Robert & Ella
Ella (older in color)
William, Robert, Ella, & JJ (1890s)
Robert (1912) with parents Leona & JJ and grandmother Ella
Richard Mullen's death certificate (possibly Ella's brother)
The back of the first photo says "With our Love, To our Irish friends" and has a stamp of a photo place in Collingwood. It could be their wedding photo. (Helen Ransom Bailey).
John Arthur Thorne writes:
As to our Ella Mullin Thorn/e's father's name, we should leave it (for now) as Richard. This is how Uncle Robb designated it on Ella's death certificate. Richard was Ella's sister and his father was Dennis Mullins (according to Ginny Eakin's family research). So, the father of Ella was more probably named Dennis (and maybe nicknamed Richard). Dennis, son of Michael and Catherine Mullane (aka Mullins), arrived with them (at age 9) from Cork, Ireland on the ship Star in 1825. They were among the famous Peter Robinson settlers, and received 100 acres to homestead in Norwood (near Peterborough); where we know our Ella was born. Dennis, according to Ginny, "lost the farm" and moved to Pennsylvania in the 1860s; His wife, Ellen Egan Mullin, stayed behind. Some of his children (e.g. Richard) apparently joined him there. Others (e.g. Ella) didn't! Hopefully we'll confirm this in the foreseeable future. Stay tuned!
Ella died of cardiovascular desease/ old age. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, MI.
Irish Catholic origin.
Norwood is a suburb of Peterborough, named after Peter Robinson, who in 1825, with a 50,000 lb. grant from the King, brought 11 shiploads of immigrants from Ireland (mainly Cork County) to populate the area (and defend against U.S. "encroachment"). I checked the passenger manifests, and found three families of Egans who all settled in the Asphodel township section of Peterborough. Norwood, coincidentally, is in Asphodel township!
Ginny Eakin writes:
I am pretty sure I am a direct relative of Ella Mullins Thorne.........I would really like to learn if anyone has more data on her or if there is a direct link to her son's????
I believe her father to be Dennis Mullins (orig. Mullane) of Norwood, Peterborough County, Ontario. So far I am unsure of the mother..........Elizabeth Akins maybe, or Anne???
I have census records.
Anyway, Dennis Mullins and wife(s)??? had about 13 children, one being a Mrs. Thorne of Detroit, MI............and alive when her brother, my grgrandfather, Richard Mullins died in Warren, Warren, PA in May of 1905 of a RR accident. (his wife being a Margaret Carlow Mullins(Mullen).) He spelled his name Mullins, she and the children spelled it Mullen....
I can probably tell you a bit more about the Mullins........which actually was MULLANE back in Ireland and they came over on one of the Peter Robinson ships (Star). Probably for many reasons soon the name was Mullins/Mullin/Mullen/Mullan/Mullane/Mullius.................
But Dennis Mullin(s) was the youngest and kept his farm probably the longest, until 1864 when he lost it due to overdue taxes. I have been trying to track all of his 13 kids and we're pretty sure Ella (Ellen)........
Let me know!!! Ginny
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