Saturday, February 6, 2010

Surname Saturday: McLaughlin

My line of McLaughlins goes back to John McLaughlin (1743 - 1812) and his unknown wife.  Well, she's unknown to me... if you know otherwise, please let me know!  Their oldest child was James McLaughlin (b. Jul 1769, Ireland).  He emigrated to Pennsylvania at the age of 19 (approximately) and married Matilda Elizabeth Best.  They had several children, including Samuel Best McLaughlin.

Samuel Best McLaughlin was born Feb. 17, 1813 in Muhlenburg, Kentucky.  He married Rachel Hammett on Sept. 22, 1831 in Peoria, Illinois.  (You can read about their early life together here.)  They had ten children between 1832 and 1854.  He died on Oct. 22, 1887 in Peoria, Illinois.

The youngest son was George Washington McLaughlin, born on July 4, 1850 in Marshall Co., Illinois.  On August 19, 1870 in New Buffalo, Michigan, he married Relief Elizabeth Bonham (daughter of William Bonham and Amanda Webster).  They had twelve children between 1870 and 1888.  George died on April 21, 1896 in Marshall Co., Illinois.  He, like his father, is buried in the Yankee Street Cemetery in Marshall County.

Their youngest son was Clifford Clyde McLaughlin.  He was born Feb. 1, 1882 in Steuben township, Illinois.  He married Emily Phoebe Clifton on March 2, 1904.  They had fifteen children.  The oldest, Ethel Mae was born May 28, 1904 and the youngest, Margaret Iola, was born May 28, 1927.  I happen to find this odd fact quite intersting, possibly because my own birthday is May 28th.  Clifford died on August 2, 1956 in Sparland, Illinois.

Child number six was my grandmother, Alice Wilda McLaughlin, born Feb. 28, 1913 in Steuben, Illinois.  She came to California to take care of an ailing aunt where she met my grandfather, Chester Doran.  They married on April 9 in Yuma, Arizona.  She died in Colton, California on Sept. 25, 1967.

Standing in the back: Oscar McLaughlin, Rachel Leona (McLauhlin) Dunbar, Clifford Clyde McLaughlin, George Washington McLaughlin, Mayme (McLaughlin) Harvey, and Albert McLaughlin.  Seated in th front: Cora Pearl (McLaughlin) Donath, Relief Elizabeth Bonham, and Minnie (McLaughlin) Auth.

Thanks to the generosity of several relatives, I actually have a lot of information, pictures, etc. on the McLaughlins.  If you're connected to this particular section of my wandering vines please contact me.  I'd love to hear from you!

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