Young Ellen McLaughlin (1835-1908) was working as a domestic servant in the home of the A.J. Miller family in Reading NY in 1855. She met and married William G. Vanortwick in 1856. William was a local boy, born in New York state to parents born in New Jersey and New York states. William was the son of Simeon Vanortwick (1797-1874) ( later VanNortwick) and Jada ( Judah) Remerly of Yates County. Simeon had been born in New Jersey and was a weaver by trade. He moved to Yates county where he met and married Jada. In 1832 Simeon, Jada and their three sons, Joseph N., Daniel M. and William G. moved to Hornby and purchased a farm. ( the VanNortwick family farm passed to Daniel following his father's death.)
William met and married the lovely Ellen McLaughlin in 1856. They had one son, William in 1857. William G. VanNortwick died shortly after his son was born. His name appears on a memorial in the Whitney cemetery in Hornby NY tribute to those Hornby men who served during the Civil war. Ellen, like her sisters , was left alone to raise an infant. With no immediate prospects Ellen returned to the McLaughlin family farm. We find her in 1860 living with brothers James and Charles and sisters Hannah and Anna along with the McGinley and McCarty children. Young William has been left behind with his Grandparents until Ellen can get on her feet. This did not take her long. By the end of 1860 she had met and married the dapper young Patrick Touhey of Ireland. Patrick had immigrated in 1847 and settled in Schuyler county NY. He was a a widow having lost his first wife, Mary on 5/18/1857. Patrick and Mary had also lost a son, Patrick Henry Touhey died 6/14/1853 at the tender age of 1year,7 months old.
Patrick also served in the civil war, but his fate was not as bleak as his predecessor. Patrick joined the war late, enlisting in Reading NY in 1864. He was assigned to B company 179 regiment NY and fought in Alexandria Virginia. Patrick mustered out of service on June 8,1865 after serving one year. He returned home to his wife and growing family. Patrick took his bride, Ellen McLaughlin and her son William back to Schuyler county and settled on a farm in Orange, Tyrone, Schuyler NY. In 1870 Parts of Tyrone township were still part of orange, by 1880 Orange had completely separated from Tyrone.
Ellen and Patrick had a large family. In addition to William VanNortwick Jr. the Touhey had Honorah (1860-1889), Charles (1861-1861), John M. (1863-1883), James P. (1865-1930) (James was listed on the 1875 NY state census as being "Idiotic". This is interesting when we see what life holds in store for young James in our next post of the McLaughlin Family in the US.), Edward (1875-1951) and Charles H. (1873- ).
In 1880 William Van Nortwick had moved out to start his own life. Elizabeth (Nora), John M., James P, Charles H. and Edwin C. remain at home on the farm with Ellen and Patrick. Patrick was aging and life on the farm was growing more difficult each year. On June 28,1880 Patrick applied for and received a disability pension with the war department for his service in the Civil war. In 1888 John M. Touhey passed away, followed by Nora in 1889. The Touhey's are laid to rest in Saint Mary's cemetery in Watkins Glen NY.
Ellen was the mother of 7 children, brimming with promise and hope of establishing a foothold in America. By 1900 only 4 remained, William VanNortwick, James P. Touhey, Edwin ( Edward) Touhey and Charles H. Touhey. In 1902 Patrick died, leaving the farm to Ellen and the children. Ellen continued to collect a widows pension from the military until her death in 1903.
Anna McLaughlin ( July 1844-1914), the youngest of the McLaughlin children was a young child when her family immigrated from Ireland. In 1860 she was still living with her family in Dix, Schuyler county NY. Her father had recently passed away and young Anna was helping with her sisters children and keeping house for brother James as they all lived on and worked the family farm. She met and married Charles Oneil (1825-1907), a farm hand on the farm of Alexander Ross of Dix, Schuyler Ny,in 1861. Like the McLaughlins, Charles was an Irish immigrant, hailing from County Tyrone Ireland, and a farmer with dreams of gaining prosperity in his new country. Like so many other Irish immigrants of that time and in that family, Charles enlisted in the Civil war on Sept. 5,1864. Charles and Anna were living in Pine Grove, Schuyler NY but Charles enlisted in Owego. He was assigned to the NY 199 Infantry Company D and served until June 8,1865. Charles returned to Pine Grove and bought a farm in reading Schuyler NY where he and Anna raised their children, Hue (1858-), Charles (1862-), James (1866-1950), Elen ( Ellie) (1871-) and Lillie (1873- 1957). Charles build a very successful farm that in 1870 had a value of $3750.
Charles was not a tall man. His service record describes him as standing 5'8, having gray eyes and dark hair and a dark complexion, most likely from working out side all of his life on one farm of another. At some time between 1875 and 1880 Anna's eldest son Hugh passed away. Charles continued the farm until his son James, also a farmer and his number one farm hand, came of age. James had remained on the farm, and had worked tirelessly helping his parents. When Charles could no longer keep up with the demands of the farming life he gave the farm to his son James to manage. Charles passed away in 1907 and is laid to rest in Saint Mary's cemetery in Watkins Glen NY. After his father's death James hired a farm hand, Samuel S. Huey, to help with the increasing work. James continued to care for his mother with the help of his sister Lillie until Anna's death in 1914 at the age of 70. Anna is buried in St. Mary's in Watkins Glen beside her husband.
William McLaughlin (May 1821-1902) was the eldest of the McLaughlin clan who immigrated from Londonderry county Donegal Ireland. William, like his father before him was a farmer. Like his brothers and brothers in law he also served in the Civil war.
In 1860 William was the acting head of the McLaughlin household, following the death of his father. Following his mother's death in 1861, William married his soul mate, Margaret Dougherty (May 1835-1904).
In 1863 William was drafted into the army. He left his wife and growing family to fight for freedom and the right to own property as an American citizen. Upon his return from duty, He and Margaret moved to Hornby in Steuben County and purchased a farm. It was there that they raised their 10 children; Charles (1861-1925), James L. (1862-1944), George (1864-1931), William (1866-1935), Daniel (1867-1940), Thomas (1869-1910), Ann (1870-1953), Hannah (1872-1886), Frank (1873-1950) and Kathryn (1876-1969).
William's many sons were an asset to the farm, each of them working as farm laborers as soon as they were old enough to pick weeds. With only 3 daughters to temper the rambunctious brood, the McLaughlin clan was greatly saddened by the loss of Hannah in 1886 at the tender age of 14. In 1900 most of the children have left to start their own families. William, at the age of 79 relied heavily on the three remaining boys, William P., Thomas and Frank, to run the farm. William P. McLaughlin was now a married man. His wife, Bridget (1870-?) help with the housework and cared for William's aging parents.
William McLaughlin Sr. passed away in 1902. Margaret survived another two years, relying on her sons to run the farm. She followed William in death in 1904. The McLaughlins are buried in Saint Mary's cemetery in Corning NY.
James McLaughlin (1826-1911), like his father and brothers was farmer. Like his brothers and brothers in law, he too served in the infantry during the Civil war. James purchased a track of land beside his brother William in Hornby and set up his own farm. He married Rebecca Lord (1828-1905)in 1858. Following his Mother's death James and Rebecca moved to Hornby , Steuben NY where they raised their children, Mary (1858-), William ( Wild Bill) (1861-1932), Elizabeth (1869-1935), Margaret (Maggie)(1864-), James ( Big Jim)(1862-1940), Charles (1867-1868) and Christina (1871-1871).
Being a close and supportive family, when young James McCarty married and prepared to start his own family and his own farm in 1886, he moved to Hornby and purchased land adjacent to James and William McLaughlin. by 1900 only James A and Margaret, (Maggie) remained at home to help with the farm. James and Rebecca had adopted another child, Frederick P. McLaughlin (1886). Frederick was born in Pennsylvania to parents also born in Pennsylvania. He was welcomed into the McLaughlin family and helped Jame and Rebecca in their declining years. James , now too old to continue farming, turned over the management of the farm to son William J. McLaughlin. In 1900 James and Rebecca welcomed William's new bride,Winifred (Winnie)Hammond (1881-1959) to the farm. Rebecca passed away in 1905. James followed in 1911. The McLaughlins were laid to rest in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Corning New York.
And so the Irish immigrants passed away, having found a new home, a better life and leaving their children to sew a legacy . Stay tuned for our next installment when we will see what the Irish American offspring did with their parents legacy.