Descendants of Patrick McLaughlin



First Generation



 
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1. Patrick McLaughlin was born in 1780-1790 and died in 1830-1876 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH.

General Notes: death record of son Thomas, Branch county, MI A-102-89; 1820 census Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH 178; 1830 census Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH

no Patrick McLaughlin in 1840 census, Wills Twp. or Beaver Twp, Guernsey, OH

1812 census of OH, a state-wide index of taxpapers, 1992 T.L.C genealogy in Sprigg, Adams counties

Photo of tombstone taken by McLaughlin, Gary L., 1996

Patrick married Mary. Mary was born in 1790-1795 and died in 1830-1876 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH.

General Notes: death record of son Thomas, Branch county, MI A-102-89; 1820 census Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH 178; 1830 census Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH


Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. McLaughlin was born in 1810-1815 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   3 M    ii. McLaughlin was born in 1810-1815 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   4 F    iii. McLaughlin was born in 1810-1815 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   5 M    iv. McLaughlin was born in 1815-1820 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   6 F    v. McLaughlin was born in 1815-1820 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   7 F    vi. McLaughlin was born in 1820-1825 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1820 & 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

The 1820 & 1830 census may be refering to two different daughters.

   8 M    vii. McLaughlin was born in 1820-1825 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughin

   9 F    viii. McLaughlin was born in 1820-1825 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

   10 F    ix. McLaughlin was born in 1825-1830 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH and died after 1830.

General Notes: 1830 census, Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, Patrick McLaughlin

+ 11 M    x. Thomas McLaughlin was born on 23 Jun 1828 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, died on 30 Apr 1876 in Coldwater Frst W, Coldwater, MI and was buried in Pretty Prarie, Lagrange, IN.

Second Generation (Children)



Thomas McLaughlin 
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11. Thomas McLaughlin (Patrick1) was born on 23 Jun 1828 in Of Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH, died on 30 Apr 1876 in Coldwater Frst W, Coldwater, MI and was buried in Pretty Prarie, Lagrange, IN.

General Notes: phone converstion with Verna Lu Marie Johnson; personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin; Branch County, MI death record A-102-89 (Coldwater 1st Ward); book Biographical History of Northern Michigan, 1905, p468 (died age 49); 1830 census Wills Twp., Guernsey, OH

From Coldwater Republican, Coldwater, MI, 2 May 1876:
"Committed Suicide - Thomas Maglaughlin committed suicide last Sunday morning by taking strychnine. He took the fatal dose about 2 o'clock and died after an hour of terrible suffering. From testimony adduced at the coroner's inquest held Sunday afternoon it appears that he had been intoxicated the evening previous and had gone to his lodging place and retired in that condition. At the above hour he arose and called for a glass of water into which he put the strychnine and drank it in the presence of his wife. He told her at the time what he had done, but she had no idea that he was telling the truth, and consequently made no attempt to prevent him. After drinking it he went to the Myers House and called for a room which was denied him because he was making a great noise and acting like a drunken man. He then laid down on the steps of that house, where he continued his screaming and his supplications for help, which was tardy about coming, as all who heard him supposed that is was occasioned by his drunkenness. When it did arrive he was in spasms and before medical aid reached him he died. The inquest also developed the fact that he had taken upwards of twenty grains of strychnine - enough to kill as many men. It is thought that he took the dose with no idea of its deadly effects, and did not intend to commit suicide.
Mr. M. was a quiet, hard working man when not under the influence of liquor, but while under its influence was of a surly, quarrelsome disposition - liable to make a great many threat without carrying them into effect - a fact which led his wife to suppose when he told her he was taking poison that he was attempting to frighten her and was taking some harmless powder. When under the influence of liquor he had sometimes threatened to take his own life."

Death record: Corrosive Sublinate Suiside. Had lived at Boone, Boone, IA at some time. Book: 'Thought of Scottish parentage'; Pretty Prarie is 4 miles east of Howe, IN, north of highway 120, buried in church yard


Priscilla Elaine Norton 
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Thomas married Priscilla Elaine Norton on 13 Feb 1844. Priscilla was born on 3 Aug 1828 in , , NY, died on 26 Jan 1902 in Coldwater, Branch, MI and was buried in Pretty Prarie, Lagrange, IN Another name for Priscilla was Clara Norton.

General Notes: over phone from Verna Lu Marie Johnson (Clara); personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin. book 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, p468

Think lived in Howie, IN. Priscilla made Afghan that Verna Lu Marie Johnson has in cedar chest. Of English descent. After husband Thomas died remarried Arran Phelps and lived in Coldwater, MI.

According to 1880 census, First Ward of the City of Coldwater, Branch, MI, 558-96 both parents were born in Vermont.


Children from this marriage were:

   12 F    i. Martha Elaine McLaughlin was born on 13 Nov 1844 and died on 3 Feb 1851.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Irving McLaughlin

   13 F    ii. Mary Jane McLaughlin was born on 4 Aug 1846 and died on 10 Feb 1851.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin

   14 M    iii. Alphonzo McLaughlin was born on 24 Jan 1849, died on 30 Jun 1926 in Of Summville, Coffee, TN and was buried in Maybe, South Boardman, MI.

General Notes: phone conversation with Verna Lu Marie Johnson; personal knowledge of Irving McLaughlin

   15 M    iv. Oscar McLaughlin was born on 11 Mar 1852 and died on 8 Jan 1853.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin

   16 M    v. Charles McLaughlin was born on 13 Jan 1853 and died on 15 Sep 1853.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin

+ 17 M    vi. Albert McLaughlin was born on 13 Jul 1856 in Des Moines, Polk, IA, died on 20 Mar 1934 in Marlette, Sanilac, MI and was buried in Oak Grove Cem., Coldwater, Branch, MI.
+ 18 M    vii. Alfred Henry McLaughlin was born on 5 Mar 1860 in Noble, Branch, MI, died on 22 Apr 1929 and was buried in South Boardman, Kalkaska, MI.
   19 U    viii. McLaughlin was born in 1845-1875 in , , , USA.

General Notes: book 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, p468

Mentions Alfred was the 7th of 8 children of Thomas and Clara. This is the 8th child.


Third Generation (Grandchildren)



Albert McLaughlin 
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17. Albert McLaughlin (Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 13 Jul 1856 in Des Moines, Polk, IA, died on 20 Mar 1934 in Marlette, Sanilac, MI and was buried in Oak Grove Cem., Coldwater, Branch, MI.

General Notes: Cemetary burial record, Lot 51, Section B; Tombstone; Marriage record, MI 1-132, age 21 at time of marriage, married on 17 Sep 1879, but recorded on 16 Dec 1878; notes of Beatrice McLaughlin; IGI 8015404-12-1260706; IGI M518283-930797; IGI 8617804-32-1396214; personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin

NOTES: IGI 8015404-12-1260706 ('Albert Mc Laughlin' to 'Mary Elizabeth Burns', 17 Sep 1878, 'Quincy, Branch, MI', 'SS:14 Aug 1981 PV'); IGI M518283-930797 'Albert McLaughlin to 'Mary Elizabeth Burns', 17 Sep 1879, 'Branch, MI', 'SS: 13 Mar 1984 JR); IGI 8617804-32-1396214 ('Albert Mc Laughlin', '13 Jul 1856', 'Des Moines, Polk, IA')

In 1919 acidemic of flu killed many people in Coldwater. Coldwater's library has a book of newspaper notices. For more information on cemetery records contact: Coldwater City Goverment, Dept. of Cemeteries & Parks, Recreation & Forestry, 809 W. Chicago, Coldwater, MI (517) 278-6062 Aug 1978)

notes of Earl WIlbur Rugg: "farmer"

Email from Chuck Carrol: Ann Dunn McLaughlin, died 11 Mar 1895, age 79 buried, Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, IA. (Don't know if any connection to Albert McLaughlin)


Mary Elizabeth Burns 
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Albert married Mary Elizabeth Burns, daughter of William Burns and Sarah Crum, on 17 Sep 1878 in Quincy, Branch, MI. Mary was born on 14 Sep 1851 in Newark, Wayne, NY, died on 15 May 1930 in Remus, Mecosta, MI and was buried in Oak Grove Cem., Coldwater, Branch, MI.

General Notes: Marriage record (on 17 Sep 1878 age 20); notes of Beatrice McLaughlin; Cemetery burial record, lot 51, section B; Tombstone; IGI 1396214-861780434

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "teacher"

notes: LDS submitted by Jeanne Johnson, 'Mary Elisabeth Burns, born 14 Sep 1851';


Children from this marriage were:

+ 20 M    i. Clenard Ray McLaughlin was born on 7 Jul 1879 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 6 Nov 1984 and was buried in Arlington Nat C., Arlington, Fairfax, VA.
   21 F    ii. Verbie Irena McLaughlin was born on 8 Nov 1880 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 21 Nov 1979 and was buried in Oak Grove Cem., Coldwater, Branch, MI.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin; Burial record, Oak Grove cemetery, Coldwater, MI, lot 51, section B; interview of Albert Irving McLaughlin

Verbie married Dan Murphy. Dan Murphy died on 10 Jul 1938 and was buried in Mt. Clemens, Macomb, MI.

General Notes: notes of Beatrice McLaughlin

+ 22 F    iii. Verna Isabelle McLaughlin was born on 1 Jan 1883 in Rowland Twp., Isabelle, MI, died on 17 Nov 1966 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb, MI and was buried on 21 Nov 1966 in White Chapel Cem, Troy, Oakland, MI.
+ 23 M    iv. Otis B. McLaughlin was born on 21 Sep 1885 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 29 Sep 1973 in Lake Worth, , FL and was buried in City Cem., Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL.
   24 M    v. Onie J. McLaughlin was born on 16 Sep 1886 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI and died on 25 Oct 1886 in , , MI.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin

Died on farm.

   25 M    vi. Burrel McLaughlin was born on 14 Oct 1888 in Millbrook, Mecosta, MI and died on 19 Nov 1888.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin

   26 F    vii. Florence Fern McLaughlin was born on 24 Oct 1891 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI and died on 7 May 1892 in Big Rapids, , MI.

General Notes: Bible of Beatrice McLaughlin

   27 F    viii. Beatrice Grace (Bea) McLaughlin was born on 19 May 1894 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 2 Nov 1988 in Roseville, Macomb, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Detroit, Wayne, MI.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin; phone discussion with Verna Lu Marie Johnson; interview of Albert Irving McLaughlin; cemetary off of Woodward Ave, sec 10, lot 6, block 346; no children

Written by Beatrice McLaughlin, Jun 1978: I am your Aunt Beatrice McLaughlin (Apps). I went to school in Big Rapids, MI. In the year 1913 in May I went to Paxton, Nebraska to live with my brother Otis and family. He had two small boys a girl 8 yrs old. The reason I went, Otis said "I could take the teacher exams & teach." I took the exams and passed all but arithmatic. So to get a higher certificate, I went to Paxton High School. A course was set up for us who wanted to teach in special subjects for teaching. I Took Arithmatic over. In the year 1914 the goverment opened up a very large reserve in the Sand Hills on a lottery basis. Otis was not lucky enough to draw a claim. This land was located in the northwestern part of Nebraska and bordered South Dakota. The land known as the "Sand Hills", ran like Mountain ranges, with wide valleys; some of them six and 8 miles wide and deep within. The hills were very large. The land grew twenty-three different kinds of grasses that came in reasons. Especially good for cattle, which got fat as butter bowls. Senator Kinkaide opened this land to home steaders, allowing each one a section of land. With in the state land were ranchers now and then who ran range cattle on the land, for cash of #.50 per head. They hired a ranger to check on the cattle, so they didn't over run the land. This man a young fellow we knew well said, "He made more money off the ranchers then he did from the goverment." People drew claims in all walk of life from all over. Doctor's, bankers, traveling men, engineers, & etc. Otis was not lucky to draw a claim. Six sections were thrown back for straight drawing in Dec. at the Federal building in North Platte, Nebr., 32 miles from Paxton, Nebr. So Otis and I went to the drawing the day before. We went to the Federal Building in the evening. There in line was a Doctor, his brother and a sister. So we ask the doctor if he thought this was the right door to enter, as a door at the end would be unlashed first. The doctor said, "I am sure this door is first one unlocked. You folks stay with me." At ten A.M. the janitor unlocked the door which was close to the elevator. The Doctor said, "When you enter take three flights of steps up to the third floor." So we did. By the time the Janitor had walked to the end door, the others made for the elevator. Just as the elevator landed and opened the door, we ran and were in line at the right office door to enter and file. They lined up at another door. The Doctor said I think we were are right. So at 10 A.M. they took the Doctor, then followed up sister and brother. Next were Otis and I. After I entered, the head man started to kid his young secretary. He said "Here is a change, look at this pretty girl taking up a claim." He sure had fun kidding us. Otis got bothered took so long before I came out. Otis filled next. The Omaha morning paper made head lines about us, two brother and a sister filling. One sister a Michigan girl. When we got to Paxton the whole place knew. All had stood in line all nite. All we settlers were called "Kinkards", after our senator who got the land opened up for lottery. When the last of March arrived, Otis drove a team up, and I took a saddle horse. We stayed with a family just out side the reserve, which was three miles from our claims. Otis made a bargin we stayed with Wilson family. The first thing to do was to find our iron stakes. We went on saddle horses and lined up our sections. Otis then knew where to drill the well and build. Mr. Wilson and his brother helped to drill the well and put up a windmill. The wind always blew enough to fill the large water tank for stock. Then Otis and I returned to Paxton for a tent and supplies to live until a sod house was built, which the Wilson's helped us to build. While we lived in the tent along came many folks who had drawn claims. A road ran through Otis's claim. He had a map. They would ask wondering on how near is our claim? Which he could show them the number of the claim they had drawn and the location. One day a young man well dressed walked 17 miles from LeMayne. He sain "I am hunting for the claim I drew. I am from Chicago and work for Sear's & Robuck. His claim was not too far from us. We saw him many times. My claim joined a school section claim Number 16 - proceeds went for schools. The Haythorn ranch was three miles from me. They had that section fenced in and rented it. They ran a lot of cattle on the reserve and also leased sections to people who wanted to joining the ranch while they proved up. Otis claim cornered mine. I had more valley land and it grew hay. The Haythorns were large ranchers and owned one on the bottom land for haying and etc, near LeMayne. After the well and wind mill were up, Otis picked out a spot for a sod house. When finished he went to Paxton to pick up what the family had and sold his place. As a small rancher purchased his place, he took stock for it. So he said to me, "If you want to go on a head of me, you can ride the saddle horse down. I wanting to attend the last dance, said "yu". Mrs. Wilson packed a lunch and at day break I started out. It was a forty mile ride. I got there at 9 P.M. just ahead of a big thunder storm. Mother was visting us, she and Luella were worried until I landed. So to the dance I went the next night. Otis arrived in a few days. I drove a four horse team to where the man lived that purchased Otis's home. He had the saddle horse to drive the cattle up. After we got the stock up, he had the yard ready for them. He also had some cows from the home and more horses. Then he returned for his family and Mother came also. It was some new experience for her. She spent the summer and then on to L.A. California to visit her sister. I stayed in the sod house and herded the cattle and ran them in the barn yard. This I done until Ote's section was fenced in. By this time it was near Fall. Our closest P.O. was Braden - six miles from us. Arthur, the county seat, was building up. A court house, school, a bank, a Doctor, and dentist. The lumber man built a building with a dance hall above. A hotel, restaurant, and a store . Homes for these people. The county was called Arthur County. Along the river valley of the North Platte River, a railroad ran. The towns were Keystone, LeMayne, and Furvellen. LeMayne was 17 miles from us. We purchased lumber from there and etc. I used the drive in and stayed at the hotel. The next day I returned with the lumber. Here it is September. I started teaching near the edge, well Mr. Wilson hired me for their school. He told Otis he would for he knew I could handle it. Big boys came in the winter and made trouble for the teachers. Well I sure put them in line and taught a good school. It was a sod house school. One day I had called the children in from noon and I saw them laughing and looking. I looked and here an old man was tieing up his horse and drove over to visit in his buggy. LaReine was visiting me that day. Ote's girl. I met him at the door and told him I didn't care for any vistors. He had done it with the last teacher. Old enough to be my grandfather I do believe. LaReine said "Was Aunt Bea mad." Otis came for us after school just a laughing and said "I heard you had a vistor". I was only 19 and Otis told Mr. Wilson she is rather young to handle your school. Mother went on to L.A. and we faced our long winter, which was not to easy for Otis and family. Spring came and Luella had a good garden. The sandy soil did grow good melons and water mellons. To keep the coyotes out, he stretched barb wire around the patch with the weeds holding it up now and then. They wont cross it. In spring he built a frame house. Up stairs to it. A school house was built in our district. LaReine went to school. Cow chips were used for fuel which we gathered. Mother returned from California and left in the Fall for Michigan. We thought we could do well, so Otis built a dance hall. He said he could use it later on for a barn. Well it made us money as well as entertainment. I helped to haul the lumber up from LeMayne. We soon had it ready. We hired two brothers who played for us, and also at Arthur hall. Both had claims near us. Large crowds came from LeMayne, Lewellen and in the hills. Some horse back, from the towns in cars. Haythorn ranch came with the Cadillac load up with their help. Luella served cake and coffee, $.25 a piece or each person. A dollar was charged for dancing. A ribbon of different colors was pined on the boys. Luella had good luck in raising turkeys and chickens. At Thanksgiving time they were sent to Lewellen to market. We had a big gobbler who was ugly. He flew on Otis when he was milking. He knocked him out, but no such luck he soon got up and walked out. He was shipped out. He also had a small bull, was he ugly. He would attack any horse. He did me on the saddle horse. I screamed and Otis sent Jack the bulldog after him. He would put him in his place. Otis got rid of it. Otis purchased 400 head of black cattle in the Fall. So it made a nice heard. The first time he rode a new gray saddle horse out to bring in the milk cows, this bull came roaring for it. Ote knew what would happen so he took Jack for protection. Otis had six draft horses. The saddle horse was trained to cut out cattle by crossing the reins and by touching its neck would turn in either way. It was fun to ride it. The second year he shipped cattle with a rancher to make a full car load to Omaha. They drove them to Le Mayne to the stock yard for shipment. I forget what our brand was. When haying time came I did the mowing. Luella the racking and Otis the stacker. All of this was done on my claim. I had a better one with more valley land. Every two weeks Luella and I would fo to Arthur with the cream in exchange for groceries. I was ironing a dress and Clenard, Otis boy got mad at me over something and he cut my dress. I always ask him when he is going to buy me a dress? Was I mad. Dresses were not too easy to come by in those days. He kids me yet about it. So the second winter was a good one. Picking up a lot of cow chips and buying some coal and running the dance hall. Along came spring on the third year in July in 1917 we proved up. You had to live on your claim seven months out of the year. A lot of the Kinkardars had the family living on their land and they worked. I came out to improve the land. Goverment made it easy for them. You had to have $1500 in improvements. Well, fencing, ploughed ground and etc. counted up to it. On my claim I had a one room house. I didn't stay in it too much. So in July we were ready to prove up. We went to Arthur before the county treasurer. You took two witnessees with you to swear you had the improvements. Otis proved up first and I a few days later. As we were walking past the hardware and limber mans place, he yelled out, "Would you and your sister sell out." Otis said "Yes". So in a few days here he comes a long with a buyer. He was from Colorado. The First World War ended or about to, I forget. Prices were good for stock. So he took our claims. Otis sold everthing he had. Purchased a Grant car and came to Michigan. I went as far as Omaha and visited a girl friend. Came back to Ogallala where I had to teach near it. I taught near Chappel, Nebraska and then went to Wyoming to summer school at Laramie and taught near there. Then to the western part of Wyoming near the Utah line I taught in a consided school. The man principal came in from Memphis and taught 9th and 10th grade. We stayed on a ranch which was seventeen miles from Evanston. A beautiful large valley. The mountains were so pretty. There the ranchers drove their cattle in May to the mountains for grazing, and in the Fall rounded them up. Taking supplies and together stayed a week or so and drove them in. Then separated and shipped them out. The river was ice cold. We use to snare the rainbow trout. Were they ever good eating. I enjoyed teaching there. I then ended up in Roseville, Michigan. Married a hardware man, kept the books and also clerked. My last experience after my husband passed on was dealing with the state for the I-696 freeway. So I have had a full life. Not many ladies had such a life. To me it was enteresting and I enjoyed it. In 1955 I flew to Paxton to visit my girl chum and girl friends. I went to Ogallala to visit. Those I knew I saw. As soon as I told them I was McLaughlin they laughed and first memtioned the dance hall. Had been up to our dances. It was 35 years since I had seen any of them. Some I knew when I saw them, others I did not. None knew me. I sure enjoyed that visit. Went back in 1970. Changed planes in Omaha. The plane that was to take up to North Platte was out of flying order. Nine of us was stranded in Omaha. So they had small planes to fly in from Grand Island to pick us up. In the one I rode was a lady from Tennesse who use to live there. We sat together and of course knew at all times where we were at. The other one was from Wisconsin. So we two got a good look of Nebraska. The girls had a long wait for me. Four planes landed. Mine was the last one. They laughled and asked me if I was scared. No. THE END.

Beatrice married Wm G. Apps in 1927 in , Of, MI. Wm was born on 31 Oct 1876 in Buffalo, Erie, NY and died on 9 Mar 1967 in Detroit, Wayne, MI.

General Notes: notes and obituary in possession of Albert Irving McLaughlin

+ 28 M    ix. Albert Irving (Mac) McLaughlin was born on 6 Jan 1897 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI and died on 10 Sep 1993 in Of Marlette, Sanilac, MI.
18. Alfred Henry McLaughlin (Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 5 Mar 1860 in Noble, Branch, MI, died on 22 Apr 1929 and was buried in South Boardman, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin; (b 5 Mar 1860) book 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, p468, book at Kalkaska, Mi library; IGI-1760827

IGI 'Alfred Mc Laughlin, b Mar 1860, Noble, Branch, MI, father: Thomas Mc Laughlin, mother: Priscilla Mc Laughlin'

Book: "Alfred H. McLaughlin. The subject of this sketch is one of the progressive farmers and enterprising citizens of Boardman township, Kalkaska county, Michigan, where he has made his home for a number of years, being closely associated with its development and welfare. He is a thorough, practical agriculturist and a man of business, and, like the great majority of successful men, has been the architect of his own fortunes. His fidelity to his duties has never been neglected in acting his part as worthy son of the great American commonwealth. Mr. McLaughin was born in Branch county, Michigan, on the 5th of March, 1860, and is the son of Thomas and Clara (Norton) McLaughlin. The father, who was a native of Ohio, though of Scotish parentage, died in Coldwater, Michigan, at the age of forty-nine years, while the mother, who was born in New York state, died at Coldwater at the age of seventy-three years. They had become the parents of eight children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the seventh in order of birth. The latter secured his education in the public schools of Coldwater and remained under the parental roof unitl he had attained his majority. While in Coldwater he served a three-years' apprenticeship at the printing trade, but did not continue longer at it. For a short time afterwards he was employed at various places as a cook. Subsequently he went to Kansas, where he resided for a short time, and then, in the fall of 1887, he came to Boardman township, Kalkaska county, and purchased forty acres of land in section 20, on which he has since resided. He has been prosperous since coming here and has added to his acreage from time to time until his present holdings amount to six hundred and seventy-five acres, about one hundred and forty acres of which are improved and in a high state of cultivation, also containing a good residence, substantial and commodious barn and the necessary out-buildings. He is practical and methodical in his operations and neglects no detail of his work, always aiming to get the greatest results from his labor. On September 3, 1881, at Sturgis, Michigan, Mr. McLaughlin was united in marriage to Mrs. Maggie Alexander, by whom he has two children, Alma and Jay. Mrs. Maggie McLaughin died and on October 9, 1895, the subject married Mrs. Mary Van Wormer (nee Pinney), who was born in Branch county, this state. Mr. McLaughlin is a firm and uncompromising Republican in his political tendency and has always taken an active part in advancing the interest of his party in Boardman township. His fellow citizens have recognized his ability by selecting him to fill several local offices, he having been the treasurer of the township for two years, and being the present incummbent, also school director, township supervisor, and at present a member of the county board of superintendents of the poor. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic order and in his daily life endeavors to faithfully live up to the sublime precepts of this time-honored fraternity. He is one of the leading citizens of his community and enjoys in a marked degree the esteem of his neighbors and friends thoughout the township of Boardman."

Alfred married Maggie Weatherwax on 3 Sep 1881 in Sturgis, St. Joseph, MI. Maggie was born in , , OH and died on 9 Oct 1895.

General Notes: book 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, p468 (Alfred McLaughlin married 'Mrs. Maggie Alexander'; birth record of son James Jay and daughter May


Children from this marriage were:

   29 F    i. May (Alma) McLaughlin was born on 3 Sep 1882 in Kinderhook, Branch, MI.

General Notes: birth record Branch county, MI B-278-279; 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, 468, book at Kalkaska, MI library

   30 M    ii. James Jay McLaughlin was born on 27 Jun 1884 in Kinderhook, Branch, MI.

General Notes: birth record Branch county, MI G-258-8328; personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin

lived in Buffalo, NY

Alfred next married Mary Pinney on 9 Oct 1895. Mary was born in , Branch, MI.

General Notes: 'Biographical History of Northern Michigan', 1905, p468, book at Kalkaska, MI library


Fourth Generation (Great Grandchildren)


20. Clenard Ray McLaughlin (Albert17, Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 7 Jul 1879 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 6 Nov 1984 and was buried in Arlington Nat C., Arlington, Fairfax, VA. Another name for Clenard was Clen McLaughlin.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, State Office Number 5-40, record Number 327; family bible of Beatrice McLaughlin; IGI 8617804-34-1396214; notes and interview of Albert Irving McLaughlin; obituary in possession of Albert Irving McLaughlin (died 6 Dec 1984)

Was a high ranking military general. Article on him appeared in the magazine 'Life' in the 1950-60's. (Note by Richard Moran: I believe he was Cornell, his son was a high ranking General)

From Courier and Republican, 19 Dec 1899, p3, Coldwater, Michigan:
"Clenard R. McLaughlin, son of Mr. and Mr.s Albert McLaughlin, has received the unusual honor of being promoted from an enlisted man and commissioned as second lieutenant in the 21st Reg. U.S. Infantry. Lieut. McLaughlin's mother was Miss Mary Burns, of this city, and his grandfather, Mr. Williams Burns, resides at the corner of Hudson and Railroad streets. Mr. Alfonso McLaughlin, of this city is the lieutenant's uncle. Clenard first served in the Michigan state troops and then in the 19th Infantry and went to Porto Rico with his regiment. He has been on detached service since that time. He took a written examination recently in Chicago for a commission, which was very severe and lasted 18 days, but he made such an excellent record that he was at once commissioned. He is now on his way to the Philippines to join his regiment."

NOTES: IGI 8617804-34-1396214 ('Clenard Mc Laughlin' father 'Albert Mc Laughlin' mother 'Mary Elisabeth', 'Wheatland Twp, Mecosta, MI', 7 Jul 1879 )

Clenard married Abbie Selaven in , , , USA. Abbie was born in 1880-1881, died on 27 Jan 1965 and was buried in Arlington Nat C., Arlington, Arlington, VA.

General Notes: notes of Beatrice McLaughlin


Children from this marriage were:

   31 F    i. Marian McLaughlin .

General Notes: over phone from Verna Lu Marie Johnson

Marian married Jimmy Collins.

General Notes: over phone from Verna Lu Marie Johnson

He was a high ranking General. Believed to have been part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in U.S. President Johnson's administration in the 1960's.


Verna Isabelle McLaughlin 
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22. Verna Isabelle McLaughlin (Albert17, Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 1 Jan 1883 in Rowland Twp., Isabelle, MI, died on 17 Nov 1966 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb, MI and was buried on 21 Nov 1966 in White Chapel Cem, Troy, Oakland, MI. Another name for Verna was Puss McLaughlin.

General Notes: Death record, State of Michigan, State File Number 67059, Local File Number 926; Beatrice McLaughlin bible (also called Vernie); personal knowledge of Albert Irving McLaughlin; IGI 1553470-8600012

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in Blanchard, MI, homemaker"

NOTES: death record indicates born in Blanchard, MI; IGI 'born 1 Jan 1885, Blanchard, Isabella, MI'


Guy Victor Johnson 
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Verna married Guy Victor Johnson, son of Francis Olin Johnson and Augusta Fidelia Chapin, in , , MI. The marriage ended in divorce. Guy was born on 21 Dec 1875 in Fairplains Twp., Montcalm, MI, died on 14 Jan 1954 in Belmont, Kent, MI and was buried in Greens Cemetery, Belding, Ionia, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, State Office Number 59-11348; death personal knowledge of Thelma Louise Rugg; 1880 census Orleans, Ionia, MI 33-342

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 28 Jan 1954:
"Former Rapid City Man dies at Belmont. Guy V. Johnson, former resident of Rapid City, died January 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Rugg, of Belmont. He was 78 years old.
Surviving besides the daughter are two sons, Cecil of Union City, and Alvah of Alden. Services were held in Belding Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 with burial in Green cemetery."

The Belding and Banner News, Belding, MI, 21 Jan 1954:
"Former Resident Succumbs Thursday at Daughter's Home. Guy V. Johnson, 78, passed away very suddenly late Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Rugg, following a heart attack, which he has suffered earlier in the day. Mr. Johnson had been a resident of this city most of his life making his home here with his mother, Mrs. Augusta F. Johnson at 314 Lewis until her death several years ago. Last April he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Rugg in Plainfield township. He was born Dec 21., 1875 in Montcalm county. Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Rugg; two sons, Cecil Johnson of Union City and Alvah Johnson, Rapid City; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Fitzjohn Funeral Home with Rev. Wilbur Kirby officiating. Pall bearers were Leo McPherson, Frank Rowley, Bert Cummings, H. S. Dowley, Stanley Middlebrook and Sim Donovan. Burial was in Green cemetery."

From Joylene Rugg the grave is unmarked, but once had a stone marking the site.

According to Verna Lu Marie Johnson: Divorced about 1916. From Daughter Marguerite purchased farm on Manley road after hearing about it from a friend.

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in Grattan twp, Kent, MI, farmer, cabinet worker, Ford's in Detroit (tested first liberty plane motors)"

NOTES: IGI 8617804-32-1396214 ('Guy Victor Johnson' father 'Francis Olan Johnson' mother 'Augusta Fidelia Chaplin', '21 Dec 1875', 'Fairplain Twp, Montcalm, MI')


Children from this marriage were:

   32 F    i. Marguerite Merry Johnson was born on 25 Dec 1905 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 25 Apr 1996 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried on 28 Apr 1996 in Plainwell Cem, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: birth record of child Joylene May Rugg; photo as child; Verna Lu Marie Johnson visit with Marguerite Aug 1994 and attended funeral latter; Life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson

School teacher. Born at farm on Manley Rd, section 2. Living in Plainwell, MI (1994)

"My life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson:
I was born December 25th, 1905 in Kalkaska County on my grandfathers farm, I had a two year old older brother Cecil and two years after my birth another brother Alvah was born. When I was ten, another brother Clifford was born, who lived only six months. Soon my parents divorced and we went to live with my grandparents in Rapid City. I helped cook for eight people. Sometimes I placed a lesson for the day on the warming oven of the wood stovewhile I baked pancakes. I was on the girls basketball team and was in school plays. I always had the comedy part. While I lived with my grandparents they built a new stone house which is still a landmark in Rapid City today. After high school I enrolled in Detroit Business College, and afterwards gained employment in the office of Detroit Cleveland Navigation Company on the Detroit river for the travel agent. I then went to county Normal in Kalkaska and then on to Michigan State College in Ypsilanti to obtain a teaching certificate. One summer when home from teaching I was invited to conduct a young peoples meeting at the Methodist church. As the meeting was about to begin, I saw Earl Rugg walk in. He asked me for a date that night. This was the beginning of our courtship and we were married 6 months later May 30, 1927. (Daughter Note: Mother and Dad Eloped.) We moved to Grand Rapids, this is where we raised our family Merlyn and Joylene. These were the depression years but Earl always had work. I returned to teaching when the children were older to help out. We had been a family of Witnesses' for many years as the truth was brought to us in Grand Rapids when Merlyn was three years old. As a family, we were active in Jehovah's service. In fact we were part of the original congregation of 13 Witnesses. It has been a privilege to announce an incoming Kingdom that would bring many blessings to all mankind. We sold our home to move where the need was greater. We were in Tennessee for there years, and Arizona for 6 years. We moved back to Michigan because of Dads health. He died Jan 24, 1979. He was a kind and devoted husband and father and I look forward to seeing him again as Jehovah's faithful servant in the resurrection. I am proud of my six grandsons and twelve great grandchildren, and of course my children. It has been as varied life but very rewarding. Jehovah has always been my strength and refuge. I hope to serve him faithfully as long as I can."

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "secretary, teacher, homemaker"

Marguerite married Earl Wilbur Rugg, son of Edward Daniel Rugg and Lulu Belle Van Buren, on 30 May 1927 in , , , USA. Earl was born on 21 Jan 1903 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 24 Jan 1979 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Sate Office Number 40-3487 (affidavit of his mother recorded in 1949); correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; obituary

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 8 Feb 1979:
"Kalkaska - Mr. Earl Rugg, former Kalkaska resident and descendent of two Kalkaska County pioneer families, passed away Jan. 24, in Plainwell, Mich., after a lingering illness. Mr. Rugg was born Jan 21, 1903, in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska County, son of Edward and Lulu Van Buren Rugg. A dedicated member of the Jehovah Witness, for forty years he served congregations in souther Mich, Tenn, and Ariz. At his death, he was a beloved member of the Plainwell Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Marguerite; one daughter, Mrs. Joylene O'Neill of Grand Rapids; one son, Merlyn of Kalamazoo; 3 sisters, Mrs. Thelma Johnson of Florida, Mrs. Helen Kizer of Morley, Mich, Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska; 6 grandsons; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donovan. Services were held Jan 27, at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, Plainwell, Mr. Terry La Fountain, officiating. He was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell."

Earl Wilbur Rugg notes: "baker, minister, born Rugg, Kalkaska, MI"

   33 M    ii. Cecil T. Johnson was born in 1906-1907 in , , MI and died after 1970.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; photo as child; obituary of father Frank Johnson

from niece Joylene Rugg: Cecil hit a tree while sledding in the snow as a child. He was unconscious for several hours. As a result of the accident he was somewhat mentally limited but was able to support himself latter in life by winding wire on motors.

listed as living in brother Alvah's 1971 obituary


Thelma and Alvah Johnson 
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   34 M    iii. Alvah Horatio Johnson was born on 23 Feb 1908 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 28 Jul 1971 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 31 Jul 1971 in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Registered Number 7; Death record, State of Michigan, number 42148-28; Marriage from notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Tombstone

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 5 Aug 1971:
"Life-Long Kalkaska Resident Passes: Alvah H. Johnson, 63, a life-long resident of Kalkaska county, died Wednesday, July 28, 1971 at his home on Manley Road near Alden. Mr. Johnson was born February 23, 1908 in Clearwater township. He retired from the Post Office department in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Rugg Johnson, whom he married May 24, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are two sons, Alvah Jr. of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Glen of Clare; one daughter Mrs. Robert (Verna Lu) Moran of Maitland, Florida; one brother Cecil of Athens, one sister, Mrs. Earl Rugg of Vickenburg, Arizona; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral service were held Saturday, July 31, 1971 at 1 p.m. at the Schwartz-Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska with the Rev. Geary Bird of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery, Kalkaska."

NOTES: personal notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (pk9) ('Baptized 11 Jun 1916 - First Methodist, Highland Park, MI. Member of First Methodist, Royal Oak, MI)

From daughter Verna: born and died in house on farm at Manley Rd, section 2. Eloped to Thelma since her parents objected to a marriage.


Thelma Louise Rugg 
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Alvah married Thelma Louise Rugg, daughter of Edward Daniel Rugg and Lulu Belle Van Buren, on 24 May 1930 in , , MI. Thelma was born on 31 Jul 1908 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 17 Dec 1990 in Fern Park, Seminole, FL and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; personal knowledge of Jeanne Johnson one day after death; Tombstone

Verna Lu Marie Johnson has a green tea pot & cake set that was Thelma's.

NOTES: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg ('Baptized 1921 in Peoples Church - Kalkaska. Member of First Methodist Royal Oak, MI. At present, 1976, member Asbury United Methodist of Maitland, FL.')

   35 M    iv. Clifford Johnson was born in 1903-1920 in , , MI, died in 1903-1920 and was buried in Clearwater, Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (died an infant)

Found a G. Johnson with small white cross #113 on back at cemetary at Rapid City, Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI

Verna next married David Masters. David Masters died on 4 Dec 1971.

General Notes: Personal notes of Beatrice McLaughlin.

According to Richard Robert Moran lived during the 1960's in a large house on Rosewood Street, Roseville, MI. The house was torn down to construct a freeway at 11 mile road and Gratiot.

23. Otis B. McLaughlin (Albert17, Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 21 Sep 1885 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI, died on 29 Sep 1973 in Lake Worth, , FL and was buried in City Cem., Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin; interview with brother Albert McLaughlin

Otis married Luella Sayer_or_sagre. Luella was born in 1885-1886, died on 25 Sep 1972 and was buried in City Cem., Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL.

General Notes: notes of Beatrice McLaughlin; interview with Albert McLaughlin


Children from this marriage were:

   36 M    i. Russell McLaughlin was born about 1905.

General Notes: interview with Albert McLaughlin

   37 M    ii. Clenard McLaughlin was born about 1910.

General Notes: interview with Albert McLaughlin

28. Albert Irving (Mac) McLaughlin (Albert17, Thomas11, Patrick1) was born on 6 Jan 1897 in Wheatland Twp., Mecosta, MI and died on 10 Sep 1993 in Of Marlette, Sanilac, MI.

General Notes: bible of Beatrice McLaughlin, phone conversation with spouse Nov 1993.

Has many pictures of his ancestors, several were copied by Richard Robert Moran, Aug 1991. Died after 12 days of pneumonia.

Was in the gas station business for a while.

Albert married Catherine Carhan or Canham on 2 Sep 1923 in Bad Axe, Huron, MI. Catherine was born on 24 Aug 1904 in , , , USA.

General Notes: notes of Beatrice McLaughlin, phone conversation Nov 1993, Apr 1995.


Children from this marriage were:

   38 F    i. Mary Ellen McLaughlin was born in 1924-1925 in , , Prob MI and died on 4 Sep 1990 in Dearfield Twp., Lapeer, MI.

General Notes: interview of father Albert Irving McLauglin

Died in auto accident. Only child. Lived in Clifford, MI.

Mary married Living

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