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Friday, October 29, 2010

Marcella McLaughlin

Marcella, who were you?  You were married to Michael McLaughlin making you Marcella McLaughlin but what was your maiden surname?

Marcella was born in Ireland around 1792.  Her father's first name may have been Maurice (pronounced Morris).  Her husband was Michael McLaughlin who was born in the Parish of Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, Ireland, in 1785.  Their three known children were Thomas Newman, James M., and Mary.  They were all born in Edgeworthstown between 1814-1820.  The specific location may be Ringowny, County Longford, Ireland.  In 1823, the family immigrated to the U.S. via Canada to Newport, New York.

I find Marcella McLaughlin in the U.S. Census for 1850, 1870, and 1880 plus the NY State Census.  The best information about Marcella that I can gather from these documents is confirmation of her husband, children, location in New York, and that she and her parents' birthplace was Ireland. 

So who was Marcella McLaughlin?  I have heard that there is speculation about what her maiden was.  I need to ask my fellow McLaughlin researchers what those speculated names are.  I am going to take a guess that one might be Newman.  That is the middle name of the oldest child that I know of --- Thomas Newman McLaughlin.  Newman is a name with Irish origins.  Thomas' son was Thomas Newman McLaughlin, Jr.  Is this my answer?  Was her maiden name Newman?

At this point in time, Marcella's origins remain a mystery.

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