Category Archives: McLaughlin

McLaughlin Family History

Margaret McLaughlin was born in Ireland in 1842.  She left County Armagh, Ireland, in 1858 at the age of 16 for the United States.  She lived in Boston for five years and in September of 1863 she moved to Independence, Iowa.

Margaret McLaughlin and John Duffy married in 1864.  They had 10 children:  Alice [Foisy] (1865-1910), Felix (1866-1940), Anna [Erler] (1868-1904), Margaret [Bowen](1869-1953), Elizabeth (1870-1884), Ellen Frances [Martin] (1875-1964), Florence [Koehl](1876-1907), Rose (1877-1884), Ada [Martin] (1880-1968), Burt (1883-?).

Duffy Family Fire

On my grandmother Ellen Francis Duffy’s 10th birthday, May 3, 1884, fire destroyed her family’s home.  In the house were the parents, John and Margaret McLaughlin Duffy, and six children.  Four older children were away from home. Two sisters died.  Thirteen-year-old … Continue reading

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