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William Martin Laughlin

Male 1826 - 1917  (90 years)


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  • Name William Martin Laughlin  [1
    Born 29 Jul 1826  Bond County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1917  Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of another old pioneer and citizen of Putnam County, that of William M. Laughlin. After a sickness of about 4 weeks, the result of a fall and fractured hip, he succumbed to his injuries and the infirmities of old age and passed peacefully into the great beyond at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.E. Raley, at 1:15 PM on Saturday, March 10, 1917, in his 91st year. With his parents he came to Putnam County in 1830, when but four years of age and continued to reside in this county the rest of his lifetime and had the distinction of having resided in the county longer than any person now living. By his long residence in the county, he was personally known to every person in the county by whom he was respected and loved. The deceased had a remarkable memory, was a devout student of the Bible and was well versed in national affairs. He was a man of strong moral courage and convictions being ever ready to assert them in the interest of his country and righteousness when necessary. [text missing] The funeral was held at the home of H.E. Raley, at 9:00 Monday morning, with a prayer by Reverend R.W. Ames, following which the funeral cortege wended its way to Granville where services were held at the Congregational Church, Reverend R.K. Stetson officiating and were attended by a large gathering of friends and neighbors to pay their last respects to his memory. Interment was made in the family lot in the Granville city cemetery beside his wife and son who had preceded him. F.I. Peterson, mortician [text missing] The following obituary was read at the funeral [text missing] William Martin Laughlin, son of Samuel D. Laughlin and Rebecca Dunlavy Laughlin was born in Bond County, Illinois July 29, 1826. In 1830, the family removed to Putnam County and settled near Union Grove. He was married June 7, 1849, to Miss Elizabeth Jane Fletcher[grave marker states her name as, Thatcher], who removed from Vermont to Putnam County with her relatives and neighbors, driving all the way with teams. A large family is now represented by one son, James G. Laughlin of Princeton, IL - age 92 years. The subject of this sketch passed away at 1:15, March 10, 1917, after a month's illness caused by a fall in which his hip was broken, causing much suffering, age 90 years, 11 months, and 7 days. He was a Private Co. B 109th[incorrect: 139th] Regiment of IL. Inf. Vol. Since the death of his wife, May 15, 1905, he has resided until 2 years ago at his home in Granville, IL. Since then making his home with his daughter, Mrs. H.G. Raley, in Hennepin. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin, of whom 5 are living. Ella C. Pritchette, Helen C. Watts, Hennie A. Ramsey, Maggie A. Lake and Bessie J. Raley. Cassius M. the only son died at the age of 1 1/2 in the year 1862. There are nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Possessing a great and accurate memory, he was often called upon to settle points of law which came up for adjustment. He served many years as justice of the peace and was present at the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Ottawa in 1858. Had seen, heard and known, Ichabod Codding, Benjamin Lundy, Owen Lovejoy, and other eloquent advocates of liberty and righteousness. He was a member of the Congregational church for many years and used his influence for Christ and humanity.

      Source: The Putnam Record, Hennepin, Illinois, Wednesday, March 12, 1917, transcribed by Nancy Piper
    Buried Granville Cemetery, Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Civil War Veteran
      LAUGHLIN, William M
      Company B. 139th Illinois Infantry
      Rank: Private
      Residence: Granville
      Date of Muster: Jun 1, 1864
      Mustered out Oct 28, 1864

      Source: The Illinois USGenWeb Project
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      Name: Laughlin, William M.
      Regiment Name: 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)
      Side: Union:
      Company: B
      Soldier's Rank In: Private
      Soldier's Rank Out: Private
      Alternate name:
      Film Number: M539 roll 51
      Notes:
      Plaque Number:

      Source: National Park Service
    Person ID I117731  tree1
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 

    Family Elizabeth Jane Thacher,   b. 25 Oct 1830, Winhall, Bennington County, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1905, Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1849  Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ella Calphurna Laughlin,   b. 6 Nov 1854
     2. Helen Caroline Laughlin,   b. 15 May 1857
     3. Hattie Amanda Laughlin,   b. 27 Apr 1859
     4. Cassius Marcellus Laughlin,   b. 21 Mar 1861, Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1862, Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Maggie Alineda Laughlin,   b. 26 Jul 1863
     6. Bessie Jane Laughlin,   b. 9 Sep 1871
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F7068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S283] Thomas Thacher 1620 - 1678 Boston Branch, Thacher, Elwood James, (Thacher, Elwood James), 79-63849 Lib Congress., P. 188.
      William Martin Laughlin was a farmer and carpenter.

    2. [288] .
      Memorial ID 81099834