HUGH ST. CLAIR. deceased, was born in Indiana County, Pa., June 5, 1808. He was the son of Hugh and Rebecca (Beatty) St. Clair. The family were from the North of Ireland, but of Scotch descent. His parents were both of Irish birth, and emigrated to America while yet young, settling in Pennsylvania.
Hugh was reared a farmer, and when twenty-one years of age was married to Miss Margaret Mack, born in Indiana County in January, 1811, and a daughter of Robert Mack. They became the parents of ten children, two of whom died in childhood and one at the age of fourteen, and the remaining seven grew to man and womanhood. They were as follows: William M., who married Mary E. Kirkpatrick, and now lives in Cedar Township; Robert, who married Margaret Alcorn, and lives in Kearney County, Neb.; Hugh, who married Kate Brownlee, and lives in Cedar Township; Margaret, who married James R. Wallace, and died in November, 1875, leaving two children; John M., who married Sarah White, and now lives in Cedar Township; Archibald, who married Belle Wallace, and lives in Mt. Auburn, and is a lumber and coal merchant; Rebecca, wife of L. M. Wallace, living in Cedar Township.
Mr. St. Clair moved to Iowa in the fall of 1856, wintered at Davenport, and in the spring of 1857 bought his land, on section 27, Cedar Township, where he was engaged in farming until his death, which occurred Nov. 19, 1877, at his home. His wife is still living on the old homestead.
In early life Mr. St. Clair was a Whig, but became a Republican on the organization of that party. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church. His wife, four sons and one daughter belong to the same church. The sons are all Republicans. William and Hugh were in the service — members of the 28th Iowa Infantry.Mr. St. Clair was a robust man up to a short time before his death. He was a genial, kindhearted neighbor, and highly respected as a citizen.
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. 332.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.