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Yes, that's right. My mom started chatting with you (using my ancestry account, I think), and we learned some specifics we didn't know. We appreciate your help with that. I have been wholly unsuccessful in digging up anything beyond Orson St. John's father's name (possibly) as John, though.
As for why my grandfather was called Al: the story is that it's because he signed up to serve during WWI. He was too young at the time (having been born in 1900), so he signed up as his older brother, Albert, who reportedly went by Bert. So, he was known as Al the rest of his life. It might also be one of the reasons it's harder to find information about him in the records. Unfortunately, my free Ancestry subscription ran out before I could devote too much time to the St. Johns (I got it to work on dad's family for an upcoming reunion). But there really just isn't much to tie us to any particular branch of St. Johns. If I find anything, I'll let you know, and you do the same. Nice to "meet" you, cousin. :)