John McLaughlin (1832-1922)

John McLaughlin and his twin sister, Helen (aka Ellen) McLaughlin, were children of Molly Quigley and William McLaughlin Sr. The 1880 US census lists John McLaughlin as a blacksmith born in Ireland.

Notes in a Bible belonging to Rose McLaughlin Major say John McLaughlin married Mary McGrory, also from Desertegny, and that they sailed for the United States in 1851, arriving in New York on December 7 aboard a ship called Vanguard. They settled in Skaneateles, but moved to Louisville, KY, in 1858.

They had a son, Willie McLaughlin, who survived only 11 days after he was born, Dec. 12, 1858. Mary McGrory McLaughlin died in Louisville in 1864 at the age of 30. She and Willie are buried in Louisville's Portland Cemetery.

John McLaughlin returned to Skaneateles in 1868. His second wife was Mary Casey (1842-1907). They are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Skaneateles, NY. They had five children:

1. John McLaughlin (1869-1932) left Skaneateles and apparently lived in Solvay and the west end of Syracuse until he died. Little is known about his life. One piece of trivia: A blizzard forced a two-day postponement of his funeral, scheduled on March 7, 1932. Oddly, until then it had been such a mild winter that some towns hadn't used their plows in many weeks.
2. Catherine (Kate) McLaughlin (1871-1928) married John Deacy Jr. (1869-1955). They lived in Auburn, New York. The newspaper obituary said her early death was unexpected, that she began her last day feeling well, then became sick and died about five hours later. I did not find a cause listed. There were five children who survived Kate McLaughlin Deacy. I am not sure of their birth order.

Joseph Deacy (1898-1945) m. Mabel Truax (19??-1962). Deacy was a telegraph operator for the Syracuse Post-Standard for many years.

Mary Elizabeth Deacy (1931-1990) m. Joseph Testa. Mary Deacy Testa, a 1951 graduate of the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, was the school nurse for 24 years at Liverpool (NY) High School.
Anthony Testa (1951- ) m. Rebecca Snell
Gina Testa (1955- )
Mary Testa (1959- )

Marie Deacy (1901-1952) m. John W. Pratt (1901-1969). According to his obituary in the Auburn Citizen-Advertiser, John Pratt, a native and longtime resident of Auburn, moved to Lyons, New York, a few years after his wife's death. He had been employed at the Henry & Allen Company of Auburn, then went to work at the Newark State School, retiring in 1968. These children were listed as survivors in John Pratt's 1969 obituary:

John A. Pratt (1922- )
Edward B. Pratt(1927- ) m. Maude Pratt
Bernard Pratt (1948- )
Kathryn Pratt (1933-1993) m. John Szczerba
Ellen Rose Szczerba m. ?? Oliver, Ithaca, NY
Janice Szczerba m. ?? Morgan, Ithaca
Michael Szczerba, Ithaca
Robert Szczerba, Ithaca
Edward Szczerba, Ithaca
William Szczerba, Austin, Texas

Margaret Deacy (1903-1956) m. Frank Rice. They lived in Auburn.

Margaret (Peggy) Rice (1926-1985) m. Andrew Hribick (d. 1984) Obituaries below.
Andrew J. Hribick (1946-2003) m. Betty Jo Church
Wayne Andrew Hribick (1968- )
John Michael Hribick (1969- )
Lisa Marie Hribick (1971- )
Jean Rice m. John Kehoskie, Alamogordo, NM
Evelyn Rice (1933-1981) m. Thomas Bowman
James Sperlazza, Waterloo
Jacqueline Bowman m. Abraham Ratt
Geraldine Bowman m. Daniel Beaudoin
Joanne Bowman (1951-1971) m. Philip Woodman
Jinx Ann Bowman, Waterloo
Frank J. Rice m. Ilene ??
Franny Rice
David Rice
William T. Rice (1931-1993) m. Lena??
Randall A. Rice, Waterloo.
Dorothy Rice (1938-1996) m. Thomas W. Gilmore Sr.
Thomas W. Gilmore Jr. m. Barbara Hoff, Throop, NY.
Sara Gilmore
Craig Gilmore
Dana A. Gilmore m. Nicole ??, Auburn
Kelly Anne Gilmore m. Daniel Thomas. 2nd husband: Allan L. Brooks
Joshua James Thomas (1982- )
Joseph Andrew Thomas (1983- )
Steven Christopher Thomas (1985-1991)

William Deacy (1904-1957). Lived in Auburn.

Ellen Rose Deacy (1913-1982) m. Thomas Deuel. They were married in 1937 and lived for many years in Port Byron, NY. They had four children:

Barbara Jean Deuel m. W. Ronald Focht. They live in Statesboro, Georgia. She is with the School of Economic Development at Georgia Southern University.
Veronica Jean Focht m. James Wilson Burdett III
Alexandria Dorothy Burdett
Nathan Albert Focht
Samantha Breanne Focht
Timothy Walter Focht
Joshua Thomas Focht
Christina Marie Focht
Robert J. Deuel (1945-1991). A native of Auburn, he was a state corrections officer for 21 years and worked at the Camp Monterray shock camp in Beaver Dams since 1979.
Elizabeth Deuel m. Kirk Sprague
J. Thomas Deuel m. Nancy Poplawski
Krista Deuel m. David R. Plish; they live in Auburn
Elizabeth Ellen Plish (1997- )
3. Rose McLaughlin married John W. Major (1869-1940).
4. Elizabeth (Eliza) McLaughlin (1874-1922) married Martin Roe (1877-1941). He was a native of Skaneateles, lived several years in Auburn, then moved to Syracuse where he died. He remarried in 1924, to Mary Elizabeth Cummings. Elizabeth McLaughlin and Martin Roe had three children.

Frances P. Roe (1895-1896)

Raymond Roe (1898-1968) m. Marie Piquet (1900-1999). She remarried, to Robert Daddaris (d. 1983).

Raymond Roe (1924- )
John "Jack" Roe (1931- )

Mary Ann "Marie" Roe (1903-1996) m. William C. Hoppe (??-1961). She was born in Auburn, but lived most of her life in Syracuse. She worked at Pass & Seymour in Solvay for many years before retiring.

5. Ellen "Nellie" McLaughlin (1876- ) married Louis Corbett (18??-1899) Corbett was an American soldier killed during the Philippine-American War that erupted in 1898. Later she married Glenn A. Smith, who was in the trucking business in Syracuse. He died in 1928.

Auburn Weekly Bulletin, June 5, 1900
Mrs. Nellie Corbett and Franklin Leroy Corbett, widow and son, respectively, of the late Louis E. Corbett of this city, who died in the Philippines while in the service of his country, have been granted pensions, for former of $12 per month permanently and the latter of $2 per month to continue until he is 16 years of age. Official notification of this good news a received from Washington Friday.

"Nellie" McLaughlin and Louis Corbett had a son:

Franklin Leroy Corbett (1898-1981) retired in 1952 from the Syracuse Police Department, then worked 11 years in security at Carrier Corporation. He was a veteran of World War 1 and is buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.


Auburn Citizen, September 16, 1985
Mrs. Margaret Rice Hribick, 59, of 132 Franklin Street, formerly of 208 Perrine Ave., died Sunday, September 15, 1985, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.

Born in Auburn, she was a life resident. Mrs. Hribick retired from the Columbian Rope Company in 1967 after 11 years as a machine operator. She was a communicant of St. Aloysius Church. Mrs. Hribick was an avid bingo player. She was the widow of Andrew Hribick who predeceased her in January of 1984.

Surviving are one son, Andrew J. Hribick of Auburn; two grandsons and one granddaughter. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jean Kehoskie of San Bernardino, California, and Mrs. Dorothy Gilmore of Auburn; one brother, William Rice of Waterloo. She was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Bowman and a brother, Frank J. Rice.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Auburn Citizen, January 3, 1984
Mr. Andrew Hribick, husband of Margaret Rice Hribick of 208 Perrine Ave., died in Auburn Memorial Hospital, Monday, January 2, 1984.

Born in Auburn, he was a life resident. Mr. Hribick was an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Hribick was employed in the maintenance department of Columbian Rope for 30 years, retiring 10 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Aloysius Church, a member of the VFW Post 1975 and the Swietoniowski Kopeczek American Legion Post.

Suriviving besides his wife are: one son, Andrew J. Hribick; one brother, John Hribick; one sister, Mrs. Helen Smutok, all of Auburn; two grandsons and one granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.


So who's the real John McLaughlin?
One thing that jumps out at anyone researching Irish ancestors is how many people in the every extended family shared the same name. While looking for articles about my maternal great-grandfather, John McLaughlin (above), I came upon this article. I'm not sure whether — or how — all these John McLaughlins were related, but I wouldn't be surprised if all of them could be found on branches of the same family tree.

Syracuse Daily Courier, February 18, 1895
SKANEATELES, Feb. 17 – Skaneateles last Tuesday elected a no-license excise commissioner, John McLaughlin, and, as G. W. Hoagland, no-license, was elected a year ago, Skaneateles is assured for two years a prohibition regime.

All town licenses expire May 1 and the saloon-keepers expect to get no more. More than that they know Mr. McLaughlin well enough to know no licenses being granted every effort will be made to have the excise laws enforced. Saloons and saloon fixtures and saloon goodwill can be purchased at the lowest figure known in years in Skaneateles, possession to be taken May 1.

Some will keep open avowedly to sell small drinks and run their pool tables, really to see what the course of the commissioners is to be. If the law is enforced, most of them – and there are twenty of them – will close out, for the present regime is for two years at least, the next excise commissioner to retire being a license commissioner.

The saloon-keepers looking about for a means to escape the inevitable, have decided to push into court the claim that there are four men in Skaneateles named John McLaughlin and that the John McLaughlin who was elected was really John McLaughlin Jr. The claim is made that men can be brought into court who will swear they voted for other John McLaughlins.

It is understood that the saloon-keepers have raised $300 to press their case and that they will stand together not only on this point but also in defense of saloon-keepers who are charged with violation of the law in case they are prosecuted.