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Early American Laughlins

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Early American Laughlins

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Hunting for Robert Laughlin by Harold J. Laughlin (a work in progress):
My ggggrandfather, Robert Laughlin, was born abt 1752. Married Jane – abt 1777. Chidren: Mary b. abt 1778, Elizabeth b. 1780, Sarah b. abt 1783(died young), John b. abt 1785, Katherine b. abt 1787(died young), Jane Margaret b. abt 1791, James b. abt 1793. Robert arrived in Bourbon County Kentucky prior to 1798. It's been a long hunt for his previous home and his father.

The Cumberland Valley PA laughlins:
The first white man, Thomas Letort, came to the Cumberland Valley in 1730, and set up a trading post. At this time the Shawnee Indians, outcasts from Florida, had villages on the Conodoguinet and Yellow Breeches creeks. They were friendly to the English at first, but by 1732 the French talked them into being their allies. In 1734 Blunston Licences allowed settlers to stake a claim to property but these could not be verified for many years until disagreements with the Indians could be cleared up. The early settlers of the valley were Presbyterians from the North of Ireland. Around 1740 they built a log church on the Conodoguinet at the “Meeting House Springs” and the first pastor was Rev. Samuel Thompson. Cumberland County was established in Jan 1750 from Lancaster County. Carlisle was laid out in 1750 and became the seat of justice (County Seat) in 1753. In Oct 1753 Benj Franklin held a treaty of friendship with the Shawnee Indians at Carlisle, giving them gifts.
From the Cumberland Co. PA History (The Cumberland Valley) by Cumberland Co. Historical Society.

James Laughlin arrived in the Cumberland Valley prior to 1737. On Sep 28 1737 he took out a Blunston License and claimed 600 hundred acres for himself and his sons, James, William and John, on the west side of the Great Spring. James sr. collected taxes in East Hopewell Twp in 1739. Twelve years later in 1751 William Laughlin was on the tax list in West Pennsborough Twp, John Laughlin in Hopewell Twp and James Laughlin with John Laughlin jr. in Middleton Twp.
According to the History of The Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newton Twp, Cumberland County 1789: James Laughlin was 69, William Laughlin was 69 (twins?) and Elenor Laughlin was 70. Presumably she was John Laughlin's (now decd) wife since her children are listed separately from the children of James and William.
James Laughlin born abt 1688. His sons:
John Laughlin born abt 1715.
James Laughlin born 1720.
William Laughlin born 1720.
Robert Laughlin born abt 1728.(see Robert Laughlin of Laughlintown below)

The Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newtown Twp., Cumberland Co. (Library Item 171). Pg. 30: These to be examined on the Confession of Faith: Elenor Laughlin-70, Matthew Laughlin-30, Paul Laughlin-27, Doctor Laughlin-24. Pg. 48: Members of David Ralston's District, 1789:......William Laughlin-69, Mary Laughlin-48, James Laughlin-17, John Laughlin-15, William Laughlin-9, Rachel- a negro, Catherine Atchison, Atchison Laughlin-*, Rosannah Hutchison-18, Martha Hutchison-16, Mary Laughlin*......... Pg. 50: Members of John Robinson's District, 1789:......James Laughlin -69, Mary Laughlin-30, Robert Laughlin-24, William Laughlin-20, Hugh Laughlin-18, Elizabeth Laughlin-15.
(My Robert Laughlin's oldest child was born in 1778, this Robert is too young)

1792 Cumberland Co, PA. Will book E, pg. 259 dated July 23, 1792:
James Laughlin bequeaths to son James his largest pot, to son Robert his gun and linen and woolen wearing apparel and 60 pounds, to son Hugh his razor and hone and 40 pounds, to daughter Mary a feather bed, clothes and bedstead, to daughter Elisabeth 20 pounds two years after his decease. After his death and the sale of his estate the money is to be divided equally among his 6 children: James, Mary, John, William, Robert and Hugh. His plantation is not to be sold until two thirds of his children agree to it. And if his sons James and William do not come home and work on the plantation they are not to get any receipts from the plantation. He names his true loving sons Robert and Hugh as his Executors.

1793 Cumberland Co, PA. Deed Vol. 1, Book K, pg. 617 dated April8, 1793:
James Laughlin, Mary Laughlin, John Laughlin and Margaret his wife, Robert Laughlin and Jane his wife, William Laughlin and Hugh Laughlin; of the township of Newton in the county of Cumberland, for 1000 pounds, sell 197 acres, part of a tract called St. James, (at Big Spring) to Alexander Sharp. The tract called St. James was warrented to James Laughlin on May 20, 1785 by William Laughlin.
(The wife of my Robert Laughlin was named Jane. A coincidence but still a dead end. My Robert was in Rockbridge Co, VA 1791-1796)

(About 1783 William Laughlin built a mill on the Big Spring: In 2004 the Big Spring Presbyterian Church (rebuilt) is still in Newville, Newtown Twp Cumberland Co. on Corporation Street. The Laughlin Mill, an historical monument, is ¼ mile away on the corner of Main Street and Laughlin Mill Rd.)

Robert Laughlin of Laughlintown, Westmoreland Co PA:
From the Latrobe Bulletin—Friday, June 25, 1976:
The historic village of one of the oldest settlements west of the Alleghenies. Robert Laughlin, a blacksmith with Forbes Army, laid out his village of East Liberty on June 7, 1797. The Post Office Department later changed the name to Laughlintown. ….Laughlin was one of the first three settlers Arthur St. Clair found at Fort Ligonier in the summer of 1766. St. Clair had been given the decommissioned fort by his uncle Gen. Thomas Gage. Laughlin refused to recognize St. Clair's claim and refused to sell. ….Laughlin was from Newville, (Newtown Twp) Cumberland County, and this and his tract name of Manor Cunningham suggests that he came from an area on the Lough Swilly in county Donegal, Ulster-northern Ireland, for on Lough Swilly are the related villages of Newton and Manor Cunningham.
(Robert may have been the fourth son of James Laughlin of Cumberland Valley.)
….he (Laughlin) lived for half a century in Ligonier Valley and died in Derry Twp (Westmoreland County) in 1803. His wife's name was Mary – family name unknown. …It was he (Enos Grannis) and Laughlin's son Robert, as an apprentice, who built the first log-houses in the village.
(this would be after it was laid out in 1797. My Robert Laughlin was in Kentucky by this time. Another dead end)


Robert Laughlin Of York County PA:
York County PA Deed Book: Vol 2G pgs 400-406:
On April 7, 1767 Robert Laughlin of Reading Twsp, York Co. PA bought 60 acres in Huntington Twsp, York Co PA (now Adams Co) from William Nash and Sarah his wife. On April 7, 1774 Robert Laughlin Sr. and Mary his wife of Huntington Twsp, York Co. PA sold the property (now containing 100 acres) to Robert Laughlin Jr. On May 11, 1785 William Laughlin and Sarah his wife sold the property to Francis Bonner. This entry tells about “..the aforesaid Robert Laughlin Jr. being a single man died intestate and having no full brother or sister but William Laughlin” the property devolved to him.
(York County PA wills: Wilson, William- D. July 31 1765. Prob.Sept 19 1765. Exec. Samuel and Walter Beaty- Reading Twp. Wife Susanna Wilson. Children: Elizabeth, Jean and (son-in-law) Robert Laughlin (wife's name not given) Grandchildren: Jean and Samuel Laughlin.)
Huntington Twsp is now in Adams County, abuts Cumberland County and is about 15 miles from Newville and the Big Spring. (Another dead end in the search for my Robert)
Robert Jr had to be at least 20 (born 1754) when he bought property from his dad. Robert Laughlin Sr had to be born 1728 or earlier.Where did he come from?


Laughlins of Botetourt and Washington County Virginia:
John Laughlin was born about 1700 in County Down, Ireland and emigrated to Philadelphia in 1740. There was no knowledge of his wife but he brought all 6 of his children with him, the eldest, John, being 16 years old. (from "The Southwest Virginian" a genealogical periodical)

The Dunkins, Prices, Sharps and Laughlins moved from Pennsylvania to Botetourt Co, VA in 1765.(from "The Southwest Virginian", Vol #2, Number 12)

John, Alexander and James Laughlin surveyed and/or bought property on Carvins Creek, Botetourt Co, VA between 1768 and 1771.(from Kegley's "Virginia Frontier)

John Laughlin's Children (summarized from the diary of James H. Laughlin) were:
John, Alexander, James, Jane, Elizabeth and Margaret .
1) John Laughlin b.1700..m..Jane Matthews?
2a)John Laughlin b.1724..m..Mary Price 2b)Alexander Laughlin b.1726 2c)James Laughlin b.1728..m..Mary Jane (Polly) Dunkin 2d)Jane Laughlin b.1731..m..Richard Price 2e)Elizabeth Laughlin b.1733..m..John Sharp 2f)Margaret Laughlin b.1735..m..Samuel Vance
3a1)John B. Laughlin b.1766..m..Sarah Dunkin 3a2)Thomas Laughlin b.1768..m..Elizabeth Dunkin 3a3)Alexander Laughlin b.1770..m..Levinia King 3a4)Jane Laughlin b.1772..m..Samuel McGaughey 3a5)Salley Laughlin b.1775..m..Robert Boyd 3a6)Martha Laughlin b.1777..m..George Singleton 3a7)Hanna Laughlin b.1779..m..William Early 3a8)Mary (Polly) Laughlin b.1781..m..John Dunkin Jr.
3c1)Big John Laughlin b.1754 3c2)Ann Laughlin b.1756..m..Joseph Dunkin 3c3)James Laughlin b.1758 3c4)Alexander D. Laughlin b.1760 3c5)Elizabeth Laughlin b.1762..m..Unknown Smith 3c6)Jane Laughlin b.1764..m..Unknown McFerron 3c7)Peggy Laughlin b.1766..m..Unknown Stephens 3c8)Matty Laughlin b.1768..m..Unknown Dillwood 3c9)Sally Laughlin b.1770..m..Unknown Young 3c10)Polly Laughlin b.1772..m..Unknown Porter 3c11)Daughter Laughlin b.1774..m..Wilson Cox
3a1)John B. Laughlin etc. are children of John Laughlin and Mary Price. 3c1)Big John Laughlin etc. are children of James Laughlin and Mary Jane Dunkin.
(I couldn't find descendents of 2b)Alexander Laughlin. No Robert mentioned )

From the Diary of James H. Laughlin written in 1845:
(photo copy in the Historical Archives, Clinch Valley College, Wise Virginia)
"….Mary Jane "Polly" Dunkin who married James Laughlin, a brother of John Laughlin who married Mary Price. This couple lived and perhaps died at the mouth of Spring Creek in Washington Co. Va.
….John Laughlin emigrated from County Down, Ireland, and arrived at Philadelphia in 1740, with three sons and three daughters. He also emigrated with the Dunkin, Sharp, Price and other families from Pennsylvania to Botetourt Co. Va., and the family scattered from there to Washington and Russell Counties. I do not know the name of the wife of John Laughlin but his children were:
John Laughlin Jr., who was about 16 when they arrived in Pennsylvania. He married Mary Price before leaving Pennsylvania.The other two sons were: Alexander Laughlin and James Laughlin, the latter dying in Washington Co., Va. around 1811. The daughters were Jane Laughlin who married Richard Price and lived in Elk Garden. Elizabeth Laughlin who married John Sharp (1771 in York County PA), brother of Captain John Dunkin's wife Eleanor Sharp, and moved to Missouri. Margaret Laughlin who married Samuel Vance. Vance died near Abingdon about 1834 at the age of around 90 years."

"….The children of John Jr. and Mary Price Laughlin were:
John Laughlin, born November 4, 1766 and married Sarah Dunkin, born September 3, 1773.
Alexander Laughlin the youngest son, married Levina King of Washington Co. Va. and lived in Coles Co. Illinois.
Thomas Laughlin married Elizabeth Dunkin and lived in Whitley Co. Ky., where he died about 1844.
Hanna Laughlin, the youngest child, married William Early and lived in Whitley Co. Ky.
Jane Laughlin married Samuel McGaughey and lived in Alabama.
Sally Laughlin married Robert Boyd of Blount Co. Tennessee.
Martha Laughlin married George Singleton, moved to Whitley Co. Ky, and from there to Louisana.
A daughter whose name is unknown married William McFerrin and lived in Tennessee."

North Carolina land grants in Tennessee: Sullivan County Tenn, 1782: #1097 Alexander Laughlin, #1099 James Laughlin.) (Sullivan Co TN is back to back with Washington Co VA)

James Laughlin moved on to Washington Co, VA and left a will on March 26, 1810 (Will book #3, pg. 119) in which he mentions his children, the girls by their married names.
Will Book #3, pg. 119..Washington Co, VA..March 26, 1810..James Laughlin bequeaths to wife Jane his household furniture, one horse, two cows and his negro slave Agnes. To his son Alexander D. Laughlin he wills his plantation, his mill, his still and furniture, his negro man Sam and his negro girl Ann under the condition that he (Alexander) suffers wife Jane to live peaceably in one of the back rooms of the house during her life, furnishes her horse and two cows sufficient food and pays her yearly, 20 bushels of wheat and 20 bushels of corn. To his son in law Wilson Cox he bequeaths one horse, horse gear and his farming utensils. Alexander D. Laughlin and Wilson Cox are to divide the procedes from the sale of his land in Prices Settlement in the State of Kentucky. To his other children Elizabeth Smith, Jane McFerron, Peggy Stephens, Matty Dillwood, Ann Dunkin, Sally Young, Polly Porter, John Laughlin and James Laughlin he bequeaths one dollar each....(John Laughlin was one of the witnesses to the will).

John Laughlin moved on to Washington Co, VA and sold his property in Botetourt Co, VA in Jan. 1793.
Deed Book #4, pg 505..Botetourt Co, VA..Jan 14, 1793: John Laughlin Sen. and Mary (Price) his wife of Washington Co, VA sell, for 75 pounds, 84 acres on Carvins Creek, a branch of Roanoke, to Hugh Alexander of Botetourt Co, VA.

Alexander Laughlin (from Kegley's Virginia Frontier):
March 1761: Ensign Alexander Laughlin was in Col. Wm Byrds 2nd Virginia Regiment and went on the Cherokee Expedition (French and Indian War). In Jan 1762 the regiment was commended for bravery by the Virginia General Assembly. (Kegley p262)
1770: Alexander Laughlin had 84 acres on Carvins Creek in Botetourt County VA surveyed. (Kegley p542)
1778: Alexander Laughlin was appraiser in Washington County VA (Duncan Tavern, Paris KY)

Alexander Laughlin (History of Southwest Virginia and Washington County by Summers):
April 1773: The Presbyterian Congregations of Sinking Spring (now Abingdon, Washington County VA) and Ebbing Spring (middle fork of the Holston River in now Washington County VA) in Fincastle County presented a call to Rev. Charles Cummings to be their minister. One of the signers was Alexander Laughlin. (Summers p138-141)
(I couldn't find a Robert Laughlin here. Another dead end )


Laughlins of Middlesex and Caroline County Virginia:
Thomas Laughlin of Middlesex County VA:
1654: Thomas Laughlin was brought over, to Lancaster County VA, as an indentured servant by Toby Smith. "Early American Immigrants" by George Cabell Greer. (Middlesex County VA was formed from Lancaster County in 1673)

1749: Thomas Laughlin was the administrator of the inventory of the estate of Robert Laughlin, October 3, 1749. Middlesex County VA at Urbana. Page 73 ( I do not have the Book number. There was no will.)
Was Thomas Laughlin, arrived 1654, the father of Robert Laughlin and grandfather of Thomas Laughlin ? Did Robert Laughlin have a brother who sired Peter Laughlin of Bourbon County KY?

Oct 3 1769 Thomas Laughlin left a will in Middlesex County VA, Will Bk E, pg 442 (probated Feb 25 1771): his wife is mentioned but not named. He gives son Thomas his land in Caroline County VA, his son Simon his land in Middlesex and Culpeper Counties VA and his mill, his grandson Thomas Laughlin a negro girl named Alice, his Granddaughter Sarah Batcheldor a negro woman named Dido, his granddaughter Catherine Batcheldor a negro girl named Igga. After his wife dies, any residue of the Estate will be divided into 5 parts and given equally to sons Thomas and Simon, daughter Ursilla Shenger, daughter Anne Robinson and daughter Elizabeth Valentine.

Family Tradition per: Elizabeth Laughlin 2916 1st Street, Kirksville MO Dec 1979:
Children of Thomas Laughlin (b. abt 1704) and Sarah Laughlin:
Thomas born abt 1729 married Sarah Madison in 1755
Elizabeth born abt 1731 married 1st Sam Batcholder and 2nd Jacob Valentine
Ursala born abt 1733 married Sam Stringer
Edmund born June 29,1735 Middlesex County VA, Christ Church
Ann born abt 1738 married Charles Robinson
Simon born Nov 18, 1740 Middlesex County VA, Christ Church (married Ann Scrosby in 1772)
Josie born abt 1742 married Jacob Valentine in 1769

Virginia Tax Payers by Fothergill and Naugle:
1782 Thomas Laughlin, King William County VA: 1 poll , 9 blacks
1783 Thomas Laughlin, Caroline County VA: 1 poll, 20 blacks
Caroline County VA Tax List 1782-1810:
1784: no Laughlin
1785 Thomas Laughlin 108 acres from William Broughill.
1787 Thomas Laughlin 147 acres
1788 Thomas Laughlin "transferred to James Miller"
1788 Thomas Laughlin 39 acres
1789-1801 Thomas Laughlin 39 acres
1802 John Laughlin "the alterations"
1803-1807 John Laughlin 100 acres
1809 John Laughlin "transferred to William Chandler"
1810: no Laughlin
(Thomas Laughlin 1729-1801, after inheriting 39 acres from Thomas, his father, came to Caroline County VA abt 1783)

Family Tradition per: Elizabeth Laughlin 2916 1st Street, Kirksville MO Dec 1979:
Thomas Laughlin born abt 1729 died Dec 13 1801, married Nov 27 1755 Sarah Madison born Feb 29 1735, died Oct 31 1801 in VA. (Thomas Laughlin was on the Caroline County VA tax list in 1783 with 20 blacks)
Richard born June 16 1757 died April 23 1799
Joanah born Sept 22, 1758 died Sep 27 1758
#Thomas born Oct 7 1759 died 1839
Robert born May 26 1762 died May 3 1783
*James born May 28 1764 married Sarah Coleman, Sep 18 1788 (in Caroline Co VA)
George born Oct 19 1766 died April 27 1801
#John born Jan 22 1769 married Lucy Chiles died Aug 22 1838 in Clark County KY
Roger born Mar 28 1771 married Elizabeth Woodford died 1845 in Adams County Ill
Edmund born May 17 1773
Simon born Nov 18 1776
Hill born Aug 19 1782 died Mar 13 1788

Virginia Tax Payers by Fothergill and Naugle:
1783 Laughlin, Thomas: Caroline County VA: 1 poll, 20 blacks
1782 Laughlin, Thomas: King William County VA: 1 poll, 9 blacks
1782 Laughlin, Jeremiah: King&Queen County VA: 0? Poll, 6 blacks
(King&Queen County, formed 1691, abuts Middlesex. King William, formed 1701, abuts King&Queen)
1782 Laughlin, Peter: Montgomery County VA: 1 poll, 0 blacks

1790 Virginia Census, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore MD:
1783 Laughlin, James Gloucester County VA: 3 whites, 8 blacks
1784 Laughlin, James Gloucester County VA: 2 whites, 1 dwelling, 4 other buildings
1783 Laughlin, Laurence Gloucester County VA: 7 whites, 0 blacks
(Gloucester County, formed 1651, abuts Middlesex)
1783 Laughlin, Simon Middlesex County VA: 21 (whites & blacks not separated)
Were Jeremiah, Peter, James and Laurence cousins of Thomas Laughlin b.1729? Look in Gloucester, King William and King&Queen Counties.
(Couldn't find any Laughlin in eastern VA in the 1810 census, the 1800 VA census was destroyed.)

Was Richard Laughlin (born June 16 1757, died April 23 1799, married abt 1781), oldest son of Thomas Laughlin and Sarah Madison, the husband of Sarah Laughlin and father of William and John Laughlin, of Bourbon County KY.
Sarah and William were first on the Bourbon County KY tax list in 1806.
Sarah born abt 1758, married abt 1779. Her oldest born abt 1780 and her youngest abt 1795.
(No Robert Laughlin born abt 1752 found here)


Robert Laughlin of Lancaster County PA:
Four Brothers:
(The following is partly supposition): In the early 1700s (possibly after the famine of 1740-41) Robert, James, Adam and William Laughlin left Northern Ireland, probably County Londonderry, and sailed for the New World. They landed at the port of Philadelphia and made their way west to Lancaster County PA. In the history of Lancaster County, William and James are mentioned as settlers in Bart Township in 1753. William had a Land Warrant for 100 acres in Bart Township and Adam had a Land Warrant for 100 acres in New Britain Township that same year. James obtained a warrant for 197 acres in Donegal Township, but went back east to Kennett Township in the adjacent Chester County, where he had previously built a grist mill. Robert was probably a cooper and/or carpenter and didn’t need land to support his family. William Laughlin was a miller like his brother James while Adam Laughlin was a farmer.

Reverend John Cuthbertson was a Presbyterian Minister with a church on Octoraro Creek at the junction of 5 Townships: Sadsbury, Bart and Colerain in Lancaster County PA; West Fallowfield and Upper Oxford in Chester County PA. He daily rode 12 to 20 miles out and back from his church to visit his flock and he kept a diary. February 16, 1752 mentions baptism of John Lauchlin, son of William Lauchlin. May 3, 1752 mentions Robert Laughlin’s (house).

History of Lancaster Co, PA..Ellis and Evans: pg. 670: Settlers in Bart Twp: William Laughlin and James Laughlin in 1753. (This James Laughlin is most probably the same one who left a will in Chester County in 1759 leaving 179 acres on the Big Conewego near the Susqehanna to his daughters..that property is in West Donegal Twp, Lancaster Co.)

Lancaster Co, PA Land Warrant Registers: #221 Adam Laughlin 100 acres in Little Brittain Twp. Date of warrant Mar 9 1753, date of return Mar 24 1796. Acres returned 66, patentee Margaret Helm, recorded vol P No. 29 pg. 114
#223 William Laughlin 100 acres in Bart Twp (just west of Sadsbury Twsp in Lancaster Co. which is just west of West Sadsbury and West Fallowfield Twsps in Chester Co.) Date of warrant Apr 4 1753, date of return Oct 8 1753. Acres returned 201, patentee William Laughlin, recorded vol A, no.19, pg. 31

(Rev. Cuthbertson rode to and from his home in Middle Octoraro, on Octoraro Creek (Colerain Twp, adjacent to Sadsbury Twsp, Lancaster Co, PA. and kept a diary.)
Feb. 16, 1752, Baptism: John Lauchlin son of Wm. Lauchlin.
Jan. 5, 1752: "Rode 6 miles to the meeting, preached and then preached at Wm. Lauglan's house".
Feb. 16, 1752: "Rode 10 miles to the meeting house, preached and baptised John, son to Wm. Lauchlin". (pg. 135 under 'Middle Octararo Society').
May 3, 1752: "Rode 12 miles....preached....baptised Walker and Buchanan". (from Robert Laughlin's).
Nov. 14, 1769: "Rode 14 miles to and from Widow Lauchlin"s etc.- Marlin's etc.". (Mid. Octoraro Soc.)
Feb. 12, 1770: "Rode 22 miles from home to the Widow Laughlin's home to the half way house- John Dun".
Sep. 10, 1771: "Rode 18 miles to and from Widow Lauch's, W. and Sam. Robs." (from home)
Register of Marriages and Baptisms performed by Rev. John Cuthbertson in Penn. 1751-1791: (Library Item 824): Jan. 7, 1773: Marriage, Mary Laughlin to John Girvan, pg. 168.

William, James and Adam left wills. Robert did not.
1760 Lancaster Co, PA. Will Bk. J, pg. 138 dated May 22, 1760:
William Laughlin of West Salsbery Twsp in Chester Co. (probably West Sadsbury, there is no West Salisbury in Chester County) left Will naming: Wife Margaret, Children James, Samuel, John, Marry and Easter. Also mentioned but not to share in the Estate: William Laughlin (inherits Wm’s body clothes), Sarah McClong, Martha Swance and Isabel Swance (they receive 5 shillings apiece) They are probably older married children.(In addition to the equal division of his estate he leaves his half interest in the mill, bought from John Taylor, to his wife Margaret). (The 1760 Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of “William Laughlin of Fallowfield Twp, Chester County” mentions a mill and some land, also a plantation in Lancaster County).

1759 Chester Co, PA. Abstract of wills Mar 8, 1759..probated June 12, 1759: James Laughlin of the County of Chester and Township of Kennett, joyner, leaves to wife Elizabeth all his personal estate, to son William 5 pounds, to son Hugh 5 pounds, to daughter Margaret Laughlin 3 pounds, to daughters Elizabeth Alford and Mary Passmore all his right in a tract of land bought of Jeremiah Chamberlain on big Conewago on the west side of the Susquehanna river (in Lancaster County) containing 197 acres..paying to their mother Elizabeth 15 pounds each. Wife Elizabeth executrix. (Kennett is in eastern Chester Co.)
1753 Kennett Twsp Taxables, Chester County PA: James Laughlin.

1758 Lancaster Co, PA. Will Bk.B, Vol.1, pg. 254 dated Sept 20, 1758:
Adam Laughlin. Wife named Margaret. His Children named: Janet, Katherine, John, Matthew, Agnes, Isabell, Hugh, Mary, James, Robert and Sarah.... Janet, Katherine and John get one shilling each; Matthew gets one pound (Janet, Katherine, John and Matthew were by his first wife Katherine) ....Wife Margaret and children Agnes, Isabell, Hugh, Mary, James, Robert and Sarah are to divide up the Estate equally. The three youngest children James, Robert and Sarah are to get an extra 5 pounds each.
(This Robert, moved to Fayette Co, PA with brothers John, Hugh and James. He left a will there in 1813 naming his wife Sarah.)
James, William, Adam and Robert Laughlin were in Lancaster County PA in the early 1750s. My ggggrandfather Robert Laughlin couldn't have been the son of James, William or Adam. (James and William didn't have a son named Robert. Adam's son Robert left a will in Fayette County PA in 1813 naming wife Sarah. My ggggrandfather Robert Laughlin with wife Jane was in Bourbon County Ky prior to 1798.) he might have been the son of Robert.

1757: Colerain Twp Lancaster County PA tax list mentions Robert Laughlin .
(Colerain Twp abuts and is south of Bart Twp and Sadsbury Twp. William and James Laughlin were in Bart Twp in 1753. Adam Laughlin was in Little Brittain Twp just south of Colerain.)
1761: Pennsylvania Archive Series mentions Robert Laughlin inmate/renter in Chester Co PA.
(Chester Co. Townships in an arc around the town of Octoraro (Lancaster Co.): West Sadsbury, West Fallowfield, and Oxford. Robert Laughlin probably lived in one of these Twps in 1761.)
Robert Laughlin was probably living with a daughter at this time and too old to work.


Two sons of Robert Laughlin:
The following is partly supposition: Among others Robert Laughlin had two sons: James born about 1746 and Robert jr born about 1752. James was a blacksmith while Robert jr was a cooper and distiller. They lived in Colerain Township Lancaster County PA. In 1777 Robert jr married and in 1778 his wife Jane had a daughter Mary, called Polly. In 1779 Robert jr heard of a way to make some money in Baltimore County Maryland, about 50 miles away. Although it wasn’t until 1790 that President George Washington named a commission to lay out a site for a new Capitol, there were rumors that it would be on the Potomac river in Montgomery County Maryland; and Baltimore Town would be the port of entry for all the materials brought in from Europe. Land in the two areas was going sky high.

(Rock Creek in Montgomery County Maryland (now in the city limits of Washinton D.C.):
1778: John Lackland sells 130 acre parcel of land called Maidens Delight, part of a larger tract of land called Hermitage for 982 pounds, 10 shillings.
1780: For 8200 pounds! Rev. Thomas Johnston of Charlotte County Virginia sells 200 acre tract of land "bordering on the west line of a tract of land in Hermitage” to James Lackland.
1781: 5 months later, James Lackland of Charlotte Co., Virginia sells the same 200 acres to Edward Garrett for 15000 pounds!)

In 1779 Robert Laughlin jr took his wife and year old daughter Polly to Gotham Town Maryland, 5 miles northeast of the port of Baltimore Town. (Gotham…later Govans, now lies within the city limits of Baltimore City).
In 1780 his daughter Betsy was born there. (In the 1850 Census of Garrard County KY Betsy told the census taker she was born in Maryland). In 1782 Robert jr leased 3 lots in Gotham Town and began to build on them. In 1783 his daughter Sarah was born but she died shortly after birth.
The 1783 Tax List of Baltimore Co, Maryland (Patapsco Lower Hundred) includes:
James Govane. (Robert Laughlin leased 2 lots from him) and Robert Laughlin.. # of White Inhabitants - 4. (lists Robert with a family of 4: Robert, Jane, Mary and Elizabeth).
In 1783 and 1784 Robert jr sold his 3 lots and made a 220 pound profit. James Govan later owned much of the town and changed the name to Govans.

In 1785 Robert Laughlin jr was back in Lancaster County PA and on the Martic Township tax list, the second township west of Colerain. Robert’s son John was born that year and his daughter Katherine was born in 1787, but she died in infancy. Robert’s brother James had two sons: Zachariah born in 1775 and an older son born abt 1769. James’ wife probably died with the birth of Zachariah. When Robert got back from Maryland, James and his sons came to live with him. In the Lancaster County PA Census of 1790 Robert Laughlin is listed in Martic Township: 3 males 16 and up, 2 males under 16 and 3 females. (Robert, his brother James and James’ older son age 21..Zachariah age 15 and Robert’s son John age 5…Jane, Polly and Betsy.)
I ran the tax lists for the other Twps in Lancaster County from 1750 to 1800 and found no other mention of Robert Laughlin.

Records cited for above several paragraphs: Robert Laughlin was in Gotham Town, Baltimore County MD. Gotham Town was about 50 miles from Martic Twp Lancaster County PA:
Map of Baltimore Co, Maryland surveyed by Dennis Griffith, June 20 1794 (Baltimore Co. Historical Society) shows Gotham (later Govans) 4.5 miles north of Baltimore Town. Present day map shows Govans in Baltimore City about 5 miles north of downtown.
June 4, 1782: Robert Laughlin leased lots 18 and 19 on Market St. in Gotham Town, Baltimore Co., Maryland, from James Govane, for payment of 5 pounds per year rent; Deed Bk. H, pgs. 456 and 458. August 22, 1782: Robert Laughlin leased lot 40 on Market St. in Gotham Town, from William Burnham, for 5 pounds per year; Deed Bk. P, pg. 192.
August 26, 1783: Robert Laughlin sold lot 40 with improvements on Market St. in Gotham Town Baltimore Co. Maryland, to John Miller for 20 pounds (John Miller to continue the 5 pound per year lot lease); Liber WG, no. R , pg. 344. July 12, 1784: Robert Laughlin sold lots 18and 19, with premises, on Market St. in Baltimore Co., Maryland, to James Long for 100 pounds each (James Long to continue the 5 pounds per year lot lease); Liber WG, no.T, pgs. 685 and 688.

From the Collection of the Maryland Historical Society:
The 1783 Tax List of Baltimore Co, Maryland (Patapsco Lower Hundred) includes:
James Govane..see above where Robert Laughlin leased 2 lots from him.
Robert Laughlin.. # of White Inhabitants - 4. (lists Robert with a family of 4) Birth dates of Robert's three oldest children: Mary 1778, Elizabeth 1780 and Sarah 1783....Sarah could have been born shortly after the tax list was written or died shortly after birth.

1785: Martic Twp Lancaster County PA tax list shows Robert Laughlin with a line through his name.

1790 Lancaster PA Census, Martic Twp, page 58:
Robert Laughlin: 3 males 16&up, 2 males under 16, 3 females.
(nearby entries: Hartley, Winter, McGinnis, Caldwell, Black, Barnes, Dobbins.)
This would not fit my ggggrandfather unless his brother James and James’ two sons were living with him. (James’ wife probably died with the birth of the younger son.)
Males over 16..Robert, his brother James Laughlin and James' older son age 21. Males under 16..Robert's son John age 5 and James' son Zachariah age 15. Females..Robert's wife Jane and his daughters Mary (Polly) and Elizabeth (Betsy).
Robert Laughlin son of Adam was in Fayette County PA by this time.

In 1791 (The following is partly supposition): Kentucky was about to beacome a State the next year and James and Robert decide to get some land at low cost there. Jame's older son probably stayed in Pennsylvania. The others left Lancaster County and travelled south on the Great Valley Road, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. By the time they got to Rockbridge County VA, Jane was well along in her pregnancy with Jane Margaret and said she could go no farther. James and Robert decided to split up. James with his son, Zachariah, went on to Kentucky while Robert settled his family on the South River in southern Rockbridge County, just off the Great Valley Road. He bought 33 acres there and supported his family with his coopering and/or distilling trade. Robert's daughter Jane Margaret was born there in 1791. Robert paid taxes in Rockbridge County VA 1791 through 1794. In 1793 Robert's son James was born in Rockbridge County. In January 1796 Robert and Jane sold their 33 acres on South Creek and soon after resumed their travels to Kentucky.

1791 thru 1794: Robert Laughlin paid Personal Property tax in Rockbridge Co, Virginia. Listed are one white male over 16, no slaves and 1 horse/cattle.
On January 5, 1796 Robert Laughlin and his wife Jane sold their 33 acres on South River to Samuel Logan for 15 pounds. Their property is bordered by those of Samuel Paxton, the heirs of John Parks, Jacob Hornbone and John Paul. Rockbridge Co., Virginia: General index to deeds, Deed Book C, pg. 244 Grantor.
Robert probably left for Bourbon County KY in the Spring or Summer of 1796.

In 1796 Robert Laughlin and his family continued on the Great Valley Road then followed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. When they reached the town of Paris in Bourbon County they decided to stay. Robert again supported his family with his coopering/distilling trade. Robert's brother James had lived in adjacent Harrison County since 1791. On October 18, 1798 Robert's daughter Polly (Mary) Laughlin married Robert Robertson in Bourbon County KY. Later she and her husband moved to Garrard County KY. On July 12, 1800 Betsy (Elizabeth) Laughlin married Henry Smith in Garrard County KY. On Sept. 8, 1809 Peggy (Jane Margaret) Laughlin married John Brooks in Garrard County KY. 1800 through 1803 Robert was on the tax list in Bourbon County for 100 acres on Beaver Creek and 37 ½ acres on Twin Creek in Harrison County KY (the adjoining county.) In 1804 Robert moved to Harrison County and was on their tax list 1804 thru 1813 for the same acreage on Beaver Creek and Twin Creek. Although Robert didn’t buy large parcels of land previously, he now had to provide land for his sons to farm.


Laughlins of Bourbon, Harrison and Fayette Counties KY:
In the 1790s-1800s William, Sarah, James and Robert Laughlin were in the adjacent KY counties of Bourbon and Harrison. Peter Laughlin was in Fayette County abutting Bourbon County.

William Laughlin of Bourbon County KY:
1789 William Laughlin, age 20, to be examined on the confession of faith, Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newton Twp, Cumberland County PA.
November 1789 William Laughlin listed on a petition and bought town lot in Bourbon County KY.
1790 William Laughlin on tax list Bourbon County KY
July 1792 James Laughlin of Cumberland County PA excludes sons, James and William, from his will unless they come home and work on the plantation.
1792 William Laughlin bought town lot in Bourbon County KY
April 1793 William Laughlin and his siblings sell James Laughlins property
1793 William and Hugh Laughlin (both over 21) listed together on Bourbon County tax list
1794 William Laughlin bought town lot in Bourbon County Ky
1795 William Laughlin marries Polly Thompson in Mason County KY (Mason County abutted Bourbon in 1795)
1796 and 1797 William Laughlin on tax list in Bourbon County KY
1803 and 1806 William Laughlin and Polly his wife, of Mason County KY sell town lots in Bourbon County KY
( It's very probable that William Laughlin of Bourbon County KY was the son of James Laughlin of Cumberland County PA)

Petition #62, Bourbon County Courthouse, Paris KY: William Laughlin's name was attached to a petition in Bourbon County KY on November 6, 1789.
William Laughlin was on the Bourbon County KY tax lists: 1790-1797. (Hugh Laughlin (over 21) was listed with him on the 1793 list)
William Laughlin married Polly Thompson in Mason County KY on March 9, 1795.
1800 Mason County KY Census (from tax list): Louchlin, William
1810 Lewis County KY Census (Lewis formed from Mason 1806): Laughlen, William 26-45 (41), wife 26-45, 5 males and 1 female under 10.
1820 Greenup County KY Census (Greenup abuts Lewis to the east): Loughlin, William over 45 (51), wife 26-45, 1 male and 1 fem u10, 2 males 10-16, 2 males 16-18.

William Laughlin bought property in Hopewell (later Paris) Bourbon County KY:
June 15, 1789…lot #22: Deed Bk B, page 13.
March 12, 1792…lot #27: Deed Bk B, page 263.
November 14, 1794…lot #29: Deed BK C, page 562.

October 13, 1803: William Laughlin of Mason County KY and Polly, his wife, sold lot #27 in Paris, Bourbon County KY: Bourbon County KY Deed Bk 8, page 83.
February 22, 1806: William Laughlin of Mason County KY and Polly, his wife, sold 3 lots in Paris, Bourbon County KY: Bourbon County KY Deed Bk 8, page 306.
(see more re: William Laughlin in Cumberland County PA Laughlins earlier in this work)


Sarah Laughlin of Bourbon County KY:
In the 1810 Bourbon County KY Census (page 95) Sarah Laughlin abt 52 is head of house listed with three daughters ages abt 26, 21 and 17. Just after her entry is son William abt 28, wife Rachel abt 22 and a son 1 year old. (William had married Rachel Booth in Bourbon Co. on August 24, 1808.) Just before Sarah's entry is son John age 23 head of house listed with females ages abt 30 and 15. Presumably these are his sisters since John married 1st : Patsy Luckie in Bourbon Co. on June 2, 1810 and 2nd : Tabitha Trimble in Bourbon Co. on January 3, 1821.
(I have been unable to find the name of Sarah's husband, check in Virginia since his son John told the census taker in 1850 he was born in VA.)

John Laughlin's wife Patsy died before 1820, probably abt 1817 since John age 33 is listed in the 1820 Bourbon County Census (Stoner page 39) as head of house with daughters ages 9, 7 and Catherine 3, and with females abt 62 and 25, presumably his mother Sarah and his youngest sister. By the time of the 1830 Bourbon County Census (Millersburg page 346a) John age 43 is listed as head of house with wife Tabitha age 30 and her 4 children: daughter age 8, William age 6, John age 4 and Robert age 2. Also the 3 daughters by Patsy ages 19, 17 and Catherine 13. Presumably John's mother has died and his youngest sister has married. In the 1840 Bourbon County Census (Millersburg page 316a) John 53 is listed as head with wife Tabitha 40 and 6 children: William 16, John 14, Robert 11, James 8, Isaac 6 and Elizabeth 5. Presumably Tabitha's oldest daughter and Patsy's 3 daughters have married. Sometime after 1840 John Laughlin moved his family to Nicholas County. In the 1850 Nicholas County KY Census (2-DIST page 428a) John 63 is head of house with wife Tabitha and 4 children: James 18, Isaac 16, Elizabeth 15 and Eli 9. The next entry is John's son John Laughlin age 24 with wife Margaret J. , daughter Tabitha E. and son William S. The entry after that is son Robert Laughlin age 21 with wife Rebecca.
(Sep 15, 1839: Henson Davis mar. Catherine Laughlin dau of John Laughlin of Bourbon Co KY)

Census for the two Paragraphs above:
1810 Bourbon County KY Census,
John Laughlin, Bourbon, image 23…(son of Sarah)
1 male 16-26, 1 fem 10-16, 1 fem 26-45.
Sarah Laughlin, Bourbon, image 23…(mother of John&William, wife of ? dec'd)
0 males, 1 fem 10-16, 1 fem 16-26, 1 fem 26-45, 1 fem 45&up.
William Laughlin, Bourbon, image 23…(son of Sarah)
1 male u10, 1 male 26-45, 1 fem 16-26.
1820 Bourbon County KY Census, Stoner page 039: John Laughlin, 1m 26-45, 3f u10, 1f 16-26, 1f 45&up (John's mother Sarah)
1830 Bourbon County KY Census, Millersburg page 346: John Laughlin, 2m u5, 1m 5-10, 1m 40-50, 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 2f 15-20, 1f 20-30.
1840 Bourbon County KY Census, Millersburg page 316: John Laughlin, 2m 5-10, 2m 10-15, 1m 15-20, 1m 50-60, 1f 5-10, 1f 30-40.
1850 Nicholas County KY Census, 2-DIST page 428a, Entry 547: John Laughlin age 63 (farmer, born Virginia), Tabitha wife 50, (born Kentucky), James son 18, Isaac son 16, Elizabeth dau 15, Eli son 9. Entry 548: John Laughlin age 24, Margaret J. wife 21, Tabitha E. dau 2, William S. son 10/12. Entry 549: Robert Laughlin age 21, Rebecca wife 18.

Esaac P. Laughlin age 66, is listed on the 1900 Bourbon County KY Census, (North Middleton Dist, page 100a): wife Mary E. age 60, dau Lizzie age 40, son Edward E. age 18 and dau Alice Mae age 15. Adjacent entries show: son Yancy Laughlin age 39 and wife Etha, son Isaac age 37 and wife Martha with sons Clarence and Leonard, entry Jackson Laughlin age 26 and wife Mollie age 21 with son Edward age 8/12.
Isaac P. Laughlin age 77, is listed on the 1910 Bourbon County KY Census, (North Middleton Dist, page 150a): wife Mary E. age 69, dau Lizzie age 53 and grandson Everett P. age 10. Adjacent entries show: Yancy Laughlin age 43? and wife Etha with 2 children, Isaac P. Laughlin age 47 and wife Martha with 4 children, Stonewall J. Laughlin age 35 and wife Hannah age 22 with son Robert age 7.(son Edward P. Laughlin age 10 is listed with grandfather Isaac P. above)

From Edward Potts Laughlin of Cynthiana KY by way of William Laughlin of Hayward CA in 1980: Edward had the copy of a bible page listing Robert Laughlin's children: Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Katherine, Jane Margaret and James. He said Sarah and Katherine died young. Someone had given him the page years ago and he didn't remember who it was. Edward (wife Rubertia Fryman..they had no children) was born Sep. 6, 1899. He had a sister who died young and a brother Robert who was a bachelor. Edward said his line started in Nicholas Co KY with John and Tabitha (Trimble) Laughlin. John and Tabitha had 6 sons and 1 daughter. Edward's parents were Stonewall Jackson Laughlin and Molly Sampson. Stonewall J's father was Isaac P. Laughlin.
Why did Edward Potts Laughlin have a copy from Robert Laughlins bible? Was his gggrandmother Sarah Laughlin the wife of Richard Laughlin of Middlesex County VA? Her son John Laughlin later told the Census taker he (John) was born in Virginia. Or was Sarah married to a son of Alexander Laughlin, (Alexander being one of the settlers on Carvin Creek in Botetourt County VA around 1770. Alexander was born 1726. His son born abt 1754-1760? Sarah was born abt 1758. )


Peter Laughlin of Fayette County KY:
Militia of Montgomery County VA 1777-1790 by Mary B. Kegley:
Page 19: "A list of Capt. Love's Company of Militia April 5 1781" (includes Peter Laughton)
Page 20: "Capt William Love's Company" (includes Peter Laughlin)
Page 50: "Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, Montgomery County VA in 1777" (List of those taking the oath includes Peter Laughlin.)
Annals of Southwest Virginia by Summers:
May 8 1782 Montgomery County VA Court: list of men seeking payment for provisions they furnished themselves while on duty in North Carolina to join G. Green includes Peter Laughlin.
(Mar 15, 1781: General Greene led the Revolutionary troops in the Battle of Guilford Court House in Guilford County NC.)
Peter Laughlin was on the Montgomery County VA tax list in 1782: 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 1 horse, 0 cattle, 0 land.

Will of Peter Laughlin Fayette County KY, P. Cir C. Pkg. 76
John Forsythe sr. vs John Wilson Laughlin 1840
Probated in Fayette Court Sept 1802:
John Wilson Laughlin
(1) Peter
Benjamin Laughlin
Margaret Laughlin
Sarah Laughlin
Isabel Laughlin
Elizabeth Laughlin married John Forsythe
(1) Sarah
(2) William
Mary Laughlin

From "One World Tree" at
Peter Laughlin born abt 1736 in Virginia, father Joseph Laughlin (b. 1712 Ireland) mother Catherine Huste (b. Ireland). Peter died Sept 1802 Fayette Co KY. spouse Sarah Wilson born 1744 in Ireland. Married 1764. Children: Mary b. 5 May 1766, Elizabeth b. 29 Mar 1769, John Wilson b. 29 Mar 1772, Benjamin Francis b. 1775, Isabel b. 1779, Sarah b. 1782, Margaret b. 1785.
(John W was in Harrison County KY by 1812. Benjamin F was in Bracken County KY by 1810)


Benjamin Francis Laughlin (m. Elizabeth Chalfant?) children re: One World Tree:
Zelia, Eliza Jane, Sarah 1802, Robert N (is this John N?) 1803, Peter F 1805, Mordecai C 1806, Benjamin Franklin 1808, America 1816 and William W July 1820, Robert 1825, Boliver 1825.
1810 Bracken County KY Census, Augusta, p151:
Benjamin Laughlin: 3 males u10, 1 male 26-45, 1 fem u10, 1 fem 26-45
1820 Bracken County KY Census, Augusta, p23:
Benjamin Laughlin: 1 male u10, 3 males 10-16, 1 male 45&up, 4 fems u10, 1 fem 16-26, 1 fem 26-45
1830 Bracken County KY Census: no Laughlins

John N. Laughlin, a doctor, married Isabella Curry in Pendleton County KY Aug 31, 1843. He died in Pendleton County KY in 1844.
Peter F Laughlin married Melinda Curry Sept 1, 1842 in Pendleton County KY.
Peter F, Mordecai C. and Benjamin Franklin Laughlin were on the Bracken County KY Census in 1840 and 1850. Peter F. and Mordecai C. Laughlin took their families along with younger twin brothers Robert and Boliver to Hancock County Illinois in 1853 or 1854.

Benjamin Franklin Laughlin stayed in Bracken County KY. He was on the Bracken County KY Census till 1880 at age 72. The birth and death years for some of the Benjamin Franklin Laughlin family were found on their tombstones in the Mount Zion Church graveyard on Rte 875 near Rte 9 ( "AA" Hgwy ), north of Brooksville in Bracken County KY. He married Martha Ann Dora abt. 1837. She was born in 1818. Their children: Mordecai C 1838, Mary F 1841, twins: Elizabeth and John A 1844, Lucy A 1846, Eliza F 1848, James W 1854, Emma 1856, Veturia M 1858 and Samuel Dora Laughlin 1860.

William W. Laughlin was a younger brother of Benjamin Franklin Laughlin. He was on the Bracken County KY Census from 1850 to 1900 at age 79. His tombstone and the tombstones of his wife Leatha A. and son Robert H. Laughlin are in the yard of the family home on Shoffstall Rd, about 0.4 mile off Rte 875 just north of Rte 9 ("AA Hgwy") in Bracken County KY. He married Leatha A. about 1843. She was born in 1823. Their children: Benjamin S 1844, William F 1845, Eliza J 1849, James H 1853, Elizabeth 1855, Robert H 1857 and Peter F 1863. In 1897 Robert H. Laughlin, the great grandson of Peter Laughlin of Fayette County, was hanged for the murder of his wife and niece the year before. The dates on his tombstone 1872 – 1896 do not agree with other findings.


Re: One World Tree: John Wilson Laughlin (m. Violette Forsythe) children: Peter H 1798, William 1800, Violet 1801, Maria 1803, John Wilson 1804, Benjamin Franklin 1806,
Johnson F 1808, Sarah J 1811.

John Wilson Laughlin m.2 Nancy Agnes Rawlings 27 Apr 1827 in Pendleton County KY.
Beginning in 1812 John W. Laughlin was on the tax list for property in Harrison County KY. In 1816 he had property in Harrison, Pendleton and Bracken Counties KY. In 1829 John W. and Benjamin Laughlin payed taxes on the same property. In 1832 he sold his property in Harrison and Pendleton Counties. Abt. 1835 he and 3 sons with their families moved to Illinois. John Wilson(jr) stayed in Pendleton County.

1810 Fayette County KY Census, Lexington, image 28:
John W Laughlin: 3 males u10, 2 ma 10-16, 1 ma 16-26, 1 ma 26-45, 2 fems u10, 1 fem 26-45
(Births: ? bros-in-law 1794 and 1796, Peter 1798, William 1800, Violet 1801 Maria 1803, John Wilson 1804, Benjamin F 1806, Johnson F 1808, (Sarah not born till 1811)

1820 Harrison County KY Census, E. Licking Rvr, page 97:
John W. Loghlin: 3 males 10-16, 0 males 16-18, 2 males 16-26, 1 male 45&up, 1 fem u10.
John W: born 1772, married abt 1797. Peter 1798, William 1800, (Violet and Maria married?) John Wilson 1804, Benjamin 1806, Johnson F. 1808 and Sarah 1811. Wife died abt 1811.

1830 Harrison County KY Census, No Twp Listed, page 181a:
John W. Laughlin: 2 males 20-30, 1 male 50-60, 1 fem 15-20, 1 fem 50-60.
(John W. sr 55, wife Nancy 50-55, Benjamin 24, Johnson F. 22 and Sarah 19.)
Next Entry:
William Laughlin: 1 male u5, 1 male 30-40, 1 fem u5, 1 fem 20-30.
William (son of John W.): 30 yrs..born 1800, married 1826, wife Helise? 29, children John W.age 3, Mary J. age 1.

1840 Adams County Illinois Census, Roll 54 Bk 1, Quincy page 68a:
William Laughlin: 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40, 1 male 40-50, 2 fem u5, 2 fem 5-10, 1 fem 10-15, 1 fem 30-40. (William Laughlin mar. Hedese Forsythe April 13, 1826 in Pendleton Co. KY)
1840 Adams County Illinois Census, Roll 54 Bk 1, Quincy page 68a:
Benjamin Laughlin: 1 male 0-5 (Wm.-5), 1 male 30-40, 1 male 60-70 (John W. Sr), 1 fem 15-20, 1 fem 30-40 (Sarah 34), 1 fem 50-60 (Nancy Agnes )
(Benjamin Laughlin mar. Sarah Robinson Mar 1, 1832 in Harrison County KY)
1840 Adams County Illinois Census, Quincy page 70a:
Johnson Laughlin: 1 male 20-30, 1 male 30-40, 1 fem u5, 2 fems 20-30 (wife and sister?)
(Johnson F. Laughlin married Helena Forsythe July 17 1834 in Pendleton County KY)
(unable to find Johnson Laughlin in the 1850 Census anywhere)

1850 Adams County Illinois Census, Roll 97 Bk 1 Ursa Twp, page 326b entry 416:
William Laughlin age 50 farmer $4000 born KY
Hedessa 49 "
John W. 23 " "
Mary J. 20 "
Helen F. 17 "
Hedessa M. 15 fem born Ill
Sarah J. 13 "
Mary E. 8 "
Phillip Painter 13 "
1850 Adams County Illinois Census, Ursa Twp, page 316a entry 277:
Benjamin Laughlin age 44 farmer $10000 born KY
Sarah 44 "
William 15 born Ill
John R. 10 "
Sarah E. 8 "
Benjamin 5 "
Dudley C. 6/12 "
Mary E. Burns 11 "
Agnes Laughlin 75 born VA (Nancy Agnes Rawlings)
Samuel Sheppard 20 farmer $3000 born Ill
1850 Adams County Illinois Census, Ursa Twp, page 316a entry 278:
Wilson Laughlin age 46 farmer $blank born KY
Ellen 26 "
Mary V. 4 born Ill
John A. 2 "
( John Wilson Laughlin was in Pendleton County KY in 1840 as a contestant to the 1802 will of Peter Laughlin. He probably married Ellen there abt. 1835.)


James Laughlin of Harrison County KY:
James Laughlin was on the tax list for Harrison County KY in 1795 and 1796 (no acreage). Zachariah Laughlin was on the Harrison Co list 1796 through 1819 (no acreage).

In 1799 Zachariah Laughlin sought settlement of James Laflin's estate: Harrison Co KY Records Book A, pgs 26&33. Also Will Book A, pg 173. Zachariah Laughlin was on the Harrison County tax list 1796-1819. (listed as Laflin, Lafland and Laughlen in different years)

On June 11, 1798 Zachariah married Sally Herring in Harrison County KY. Zachariah Laffin was listed in 1810 Harrison County KY Census with wife and 6 children under 15 (2 sons, James and William, and 3 daus, Nancy and two others).
James Laughlin was probably my Robert’s brother. Zachariah Laughlin was surely James’ son. James, Zachariah and an older brother were probably living with my Robert Laughlin in Martic Twp, Lancaster County PA, during the 1790 Census.

Zachariah Laughlin of Harrison County KY:
Zachariah bought things from Robert Laughlin's estate 1815 (Harrison Will Bk A p271).
Zachariah was on the Harrison County KY tax list from 1795-1819.
Zachariah had 2 sons and 4 daus born between 1799 & 1810. Plus 3 sons and 2 daus after 1810.
Zachariah was not on the Harrison County KY Census 1820. Died in 1819?
Zachariah indentured an apprentice to be a blacksmith in 1799 (Harrison Record Bk A pg 189).
Zachariah was listed on the 1810 Harrison County KY Census, same page as Robert Laughlin.

1810 Harrison County KY Census, page 307:
Zachariah Laffin: 2 males u10, 1 male 26-45, 3 fems u10, 1 fem 10-16, 1 fem 26-45.
Zachariah 35 yrs old..born 1775, married June 14, 1798. Wife Sally..born abt 1779, Nancy 11 yrs born 1799, other Children: dau 9 born 1801, James 7 born 1803 (married Lydia Mattox Harrison Co. Nov 16 , 1830), dau 5 born 1805, dau 3 born 1807, William, 2 born 1808, (married Mary Tevis Harrison Co. August 8, 1833)
Zachariah had 5 more children after the 1810 census and before his death in 1819 or 1820.

1830 Harrison County KY Census, Western Division, page 150a image 43:
William Laflin: 1 male 10-15, 2 ma 15-20, 1 ma 20-30 (William), 1 fem 5-10, 1 fem 10-15, 1 fem 50-60 (mother of William and widow of Zachariah)
Children ages: 11 13, 15, 17, 20, (22 William b.1808, others 1810, 1813, 1815, 1817, 1819)
(What happened to William's three brothers born abt 1810, 1813 and 1817?)
James and William took there families to Fayette and Union Counties Indiana in 1836.


Robert Laughlin of Bourbon and Harrison Counties KY:
On October 18, 1798 Robert's daughter Polly (Mary) Laughlin married Robert Robertson in Bourbon County KY. Later she and her husband moved to Garrard County KY. On July 12, 1800 Betsy (Elizabeth) Laughlin married Henry Smith in Garrard County KY. 1800 through 1803 Robert Laughlin was on the tax list in Bourbon County for 100 acres on Beaver Creek and 37 ½ acres on Twin Creek in Harrison County KY (the adjoining county.) In 1804 Robert Laughlin moved to Harrison County and was on their tax list 1804 through 1813 for the same acreage on Beaver Creek and Twin Creek. Although he was paying taxes on them he didn't purchase the property till later. On September 8, 1809 Peggy (Jane Margaret) Laughlin married John Brooks in Garrard County KY. Robert Laughlin died in 1814. Roberts children were mentioned in the Harrison County Deed Books.
Robert Laughlin probably left the South River in Rockbridge County VA in the Spring or Summer of 1796 and arrived in Bourbon County KY shortly thereafter.

Sep. 12, 1808; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 3, pg. 56: Robert Laughlin purchased 100 acres on Beaver Creek in Harrison Co., Ky. from John Barnes and his wife.
Feb 1, 1811; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 3, pg. 313: Robert Laughlin purchased 37 and one half acres on Twin Creek from Samuel C. McMillen, Deed Book 3, pg. 313; Harrison Co., Ky.

July 1814; Harrison Co., Ky. Records Book C. pg. 4: Jenny Laughlin and John Laughlin sued for inventory of Robert Laughlin decd's estate.
Feb. 1815; Harrison Co., Ky. Will Book A, pgs. 271 and 273: List of sale of Robert Laughlin decd's estate, Jane Laughlin Administrator. (From the number of barrels, whiskey barrel, kegs, tubs, kettles, pails, meal tubs and sifter included in the inventory it seems Robert was a cooper/distiller.)
Mar. 6, 1818; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 6, pgs. 181 and 259: John Laughlin of Harrison Co., Ky.; Henry Smith and Betsy Smith his wife and daughter of Robert Laughlin, of Garrard Co., Ky.; Robert Robinson and Polly Robinson his wife, and daughter of Robert Laughlin, of Garrard Co., Ky.; and James Laughlin of Gallatin Co., Ky. sold Robert Laughlin's 37 and one half acres on Twin Creek in Harrison Co., Ky., to Joseph Bennett.
Apr. 6, 1836; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 15, pg. 203: Clifton Laughlin Brooks of Washington Co., Illinois, heir to Jane Margaret Brooks, late Jane Margaret Laughlin, who was a daughter of said Robert Laughlin dec'd sold his one equal and undivided fifth part of Robert Laughlin's 37 and one half acres on Twin Creek.

1850 Garrard County KY Census, 1-DIVN page 209b, entry 73: Elizabeth Smith age 69 born Maryland and Henry D. Smith age 26 born Kentucky.

From Edward Potts Laughlin of Cynthiana KY by way of William Laughlin of Hayward CA in 1980: Edward had the copy of a bible page listing Robert Laughlin's children: Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Katherine, Jane Margaret and James. He said Sarah and Katherine died young. Someone had given him the page years ago and he didn't remember who it was.
Robert Laughlin has wife Jane and Children Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Katherine, Jane Margaret and James. Elizabeth was born in 1780.

John Laughlin of Harrison County KY:
July 10, 1812; Harrison Co., Ky. marriages: John Laughlin to Sally Furnish.

1820 Harrison Co., Ky. Census: John Laughlin age 26-44, 1 female age 26-44, 2 males age 0-10, 1 female age 0-10, 1 male age 16-25.(probably brother James).
1830 Harrison Co., Ky. Census: Sarah Laughlin age 30-40, 1 male age 15-20, 1 male 10-15, 1 female 10-15.

Sept. 16, 1824; Harrison Co., Ky. Will Book B, pgs. 205 and 220: John Laughlin left will leaving all to his wife Sarah and if she dies to his children.(not named). Will recorded Nov. 1824. The will includes "my cabinet making tools and blacksmith tools."
John Laughlin’s children were: William F., James J. and Frances Jane…see below.

Harrison County KY marriage license #3219, November 12, 1838: Jonathan Davis to marry Frances Jane Laughlin.
Sept 1850 Census Scott County KY, 1-DIST E, page 435a entry 573: Jonathan Davis-37, Jane F. Davis-31, Elijah L.-10, Sarah E.-9, Margaret-6, John W.-4, James D.-2.
Mar. 13, 1856; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 25, pg. 6: Jonathan and Frances Jane Davis, late Frances Jane Laughlin, sold to James Laughlin their interest in John Laughlin's Mill Creek Property.
Frances Jane Laughlin, born 1819, is the daughter of John Laughlin.

Harrison Co, KY marriage license #3107, August 30, 1837: William Laughlin to Harriet Sydnor.
Harrison Co, KY license #3496, January 26, 1842: William F. Laughlin to Harriet White.
1860 Census for Harrison Co., Ky. listed William Laughlin-46, Harriet-41, John-18, James-16 and Alice-4.
Aug. 28, 1878; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 40, pg. 402: John G. Laughlin and his wife Louise Ann Laughlin and Alice V. Laughlin of Scott Co., Ky. sold their interest in Robert Laughlin's Beaver Creek property, said interest inherited from great uncle James Laughlin.
William Laughlin is their father and John Laughlin is their grandfather. William Laughlin, born 1814, is the son of John Laughlin.

James J. Laughlin of Harrison County KY:
Harrison Co., KY marriage license #4018: James J. Laughlin to Emily Hedger on Jan. 16, 1848.
1870 Harrison Co., Ky. Census, Leesburg Precinct 13 lists: James J. Laughlin-54, Emily-45, John R. 21, Wm. J.- 20, Kittie J.-18, James T.-16, Henry C.-14, Sarah E.-10, George W.-5, and Benjamin F.-3.
Oct. 6, 1878; Harrison Co., Ky. Deed Book 40, pg. 602: James J. Laughlin's children (John R. etc.) sell their interest in Robert Laughlin's property on Beaver Creek in Harrison Co, Ky.
James J. Laughlin, born 1816, is grandson of Robert Laughlin and son of John Laughlin. (Robert’s son James Laughlin had moved to Gallatin County KY and then to Scott County MO where he died in 1844.)

John R. Laughlin of Harrison County KY:
Family Tradition is that John Laughlin and Cordelia Fields ran off and got married abt. 1870 when she was 13 or 14 years old. I've been unable to find a Harrison, Bourbon or Scott County marriage license. According to the history of Scott County the Court House burned with most of the records in 1837. The Scott County Court House burnt down again in 1876 again losing most of the records. The Bourbon County Court House burnt down the same night in 1876. (Also couldn't find their marriage license in Campbell, Kenton, Pendleton, Grant or Fayette Counties)
June 16, 1880 Census Harrison County KY, Cason page 140b (old no. 20) entry 157:
John R Laughlin-34, Cordelia Laughlin-24, Robert J.-9, James J.-7, Sarah E.-6, Mary E.-2,
From family tradition and family bible: John R. Laughlin b.1848, Cordelia Laughlin b.1856, Robert J. b.1871, James J. b.1873, Sarah E. b.1876, Mary E. b.1878, Nancy L. b.1881, Roxie A. b.1883, Lida J. b.1886, Benjamin F. b.1887, George W. b.1891, Mattie L. b.1893 and Harry D. Laughlin b.1898.

By Harold J. Laughlin

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