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Friday, December 31, 2010

Susan Boyle...A McLaughlin?

One of my favorite Maxwell/McLaughlin researchers emailed me the other day with some interesting anecdotal information.  A relative received a copy of Susan Boyle's autobiography for Christmas.  As everyone probably knows, Susan Boyle was the winner of the 2009 Britain's Got Talent.

In her autobiography, she mentions that her mother's maiden name is McLaughlin.  Susan was born in Scotland but did have an affinity for singing mostly Irish songs as a child because of her mother's family.  Her McLaughlin's came from a village outside of Derry in Northern Ireland.  Her mom played piano while her father sang.

How fun to find McLaughlin connections in the world!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Maxwell/McLaughlin Posts

The Maxwell/McLaughlin Posts are now clickable with hyperlinks from the Maxwell/McLaughlin Page.  Feel free to click on the link below.  This page is an index of posts about my maternal grandfather's mother's family.  My maternal grandfather was Richard Joseph Flanagan (1912-2000) of Napa, CA.

This page includes my extensive information gathered from several other researchers and sources about the McLaughlin's, Maxwell's, Gartlan's (Gartland's), Shaffrey's, and Fox's that are all connected to this side of my family via my grandfather.  There are also Duffy cousin's mentioned here and there.  If you are looking to find out more about these families and the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York, you have reached a good starting place.  I have placed the posts in a sort of alphabetical order.

Maxwell/McLaughlin Page

If you seek the Flanagan's, I have a separate page with posts about my Flanagan Family Line.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New U.S. "Who Do You Think You Are?"

I just found listed on that the new episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" will air on Friday, February 4th, 2011, 8pm, on NBC.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

UK: Who Do You Think You Are? - Jeremy Clarkson

I recently watched the UK "Who Do You Think You Are?" for Jeremy Clarkson.  He is the host of the BBC show Top Gear.  Top Gear is a worldwide car enthusiast show.  My husband watches it.  Jeremy and his co-hosts are pretty funny and informative when it comes to automobiles.

In Jeremy's exploration of his family tree, he comes across the Kilner Jar.  The Kilner's were his ancestors.  This was a very interesting episode found on YouTube.

Monday, December 27, 2010

UK: Who Do You Think You Are? - Zoe Wanamaker

Another fascinating UK "Who Do You Think You Are?" that can be found on YouTube is for Zoe Wanamaker.  Her ancestry is truly interesting including the fact that she is actually an American, of Russian/Ukranian lineage, and her father moved the family from the USA to England to escape worry of persecution.  Zoe has actually been in the Harry Potter movies as one of the teachers at Hogwart's.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

UK TV: Who Do You Think You Are? - Kim Cattrall and Jeremy Irons

If anyone likes the show, "Who Do You Think You Are?", U.S. version, several of the UK episodes are on YouTube -  I particularly have enjoyed the episodes for Kim Cattrall and Jeremy Irons.  Kim's was so good and yet so heartbreaking.  Jeremy's was rather long, full of interesting anecdotal information but once he ended up in Ireland, it was home for him and I could so relate.  Those two are a must see for anyone interested in their family tree.

Check them out if you get a chance!  The new stateside season is set for January 2011.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone!

From Mine, Yours', and the Other Guy's Genealogy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Searchable Site

I am in the process of making all of my index pages clickable to the actual posts.  Another feature of the blog site that can be useful until I get the index updated, and will probably continue to be useful, is the search option.   If you are looking for a particular topic, you can use the search in the top upper left corner of the site.  For example, if you type in "Flanagan", any post with the Flanagan's mentioned will display from newest to oldest.  Happy reading!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Photos Photos Photos

Send your photos of our ancestors my way.  I plan to build out photo albums of my ancestors on my little used website and link it to this blog.   I am not planning on posting photos of living individuals unless you, as the living person, wants your picture on the stie.

My email at can handle large files so there are no worries on this end about how many photos and/or how large the files are.  Send away!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Miscellaneous Posts - Now Clickable

I have now completed my first index page that includes a "clickable" index.   All you have to do is click on the title and go to the archived post. 

Check out the index page:  Miscellaneous Posts

I will be completing the other pages soon!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Clickable Index Pages

It occurred to me the other day that I should figure out how to make my index pages clickable links.  I am in the process of working on this.  With over 200 posts for my blog, it may take a bit of time but I am linking the index pages to each blog post.  What this means is that very soon, you can just look on the index page for a topic that you'd like to read about, find the post, click on the title and be taken directly to the archived post.

Technology is a wonderful thing!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6 Months of Posts and Counting

Today is the 6 month anniversary of this blog!  I've posted something just about every day.

This has been a wonderful experience to write about my family and connect with other family and researchers.   Since it is the holidays, it is time for a break.  I will return to regular posts in 2011 but for now will be on hiatus with maybe a couple of quick posts here and there.  

This can give any newcomers and relatives the opportunity to catch up on reading about the Maxwell's, McLaughlin's, and Flanagan's.  I have other family surnames included in my blog along with general genealogy posts.  Please check out the index pages to find the posts that you'd like to read.  I'd love feedback too.

My blog has comment sections for anyone to type a message.  The blog is also attached to my website at and "Mine, Yours', and the Other Guys Genealogy" is on Facebook.  Feel free to sign my guestbook on the website or email me.   I will continue to check email during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hannah Gartland

Recently, I completed posting the Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin online.  In doing so, I noted that Hannah Gartland was an author of a few mystery novels.  A cousin sent me a quick email with the titles of two of her books that she found online.

The books are as follows:
The Globe Hollow Mystery - 1923
The House of Cards - 1922

I decided to see what else I could find about Hannah and found some info.

A review for the book:  The House of Cards, by Hannah Gartland

"No clues?  There are too many clues in this murder mystery story.  The police go in one direction, the District Attorney in another, and a clever reporter who is on the case in still another.  Not even the most confirmed reader of detective fiction will guess the real criminal.  $1.75"

-This is found in the Atlantic Monthly circa 1922.

GARTLAND, HANNAH. 1856-1947. Born in New York; graduate of Columbia University; teacher and eventual Dean of Women at Rollins College, Florida.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Maguire McGuire

I've known for a long time that I am both a Maguire and a McGuire.  I know that may sound funny but it is true.  When I look up heraldry information for McGuire it refers me to the Maguire surname.  I suppose even back in time on my McGuire lineage, I am a Maguire at some point.  That is, if I go back several hundred years give or take.  However, I am actually a Maguire as my great-great-great (G3) grandmother was Anne Maguire.

My McGuire family tree information is rather limited on my Dad's side of the family.  I have Francis "Frank" Joseph McGuire on my tree who was born on August 1, 1878, in New York.  His parents were apparently born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States.   What their names were eludes me.   Maybe my great-great-grandfather's name was Frank. Or was it Charles?  My grandfather's brothers' names were John and Charles.  His sister's names were Cecilia and Marion.  My grandfather was Francis "Frank" Robert McGuire (b. 1908).  I keep finding Charles McGuire on U.S. Census but have no good information about my great-grandfather's own family unit to know for sure if that was his father.  I don't know Frank Joseph's siblings' names either.

What I have determined is that locations like Brooklyn, New York, and Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York, were locations that my McGuire family lived.  My grandfather told me in 1990 that his parents were Frank McGuire and Mary Romaine.  He did not know the first names of his grandparents because he did not call them by those names.  His grandfather was a McGuire from County Fermanagh and his grandmother was a McGrath.  They were apparently both from Ireland.  This is all that I've got.

Do I have much more on my Maguire's?  Not yet, but I bet I could get my hands on that information.  On my mom's side of the family, Anne Maguire was born in 1810 and lived across the road from her future husband, John Flanagan (b. 1805) in Termonfechin, County Louth, Ireland.   In 1829, she married John and moved across the road.  They had eleven children for which I have the family tree.  These individuals are Flanagan's but also Maguire's.  What does the rest of the Maguire family tree look like?

The Flanagan Family Letter Collection from 1864-1909 mentions some Maguire's.  In 1870, there is reference to a marriage of Kate Maguire of the Mill to Pat Johnson of Canontown.  In an 1874 letter, the Maguire cousin's who lived across the road are mentioned.  I find Thomas, John, and Judith Maguire indicated in the letter.  An 1881 letter from California to Ireland mentions the Maguire's as if some of them were headed there. 

In 1888, Thomas Maguire of Termonfechin married Jane Sheridan who was the sister of Bridget Sheridan, Peter Flanagan's wife.  Thomas and Peter were cousins.  This letter indicates that Thomas is the only one at home in Ireland.   John Maguire was in Chicago.  In 1889, John Maguire is indicated as being in Chicago again.  The letter indicates that there are also four Sheridan's in Chicago too.  A letter from 1893 mentions an Andy Maguire in Chicago.

It would appear that the Maguire and Flanagan families of Termonfechin were close to the Sheridan's too.   The Maguire's and Sheridan's seem to have emigrated to Chicago at the time.  However, even today the Flanagan's live right next door to the Maguire's in Termonfechin.  Also, there appears to be some additional connections to the Sheridan's.  That completely amazes me and I love these types of family connections.  Who's got that Maguire Family Tree?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kuyahoora Churches' Timeline -- Newport, New York and nearby

This page is also from the book "History of the Roman Catholic Churches of the Kuyahoora Valley".

Friday, December 3, 2010

On a Whim and a Prayer - McGuire Romaine

On a whim, I decided to look closely at my granddad's (Francis Robert McGuire) baptism certificate.  He was baptized at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, in 1908.   I poked around online and found that it closed in 1939.  The parish and it's records were transferred to St. Lucy's in Brooklyn until that parish combined to become St. Lucy's/St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church of Brooklyn, New York on Willoughby and Kent.

I picked up the phone and called St. Lucy's/St. Patrick's when I could not locate a website for the church.  A very nice priest answered.  He was willing to take down the names of my great-grandparents, Francis Joseph McGuire and Mary Elizabeth Romaine, and said that he'd do a search for their names as part of St. Louis' parish.  They have the records on site.

He did tell me that Romaine is French and that St. Louis was definitely the French speaking Roman Catholic Parish in Brooklyn at the time.   He also indicated that there are plenty of McGuire's (Irish surname) still around in the current parish.

Information about St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn, New York:
33 xx St. Louis (French) [1869; Closed 1939] - Ellery & Nostrand {21st ward}
(located at Seigel & Manhattan until 1889)
(mission 1939-1946 until absorbed by St. Lucy)

He said that when he gets a chance, he'll get back to me.  I am good with this.  I figure that I can always call back sometime and check if I haven't heard anything.  I'll be prayin'!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coughlin Hickey Research - Part 2

Below is the rest of my research for the Coughlin and Hickey family line.  I am placing it out here with hopes that someone knows more about them.

1. A Coughlin married a McManus in Ireland.

2. The Coughlin's had 16 children – Anna, Bridget, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Kathleen, Lena, Margaret, Mary Ann, Michael, Patrick, Stephen, Thomas, Timothy, and Johanna.

3. I know that Johanna Coughlin married Patrick Hickey in Rye, New York, on November 26, 1911.

4. Johanna Coughlin was born around 1889 in County Clare, Ireland and passed away sometime in 1971-1972 in Brooklyn, NY. I have found two different potential pieces of information for her year of death. I have seen Johanna’s name written in census information as Josephine T. Hickey. It is her in the census because all Patrick's and Johanna’s children are listed including my grandmother, Josephine Hickey. I am not sure if this is just the transcriber making it easier to write it or a misinterpretation of her name on the part of the census person. She is listed as Johanna on other years' census. I have found information that she immigrated to the U.S. in 1905 and that Patrick Hickey did in 1904.

5. I have been told that Margaret Coughlin, Johanna’s sister, immigrated to the U.S. before her and was a housekeeper in Rye, NY, for different families. I think that I found her on a census but am not sure if it is her.  I do have her as a witness to Patrick and Johanna Hickey's wedding in Rye, New York.

6. Other information: I have a possible match on information for a Coughlin Family living in Co. Wexford, Ireland in the 1901 Irish Census. I am not sure if it is them. A lot of the names look like nicknames and the parents names are John and Bridget.

7.  I do know that while Patrick Hickey was baptized in Whitegate, County Clare, Ireland, he may have actually been from Tipperary or lived there.  Tipperary is indicated on what appears to be his WWI draft registration.  His origins and locating his family in Ireland really evade me.

8.  Michael Hickey was a witness to Patrick and Johanna's wedding in Rye, New York in 1911.  My uncle advised me that Patrick did have a brother who lived in Woodside, NY.  He may have been an NYC fireman.  I also have have a sister by the name of Mary Hickey for Patrick.

9.  I have my own handwritten notes from 1990.  My Grandparents, Francis Robert McGuire and Josephine Hickey provided the following information:

-Patrick Hickey - b. Clare, Ireland, married Rye, NY; d. 1965 at the age of 81
-Johanna Coughlin - b. 1890, Clare, Ireland, d. 1972
-Children of Patrick and Johanna Hickey - Anna, Eleanor, Josephine, William, Margaret, Kathleen, Mary, Martin Hickey

    Coughlin Family Children circa 1870-1890:

    -16 children

    -They were all from County Clare, Ireland.

    -Children's names:  Anna, Bridget, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Kathleen, Lena, Margaret, Mary Ann, Michael, Patrick, Stephen, Thomas, Timothy, and Johanna.

    -The following are the children who ended up in Rye, New York:  John, James, Stephen, Thomas, Anna, Bridget, Margaret, Kathleen, and Edward.

   -The following are the children who ended up in New York City:  Johanna and Lena

   -The following children stayed in Ireland:  Timothy and Mary Ann

   -It is unknown what happened to the following:  Daniel, Michael, and Patrick

10.  Margaret Coughlin was known as Aunt Peg to my father's family.  She worked as a domestic in Rye. 

11.  Stephen Coughlin -  My uncle indicated that a Coughlin brother worked on a farm in Rye.  I believe that I located Stephen Coughlin working as a gardener in a U.S. Census for this location.

12.  A Martin Hickey was a sponsor for my grandmother’s (Josephine Hickey) baptism on November 15, 1915, at St. Anthony’s Church (153 Sullivan Street, New York).  This may have been another of Patrick Hickey's brothers.

So do I have more information about the Hickey's and Coughlin's?  Not really.  I do have information about my own grandmother, Josephine Hickey McGuire.  I have a copy of her baptismal certificate.  She was baptized at an Italian Catholic Church in the Village (Greenwich Village).   The original copy has the church named in Italian.  A more current version of the certificate is in English.  I have a copy of each.  I have many photos of my grandmother also.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coughlin Hickey Research - Part 1

I received a letter a few weeks back dated October 21, 2010, from the State of New York Department of Health.  It says the following:

"We have completed your genealogy request.

Uncertified copies enclosed:  0

No Record Notifications:  1

No Record For:  Johanna Coughlin  

Dates Searched:  1910-1912"

Really?   Did they try and search for her husband, Patrick Hickey?  I admit to be a little disappointed here.  There is still hope though.  I have had some success in my search for Johanna Coughlin and Patrick Hickey.  They are one set of my great-grandparents on my Dad's side of the family.

I am fortunate to have the marriage record for Johanna and Patrick from Roman Catholic Church records.  I sought this out and was delightfully surprised back in May of this year.  I had been told by my uncle that Johanna and Patrick had been married in Rye, New York.  Armed with this scrap of information plus the year of their marriage as around 1912, I searched down the Roman Catholic Churches in Rye, New York.  There are only a couple in this location.  Knowing that it would have to be an old church, I found The Church of the Resurrection and emailed them.

A delightful and very helpful pastoral assistant looked up the records for the timeframe.  What she found was amazing to me.  I say that because I have next to nothing on my Dad's side in the way of family tree information.

"The date of the marriage was November 26, 1911. Priest was Fr. Meehan; witnesses were Michael Hickey and Margaret Coughlin. Patrick Hickey was baptized on November 20, 1884 in White Gate, County Clare, Ireland. Johanna Coughalin was baptized on February 9th, 1889 in County Clare, Ireland.

At the time of the marriage, Patrick was living in NYC and Johanna in Rye."

This is a as good as gold to me.   I can wish all want that their parents names were indicated in the church record but that is just not the case.   This is why I was so very much hoping for the marriage certificate.  I guess it is not to be had.

So do I have additional information?

To be continued........................

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Who Am I Looking For?

In my research to find my ancestors, I have made plenty of message board posts on various internet sites including  What I've found is that these message boards vary in their searchability and usefulness.  In my attempt to push further back in time with my family line, I am posting my own "message board" type posts here.   So who am I looking for?   Check out my list below:

1.   Thomas McLaughlin
       -circa 1750-1760
       -Ringowny, Parish of Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland

      I have strong information completed by previous McLaughlin researchers that this is the name of our ancestor, the timeframe, and the location of our McLaughlin origins.  I have a complete family tree from 1785 to present which includes locations stateside such as the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York.  If anyone finds this post and knows more about the McLaughlin's from the 1700s, I'd love to chat with you.

2.   James Gartland
      -b. 1777 d. 1870 (Newport, New York)
      -Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland

     James Gartland can definitely be found in Newport, New York by the 1830 U.S. Census.  Finding him in Ireland has apparently not really been attempted by other researchers that I know of.  He was married to Hannah Fox.  The Gartland's/Gartlan's and Fox Families are sure to have known each other in Ireland and probably not just because of the marriage between James and Hannah.  There is so much information online about Gartland's and Fox's in County Monaghan that I am not sure where to begin.   Any guidance or help would be wonderful.

3.   Hannah Fox
      -b. 1785  d.  9 Feb 1850 (Newport, New York)
      -Clontibret, County Monaghan, Ireland

     I can certainly find Hannah with her husband, James Gartland, in Newport, New York.  What I find even more interesting is that Hannah's brother, Thomas Fox, can also be found in Newport, New York.   It would appear that more than one sibling in this Fox Family immigrated from Ireland to Newport, New York's Irish Settlement.  Finding this family stateside has been relatively easy.  Finding them in Ireland is another story.  I can't seem to find where anyone has made that attempt.

4.  James Maxwell
     -b. 1786

    In my recent research,  I have the location of James Maxwell's son, Joseph Patrick Maxwell, in the Parish of Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland.  In fact, he may have been living in Shancarnan.  I find his wife, Judith Shaffrey, in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland.   They had several children and immigrated to Newport, New York's Irish Settlement in 1853.   Was James Maxwell actually in Ireland?  Where was he from in Scotland?  Who was his wife?

5.  Simon Shaffrey
     -b.  1779 
     -Dunshaughlin, Parish of Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland

     My first question here would be "Is Simon Shaffrey actually Judith Shaffrey's father?"  There is the speculation.  Judith was from the Parish of Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland.  A previous researcher was able to research Roman Catholic Church records for this location and found Judith and Joseph Patrick Maxwell along with several of their children in this location.  Have I found my ancestor in Simon Shaffrey?

I am looking for other lines in Ireland but these Irish Catholics are all connected to my McLaughlin line that immigrated from Ireland to the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York.   Will more information present itself?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Request A Post!

In my quest to trace my family tree and document everything here online in my blog/diary/repository/library, I wonder if others are reading this and have questions.   My small audience may even want more information explained to them about who I'm talking about in my posts.   The need to revisit some of my old posts may also be out there.  

I am putting this quick post out here with an offer to "Request A Post!".  I am more than willing to revisit information about the Flanagan's, McLaughlin's, Maxwell's, Gartland's, Shaffrey's, Fox's, and any of my other family surnames indicated on this blog under the surname page.  Also, I am more than willing to write more about Napa, CA, Ireland, or even the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York.   I can also answer questions that anyone has about my family line keeping in mind that my goal is not to discuss living individuals.

If you would like to "Request A Post!", please do so by commenting on this post or by signing my guestbook.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Who's in this photo?

I have a few photos of my Flanagan side of the family which includes the Fratessa's, McLaughlin's, Maxwell's, Gartland's, and Shaffrey's.   The following photo is of Richard Joseph Flanagan being held by his mother, Mary "Minnie" Elizabeth McLaughlin Flanagan.  The girl in the bottom middle of the photo is one of my grandfather's sisters, either Kay or Ellen.  The girl in the bottom right corner is of unknown identity.

I am posting this photo here with the hopes that someone can name everyone in the photo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Family Tree Worksheet circa 1970-80s - Maxwell

This Maxwell Family tree worksheet is estimated at circa 1970s-80s.  I am not certain of the author but it maybe a Flanagan researcher.  It is an earlier document of the family tree for which we know so much more now.   This page does reflect the information obtained from the Moynalty Parish Records.  

Friday, November 26, 2010

St. Patrick's and St. John's Cemeteries

This page is also from the book "History of the Roman Catholic Churches of the Kuyahoora Valley".

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Research Wishlist

Happy Thanksgiving! 

It also happens to be my birthday.   I thought that I'd put a genealogy wishlist out here given the occasion.   Maybe my husband will catch wind of it.


1.  Visit Tulocay Cemetery - Napa, CA
2.  Visit the Napa Valley Genealogical and Biographical Society
3.  Visit the Napa Historical Society
4.  Order and review the Moynalty Parish Records - LDS Film #0926176
 at the local LDS Family Library
5.  Complete my research at the California State Library
6.  Visit Newport, New York and the Surrounding Area
7.  Take a trip to Termonfechin, Ireland to include touring my other Irish Family origins
8.  Visit Austin/Grass Valley, Nevada by helicopter.  (I'd really rather not drive there.)
9.  Get together with my Aunt and Uncle to gather the Vienop and Borchers family tree information
10.  Go inside the Flanagan Ranch House in Carneros - (This is really my top choice right now!)
11.  Visit the Stanly Ranch as an authorized guest of Merryvale/Starmont Winery
12.  Have everyone who is connected to my tree send me what they've got!  This can be by simply taking digital photos of pages, documents, and other information.   I have plenty of room in my email.  I am an information gatherer and am not into owning the possessions myself.   Photos are worth a thousand words!
13.  Find my McGuire and Hickey ancestors
14.  Find my O'Brien's in Ireland and Australia
15.  Get writing a book or something like that......:-)

Always on my wishlist is to have fun with a sense of humor!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

St. John the Baptist Church and Rectory - Newport, New York

This page is also from the book "History of the Roman Catholic Churches of the Kuyahoora Valley".

James McLaughlin is indicated on this page.  He is my G3 Grandfather.   

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pioneer Catholics - Newport, New York - St. Patrick's

The above pages are from the book "History of the Roman Catholic Churches of the Kuyahoora Valley".   

Several of my ancestors were pioneering Catholics in this area - Newport, New York's Irish Settlement.   They brought their Irish heritage with them and their Roman Catholic religion.   The book mentions several people on my family tree including my G4 Grandfather - Michael McLaughlin, my G4 Grandfather - James Gartlan/Gartland, my G4 Uncle - Thomas Fox, G3 Uncle - Thomas McLaughlin, and G4 Uncle - Patrick McLaughlin.  Others listed include Michael Mahardy who was the husband of Bridget McLaughlin.  I recognize other surnames indicated on this page as common place in historical information that I've read about the area in and around Newport, New York.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR: History of St. Patrick's and St. John's Parish - Paul T. McLaughlin


Newport, NY

By: Rev. F. J. Toolan

Pastor of St. John's Church

From: History of Newport, N. Y., 1906

This article about the eary history of Newport's Churches was graciously submitted by Paul T. McLaughlin.


The erection of the first Catholic Church in the town of Newport was facilitated by the generosity of Patrick Martin who, in his will dated February 8, 1834, bequeathed to the Catholics of what is known as the Irish Settlement his farm of fifty acres; of this land one acre was to be reserved for a cemetery, hence the old St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Before the erection of the Church the Catholics of Newport were accustomed to attend St. John's Church, Utica, and among those who may be considered the pioneer Catholics in the early days of the nineteenth century, in this locality, we find the names of James Cullen, Patrick McLaughlin, James Gartland, Patrick Martin, Bernard McCall, John McMahon, Thomas McLaughlin, Michael Mahardy, Charles Spain, Phillip Ward, Mrs. Elizabeth Daly, Luke Boylan, John Clark and Thomas Fox.

The corporation to be known as St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Society of the towns of Newport and Schuyler was formed October 15, 1834. The incorporators were: Rev. Walter J. Quarters, John McMahon, moderators; James Cullen, Martin Gartland, Michael McLaughlin, Luke Boylan, trustees. The Church was begun in the month of October, 1839, and was ready for divine service in the spring of 1840. The first mass was celebrated by Rev. Walter Quarters, pastor of St. John's Church, Utica, N. Y. Services were held here once a month, the officiating clergymen coming from St. John's, Utica. Of these were Rev. David Bacon, who afterwards became Bishop of Portland, Maine, Rev. George McClosky, who became Vicar General of the diocese of Louisville, Ky., Rev. Joseph Stokes, Rev. Father Burke and Rev. Father Shanahan.

From 1845 to 1850 Rev. John McMenomy, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Little Falls, attended St. Patrick's congregation. From 1850 to 1854 the priests of St. John's, Utica, again had charge. Among those who officiated are the names Rev. Frances P. McFarland, who afterwards became Bishop of the diocese of Hartford, Conn.; Rev. William Coghlan and Rev. Joseph H. Herbst. The latter seems to have been a missionary priest, having charge of the towns of Newport, Trenton, Grant, Gray and Morehouseville. Father Herbst took up his residence in the village of Newport in 1858, residing for a short time on Norway street and afterwards on Mechanic street. In his residence on Mechanic street he held services for the Catholics of Newport village, Norway, Fairfield and Middleville, also going to the hill Church once a month. About this time the Catholics were growing in numbers, especially in the neighboring towns of Norway, Fairfield and Middleville and the need of a Church more centrally located was felt. The first impetus given for the more central location of the Church was by that famous band of missionary fathers, Walworth, Hecker and Baker. They, through the kindness of the members of the Universalist Church, who gave the fathers the use of their Church, a mission was given in the village of Newport in the month of December, 1860. On that occasion the fathers spoke of the necessity of having the Church within easy access of all the members of the congregation, and left for the erection or purchase of a Church the sum of one hundred dollars.

On March 5, 1864, Father Herbst purchased the brick Church on Main street. The building was erected in 1842, and was a union church, being used by the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations. Father Herbst, worn out in body and mind by long laborious years in the ministry, resigned in 1865. He died in the Sisters' Hospital, Troy, N. Y., February 17, 1885. Rev. William Fitzgerald was the next pastor, from July, 1865 to November, 1867. Father Howard of Ilion supplied the parish from December, 1867 to November, 1868. The next resident pastor was Rev. Thomas Keating, who took charge November 1, 1868, and remained until December, 1871. During Father Keating's time, the church was dedicated, October 2, 1871. He held services in the village church and also in the hill church. The old St. Patrick's church property was sold March 8, 1871, and with the proceeds of the sale the former parochial residence on Washington street, this village, was purchased March 14, 1871. Father Keating was transferred to Hudson, this state, in December, 1871.

Father Thornton came here January 1872 and died here in December 1873. Rev. Charles Reilly was pastor from March 1873 to October 1873.

The next pastor was the genial, whole-souled Rev. William J. Bourke, whose memory is yet held in commemoration. For eighteen months he was pastor, from October 1, 1873 to April 5, 1875.

Rev. Henry Herfkins was appointed pastor April 15, 1875, and remained until August 15, 1892. For nearly eighteen years he labored faithfully for the people of this mission until, incapacitated by old age and hard work, he resigned in August 1892, and took up his residence in Middleville, where he died December 23, 1899, respected and honored by all who knew him. Father Herfkins left he parish free of debt and with a small sum in the treasury. He also built the beautiful church in Middleville.

The present incumbent, F. J. Toolan, was appointed pastor August 2, 1892 and took charge August 20, 1892. In these years a complete change in sites of church and residence has been made.

The land on which stands the present church and residence was purchased from Mrs. Mary Griswold in August, 1894, and on it the new parochial residence was built, at a cost of $4,500.

The first shovel of dirt for the excavation of the new church was removed April 3, 1902, by Mr. James McLaughlin, one of the oldest and best respected members of the congregation; the second shovel full by the pastor.

The corner stone of the new church was laid by Rt. Rev. Thomas Burke, Bishop of Albany, assisted by the neighboring clergy, June 22, 1902. The preacher on the occasion was Rev. William White of St. Mary's Church, Little Falls.

The first mass was celebrated in the new church June 28, 1903, by the pastor; Rev. Dr. Maguire, Deacon; Rev. F. A. Greagan, subdeacon. The sermon was by Dr. Maguire.

The dedication of the church and consecration of the beautiful marble alter took place November 8, 1903, Rt. Rev Bishop Burke officiating. The sermon was delivered by Rev. John Talbot Smith, LL.D. Father Smith was at one time a member of this parish.

The new church was erected at a cost of about $25,000.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

James M. McLaughlin

Information about James M. McLaughlin (b. October 25, 1816, Ringowny, Parish of Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland):

James McLaughlin’s obituary notice appeared in the Herkimer Democrat of Wed. 19 Apr 1905 as follows : “ Newport – James McLaughlin, of Newport, died at the home of his son, Michael McLaughlin, Saturday, aged about 90. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Owen Drumm (Elizabeth McLaughlin) of Newport, and two sons; Michael and Maurice also of Newport. The funeral was Tuesday from St. John’s.”

An additional obituary appeared in the ‘Little Falls Times’ as follows : “ A GRAND OLD MAN AT REST - James McLaughlin, the oldest resident of Newport and one of the last surviving pioneer settlers of the town, died at the home of his son, Michael, on School St. Saturday night, April 15, aged 89. Mr. McLaughlin was born in County Longford, Ire., Oct. 25, 1816. He came to America when about 7 yrs. of age, and at that time it required thirteen weeks to make the voyage from Dublin to Quebec, then the principal landing point of foreigners in America. Soon after with his parents, he settled about two miles west of what is now the village of Newport. At that time this section of the county was nearly all a wilderness and we were told by the old gentleman only a few years ago that he could well remember when there were only about a dozen families in the settlement now known as Newport village. He said that in those days a dense forest extended up to the West Canada Creek, and there were no buildings on the west side until the settlement of log houses at Smokey Hollow was reached. When the settlers of his neighborhood came to Newport in those days they were obliged to ford the West Canada Creek in order to reach the hamlet, there being no bridge across the stream at that time. White Creek was then the business center of this locality, as on that stream was located the grist mills which ground the early settlers meal. He remained on the farm where he first settled until about ten years ago when, with his son, he came to live in this village. Being a man of up-right character, genial disposition and honest in all his dealings with his fellow men, Mr. McLaughlin was highly respected by all who knew him, and it can truthfully be said that his life was as honorable as it was long. He was a devout Catholic, and lived in accordance with the teachings of his faith as he understood them. The deceased is survived by four son, Michael and Maurice of this village, James of Montana and Thomas of California; also one sister, Mrs. Libbie Drumm (Elizabeth McLaughlin) of this village. Funeral services were held from his late home and from St. John’s Church Tuesday, Rev. F. J. Toolan, pastor of the church and one of the old gentleman’s dearest friends, officiating. In accordance with his request, his remains were laid at rest in the old Catholic cemetery on Newport hill, near his old home. A number of years ago, Mr. McLaughlin and a few other men of the neighborhood provided the cemetery, agreeing that when death overtook them, that their remains should be interred in it. Although many years have passed since that agreement was made, and Mr. McLaughlin was the last to die, he insisted that his word should not be broken and would not be persuaded to consent to burial in the Catholic cemetery at this village. This was characteristic of the man.”

The information above about James M. McLaughlin is very honorable and respectable for certain.  I think that it is pretty darn awesome myself and I feel very honored to be a descendant of this man.  He was my great-great-great (G3) grandfather.  I also need to thank Mr. Capes for pulling this information together.  Again, one of my favorite researchers' masterpiece - "The Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin" - comes through with more information than I could have hoped for.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mary Ellen Gartland McLaughlin

Recently, I posted about the Gartland Fox Families, plus many Gartland's are included in the "Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin" posts.  I immediately received an email from one of my favorite researchers who emails me information that he has along the way.  He sent me a photo of his great-grandmother who is my great-great-great (G3) grandmother, Mary Ellen Gartland McLaughlin circa 1860-1870.  I have posted her photo on the photo page of this blog.

Can I just say how much I love photos?  Well, I do.  They tell you so much.  Afterall, "a picture is worth a thousand words".   I just wished that people were smiling in the photos.   That was not the practice at the time, however.

For all of you Flanagan/Fratessa/McLaughlin's, Maxwell/McLaughlin's, McLaughlin's related to James McLaughlin (b. 1816) and so forth, Mary Ellen Gartland McLaughlin is our ancestor.  Her parents were James Gartland (b. 1777 Carrickmacross, Ireland) and Hannah Fox (b. 1785, Ireland).  She was born August 1, 1816 probably in Carrickmacross, Ireland.   In 1824, the family immigrated via Quebec, Canada to the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York.  Mary Ellen's two brothers that I know of were Hugh Joseph and Frank Gartland.  It is highly likely that the Fox Family also immigrated during this timeframe to the Irish Settlement.

On January 6, 1838, Mary Ellen Gartland married James McLaughlin at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Newport, New York.  The church and cemetery were located in the Irish Settlement.  The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas McLaughlin and Esther Gartland.   Mary Ellen and James had seven children all born in Newport, New York between the years of 1840 and 1857.  Their children were Thomas Michael (my great-great grandfather), Frank, James, Michael, Hugh, Elizabeth, and Maurice.  It is probably interesting to note here that there are living descendants of Thomas Michael, James, Elizabeth, and Maurice (pronounced Morris).  Frank and Hugh passed away rather young while in the West.   Michael and his wife raised four of James' children and apparently did not have children of his own.

I wonder what Mary Ellen Gartland McLaughlin was like.  She passed away on June 15, 1874.  Here is her burial information and obituary:

Burial: 18 Jun 1874, at Old St. Patrick's Ceme., Irish Settlement, Newport, NY.
Her obituary appeared in the ‘Utica Observer’, on Tuesday, 16 Jun 1874, pg.3 as follows: “ DIED. – McLAUGHLIN - At Newport, Herk. Co., NY. June 15th., 1874, Mrs. Mary, wife of James McLaughlin, aged 57 Yr. 10 Mo. 14 Da. The funeral will take place from her late residence tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, at 10 ½ o’clock, and from St. Patrick’s church, Newport, NY., at 11 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.”    

I do wonder if there is any additional information out there about Mary Ellen Gartland.  I do have more information about her husband, James McLaughlin, and her father, James Gartland.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thomas Michael McLaughlin - Death Certificate

Another document that is contained in my box of treasures is my great-great-grandfather's death certificate.  He was Thomas Michael McLaughlin.  He was born in Newport, New York; lived several years in Austin/Grass Valley, Lander County, Nevada; and moved to Napa, CA in 1886 where he spent the rest of his life.  I know very little about him.  I don't even have a photo of him. 

Below is his death certificate.  I know that once Thomas and Ellen "Maxwell" McLaughlin were in Napa, CA, that times were good and then not so good.  They are buried in unmarked graves at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, CA.  Their daughter, Catherine McLaughlin, is also buried next to them.  Another researcher indicated that their unmarked graves are behind/near Julia Lorenz's grave site.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's in your backyard? - 900 N Street, Sacramento, CA

900 N Street, Sacramento, CA, is located about 9.2 miles from my front door.  Sometimes you never fully realize what resources are located in your own "backyard" when it comes to genealogy.  900 N Street is the current location of the California State Library.  It is across the street from the historical state library on Capitol Mall which is currently undergoing revonations until 2013.

For a somewhat temporary location, 900 N Street is pretty awesome and modern.  Most of the library collection had existed in the "old library".  900 N Street houses, and has for quite a number of years housed, the California History Collection.  The key with the California history portion of the library is that the collection is on site.  The rest of the library is packed up in warehouses somewhere in West Sacramento during the main renovation.

I was amazed by a few things about this library.  First and foremost, it is a good size and modern but the building is also occupied by the appellate courts.  The lobby area is rather grand and looks like a modern  museum.  Parking downtown is rather dismal as usual but there are public parking garages nearby within walking distance.  The "big deal" is that this place is free just like any other library. 

The librarians are onsite to assist you but they do other research for the State of California at the same time.  One catch to this place is that unless you are an employee of the State of California, you can't check out the books.   The librarians indicated to me that the library is mainly for research.  Apparently, people use this location for genealogy research but also writers come there to do their research.

My goal was to locate this library and find the book that contains the mini-bio from 1891 about M. Flanagan (Michael Flanagan).  The copy that I have is becoming faded.  I wanted a new copy plus the opportunity to see what this library has in store for my research.  Within about 20 minutes of getting myself acclimated to this library, I found the book that I was looking for with much assistance from the librarians.  The book was in the back marked "fragile".  This book is over 100 years old.  They allowed me to view it and make photocopies of a few pages. 

While trying to locate this book, I looked in their card catalog.  It is the real deal when it comes to card catalogs and not computerized as many card catalogs are these days.  It is a piece of wood furniture with drawers, cards and all.  I went to the drawer that had Flanagan in it.  While looking for Michael Flanagan, I also found Joaquin Joseph Flanagan (Corning, CA) and Leo J. Flanagan (Burlingame, CA).  I did not have time to fetch the books that contain information about the two of them but I know with some certainty that these two gentlemen are also my relatives.  

My success in finding the book with Michael Flanagan included gave me hope in finding more information at that library.  The librarian indicated that they also have a photo collection.  There exists the possibility that the state may have photos of my relatives.  I certainly need to check on my McLaughlin's in this library too.  I definitely found Michael Flanagan.

I had limited time to spend at the library that day plus I had my two year old in tow. She was good for about the first 45 minutes and then it was time to get going out of there.  My research is there for another day and when I am by myself!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Family Traits

In my quest to find out about my family lineage, I often wonder where some of my own personal traits come from.  There are physical and personality traits that I often wonder about.  I am no scientist but have taken enough science in my lifetime to be "dangerous".  I have to laugh because I certainly don't know how scientific this post will be but it does include things that I wonder about. 

For starters,  I sometimes wonder where my blond hair and blue eyes came from.  My dad's side of the family is where it is obvious that the blond hair and blue eyes originate.  You can see that in family photos.  I totally look like a McGuire/Hickey.  My father was at least 7/8th's Irish and maybe 1/8th Dutch.  The Dutch is a rumor for sure but let's just say Romaine is not Irish.   So is that it, do I get my physical characteristics from my Dad's side?   That is definitely not the whole story.

My German side of the family is loaded with tall and short slender, blond haired (when young), and blue eyed people.  In fact, I think everyone has blue eyes.  I could be wrong on that but not likely for those who are blood relatives.  I do know that the Vienop's were/are not tall people.

My mother's other half (one half is German) is Irish.  In fact, it is these Irish that I blog about.  So, do I look like a Flanagan, McLaughlin, Maxwell, O'Brien, Gartland, Fox, Shaffrey, Bellew, Kirwan, or a Maguire?  I have met relatives on the Flanagan side.  I do look like one of my somewhat distant cousins according to her parents. 

I have a tough time trying to figure out exactly who my grandfather, Richard Flanagan, looked like.  My mom always said that he looked like his father, Jack Flanagan.  When I look at Jack, I do see some of his features in my grandfather but see more of Mary "Minnie" McLaughlin's in him.  The dark hair and green/hazel eyes elude me some.  I do not know what color Minnie's eyes were.  I do know that based on Jack's WWI draft registration card that he was tall, slender, had blue eyes, and brown hair.  In Jack's and  Minnie's wedding photo, she looks rather short and petite with dark hair.

I did have a McLaughlin researcher who has also done a lot of research on the Maxwell's indicate that the Maxwell's appear to be generally shorter in stature while the McLaughlin's were tall.   I still wonder where that almost jet black (very dark brown) hair came from that my grandfather (Richard Flanagan) had.  In fact, his hair was that dark on top until he passed away at the age of 88 and he did not have any male pattern baldness.

I sometimes wonder who I look like and then remind myself that I probably look like a combination of many of my Irish ancestors.   There's no escaping it and why would I want to.  If you figure that I'm about 70% Irish in descent, with the Scottish Maxwell from 1786 included, then I must look Irish.

When it comes to physical traits, there are the not so obvious ones.  For example, I do have type 0 blood.  That is so common in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Another trait that may not be so obvious or go unnoticed is that I am left-handed.  I have read that some scientists believe that trait is not a genetic trait handed down while others believe it is.  My grandfather, Richard Flanagan, is my only known left-handed relative.  In school, he was forced to write with his right hand but did everything else as a lefty including sports.  So, who are my left-handed relatives?  I feel and sound rather solo on this topic right now.

When it comes to personality traits, I do believe that many are learned but some must be inherent to the individual's genetic makeup.  Whether they are physical or personality traits, family traits overall that are passed down from generation to generation do interest me.  It would be fascinating to have more details of relatives who came before.  At best, I know the physical and personality traits of my grandparents.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


O'Napa the secrets and stories you hold.  Those Irish and German families O mine were there and now almost gone.  Wine is your crop but my prize is my family line.   From Alta Heights to Carneros, from Spencer Street to the Salvador Area, you hold history of a simpler time.

Those Vienop's farmed fruit orchards and knew cigars.  Those McLaughlin's knew dairy and sold milk.  The Flanagan's were the ultimate farmers with dairy, vegetable crops, and grapes.  Vino of Carneros did not have quite the same meaning as today but the reputation was growing at the time.

The Flanagan's, McLaughlin's, and Maxwell's brought with them their Irish Catholic heritage as farmers in the Napa Valley.   My Vienop's and Borchers' brought with them their farming skills and Lutheran religion.

Times have changed some but family ties still carry my heart to Napa.

Friday, November 12, 2010

McLaughlin Origins - Part 2

When I look up the 1659 Census of Ireland for Longford, I find six baronies.  I believe the key to understanding where these are located is to be able to somehow cross reference the baronies with the locations of today.  See the bottom of this post for baronies for County Longford.

I located a barony map online.  It looks like Edgeworthstown is in Ardagh Barony and Ringowny probably was too.  I have now discovered the spelling of Ringowny on Google maps is indicated without an "e" before the "y".  I am not sure where I found the spelling but I do have some corrections to make in my information.

Back to the census information.  Below I've placed the chart that I found online of the 1659 Census of Ireland.  In Ardagh, I see M'Gloughlin's.  This is an English/British spelling of the name.  I see a Murtagh indicated.  Patrick McLaughlin was married to Bridget Murtagh.

1659 Census of  Longford

Barony Irish English Gentlemen Principal Families
Ardagh 97 971 Richard Archibold (Glynn), Darby Toole (Lisdrinagh), Captain J. Edgeworth (Cranalagh) Cline, Cargy, Cormack, MacCormack, Cowley, M'Connell, Farrell, Kiernan, Kenny, M'Gloughlin, Leavy, Murtagh, Mulligan, Moore, Reilly
Longford 396 67 Sir Arthur Forbes (Castle Forbes), Alexander Aghmooty (Ballybrian), William Pillsworth (Minard), Lt. Thomas Babington (Longford), Hannibal Seaton (Moneylagan), MacDonnell (10 people), Farrells (17). O'Hagans (6), MacElvay (5), Knowlan (5), Quinn (4), MacKay (4)
Rathcline 849 83 Adam Molyneux & Nicholas Dowdall (Ballymulloe), Thomas Robinson & Griffith Jones (Clagh), Edward Clarke (Claris), Robert Mills (Fermoyle) Mac Bryans, O'Connors, O'Cronines, Cormicks, MacCormacks, Dowlans, Kellys, Keegans, O'Dowleys, Muvihills, Gills, Murrays, Hopkinses, Murtaghs, Skellys
Shrule 694 42 Mathew Wilder (Cliduff), Richard Certaine (Cloghanbiddy), Tibbott Dillon (Clonkeen), Hubert Farrell & Simon Sandys (Crevaghmore) Bardens, M'Cormicks, Cahills, Corrigans, MacDowells, Daleys, Farrells, Kaines, M'Jeffreys, Keenans, Keegans, Kennys, Quinns, Mulledys
Moydow 182 4 Thomas Newcomen (Ballinamore), Walter Tuite (Castlereagh) Caseys (12), Cormicks & MacCormicks (19), Donlans (7), Dooners (5), Duffs (6), Farrells (23), Kennys (16), Morrows (7), Powers (6), Keegans (7), M'Evoys (5)
Granard 1416 66 Thomas Flood (Newtown), Richard Kennedy (Glenaughill), William Longford (Cloncoss), Andrew Adaire (Corporation of St. Johnstown, now Ballinalee) Biglanes (7), Bradys (23), MacBryans (5), M'Cabes (7), M'Connells (6), Cahills (6), Connellans (5), Dermotts & MacDermotts (11), Donohos (18), MacDonnells (8), Duffys (10), Farrells (25), Gaffneys (10), Maguires (8), MacHughs (6), O'Haras (5), Kiernans (34), Kellys (6), Mulligans (16), Mahons (5), Mastersons (9), Nugents (8), Reillys (67), Smiths (5), Sheridans (7)

At this point, I have probably hit my wall.  I hope to find more information.  As I go, I'm placing my research notes here for all to see.  I welcome any McLaughlin's to participate in the search for our ancestors!


I found the following barony information on Wikipedia:

County     Name                             Irish Name                    Acres  Notes
LongfordArdagh Ardach[i 19]&0000000000001672000000By 167240223Named after Ardagh village
LongfordGranardGránard[i 19]&0000000000001672000000 By 167263857Named after Granard village
LongfordLongfordAn Longfort[i 19]&0000000000001672000000 By 167257243Named after Longford town
LongfordMoydowMaigh Dumha[i 19]&0000000000001672000000 By 167234470Named after Moydow village
LongfordRathclineRáth Claon[i 19]&0000000000001672000000 By 167240421
LongfordShrule or Abbeyshrule[8]Sruthail[i 19]&0000000000001672000000 By 167221006Named after Abbeyshrule

Thursday, November 11, 2010

McLaughlin Origins - Part 1

My interest in heraldry information has waned a bit.  I am more interested in reviewing the origins of my various family surnames.  Sometimes the brief heraldry information is all that I can find.  For my McLaughlin surname, I seemed to have found more than the typical paragraph or two.  I found a 30 page document online.  It contains a lot of names but does have some interesting information.  Could this be the line from which my McLaughlin's descend?

The Donegal McLaughlin's based their surname on an ancestor named Lochlan who lived about 1020 A.D.  His grandson was Domnall MacLochlainn, the high kind of Ireland who died in 1121 A.D.  Domnall is found in the "Annals of Ireland"  under the names Domnall Ua Lochlan and Domnall Ua Neill.  The origins may be Norse.

In 1260 A.D. Ireland, there was the Battle of Druim-dearg, near Downpatrick.  The O'Neill's and O'Connor's were fighting the English in the northern part of the country.  Many Irish chieftans were slain during this battle including Dermot MacLoughlin.

I find the census information from the 1600s to be very interesting, although, I need to get a map out and see where all of these places are.

1659 Census of Ireland
Incidence of Surname

Inishowen Barony:
McLaughlin  63
McGlaghlan  76

Barony of Bolagh and Bonah:
McGlaghlin  14

McLaughlin  4

Barony of Terkerin:
McLaughlin   19

Barony of Kenaght:
McLaughlin  30

Antrim County:
McGloughlen  13

Westmeath County
Barony of Clonlonan:
McLaughlin  10
Barony of Moygoishe:
Loughlin  7

Kings County
Barony of Garriecastle:
Terence Melaghline
Barony of Phillipstowne:
Richard Loughlin

Leitrim County
Barony of Drumaheir and Rosclogeer:
McLoghlen 32

Roscommon County
Barony of Boyle:
McLaghlin 08
Barony of Moycarnan:
MacLoughlin 05
Barony of Ballentabber:

O'Melaghlin 11

Sligo County
Barony of Tyreragh:
McGillaghlen 03
Loghlin 06
Barony of Tyrerell:
McLoghln 15
Barony of Culavin and Tiregh:
McGillaghlen 06
Loghlin 06

Wexford County
Barony of Shelbyrne:
Loughnan 08

Kilkenny County
Barony of Gawran:
McLoghlin 11
Loghman 06

Limerick County
Barony of Owny:
McLoghlen 05

County Clare
Barony of Burren:
McLoghlen 07
O'Loghlen 06
Barony of Tulla:
McLoghlen 12

Barony of Bunratty:
Mcloghlin 10

Tipperary County
Barony of Clanwilliam:
McLoghlin 11
Baronies of Eliogurty and Ikerim:
Loghlen and Meloghlen 10
Barony of Iffay and Offay:
McLoghlen and Meloghlen 10

Longford County
Barony of Ardagh:
McLaughlin 15

Louth County
Barony of Atherdee:
McLoghlin 11

Dublin County
Barony of Balrothery:
Loghlin 09

1665  - Tyrone County Hearth Money Rolls

Omagh Barony
Longfield Parish:
Philip McLaughlin of Sopgaly
Edmond McLaughlin of Sopgaly

Drumra Parish:

Donold oge McLaughlin of Cullbuke

It is interesting what can be found online.  What did I find though?  I found part of the 1659 Census for Ireland that counts the instances of the surname McLaughlin and it's variants.  There are 15 in County Longford for the exact spelling of my family surname.
I am wondering if there is a possibility that I may be able trace my McLaughlin's from the past to the present.  Michael and Patrick McLaughlin immigrated to the U.S. around 1823.  Is there a way to use the 1659 Census of Ireland to find the McLaughlin's and link the family line together somewhere in the middle around 1790 to Thomas McLaughlin and his children Michael and Patrick?

To be continued...................

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

McLaughlin Maxwell Duffy - Roman Catholic Church Records - Nevada - Part 2

A funny thing happens when people review a source document.  If they know more information, the desire is there to correct any errors.  The second Battle Mountain church record that I have contains mainly information for the Duffy's.  In fact, both documents appear to have been retrieved by a Malloy who later passed on copies to my Grandfather, Richard J. Flanagan of Napa, CA.  

In fact, a Malloy (Duffy/Maxwell grandchild) wrote notes on the page to correct some information.  The second paragraph in this document is confusing.  I am not sure who Joseph McLaughlin is.  I have two on my family tree and two other McLaughlin's with the middle name as Joseph.  I may need to revisit this again.  Maybe another researcher can tell me who he was and how he is connected to our line.  He died at the age of 63 in 1894 in Nevada.  He may or may not be related to my McLaughlin's.

Below is the document.  I find one of the notes very interesting - "note:  Most entries were in Latin and are only translated except for the funeral entries which are verbatim in English from English."  My question would be, "Do people's names read differently in Latin?"  Anyway, back to the document:

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

McLaughlin Maxwell Duffy - Roman Catholic Church Records - Nevada - Part 1

Church records are always interesting to me.  Even priests and clergy have a hard time getting the spelling correct of individuals who are part of their parish.  I've found that even with my own daughter's baptism certificate.  It indicates her mother's maiden name as Maguire.  Well, it's actually McGuire.  So even in this day and age, sometimes church records are not "all that".  You've got to read into them a little to figure things out.

That leads me to the document that I am posting today.  It is a church record that has no less 13 individuals listed with their baptisms and/or marriages plus their sponsors and parents listed.  It is for the parish of Battle Mountain, Nevada.  McLaughlin is misspelled as McLoughlin.  I should say, it is misspelled for how our McLaughlin's spell the surname.  Several of the first and middle names are a little off too.   Overall, the document is a great source.

The majority of the document sources baptisms for Thomas Michael and Ellen Maxwell McLaughlin's children along with Thomas' brother's, James McLaughlin, and Julia Mahoney's children.  I also spot Ellen Maxwell's sister's, Catherine Maxwell, marriage to Philip Duffy.  All of these individuals migrated from the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York to Austin, Lander County, Nevada, in the 1870s. 

The church record is for Battle Mountain though.  That would be the main parish for the area.  Back in the late 1800s, the mission church would have been in Austin, Nevada.  I believe that it was or is still called St. Augustine's.  It is probably a good thing that the church records are kept at the main parish.  From what I can tell of Austin, Nevada online, it has seen its up's and down's.  Part of the historic town is referred to as a ghost town.  I know a couple of people who have driven through there.  I've been told that it may not be worth visiting.  It would take me about 6 hours to get there by car.

I have noticed other individuals indicated on this document but am not sure who they are.  I do think that some of their names could be spelled incorrectly.  I wonder who Margarita Fox, Dionisius Maxwell, Joseph McGuiness, M.D. Murphy, Lizzie McGuiness, Margarita Lynch,  John Duffy, Margaret Clifford, Susan McLaughlin, and Frank Duffy are.  Those are all last names that reach back to Newport, New York and the Irish Settlement.  I wonder if any of them are related to others on my Maxwell/McLaughlin family tree.

Anyway, back to my document at hand.  The following is a good source document.  Someone has added some notes with corrections.  By the way, the very first person listed is my great-grandmother, Mary "Minnie" Elizabeth McLaughlin Flanagan. 

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Posting Source Documents

In my quest for my genealogy, I have placed information in several locations.

2.  My computer hard drive.
3.  My "box" of treasures.
4.  My blog and website.

I have been trying to figure out how to consolidate all of my information into a true searchable repository.  While it will be no "" or "Google", it can serve as more of any online diary with an index (How about that! LOL).  I am not sure how much interest the respository will generate but it does give relatives and those connected to our family tree a place to come view our family history. 

The other goal of the information is to network and give other researchers the opportunity to take on a search for a family line or two.  I will soon exhaust my information for several of my family lines.  When that happens, the only research options that I will have are in the field, possibly.  To date, I have been able to complete 99.9% of my research from my home via the internet and email.  Technology is certainly amazing.

My field work will likely need to include Napa, CA and Ireland.  Napa is much closer and not at all out of reach just sometimes it's "out of time".  That is to say, I run out of time to get to Napa and complete the research that I've wanted to do since April of this year.  

So I embark on the chore of placing source and/or first hand account documents on my blog.  I will, of course, comment on the documents along the way.  I am not sure that they will be in the best of chronological order or any family order at that.  I will be starting with the information that I have already scanned into my computer.  The nice thing about posting items as I go, even out of order, is that there is always the index page to keep things orderly!  The posts of source documents will probably be sporadic, also.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin - Conclusion

Without Mr. Capes research, I don't know where we would be with the McLaughlin genealogy research.  When I say "we", I mean everyone connected to the line who is interested in knowing about their family history.  I have also made an exception here to call out the name of researcher who pieced together the 34 page document about the descendants of Thomas McLaughlin.  Without it, we would be lost.  It is a masterpiece.

In his research, he sought to find the McLaughlin's who went west.  He is, in fact, a descendant of James McLaughlin who's wife was Julia Mahoney.  I am, in fact, a descendant of Thomas Michael McLaughlin who married Ellen Maxwell and moved onto Napa, CA.  I believe that Thomas led the way to Austin, Nevada and three of his brothers followed him including James.  Also, Frank and Hugh followed their brothers to Nevada.   Mr. Capes essentially found the long lost family that went West.  I have a letter that he wrote to my grandfather, Richard J. Flanagan of Napa, CA, about twenty years ago asking for information about his mother, Mary McLaughlin, and his grandparents, Thomas Michael and Ellen Maxwell McLaughlin. 

Whatever compels people to research their family tree definitely lives inside of me.  I "get it" and want to know more about my family origins.  I do self-identify very well and find that the name of the NBC TV show "Who do you think you are?" should instead be called "Where do you think you come from?" or "Who do you think you come from?"

The McLaughlin Family Tree that I have on may not be fully updated to include every detail that I have in the 34 page document for the Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin but it is pretty close. I placed the information on back in May-July of this year. It took some time for sure. I can't say that all of the sourcing was transferred over to I need to carve out some time to review the McLaughlin/Maxwell Tree in full. The Maxwell portion is pretty well updated at this point.

Using my blog/diary as a repository for family tree information has proven itself quite useful. It is challenging to place the family tree itself online within a blog post. I do think that the time that I invest now will pay off in the future for networking and offering this online library of sorts to those connected to my family tree.

I certainly hope that there is more to find about my McLaughlin's.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin - Part 5

Patrick's oldest child was Elizabeth McLaughlin. She married Patrick Duffy in Newport, NY and moved onto Montello, WI, to raise her family. Her sister Rose Ann McLaughlin and husband, Patrick Reardon, must have been in the Montello, WI, location first. I see them having their first child there in 1851. Elizabeth's and Rose's cousin, Thomas Newman McLaughlin, also moved his wife, Ellen Daley, and family to Montello, WI. In fact, they were all there by 1855 when two McLaughlin children were born to Elizabeth and Thomas, each.

At this point, I do feel like I've got the story straight for the McLaughlin's but what about the Duffy's? I have Philip Duffy (b. 1833) married to Catherine Maxwell in Napa, CA. I have Patrick Duffy (b. 1817) married to Elizabeth McLaughlin in Montello, WI. In the middle connecting these families by marriage, is Catherine Maxwell's sister, Ellen Maxwell, married to Thomas Michael McLaughlin who was a cousin of Elizabeth McLaughlin of Montello. Were Philip and Patrick brothers? They all filtered through the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York. I am 99% certain of that. Also, another McLaughlin researcher advised me that the Duffy family of Newport, NY who immigrated from Ireland was quite large. They had many children. I wonder if a Duffy researcher already figured this one out. It is rather interesting. The possibility of this full connection would mean Newport, NY, Montello, WI, and Napa, CA, have more than just McLaughin's in common. There could be quite a few McLaughlin's, Maxwell's, and Duffy's all related to one another for these locations.

Another daughter of Patrick McLaughlin was Mary Ann McLaughlin who was married to Hugh Joseph Gartland. Hugh Joseph was my great-great-great (G3) grandmother's, Mary Ellen Gartland McLaughlin, brother. Mary Ann McLaughlin was my great-great-great grandfather's, James McLaughlin (married to Mary Ellen Gartland), cousin. Again, I really love these connections. They can get confusing but for now I have those family ties straight in my mind.

Another tidbit that I noticed along the way is about Hannah Gartland. She was a schoolteacher, school superintendent, college dean and a mystery writer. She is the third child of Mary Ann McLaughlin and Hugh Joseph Gartland. It would be fun to try and locate one of her novels.

1 Thomas McLaughlin............

   2 Patrick McLaughlin b: 1792 Parish of Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, IRE,
      d: 06 Jul 1882 Newport, NY
      +Bridget Murtaugh b: 1799 Co. Cork, IRE
        m: 12 May 1828 Old St. John's Church, Utica, NY
        d: 10 Feb 1886 Norway, Herkimer Co., NY.

      3 Elizabeth McLaughlin b. 24 Feb 1829, Newport, NY.;
         d. 27 Jan 1899, Montello, Marquette Co., WI.
         +Patrick Duffy b: 31 Oct 1817 Co. Wicklow, Ireland
            m: 22 Feb 1852 St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Newport, NY
           d: 11 Sep 1897 Montello, WI

         4 Thomas Duffy b: c1855 Montello, WI

         4 Patrick Duffy b: 01 Mar 1857 in Montello, WI
            d: 06 Nov 1942 in Portage, WI

        4 Ellen Duffy b: c. 1859 in Montello, WI
           m: 07 Jan 1878 at St. John’s, Montello, WI
           +James Dalton

        4 Mary Duffy b: 27 Feb 1861 in Montello, WI
           d: bur. 23 Mar 1863, aged 2 Y. & 1 M Montello, WI.

       4 James Duffy b: c. 1863 in Montello, WI.

       4 Elizabeth Duffy b: Apr 1866 in Montello, WI
          d: bur. 23 May 1888, aged 22 Y. & 1 M Montello, WI.

      4 Peter Duffy b: 19 May 1868 in Montello, WI.; d. 03 Sep 1962 in Portage, WI
         +Margaret Shannon m: 18 Oct 1905 at St. John’s, Montello

      4 Rose Duffy b: 02 Jul 1871 in Montello, WI
         d: bur. 10 Jul 1871, aged 8 D Montello, WI

      4 Cecilia Duffy b: c. 1874 in Montello, WI

  3 Rose Ann McLaughlin b: 17 Mar 1830, Newport, NY
      d: 06 Oct 1912, Montello, WI
       +Patrick Riordan b. c. 1823 in IRE
          m: 24 Sep 1848 St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Newport, NY
          d: 1873 in Montello, WI

       4 Bridget Reardon b: c. 1851 Montello, WI d: 1881 bur. Montello, WI
          +Mr. Dalton m: 1870

       4 Elizabeth Reardon b: Mar 1854 in Montello, WI d: 1927 Montello, WI

       4 Ellen Reardon b: 1855/6 in Montello, WI.; d. 1928 Montello, WI

       4 Timothy Reardon b: Sep 1858 Montello, WI d: 1947 Montello, WI

       4 William Reardon b: Jul 1859 Montello, WI
          +Julia Callahan m. 27 Dec 1893 at St. John’s, Montello

       4 Mary A Reardon b: 1861 in Montello, WI d: 1935 Montello, WI

       4 Roseanne Reardon b: Jun 1867 in Montello, WI d: 1946 WI
          +John Callahan m. 27 Dec 1893 at St. John’s, Montello, WI

       4 Maurice Francis Reardon b: c. 1871 Montello, WI d: before 1912

    3 John McLaughlin b: 13 Apr 1832, Newport, NY d: bet. 1835 – 1840

   3 Mary Ann McLaughlin b: 23 Apr 1834, Newport, NY
      d: 29 Oct 1917 Buffalo, NY
      +Hugh Joseph Gartland b: Dec 1822 IRE
         m: 28 Nov 1850 St. Patrick's Church, Newport, NY
         d: 26 Feb 1905 at Attica, NY

       4 James A Gartland b: c. 1852 in Newport, NY d: after 1917 TX

      4 Elizabeth Gartland b: c. 1854 in Newport, NY.
         +M. Higgins Buffalo, NY

      4 Hannah Gartland b: c. 1855 in Newport, NY d: 06 Sep 1947 Snyder, NY

      4 Frances Gartland b: c. 1857 in Newport, NY d: 1932 Attica NY

      4 Mary L Gartland b: c. 1859 in Newport, NY d: 07 Jan 1928 Buffalo, NY

      4 George H Gartland b: c. 1861 in Newport, NY d: 1896 St. Louis, MO

      4 Ellen B Gartland b: May 1863 in Newport, NY d: 1940 Attica, NY

      4 Frank Gartland b: c. 1865 in Newport, NY d: after 1917 in the South

  3 Frances McLaughlin b: 28 Aug 1837, Newport, NY d: bef. 1840 Fed. Census.

  3 James Patrick McLaughlin b: 12 May 1839, Newport, NY
     d: 03 Nov 1929, Little Falls, NY
     +Bridget Tassell b: 05 Jan 1841 Kilkenney, Co. Mayo, IRE
       m: 12 Feb 1866 at St. Patrick’s Cath.Ch. in Newport, NY
       d: 27 Dec 1898 in Little Falls, Herkimer Co. NY

   4 William T McLaughlin b: 21 Dec1866, Norway, NY
       d: 09 Apr 1925 Little Falls, Herkimer Co. NY

       +Bridget Lynch b: 18 Feb 1878 in Newport
        m: 07 Nov 1894 at St. John’s Ch., Newport, NY
        d: 20 Dec 1915 at Little Falls, NY
      +Ella F Cotter b: 1881 m: 06 Aug 1917 d: 1966 in Little Falls, NY.

        McLaughlin/Lynch Child:
     5 James E McLaughlin b: 03 May 1908 Little Falls, NY
         d: 01 Mar 1989, Little Falls, NY

  4 Patrick F McLaughlin b: 02 Apr 1868, Norway, NY
     d: 09 Oct 1957 in Little Falls, NY
     +Julia A Murphy m: 02 Jun 1897 Salisbury Corners, Fulton Co. NY

  4 Anna Maria McLaughlin b: 15 Jun 1869 Norway, NY
     d: 12 Apr 1956 Little Falls, NY

  4 George Henry McLaughlin b: 18 Jan 1872 Norway, NY
      d: 03 May 1918 in Little Falls, NY

  4 John Joseph McLaughlin b: 04 Feb 1875 in Norway, NY
      d. 06 Oct 1952 in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY
      +Mary Winfred McLaughlin (unrelated) b: 02 Dec 1878 in Salisbury, NY
        m: 14 Jun 1905 at St. Mary’s R.C.Ch., Little Falls, NY
        d: 06 Aug 1960 Tarrytown, Westchester Co. NY

   5 Margaret Anna McLaughlin b: 25 Apr 1906 in N.Y.C.
      d. Jun 1995 in Tarrytown, Westchester Co., NY
      +Dewitt Rosendale b: 21 Dec 1904 in N.Y.C
        d. 05 Jun 1991Tarrytown, NY

   5 Donald James McLaughlin b: 02 Sep 1908 in N.Y.C.
       d. 26 Jun 1976 in Utica, NY.
      +Mary Elizabeth Shepardson m: 02 Oct 1937

        6 Living McLaughlin's (undisclosed online)

    5 Frances Marie McLaughlin b: 17 Oct 1920 N.Y.C
       +Merrill Portman b: 26 Jun 1918 d: 26 Jun 1974

         6 Living Portman's (undisclosed online)

   4 Thomas Emmett McLaughlin b: 31 Dec 1877 Norway, NY
      d: 31 Dec 1934 in Little Falls
      +Kathryn J Pierce b: 1884 Tribes Hill, NY
         m: 16 Aug 1910 at St. Mary’s, Little Falls, NY
         d: 1944 Little Falls, NY

  3  Thomas McLaughlin  b:  17 May 1841  Newport, NY   d:  died young in NY

To be continued.................

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin - Part 4

At the bottom of this family tree post, I have indicated Thomas Newman McLaughlin's and James McLaughlin's sister, Mary McLaughlin. She is indicated in the 1840 U.S. Census with her parents Michael and Marcella in Newport, New York but is not found after that. She probably got married. This is where it becomes difficult to find and trace female relatives. Her last name would have changed plus it is only assumed that her first name was Mary. The 1840 U.S. Census only indicated the head of the household's name and then indicated the gender and age range of the others in the household rather than their names. This makes it rather tricky to research full family units in the early census. By 1850, everyone in the household is listed with their full names in the U.S. Census.

This post also includes Libbie Drumm (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and her family line. She remained in the Village of Newport, NY, along with her brothers, Michael and Maurice, where she married and raised her own family. I would bet that there are some of her descendants still around in the local area but have yet to run across any in my research on At least, I have not run across any that I know of.

As for the baby of the family, Maurice E. McLaughlin, I have been in contact regularly since this past summer with one of his descendants. He is also a Maxwell. Maurice E. McLaughlin was married to Mary Ellen Maxwell. Maurice's older brother was my great-great grandfather, Thomas Michael McLaughlin. Mary Ellen Maxwell's aunt was my great-great grandmother, Ellen Maxwell. Thomas and Ellen, and Maurice and Mary Ellen, represent the two marriages between the McLaughlin and Maxwell families of Newport, Herkimer County, New York. I love this connection. It has been so interesting to connect with a relative who shares two family lines with me.

1  Thomas McLaughlin........2 Michael McLaughlin.......3 James McLaughlin..........

    4 Elizabeth McLaughlin b: Mar 1855, Newport, NY
       d: 20 Jul 1908, Newport NY
       +Owen Thomas Drumm b: 1848 in Schuyler, Herkimer Co. NY
          m: 24 Jun 1879 Newport NY d: 08 Jun 1893 in Newport, NY

       5 Mary Ellen (Minnie) Drumm b: 28 Mar 1881, Newport, NY
          d: Herkimer, NY
      5 Margaret Drumm b: 14 Jul 1882, Newport, NY
         d: 03 Sep 1920 in Newport, NY’
         +Maurice J. Ahern b: 15 Mar 1876 in IRE
         m: 19 Jun 1906 Newport NY d: 31 Jul 1942 in Newport, NY.

         6 Eileen G. Ahern b: 11 Apr 1907, Newport, NY
            d. 21 Oct 1973, Newport, NY
            +Harold H. Danks b: 07 Mar 1910, Newport NY
            m. 29 Jun 1940 in Newport NY d: 07 Aug 1963, Newport, NY.

            7 Elizabeth Danks b: prob. in Newport, NY
               +Gilbert Haver

          6 Elizabeth Ahern b: 14 Mar 1910, Newport, NY
             d: 30 Nov 1989 at Convent Sta., NJ
             +John Ervin m: c. 1940

          6 Margaret Ahern b: about 1912, Newport, NY
             d: after 1973
             +Robert Smith m. Lived in Santa Rosa CA

          6 Owen Ahern b: about 1915
             +Hazel m: 1938 New York City

          6 Mary Ahern possibly b. 01 Jul 1917, Newport, NY d: by 1973

         6 Kathleen Ahern b: 06 Aug 1920, Newport, NY
            d: Feb 1979 at Malvern, Chester Co., PA
            +Charles Fennimore m: 11 Aug 1945 in Newport, NY

     5 James Francis Drumm b: 07 Jul 1887, Newport, NY
        d: 20 May 1935 in Ilion, NY
        +Margaret Daly m: 16 Oct 1922 in Little Falls, NY

     5 Elizabeth Drumm b: Apr 1890, Newport, NY
        d: Dec 1954 Indianapolis, IN

     5 John McLaughlin Drumm b:. 08 Jul 1891, Newport, NY
        d: 12 Oct 1917

  4 Maurice E. McLaughlin b: 01 Sep 1857 Newport, NY
     d: 22 Dec 1938, Clinton, MA
     +Mary Ellen Maxwell b: 31 Oct 1862 Newport, New York
      m: 14 Oct 1878 Newport, New York d: 10 May 1917 Ilion, New York

     5 Louise Mary McLaughlin b: 2 Mar 1883, Newport, New York
        d: 12 May 1977, Clinton, MA

     5 Dennis James McLaughlin b: 2 Mar 1888, Schuyler, New York
        d: 15 May 1947, Ilion, New York
        +Clara Elizabeth Lynch b: 12 Apr 1888 Middleville, New York
         m: 8 May 1912, Middleville, New York d: 4 Mar 1974 Huntsville, AL

        6 Living McLaughlin's (undisclosed online)

     5 Rose B McLaughlin b: 19 Feb 1904, Newport, New York
        d: 4 Jun 1952, Clinton MA

3 Mary McLaughlin b: bet. 1810 - 1820, in IRE

My next post includes the basics that I have of Patrick McLaughlin's family tree.  He is Michael McLaughlin's brother who's father was our original ancestor, Thomas McLaughlin.

To be continued..............