Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Laughlin Quin case study

For many of you that have the great pleasure of finding this information because you find all sorts of wild references on any genealogy website... You have found the source of all the different family trees.  This is my genetic line.

I used this, or my own DNA to hopefully answer the opening question.  That was 2007.  Do I know where the family is now?  Yes, in Ireland and in North Carolina.  In fact, I am also in NC although I have not approached the elder line of Quinns because I wanted to have all my ducks in a row, not go off half cocked with questions asked where I have no real answer.

The reason you find Laughlin Quin brought forth from a historic perspective, is that this name is very unique.  Almost as unique as his DNA.  From Kings of Ireland to Outlawed Confederates by non-Catholics I have the answers you have been looking for.  The question is to know how long it is going to take to get the information online in some form?

As a side bar, I was the FTDNA Surname Administrator for the Quinn Surname Project.  I had to let that go in 2014 as it was not very useful data and the folks in other groups are not really genetic genealogists, they are more the traditional analyst disguised as such.

Don't worry, I will try and show the origins of the surname in a genetic format and the subsequent branches of those that are related to Quinn, but not to Niall of the Nine Hostages, Art mac Cuinn and Conn himself.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

July 7th 1731 Laughlen Quin marries Ann Mary Laughlan in St. Michan's Roman Catholic Church in Dublin

Laughlen Quin marries Ann Mary Laughlan in St. Michan Roman Catholic Church in Dublin on 7 July 1731.  An earlier site of a Viking Church complete with Mummies and a Tower.  Near to Dublin Castle.

Witnesses are Edward Power, Michael Smyth, Joseph Quin and their mother.

To our knowledge Laughlin and Mary had one daughter while residing in Dublin. On 4 November 1744 Judith Quinn is Baptised at the Roman Catholic Church St. Nicholas with their father Laughlin Quin and mother Annae.  Elleonora Boyle was their sponsor for the Baptism.

To secure transport to Beaufort Mary would indenture herself to Edward Cannady

We will publish more on her family very soon.

Note the very short distance between the two churches and their proximity to Dublin Castle.

Anne Mary Laughlan indentured for part of her passage and was paid by Laughlin upon her arrival in Beaufort by means provided by Cornelius Cannady.  I am certain this is why Laughlin went to the trouble of making this distinction in his last will and testament in February of 1774 when he identifies Anne Mary as Mary Quin formerly Mary Cannady.  I have no evidence of Mary's birth.

The Arrival Laughlin Quin to Beaufort Town, Carteret County, Province of North Carolina June 1747

Within the British Empire's Vice-Admiralty Papers, III, 5, 17-21 we find that in the midst of King George’s War, a sloop from Rhode Island, the “King George,” entered Beaufort harbor with a Spanish prize, a fast and well equipped privateer, the “Elizabeth and Annah" in early June of 1747. The Elizabeth and Annah was recaptured in-port while at St. Thomas Island in the West Indies. A crew was formed from the the local docks in St. Thomas. The two ships hastily headed northward for Beaufort where they would resupply and continue on to Whitehall. Upon arrival in Beaufort the crew of the Elizabeth and Annah were relieved and part of crew from the King George took the helm of the Spanish prize. This ship was at some point the property of the Martin family in Dublin and London. The ship had only the Spanish name for a few short months. The Vice Admiralty papers are held by both England and the United States. The Vice Admiralty Courts were created initially in Maryland in 1694. Then in 1697 the courts were expanded as follows. 1694 Maryland 1697 New York (Includes Connecticut and New Jersey) 1697 South Carolina 1698 Pennsylvania (Includes Delaware) 1698 Virginia 1699 Massachusetts 1704 New Hampshire 1716 Rhode Island 1716 North Carolina 1754 Georgia After the French and Indian War, when tax revenue was needed to cover the debt incurred by the war, England shut down the ten courts and created a single court in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Crown appointed and sent Dr. William Spry from England to serve as “Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court of all America.” Many portions of this material are held by the High Court of Admiralty at The National Archives of England dates from c1450-1995. The document transcriptions for both the Elizabeth and Anne (Annah) and the King George of Rhode Island and are available for a substantial fee but are quite incomplete. Laughlin Quin was a member of the KIng George's crew being from Dublin headed to Barbados to take on sugar, spice and passengers according to the privately held Martin Papers. Laughlin attended St. Michan RC Church with Samuel Martin, the Comptroller of the Royal Navy and the half brother of the last Royal Governor of the Province of North Carolina; Josiah Martin. In fact, at the onset of the American Revolution while hastily fleeing Tryon Palace in New Bern, Josiah Martin was forced to abandon his personal papers held there. Within the body of desk materials is the Last Will and Testament of Laughlin Quin of which Josiah Martin provided letters testamentary that were gathered after his departure from New Bern. This will although now retired from viewing was at one time a teaching aid used by archivist at the North Carolina State Archives and Library in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After the recapture of the Elizabeth and Anne and making way to Beaufort Town, Laughlin disembarked the Elizabeth and Anne while the ship was taking on munitions and stores in the backwater port town of Beaufort in the Carteret Precinct within the Province of North Carolina. From September 4th to the 10th of September Laughlin Quin is listed as having served with the Regiment of soldiers under the Command of Col. Thomas Lovick who Appeared by Sundry Alarms & By Summon, To Attack and Keep of the Enemy, Who had Invaded the Town of Beaufort and Harbour Adjacent. This information is evidenced in the Colonial and State Papers of North Carolina and on the UNC Chapel Hill Documenting the American South Project website.

North Carolina Colonial Records
Chapter 22, Pages 262-268
Payroll for Thomas Lovick’s Regiment of the North Carolina Militia
June 14, 1747 - September 10, 1747

Laughlin Quin is listed near the end of the document as having served six days and was paid for such as a part of the militia.

September Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Carteret County Deeds, Volume II
March 1747 - May 1764

Thomas Lovick, Esquire to Loflin Quin, Planter for 100 acres on the Bogue Sound at the mouth of Jumping Run Creek.

September Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Carteret County Deeds, Volume II
March 1747 - May 1764

George Read made an oath that the witnessed Loflin Quin, sign, seal and execute a release of of 100 acres back to Thomas Lovick, Esquire as unable to pay.

June Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Carteret County Deeds, Volume II
March 1747 - May 1764

Samuel Whitehurst produced a deed signed by Ann Wilkins for 200 acres on Bogue Sound and that Valentine Wallis made oath that he saw the said Ann sign, seal and deliver the same and that Loflin Quinn evidenced the same and the deed was ordered registered.

Joseph Bell’s Carteret County Tax List
Carteret County Clerk of Court
Box - NC Archives

Loflen Quinn appears on the 1758 Tax List with one taxable living on the Bogue Sound property previously deeded in 1749 and then released in 1750.

August Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Pleas and Sessions

Beaufort Town nominates a jury to lay out a road from the north side of Newport River from Newell Bell’s property to New Bern with Loflin Quin assigned as one of the jurymen.

November Court
Carteret County Deeds, Volume II
August 1764 - December 1777

November 9, 1764 Loflin Quinn is deeded 320 acres on the north side of a small creek named Jumping Run from Colonel Thomas Lovick’s estate.

December Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Pleas and Sessions

Whereas the road on the north side of the the Newport River from Newell Bell’s property to New Bern was not continued through the jury and therefore appointed another jury that also included Loflin Quinn and that the clerk of court send summons to the Constable so as that he deliver summons personally to Loflin and all others to meet at Newell Bell’s home on the second Thursday in January next to lay out the road with penalty of 20 shillings each if not so executed.

North Carolina Archives
North Carolina Secretary of State Papers
Miscellaneous Box

The “Last Will and Testament” for Loftin Quinn dated February 4, 1766 where the will defines Loftin Quinn’s wife as Mary Quinn formerly Mary Canaday and his last wishes and the disposition of his plantation and estate.  

December Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Pleas and Sessions
August 1764 - December 1777

Whereas an existing court order for laying out a road from Newell Bell’s to the new bounds and that a new jury to be summoned to lay out same, and as it was not performed, the court appoints Loflin Quinn and others to meet on the first Saturday of September next and if raining, the next fair day to perform same.

March Court
Carteret County Court Minutes
Pleas and Session
August 1764 - December 1777

Laughlin Quinn submitted a petition and it was was read before the court. The petition stated that Laughlin Quinn hath been an inhabitant of this county for thirty odd years and have paid his taxes in the said county ever since and now has arrived to the age of sixty years, and unable to support himself and family and pay his taxes, prays the court to represent the same to the assembly and that the clerk order that the a copy of the same be made and sent to the assembly in New Bern.

The Plea Analyzed

The plea reports that Laughlin, through his own admission had arrived to the age of 60.  This can be expressed in a mathematical formula that gives us the approximate birth year of Laughlin as 1712.  


The plea further advises us that Laughlin Quin had paid his taxes in Carteret County for 30 odd years.  This is a vague statement but we can assign a date range using the 30 years and then the “odd” reference to calculate the year range.  


We now know that Laughlin Quin likely arrived to Carteret County between the years 1733 and 1741.  Where did he come from?  

Wednesday, January 27, 1773
January 25, 1773 through March 6, 1773
Minutes of the Lower House of the North Carolina General Assembly, New Bern
Volume 9, Page 451

The North Carolina House met according to adjournment on Wednesday, January 27, 1773 at the State Capital in New Bern where Mr. William Davis one of the members of the County of Brunswick and Mr. McCulloh, one of the members for Halifax  County appeared and on motion ordered that William Steel, and Ignatious Wheeler, of Surry County, Loftin Quinn, William Barnes, James Hutchinson, Joshua Mezzick, William Bevin, James Salter and Thomas Bragg, of Carteret County, and William Chandler of Currituck County be exempt from paying public taxes and doing public duties.

Will of 1766 Proved
North Carolina Archives
North Carolina Secretary of State Papers
Miscellaneous Box - Wills (Now Retired)

Front of Will Transcribed

“Feb 4 1766 in the name of God, Amen. I Loflin Quinn of the county in the Province of North Carolina being --- in health of body and too in mind and of perfect memory praised be to God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of this life on Earth and being delirious to little things in order to make this my last will and testament in manner and form following first and principle I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence is now taking to the bereaved influences and charging as to my executors hereafter named and taking such worldly estate as the lord in mercifulness gave me my will and measure.  This my oath is employed and belonging to my wife Mary Quinn formerly Mary Canaday all my worldly estate during her widowhood. Then I give and bequeath to my son William Quinn five shillings, then I give and bequeath to my daughter Margret Quinn two shil then I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Quinn the plantation where I now dwell, then I give all my movables to be equally divided among my children the heirs of my beloved Mary after her decd. I do appoint my loving wife Mary Quinn executrix and James Frazer executor of this my last will and testament and witness hereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written seale and delivered in the presence of I mark.

William Coale, Sarah Coale, Abigail Coale

Signed with Mark and Seal with printed name of Loflin M. Quinn”

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Welcome to the Quinn Genealogy DNA Project website.  If you are seeing this message after nearly an 18 month hiatus, I am about to do a data-dump of all the information I have in the storehouse of QUINN.

I will provide some in-depth reviews of interesting people and what I learned having been the Surname Project Administrator at Family Tree DNA for nearly 8 8 years.  I was the Surname Project Administrator for the Cuinn/Quinn Surname DNA Study housed there.

IF you are a QUINN of any variety.  You are encouraged to join the DNA Surname Project there.  This project is focused and categorized there.  I should also note that Mr. Michael A. Guinn manages the project and does a fine job. Michael likely has all the various line's genealogies.  Contact him for further DNA assistance.

Please stay tuned.  Much to come!

T. Allen Quinn