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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John McLaughlin, a useful and prominent citizen of Tipton County, was born in Ireland July 12, 1821, and is a son of William and Jane (Reed) McLaughlin. The father was a native of Edinburg, Scotland, born 1796, and in early life immigrated to Ireland, where he died in 1884; was a farmer by occupation. The mother was born in Ireland about 1794, and died in 1860. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject received a collegiate education at Bellenyna College, Ireland, and in 1852 came to America, landing at Charleston, S. C.; then immediately went to Chester, S. C., and spent three years learning the carriage-maker’s trade, when he went to Aberdeen, Miss., and established a factory of his own, and three years later moved to Portersville, Tipton County, and continued the business five years, then went into merchandising and farming, selling goods at Portersville two years, then moved to Atoka and continued the mercantile business over ten years, and since that time has given his attention exclusively to farming and running a steam cotton-gin, which he owns. Mr. McLaughlin has been married three times; first to Miss Margaret Wilson, a native of South Carolina, to whom he was married March 16, 1848; the second time to Mrs. Nancy (Banks) White, October 12, 1854, and the third time to Mrs. Mary A. (McCreight) Strong, December 12, 1861. Two children were born to the first marriage, both sons, now engaged in selling goods: Robert W., born September 28, 1849, and William R., born April 4, 1852. By the second marriage three children: Andrew T., born August 25, 1855; Elizabeth J., born June 18, 1857; James A., born April 9, 1859. To the third marriage five children were born: Margaret J., born January 28, 1862; Mary A., June 28, 1863; Emaline F., September 1, 1865; John Riley and Ann W. (twins), April 10, 1869. The parents and all of the daughters, excepting one, belong to the Old School Presbyterian Church, the father being a deacon in the church. Politically Mr. McLaughlin is a Democrat. He is a man of fine integrity and liberal disposition.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the book,  The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Tipton County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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