Lydia St. Clair


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Abram Gross

Lydia St. Clair

  • Born: 12 Sep 1832, Virginia
  • Marriage: Abram Gross on 6 Oct 1851 in Bedford Co., VA
  • Died: 12 May 1927, Botetourt Co., VA at age 94
  • Buried: 14 May 1927, Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, Roanoke Co., VA

bullet   Cause of her death was Influenza.


bullet  General Notes:

The 1850 Federal Census for the Southern Division, Bedford Co., Virginia, page 243B / 244A, dated Sept 11 / 12, 1850 records Lydda St. Clair (18 - VA) with her parents William (49 - VA) Elizabeth [Atkinson] (47 - VA) St. Clair and siblings Joshua (14), William P. (12), Elizabeth E. P. (10), Oney W. (9) [son], Ruthy (7), and John R. (2). William is a farmer with real estate valued at $2,040.
See general notes on her husband for another 1850 census listing with this same family.

Lydia St Clair
(daughter of William S St Clair and Elizabeth Atkinson was born 10 Sep 1830 in Appomattox County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1922. She married Marshall Gross.
Notes for Lydia St Clair:
Live to be 90+, Mother of 12, grandmother of 85 grandchildren.
She had 164 decendants. Lived alone on a mountain top after her husband died till she was 93.
Note: See medical notes for a death certificate that documents date and place of birth.

The 1830 year of birth stated above is not consistent with census records ... see general notes for her husband, Abram Gross, for census records through 1920.

bullet  Research Notes:

Taken from Bedford Villages, Lost and Found, Vol. III ("Porter Mountain", pp. 151-2)
Lydia "Granny Lid" (St. Clair) Gross
Card playing was enjoyed by many on Saturday nights. There was also square dancing when there were gatherings at various homes. The musically talented strummed away on their homemade instruments or played their harmonicas while the dance lovers never failed to miss a beat. Lydia "Granny Lid" [St. Clair] Gross is remembered fro her dancing abilities and her love of telling a good joke to anyone who was interested. People remember her willingness to serve as the local midwife, having "born" many babies. Mary Gross followed in her Granny Lid's willing and caring ways and delivered many newborns.

bullet  Medical Notes:

Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Liddie Grass (widowed)
Residence: Amsterdam, Botetourt Co., Virginia
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age at Death: 95
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1832 in Montgomery Co., VA
Death Date: 12 May 1927
Death Place: Amsterdam, Botetourt Co., Virginia
Burial: May 14, 1927 at Mountain View Cemetery
Registration Date: 14 May 1927
Father: William St Clair born Montgomery Co., VA
Mother: Bettie Atkinson born Bedford Co., VA
Spouse: Abram Grass
Informant: H. W. Gross of Roanoke, VA

Note: The above informant, H. W. Gross, is probably Liddie's son Henry:
Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Henry Washington Gross
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age at Death: 83
Birth Date: 29 Aug 1850 in Bedford Co., VA
Death Date: 29 May 1934
Death Place: Roanoke, Virginia
Burial: Fairview Cemetery
Registration Date: 31 May 1934
Father: Gross
Mother: Lydia St Clair
Spouse: Berta L Gross


Lydia married Abram Gross, son of Henry Gross and Margaret Cooper, on 6 Oct 1851 in Bedford Co., VA. (Abram Gross was born circa 1830 in Virginia and died circa 1879 in Bedford Co., VA.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Marriage Bonds of Bedford Co., VA, page 925
Abram Gross married Lydia St. Clair on Oct 6, 1851 - Surety by William St. Clair [father].

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