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This will attempt to outline the McLaughlin and Brymesser era. It begins with Benjamin Franklin Brymesser (1836 - 1916) and his wife Elizabeth J. Failor (1836 - 1916). The Brymesser clan started when Christopher Brymesser came to America in 1776 at the age of 48 from Ottenburg, Wuertlemberg, Germany as a Brunswick mercenary soldier fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. Records indicate he was released as Civil Service or disability discharge.

In the 1850 census, we find John Brymesser, 72 years old and his wife Margaret, 69 years old. John Brymesser could be the son of Christopher and the father of Benjamin Franklin Brymesser, thus being the starting point for this research.

It is said that four brothers, John, William, Samuel, and Hugh McLaughlin immigrated to America from Ireland prior to 1745 and eventually settled in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. At least one of these brothers, Samuel McLaughlin, lived for a time in Cumberland County prior to the American Revolution. The History of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Conway P. Wing, D.D. (1879), p. 236, states that the McLaughlin family settled in Mifflin Township between 1751 and 1766.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned and keep checking back for more updates. If you happen to notice any corrections that I need to add, please email. I am happy to hear from anyone that could add anything to this history of the McLaughlin's.

(Acknowledgments: Thomas Ridenour, Brymesser Family Tree 50th Anniversary booklet and Brymesser Family Tree booklet)
The McLaughlin's of South Central Pennsylvania
Updated June 23, 2001


Todd McLaughlin
630 Cumberland Avenue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201
United States

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