David N. McLaughlin


Carroll County IL Biography



David N. McLaughlin, overseer of the Carroll County Poor-Farm, is a native of Franklin County, Pa., born July 11, 1846, and is a son of Joseph and Mary (Teeter) McLaughlin, all of the same county. The father was a brick-layer by trade, working at that occupation until his death, which occurred in Pennsylvania. They were the parents of three children, of whom our subject is the eldest; the other two were named Louisa C. and Joseph M. The latter was the first of the family to come to Illinois. He came West about the year 1872, and at once settled on a farm in Mt. Carroll Township, this county. In 1874 his mother and sister followed him to the West, also settling in Mt. Carroll.

The boyhood days of our subject were spent in his native State until he was sixteen years of age, and then, on the outbreak of the great Rebellion, young as he was, he enlisted in the ranks of his countryís defenders, and did brave and gallant service. He became a member of Company F, 77th Pennsylvania Infantry, and with his regiment took part in the many battles which were fought by the Army of the Southwest. He was in the bloody fight at Pittsburg Landing, was also at Stone River, in the Atlanta campaign, at the siege of Corinth, besides many smaller battles and skirmishes, and in all the boy soldier performed a manís part. After the battle of Shiloh he was detailed to serve in the 1st Kentucky Light Artillery, remaining with his battery for nine months. His time being now expired, he re-enlisted at Whiteside, Tenn., and returned to his home on a furlough of thirty days, given to the veterans of eighteen years of age. On the expiration of his furlough, he returned to the scene of action at Nashville, Tenn., and the regiment was employed in active service down the river as far as New Orleans, and was finally sent to Texas, remaining there until the close of the war. They were mustered out at Philadelphia, Pa., in the fall of 1865.

After his return from the army, young McLaughlin worked on a farm in his native State, continuing there until the year 1876, when he followed the rest of the family to Carroll County. He was married, July 11, 1870, at Mercersburg, Pa., to Miss Sarah J. Cromer, daughter of John and Maria (Shatzer) Cromer, both natives of Pennsylvania; the father a wagon-maker by trade. This couple were the parents of eight children, of whom Mrs. McLaughlin was the seventh. She was born in Franklin County, Pa., Dec. 18, 1851, and until she was fourteen years of age attended the common schools of her native county. Her mother died April 8, 1863, and the daughter remained at home with her father after leaving school, assisting in the house-keeping until her marriage. About one year after the death of her mother, the father married, the second wife being Charlotte Deitrick, of Pennsylvania. The father never left his native State, but died there Jan. 29, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have been blessed by the birth of three children, all of whom are still under the parental roof; Mary Eda was born Sept. 14, 1871; Rosa Edna, Nov. 21, 1874, and Leila Mabel, Aug. 3, 1879. After coming to Mt. Carroll, Mr. McLaughlin worked at teaming about six months, and then rented a farm in Preston Prairie, on which he lived for three and a half years. He then took charge of the Carroll County poor-farm, which, with one yearís intermission, he has ever since operated, his present contract not terminating until March 12, 1890. The farm is 160 acres in extent, and, under the care and prudent management of Mr. McLaughlin, has proven to be a source of considerable revenue to the county.

Our subject is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, No. 8, and of Nase Post No. 80, G. A. R., of Mt. Carroll, Ill., and has been its senior Vice Commander. In the Woodmen he has held the office of Worthy Advisor. In politics he is a Republican. He is a man of genial and pleasant disposition, and has many friends who respect him for his good qualities and upright character.

Transcribed and contributed by Carol Parrish. Portraits & Biographical Pg. 834

Notes and information from Nance Huaracha
Confusing (must be an error in the original article) but as it states above he came to Carroll Co in 1872 and his mother and sister followed in 1874. Yet further down in the article it has he came to Carroll county in 1876. I do not have proof either way but his 2nd dau, Rosa was born Nov 1874, date per the article and per census records has she was born in PA. Based on that it would seem that the 1876 date is more probable but that makes his mother and sister's migration suspect.
Louisa C. married Andrew Ferrenburg or Firsenberg. On the 1870 & 1880 census Louisa's mother, Mary aka Sarah, is with Andrew and family in Carroll Co. If this was transcribed incorrectly maybe it should be corrected. If that is how it was in the orginal article maybe the correct spelling could be bracketed [] to make it clear it was a female and not a male child. I think there was also another daughter of Joseph and Mary but can't find my proof on that today so save that for another day.
Louisa and Andrew has a son, Willie, born in 1873 in PA and son Oscar born in 1876 in Carroll county. Genealogy is not an exact or perfect endeavor but I thought some notes on David's bio page would help other seekers make sense of those details. Just my perspective...thanks for posting all you have as it has been extremely helpful on my Carroll county ancestors.

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