It did not take long for the McLaughlin children to take spouses and start families. By the turn of the century the McLaughlin family included the following names; McLaughlin, Butler, Harvey,McGinley, McCarty, Dougherty, Lord,Bryan, Harvey, Van Nortwick, Touhey and Oneil families. Most of the men served at least one year in the Civil war. Several lost their lives to it. Like the plants that sustained them on the farms, the family grew roots in their new land and sewed the seeds of the next generation, the first Irish Americans, born citizens and raised with a blending of cultures. The children listened to the stories of the famine and the war that drove their parents from their own homes. They were instilled with a deep pride in their Irish roots and an equally strong sense of patriotism for their own country, the United States of America.
Elizabeth McLaughlin married an Irish war veteran. Thomas Butler had come from county Cork by way of Quebec Canada. He and his first wife had five children, five sons. After his wife passed away Thomas was left to raise the children alone, including caring for his second son, Cornelius, a deaf mute. Thomas joined the war to relieve his pain. Following the war he married Elizabeth McLaughlin, eldest daughter of James and Hannah. Elizabeth could not have children of her own. She and Tom adopted her nephew, young James McCarty and raised him as their own. Elizabeth was welcomed by the Butler children and remained with the grown children following Tom's death.
THE BUTLER BOYS
John (1840-) born Quebec Canada
Cornelius (1842-1912) -Born Quebec Canada
Thomas (1844-) (Born Quebec Canada)
Edward/Edwin (1847-) Born NY
Cornelius Butler was born deaf and mute. He lived with his parents, helping on the farm. After his mother's death his father Thomas joined the service. Cornelius was placed in The NY Institution, a residential placement for the deaf from 1861-1864. Once Thomas had married Elizabeth Mclaughlin he brought Cornelius back home where he remained, helping on the farm. In 1898 Cornelius was kicked in the leg below the knee by one of his horses and suffered a broken leg. He recovered and continued working a a farm hand for his father. When his father passed the farm passed on to William Butler. Cornelius continued to live and work the farm for William and to care for his step mother Elizabeth McLaughlin Butler. Cornelius was well known in the Corning/Hornby area. he passed around 1912. I could not find and exact date but he dropped off the census lists after 1910. Cornelius never married and had no children.
William Butler was the youngest son of Thomas and Ellen Butler. He was born in Steuben County in January of 1850. At that time Schuyler was still a forming county, taking portions of Steuben to form the towns of orange and parts of Dix and from Tompkins to form parts of Catherine and Hector. In 1850 the town of Orange was still part of Hornby in Steuben county. In 1854 the counties were realigned and orange was shifted to become a part of Schuyler county. The Butlers apparently lived close to the county line. By 1855, five year old William was living in the town of Orange in Schuyler county with his family.
in 1874 William married his first wife, Margarett (1847-1878). Like Williams parents, Margarett was born in Ireland. William and Margarett had two children, Francis (1876- ) and Ella (1878-) Margarett died shortly after baby Ella was born, leaving William, a laborer, to raise his two children. William moved back home to Thomas and Elizabeth. Thomas was no longer working as an engineer and had turned to farming to make his living. William went to work helping on the farm. His step mother helped him raise his two motherless children.
William either inherited or purchased the farm after his father's death. He continued to care for his aging step mother and his disabled brother. In 1909 William married a second time, Anna (1867-) William and Anna had no children together.
William died in 1930. Anna inherited a small sum of money, the farm was sold and the proceeds split between the children. His daughter Emma had married, son Frank was working as a hired hand on the Duvall farm in Hornby.
John Butler,the eldest son of Ellen and Thomas was born in Montreal Quebec Canada in 1840. The family remained in Canada until 1845 before making the final leg of their journey to America. John grew up in the town of Orange in (at that time) Steuben county. After his mother's death, at the age of 21, John joined the infantry and entered the Civil war as an engineer. He initially enlisted for two years but in 1863 he re-enlisted until the end of the war in 1865. Following his years of service John met and married the girl of his dreams, Mary (1842-). He and Mary settled in Wheatland in Monroe county NY outside of Mumford. John worked as a farm hand.
Thomas Butler Jr. and Edward Butler joined the civil war. Thomas was only 16 at the start of the war, Edward only 13. Neither of the brothers returned form the war. They are memorialized on a stone erected in the Whitney cemetery in Hornby to honor the brave Hornby men who fought for freedom in the Civil war. I have included the information below.
Hornby, New York
Typed by Annette CampbellThe Whitney Cemetery is located right in Hornby Forks, New York. It has been said by Miss Lillin Adams that on this tract of land was erected the "Hornby Forks Baptist Church". Miss Adams being the Town Historian. A few years ago this church was removed to the Town of Tuscarora, on the Addison Road out of Addison, New York. Known also as the back road to Nelson, PA. The church has been remodeled and is being used today by its members of the Town of Tuscarora.
Copied May 22, 1971 by Mrs Kinner, 555 Water St., Riverside, Corning, New York and Mrs. Whitcomb, 10 Tuxill Ave, Corning, New York. We were told on this day by some citizens of Hornby Forks, that a Colonel was interred here, but this statement may be incorrect as it is not known if Col. Dickerson was interred here or in Nicarago (sic). His first wife is interred here.
Two cannons and a monument to Civil War Soldiers of Hornby, New York, who fought or died for their country in the War. These are erected on the site of the "Old Baptist Church" right in front by the road and cemetery is located up in back on a little knoll. All stones that remain were copied. So the cemetery is complete as of May 1971.
MONUMENT TO CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS, OF HORNBY, STEUBEN COUNTY, NY
Erected by the citizens and former citizens of Hornby, Steuben County, NY in loving memory of their fellow townsmen who fought valiantly to preserve the union of the United States of America in the Civil War of 1861-1865. (These were not in the order in which the copiers have placed them).
Bedient, James H.
Butler, Thomas, Jr.
Bennett, W. E.
Bixby, Jesse D.
Bixby, Rufus G.
Clark, Frances E.
Clark, Henry G.
Covenhoven, Peter H.
Culver, William H.
Charles, George W.
Easling, William E.
Ellison, George W.
Emory, George W.
Fero, John B.
Fero, John D.
Fero, Peter H.
Greene, Marsena A.
Hathaway, Robert N.
Hathaway, W. L.
Haraden, Edwin A.
Haraden, George W.
Harrison, Myron J.
Humphrey, William W.
Jaynes, Albert M.
Lane, D. Nelson
Lilly, WilliamMcLaughlin, William
Morrow, James H.
Noble, Walter C.
Randall, J. T.
Stanton, Jay G.
Stevens, Daniel B.
Stevens, George E.
Swartout, Robert B.
Sands, William D.
Secor, T. John
Van Northwick, G. W.
Wasson, John A.
Wasson, John B.
White, Charles R.
Whitney, George A.
Whitney, George M.
Whitney, Orrin Ryland
Whitney, CalvinCemetery transcribed & photos by PHGS Member: Paul Giometti
The cemetery is located in the woods behind the Hornby Civil War Memeorial in the hamlet of Hornby (Forks).
DICKINSON, Jennie A , Spouse of A. B. , Died 2 Feb 1865 , Age 24y5m
DICKINSON, Marinda C , Spouse of William , Died 31 Oct 1866 , Age 48y2m18d
DILLON, Judson J. , Died 31 Dec 1864 , Age Stone broken s/o John & Polly Dillon
FERO, Eveline J. , Spouse of Peter M. , Died 8 May 1865 , Age 38y8m16d
GOODSELL, Anner , Spouse of H. L. , Died 7 Nov 1864 , Age 44y6m
GOODSELL, Henry A. , Died 11 Jul 1864 , Age 47y Their Son
GOODSELL, infant son , Died 24 Oct 1843 , Age infant s/o L. H. & S. W.
GOODSELL, Isaac , Died 25 Aug 1851 , Age 51y9m25d
GOODSELL, Jacob L. , Died 27 Feb 1851 , Age 1y3m6d s/o Isaac P. & Christiana
GOODSELL, Marilla , Died 19 May 1878 , Age 39y d/o L. H. & S. W.
GOODSELL, Sherman, Rev. , Died 13 Jan 1860 , Age 26y
MASTERS, Harriet , Spouse of Nehemiah , Died 23 Feb 1862 , Age 65y12d
MASTERS, Nehemiah , Died 23 Dec 1863 , Age 71y9m15d
NICHOLS, Clarissa S. , Spouse of William T. , Died 9 Dec 1868 , Age 41y4m10d
RENELL, Griffin J. s/o Asa A. & Lucinda
SHARP, Cynthia A. , Spouse of Rev. William , Died 27 Feb 1862 , Age 30y3m
SHUMWAY, Chloe , Spouse of Elijah , Died 8 Feb 1859 , Age 89y10m17d
UNDERWOOD, J. Dr. , Died 30 Mar 1863 , Age 73y5m
UNDERWOOD, Little Ciabay or Ciabav, Died 21 Aug 1861 , Age 1y1m d/o D. L. & V. L.
From George Rogers 3/14/2006: The Jennie A. buried here is the first wife of not Andrew Bray Dickinson but his nephew Alanson Bray. Since their daughter was born in 1865 we can probably assume Jennie's death was birthing related. Andrew Bray and his first wife Hannah Hopkins are buried in Woodlawn, Elmira or at least Hannah is as although he has a stone there his remains may in fact be in Nicaragua.
In our next post we will look at the McCarty boys, The Bryan girls, William Vannortwick, the Touhey family and the O'neals. I hope you are enjoying this running post and finding connections here and there. feel free to drop me a line here or on the face book page and remember to like us on face book. Until next time, may the skies be clear and the air warming.