Dock Hillard Laughter

15 July 1870–11 September 1949 (Age 79)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of Dock Hillard

When Dock Hillard Laughter was born on 15 July 1870, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Isaiah Zaer Laughter, was 28 and his mother, Nancy Matilda "Tilda" King, was 27. He married Mary Frances Morrison on 26 January 1902, in Henderson, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Hendersonville Township, Henderson, North Carolina, United States in 1930 and East Flat Rock, Henderson, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He died on 11 September 1949, in Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Henderson, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States.

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Dock Hillard Laughter
Mary Frances Morrison
Marriage: 26 January 1902
Bertie Erline Laughter Cunningham
Isaiah Lafatte Laughter
Myrtle G Laughter
Willard Redden Laughter
Claud Edgar Laughter
Ralph Grady Laughter Sr.
Blanche Bunaire Laughter
Mamie Estelle Laughter

Spouse and Children

26 January 1902
Henderson, North Carolina, United States


    Bertie Erline Laughter Cunningham


    Isaiah Lafatte Laughter


    Myrtle G Laughter


    Willard Redden Laughter


    Claud Edgar Laughter


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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1877 · Last Troops Leave

Age 7

In 1877, the last of the troops that were occupying North Carolina left.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English (Norfolk): of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname for a jolly, laughing person, from the vocabulary word laughter.2 Possibly also an Americanized form of Dutch Lachter, an unflattering nickname from Middle Low German lachter ‘shame’, ‘disgrace’. This is a common name in NC.

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

Sources (3)

  • Doc H Lawter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dock Laughter, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Dook H Laughter, "United States Census, 1920"

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