Dr. Miar J. McLaughlin was born in March of 1840 near Fingal (Elgin County). His parents were Thomas McLaughlin and the former Lydia Pettit and they were farmers. Dr. McLaughlin was the 8th of 10 children. His siblings were; John, Thomas, Nancy, William, Michael, Lawrence, James, Daniel and Mary .
There are publications that indicate that Dr. Miar J. McLaughlin joined up with his older brother Dr. James McLaughlin, in Ridgetown at a medical practice located at 56 Main Street East around 1862.
During his medical training at Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York in the early to mid 1860’s, Dr. McLaughlin was appointed as an Assistant Surgeon at MacDougall Hospital at Fort Schuyler (New York City), during the American Civil War. Dr. McLaughlin served at the military hospital from June of 1864 until the fall of 1864. Dr. McLaughlin presented his medical thesis in 1865 to the Bellevue Hospital Medical College. The thesis topic was diphtheria and the paper outlined his own symptoms from July 26th, 1864 until his gradual recuperation which started around October 20th, 1864. (This paper is available to be viewed on-line). Dr. McLaughlin graduated M.D. from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1865, and returned to MacDougall Hospital for a short time.
After being discharged from military service, Dr. McLaughlin returned to Ridgetown to practice medicine with his brother James. He was officially licensed to practice medicine in Ontario in 1869. In March of 1870 Dr. McLaughlin traveled to Ireland, Scotland and England, before settling in Jackson City, Michigan later in 1870.
Dr. McLaughlin married Emma Croman on the 21st of April, 1875. Mrs. McLaughlin was born in Michigan in November of 1850, the daughter of Frederick Croman and the former Mahala Randolph. She was the youngest of 4 children. Her siblings were; George, Olive and Daniel. Mrs. McLaughlin was raised in Waterloo Twp, in Jackson County, Michigan, where her family farmed.
Dr. and Mrs. McLaughlin had 5 children; Frederick was born in 1876 and died of scarlet fever on the 25th of March, 1877, Lawrence Harry McLaughlin was born on the 9th of May, 1877 (died 05 May, 1959), Lydia Mahala McLaughlin was born on the 12th of April, 1879 (died in 1976), Mabelle McLaughlin was born on the 19th of December, 1882 and Miar John McLaughlin was born on the 11th of September, 1888 (died in 1976). Both sons served during World War I and World War II for the United States Army. Their son, Miar John McLaughlin became a medical doctor and practiced in Jackson City, Michigan. Their grandson (son of Dr. Miar John McLaughlin) was named John Miar McLaughlin (1922-1995) and he also became a medical doctor in Jackson, Michigan.
Dr. Miar J. McLaughlin also operated a drug store in Jackson, Michigan.
Dr. Miar J. McLaughlin died on the 2nd of March, 1908 in Jackson City, Michigan. Mrs. McLaughlin died on the 13th of July 1950, at the age of 99. Dr. and Mrs. McLaughlin are buried in Section C, Lot 41 at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson City, Michigan, along with other members of their family.
*His brother’s Lawrence and James both became physicians. Dr. Lawrence McLaughlin practiced medicine in Elgin County, and is not known to have practiced in Kent County. Dr. Lawrence McLaughlin practiced in Elgin County. He died on the 10th of November, 1863 at the age of 31. Dr. Lawrence McLaughlin is buried at the Fingal Cemetery. Dr. James McLaughlin also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.