ICYMI: Historical Records of an American Santa Claus

There was no less than one man who used the title Santa Claus in U.S. historical past, and there are fairly just a few information for him:

*  Within the 1900 U.S. Census, an individual named “Santa Clause” (born April 1887 in MO) was the son of William Clause (born Feb 1857 in MO) and Henrietta Clause (born Could 1861 in MO), with siblings Emma B. Clause (born Jan 1881 in MO), William E. Clause (born Nov 1882 in MO), Earler (?) Clause (born Dec 1885 in MO), Nellie Claus (born Nov 1889) and Earl Clause (born Dec 1894 in MO). The household resided in Liberty township, Saline County, MO (NARA T623, Roll 902, ED 129, Web page 3A).

*  Within the 1910 census, “Sante Claus” was age 23, single, a farm laborer, dwelling as a employed man within the family of David Fleshman in Liberty township, Saline County, MO (NARA T624, Roll 823, ED 172, Web page 4A).

*  Within the 1920 census, “Santy Clause” (age 31, single, a boarder) resided along with his brother Earl Clause in Blackwater township, Pettis County, MO (NARA T625, Roll 939, ED 125, Web page 4B).


*  Within the 1930 census, “Santa Claus” (age 42, married, first at age 24, born in MO, a laborer, works in river development) resided in Marshall township, Saline County, MO along with his spouse Mabel Claus (age 36, married, first at age 18 in MO), son William Claus (age 15, born MO), son Raymond Claus (age 12, born CO), son Fred Claus (age 9, born MO), son Joseph Claus (age 6, born MO), son James Claus (age 3, born MO) and daughter Dorthy Claus (age 0, born MO) (NARA T626, Roll 1246, ED 20, Web page 12A).

Discover that son Raymond Claus was born in Colorado, not Missouri. And likewise word that Santa was in Missouri within the 1920 census listed as single, however he clearly had a spouse and kids in 1920 if the 1930 census information are right.


I used to be unable to seek out Mabel Claus or the 2 kids, William and Raymond, within the 1920 census – maybe another person wish to attempt! My finest guess is that they could be in Colorado then, or again in Saline County MO.

*  Within the 1940 U.S. census, “Santa Claus” (age 52, married, born in Missouri, accomplished 4th grade, a sewer man) resided in Marshall, Saline county, Missouri along with his spouse Minnie Mabel Claus (age 46, married, born Missouri, accomplished sixth grade); son William Owen Claus (age 24, single, born Missouri, accomplished seventh grade); son Raymond Elbert Claus (age 22, single, born Colorado, accomplished eighth grade, a yard man); Fred Claus (age 19, single, born Missouri, accomplished seventh grade);  son Joseph Claus (age 16, single, born Missouri, accomplished 1st 12 months of highschool, a brand new employee); son James Claus (age 13, single, born Missouri, accomplished sixth grade); daughter Amy Ruth Claus (age 9, single, born Missouri, accomplished third grade); daughter Edna Could Claus (age 3, single, born Missouri).

There may be extra:

*  Santy Clause married Minnie Mabel Hill on 9 June 1912 in Marshall, Saline County, Missouri. Their marriage file is within the Missouri Marriage License database on Ancestry.com, nevertheless it solely says that he was from Marshall and over age 21, and he or she was from Marshall and over age 18.

*  “Santy Clause” registered for the World Battle I draft on 5 June 1917 in Prowers County, Colorado. He was age 29, born 4 April 1888 in Marshall MO, a pure born US citizen, Caucasian, married with two kids. He was a farmer, and resided in Lamar, Route A, Prowers County, Colorado. He was medium peak, medium construct, blue eyes, mild brown hair, and no disabilities, and had no earlier navy service.

*  Santa Clause has a Missouri dea
th certificates – he died 1 April 1957 in Marshall, Saline County, Missouri (see it at  
http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1957/1957_00011723.PDF) [My thanks to reader Kathy L who sent the link to me in 2013.]



*  Members of the Clause household are buried in Blue Lick Union Church Cemetery in Saline County, Missouri. The checklist consists of:

Donna Clause (died 3 Oct 1942, age 0-4-24)
Earl Clause (1894-1940)
Helen F. Clause (1919-1955)
Henrietta S. Clause (18__-1915)
Minnie Mabel Clause (“Mom,” 1894-1944)
Raymond E. Clause (1917-1971)
Santa Clause (“Father,” 1888-1957) – see his Find A Grave memorial here.
Silvina Clause (1877-1964)
William Clause (1856-1917)

So, to summarize:

“Santa Claus” was born 4 April 1887 or 1888 in Marshall, Saline County, MO, the son of William and Henrietta (–?–) Claus. He married Minnie Mabel Hill in 1912 and so they had no less than 6 kids.  He was a farmer in 1920, laborer in river development in 1930, and a sewer man in 1940. He died on 1 April 1957, a retired minister,  in Marshall, Missouri and is buried in Saline County, Missouri.

This Santa Claus is, sadly, not coming to city quickly – he is lifeless and buried in Missouri. It does not seem that he might presumably be the jolly purveyor of toys and good cheer with an enormous stomach and lengthy white beard who lives along with his unnamed spouse and elves and 9 reindeer on the North Pole, does it? 

Do not inform the youngsters.

Is not it wonderful what yow will discover on the Web with numerous spare time in your arms?

I posted this originally on 27 November 2006 and had two feedback from granddaughters of Santa Claus, one from a cousin a number of occasions eliminated, and one from a girl whose mother and father had been married by Santa Claus.  I had one other remark from a possible relative in 2011 – see post here.  In 2013, a neighbor commented – see that post here.]


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