Descendants of Dennis Mullins
County Kerry, Ireland

County Kerry

Generation #1

Dennis Mullins of County Kerry, Ireland

Dennis Mullins was born about 1800 in County Kerry, Ireland. In 1825 Dennis married Margaret Carroll b. c. 1800 in County Kerry, Ireland. Dennis and Margaret are first found in 1832 in the Kilshenagh Parrish records as parents of Honora Mullin. But because of British persecution of Catholics, no records were kept before 1829. Nothing more is known of Dennis; as he died about 1840. But, the family continued.

Family history states that the proverbial Irish matchmaker approached Margaret, the Widow Mullin, for a match with Maurice Daughton, a younger man. However, Margaret offered her fourteen year-old daughter instead. And in March of 1841, Ellen Mullin married Maurice Daughton. This match was critical for the family's survival.

Beginning in 1845, a disease struck Ireland, destroying the primary food crop. The Potato Blight began in southeastern Ireland and eventually spread throughout the island. By 1849 one out of every four Irish had died from starvation or disease and one out of every four Irish had migrated, mostly to America. And, the Mullin Family became part of this great migration. [Great Famine]

To survive the famine, the family migrated to America in stages. Circumstantial evidence leads to the belief that Margaret Carroll Mullin migrated in the company of daughter Ellen and her husband Maurice Daughton to America in the first wave in about 1849. Having established their household, patriarch Maurice Daughton then sent for Ellen's brothers Dennis and Patrick, the Houlihans, and his brother John who sailed aboard the Barque Hopewell, arriving 5/9/1851 in New York. Exactly what happened to the other Mullin children is not known. Conjecture leads to the belief that the younger children died; as it is doubtful that Margaret would have abandoned her children.

Reportedly, Margaret, the Daughtons, and the extended family  lived in New Jersey before migrating to Ohio. The entire family is next found in Fairfield/Pickaway Co OH in 4/1856 where granddaughter Johanna Agnes Daughton was born. 

In 1858 the family, minus son Patrick, migrated to Decatur Co IA where Maurice Daughton and Dennis Mullin are cited as having donated 1/2 of the land for the local Catholic cemetery. Family oral history states that the journey from Ohio to southern Iowa was long and arduous. The family traveled by covered wagon which was pulled by the mis-matched team of an ox and an old mule. Evidently, the mule took every opportunity to sit, exasperating the entire endeavor.

The following is a narrative of the neighbor's migration to Iowa:

OBITUARY - WILLIAM GROGAN Leon Journal, Thursday, March 30, l905

WILLIAM GROGAN was born in Kerry County, Ireland, January 2, l809 and died at his home in Leon, Iowa, March 25, l905, aged 96 years, 2 months and 23 days. . .In l848, on account of the oppression of the poor act in Ireland, he left his native land and came with his wife to the United States and landed at New Orleans after a voyage of five weeks and three days on the ocean. In the spring of l849, on account of the outbreak of cholera in New Orleans, he moved to Indiana. In l857 he moved to Decatur County and settled in Woodland Township being the pioneer Irish Colony in that township. He was the first to settle in the New Ireland in this county and was instrumental in bringing his brother, PATRICK GROGAN, CORNELIUS HANNON, PATRICK MULLIN, MAURICE DAUGHTON, JAMES DILLON and BARTHOLOMEW HALLAHAN from the old home [to] the new one in this county.

Margaret Carroll Mullin lived the remainder of her life with Maurice and Ellen. She is believed to be buried in Catholic Cemetery, Woodland Twp, Decatur Co IA.

St. Mary's Cemetery of Irish Pioneers
Woodland Twp, Decatur Co IA
Located in the center rear of the cemetery are the markers (right to left) for
Maurice Daughton then Ellen Mullin Daughton and then a small marker without
a name to Ellen's left.
Possibly Margaret Carroll Mullin Ellen Daughton & Maurice Daughton
Husband Wife
Name MICHAEL GALLIVIN MARY MULLINS
Address KNOCKENUGH NR
Priest REV.J.BUCKLEY
Witness 1 MAURICE SWEENY
Witness 2 DENIS MULLINS

    Children

    1. Ellen Mullin

Name MAURICE DAUGHTON ELLEN MULLINS
Address LEAMSCRAHAN NR
Priest REV.J.BUCKLEY
Witness 1 DENIS MULLINS
Witness 2 MARY REGAN
Name JOSEPH DALTON
Date of Birth 5 September 1846
Address LEANSAHAN
Father MAURICE DALTON
Mother ELLEN MULLINS
Father Occupation NR
Sponsor 1 DENIS MULLINS
Sponsor 2 ELLEN MULLINS
Priest REV.J.WALSH
Name DENIS MULLINS MARGARET HOULIHAN
Address LAHISHRA NR
Priest REV.J.WALSH
Husband's Father's Occupation NR
Witness 1 BARTHOLOMEW HOULIHAN
Witness 2 ELLEN MULLINS
On November 6, l858, DENNIS MULLIN and PATRICK MULLIN, two brothers, and a brother-in-law, MAURICE DAUGHTON, acquired title jointly to land in Section l9, Woodland Township, from MR. ISAM T.W. KILGORE.
1860 Decatur Co IA Census: Woodland Twp
DW#   FM#   Last     First        Age   Sex  Occup   POB
=========================================================
1559 1449   Dartin   Morris       45    M    Farmer  Ire
                     Ellen        38    F            Ire
                     Bridgett     18    F            Ire
                     Julia        15    F            Ire
                     Joseph       13    M            Ire
                     James        11    M            Ire
                     Margaret      4    F            OH
                     Hannah        4    F            OH
                     Michael       2    F            IA
 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Morris DAUGHTON   Self   M   Male   W   65   IRE   Farmer   IRE   IRE 
 Ellen DAUGHTON   Wife   M   Female   W   55   IRE   Keeping House   IRE   IRE 
 Joseph DAUGHTON   Son   S   Male   W   32   IRE   At Home   IRE   IRE 
 Joanna DAUGHTON   Dau   S   Female   W   23   OH   At Work At Home   IRE   IRE 
 Dennis DAUGHTON   Son   S   Male   W   17   IA   At Work On Farm   IRE   IRE 
 Catharine DAUGHTON   Dau   S   Female   W   15   IA   At Home   IRE   IRE 
 Elizabeth DAUGHTON   Dau   S   Female   W   12   IA   At Home   IRE   IRE 
DAUGHTON, Ellen Mullin
wife of Maurice
b. in Co. Kerry Ireland
Jun. 22, 1826
d. Jul 10, 1901
DAUGHTON, Maurice
born A.D. 1814 Co. Kerry Ireland

He was married Mar. 3, 1841
to Ellen Mullin whom he has left behind
together with seven children to mourn his loss.
Died Aug. 2, 1890 AE 76y

    2. Dennis Mullin b. 1827 Knockenaugh, County Kerry, Ireland
        (Note: DOB is determined from 1860 & 1885 censuses)

    3. Honora Mullin b. 4/2/1832 Knockenaugh, County Kerry, Ireland

    4. Patrick Mullins

Note: Patrick is the only child who used Mullins, the older form of their last name.

The Mullin/ Houlihan/ Daughton family immigrated
aboard the Barque Hopewell to New York

Limerick, Ireland to New York, 9 May 1851

I, Abm Dixon, Master of the Br Bark Hopewell, do solemnly. . .swear that the following List. . .delivered by me to the. . .District of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board the said Bark at Limerick, from which port said Bark has now arrived. . . .
Abraham Dixon
Sworn to this May 9 1851

List or Manifest of all passengers taken on board the Bark Hopewell whereof Abraham Dixon is Master, from Limerick. Burthen 268 tons

112 Patrick Holohan 40 M [Bartholomew Houlihan, age 62]
113 Dennis Millins 20 M [Dennis Mullin, age 25 M]
114 Patrick Millins 16 M [Patrick Mullin, age 22 M]
115 Margaret Mullins 17 F [Margaret Houlihan Mullin, age 19 F]
116 Mary Holohan 40 F [Mary Galvin Houlihan, age 48 F]
117* ????? Holohan ?? ? Infant M [Joseph Mullin, infant M]
118* ????? Holohan ?? ? Infant M [Michael Mullin, infant M]
124 John Daughton 40 M

    Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild, "Bark Hopewell (1851)," <http://www.immigrantships.net/v7/1800v7/hopewell18510509.html> 2011.

Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Patrick MULLINS   Self   M   Male   W   44   IRE   Farmer   IRE   IRE 
 Margaret C. MULLINS   Wife   M   Female   W   42   OH   Keeping House   VA   VA 
 Joseph MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   19   OH   Farming   IRE   OH 
 Mary M. MULLINS   Dau   S   Female   W   15   OH   At Home   IRE   OH 
 Nancy E. MULLINS   Dau   S   Female   W   13   OH   At Home   IRE   OH 
 Samuel MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   11   IA   At Home   IRE   OH 
 Albert MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   9   IA      IRE   OH 
 Julia MULLINS   Dau   S   Female   W   7   IA      IRE   OH 
 James MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   6   IA      IRE   OH 
 Catharine MULLINS   Dau   S   Female   W   4   IA      IRE   OH 
 William MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   2   IA      IRE   OH 
 Stephen MULLINS   Son   S   Male   W   4M   IA      IRE   OH 
MULLIN, Patrick
1828-1905
MULLIN, Margaret C.
1838-1929

    5. John Mullin b. 5/1836 Knockenaugh, County Kerry, Ireland

    6. Hannah Mullin b. 10/1837 Knockenaugh, County Kerry, Ireland

    7. Margaret Mullin b. 5/1840 Knockenaugh, County Kerry, Ireland

Generation #2

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