My gr.-gr. grandfather, William McLauchlan, (1809- 7/13/1854) was from somewhere in Scotland, but for many years a resident of Richmond, Va. He was a descendant of a line of boiler-makers in Scotland. He worked as a blacksmith/boiler engineer in Richmond. I have no more information about him, particularly where he came from in Scotland or how he got to Ric.I suspect that he arrived in Baltimore, MD sometime between 1809- 1837. He and his wife, Margretta Faherty (?- 7/24/1846), had two children in Baltimore (Anne Eliz.: 1837 & John: 1839). By late in 1840, the family had relocated to Richmond. They had two more children (Thomas Feon: 1840 & Margretta: 1844) before Margretta died.
William shows up on the 1850 Richmond, Va. federal census with two additional women: Mary Faherty age 65 & Elizabeth Faherty age 25. He probably worked for or with Thomas Faherty age 30 (all Fahertys from Baltimore). The four children were baptized Feb 5, 1953 in Henrico Parish a.k.a. St. John's Church. Thomas passed away abt. 7/13/1854 per church records and other listings. He was buried somewhere in the churchyard of Henrico Parish/St. John's Church.
They left four children:
1. Anna Eliz (1837- ? )
2. John (4/06/1839- 9/1867)
3. Thomas Feon (7/28/1840- 1919)
4. Margaretta (4/17/1844- ? )
The children disappear between 1854- 1870 until Thomas Feon shows up on the 1870 fed census with a family. Anna Eliz shows up as a house-keeper(?) for the same Thomas Faherty family from Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Faherty also founded a Richmond, Va. wheelwright/blacksmithing company (Faherty, Walsh & Co.)sometime prior to 1860's where Thomas Feon worked until he changed the name to Walsh & McLauchlan.
I'm interested in hearing from other McLauchlan's. Also have Tanner, Cosby, Michaels, Alexander, McGhee, Sacra, Turners, Des Portes, etc of Richmond, Va or surrounding counties.