This family history was constructed with information from the family Bible, Henry McLafferty III’s (Jr.) diary, and other websites. Since the Bible contains a great deal of information, but usually in name/date format, some speculation is necessary to tie it all together. Therefore, I may have made some errors. If you have additional information, please let me know. Contents:
- page 1: Henry McLafferty, Rev. Henry McLafferty & Rebecca Dunn McLafferty
- page 2: Henry & Rebecca McLafferty’s Children
- page 3: Henry McLafferty & Rachel Dunn McLafferty; Other McLaffertys; Kendaia Cemetery Records
Henry McLafferty & Rachel Dunn McLafferty
Henry McLafferty and Rachel Dunn were married August 19, 1839, nearly two years after Rebecca’s death. Rachel was 33 years old and Henry was 52. Rachel had likely been running the household since Rebecca’s death. They were wed in Morris County, New Jersey, by Rev. Mr. Copps. They (apparently) had 3 children together, all of whom were born in Romulus, NY. The following 3 must be theirs (? – I cannot find who else they may belong to).
Frances McLafferty was born on October 5, 1839, just 1 1/2 months after Henry and Rachel were married. Perhaps this is strange, but perhaps not. Henry writes that on April 29, 1857 “Frances came home this P.M. for the first time in three weeks past, she has been teaching a short term of select school for a few of the inhabitants…in the extreme north east section of school district number six & has just closed.”
On May 15, 1857, when she was 17, Henry notes in his diary that “Frances is at home tonight. This I mention because she is at home so small a percentage of the time. But enough!” At age 18 on August 24, 1858 Frances married Anderson Stout, in their hometown of Romulus. Anderson Stout had a fairly recent wooden leg in 1857.
Augusta McLafferty was born October 1, 1841. The Kendaia Cemetery records show “August” McLafferty died on 5/8/1846. Assuming that this is the same person, the child would have been 4 1/2 years old.
William E. McLafferty was born September 4, 1843. He passed away on April 24, 1846, at the age of about 2 1/2.
Rachel receives the Bible – 1866
Sometime in 1866 Rachel Dunn McLafferty purchased, or received, the Bible. She was 63 years old, and Henry was 79. Their children, Frances, Augusta, and William were still alive. Rebecca had been gone for 30 years and her children – the half-siblings of Rachel – James, Gennie, Gershom, Elizabeth, Henry, Joel, Simeon, and Absalom were still surviving.
Grandson George S.M. McLafferty was born January 30, 1866, but his parents are unknown. They could be Absalom and Miriam McLafferty, who were married in February 1864. He was born in Toledo, Ohio. He had his picture taken on December 30, 1866, and Rachel tucked the new photograph into her new Bible.
Henry McLafferty died on February 2, 1872 at the age of 95 years old, having been born June 9, 1787.
Other family – Dunns & McLaffertys
Rachel had relatives in Millington, New Jersey: John Dunn and his wife Amy Boyce Dunn. Abraham Dunn and his wife Ann Cooper Dunn also lived in Millington.
David and Prudence Dunn lived in North Branch, New Jersey.
Philemon Dunn was Rebecca’s cousin and lived in Somerville, New Jersey. It appears he was married but his wife’s name is not known. In March of 1857 he travelled to Ohio to receive from Ann half of Absalom’s (Dunn or McLafferty?) estate, valued at $9000, on behalf of Absalom’s heirs.
Simeon Dunn, whom Henry Jr. called Uncle, lived in New Jersey.
Absalom (Dunn or McLafferty) was married to a woman named Ann. Henry called him Uncle but we don’t know if he was a McLafferty or a Dunn.
Barna S. McLafferty was a minister. In 1852, according to church records, he was included in a list of “workers going out from this church,” apparently on a mission. He acted as principal at the Academy of South Bend, Indiana. He was married, but we don’t know his wife’s name. In 1875 he was in California, according to church records. There is also a B.F. McLafferty listed along with him, possibly his wife.
Kendaia Cemetery Records
Oddly, there is no mention of Rachel in the Kendaia Cemetery records (or in the Bible, though I guess this is not surprising since the Bible belonged to her).
McLaffertys mentioned in the Kendaia Cemetery records and buried in the same row but which are not in the Bible records:
- Amos McLafferty, died 5/3/1858
- Catherine McLafferty, died 4/11/1828
- Rebecca McLafferty, died 4/3/1864. If she was a daughter of Henry and Rebecca or Rachel, she is not listed in the family Bible. This is probably the same Rebecca mentioned as being a teacher in the Henry McLafferty diary. She was listed in the 1850 census as a teacher, living with the McLafferty family. She taught at the Academy in South Bend, Indiana at the same school where Barna S. McLafferty was principal. Later she taught at a school twelve miles from South Bend.
- Henry C. McLafferty, died May 17, 1853
- Mary E. McLafferty, died 8/22/1863
McLaffertys mentioned in the Kendaia Cemetery records but buried in a different part of the grounds:
- Alton McLafferty, born ca. 1852; died 4/25/1900
- Jennie E. Giddings McLafferty, born ca 1860, died 11/30/1929, wife of Alton McLafferty. They were married around Feb. 26.1879(newspaper date). At the time of their marriage, Jennie was a resident of Romulus; Alton was resident in Venice, Cayuga County. Jennie was the daughter of Amherst C. & Elizabeth Giddings. In 1880 Alton & Jennie were living with her parents, farming in Romulus.
- William E. McLafferty, died 9/21/1872, not the child of Henry and Rachel.
- Seward J. McLafferty, died 9/12/1930 (They may be descendants of the older McLaffertys – and there may just not have been enough room left in the original plot.