I am trying to either disprove, or find evidence for, an old family story. According to my deceased grandfather, Winfield S Burns (1911-1982), the first male son has been named Winfield Scott in honor of General Winfield Scott (1786-1866) since the mid 1800s. He was supposedly an indirect relation.
The first direct relative I can find with the name is Winfield S Camus (Burns) (b. 1850), who apparently changed his name to his wife’s surname (Mary Burns b. 1848) after the birth of their first son, my great grandfather, Winfield S Burns jr. (b. 1888).
I can find no record of Camus in the US records 1850-1880; he only shows up in the 1910 census when he is already 60 years old.
General Winfield Scott had 2 marriages:
Lucy Baker (1789-1816) (at West Point, NY), with whom he had 3 surviving sons:
Winfield D Scott, Winfield Scott, and Henry Scott
And Maria de Hart Mayo (d. 1862) in Virginia, with whom he had 3 surviving daughters:
Cornelia, Camilla, and Marcella
I cannot find any marriages for any of these children in FamilySearch and Ancestry.
Does anyone know if any of the Scott children had offspring who were possibly linked to the Camus in the 1800s?
After examining the original documents, it appears that the entry for "Camus" may have been an error on Ancestry.com. The comments below will be considered the answer.