The McLaughlin Families of Valcartier

Researched by Patricia Balkcom & Ellen McLaughlin Harford, May 2015

 

Valcartier church and census records indicate there were two main McLaughlin families in Valcartier.  Due to discrepancies in the records, it has been difficult to sort out the two families. 

 

The two main families were:

 

1.      Hugh McLaughlin and Ellen Connolly and their descendants.  This family emigrated from County Leitrim, Ireland in 1834 or 1835.

2.      Descendants of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin.  The earliest record I have found in Valcartier for this family is the marriage of Catherine McLaughlin, daughter of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin, to Jean-Baptiste Bedard on January 13, 1847.  It thus appears that this family came to the Valcartier area in the mid-1840s, maybe as a result of the famine.  Records seem to indicate that some of the children of Edward and Ann came at that time and that Edward and Ann remained in County Sligo, Ireland.  Ann died there about 1848 and Edward came to Canada later.  He is living in New Brunswick by the 1861 Census.  Unfortunately, the 1851 Census for this area was destroyed, so it is difficult to pinpoint when he arrived.

 

As I said, due to incomplete or erroneous records, the following questions are posed.

 

1.      Who was the Edward McLaughlin who was married to Bridget McDonald and who was buried in Valcartier in 1899?

2.      There are two women named Winnifred McLaughlin living in Valcartier – they are very close in age.  One was possibly born in 1825 and one in 1826.  One seems to definitely be the daughter of Hugh McLaughlin and Ellen Connolly.  The other one is the mystery one.  Her marriage record states she is the daughter of Mathew and Mary McLaughlin, however, the marriage record of Sarah McLaughlin (daughter of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin) appears to state that the witness to the wedding is “Winny, her sister”.  So the question is – Did the marriage record of Winnifred McLaughlin and John Bowles mistakenly state that her parents were Mathew and Mary?

3.      Who is Mathew McLaughlin, who is living in New Brunswick, with other children of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin?

4.      Who is “Kate”, the first wife of Patrick Cassin (son of Edward Cassin and Bridget O’Reilly) and did she have any connection to the McLaughlin family?

 

I have tried to summarize my research on the accompanying spreadsheet.  Questions still remain and I am hopeful that the Irish Church records which are to be released online in July will help to answer some of them.  Also, the question about Kate, hopefully will be cleared up by Wisconsin church records.

 

 

 

Name Parents & Proof of Parentage Birth Marriage Death/Burial Notes
           
Hugh McLaughlin ? c May, 1785 (based on age on gravestone) To Ellen Connolly 27 Sept. 1874 - Valcartier, Que.  Emigrated 1834-5
    Co. Leitrim, Ire. (on gravestone) c 1820 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier  
and      Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim    
           
Ellen Connolly ? c 1793 (based on age on gravestone)   06 May 1876 - Valcartier, Que. Emigrated 1834-5
    Co. Leitrim, Ire. (on gravestone)   St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier  
           
Michael McLaughlin Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen Connolly c1821 (based on age in burial record) To Frances Griffin 23 Aug. 1913 - Ste-Catherine Named Children Ellen & Hugh - same names as his parents; also John, Terrence, Mark - same names as his brothers
  (from Michael's marr. Record) Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim 13 Feb 1849 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier  
      Ste-Catherine, Portneuf, Que.    
           
John McLaughlin Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen Connolly c1826 (based on age in burial record) To Mary Hartery 16 Nov. 1910 - Quebec City Named Children Ellen & Hugh
  (from John's marr. Record) Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim 13 Feb 1855 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier  
      St. Gabriel, Valcartier, Que.    
           
Winnifred McLaughlin Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen Connolly c1827 (based on age in burial record) To John Bowles 08 April 1916 - Valcartier, Que. Named Children Ellen & Hugh.  Also a Rose Ann (Rose Ann was a name that was used in Edward McLaughlin & Ann Martin's family).  Two of Winnifred's children married two of the children of Edward McLauglin & Bridget McDonald.
  (from Winnifred's marr. Record) Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim 22 Nov 1847 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier In Winnifred's marriage record it states that John and Michael McLaughlin are her brothers
      Ste-Catherine, Portneuf, Que.    
           
           
Terrence McLaughlin Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen Connolly c1834  (based on age in burial record) To Susan Long 18 February 1892 - Quebec City  
  (from Terrence's marr. Record) Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim 12 Feb 1868 St. Patrick Cemetery, Sillery, Que.  
      St. Patrick's, Quebec City    
           
MarkMcLaughlin Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen Connolly 17 Dec 1835 To Mary Jennings ? Named son Hugh
  (from Mark's marr. Record) Ireland, possibly Co. Leitrim 18 Jan 1870    
      St. Patrick's, Quebec City    
           
           
           
Edward Unknown c1819 (based on age in burial record) To Bridget McDonald 19 February 1899 - Valcartier Named two of his children,  Ellen & Hugh (same names of Hugh McLaughlin and Ellen Connolly)
    Co. Tyrone, Ire. (on gravestone) ? St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier Hugh, son of Edward, married Ellen Bowles (daughter of John Bowles & Winnifred McLaughlin)
      Ireland   Bridget, daughter of Edward, married John Bowles (son of John Bowles & Winnifred McLaughlin)
          Could Edward be a son of Hugh & Ellen?  He might have been the first-born and maybe they were living in County Tyrone and then moved to County Leitrim - the counties are both in the north of Ireland.  However, if Edward was the son of Hugh McLaughlin & Ellen McLaughlin, then both his children (Hugh & Ellen) married their first cousins and their is no mention of consanguinity in the marriage records..
           
           
Edward McLaughlin Unknown c1786 in Ahmalish, Co. Sligo, Ire. To Ann Martin 30 December 1879 - Petersville, NB In 1871, in Petersville, New Brunswick, Edward is living with his daughter, Sarah's family.  He is listed as 90 years old.
    Place of birth on gravestone ? St. Ignatius Cemetery, Petersville, Edward's Wife, Ann Martin, died about 1849 in Ireland.  It appears he came to New Brunswick after that.  The 1851 Petersville census no longer exists but he appears in the 1861 Census.
and      Ireland New Brunswick  
           
Ann Martin          
           
           
Mary  McLaughlin Edward McLaughin & Ann Martin c1825 (based on age in burial record) To Jean-Baptiste Bedard 31 January 1907 - Valcartier, Que. named Children Edward & Ann; also, Sarah, Catherine (possibly after two of her sisters)
  (from Mary's marr. Record) Co. Sligo, Ire.   ? 13 Jan 1847 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier  
      Valcartier    
           
           
Catherine McLaughlin Edward McLaughin & Ann Martin c 1825 (based on age on gravestone To James O'Neill 28 Oct. 1904 - probably Petersville, NB named Children Edward & Ann; also Catherine (possibly after her sister)
  (from Catherine's marr. Record) Co. Sligo, Ire.   ? 03 October 1854 St. Ignatius Cemetery, Petersville,  
      Notre-Dame, Quebec City New Brunswick  
           
           
Sarah  McLaughlin Edward McLaughin & Ann Martin c1828 To Andrew Bleachley (Blakely of Petersville, NB) 10 Sept. 1891 - probably Petersville, NB marriage record appears to say the witness is Winny McLaughlin, sister of the bride
  (from Sarah's marr. Record) based on age in 1871 Census 11 Feb. 1850 St. Ignatius Cemetery, Petersville, Sarah & Andrew moved to New Brunswick shortly after their marriage.
    Co. Sligo, Ire.   ? Valcartier New Brunswick She named a son, Edward.  Also daughters, Catherine, Mary, Rosie, and Sarah (after her 4 sisters)
           
           
Rose Ann McLaughlin Edward McLaughin & Ann Martin c1830 (based on age on Death Schedule) To James Perkinson 04 March 1891; Petersville, NB  
  1861 Census states Edward is her father and living with her and her husband Co. Sligo, Ire.   ? c1854, New Brunswick probably St. Ignatius Cemetery, Petersville  
           
           
Patrick  McLaughlin Edward McLaughin & Ann Martin January, 1833 (date in the 1900 Wisconsin Census) To Mary Cassin 13 March 1912, Lebanon, Waupaca,Wisconsin In the 1910 Census it states that he emigrated to the "U.S." in 1845.  Could this be the date he came from Ireland to Canada with his siblings?  We know that his sister married in Quebec in 1847.  It's possible that the siblings came to Canada without their parents and then their father came after their mother died.  Naturalization papers state he went to Milwaukee, WI in September of 1862.    He must have returned to Valcartier to marry in 1867.  It appears their first child is born in Wisconsin in March, 1870.
  (from Patrickl's marr. Record) Co. Sligo, Ire.   ? 17 Sept 1867 St. Patrick Cemetery, Lebanon, WI He named two of his children Edward and Ann.
      Valcartier    
           
Winnifred  McLaughlin Matthew & Mary ? c1826 (based on age in burial record) To James Thomas Loughren 02 May 1914 - Valcartier, Que. Winnifred's daughter, Catherine, married George Hogan in 1879.  He was fromPetersville, New Brunswick, the same place that Edward McLaughlin & several of his children were living.  
  (from Winnifred's marr. Record) Ireland 20 Sep. 1853 St. Gabriel Cemetery, Valcartier Could this "Winny" be sister to Sarah????? - the one mentioned in Sarah's marriage record?
  Was this a mistake by the priest?   Valcartier   Note - Winnifred named two of her children Ann & Edward (her parents?), also named children, Sarah, Catherine, Rose Ann & Patrick (the names of four of Edward's children).  NO Matthew or Mary!!!  I think this is strong evidence that Winnifred is the daughter of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin.
  Were the parents really Edward & Ann Martin?        
           
           
           
Matthew McLaughllin Could this be another son of Edward McLaughlin & Ann Martin? c1819 (based on age in burial record) To widow Catherine Murphy 02 April 1896 - Enniskillen, New Brunswick  In the 1861 Census, Mathew is living very close to Catherine McLaughlin O'Neill (daughter of Edward McLaughlin).  In the 1881 Census, Mathew is living with Sarah McLaughlin and her husband, Andrew Blakely.
    Ireland 10 July 1862 (widowed by 1881)   This Mathew would be too young to be the father of Winnifred, could it be her brother and a child of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin?   Or is he a cousin?  If so, does this indicate that there was indeed a Mathew McLaughlin who could have been the father of Winnifred?
      Carleton, New Brunswick    
           
           
Patrick Cassin Edward Cassin & Bridget O'Reilly.  Patrick is brother to Mary Cassin who married Patrick McLaughlin (son of Edward McLaughlin and Ann Martin). 10 June 1848 (from baptismal record) 1.  Kate  (1870s) 2.  Mary Ann Hornby  (23 October 1900)   In St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lebanon, Waupaca County, WI, a "Kate, wife of Patrick Cassin, aged 35" is listed in the family plot of Michael Cassin and Jessie Corrigan.  In the same cemetery, in the family plot of Patrick McLaughlin and Ann Cassin, there is mentioned "Kate" - with the same death date as the Kate in the Cassin plot.  My first theory was that since Kate was listed in both the Cassin and the McLaughlin plots that she probably was both a Cassin (as wife of Patrick) and a McLaughlin (as daughter of Edward).  However, I have now discovered a Catherine McLaughlin, daughter of Edward, in New Brunswick, so it seems very unlikely that he had daughters by the names of Kate and Catherine.  So, who is Kate, and why is she on both gravestones?  We are working at trying to find the church burial records for her and possibly the marriage record.  The date listed on the stone is 14 April 18? - some sources say it says 1870 but this seems too early as Patrick did not go to the USA until sometime in the early 1870s.  It's possible that Kate died 14 April 1877.