Edward J. McLaughlin (1874-1933)

Edward J. McLaughlin was the first of nine children by Mary O'Hara and Dennis R. McLaughlin. For information on his siblings.

Edward J. McLaughlin married Mary Ellen Carrigan (1872-1931). As a young man Edward J. McLaughlin worked on a farm and then, like many Skaneateles residents, worked for awhile at the McLaughlin-owned Glenside Woolen Mills. Eventually he took a job as engine and turbine inspector for Aetna Insurance Comany, a position that required him to do a lot of traveling. He worked out of the Syracuse office, so he left Skaneateles and moved his family to the city.

Mrs. Edward J. McLaughlin was the daughter of Mary Jane O'Neill, a Massachusetts native, and Patrick Carrigan (see bottom of this page), who was born in County Tipperary, Ireland.

(This is one of two connections between the McLaughlins and a Carrigan family, the other also headed by a man named Patrick, a colorful fellow who settled in Skaneateles and called himself "The Irish lord.")

Mary Ellen and Edward J. McLaughlin had two sons:

1. Paul E. McLaughlin (1898-1962) m. Kathleen Barry (1900-1978)
Paul E. McLaughlin served in the Navy in WW1, later was a Syracuse policeman. He retired in 1961 with the rank of captain. His last duty was the supervision of the police training school.


2. Edward F. McLaughlin (1909-1991) m. Elizabeth L. Erickson (1918-2009).
[Obituaries follow the family tree.]
Edward F. McLaughlin was a lawyer and an Army captain in WW2. His wife, Elizabeth of Chicago, was a WAC lieutenant. They married in 1945. In 1973 McLaughlin was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, and in 1979 he published a book on the history of the McLaughlin family.

Edward and Elizabeth had five children:

1. Edward F. McLaughlin Jr. (1948-2002)
Edward F. McLaughlin Jr. was born in Syracuse and lived there most of his life. He also lived in Lake Placid, Buffalo and Rochester. He attended LeMoyne College. He was a chef in Lake Placid, Syracuse and Rochester. He was a tool-and-die maker in Buffalo and a self-employed digital artist in Syracuse. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two tours with the 1st Infantry Division, and a member of the VFW. He was a Red Cross volunteer.

2. Patricia M. McLaughlin m. Victor Hamilton. Home: Sylva, NC.

Heather Hamilton m. John Nelson
Ella Nelson
Hayden Nelson
Christopher Hamilton m. Molly Graves
Ava Hamilton
Selah Hamilton
Riya May Hamilton
Joshua Hamilton m. Hazel Brewin Joshua Hamilton is in the Army special forces.

3. Sheila M. McLaughlin (1953- ) m. Bradley McCarthy Fairport, NY

Caitlin McCarthy
Brendan McCarthy

4. Michael P. McLaughlin (1956- ) Rome, NY

5. Maureen M. McLaughlin (1957- ) m. Richard Thomas Lester
Lester is from Passage West, County Cork, Ireland. He and Maureen were married in 2004, they had twins in 2009. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

Richard Francis Lester
Maura Elizabeth Lester
Edward F. McLaughlin (1909 - 1991)

Syracuse Herald-Journal, March 15, 1991
By Anne Roth

Retired New York state Supreme Court Justice Edward F. McLaughlin, who served on the bench from 1973 to 1986, died Thursday at Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long illness. He was 82 and lived at 501 Woburn Drive, Camillus.

"He was a seeker of perfect justice,'' said state Supreme Court Judge William Roy. "Ed was extremely dedicated to coming up with the right answer to what sometimes were very difficult legal problems. He was very concerned about people and was a credit to the bench. He left his impressions on the people in this community as well as Rome and Utica.''

Mr. McLaughlin was a partner in the Rome law firm of O'Shea, Griffin, Jones and McLaughlin when he was appointed in October 1973 to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. He was elected to serve a full term the next month and was named a senior justice in 1979.

"He was a law man and a good law man,'' recalled state Supreme Court Justice Donald Miller. "He was a very kind and generous person, yet was severe and stern when he had to be.''

Both justices worked with Mr. McLaughlin many years. "He had a tremendous amount of trial and courtroom experience before going on the bench,'' Roy said. "He was very well thought of by fellow judges as well as the litigants. He was missed when he retired.''

Mr. McLaughlin was a partner in the law firm of Hiscock, Cowie, Bruce, Lee & Mawhinney, which he joined in 1945, before becoming a partner with the Rome firm in 1959.

He was born in Skaneateles Falls and was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Niagara University and New York Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1939 and later was admitted to practice before the Illinois Bar, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. McLaughlin served as a captain in the Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for action in the South Pacific.

He was a member of Skaneateles Post 239, American Legion, the Camillus Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He also was a member of the National Counter-Intelligence Corps.

Mr. McLaughlin lived in Rome, Skaneateles and Syracuse before moving to Camillus in 1986.

Mr. McLaughlin was a member of the New York State, Rome and American bar associations. He was a former president of Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar and a former member of the bar's House of Delegates. He was a former president of the Oneida County Bar Association.

Mr. McLauglin was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Camillus, and a charter member of Christ the King Council 4114, Knights of Columbus, which he also served as past grand knight, former district deputy and fourth-degree navigator.

Mr. McLaughlin was a member of Rome Lodge 96, BPOE. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and received its Silver Beaver Award.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth L.; three daughters, Patricia Hamilton of Sylva, N.C., Sheila McCarthy of Rochester and Maureen McLaughlin of New York City; two sons, Edward F. of Buffalo and Michael P. of Camillus; five grandchildren; and several cousins.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Whelan Bros. Funeral Home, Fairmount, and 11:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church. Monsignor Joseph Champlin and Monsignor Robert Davern will concelebrate the funeral mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery, Skaneateles.

Pallbearers will be Judge Howard Munson, Justice Donald Miller, William McLaughlin, Edwin McCarthy, Gerald McDonald and Judge David Hurd.

Elizabeth L. Erickson McLaughlin (1918 - 2009)

Rome (NY) Sentinel, July 5, 2009
Elizabeth L. McLaughlin of Fairport (formerly of Syracuse and Rome, NY) passed away July 2, 2009, at the age of 90, surrounded by her loving family, just shy of her 91st birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, Justice Edward F. McLaughlin and son Edward F. McLaughlin Jr.

Elizabeth was a U. S. Army Retired 1st Lieutenant World War II veteran. She taught in the Sandwich (Illinois) Schools as a physical education teacher prior to her marriage and relocation to Syracuse.

Elizabeth was a devout Roman Catholic parishioner most recently at Assumption of Our Lady Church in Fairport. Additionally, she was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Blind Veterans Organization.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Victor) Hamilton of Sylva, NC; Sheila (Bradley) McCarthy of Fairport, NY, and Maureen (Richard) Lester of Brooklyn. Also survived by her son, Michael P. McLaughlin, five grandchildren: Heather, Christopher and Joshua Hamilton and Caitlin and Brendan McCarthy and four great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, NY, with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family is most appreciative of the Mt. Carmel House staff for the warm, loving care of Elizabeth in her final days.


The other Patrick Carrigan

Mary Ellen Carrigan, who married Edward J. McLaughlin, was daughter of Mary Jane O'Neill and Patrick Carrigan. Her mother, a Massachusetts native, was not related to the other O'Neills on our family tree, so far as I know. Her father was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and after he arrived in Skaneateles was likely known as The Other Patrick Carrigan, for he lived in the shadow of Patrick C. Carrigan, who called himself "the Irish lord."

Here is a sketchy family tree for "the other Patrick Carrigan":

Patrick Carrigan (1839-1883), a native of Ireland, married Mary Jane O'Neill (1845-1897), who was born in Massachusetts. They settled in Skaneateles, NY, and had the following children:
Rosanna Carrigan (1869-1919) m. James Gannon (1869-1941). They lived for awhile in Skaneateles Falls, then moved to Syracuse.
Helen M. Gannon (1900-1973) m. Harold Dillingham (1903- )
Donald Dillingham (1931- )
Regina C. Gannon (1904- ). According to the 1940 U.S. Census, she was a maid living at the home of her employer, Neil Crowley, 1240 Court Street, Syracuse.
Patrick F. Carrigan (1871-1878)
Mary Ellen Carrigan (1872-1931) m. Edward J. McLaughlin.
Bridget Carrigan (1877-1878)
Patrick E. Carrigan (1879-1881)
Katherine Carrigan (1882-1941) She lived for awhile with her sister Mary Ellen, later lived with her nephew, Paul McLaughlin, until her death.