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which is duplicated here: "Clan MacLachlan is one of
the oldest of all Scottish Clans. According to Irish
manuscripts, the Clan is descended from the same line as
the O'Neills, High Kings of Ireland. The name MacLachlan
means "son of Lachlan", and Lachlan itself is
from the older Gaelic name Lachlann which literally means
"land of lochs". It was a common Christian name
in the family tree of the High Kings.
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Most of the knowledge on the history of Alexander Laughlin and his descendants was obtained from researching the Clan MacLachlan of Scotland, McLachlan being one of the present-day spellings of the original name, Canadian census reports, the White Family Bible, and legal documents ("Petitions for Crown Lands") currently in the possession of the Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.
Alexander Laughlin was born in 1756 in the province of Stirlingshire, Scotland. It is said that his parents were weavers. (NOTE: Other Scotland ancestors are still being researched). Alexander was likely a descendant of Maclauchlan of Auchintroig, in the shire of Stirling, this branch of the clan dating back to 1394 (as noted in "An account of the surname Maclauchlan" from "De Rebus Albanicis", Glasgow, 1723).
In 1774 Alexander left Scotland and came to America, arriving at New York harbor. He traveled up the Hudson River by bateau (flat bottomed boat) toward Albany. He settled for a short time in Ballston, N.Y. where he remained until 1777 when turbulence from the Revolutionary War forced him to enlist in the Royal Americans, a corps then being formed under the authority of General Sir William Howe by Captain Daniel McAlpin of the 60th Regiment in joint action with Lieutenant Colonel William Edmonston of the 48th Regiment. Five hundred and seventy-two (572) men (Tories, loyalists to the King of Britain) quickly enrolled in this corps which was pulled together under the command of Major Daniel McAlpin. This corps was known as Major McAlpins corps of Royal Americans, and was later called the Loyal Rangers.
In 1777, a detachment of Major
McAlpins corps under the command of Captain William
Fraser, with Lieutenant Thomas Fraser, was ordered to
proceed to Ontario from Albany. After ten days of
marching, they were captured by a group of American
troops and were taken to Albany. There, Alexander
Laughlin was incarcerated. During the next 3 years, he
was kept a prisoner in various military prisons in New
York and the New England States and suffered many
hardships. The following petitions from the Canadian
archives illustrate these facts:
This is Land Petition 1798, L. No.
51, Public Archives of Canada.
This is Land Petition L. No. 51A,
Public Archives of Canada
Item Number 51C
The following document describes McAlpins Corps and shows that anyone who enlisted in it lost everything they had, as their property was confiscated.
Reference: Public Archives of Canada.
In 1775, New York served as the capitol of the new United States. On February 6, 1778, New York approved the Articles of Confederation and ratified the United States Constitution on July 26, 1788 during which time Alexander was still a prisoner of war. In 1780 he was released. Upon returning to his home in lower New York, he found that his land and property had been confiscated. While trying to begin again, he met Mary Snyder (also written as Schneider and Snider), and on December 24, 1782 they were married. Mary was born on April 17, 1760 in New York. They stayed in the New York City area for a few years. Their first child, John, was born on September 16, 1783 in Poughkeepsie, Duchess County, NY. Their second son, James, was born on March 5, 1785, and records indicate he was christened in New Hackensack, Duchess County, NY. Their third child, Elizabeth, was born October 10, 1788 in Little White Creek, NY. Their third son, name unknown, born abt. 1784, died prior to 1788.
During this time, New York had become the capital of the new United States. By the fall of 1788, Alexander had begun to pack up his family, and along with other Loyalists (eventually some 30,000) emigrated Northward out of New York State. They succeeded in traversing through the wilderness of Northern New York by the Onodaga trail in the depths of winter, until reaching the shores of Lake Ontario. In the vicinity of Cape St. Vincent they crossed the ice on sledges to the Canadian city of Kingston. They later settled about twenty miles from Kingston in Ernestown township, Lennox and Addington County, Ontario. Since he had petitioned for and was granted land by the crown, he selected the West half of Lot 17, second concession of Ernestown consisting of 100 acres. The Certificate of Location of this land is dated October 18th, 1789. A few years later, Alexander donated a portion of this land for a Lutheran church and cemetery. (Later named Union Lutheran Church Cemetery). Lennox and Addington MAP.
On April 22, 1806, Alexander left Lot 17 and purchased Lot 28, third concession of Ernestown, consisting of 200 acres, from Elizabeth ONeil. She received this land from the British Crown by deed dated May 17, 1802 and on November 16, 1803, a deed for this land was granted by the British Crown to Alexander Laughlin.
This land was passed on to later generations. According to "The Loyalists of Ontario" (Reid, p. 178), Mary, John and James all of Ernestown, claimed land on February 27, 1818.
Alexander Laughlin (grandson of the pioneer), eldest son of John Laughlin, was given the old homestead and he later sold or traded it to Harriet R. Booth by deed dated October 24, 1836.
On September 29, 1818, Alexander deeded Lot 28, third concession of Ernestown to his son James Laughlin.
James Laughlin by will dated November 2, 1838 devised the homestead to his two sons, John and Henry.
John Laughlin by deed dated February 25, 1851 conveyed his half interest in the homestead to his brother Henry Laughlin.
Henry Laughlin must have willed the homestead to his wife, Margaret Hymers Laughlin for on April 7, 1892, she deeded the homestead to her son Alexander Hymers Laughlin.
Alexander Hymers Laughlin in turn deeded the homestead to his son Harry F. Laughlin who occupied the farm in 1939.
Note: Jonas Amey received a deed for the East half of Lot 17, in the second concession of Ernestown from the British Crown on November 6, 1803. Descendants of this family married into the Laughlin family. Christopher Lake, Sr. Also received a grant of land in Ernestown township and his son, John Lake, married a daughter of Alexander Laughlin.
The following information is taken from "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State,"
(The Comptrollers Office, New York State). On page 240 Alexander Laughlin is listed as a British prisoner of war. Also listed are Alexander McLachlin and John McLachlin. The book states that prisoners were at times sent from New York State to Connecticut, (Hartford, Litchfield and Sharon), to Massachusetts, (Springfield and Worcester), to New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. On Page 256, under "Estates Confiscated" are the names Captain McAlpin and Daniel McAlpin.
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Descendants of Alexander Laughlen/Laughlin
First Generation in America
1. ALEXANDER V.1 LAUGHLEN/LAUGHLIN was born 1756 in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and died January 30, 1822 in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario, Canada. He married MARY L. SNYDER b. April 17, 1760 in "the American Colonies". They were married December 24, 1782 in New Hackensack, Dutchess Co., New York. (Marriage date also listed as November, 1782 with her middle initial transcribed as "S") Mary also died in Ernestown.
Notes for ALEXANDER V. LAUGHLEN/LAUGHLIN: Information on Alexander comes primarily from Public Archives of Canada, Land Petition Numbers: 1792 L. No. 28, 1798, L. No. 51, B. Series, Vo. 214, p 84. Book: New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, p. 240. Book: The Loyalists in Ontario (Reid) 971.3 V.23, p178.
IGI Fiche Z0001 marriage of Alexander to Mary Snyder sometimes Schneider. Lists where some children were born.
A family history compiled in 1955 by M.E. Laughlin and E.R. Laughlin provides an abundance of information on the five (of seven) children who lived and continued their lines. In this history, it is stated that Alexander and his wife were buried in unmarked graves in a cemetery near Odessa, Ontario. M.E. Laughlin erected a headstone in the nearby Union Cemetery as a memorial to Alexander Laughlen.
More About ALEXANDER V. LAUGHLEN/LAUGHLIN:
Fact 1: 1774, Immigrated - New York State
Fact 2: 1777, Taken prisoner by U.S. troops
Fact 3: 1780, Returned to New York State & married
Fact 4: 1788, Moved family to Ernestown, Ontario
Fact 5: 1803, Deeded lot 17 (100 acres) as loyalist concession
Fact 6: 1806, left lot 17 purchased lot 28, 3rd concession of Ernestown, 200 acres
Fact 7: 1818, Deeded Lot 28 to son James Laughlin
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CHILDREN OF ALEXANDER McLAUGHLEN/LAUGHLIN:
|I.||JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, b. September 16, 1783, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York; d. September 09, 1867, Ingle/McLaughlin Cemetery aka York Burying Ground, Sheffield Twp., Ontario, Canada.|
|II.||JAMES LAUGHLEN, b. March 05, 1785, New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York. He died June 10, 1850, buried at Union Lutheran Cemetery, Ernestown, Ontario.|
|III.||ELIZABETH LAUGHLIN, b. February 09, 1787, New York. Died prior to 1798. No Descendants.|
|IV.||MARY LAUGHLIN, b. October 10, 1788. Baptized March 15, 1789. She and her husband John Lake lived in Battersea, Ontario all of their adult lives. They are thought to be buried in unmarked graves at Sand Hill Cemetery near Battersea.|
|V.||HANNAH LAUGHLIN, b. November 19, 1790, Ernestown Twp., Ontario; d. November 25, 1822, Burial Place Unknown.|
|VI.||JACOB MCLAUGHLIN, b. November 06, 1792, Ernestown Twp., Ontario, d. about 1874. Thought to be buried at Yarker, Ontario. (He was also known as Isaac Jacob McLaughlin)|
|VII.||CHILD LAUGHLIN, b. 1794, Ernestown Township, Upper Canada; d. 1797, Ernestown Township, Upper Canada. No descendants.|
|Sandi Sullivan's Site (below) has sons Colin, Ronald, Duncan listed as probable descendants of Alexander.|
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