Fonds MC333 - McLauchlan family

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McLauchlan family

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  • 1835-1942 (Creation)
    McLauchlan, John Edwin (family)

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75 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins in 1849)

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John Edwin McLauchlan [McLaughlin], the son of James McLauchlan, was born 10 December 1849 in Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick. He and his wife Annie McGuire had no fewer than five children: Bessie L. (1879-1965), T. Harold (b. 1882), Willard Roy (1885-1919), Charles Guy, and Annie (b. 1897).

In May 1877 John E. McLauchlan and Robert B. Jones opened a dry goods store in Woodstock. Jones & McLauchlan sold ready-made clothing, hats, caps, and other merchandise. In June 1879 John McLauchlan bought Jones's interest in the enterprise, and renamed it The John McLauchlan Co., Ltd. It was also known as The John McLaughlan Company Limited and The John McLaughlan Co., Ltd. Apparently a branch store was opened at Hartland, north of Woodstock. Guy, Roy, and Bessie McLauchlan worked with their father in the store.

Beyond business interests, John McLauchlan was active in the community. He was a member of the local fire department for approximately 30 years and sat on the Woodstock town council for eight. He was twice asked to become mayor by acclamation. John E. McLauchlan died at Woodstock on 8 May 1932.

His son Charles Guy McLauchlan was born 10 August 1885 at Woodstock. Educated locally, he married Elsie Florence Everett (1889-1940) in 1910, and they had two children: Ronald Everett (1911-1941) and George Douglas. In 1902 Guy McLauchlan joined 1st Brighton Field Company, Canadian Engineers. At the outbreak of the Great War, he became involved in recruiting, and in 1915 enlisted in the 64th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in Canada, England, and later in France (1916-1918) with the 21st Battalion C.E.F. Wounded in October 1918, Major McLauchlan was demobilized the next year.

In the post-war years, Guy McLauchlan worked in the family business, and was employed "in a small way" with Canadian Customs. He was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1926 to command the Carleton Light Infantry (Reserve of Officers). At the outbreak of World War Two, he volunteered for service and was appointed controller of the radio-telegraphs operated by vessels entering the port of Halifax. He was also involved in supervising candidates for the Royal Officers' Training College and was made officer commander of "B" Company 2nd Battalion Carleton and York Regiment (Reserve Force). C. Guy McLauchlan died in 1954.

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This fonds documents the business activities of the McLauchlan family as well as the military career of Charles Guy McLaughlan. A few personal family records are included. Business records include a cash book for Jones & McLauchlan (1877-1879), as well as financial records of The John McLauchlan Co., Ltd., including 2 letterbooks (1910-1912), a cash journal (1912-1914), a day book (1931-1932), and 2 account ledgers (1910-1932). The ledgers record names of customers, their place of residence and occupation, items purchased, amount charged, and method of payment (cash or labour).

Other business records include a rent book (1928-1942) and advertisements for the McLaughlan store. Several school exercise books containing bookkeeping exercises completed by Douglas McLaughlan and Harry McLauchlan are also included. C. Guy McLaughlan's military records include letters and official communiqués from the Canadian armed forces during the First and Second World Wars. There are also papers and notes from the military hearings and courts martial that McLauchlan was a part of during the inter-war years, as well as reports, receipts, expense forms, periodicals, the Woodstock Cadets nominal role for candidates for officers' school, and a printed nominal roll of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 64th Battalion of the C.E.F. issued in 1915. There is also a nominal register for "C" Company No. 12 1/2 Platoon under Lieutenant H. A. McCleave that gives names of individuals, their rank, number, date of enrolment, martial status, religion, place of residence, and section (1915).

Military financial records include a cash book for "A" Company Composite Battalion (1914-1915) and a cash book for "A" Company 67th Regiment, Composite Regiment (1914-1915). Printed booklets include, "Comrades to Canadian Boys" by Major Wallace Forgie of the Military Service Department Canadian Y.M.C.A; "Information for Wives of Soldiers Coming From Overseas" [1945]; and "Two Thousand Officers and Men of the 64th Battalion C.E.F., Sussex, N.B." (1915). Personal records include correspondence between C. Guy McLauchlan and his friends and family; original deeds, correspondence, and genealogical information relating to Elsie Everett McLauchlan's relatives and ancestors with the surnames Lowe, Rickerson, Ricketson, Rickelson, Gilbert, and Case (1835-1927); and a few certificates and mementos pertaining to Anna Marguerite McLauchlan, Douglas McLauchlan, and Annie McGuire McLauchlan.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick on 17 March 1979 by Mr. and Mrs. William Mead, of Woodstock, New Brunswick.


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