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John Luke Laughlin Jr (abt. 1738 - abt. 1812)

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John Luke Laughlin Jr aka MacLachlan
Born about in Belfast, County Down, Ulster, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in PAmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Holston Valley, Washington County, Virginiamap
Laughlin-182 created 17 Oct 2012 | Last modified
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". . .John Laughlin, my great grandfather, came from Ireland, with his family, consisting of three sons, John, James, and Alexander, James being the eldest, and Alexander the youngest, and three daughters, Jane, Elizabeth and Margaret, and on arriving in the then Colonies, at Philadelphia, about the year 1740, removed first to Chester County and then to the vicinity of where Harrisburg now stands in Pennsylvania, now Dauphin County I believe. About the year 1760, as Benjamin Sharp, my great uncle believes, (see his letter to me in my books of letters of 4 January, 1845, written from Warren County, Missouri) and about the year 1764, as my father remembers from family tradition, my great grandfather and his family, and many of his connections, intermarriages with the Sharps, Duncan's, etc. having been formed, removed from Pennsylvania to Virginia. My grandfather John Laughlin had married Mary Price in Pennsylvania, removed to what is now Bote Tounte County, near the place where the town of Fincastle stands previous to the year 1766, for in that year his second son, John who is my father, was born at that place. All the others, on removing, settled near the same place, or went on farther west and settled in what is now Russell County. My grandfather and great grandfather afterwards also removed to what is now Russell County and before the commencement of the Revolutionary war two or three years, to what is now Washington County, Virginia near Abingdon. There my great grandfather died before I was born. My grandfather, John, finally settled on the head of a creek under the Knobs, as a chain of mountains are called, called I believe, Sharp's Creek. He lived there until his death about 1813 or latter part of 1812.. . ."_____He was appointed Lieutenant in the Tennessee Militia (Sullivan) on 25 Oct 1790_____"

. . .Laughlin (John of 1710 father/grandfather was Iain/Seamus or Seamus/Iain Laughlin/McLaughlin. *according to Gregory Kent Laughlin’s website.I am descended from John Laughlin b. 1710 in Northern Ireland (Ulster), m. Jane Matthews. Jane’s father said to be a John Matthews.I ran across records a long time back on a plantation owned by John Sr. ( I think was Sr) called Reliance. Bought from an Alexander.Their son John Laughlin (Jr) b. ca. 1736-38 in Ire & marr. Mary Price in Hanover, PA.(This John was 16 when they came over according to S.H. Laughlin's diary).Their daughter Jane Laughlin marr. Samuel McGaughey ( thats where my Laughlin line enters).According to all the researchers I have talked with, the story is that 4 Laughlin brothers came over abt 1752. William, Adam, John and Robert ( With the Breading and Ewing familes) and then other family members followed later.All the info I have gathered so far suggests that this Laughlin Line came from the MacLachlans of Scotland. Name change to McLauglin then to Laughlin.Don Millikin of Washington State says that the story is 2 Maclachlan brothers came over to Ireland with the King James Plantation scheme. Probably in the Derry County area. Londonderry.Other info ( not verified) suggests they may have lived in an the town of Bovevagh in Derry. (prob in 1600's)Then later in County Down, I get the name Dervock/Darvock. (this may have been my John of 1710)*The only verifiable fact is that a record of the marriage apparently does exist in Ireland for John Laughlin and Jane Matthews in 1735 Belfast. Someone told me they had it but I have never gotten a copy.Also other info says that they lived about 4 miles from Belfast.. . .

”_____My [grandfather] John, married Mary Price, as has been stated, and had a numerous family of children. His final residence, about nine miles southwest of Abingdon, the farm having been inherited by his youngest son, Alexander now (1845) being a citizen of Coles Co. Illinois, is now, with the old farm of 7 or 8 hundred acres the property of John Thomas of Sullivan Co. Tennessee; and on the final adjustment of the boundary lines, by Mr. Taylor and other commissioners on the part of the States of Tennessee and Virginia, was ascertained to lie in the former state. In the time of the excise taxes of Washington's and Adams' administrations, it was claimed by both states, and lay in a strip of country a few miles between different lines, run by different boards of commissioners and neither state by law having exclusive jurisdiction, and even the Acts of Congress being enforced in neither between these lines because of some defect, the whole country, and every farm where water could be procured, was the site of a distillery. The repeal of the excise laws put an end to this state of things.In the reminiscences of my grandfather Laughlin, and my father, I have omitted to mention in the proper connection that a fierce Indian war broke out on Holston, about Abingdon, in the year 1776, and that the people, among whom was my grandfather's family were for a long time confined to an old stockade fort, called Black's Fort, which stood on the hill just south of the public part of Abingdon, across the little creek. In this subject, see two letters of the 13th of July and 15th of June, 1842, in Williams' American Pioneer, printed in Cincinnati, Ohio in that year, at pages 133 and 358.Laughlin, Samuel Hervey, “A Diary of Public Events and Notices of My Life and Family and of My Private Transactions,” [1]


Name: John /Laughlin/ Given Name: John Surname: Laughlin Name Suffix: Jr.[2]


John was born after 1735. John McLaughlin ... He passed away in 1812.
Birth: Date: Abt 1738 Place: County Down, Ireland[3][4]
Birth: Date: 1736/1740 Place: County Down, Ireland[5]


Event: Type: Moved Date: Abt 1765 Place: from Pennsylvania to Augusta Co., VA[6][7]


Religion: Presbyterian Seceders[8]


Husband: John Laughlin
Wife: Mary Price
Marriage: Date: 05 Oct 1762 Place: PA[9]
Child: Thomas Price Laughlin
Child: John Laughlin
Child: Joseph Laughlin
Child: Alexander Laughlin


Death: Date: 27 Oct 1812 Place: , Washington, VA[10][11]
Death: Date: 27 Oct 1812/17 Place: Holston, Washington Co., Virginia[12]


  • Source: S135 Abbreviation: Aronhime card index, LOV Internet 990920 Title: Aronhime card index, LOV Internet 990920
  • Source: S158 Abbreviation: 4wikitree Title: P_McC_McCHESNEY_Susan_Berry Ancestors Author: Hickin, Patricia Prickett, compiler Publication: Winchester, VA 20121016 Date: 16 Oct 2012
  • Source: S88 Media: Electronic Abbreviation: Laughlin Family GenForum #93 Title: Laughlin,5gen(1710-1880)IRE>VA>PA>KY>IA Author: Sanford, John <> Publication: #93 18 Mar 1999 Date: 20060607
  • Laughlin Samuel Hervey, A Diary of Public Events and Notices of My Life and Family and of My Private Transactions (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), page 2.
  • Source: S73 Type: Web Site Title: Samuel Hervy Laughlin Diary Author: Samuel Hervey Laughlin URL: Date: 1845
  • Source: S9 Type: Gedcom File Title: King Family Date: 4 May 2000 Submitter: Anne B. King, MD E-Mail Address:


  1. Source: tid=6985294&pid=-1188394295&did=082ee370-a821-4b03-8f2e-8e5aab524946&src=search-.
  2. Source: #S88 Page: Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  3. Source: #S135 Page: C67 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  4. Source: #S88 Page: Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  5. Imported only 1736 from Birth Date and marked as uncertain.
  6. Source: #S135 Page: C67 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  7. Source: #S88 Page: Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  8. Source: #S73 Page: Section three
  9. Source: #S88 Page: Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  10. Source: #S135 Page: C67 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  11. Source: #S88 Page: Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  12. Imported only 27 Oct 1812 from Death Date and marked as uncertain.


  • WikiTree profile Laughlin-182 created through the import of McChesney_Susan Berry m Abram McConnell.ged on Oct 16, 2012 by Patricia Hickin. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Patricia and others.
  • Thank you to Jim Berry for creating WikiTree profile Laughlin-606 through the import of Thos_Berry_1776_anc.ged on Dec 19, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Jim and others.

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On 30 Jul 2014 at 13:20 GMT Patricia (Prickett) Hickin wrote:

McLaughlin-1476 and Laughlin-182 appear to represent the same person because: These look like the same person to me.


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