John McLaughlin and Judith Leathers

David and Robert Emmitt McGlothlin may or may not be connected to John McLaughlin and Judith Leathers, but so much research has been done in an attempt to prove or disprove a connection, which I am unable to do either, I thought it might be beneficial for some if I posted the information I had found.

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin was born near the border of North and South Carolina. A great deal of information that can help to sort out the McGlothlin clan can be determined from John McLaughlin’s pension file.  On November 20, 1832 in a Tazewell County, Virginia courthouse, John testified that he believed to be 76 years old on his next birthday, January 26. This would put John’s birth at January 26, 1757.

On affidavits made on February 17, 1848 and June 10, 1858, Judith McLaughlin explains that although the proper way to spell her husband’s family name is McLaughlin, that very few people do so and that it is more commonly spelled McGlothlin or McGlathlin. She goes on to clarify that in the 1840 census the Marshall spelled the name with two o’s – McGlotholin.

February 3, 1858 an entry is made in the Tazewell County, Virginia Court that Judith “Judy” Leathers McLaughlin, front of a justice of the peace (Jefferson Matney), said she was 95 years of age, placing her birth year about 1763, and that she and John McLaughlin were married in South Carolina on or about April 1, 1783 by William Grimes, a minister of the Gospel. Old age and “bodily infirmity” kept Judy McLaughlin from being able to make her deposition to the court in person.

The North Carolina Secretary of State certified that John ‘McGlauhin’ served as a private under Captain Smith’s Company in the 4th Regiment during the Revolution. He enlisted May 6, 1776 and was discharged on May 14, 1779 in Guilford, North Carolina, shortly after the Battle of Guilford. In his effort to gain his Revolutionary Pension, John McLaughlin also testified that he had enlisted while living on Crooked Creek in Mecklinburg County, North Carolina and he had served under several different officers including Captain Michael Dickinson, Lieutenant William Henderson, Colonel Samuel Doak, General Sumpter, and General Green. In a battle with the British in Savannah, John was shot just above the right knee where the ball had passed through the flesh. Some 50 years later, this injury still caused discomfort to John.

After he was discharged, John resided in Cumberland County, North Carolina for three or four years before moving on to Randolph County, North Carolina. He later moved his family to Patrick County, Virginia, where he is listed on the 1791 and 1792 tax lists for the county. “From there he removed to the Western Country in the neighborhood as where his now, and has ever since resided.” This ‘Western Country’ was located in Russell County.  John and his brother Jacob are first found in Russell County in the 1801 Russell County Virginia Personal Property Tax List for the Upper District, under “McLoflin”.

February 5, 1858 Jacob McGlothlin appeared in the courts of Tazewell County, Virginia and stated that he was 67 years old and was the third child born to Judith Leathers and John McLaughlin.  He further stated that there were 13 children in all and that “the Eldest of which if living would now be Seventy three years of age”.

Judith Leathers

Teresa Martin Klaiber, who has extensively researched the McGlothlin line provided me with the following snippets of a letter written by Thomas R. McGlothlin in letter Dec 2, 1942.

“…Judy Leathers, and Juda’s mother was a Wheatley, and they came over with the colonists or later known as first settlers…” “…heard their grandmother …that Judy Leathers was of Wales; that her mother …was a Wheatley; that Judys parents did not come to Am and d bef she came with her brothers John Leathers and Patty Leathers; …also …Judy was 109 when she died…”

– Evelyn S. Jackson Collection Elswick vf Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, Kentucky March 2003