When you consider that crude oil prices are determined on a commodities board of trade, it is a wonder that the price of gas can and does fluctuate as quickly as it does.
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 7 Iss. 41
I did not have it done in time for this weekends newsletter, but I have just added some Shockwave Flash (swf) files over at our OkieLegacy US - Flash site.
You will need to download one of the Flash media players - ~NW Okie
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 9 Iss. 11
Duchess of Weaselskin
Bayfield, CO - Some have said the death of a young, black teenager in Florida was a "senseless tragedy." Would it be more appropriate to say that this was a "senseless travesty of justice" (false, absurd, or distorted representation of something) that caused a "senseless tragedy!"
We have read that George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchperson, was also carrying a gun while pursuing Trayvon when Zimmerman was told by the police dispatch to "step down." Zimmerman did not step down and continued to follow and confront Trayvon. If Zimmerman had done as the police had told him, would Trayvon been alive today to tell us his side of the story?
This action by Zimmerman seems to be, in itself, the false, absurd and distorted representation of a self-appointed neighborhood watchperson turned vigilante! Sounds like Trayvon was the one standing his ground after being pursued by Zimmerman.
Our heart and soul go out to the Trayvon Martin family for their senseless loss! This Travesty of justice has caused a tragedy of suffering, destruction and distress amongst the family, community and the world.
Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women, Senior Citizens, Middleclass & Minority !"
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100 Years Ago Today - March 26, 1912
America - One hundred years ago today, according to The Washington Times, dated 26 March 1912, Washington, DC, "Eighty-Three Men Entombed In Mine In West Virginia." As the story reads there was explosion of gas in Jed Shaft Shuts Off Escape.
Welch, W. Va., March 26 (1912) -- "Eighty-three men are entombed in the mine of the Untied States Coal and Coke Company at Jed, three miles from here. An explosion of gas occurred in the mine at 7:30 this morning. Eighty-six men were then at work. Only three of the number were able to each the outside. Two rescue cars under the United States Bureau of Mines were ordered to Jed as soon as disaster was reported, one coming from St. Paul. Va., and the others from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Rescue Work Difficult
Following the explosion, after-damp pervaded the entire workings, and it was impossible for any immediate rescue work to be begun. Deputy State Mine Inspector Mitchell arrived from Bluefields an hour after the explosion occurred. Because of the deadly after-damp, in which no human being can live an instant, it was impossible for the would-be rescuers to get farther than a few hundred feet from the opening.
The Jed mine worked day and night shifts, employing in all about 150 men. It was a shaft mine, and had been operated on a non-union basis. The 150 employees with their families comprised practically the entire population of the town of Jed. When the news of the explosion spread women and children gathered at the mouth of the mine terror-stricken. Nearly all of the men in the mine were married. Their families refused to leave the shaft, hysterically urging the rescue party to greater efforts.
Nothing To Indicate Fire
It is not thought that any part of the workings is on fire. Some smoke and fume issued from the mine opening immediately after the explosion, but now that this has disappeared there is nothing to indicate flames inside. The men had been in the mine less than an hour when the explosion occurred. This would hardly have allowed all of them to reach their working places. Miners said that those men who had reached their pockets had the best chance of escaping death from the explosion.
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NW Okie's Corner
Bayfield, CO - We just received an inquiry concerning our Vol. 9, Iss. 13, dated 2007-03-31, concerning an article, "St. Louis Browns - 1914," that Jim Bradley shared with us and said he had a 38 inch by 12 inch picture of the Browns.
Matt Shed asks, "Do you still have the St. Louis Browns photo from 1914? My great-grandfather played on the team."
My grandfather, Bill McGill, was not playing for the Browns in 1914, because he had retired from professional baseball back in 1909 or 1910 when he married my grandmother, March 24, 1910. That is why there is no McGill in either picture during 1914.
In The OkieLegacy Ezine, Volume 5, Iss. 5, 2003-02-01, S. Fox tells us that, "Foxtown, KY is north of McKee on Rt 89. It is an intersection of 89 and Foxtown Rd. Former post office / general store is on the left just before intersection. What cemetery are you looking for? ~s fox"
We received this bit of information from Gerald McLaughlin concerning Jacob Warwick. We would love to find this newspaper, but it is before the Library of Congress collection starting date. Does anyone out there know anyone or another place we might look for this article?
Main Entry, Richmond Enquirer (Richmond, Virginia, 1815, Semiweekly). Jacob Warwick died at the house of Col. Charles Cameron of Bath County (Virginia) on January 11, 1826, mentioning that Jacob Warwick, late of Pocahontas County, in his 80th year, survived by children. (p. 3, c. 5). Publication, Tuesday, January 31, 1826.
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Highland County Virginia - Under Pendleton & Bath
Highland County, Virginia - This week our journey of Highland county, Virginia takes us back to a time when there was a subdividing of Augusta county with the formation of Pendleton and Bath, the Greenbrier District. We shall learn a bit about the Highland men as local officers and the growth of the Highland area and what some call the Turnpike.
Let us begin with Augusta, the mother of counties, extending at the first 240 miles along the Blue Ridge, westward to the Mississippi. County after county was lopped off in every direction except the east. The subdividing of Augusta began with Botetcourt in 1769, continuing rapidly in 1790 as Augusta was reduced in size.
In 1787 - Highland area was wholly a part of Augusta, and the portion of Rockingham lying west of the Shenandoah mountain was with the addition of narrow slices taken from Hardy and Augusta made into the county of Pendleton. The southern line of Pendleton passed through the Highland area by following the divide between the waters of the Potomac and the James in a crooked course. Less than two years after Pendleton was created, the county of Bath was stricken off from the parent county by being made to include that section of it west of the Shenandoah range. It took in the whole upper basin of the James, down to the point where it passes through the range just mentioned. The boundaries of Bath county followed natural lines.
In 1796 - The southern line of Pendleton was pushed southward a distance of four to twelve miles,made to cross the Highland area nearly through the center. The reason for such annexation was not clearly apparent at that time. Pendleton and Bath were enlarged by being made to take in the upper Greenbrier Valley, with their western border was changed from the crest of the main Alleghany to that of the "Back Alleghany," which diverged from the former on the west line of Pendleton and ran southwestward in a nearly parallel course at a distance of ten or fifteen miles. This enlargement was by petition of the few settlers on the Upper Greenbrier.
In 1821 - The remote section of the two counties became a part of the new county of Pocahontas, and Bath was diminished to the southward by the creation of Alleghany county. As the story goes, it was the intention to name the western county Alleghany and the eastern Pocahontas, but through a blunder of the engrossing clerk the names were transposed.
When Highland area had become identified with the new counties of Pendleton and Bath, it contained from one thousand to twelve hundred people. Some of those being my ancestors, I suspect. many new settlers had come into its valleys. The Back Creek basin was the last to be occupied, containing the Wade, Slaven, Bird, Matheny, Brisco, Chestnut, Ryder and Woods families.
In 1799, on Straight Creek, the following persons in a coroner's jury called together by a tree falling upon John Mifford, we find the following jurors: John Beverage (foreman), Henry and John James, James and Jacob Seybert, George Franklin, John Moon, Thomas Jones, George Fisher, John Warwick, James Trimble and George Rymer.
In May of 1800, we find at the sale of the late Christian Wagoner's effects, the following: Michael Arbogast, William Bennett, William Cunningham, Michael Fox, John Hickley, William Janes, James and Hopkins Jones, Martin and Christian Life, William Michael, Francis Nicholas, Michael Peck, John Rexrode, Christopher Reed, James Trimble, Philip Wimer, Martin Waybright, John White, Adam and Michael Wagoner, and Christina Joseph. Abraham Smith was during this time a dweller in Crabbottom.
Reading through this chapter XI, History of Highland County, Virginia, by Oren F. Morton, page 108, we find another ancestor, Peter Hull (HOHL) mentioned as the only justice from the Highland area. Henry Fleisher was appointed major of the militia regiment, Jacob Gum was a constable and George Nichalas was a road overseer. John McCoy was a constable in 1792. Michael Arbogast served on the first grand jury. John Wilson and John Peebles appear to be the only Highland representation among the first justices of Bath. Samuel Black, William Ruder and Stephen Wilson served on its first grand jury.
That section of Bath beyond the main Alleghany was given two constables and was one of the three districts to elect overseers of the poor. This area was populated by the overflow from the older section to the east. The Vurners, Houchins, Sharps and Sharrots removed to this place in a group and were joined by branches of the Arbogast, Gum and other families.
John H. Peyton was an attorney, who visited Huntersville in 1823, shortly after the organization of Pocahontas, declaring it as much out of the world as Tartary. The town consisted of two log cabins, one of these being the residence of John Bradshaw, who had moved there from the Bullpasture Valley. The following is an ext rat from his letter:
"The other hovel is called the Loom-house, for these people are self-sustaining. The big wheel and the little shell are birding in every hut. The homespun cloth is stronger anymore durable than that brought by our merchants from Northern manufacturers. In Bradshaw's dwelling is a large fireplace, which occupies the entire gable end. The chimney is enormous, and so short that the room is filled with light which enters this way. It is an ingenious contrivance for letting all the warmth escape through the chimney, while most of the smoke is driven back into the chamber. In the chimney corner I prepared my legal papers before a roaring fire, surrounded by rough mountaineers, who were drinking whiskey, and as night advanced growing riotous. In the back part of the room two beds were curtained off with horse-blankets; one for the judge, the other for myself. To the left of the fireplace stood Bradshaw's couch. In the loft, to which they ascended by a ladder, his daughter and the hired woman slept, and in time of a crowd, a wayfarer. The other guests were sent to sleep in the three beds in the Loom-house. The loom was used as a hatrack at night and for sitting on. My clients roosted on the loom while detailing their troubles.
"Bradshaw's table is well supplied. There is profusion if not prodigality in the rich, lavish bounty of the goodly tavern. As a mark of deference and respect to the Court, I presume, we had a table-cloth -- they are not often seen on Western tables, and when they are, are not innocent of color, and clean sheets upon our beds. This matter of the sheets is no small affair in out-o-the-way places, as it not infrequently happens that wanderers communicate disease throughout he bed clothing. Bradshaw's family is scrupulously clean, which is somewhat remarkable in a region where cleanliness is for the most part on the outside.
"The support of the people is mainly derived from their flocks of cattle, homes, and sheep, which they drive over the mountains to market. There is little money among them except after these excursions, but they have little need of it -- every want is supplied by the happy country they possess and of which they are as fond as the Swiss of their mountains."
The Grand Juries
The grand juries of Pendleton during the first decade of its history were represented by the following: Adam, David and John Arbogast; John Armstrong; William Blagg; Thomas Duffield; Conrad and Henry Fleisher; Jacob Gum; Charles Halterman; James and William Janes; Henry Jones; Jospeh Lantz; Peter Lightner; Edward Morton; George Naigley; George Nicholas; Garrett Peck; Henry Seybert; William; David; and Elibab Wilson; and Peter Zickafoose.
In 1788, my ancestor, Peter Hull took a storekeeper's license, and then years later Samuel Blagg took a license for an ordinary. In 1800 Peter and Jacob hull had two stores.
It was in 1788 that George Nicholas was road surveyor from the mouth to the head of Straight Creek. In 1790, Charles Erwin had the road from Mathias Benson's to the Augusta line, James Steuart, the road from the Pendleton line to Joseph Gwin's and Abraham Gum, the road from John Slaven's to the Pendleton line.
Robert Carlile, David Gwin and William Houchin were other road surveyors under Bath. In the same year (1788) Jacob Gum took the place of McKenny Robinson on the upper South Branch. Two ears later John Arbogast had the road form Michael Arbogast's to the intersection with the Dry Run road. Garrett Peck ahd the latter road around to the mouth of STraight Creek. The precinct of James Mullenax was from peter Hull's to the mouth of Straight Creek, and that of Isaac Gum was from Peter Hull's southward to the old Pendleton line.
In 1790 - On the other side of the county, William Jordan had the road from the head of the Cowpasture southward to the old Pendleton line. His assistants were Francis Hayworth, Thomas Douglas and three sons, Thomas Devericks and one son, Henry Jones, Edward Morton, William Harris, John Keezle and son, and John Hatton. Four years later, George Sheets cared for the road from Robert Malcomb's to John Hiner's, and Thomas Duffield, the road from Elibab Wilson's to Burnett's mill beyond the present Pendleton line.
By 1780 there was a pioneer road from the Crabbottom westward across the Alleghany, known as the Riffle road from Francis Riffle or Riggle, a pioneer of Tygart's valley.
In 1790 - The Bath Court provided a jail by laying on a special levy of 13 pounds of tobacco (43 cents) per tithable. The more prominent offenses in this county during its earlier history were hog stealing, liquor selling, swearing and blasphemy and obstructing road surveys. But in 1799, 324 citizens were presented for not voting, and in 1881, 332 were likewise called up.
In 1800 - The heavier landholders int he Pendleton half were the following: Michael Arbogast (1037 acres), Joseph Bell (611 acres), John Beverage (559 acres), peter Hull (2712 acres), William Janes (566 acres), Nicholas Seybert (662 acres), Philip Wimer (772 acres), Peter Zickafoose (570 acres).
The railroad age dawned about 1830. It was some years before this date, and for some years later, the need of better highways for the growing American people became a very live topic. It was necessary to shorten the hours of travel. People beyond the mountains were in particular need of better roads to the Eastern markets. It was in 1822 that James B. Campbell, experienced surveyor, returned front he West to Crabbottom, and soon began to plan a turnpike to connect Staunton with Parkersburg. The route selected was from the top of Shenandoah mountain to Shaw's Fork nearly the same as the present pike. From this point his own route followed Shaw's Fork to its mouth, and there crossed Bullpasture mountain, reaching the river of the same name near the mouth of DAvis Run. This stream was followed to the Sounding Knob Gap. The next range was passed through Vanderpool Gap, and a course was thence traced through the Great Valley of Back Creek to the Townsend Draft near the Bath line. This is where it began the ascent of Alleghany mountain. But the survey did not become a road. In 1838 the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike was built under the supervision of Claude Crozet, a civil engineer of the first Napoleon, who work in Russia as we'll as France. Influential citizens induced him to abandon the easier route, to adopt the one by which the road was actually constructed.
The turnpike paralleled and crossed a common road constructed by the state, and the long-abandoned track was sometimes in full view for quite a distance. On the slope of Shenandoah mountain was a still older road, apparently the one laid out by Wallace Estill.
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75 Years Ago - Missing Amelia Earhart & Lockheed Plane
America - Earlier last week we heard in the news that there was a means using sonar to found the missing Lockheed airplane of a woman pilot, Amelia Earhart, when she went missing without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago.
Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared July 2, 1937, while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island as part of Earhart's attempt to become the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe. Amelia's Lockheed Electra plane vanished in what is now the Pacific Nation of Kiribati.
Armed with that analysis by the State Department, historians, scientists and salvagers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, are returning to the island in July in the hope of finding the wreckage of Earhart's plane and perhaps even the remains of the pilot and her navigator Fred Noonan.
Hillary Clinton hailed Earhart as an inspiration to Americans in difficult times as the nation struggled to emerge from the Great Depression and said her legacy could be a model for the country now. Clinton stated, "Amelia Earhart may have been a unlikely heroine for a nation down on its luck, but she embodies the spirit of an America coming of age and increasingly confident, ready to lead in a quite uncertain and dangerous world," she said. "She gave people hope and she inspired them to dream bigger and bolder."
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Information On Judge Wm McLaughlin's Family
Virginia - Gerald McLaughlin shares the following pdf files and images with us this week. Gerald says, "I picked up the first document at Leyburn Library (W&LU). He authored this book: . He was instrumental in renaming WL&U (Washington & Lee University) after Robert E. Lee. It was first Augusta Academy, then Liberty Hall, then Washington Academy, then Washington College and finally Washington and Lee University. I just donated a book authored by Geo. Washington and William Jackson to W&LU. Considering it was endowed by the first President and then renamed after the man that married his step granddaughter, I could think of no better place for the book."
Gerald goes on to say, "Lee wrote Judge Wm. on occasion: . Bio from Electric Scotland; McLaughlin, Judge William, Lexington, Va., Born in Rockbridge County, Va.; Scotch-Irish parentage; judge of the Circuit Court; member Virginia Convention; member of Virginia Legislature; judge of the Circuit Court of Virginia; judge of Special Court of Appeals of Virginia; rector of Washington and Lee University. Headstone and marker photos are by others. I was in the cemetery looking all around and was within a couple feet of it (my wife was in the car impatiently waiting). He was somehow related to Squire Hugh McLaughlin of Pocahontas because according to the last story, Rev. Henry Woods McLaughlin (grandson to Sq. Hugh) was the Judge's cousin. By the way, since Sq. Hugh McLaughlin married Nancy Gwin (1770-1845, granddaughter of Capt. David Gwin (1742-1822) & Jane Carlile (1746-1787)), also your relative."
This PDF file concerns Information on William McLaughlin, Author(s): Charles Curry - Source: The Virginia Law Register, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Jul., 1905), pp. 159-176. Published by: Virginia Law Review; Stable URL
Judge Wm McLaughlin Heirs
Judge Wm McLaughlin Heirs - From this pdf file we find a listing of heirs of Judge Wm. McLaughlin. It mentions, "The only heirs at law of the said Wm. McLaughlin, are his widow Fannie M. McLaughlin, John C. Ayers, Wm. C. Ayers, James F. Ayers and Margaret B. Humphrey's (nee Ayers), children of Margarita Ayers (nee McLaughlin) the deceased sister of said Wm. McLaoughlin."
It also mentions vendors holding liens on Wm. McLaughlin's estate, which reads, "The parties who hold the vendors and other liens upon the real estate mentioned, are as far as your orator is advised, the following: Mrs. N. J. Gibbs, Jno. H. Moore administrator of Law - McD. Moore died, C. R. K. Varner executor of Mary C. Campbell dead, and the Washington and Lee University."
1.) Edward McLaughlin - born (?); married Jane Irwin (Granddaughter John Sitlington per Sitlington Heirs vs Sitlington Widow abstract but could also be just the niece of Andrew Sitlington - need to see actual documents) born - Â±1750. (Edward) A native of Londonderry, Ireland, settled early in the eighteenth century near the place now called Goshen (Bell's Valley according to Judge Wm. bios ca 1745), in Rockbridge county. His wife was a Miss Irvin. He was a member of Captain Dickinson's company at Point Pleasant, and during the Revolutionary war participated in the battles of the Cowpens, Guilford, and Yorktown. His son, Edward I., was the father of Judge William McLaughlin. Source: Annals of Augusta County by Jos. A. Waddell.(Judge Wm. Bio indicates County Down rather than Londonderry).
The Battle of Point Pleasant - a battle of the revolution, October 10th 1774; biographical sketches of the men who participated (1909). Author: Livia Nye Simpson-Poffenbarfer (lists one Edward McLaughlin at the Battle of Point Pleasant). Note: Source was probably Annals of Augusta County. Source in Annals of Augusta County was Judge Wm. McLaughlin. Also listed in Documentary history of Dunmore's War, 1774, Thwaites, Reuben Gold, 1853-1913; State Historical Society of Wisconsin; Sons of the American Revolution. Wisconsin Society; Kellogg, Louise Phelps 1905.
Sitlington Heirs vs. Sitlington's Widow - O. S. 79; N. S. 27--Bill, 3d December, 1805. Orators are viz: James Kelso, and Elizabeth, his wife, John Young and Polly, his wife; Nathan Crawford and Jane, his wife; Jennet Sloan (Kean?), Andrew Beaty and Agness, his wife; Edward McLaughlin and Jane, his wife; of whom Elizabeth, Polly, Jane Crawford, Jennet and Agness are the daughters and Jane Erwin is granddaughter of John Sutlington, deceased. John was brother of whole blood of Andrew Sutlington, of Bath. Andrew died 1787 without issue, widow Elizabeth. He made a will, dated 1801, and this suit is to contest it on account of inability by age and infirmity, being 90 years old. Andrew had written to John in Ireland to come to Virginia. He married Elizabeth when aged. She was a Montgomery? Her brother (?) John was a preacher. Defendants are viz: Elizabeth Sutlingon (widow of Andrew), Jacob Warwick, Andrew Sutlingon Warwick, Andrew Sutlington (son of Robert Sutlington), John Montgomery, and Andrew Erwin. Jacob Warwick answers that oratrix, Jane McLaughlin, is niece of Andrew Sutlington, who is understood to have had a half-sister, Mrs. Sherman, living in Pennsylvania at his death.Andrew had married the mother of Jacob. Elizabeth answers that John Sutlington had a son, Robert, now living in Bath. James Erwin is brother of Jane McLaughlin. Andrew died 15th April, 1804. He was in his 85th year. John Sutlington came to this country in 1774. Andrew and Elizabeth were married in 1779. Andrew Sitlington's will dated 12th October, 1801. Proved in Bath County, June, 1804. Wife Elizabeth; legatee Gean Crawford, wife of Nathan Crawford. Legatee Andrew Sitlington Crawford, son of Nathan. Legatee Gennet Sloan and her daughter, Polly Sloan. Legatee Polly Young, wife of John Young. Legatee Agness Beaty, wife of Andrew Beaty. Legatee Elizabeth Kelso, wife of James Kelso. Legatee Elizabeth, Sitlington Kelso, daughter of Elizabeth Kelso, Legatee nephew, James Erwin. Legatee nephew, Andrew Erwin. Legatee niece Jean McGloughlin, wife of Edward, and her son, Andrew McGloughlin. Legatee Andrew Sitlington McDonald, son of Samuel. Legatee Elizabeth McDonald, daughter of John. Legatee Elizabeth McDonald, daughter of Samuel. Legatee Andrew Sitlington Warwick, son of Jacob. Legatee Andrew Sitlington, son of Robert. Letter by Andrew to John dated Greenbrier, 25th September, 1776, speaks of brother William (in Pennsylvania), and brother Thomas, of sister Elizabeth. Source: CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT OF VIRGINIA; Vol 2, pp 96-103 by Lyman Chalkley.
2.) Edward Irving McLaughlin born Feb. 20, 1787; marr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Nesbitt, b own 1792. (Son); Death of Edward Irving McLaughlin, son of Edward and Jane McLaughlin born in Rockbridge Co. Virginia. Death March 24, 1858, age 71; his wife is listed as E. McLaughlin and this was reported by William. [Source: Bath Co. Historical Society.] Edward I. McLaughlin was buried in the "Old Lebanon Cemetery A1 (2), Craigsville, Augusta County, Virginia.
Just north of the present Rockbridge - Augusta County line, approximately 125 yards west of the state Route 42, on Ramsey's Draft, stood the original Lebanon Presbyterian Meeting house, called "Little River" and "Wahab" in early records. Around it was the burying ground, used from soon after the mid 1700's. Located 1/4 mile south of intersection of Route 42 & Route 687. Fenced, approximately 80 X 80 feet. McLaughlin, Edw'd I. b 20 Feb 1787 - d 24 Mar 1858. The Devoted Husband, Affectionate Father, Useful Citizen, Mark the perfect man and behold The upright for the end of that man Is peace. Source: usgwarchives.net.
3.) Judge William McLaughlin
- William McLaughlin was born 6 January 1828 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Edward Irving McLaughlin (died 1858) and Betsy Nesbit McLaughlin (1792-1869). He apprenticed as a surveyor with his father, but became interested in the law. McLaughlin graduated from Washington College in 1850, then studied law under Judge John White Brockenbrough (1806-1877). McLaughlin was admitted to the bar in 1851, but continued his studies for two years before commencing his practice in Lexington, Virginia, in 1853. When the Civil War began, McLaughlin enlisted in the Rockbridge Artillery and served through out the war, rising to the rank of major. After the war ended, McLaughlin returned to Lexington where he was appointed to the board of trustees for Washington College. McLaughlin suggested that the school hire Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) to be its president and after Lee's death, pushed for the school to be renamed Washington and Lee University. He represented Rockbridge County in the constitutional convention of 1867-1868 and in the House of Delegates in 1869. McLaughlin was appointed judge for the 13th judicial circuit in 1870. He married first Sallie Mayse (d. 1882) 30 November 1875, and married second Fannie M. Coffman. McLaughlin died in Lexington 18 August 1898. Source: Library of Virginia Biography. Also see Obituary.
Ceremonies Connected with the Unveiling of the Bronze Statue of Gen. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson at Lexington, VA, July 21st, 1891, by William McLaughlin.
- Squire Hugh McLaughlin was a cousin of Judge McLaughlin of Lexington, Virginia. Source: History of Virginia, Vol. 5 Phillip Alexander Bruce Biography of Henry Woods McLaughlin.
- Hugh McLaughlin, of John, the Irish immigrant, married Sally Grimes, daughter of Arthur, of Felix, the pioneer. Ho lived near Huntersville on lands now owned by Dr Patterson and others. J. A; McLaughlin, Mrs Mary Hogsett and Lieut. James Hickman McLaughlin, a Confederate officer who perished in the war, were his children. He was a popular anil prominent citizen. Squire Hugh McLaughlin and Hugh McLaughlin, late of Huntersville, were cousins and were intimately associated when they were young men. Source: Sketches of Pocahontas County, William Thomas Price.
- Dedication: "This book is dedicated to Hugh Edward McLaughlin, who helped defeat Chief Cornstalk at the Battle of Point Pleasant, the Opening battle of the American Revolution, and who fought with the "Men of Augusta" throughout that war..." Source: The Mighty Eighth in WWII: a Memoir by J. Kemp McLaughlin, descendant of James Buchannan McLaughlin.
Rev. Dr. Henry W. McLaughlin Bio
Vol. V, Virginia Biography, by Special Staff of Writers, 1924, "History of Virginia,"page 562, gives this biography of Rev. Dr. Henry W. McLaughlin. Rev. Dr. Henry W. McLaughlin was one of the most powerful sources of religious inspiration and work in Virginia had been the New Providence Presbyterian Church of Rockbridge. This church, organized 1746, was the largest presbyterian Church in the open country in Virginia. It was the principal source of the educational impulse which had resulted in the great institution of learning, Washington and Lee University. For more than a century it had been a center of light and enlightenment throughout the country. [Read more by clicking PDF file Link above.]
Leyburn Library Information
Judge William McLaughlin is mentioned Leyburn Library pdf file as follows: "The judge died at his home in Lexington, Va., on Thursday evening, August 18, 1898, in the seventy-first year of his age. His illness was brief, and the announcement of his death came as a startling surprise tot he community. McLaughlin presided at meeting of the Executive committee of this University, held at his home, on the SAturday preceding his death. Though suffering from the effects of carbuncle on his cheek, and apparently in pain, no one thought that the strong manly form was so soon to lie low in death. Judge McLaughlin was the youngest and last surviver of the family of ten children of E. I. McLaughlin and betsy Nesbit. His grandfather, Edward McLaughlin emigrated from County Down, Ireland, and settled in this county in the year 1747. William's grandfather was also a soldier in the Revolutionary Army and participated in the battles of Cowpeas, Guilford and Yorktown.
It was told that William's grandmother, in an assault by the Indians upon Dickinson's Fort on the CowPasture River, in the year 1755 or 1757, she, then a young girl, moulded bullets for the men during the engagement. William's father, E. I. McLaughlin, held for many years the position of Surveyor for Rockbridge County, and was recalled as a man of fine intellect, wonderful memory and sterling Democracy, traits of character which pre0eminently distinguished his son William.
William received his classical course for entrance into Washington College at the Brownsburg Academy, one of the most noted of the old time classical schools of Virginia. He graduated at Washington College June 19, 1850, with the degree of A.B. He then entered the Law School conducted by that distinguished jurist, Judge John W. Brockenbrough, and on December 12, 1851,was licensed by Judges john Tayloe Lomax, Lucas P. Thompson and Richarrd H. Field, and began the practice of law in his native County. he at once took an active part in public affairs and was sent to the State Democratic Convention held at Staunton, Virginia, in 1855, where he was an earnest advocate of the nomination of Hon. Henry A Wise for the office of governor. [You can read more about William McLaughlin at the PDF Link above.]
The Old Dominion (monthly magazine of Literature, science and art., editors: M. W. Hazlewood and G. Watson James, Vol. IV, No. 1, page 172-173 mentions this about William McLaughlin - Delegate from Rockbridge county, was born in Rockbridge, Va., and is under forty years of age, and still a bachelor! He is of Scotch-Irish parentage, the hardy and intelligent race who first settled the Upper Valley of Virginia. He graduated at WAshington College; studied law under Judge John W. Brockenbrough, at Lexington, and was admitted to the bar in 1859. At the commencement of the war he entered the Southern army as Lieutenant in the famous Rockbridge Artillery, commanded by Capt. Wn. N. Pendleton, afterwards Major General Pendleton. On the promotion of Pendleton, Lieutenant McLaughlin became Captain of the company, and was subsequently promoted Major of Artillery. He was a member of the State Convention of 1867-68, and at the recent election was returned as delegate to the General assembly from his native county. Major McLaughlin was considered the coolest head in the State Convention. He rarely ever engaged in debate, but when he did speak it was brief and to the point. He always commanded the attention of both parties in the Convention and was listened to with marked respect. He rarely ever offered a resolution but which was adopted, front he fact of its being well considered and weighed. He was the silent (comparatively speaking) working man, and trusted leader of the Conservatives in the Convention. Personally, Major McLaughlin is one of the finest looking men in the House."
Letter from the "Executive Department
Letter From Executive Department, dated May 24, 1862, and respectfully signed John Letcher reads as follows, "Dear Sir, I have known Captain McLaughlin from his boyhood, having been born and raised in the county of Rockbridge. He is a gentleman of fine moral character, steady in habits, of excellent intelligence and education. I cannot of course speak of his military qualifications from personal observations, but I can say that all I have heard of than, the current . . . . . fully justifies endorsing all that General has stated in the accompanying letter. An appointment such as he asks, could not be bestowed upon one more worthy."
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Obituary of Judge Wm. McLaughlin (1898 Virginia)
Virginia - The top of stone marker (on the left) in Old Lebanon cemetery that we had in last week's OkieLegacy Ezine reads "McLaughlin." The image on the right is the front of that same stone marker.
Judge Wm. McLaughlin (son of Edward and Jane Irwin/Ervin/Erwin), born Jan. 6, 1828; died Aug. 18, 1898, Lieut Col. of Artillery CSA . . . . ." Fannie Mays & Wm McLaughlin stone reads as follows: "Fannie M., wife of Judge Wm McLaughlin, Nov. 9, 1835 - Oct. 25, 1908. William McLaughlin."
Obituary of Judge Wm McLaughlin
Click news clipping to read Judge Wm McLaughlin Obit (pdf) and be sure to look at the other clippings in that news clippings, which showed a depressing time period. The obituary for "Judge McLaughlin Dead" reads as follows, "The Noted Jurist Dies From the Effects of a Carbuncle."
It goes on to state a "Sketch of his Life" with the following, "Judge McLaughlin was a son of Edward I. McLaughlin and Elizabeth Nesbitt. He was born December 27, 1827, and reared at Bell's Valley near Goshen. He was the youngest of ten children and was the last of his immediate family. His youth was spent on his father's farm and in assisting his father as county surveyor. He graduated from Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, in 1850, taking the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and studied law at the famous law school of Judge Brockenbrough. He afterwards began the practice of his profession in Lexington in partnership with John D. Sterrett. At the outbreak of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as a lieutenant in the Rockbridge Artillery, of which the late Beneral W. N. Pendleton was captain. he was subsequently appointed a major of artillery and served in the Valley with General Jubal A. Early. Before the close of the war he had been promoted to be lieutenant-colonel. His battalion took an active part in the battle of New Market, and especially distinguished itself.
"After the surrender he returned to Lexington and resumed the practice of law and succeeded in building up a lucrative business. He was a member of the post-bellum Virginia Constitutional Convention and was a member of the House of Delegates from Rockbridge for one term, closing in 1870. Subsequently he was elected Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in which capacity he served to the time of his death. From 1872 to 1874 he was judge of the Special Court of Appeals composed of Judges Barton, Wingfield and McLaughlin. He was elected a trustee of Washington College in 1865, and in 1888 he was made rector of the Board of Trustees of the University to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Francis T. Anderson. He was an active member of Lee-Jackson Camp of Confederate Veteran, of this place, and always manifested the greatest interest in the Camp.
"Judge McLaughlin was of Scotch-Irish ancestry and he was proud of the fact. To that strain was due the ruggedness of his character. He was a man of commanding presence and distinguished for a memory of extraordinary power. An accurate and painstaking lawyer and judge, he accomplished an immense amount of business with ease. He was a devoted friend of Washington and Lee University, and was remarkable for his love for his native county of Rockbridge. He was for years chairman of the county Finance committee and to his efforts and ability we are indebted for the good showing of the county's financial condition.
Judge McLaughlin was twice married, his first wife being Miss Sallie Mays, daughter of Hon. Thomas Mays, of Montgomery, Ala. She died in 1884. In 1887 he married Mrs. Fannie Coffman, of Harrisonburg, daughter of the late Jacob Bear, formerly of Lexington, who survives him."
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Chapman's, Jackson's & Lurty's Virginia Batteries C.S.A.
Virginia - Chapman's, Jackson's and Lurty's Virginia Batteries CSA, Maj. William McLaughlin --
Protecting much of the Confederate Army were seven artillery pieces, all of which were placed above the highway. Both smoothbore and rifled cannon were present and blocked efforts by the Union army to advance up the main road. However, the position could not be held, due to Federal advances on the left flank. During the retreat, six of the seven guns were removed safely, but one of Chapman's 12 lb. howitzers broke down and had to be abandoned. Official reports indicate that it was captured by the Union army, but rumors persist that it remains buried somewhere on Droop mountain.
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Women Suffrage Movement
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - As the last week of March 2012 is upon us, we continue our history of women and their fight for suffrage and the right to vote! In the Evening Public Ledger, out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated May 1, 1915, in a Night Extra, we find these pictures of suffrage movement who took part in a parade and demonstration.
Those pictured on the back page were: MME. Aino Malmberg, visitor from Finland; Miss Bertha Sapouits, active Stump Speaker; Mrs. Edward Biddle, PA. Chairman Woman's Peace party; Uncle Sam Group in Sailor costume; Mrs. medial McCormick, visitor from Chicago; Mrs. John c. Hirst, one of the Philadelphia contingent; Mrs. W. Albert Wood, chief marshal; Mrs. Geo. A. Piersol, active Phila. Worker; Caroline Katzenstein, leader of uncle Sam's Group; Mrs. Paul Huttinger, marshal of Equal Franchise Society; Mrs. Frank Roessing, State president.
On the front page were the headlines: Women In Mighty Pagesant Give Splendid Impulse To the Cause of Suffrage. It goes on to read, "With Flying Banners and to the strains of martial mMusic more than 10,000 Champions of the right to Vote march through the city's streets in triumphant array."
It was reported as a most important demonstration of the kind ever attempted in Philadelphia that won thousands of converts. Spectacle a vivid proof of earnestness. Men proudly joined the ranks and mass meetings followed the parade.
it was reported as a stirring pageant that had ever been held in a city famous for its parades than this one staged by the women in May of 1915. It made a profound impression by a body of citizens interested in high purpose. The cause of suffrage had gone forward 100 per cent and was the consensus of opinion of the though ands who stood along the line of march the afternoon of May 1, 1915, at 3 o'clock, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when Mrs. William Albert Wood, the grand marshal, gave the signal for the eventful procession to move.
It was like a modern Joan of Arc, accoutered, not in a militant suit of mail, but in immaculate white typifying the purity of suffrage ideals, she took her place in the rear of Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American suffrage Assoication, and Mrs. Medill McCormick, leaders of the pageant. Far in the van a mounted trumpeter announced in shrill blasts the coming of the women. A dozen bands took their cue from this. Thousands of pennants and banners were raised in the air.
As the parade began to move, what seemed a pandemonium at 2 o'clock before the mobilization got under way now resolved itself into a series of ordered battalions. Division followed division with military precision and the thousands who had lined up on the curbstones, in windows and on the tops of buildings burst into an involuntary cheer of enthusiasm.
Many who came to scoff remained to pray. many women also, who influenced by "anti" families or friends, had decided to stay out of the parade, were drawn irresistible into the ranks at the last minute, the consequence being that hundreds of women who had come as onlookers took their places in the rear unable to withstand the example set them. They marched up 7th street with not a hitch marring the regularity of their going, old women and young ones, rich and poor keeping step tot he rousing music of the bands.
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