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The Laughlin-McSpadden-Curtis-Avent Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

William Curtis Laughlin, Jr.
4823 Timberline Drive
Austin, TX 78746
United States

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The four main families in the home page title all were present in the colonies before the American Revolution.The Laughlin line descended from John Laughlin and Jane Matthews who immigrated from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania around 1740. They followed the classic Scotch-Irish pattern through Lancaster County, PA, then down through the great Virginia Valley to Fincastle, then to Abingdon, VA. From there, they spread through Kentucky and Tennessee. My line came through Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN (early 1800's), to Crawford County, Arkansas (around 1830), to Newton County, Missouri (1837-1847), to Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas in 1847. We have been in Texas ever since. Other family names of interest in this line are Duncan, Young, Newton, Witherspoon, and Daniel.The McSpaddens were also Scotch-Irish. Thomas McSpadden (aka McSpedon) came from Northern Ireland through Pennsylvania (we think) to Lexington, VA, no later than 1742. He helped found the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church there, still in operation and site of Sam Houston's birthplace and the school that became Washington and Lee University. That line continued through Abingdon, VA, also, then on to Tennessee, finally settling in Memphis. Other family names of interest in this line are Edmiston, Scott, Starrett (Starritt), Bayne, and Nuckolls.The Curtis family is English. Thomas Curtis was born in England after 1740 and came to the colonies. His son, Rev. Amos Curtis, was born in Randolph County, NC, in 1782. The line continued through Watson Curtis (Buncombe County, NC) and Columbus Nelson Curtis (Clay County, NC). He migrated to Waco, Texas, and married Minerva Sills, a Texas girl. From Waco, the family spread throughout Texas. Other family names of interest in this line are Bryant, Estes, Sills, and Leonard (Lenard).The Avents descended from Col. Thomas Avent, a French Huguenot born in 1671 who came to the colonies by way of England. He married Margaret Elizabeth Gooch of the Gooch-Claiborne families, one of the most prominent in early Jamestown and the Virginia Tidewater region. The Avents stayed several generations in Virginia, then moved to Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN, and Hardeman County, TN. Other family names of interest in this line are Claiborne, Gooch, Ward, McKinnie, and Graves.Please contact me if you have interest in any of these lines. I would be most pleased to exchange information.

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