HUGH ST. CLAIR, JR., farmer, living on section 35, Cedar Township, was born in Indiana County, Pa., April 12, 1840, and is a son of Hugh and Margaret (Mack) St. Clair. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1856, and made his home with them in Cedar Township until eighteen years of age, when he went to Kansas and spent a year and a half. In the spring of 1860 he went to Colorado, where he staid three years, returning to Benton County in August, 1863. Jan. 4, 1864, he enlisted in Co. A, 28th Iowa Vol. Inf., and served until the close of the war. His regiment was first assigned to the 13th Army Corps, and was in the Department of the Gulf. It was then assigned to the 19th Army Corps, and was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. With his regiment he participated in the battles of Sabina Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and various skirmishes. He was mustered out July 31, 1865, at Savannah, Ga., and received his discharge at Davenport during the month following.
Mr. St. Clair was married, Feb. 27, 1868, in Vinton, Iowa, to Miss Kate Brownlee, born in Guernsey County, Ohio, June 2, 1848, daughter of Ebenezer and Ann (Mitchell) Brownlee. They have seven children living — Ann M., Mary J. E., George H., Albertina, Nettie, Ada and Daisy R., all born in Cedar Township; James died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair are members of the United Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican. He is at present a member of the County Board of Supervisors, and is serving his second year. He is a member of P. M. Coder Post, No. 98, G. A. R., of Vinton, and is also a member of the Benton County Veteran Association.Mr. St. Clair settled on his farm after his marriage. In November, 1881, he moved to Mt. Auburn and engaged in the lumber and coal trade, in company with his brother Archibald. He resided in that place until 1885, when he returned to his farm, though still retaining his connection with the business.
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. 331-332.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.