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Thomas Otho St. Clair’s Family History
Thomas Otho St. Clair was born on Valentine’s Day of 1824 in Jessmaine County, Kentucky. His parents were James St. Clair and Luraner Prather. They had thirteen children; all were born and raised in Kentucky.
Their first child, George P., was born on June 20th, 1819 and was a slaveholder. From his last will and testament:
“…to my brothers and sisters…in addition to said property the choice mild cow and yearling heifer, the choice sow, seven head of sheep, the salt on hand, choice of ploughs, two pair of shear complete, one hoe, one axe, twelve chairs, the grindstone, a sufficiency of crop of flax…for the benefit of my wife…two beds with the bedclothes, the cupboard ware, one bay horse called Fox, a saddle and bridle, one breakfast table, a choice of trunks, and one milk cow…to my wife…the use of my Negro girl Harriet…if said Negro shall behave badly and become unruly my wife shall sell her…until she shall have procured one she can manage…”.
Their second child was Nancy, born on October 6th, 1820, who lived to be 32 years of age. Next born was Thomas Otho, born on February 14th, 1824, and following him was the birth of Rebecca, born October 26th, 1825. Rebecca passed away when she was 22 years old. Next born was Sarah P., in 1826, and after her was William, who was born in 1827. William authored three books on the Latin language, and taught in two different Louisville High Schools. Next came Clove, born on April 8th, 1829, and died at the age 13. Their next daughter was Martha Luvina, who was born May 10th, 1831. She married Oliver Moore on June 3rd, 1852 in Clark County Missouri. Mr. Moore was involved with the War Between the States, as noted in this excerpt from the four county histories of Clark, Lewis, Knox and Scotland Counties in Missouri:
“In the fall of 1864, Mr. Moore, living near Waterloo, while assisting Mr. Rutherford in killing hogs, was taken out and shot. Samuel Bryant, who lived about three miles south of Kahoka, was called out of bed one dark night, and while putting on his socks was shot and killed. Samuel Davis, who lived between Fairmont and Colony, was taken out and shot and killed and his house was robbed. The three men were friends, and were in sympathy with the Rebellion (the Confederacy).
After Martha’s birth came their next daughter, Mary M., born May 10th, 1833. Following her came another daughter, Matilda Demarius St. Clair, born on February 21st, 1835. James A. was the next born, on January 29th, 1837. He later died in Carson City, Nevada and is buried at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City. His twin brother was John L. The twins came to Missouri and settled in Clark County along with their brother, Thomas Otho. All three brothers were going to go “west” but Thomas Otho could not sell his property in Clark County fast enough, so he stayed. James and John left Missouri, together driving cattle; with James ending up in the Nevada boom town, Carson City. No one knows the happenings to John after leaving Clark County. The final child of James and Luraner St. Clair was Amanda, born May 5th, 1839.
Sometime between 1839 and 1843, Luraner passed away. James remarried Miss Elizabeth Miller and had one child, Eliza Jane.