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July 13, 1787
|Arthur St. Clair
1st Governor of the
Charles Willing Byrd
SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR; PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS; AND GOVERNOR OF THE NORTH-WESTERN TERRITORY
"St. Clair met young lady Phoebe Bayard, a member of one of the most prominent families in Boston and they married in 1760. Miss Bayard's mother's maiden name was Bowdoin and sister to James Bowdoin, colonial governor of Massachusetts."
"He was the largest landowner in Western Pennsylvania."
"He took part in Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776, before the Battle of Trenton. Many biographers credit St. Clair with the strategy which led to Washington's capture of Princeton, New Jersey in the following days. It was shortly after this that St. Clair was promoted to Major General."
"Was an aide-de-camp to General Washington, who retained a high opinion of him. St. Clair was at Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrendered his army."
"General St. Clair was appointed governor of what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, along with parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota [Northwest Territory]."
"In 1791, St. Clair succeeded Harmar as the senior general of the United States Army."
"Arthur St. Clair, Patriot and a Founder of the United States of America, died in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1818 in his eighties and in poverty; his vast wealth dissipated by generous gifts and loans, and by business reverses, but, mainly by the refusal of Congress to reimburse him for monies that he had loaned during the Revolution and while governor of the Northwest Territory."
"Then came the fatal struggle on the plains during which Lieutenant St. Clair seized the colors, which had fallen from the hand of a dying soldier, and bore them until the field was won by the British."
"His offices were located in the basement of Bedford's "Espy House" that still stands today. George Washington would later utilize the same home as his Whiskey Rebellion headquarters while St. Clair served as his Northwest Territorial Governor."
"Washington called a council of war that night on January 2, 1777 with his troops camped along Assunpink Creek. Many of St. Clair's Biographers, and even St. Clair himself, claim that the movement that culminated in the Victory at Princeton the following day was his recommendation to the council. The General's biographers purport that not only did St. Clair direct the details of the march but also his own brigade marched at the head of the advancing army."
"George Washington remained, throughout his incredible life, steadfastly loyal to Arthur St. Clair recognizing the Pennsylvania general's deeds and council during the campaigns against Trenton and Princeton. It was a beginning of a friendship that would positively serve the United States, beyond anyone's expectations, for the next 24 years. For his service in 1776 and 1777 St. Clair was promoted to Major-General."
"St. Clair assignment after the ordeal was to assist General John Sullivan in preparing his expedition against the Six Nations...commanded at West Point in October 1780"
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"The current Constitution of the United States is the Perpetual Union's second. This video provides a brief history on the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, its collapse and the process utilized to call the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 to form a More Perfect Union. The 1787 President of the United States and his Congress, ultimately, were responsible for the passage of our current U.S. Constitution as they called the convention and choose not to change a word of the New Plan For the Federal Government sending it along to the States. This President and his Congress also passed the Northwest Ordinance , on which Daniel Webster would later remark: "We are accustomed to praise lawgivers of antiquity ... but I doubt whether one single law of any lawgiver, ancient or modern, has produced the effects of more distinct, marked, and lasting character than the Ordinance of 1787" These two laws, the U.S. Constitution and The Northwest Ordinance are the products of the what this historian considers to be the most important U.S. Presidency and Congress in American History." Youtube video explaining the importance of The Northwest Ordinance
Two branches as described by Leonard Allison Morrison in The History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America for Eleven Hundred Years, 1896, pp. 46-47:
"It would make them both, General St. Clair and James St. Clair, descendants of George Sinclair, the 4th Earl of Caithness (No. 74); then through his two sons; Gen. Arthur St. Clair, through his son James, first of Murkle (No. 80), and John of Exeter, N. H., through another son Henry (No. 79). The line woiuld run thus:
The common ancestor, John Sinclair, Master of Caithness, No. 67.
Those of other lines, of course, bear the same relation to General St. Clair. Similarity of looks is a strong evidence of relationship. Among the descendants of John Sinkler of Exeter, N. H., have been many knightly men in civil and in military life, who by their straight and stalwart forms, by their complexion, by their strong traits of character, and by their whole personal appearance have strikingly resembled the Sinclairs and St. Clairs of Scotland, as recorded both "in French and English history." And what does this signify? It proclaims the curious genealogical fact which every discerning family historian has not failed to see, that the mental and physical characteristics of a family are often transmitted for many generations and for centuries. The similarity of christian names existing among the Sinclairs of Caithness and the Sinclairs of the New World will not fail to be noticed. There were the Johns, the Jameses, the Richards, and the Davids, the Janets, and many others in Caithness which were transplanted to the shores of New Hampshire, and have been honorably borne even to the present by the descendants of John Sinkler of Exeter [New Hampshire]. :
He is the son of William St Clair.
CHANGES Actual birth name spelling is Arther with an E and not a U. according to baptismal papers Also the baptismal date is January 3 1733 and not 1736 or any other dates shown
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 18:54 GMT Robert Sinclair wrote:
Draft Disposition and Translation by William Sinclair, merchant in Thurso, to James and Arthur Sinclair, children, and Elizabeth Hamilton, relict of Rev. Daniel Sinclair, of a Heritable Bond on the lands of Thurdestoft [Thurdistoft] (contained in GD69/107) in security for GD69/106. 1742
GD69/171 Letter from Mrs. Elizabeth Sinclair, dated Aug. 1757 and two letters from Arthur St. Clair (on service in North America) dated 20 Mar. 1757 and 26 May 1758 concerning credit given to him by James Balfour of Pilrig. 1757-1758
GD69/163 Contract of Marriage between Mr. Daniel Sinclair, minister at Longformacus, and Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of deceased Robert Hamilton of Airdrie. 5/2/1729
GD69/112 Assignation by James Sinclair, eldest son of deceased Rev. Daniel Sinclair, to Elizabeth Hamilton, his mother, of his rights in GD69/106. 6/5/1745
On 15 Mar 2017 at 18:53 GMT Robert Sinclair wrote:
A simple error same family just wrong man
James Sinclair, 2nd of Assery James Sinclair, second of Assery, married first, Elizabeth Balfour; and, second, Margaret, daughter of David Munro, commissary of Caithness. He had several sons and daughters:- 1. George, eldest son of his first marriage. 2. John, in Ulgrimbeg, married Bess Craigie. George and John are named as brothers-german. 3. James, a merchant in Thurso, who died in 1713, and had several sons, of whom Daniel was minister of Longformacus. William was a merchant in Thurso
On 16 Jun 2016 at 00:21 GMT Mark Wilkie wrote:
On 16 Jun 2016 at 00:00 GMT Mark Wilkie wrote:
On 5 Feb 2016 at 00:59 GMT Robert Sinclair wrote:
Arthur is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 17 degrees from Cindy Lesure, 19 degrees from Bonnie Thornton and 14 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.