McLaughlin Family Album

William McLaughlin and Honor Gavin were said to have been married in 1848, the same year he (supposedly) immigrated. They may have been married in Ireland, aboard ship, or somewhere in New York. William was a native of County Mayo, Ireland and Honor might have also been from there.

Honor died at age 35, in 1864. On the right is a photo of Honor (Gavin) McLaughlin's headstone in Dorchester Catholic cemetery. A larger photo of this tombstone & inscription can be viewed at the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.

William married second Margaret Danaher.

Josephine McLaughlin, undated

Josephine McLaughlin (1879-1963) was the daughter of William McLaughlin and Margaret Danaher. She was a real estate agent in Minneapolis during a time when women rarely held such jobs. The late Mildred (Burke) Hall, a cousin, wrote that Josephine would visit her Hanover township family "in her furs and finery." Josephine never married.

November 20, 1901 wedding of John T. McLaughlin and Mary O'Meara (couple on the right)
Their attendants were Kathryn O'Meara and James D. O'Meara (couple on the left)

John T. 'Johnny' McLaughlin was the son of William McLaughlin and Margaret Danaher.
Mary, Kathryn and James O'Meara were children of Dennis O'Meara and Ann Fenelon. Kathryn later married Christopher W. Shields. James D. later married Ceccilia Fitzgerald.

Children of Johnny and Mary (O'Meara) McLaughlin

ca 1908

front: twins Dorothy 'Marie' and John Bertram 'Bert'
back: William 'Donald' and Mary 'Bernice'

ca 1909

L-R: William 'Donald', Mary 'Bernice' & twins Dorothy 'Marie' and John Bertram 'Bert'

McLaughlin homestead on the Iowa River, ca 1909

William 'Donald' and Mary 'Bernice' play in the yard of this home. Donald's wife wrote this caption on the bottom of the photo: "The old McLaughlin homestead on the Iowa River", but Raymond Burke, who visited the McLaughlin farm on the Iowa River many times, said that was not the house. So, I'm not positive whose house this was or where it stands/stood. (click the photo to enlarge it in a new window)

~the photos and notes were contributed by Kathy Maurer (Kathy's email address can be found in the Surname Registry for McLaughlin)


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