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The McLaughlin Family

Motto: Cuimhnigh Ar Do Gheallamhnacha
- Remember Your Promises

This branch of the McLaughlin family has been traced back to 19th Century County Derry in Ireland. 
 
This branch is most likely to stretch back to the 11th Century in Ireland at least by one of two possible lines of descent:
 
The Irish Clan McLaughlin of the Donegal/Derry area based their surname on an ancestor named Lochlan, who lived about 1020 A.D. His grandson was Domhnall MacLochlainn, the High King of Ireland, who died in 1121 A.D. This Domhnall MacLochlainn is referred to in the "Annals of Ireland" as both "Domhnall Ua Lochlan" and "Domhnall Ua Neill," indicating he may have been the first of this line to assume the surname MacLochlainn.
 
But if our line came from Scotland, perhaps via the settlement of Scottish gallowglasses or 17th Century Planters, then the line may descend from Aodh Athlaman Ua Neill (O'Neill), the King of Aileach who died in 1033 A.D., ancestor of the O'Neills of Ulster, in later centuries Princes of Tyrone and Lords of Clandeboy.  According to legend his younger son, Aodh Anrathan, left Ireland to campaign in Scotland, never to return. 
 
The following are known to be ancestors of Calum and Jamie:
Thomas McLaughlin  (18?? - 18??) married (Unknown)
Elizabeth McLaughlin  (18?? - ????) married William Watton
 
For an absolutely brilliant website on the Clan McLaughlin in Ulster, visit the McLaughlin of Donegal website.
 

NB: Family history charts can be accessed at http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/chrispaton

Thomas McLaughlin
18?? - ????
 
Thomas was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great great grandfather.
 
Little is known of Thomas, except that in 1867 he was listed as a farmer on his daughter Eliza's wedding entry in the marriage register. He may have been based in Killowen, where his daughter was based at the time. It is not yet known who Thomas' wife was.
 
(Another person is listed on the form who is believed to be a relative, although the relationship is not clear - this is a William McLaughlin, perhaps a brother or uncle to Eliza.)
 
 
CHILDREN of THOMAS McLAGHLIN and (UNKNOWN):
Eliza McLaughlin
b: 18??  d: ????
 
Eliza was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandmother - see below.
 

Elizabeth McLaughlin 
abt 1847 - aft 21/8/1902
 
Elizabeth was Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandmother.
 
Elizabeth (Eliza) McLaughlin married William Watton, a 20 year old servant (son of William Watton), on December 7th 1867, in the registry office of Coleraine. Eliza was the daughter of farmer Thomas McLaughlin, but from the town's Waterside district in Killowen parish; William was from Castletoodry, Killowen. Because Eliza was aged 20, she had to obtain a special license for the wedding from the registrar, William Young. The witnesses to the marriage were William McLaughlin (a relative of Eliza) and Robert Mitchell. At the time of the wedding, William was working as a labourer.
 
In the 1901 census, Eliza was listed at McCandless Street in north Belfast, in Shankill ward, parish of Shankill. She was 45, from County Londonderry, and could read and write. Husband William was a 47 year old gardener, could read and write, was Church of Ireland by way of religion, married and born in County Antrim. Also present were 17 year old son Willie Watton, a catch boy in ship building, and 13 year old daughter Edith Watton, a scholar. Both Willie and Edith were born in Derry and could read and write (Source: National Archives of Ireland, 1901 census).
 
William died on 21 AUG 1902 and was buried in City Cemetery two days later. Eliza placed a notice in the intimations column of the Belfast Newsletter:
WATTON - August 21, at his residence, 9, Hartwell Street, Belfast, William, the beloved husband of Eliza Watton. Funeral to City Cemetery, tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, at two o' clock. ELIZA WATTON
It is not yet known when Eliza passed away.
 
CHILDREN of ELIZABETH McLAUGHLIN and WILLIAM WATTON:
John Watton
b: 27/9/1868  d: 14/11/1868
 
 
Anne Watten
b: 21/12/1869
 
 
William Watton
b: 16/12/1871
 
 
Cochrane McLaughlin Watton
b: 13/11/1872  d: 19??
 
Calum's and Jamie's three times great grandfather - see Watton page.
 
 
Eliza Watton
b: 30/1/1875  d: 1946
 
William Thomas Watton
b: 6/6/1877  d: Jun-Sep 1879
 
Helena Watton
b: 21/7/1879  d: aft 27/3/1919
 
 
Mary Jane Watton
b: 14/11/1881
 
 
William Reid Watton
b: 20/12/1883  d: 6/6/1972
 
 
Sarah Robinson Watton
b: 1/2/1885
 
 
Edith Watton
b: 28/5/1887
 
 
Unknown Watton
b: 29/4/1889
 

Connecting to Calum and Jamie

Elizabeth McLaughlin married William Watton prior to 1872.

Son, Cochrane McLaughlin Watton, married Elizabeth Holmes in 1900.

Daughter, Annie Evelyn Leslie Watton married William McKeever Smyth in 1920.

Daughter, Martha Jane Elisabeth Watton Smyth, married Ernest Graham in 1943

Daughter, Charlotte Harper Graham, married Colin Paton in 1969

Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000

Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton