i saw your posting re: walter laughead's diary and would be interested in any information you could share from it as it appears he is part of my family tree...
my grandfather/henry taylor laughead was born in alexis, illinois, mercer county 1/23/1885 and died 7/21/1957. he was married 6/30/1909 to olive may johnson (5/8/1888- 2/27/1966 born in little york, illinois, warren county).
they had 3 children, mary margaret laughead bailey (deceased), charles thomas laughead (deceased) & lewis earl laughead (my father).
notes from an old death & burial newspaper clipping indicate henry taylor laughead passed away at the oak glen nursing home in cole valley. he was the son of thomas a. and mary friel laughead. he was one of a family of 8 children, of whom he was survived by 1 brother/ walter near alexis. taylor had lived the previous 12 years in rock island.
some notes i have on thomas a laughead: born 4/30/1842 in parish rye, county donegal, ireland, died in st. luke's hospital, davenport, ia 10/12/1936. married wife mary friel 9/12/1865 near little york, il. mary was born 10/27/1843 in merry cunningham, parish of rymangh, county of donegal, ireland and died 5/26/1915 in alexis, il. their children: robert thomas, james william, john l. samuel e., h. taylor, walter a., mrs. kattte downer & mrs mary a house. boy & girl died in infancy.
thomas a. laughead's parents were thomas laughead (born 1/10/1810 in county donegal, ireland and deceased 11/13/1894 in alexis, il) and wife katy crofert (born 2/14/1806 in ireland, deceased 10/16/1897 in alexis, il). children: mrs. jennie patterson, miss hattie laughead, john laughead, robert laughead, thomas laughead, samuel laughead & 2 died in infancy.