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Laura Alice Ray McLaughlin
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Birth: May 17, 1862
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: May 9, 1955
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA

Daughter of William and Betty (Gamble)Ray.
Siblings were Sarah J(was enumberated on the 1880 census, but gone by the 1900 census), and Mary A, (who died before the 1880 census.
She married John Wm McLaughlin, in Bloomington, Monroe Co, Indiana, March 6, 1887.
She was the mother of William A, Charles M, Guy G, and George Oliver McLaughlin.
Dearly loved by her stepdaughter, Minnie Edna (McLaughlin)Cole.
Member of the Women's Relief Corps Auxiliary of the G.A.R.(Grand Army of the Republic); as her father was a Union soldier in the Civil War.
She is resting in an unmarked grave; under a lane that was made over her; her son, William, died before he could place a gravestone for her and his wife.
I was always told of Ma's personality, although a lovely lady, normally, she could take care of herself and was proactive in her community.
A little known fact of Ma - During prohibition, she was active in her duty to help close Tippecanoe Counties bars down.
On one such bar invasion, a drunk woman jumped on her back. Ma was a tall and stout lady, so she knocked her off and went on with her business. The woman jumped on her again. This time Ma admonished her to stop or she would take her out and dump her in the gutter where she belonged.
This did not deter the drunken woman. So, Ma did as she promised.
She was then summoned to court for assault and battery. When the judge heard both sides of the incident, he dismissed the case and commended Ma for doing the right thing.
This is recorded in the Tippecanoe County Historical records, of which I was very surprised to find. 
Family links: 
  William M Ray (1838 - 1932)
  Martha Elizabeth Gamble Ray (1845 - 1922)
  John William McLaughlin (1852 - 1920)
  William A. McLaughlin (1887 - 1961)*
  Charles M. McLaughlin (1890 - 1950)*
  Guy Gilbert McLaughlin (1892 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Battle Ground Cemetery
Battle Ground
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Diana Davis-Marshall
Record added: Jun 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9018823
Laura Alice <i>Ray</i> McLaughlin
Added by: Diana Davis-Marshall
Laura Alice <i>Ray</i> McLaughlin
Added by: Diana Davis-Marshall
Laura Alice <i>Ray</i> McLaughlin
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Added by: L. A. (Terry)
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- Bill Albertson
 Added: Apr. 23, 2009
"Ma", I met you once as a child, then you were gone. I didn't get to know you, but I heard about you. Grandma Cole only spoke lovingly of you and appreciated your motherly example. Thank you, for being so good to her and loving her, as your own.

- Diana Davis-Marshall
 Added: Jun. 30, 2004

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