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McLaughlin>Phillips or Werry>Turner>Paul Turner

See note at bottom of this page regarding these arms
& the history of the McLaughlin name and variations


     The McLaughlin surname is patronymic from the personal name Lochlan.  Being Gaelic in origin, it generally refers to a stranger which was applied to the Vikings.   Thus we have the 'Son of a Viking Stranger.  There are many variation of the surname which can, in themselves, be spelt differently. Such as: McLaughlin, McLachlan, McLaghlen, McLachlainn, McGloghlin and McGloughlin.


     Some family lore and research tells that our McLaughlin family emigrated from co. Cavan, Ireland.  Research done in the parish records of the Coroneary Presbyterian Church (at Cootehill), Knockbride Parish, co. Cavan, Ireland shows our first known McLaughlin.  In 1781, the parish records show that Margaret, third child of Thomas McGlohlin and Mary Staford was baptized.  Other records show marriages and baptisms which all point to the following assumptions:  that Thomas and Mary were born about 1745 and married about 1770;  that Thomas and Mary had the following issues:. William, born c.1771;  George, born c,1779;  Margaret, born 1781 and John, born c.1786.   Most of their children were received into church by Rev. Francis Carlisle of Coroneary Presbyterian Church, co. Cavan, Ireland.

     The McLaughlin family may have been originally from Ireland and forced to flee to Scotland.  It is  possible that the family returned to Ireland and settled in co. Cavan, Ireland during the Elizabethan Plantation period (early 1600s) or after the 1641 Rebellion.  On the other hand, they may have been in Ireland and part of the Donegal sept or other septs of the northern region of Ireland

     The family were Presbyterians and tenant farmers.  The religion put them in a precarious position in Ireland and since the church had established itself in Canada by 1831 they must have decided that the Canadas may provide freedom of their faith and the ability to own their own land.  Selling what they had and most likely being helped by the church, the brothers made their way through co. Tyrone and then unto Canada.

Miscellaneous Family Findings:  see below  


     The first arrival was John, the youngest, who was married to Margaret Collins.  They first settled in Megantic County, Lower Canada (>1867-Province of Quebec) about 1828.   John & Margaret had several children born to them in Ireland and some were born in Quebec.  They remained there for about 9 years and then made their way to Upper Canada (>1867-Province of Ontario).  In 1832, brothers William and James immigrated to Canada and settled in Ontario.  I am not sure when George came.

      The 1832, the two McLaughlin families sailed on the same ship with the Rusk family and arrived in Canada in 1832.   1832 was the time of the great 'Cholera' epidemic that was ravaging Europe, the eastern United States and Canada.   Many of the emigrants that had left the hard times and the religious persecutions endured the 6-12 week voyage in 'no better than slave ships' and who had landed at Grosse Isle never traveled further than an early grave.  As Grosse Isle and Quebec City were quarantined, the families may have disembarked at Montreal.  Whether they landed at Grosse Isle or not they would have made their way to Montreal.  From Montreal, by barge, they journeyed to Upper Canada (now Ontario).  Here, they may have landed at Cobourg or Pope Hope.  Some of the families  first settled in Cavan township, others in Peterborough area and others in Darlington township of Durham County, Ontario.  Nearby towns were: Tyrone, Enniskillen, Oshawa, Whitby, and Bowmanville.

      As the western part of Ontario opened up, some of the families moved to Huron and Bruce counties, c1852.  The families have since spread from Ontario to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and beyond.  Today, descendants are scattered all over Canada and the United States. 

     The most notable family in Darlington was that of John McLaughlin and Eliza Rusk.  Settling on the farm on the west side of Tyrone in 1840.  They had the following issues:  Robert, James Wellington, John, William and Mary McLaughlin.  John James, who became a chemist and pharmacist, was responsible for "J. J. McLaughlin Limited - Manufacturing Chemists" of Toronto which produced "Canada Dry Ginger Ale".  Another son Robert, who never liked farming,  began a business of making axe handles.  He then progressed to sleighs and cutters.  The business, McLaughlin Carriage Co.,  grew and two of Robert's sons, George W. and Robert S. entered the work force.  Robert S. saw the coming importance of the automobile and along with George and Robert Sr.'s consent started the McLaughlin Motor Company.  The first car was the McLaughlin Buick and was very successful.  This company became General Motors of Canada.  

Numerous people have graciously supplied me with the information contain on this site.  If you have further inquiries about a family line look on the 'CONTACTS' page and email that person.  I have not posted all the information that I or they may have and I encourage you to make the contact.

Combined there is most likely over 75-100 years of research done on this family. 

Special thanks to each of the contributors in alphabetical order:

BARBEAU, Blair Blair was one of the first to contact me and that started the ball rolling on all the other lines of this family
EDMONDSON, Mary Ann Mary Ann has been and invaluable help with the grave pictures and with source material for the McLaughlin and Bond families.  Her editing of this site has been greatly appreciated! 
LESLIE, Mike Mike soon followed and gave great assistance
LUCKY, Carol Carol has gathered material on her line for over 20 years and has assembled many notes on the individuals.  She has supplied the LDS with her information so any material one gathers there is due to her extensive efforts.  I have only provided a small amount of that information, enough I hope, for visitors to this site to ascertain if they are of her line.  If so, you will definitely want to contact Carol!
MacKAY, Mary Mary MacKays' husband descends from George   .  Mary has written many books about the families of Bruce County and luckily for us a book "Burials in Salem Cemetery" which contains the information on the 4 brothers of Elderslie.  The book is now out of print but Mary has graciously copied the pages and has forwarded them to me.
MESSINGER, Scott Began the process of adding his family to the tree.  William McLaughlin & Mary Jane McDonald
HARRIS, Joel Added and adding his information.
McLAUGHLIN, Bruce & Sandy Sandy found our site and has given some really good information
McLAUGHLIN,  Dave & Mary Dave spotted our site and, with thanks, I have made his corrections
McLAUGHLIN, Gary & Bob Gary supplied the information and pictures of the co. Cavan, Ireland material  He and his father visited co. Cavan in 2002.  In the last few years, up until Bob's death, Bob was very helpful and instrumental in sorting family lines
UBELL, Sylvia Sylvia soon followed Mike Leslie and has been a great help on sorting out the initial lines

To obtain their email addresses go to 'Contacts'

Miscellaneous Family Findings  

The following web site(s) have provided information where I have found some family names: (no connections have been made to these persons)

            1630  Muster Roll, Co. Cavan:                       Parr;  Par;  Irwin
            1796  Flax Growers List:  Killlan Parish:         McLaughlin;  McLoughlin;  Parr
            1824  Pigot & Co1824, Ulster, Cootehill:       Irwin  

            Civil Parishes of co. Cavan (My interested parishes:  Knockbride;  Bailieborough;  Drumgoon)

            Townlands/Parishes; showing different religions

For the material gathered on the McLaughlin families please view the Dossier' pages   

The Arms depicted are those that I found relating to McLaughlin's of Ireland.  I had no idea whether they were used by this family when I found them.  I have received an email from John McLaughlin and he has explained the arms and who used them.  The arms shown above are not likely our McLaughlins but I have nothing to put in its place as yet. However, if you are interested in the McLaughlin name and arms, I encourage you to visit:  http://members.aol.com/lochlan/clanmac.htm

thanks John.

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Original date Mar, 1999

Rev: 2006.03.25