|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1824|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1892|
The subject of this sketch dates his birth in Warren County, Tennessee, August 24, 1824. His parents, Alexander and Elizabeth (McGill) Laughlin, were both natives of Virginia. His father died in 1831, leaving the family to the care of the mother, and in 1840 she moved to Van Buren County, Iowa, and there located on a farm.
Mr. Laughlin remained upon his mother's farm until 1850, when his ambitious spirit led him to strike out in life for himself. In the spring of that year he started, with ox teams, across the plains for California. (He came in the wagon train headed by wagon CAPT. William Faught and WM's son James Faught) This long journey was accomplished by the usual months of toil and hardships so well known and remembered by the pioneers of California. September 6, 1850, he arrived at Placerville and engaged in mining. Mr. Laughlin continued this occupation until the spring of 1853.
(Before arriving in Placerville, his first wife, Matilda Davidson Laughlin died enroute to California or in California and left him with a small male baby, Columbus F Laughlin who was b. Aug 4, 1849 in Van Buren Co., IA. and died Oct 15, 1850 in Sonoma Co., CA) First burial in Shiloh Cemetery.
He then returned overland to Iowa, and in the same year married Miss Matilda Faught, the daughter of William and Nancy Faught, natives of Kentucky. He remained in Iowa until the spring of 1854 when, in the company of his wife, mother, brother and sister, he started upon his third trip across the plains.
(He came this time with William, Willis, and Jabez Faught, Thomas Van Winkle and mutiple other family members.) This time he and his brother brought about 200 cattle with them. Nothing unusual occurred upon this long journey and the party arrived safely in Sonoma County that fall and located on the Mark West Creek.
Finding immense tracts of rich land unoccupied, Mr. Laughlin pitched his tent. He then went into the redwoods where he split out shakes and other timber which he hauled to his claim, and used in building a cabin. Mr. Laughlin then commenced his career as a pioneer farmer of this county, and since that time has devoted his attention to that calling. The success has attended his efforts is well attested by the various productions of his rich and highly cultivated lands. A large and well ordered dwelling-house containing the comforts and conviences of modern well ordered homes has taken place of his simple cabin.
Commodious out buildings store his products and shelter his herds. The evidence of his prosperity are everywhere visible upon this model farm. Mr. Laughlin now owns 550 acres, comprising some of the most productive land in Sonoma County, located in the Russian River Township, Lone Redwood school district, less than one mile west from Mark West station, on the North Pacific Railroad. Among the more noticeable features of his farm are twenty acres of orchard which is producing a large variety of fruits such as apples, peaches, french prunes, plums, pears, and figs. He has also twelve acres of vineyard devoted to wine and table grapes, among which are Zinfandel, Malvoise, Muscat, Tokay, and Rose of Peru. His alfalfa fields are especially worthy of mention. They comprise seventy acres of his land and produce three large crops each year, besides furnishing months of pasturage for his stock; all this is done without any irrigation. The balance of his land is devoted to hay, grain and stock.
Among his stock are 300 sheep of the South Down and Shropshire breeds. His cattle, which he raises for market purposes, are improved with Durham stock. He also devotes considerable attention to horses of improved stock, and has some fine specimens of draft and road horses, the former being improved with "Suffolk Punch" and English stock, and the roadsters, by "Anteo" Patchen stock. Mr. Laughlin is well entitled to be styled one of the representative farmers of Sonoma County. His long residence has made him well known, and his straightforward, consistent course of life he gained for him a large circle of friends. He is a public-spirited and progressive citizen, a strong supporter of any enterprise which he believes will advance the prosperity and welfare of the community in which he resides.
He has served for thirty years as a school trustee in his district. In political matters he is a Democrat, liberal and conservative in his views. He is a member of the Santa Rosa Lodge, No. 57, F. & A. M., also Santa Rosa Chapter, No. 45. Mr Laughlin's wife died in 1876, and in 1877 he married Mrs. Cordelia (Bixby) Sanborn, the widow of Ezra Sanborn, a native of Maine, but resident of Sonoma County. He has seven children living, viz: Alexander D., who married Miss Mary Johnson, living in Santa Rosa, is an attorney-at-law in that city; Eliza Jane, who married Mark (Marcus) Brown, residing in Washington Territory; Melvina, wife of William P. Slusser, residing in Sonoma County; Lizzie, wife of Frank McCulloh, residing in Mariposa County; Amanda, wife of James Bailey, residing in Windsor; John and Alpheus, living at home. Mrs. Laughlin has two children living from her former marriage, viz: Willard B. Sanborn, who married Miss Rose Perkinson, now residing in Santa Rosa, and Emma, who married John Faught, residing in Sonoma County.
Elizabeth McGill Laughlin (1784 - 1866)
Matilda Faught Laughlin (1833 - 1876)
Cordelia Gertrude Bixby Laughlin (1830 - 1906)*
Columbus F Laughlin (1849 - 1850)*
Alexander Douglas Laughlin (1854 - 1922)*
Eliza Jane Laughlin Brown (1856 - 1925)*
Melvina L Laughlin Slusser (1859 - 1938)*
Amanda Laughlin Bailey (1863 - 1901)*
William F Laughlin (1863 - 1864)*
Alpheus James Laughlin (1872 - 1899)*
Elizabeth E Laughlin McClish (1816 - 1877)*
James Henry Laughlin (1819 - 1892)*
Sarah Ann Laughlin Warner (1822 - 1861)*
John McGill Laughlin (1824 - 1892)
Note: Son of Alexander Duncan Laughlin and Elizabeth McGill. Husband of Matilda Davidson, Matilda Faught, and Cordelia Gertrude Bixby.
Created by: Susan Faught
Record added: Jan 22, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10356029