Descendants of John N. Laughlin

Through 4 Generations


Generation No. 1

1. JOHN N.1 LAUGHLIN was born September 16, 1769 in Big Spring,Cumberland Co.,Tennesee, and died September 27, 1825 in Shoal Creek,Bond Co.,Illinois. He married MARY DALRYMPLE 1794 in Pendleton,District,South Carolina, daughter of SAMUEL DALRYMPLE and SARAH POLLOCK.
Children of JOHN LAUGHLIN and MARY DALRYMPLE are:
2. i. SAMUEL DAVIS2 LAUGHLIN, b. February 26, 1797, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. February 15, 1849, Union Grove, Putnam Co. IL.
3. ii. ANN LAUGHLIN, b. May 21, 1797; d. 1847.
4. iii. ELIZABETH LAUGHLIN, b. June 15, 1801, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. 1856.
iv. SARAH LAUGHLIN, b. August 11, 1803, Pendleton District, South Carolina; m. EMSLEY MCALLEN, August 23, 1830, Bond Co. IL.
5. v. JAMES GILLILAND LAUGHLIN, b. November 13, 1805, South Carolina; d. 1895.
vi. MARY LAUGHLIN, b. September 13, 1806, Brown Co. OH; d. 1861; m. CALVIN WHITING BABBIT.
6. vii. NANCY LAUGHLIN, b. December 17, 1810, Brown Co. OH; d. September 28, 1887, Putnam Co IL.
viii. THOMAS WILLIAMSON LAUGHLIN, b. December 17, 1813, Brown Co. OH; d. 1860; m. MARY BAILEY.
7. ix. ALEXANDER MARTIN LAUGHLIN, b. May 18, 1816, Brown Co. OH; d. November 17, 1897.
x. ROSANNA LAUGHLIN, b. January 30, 1820, Shoal Creek, Bond Co. IL; m. LYMAN M. SHERMAN.
8. xi. JOHN NEWTON LAUGHLIN, b. March 13, 1799; d. August 10, 1852, Putnam Co IL.


Generation No. 2

2. SAMUEL DAVIS2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born February 26, 1797 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died February 15, 1849 in Union Grove, Putnam Co. IL. He married REBECCA DUNLAVY September 15, 1818 in Brown Co. Ohio, daughter of ANTHONY DUNLAVY and KEZIA MILLER.

Notes for SAMUEL DAVIS LAUGHLIN:

Taken From the Record of Olden Times by Spencer Ellsworth, 1880
Page 204 - The Village of Florid

Another settler worthy of special notice was Samuel D. Laughlin, who made his claim adjoining that of Nelson Shepherd, south of Florid, in the spring of 1827. Stephen D. Willis put up a cabin fro Mr. Laughlin, and the latter broke about ten acres of ground that season. He remained here until 1830, when he brought his family, consisting of himself and wife, and John W., James G. and his wife, and Mrs. Dr. Davis, all living in Mt. Palaitne; Mary, wife of H. P. Leeper, of Princeton; Wm. M., at Granville, Sarah A., now Mrs. Wm. McCord, of Onarga; Addison, born in Putnam County, April 11, 1832, now living in Wisconsin, and Caroline, born here, but now dead.

It is worthy of mention that during this long journey Miss Mary Laughlin, afterward Mrs. Babbitt, rode on horseback all the way, and helped drive the cattle and sheep. Dr. Mr. Laughlin's absence after his family, a claim-jumper name Ely undertook to "jump" his improvements, but the neighbors, at the head of whom was Jeremiah Strawn, sat down on him so effectually that he never showed himself again.

Samuel D. Laughlin remained upon his farm until his death in February, 1849. His wife, formerly Miss Rebecca Dunlavy, died three days before him, and both lie together in the Union Grove Cemetery, which encloses the remains of Mrs. Geo. Ish, Mrs. McComas and Mrs. Hugh Warnock, the latter probably the first of the old settlers who was buried here.

Taken From the Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Page 443- 445 Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907
Samuel D. Laughlin

A grandson of the latter was S. D. Laughlin, father of our subject. He was born in South Carolina and was married in Ohio, after which he came to Illinois, settling in Bond county in the early '20's. His wife bore the maiden name of Rebecca Dunlavy and was a native of the Buckeye state. After living for some years in Bond county the parents came to Putnam county in 1830 and remained in the log cabin of Nelson Shepherd, south of Florid, until they could build a cabin on their own land. Mr. Laughlin pre-empted between three and four hundred acres of land, which he secured from the government, but it was not in the market until 1835. When it came into his possession not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made upon the place, the entire tract being just as it was when it came from the hand of nature. He cut the trees, hewed the timber and sawed the lumber in a steam sawmill at Florid, after which he built a frame house. He performed much of the arduous labor incident to the developement and improvement of a new farm, and as the years passed by, carefully conducted his business interests up to the time of his death, which was occasioned by pneumonia when he was fifty-two years of age. His wife died when about fifty years of age. In their family were eight children, four sons and four daughters, and the daughters are now deceased. A brother of our subject (William), James G. Laughlin, is living in Princeton, Illinois. The eldest brother died in Kansas, while the youngest brother, Addison Laughlin, is now living in Kewanee, Wisconsin.

More About SAMUEL DAVIS LAUGHLIN:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

More About REBECCA DUNLAVY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Children of SAMUEL LAUGHLIN and REBECCA DUNLAVY are:
i. KEZIA JANE3 LAUGHLIN, b. May 21, 1819, Ohio; d. October 29, 1897; m. LARNED DAVIS, April 05, 1859, Putnam Co IL.

More About KEZIA JANE LAUGHLIN:
Residence: 1880, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL

Notes for LARNED DAVIS:

Taken From the Record of Olden Times by Spencer Ellsworth, 1880
Biographical Department, Magnolia Township, Page 659
Dr. Larned Davis

This gentleman, postmaster at Palatine and merchant, was born in Franklin county, Mass., 1811, and located in this county in 1841. Sept. 5th 1833, he married Mary Parmenter who was also born in Massachusetts, in 1814. She died July 29th, 1848, leaving five children, one of whom has since died. The living are John, Dwight, Otis and Mary. April 5th, 1859, Mr. Davis married Keziah Laughlin, a native of Brown county, Ohio. He has been in the mercantile business and occupied the position of postmaster since 1859. He owns 80 acres of land adjoining Palatine, beside his residence and business property. Mrs. D. is a member of the Congregational church.

More About LARNED DAVIS:
Occupation: 1880, Merchant
Residence: 1880, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL

9. ii. JOHN WILSON LAUGHLIN, b. February 27, 1821, Bond Co. IL; d. November 04, 1889, Sumner County,Kansas.
iii. MARY AMANDA LAUGHLIN, b. April 15, 1823, Bond Co. IL; d. March 19, 1904, Princeton, Bureau Co. IL?; m. HARVEY B. LEEPER.

More About MARY AMANDA LAUGHLIN:
Residence: 1880, Princeton, Bureau Co. IL

More About HARVEY B. LEEPER:
Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Residence: 1880, Princeton, Bureau Co. IL

10. iv. JAMES GILLILAND LAUGHLIN, b. October 06, 1824, Bond County, Illinois; d. April 27, 1920, Bureau County,Princeton,Illinois.
11. v. WILLIAM MARTIN LAUGHLIN, b. July 29, 1826, Bond County, Illinois; d. March 10, 1917, Putnam Co IL.
12. vi. SARAH JANE LAUGHLIN, b. November 19, 1828, Bond Co. IL; d. January 26, 1883, Onarga, Illinois.
vii. ADDISON DUNLAVY LAUGHLIN, b. April 11, 1832, Putnam Co IL; d. June 01, 1912; m. (1) ALMEDA W. HAWLEY; m. (2) HARRIET HARKINS.

More About ADDISON DUNLAVY LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

More About ALMEDA W. HAWLEY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

viii. EMMA CAROLINE LAUGHLIN, b. February 03, 1834, Putnam Co IL; d. September 09, 1853, Putnam Co IL.

More About EMMA CAROLINE LAUGHLIN:
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

3. ANN2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born May 21, 1797, and died 1847. She married WILLIAM M. STEWART.
Children of ANN LAUGHLIN and WILLIAM STEWART are:
i. WILSON3 STEWART, m. HULDA REYNOLDS, August 03, 1837, Putnam Co IL.

Marriage Notes for WILSON STEWART and HULDA REYNOLDS:
Wilson Stewart and Hulda Reynolds, August 3, 1837 by Calvin W. Babbitt

ii. MARGARET STEWART, m. WILLIAM WHITE, December 03, 1835, Putnam Co IL.

Marriage Notes for MARGARET STEWART and WILLIAM WHITE:
William White and Margaret M. Stewart, December 3, 1835 by George Cryder

iii. ROBERT STEWART.
iv. JOHN LAUGHLIN STEWART.
v. MARY STEWART.
vi. NANCY ANN STEWART.
vii. WILLIAM STEWART.
viii. ELIZA JANE STEWART.
ix. MILDRED STEWART.
x. JAMES HERNEY STEWART.

4. ELIZABETH2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born June 15, 1801 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died 1856. She married THOMAS WAFER November 30, 1820.
Children of ELIZABETH LAUGHLIN and THOMAS WAFER are:
i. i. JAMES H.3 WAFER, b. Abt. 1823.
ii. ii. JOHN L. WAFER, b. Abt. 1830.
iii. iii. SARAH J. WAFER, b. Abt. 1830.
iv. iv. WILLIAM W. WAFER, b. Abt. 1834.
v. v. SOPHRONIA WAFER, b. Abt. 1838.
vi. vi. EDWARD C. WAFER, b. Abt. 1840.

5. JAMES GILLILAND2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born November 13, 1805 in South Carolina, and died 1895. He married RUTH RUSSELL.

More About JAMES GILLILAND LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL
Children of JAMES LAUGHLIN and RUTH RUSSELL are:
i. JOHN JUDSON3 LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1835, Putnam Co IL.

More About JOHN JUDSON LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

ii. JAMES BIRNEY LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1838, Putnam Co IL; m. SARAH CROSS.
iii. WILLIAM RUSSELL LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1832, Putnam Co IL; Stepchild.

More About WILLIAM RUSSELL LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

6. NANCY2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born December 17, 1810 in Brown Co. OH, and died September 28, 1887 in Putnam Co IL. She married JAMES GARELL DUNLAVY Bef. 1834.

More About NANCY LAUGHLIN:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Notes for JAMES GARELL DUNLAVY:

Captain G. Dunlavy
Taken From the Henry Republican January 8, 1874 - Putnam County News - Obituary

A correspondent, "L. W. K." furnishes the Chicago Tribune with a becoming notice of CAPT. G. DUNLAVY, one of the old settlers of Hennepin township, who died on Monday of last week of apoplexy after but a few hours illness.

The writer says that 47years ago MR. DUNLAVY came to Illinois from southern Ohio; and after a shortresidence in Bond county, moved to Hennepin, and built one of the first three houses created in that town, not a very elegant mansion to be sure, but one quite comfortable for those days.

Hennepin, at that time, was about the size of Chicago; but, in their race for future greatness, the former town has been somewhat distanced. The country, however, has rapidly settled up, and the broad prairies, that were then undisturbed by anything save the tramp of Indians and the howling of wild animals, are now filled with thriving neighborhoods and populous towns and villages. But those hardy pioneers who first broke the soil of this section, and planted the seeds of prosperity we now witness passing away - JOHN P. BLAKE, WILLIAMSON DURLEY and WILLIAM HAM being the only ones left of the little band who settled here together.

CAPT. DUNLAVY served in the Black-Hawk war, that was in progress at that time, and took an active interest in all that pertained to the prosperity and well-being of this entire section. He was fairly prosperous in worldly affairs, and was enabled to assist many benevolent enterprises, being rarely appealed to in vain. He was well known as an earnest and influential advocate of anti-slavery principles, and many were the interviews that we held at his residence by the Hon. OWEN LOVEJOY, HOOPER WARREN, and ICHABOD CODDING, those anti-slavery lights who have passed to their reward.

Fortunately, his last Christmas was passed with nearly all his family at home, and he was noticed by those present as being in unusually good spirits, and gave no indications of the sudden death that awaited him. It seems fitting that mention should be made of these old pioneers as they pass away one by one, who, with musket in one hand and ax in the other, fought and cut their way through to civilization, and to the comforts we now enjoy.

More About JAMES GARELL DUNLAVY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL
Children of NANCY LAUGHLIN and JAMES DUNLAVY are:
13. i. KREZIA3 DUNLAVY, b. Abt. 1834.
ii. EMMA C. DUNLAVY, b. Abt. 1837.
iii. HOWARD C. DUNLAVY, b. Abt. 1839; d. February 10, 1863, Jackson, Tennessee during Civil War.

More About HOWARD C. DUNLAVY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

iv. NANCY DUNLAVY, b. Abt. 1841.
v. JULIET S. DUNLAVY, b. Abt. 1843.
14. vi. JAMES HARVEY DUNLAVY, b. 1846, Putnam Co IL; d. 1923, Putnam Co IL.

7. ALEXANDER MARTIN2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born May 18, 1816 in Brown Co. OH, and died November 17, 1897. He married HARRIET F. KINGSBURY.

Child of ALEXANDER LAUGHLIN and HARRIET KINGSBURY is:
i. MINNERA3 LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1848, Putnam Co IL.

8. JOHN NEWTON2 LAUGHLIN (JOHN N.1) was born March 13, 1799, and died August 10, 1852 in Putnam Co IL. He married (1) POLLY STEWART. He married (2) MELINDA PAXTON Bef. 1830.

More About JOHN NEWTON LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

More About MELINDA PAXTON:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Children of JOHN LAUGHLIN and MELINDA PAXTON are:
i. WILLIAM W.3 LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1830, Putnam Co IL.
ii. THOMPSON P. LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1836, Putnam Co IL.
iii. SAMUEL M. LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1840, Putnam Co IL.


Generation No. 3

9. JOHN WILSON3 LAUGHLIN (SAMUEL DAVIS2, JOHN N.1) was born February 27, 1821 in Bond Co. IL, and died November 04, 1889 in Sumner County,Kansas. He married JANE WILSON REID May 20, 1845 in Putnam Co IL.

Notes for JOHN WILSON LAUGHLIN:

The 1879 Old Settlers Reunion
Taken From the Henry Republican
August 28, 1879

Squire Laughlin of Putnam county: "I claim to be the oldest sucker here. I was born in the state in 1821. Came to this part of country in 1830. My father was a blacksmith, settled two miles this side of Florid. He made the first iron plow that was made here, called the Carey plow, afterwards made the Diamond Carey plow.

I suppose it is to tell what you saw and how you felt in those times than we have come together. I saw this president 50 years ago. He was a young man then. When we come from Bond county I wanted to see an Indian. The first I ever seen were in Wagner's watermelon patch. I was afraid of them then, but could afterwards talk some Indian. I was proud then.

When the Black Hawk war broke out our people were very much frightened. Just after the killing of Phillips, the neighbors came together, to help protect one another. We had a dog that hated an Indian, and the hair on his back would raise on end every time an Indian came within smelling distance. They had one gun, one axe and the dog. They sent me down to watch the chickens out of the corn. I was terribly frightened.

I am glad to meet the old settlers here. I intended to go to Ottawa last week, but could not, so I determined to come here. We all like to tell our experiences."

Taken From the Record of Olden Times by Spencer Ellsworth, 1880
Biographical Department - Magnolia Township, page 654
Judge John W. Laughlin

A justice of the Peace at Mount Palatine. He was born in Bond county, Ill., in 1820, moved to this county with his parents when only ten years of age, and in 1845 married Miss Jane W. Reid, who moved with her parents to Brown county, Ill., when a child. With the exception of about three years residence in Versailles, they have lived in this county since their marriage and in Mount Palatine twenty-four years. They have four children living - Henry R., Fannie C., Mary E. and Ebert H. They are members of the Congregational church. Mr. L. has been juistice of the peace about twelve years. He has 230 acres of land in his home farm, and also a farm of 160 acres in La Salle county.

More About JOHN WILSON LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1880, Farming
Residence: 1880, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL
Children of JOHN LAUGHLIN and JANE REID are:
i. CHARLES H.4 LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1846.
ii. HENRY REID LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1849.

More About HENRY REID LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1880, Farming
Residence: 1880, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL

iii. ALICE J. LAUGHLIN.
iv. FANNIE C. LAUGHLIN, m. HENRY BULLOCK, November 27, 1873, Mt. Palatine, Putnam Co. IL.

Marriage Notes for FANNIE LAUGHLIN and HENRY BULLOCK:
December 11, 1873
At Mt. Palatine, Putnam county, Nov. 27, by Rev. Dr. Robinson, Henry Bullock of Tonica and Miss Fannie, daughter of John Laughlin, Esq.

v. MARY E. LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1856.
vi. EDWARD HERBERT LAUGHLIN, b. January 09, 1858; d. March 04, 1942, Buckner,Town Cemetery,Missouri; m. MINNIE LOUISE DAVIS, March 18, 1885.

10. JAMES GILLILAND3 LAUGHLIN (SAMUEL DAVIS2, JOHN N.1) was born October 06, 1824 in Bond County, Illinois, and died April 27, 1920 in Bureau County,Princeton,Illinois. He married JULIA SMITH October 15, 1850 in Putnam Co IL, daughter of BERIAH SMITH and PHILENA MORTON.

Notes for JAMES GILLILAND LAUGHLIN:

Mr. Laughlin is a farmer, living at Mount Palatine, who was born in Bond county, Ill., October 6, 1824, and with his parents came to Putnam county in 1830. He married Julia Smith, born in Herkimer county, New York, in 1850, lived a while in Orange county, and came to Illinois in 1847. They have eight children - Marion E., Charles Emmett, Antoinette, John H., James A., Jennie, Samuel F. and Chester H., and one (Mabel) deceased. They are members of the Congregational church. He owns an improved farm of 160 acres, and other land, and is one of the leading citizens of the place.

More About JAMES GILLILAND LAUGHLIN:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL
Children of JAMES LAUGHLIN and JULIA SMITH are:
i. MARION ELIZA4 LAUGHLIN, b. December 23, 1851; d. March 12, 1894.
ii. CHARLES EMMET LAUGHLIN, b. March 20, 1856; d. 1940, Wyanet, Bureau Co. IL.
iii. ANTIONETTE LAUGHLIN, b. July 01, 1858, Bureau County, Illinois; d. December 29, 1942, Hagerman, Idaho; m. JAMES ARCHIBALD MCNABB, March 10, 1881, Mt. Palatine, Putnam County, Illinois.

Marriage Notes for ANTIONETTE LAUGHLIN and JAMES MCNABB:
Taken From the Henry Republican
March 17, 1881
At Mt. Palatine, Putnam county, March 10, by Rev. E. D. Bailey, James A. McNabb and Miss Nettie Laughlin.

iv. JOHN BAYARD LAUGHLIN.
v. JAMES ADELBERT LAUGHLIN, b. May 23, 1862; d. June 19, 1957, Saratoga Springs, Wyoming.
vi. LAVINA JANE LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1866.
15. vii. SAMUEL FREDERICK LAUGHLIN, b. February 02, 1869; d. September 14, 1937, Wyanet,Bureau County,Illinois.
viii. HOWARD CHESTER LAUGHLIN, b. June 18, 1872; d. January 21, 1923.
ix. MABEL ALICE LAUGHLIN, b. July 30, 1876; d. 1878.

11. WILLIAM MARTIN3 LAUGHLIN (SAMUEL DAVIS2, JOHN N.1) was born July 29, 1826 in Bond County, Illinois, and died March 10, 1917 in Putnam Co IL. He married ELIZABETH JANE THATCHER June 07, 1849 in Putnam Co IL, daughter of BENJAMIN THATCHER and HANNAH.

Notes for WILLIAM MARTIN LAUGHLIN:
Taken From the Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Page 443- 445 Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907
William M. Laughlin

William M. Laughlin was only four years of age when brought by his parents to Putnam county, and he began work in the fields when he was so young that he was only able to do one-half of the amount of the men employed. In early days he would frequently make trips to Chicago with wheat, doing this about twice each fall, for the winter wheat was sown and much of the farm work of the year was done. A team of horses would be hitched to the wagon and in that he would convey the wheat to market, it usually requiring about ten days to make the trip. His father owned five head of horses, which he brought with him from Bond county, but there were no fences and all of the horses strayed away with the exception of one, which, however, was gone for some time. Thus amid pioneer conditiions and environments the days of his boyhood and youth were passed by Mr. Laughlin, who continued to make his home upon the old farm until his parents died.

The following year he was married to Miss Elizabeth J. Thatcher, who was born in Vermont, October 25, 1830, a daughter of Benjamin Thatcher, who settled in the county in 1845 near Union Grove church. For a year after their marriage they lived upon the old homestead and Mr. Laughlin then purchased an improved farm of eighty acres, where he lived three years. He afterward developed and improved a farm south of Granville, and he continued to engage actively in agricultural pursuits until after the outbreak of the Civil war.

In 1864, prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he offered his services to the government and joined Company B, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Jefferson Durley. He was in one hundred days' service and went as far south as Cairo, Illinois, being mustered out after five months. In order to go to the war he left his home and wife with four small children, the oldest not over ten years of age. Though his service was comparatively short, yet he did not know where he would be sent or what he would encounter before he returned home, and it certainly required a great personal sacrifice on his part to leave his wife with the care of their little ones when fate held for him nothing but uncertainty.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin were born six children, of whom five are yet living: Ella C., now the wife of Robert M. Pritchett, a druggist living at Dana, Illinois; Mrs. C. C. Watts, of Rutland, Illinois; Hattie, the wife of Allen Ramsey, who is living at Wheaton, Minnesota; Cassius, who died at the age of a year and a half; Maggie A., the wife of William A. Lake, a resident of LaSalle county; and Bessie, the wife of H. E. Raley, sheriff of Putnam county.

After the war Mr. Laughlin removed to Granville, where he engaged in carpenter work until a few years ago, and many buildings in the town and vicinity were partly erected by him. He has lived a life of industry, working resolutely to provide for his family, and a fair measure of success has been accorded him. In 1905 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 15th of May of that year. After her death he no longer cared to live in the old home and sold that property, since which time he has erected a new cottage in the east part of the town. He has served as justice of the peace for thirty years, but has held no other public office. In the justice court, however, he has proved a most capable official, and his decisions have been strictly fair and impartial, so that he has "won golden opinions from all sorts of people". When a young boy he united with the Presbyterian church and has always led an earnest Christian life. In 1848 he voted for Martin Van Buren, candidate for president on the free soil ticket, and since the organization of the republican party has been one of its stalwart champions.

Probably no resident of the county has resided so long within its borders, and the years of his continuous connection with this part of the state well entitle Mr. Laughlin to prominent mention in this work. He has a most retentive memory, and is considered authority on all matters relating to the early history of the community. he recalls many interesting incidents, in some of which he was an active participant. He remembers well the controversy and division in the Union Grove Presbyterian church, the Ramsey hanging and the attempt to return a runaway negro by the name of Frank. All of these were important events in the early days. His memory forms a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present, and to present in detail his experiences in this county would be to give a correct picture of pioneer life and later progress here.

Long since has the stage coach and the "prairie schooner" given way before the railroad train, the log cabin has been replaced by the commodious and substantial fram, brick or stone dwelling, crude farm machinery has been supplanted by the reaper, the mower, the harvester and the thresher, and today there is little evidence to show that hardly more than a half century ago the county was still but very sparsely settled and the work of improvement had scarcely begun.

Henry Republican
Wednesday, March 12, 1917
William M. Laughlin

Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of another old pioneer and citizen of Putnam County, that of William M. Laughlin. After a sickness of about 4 weeks, the result of a fall and fractured hip, he succumbed to his injuries and the infirmities of old age and passed peacefully into the great beyond at the home of his daughter Mrs. H.E. Raley at 1:15 PM on Saturday, March 10, 1917 in his 91st year. With his parents he came to Putnam County in 1830, when but four years of age and continued to reside in this county the rest of his life time and had the distinction of having resided in the county longer than any person now living. By his long residence in the county, he was personally known to every person in the county by whom he was respected and loved. The deceased had a remarkable memory, was a devout student of the bible and was well versed in national affairs. He was a man of strong moral courage and convictions being ever ready to assert them in the interest of his country and righteousness when necessary. .....

The funeral was held at the home of H.E. Raley at 9:00 Monday morning with a prayer by Reverend R.W. Ames following which the funeral cortege wended its way to Granville where services were held at the Congregational Church, Reverend R.K. Stetson officiating and were attended by a large gathering of friends and neighbors to pay their last respects to his memory. Internment was made in the family lot in the Granville city cemetery beside his wife and son who had preceded him. F.I. Peterson, mortician............. The following obituary was read at the funeral.

William Martin Laughlin, son of Samuel D. Laughlin and Rebecca Dunlavy Laughlin was born in Bond County, Illinois July 29, 1826. In 1830 the family removed to Putnam County and settled near Union Grove. He was married June 7, 1849 to Miss Elizabeth Jane Fletcher who removed from Vermont to Putnam County with her relatives and neighbors, driving all the way with teams. A large family is now represented by one son, James G. Laughlin of Princeton, IL - age 92 years. The subject of this sketch passed away at 1:15, March 10, 1917 after which a month's illness caused by a fall in which his hip was broken causing much suffering, age 90 years, 11 months and 7 days.

He was a private Co. B 109th regiment of IL. Inf. Vol. Since the death of his wife, May 15, 1905 he has resided until 2 years ago at his home in Granville, IL. Since then making his home with his daughter Mrs. H.G. Raley in Hennepin. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin of whom 5 are living. Ella C. Pritchette, Helen C. Watts, Hennie A. Ramsey, Maggie A. Lake and Bessie J. Raley. Cassius M. the only son died at the age of 1 1/2 in the year 1862. There are nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Possessing a great and accurate memory, he was often called upon to settle points of law which came up for adjustment. He served many years as justice of the peace and was present at the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Ottawa in 1858. Had seen, heard and known, Ichabod Cotting, Benjamin Lundy, Orrin Lovejoy and other eloquent advocates of liberty and righteousness. He was a member of the Congregational church for many years and used his influence for Christ and humanity.

More About WILLIAM MARTIN LAUGHLIN:
Occcupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1880, Farming
Residence: 1880, Granville, Putnam Co. IL
Children of WILLIAM LAUGHLIN and ELIZABETH THATCHER are:
i. ELLA C.4 LAUGHLIN, m. ROBERT M. PRITCHETT.
ii. HELEN C. LAUGHLIN, m. C. C. WATTS.
iii. HATTIE LAUGHLIN, m. ALAN RAMSEY.
iv. CASSIUS LAUGHLIN, b. 1860, Putnam Co IL; d. 1862, Putnam Co IL.

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Cause of Death: Died age 1 1/2

v. MAGGIE A. LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1864; m. WILLIAM A. LAKE, April 02, 1885, Dana, Livingston Co. IL.

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Occupation: 1880, School Teacher
Residence: 1880, Granville, Putnam Co. IL

Marriage Notes for MAGGIE LAUGHLIN and WILLIAM LAKE:
Mt. Palatine, April 13, 1885
Married at the home of her sister, Mrs. Pritchet in Dana, Illinois, April 2d, 1885, Mr. A. W. Lake of Saybrook, Illinois and Miss Maggie Laughlin of Granville, Illinois.

vi. BESSIE J. LAUGHLIN, b. Abt. 1872; m. H. E. RALEY.

12. SARAH JANE3 LAUGHLIN (SAMUEL DAVIS2, JOHN N.1) was born November 19, 1828 in Bond Co. IL, and died January 26, 1883 in Onarga, Illinois. She married WILLIAM R. MCCORD June 01, 1852.

More About SARAH JANE LAUGHLIN:
Residence: 1880, Onarga, Iroquois, Illinois

More About WILLIAM R. MCCORD:
Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Residence: 1880, Onarga, Iroquois, Illinois
Children of SARAH LAUGHLIN and WILLIAM MCCORD are:
i. CARRIE T.4 MCCORD, b. Abt. 1854, Illinois.
ii. CLARENCE MCCORD, b. Abt. 1858, Illinois.
iii. ELMER MCCORD, b. Abt. 1861, Illinois.
iv. LEONORA MCCORD, b. Abt. 1863, Illinois.
v. THADEUS MCCORD, b. Abt. 1866, Illinois.
vi. CLAUDIUS MCCORD, b. Abt. 1866, Illinois.

13. KREZIA3 DUNLAVY (NANCY2 LAUGHLIN, JOHN N.1) was born Abt. 1834. She married CHARLES W. KIRKLAND.

Child of KREZIA DUNLAVY and CHARLES KIRKLAND is:

i. CLARENCE4 KIRKLAND.

14. JAMES HARVEY3 DUNLAVY (NANCY2 LAUGHLIN, JOHN N.1) was born 1846 in Putnam Co IL, and died 1923 in Putnam Co IL. He married (1) JULIA FITZPATRICK. He married (2) STELLA SHEPHERD June 12, 1872 in Hennepin township, Putnam Co. IL.

More About JAMES HARVEY DUNLAVY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

More About JULIA FITZPATRICK:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Marriage Notes for JAMES DUNLAVY and STELLA SHEPHERD:
Married in Hennepin, June 12, James Dunlavy, Jr. and Miss Stella Shephard
Child of JAMES DUNLAVY and JULIA FITZPATRICK is:
i. JAMES HOWARD4 DUNLAVY, b. 1890, Putnam Co IL; d. 1962.

More About JAMES HOWARD DUNLAVY:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL


Generation No. 4

15. SAMUEL FREDERICK4 LAUGHLIN (JAMES GILLILAND3, SAMUEL DAVIS2, JOHN N.1) was born February 02, 1869, and died September 14, 1937 in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois. He married ROSA M. PRIOR 1895.
Children of SAMUEL LAUGHLIN and ROSA PRIOR are:
i. HAROLD5 LAUGHLIN.
ii. E. MARIE LAUGHLIN.
iii. LAURA BELLA LAUGHLIN.


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