Marcellus Weekly Observer, 1911
James McLaughlin, Sr., died at the home of his son, James McLaughlin, Jr., at Skaneateles Falls, at 6 o'clock p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 1911, in the 90th year of his age. He had been confined to his bed the past year. Death was due to old age.
Mr. McLaughlin was born November 15, 1821, in the little hamlet of Linsfort Glebe, County Donegal, Ireland. He took passage April 1, 1848, from Londonderry, on the sailing ship, James Whitcomb, Jr., of Kennebunkport, Me., for America. He arrived in Skaneateles June 1, 1848, residing in this town until his death. He had been a resident of Skaneateles for 63 years and at his death had probably lived longer in this town than any other Irish-born resident.
From 1848 to 1855 he lived at Mandana, then came to this village to follow his trade as blacksmith for Elson & Gale. Later he bought out Mr. Elson and ran a shop for himself until about 1870, when he discontinued it.
His wife died May 24, 1888, and the following year he went to live with his son, James McLaughlin, Jr., at Skaneateles Falls, at whose home he died. He had lived a retired life for the past 20 years.
Mr. McLaughlin was the father of 11 children, of which six survive—James McLaughlin, Jr., of Skaneateles Falls; Dennis R. McLaughlin of Syracuse, John McLaughlin and Cornelius McLaughlin of this village [Skaneateles], William McLaughlin, Fulton, N. Y. and Hugh McLaughlin of Arkansas.
He is also survived by two brothers and one sister—Hugh McLaughlin of Brooklyn, John McLaughlin of Solvay and Mrs. Timothy Donohue of this village [Skaneateles].
The funeral of the late James McLaughlin, Sr., held at St. Mary's church Saturday morning, was very largely attended. Grandsons acted as pallbearers.