William McLaughlin

1839–1863 (Age 24)
Dixfield, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life of William

When William McLaughlin was born on 8 March 1839, his father, Phinehas McLaughlin, was 41 and his mother, Sally Gilman Smith, was 33. He married Amelia Drake on 1 November 1861, in Dixfield, Oxford, Maine, United States. He died on 15 May 1863, in Dixfield, Oxford, Maine, United States, at the age of 24, and was buried in Dixfield, Oxford, Maine, United States.

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William McLaughlin
Amelia Drake
Marriage: 1 November 1861

Spouse and Children

1 November 1861
Dixfield, Oxford, Maine, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Phinehas McLaughlin





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World Events (5)

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

Age 3

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 12

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Lochlainn ‘son of the Scandinavian’, a patronymic from the personal name Lochlann ( see Laughlin ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Mclauflin in household of Phineas Mclauflin, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm Mc Laughlin in household of Phineas Mc Laughlin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Mc Laughlin, "Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907"

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