My grandmother was Elizabeth Forrest Laughinghouse from Pitt County, NC.The earliest Laughinghouse I have is Thomas who came to NC in 1733 ish.He is purportedly buried under the floor of the old church in Bath, NC.He came to America from Liverpool - which is no surprise since that is where many, many folks from the British Isles and Ireland embarked from.However, I have a note that states that the L'house family was in the Grain business in Liverpool through the 1900's.I had always believed that they were Irish but have no proof at all of that. They intermarried with the O'Hagens, who were Irish. My daughters mother in law (McGrath) who is very Irish, says there is no way a name like Laughinghouse could be Irish.Who knew??
John Joseph L'house, one of Thomas' sons was in Sharpes Company in the NC Continental Line during the revolution.He is buried at Oaklands, the families large farm/plantation in Pitt Co., NC.(posted by John B. Grimes firstname.lastname@example.org)