Indiana County, Pa., daughter of William Morrow. They have had seven children, two of whom died in infancy; those living are Margaret, wife of Robert Moncrieff, a farmer residing in Jackson Township; Julia A., wife of Joshua Farris, also a farmer, of the same township; John F., in Kansas; Hugh Edmond and Minnie E. Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair are members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 255.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.