Ohio Biographies

William Saint

William Saint, son of John Saint and Elizabeth Gilmore Saint, was born in Ross county Ohio on 25 April 1837.

John Saint and wife Elizabeth Gilmore Saint came to Ross county Ohio ca. 1836 from Masillon Pennsylvania.John Saint farmed 160 acres 5 miles east of Chillicothe and was a blacksmith.Their children were:

1. David B. Saint,b. 10 March 1835 in Masillon, Pennsylvania,

2. William Saint b. 25 April 1837 in Ross Co. Ohio,

3. Susannah Saint, b. 10 Nov 1838 m. Peter Barnhart 13 Sept 1857 in Ross Co. Ohio, they had 7 children

 4. Katherine Saint, b. 12 April 1840 in Ross Co. Ohio,

 5. John W. Saint, b. 5 August 1842 in Ross Co. Ohio,

 6. "Sis", stillborn child, b. 04 Jan. 1844, in Ross County Ohio.

The events surrounding the deaths of the parents John and Elizabeth Gilmore Saint are unclear, but John Saint died in Ross co. Ohio ca. 1845.He died intestate andthe case is proceeding # C, case 8119, Ross co. Probate Court.

Elizabeth Gilmore Saint survived her husband, but her date of death is unclear.It is believed that she died shortly after her husband, as her children appear in the 1850 Ohio census, Ross co. living with other families. John and Elizabeth Gilmore Saint are presumed to be buried in Ross co. Ohio, but the place is unknown.

William Saint served in the Civil War in Co. H, 33rd regiment, OVI, and in Co. K, 176th regiment, OVI.He served in Co. K, 176th regiment, OVI with Robert Arthur Butler.After the war, Wm. Saint's daughter Carrie Bell married Robert Arthur Butler's son Robert Rufus Butler.The Butlers were plasterers by trade and both were in business with Wm. Saint, in Dayton and the surrounding counties.

Wm. Saint lived in Montgomery County Ohio the majority of his life.On28 July 1868 he married Nancy Johanna Clunk (Klunk)b. 13 July 1850 atChambersburg, Montgomery Co. Ohio, daughter of John Klunk and Sarah Maria Deardorff.

Their children were:

1. Mary Estella b. 17 April 1869 d. 17 March 1871

2. Carrie Bell Saint, b 12 April 1870, d. 05 Oct 1914, Dayton Ohio, m. 1st-Wm. Sherman Russell, 1 child, daughter Lillian Adele Russell Herby, b. 1898, d. 1982. Lillian m. Howard Herby. Carrie Bell Saint Russell 2nd married24 May 1900 in Dayton Ohio to Robert Rufus Butler, son of Robert Arthur and Caroline Oates Butler. Children of Carrie Belle Saint Russell and Robert Rufus Butler:

 a. Clifford Pearne Butlerb. 1901 d. 1961 (Dayton Ohio) m. Viola Harrod,

 b. Evelyn Delight Butlerb.1903, m. Karl Kuemmerling

 c. William Robert Butler b. 1905, d. 1967m. Eva (unknown surname)

 d. Florence Louise Butlerb. 1906,d. 1926 in Dayton Ohio

 e. Virginia Eloise Butler b. &d. 02 Jan 1910

    (all children were born in Dayton, Montgomery County Ohio)

3. Wilbur Frank Saint b. 29 Sept 1873 d. 03 Oct 1880

4. Daisy Leora Saint   b. 11 May 1880, m. Foster Geffs Houseworth

5.Wilda Marie Saint  b. 02 March 1884d. after 1915

6. William Pearne Saintb.1877d. 31 Jan 1945

   (all children born in Montgomery County,Ohio)

William Saint was a building contractor in the Dayton Ohio area as well as other counties in Ohio and in Indiana.He was the building contractor for the Soldiers and Sailors home in Marion, Indiana.William Saint also figured prominently in the building of Dayton Ohio, especially in the Riverdale area.

The Saint family's home was located at 233 McDaniel Street in the Riverdale area, Dayton Ohio.

William Saint joined the Grace M.E. church, Dayton, Ohio, in 1872. He was an exhorter in the Methodist church.He also preached the funeral of Robert Arthur Butler, father of Robert Rufus Butler, who was married to Wm. Saint's daughter Carrie Bell. William Saint was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Old Guard Post, G.A.R.

Nancy Johanna Klunk Saint died at the McDaniel Street home on 30 January 1920.Her funeral was heldMonday, 02 February 1920 at the home with burial at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County Ohio, Section 103, Lot 2816.

William Saint died on 07 November 1918 at home on McDaniel Street.Funeral services were held on Saturday, 09 November 1918 at the home, directed by Rev. George Bunton. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery,Section 103, Lot 2816, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.

Source:Death certificates, newspaper obituaries for Wm. and Nancy Saint (Montgomery County, Ohio,"Dayton Daily News" newspaper.)

Civil War pension and military file for William Saint#11.041, National Archives & Records Administration, Washington DC

"Portrait and Biographical Record ofFayette, Pickaway,and Madison Counties, Ohio, Chapman Bros. 1892", pages 560 + (biography of David B. Saint)

Civil War pension and military file for David B. Saint#390881, National Archives & Records Administration, Washington DC.

U.S. Census images for Ross, Montgomery and Madison Counties Ohio. (1840-1920)

Montgomery County Ohio Cemetery Burial Records, vol. 1, Mad River Twp. (Dayton) Book B-4 - Woodland Cemetery, S-Z,Pub. by Montgomery Co. Chapter ofOhio Genealogical Society, 2001

Will of John Saint, Ross county Ohio, proceeding #C, case # 8119, Ross co. Probate Court

Ross Co. Families Vol. 2, by Ross Co. Genealogy Society, p. 268 (Saint-Barnhart)

Various family photos and oral histories.


Submitted by Barbara Terrill