52 Ancestors: #8 Joseph McLaughlin and family

Here’s one of my oldest and favorite family photos.

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Left to right: George Johnson, Lydia (McLaughlin) Johnson, Alice Johnson, Theodore Vanderveer, John Vanderveer, Judson Vanderveer, Joseph McLaughlin, Anna (McLaughlin) Reed, Anthony McLaughlin, Mary (McLaughlin) Bloss, Theo Bloss, Joseph McLaughlin, Solomon Shetler, Todd McLaughlin, Opha Myers, Cynthia (McLaughlin) Myers, Laura (McLaughlin) Myers, Mary (Beatty) McLaughlin, Phoebe Vanderveer, Harriet (McLaughlin) Shetler, Inez Shetler, Ivah Shetler, Retta, Lovina (McLaughlin) Shilling, Edd

Besides the fact that some of the faces are blurry and this is a scan of a copy so it’s not the absolute best quality, this was a great find at my grandfather’s house. It’s got Joseph H. McLaughlin (1882-1897) and his wife Mary, and pretty much all of their children and grandchildren. Based on the age of the youngest child (John Vanderveer), who was born 26 May 1882, this picture was must have been taken in late 1882 or early 1883. I’m not sure why they took this picture where they look they’re ready to challenge the Hatfields & McCoys – in all of the other pictures I’ve seen of these people, they look like fine upstanding citizens.

Here are a few of my favorite features of this photo:

  • Grandpa chilling on the fence, and his awesome beard:
Joseph McLaughlin

Joseph McLaughlin

  • These men showing off their guns (that’s my 3x great grandfather on the right):
Theo Bloss, Joseph McLaughlin, Solomon Shetler, and Todd McLaughlin showing off their guns

Theo Bloss, Joseph McLaughlin, Solomon Shetler, and Todd McLaughlin showing off their guns

  • A lot of men with cool hats: