Meath – Biographies: Mulvany, Peter

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File contributed by: Mike Mulvaney
January 17, 2012, 10:36 pm


Source: Recollections of the earliest days and Pioneers of
Albion, Ml. and its surrounding towns. Reprinted from the
Albion Mirror 1908-1909 Author: Dr. Elmore Palmer

In 1826, there came with his mother from the Emerald Isle, a
little boy four years of age, locating in Brockville,
Ontario. A few years later, in 1833, desiring better
facilities for education, the family moved to Syracuse, N.Y.

Here Peter Mulvany worked on farms summers and went to the
common schools winters. In 1843 he entered the Academy at
Syracuse where he fitted himself as a teacher. He taught in
the common schools of New York for about three years, when
he joined his family who had come to Barry County, Michigan
in 1844. Here he taught school several terms. He served as
supervisor of the township of Assyria, Barry County, two
terms. About 1848, Mr. Mulvaney moved to the Township of
Marengo, Calhoun County, where he ever after made his home.
Mr. Mulvany now gave his entire attention to agricultural
pursuits, and in [a] few years he became the largest land
owner in Calhoun County, if not in Southern Michigan. His
estate in Marengo alone covered over 700 acres. He was a
very prosperous farmer and became a very wealthy man. He was
twice married. His first wife was Miss Phoebe Pierce, who
died in 1879. In 1885 be married Miss Augusta Pierce, a
niece of his first wife, who survives him. No children were
given to either marriage. Mr. Mulvany was a man who held the
perfect confidence of all who knew him. He was often called
to fill positions of private and public trust. He always
made good to the entire satisfaction of his constituents and
honor to himself. He was the man Martin Have once said, β€œHe
was the squarest man I ever knew. His word was absolutely
good as any bond.” Mr. Mulvany was always a Democrat up to
the time Bryan ran for president the first time; since when
[sic] he affiliated and voted with the Republican Party. He
was a positive man, never jumping to conclusions, always
considering every question very deliberately, and when his
mind was made up he never swerved from what he felt to be
right and just. The town, the county and hosts of
acquaintances and friends never fully realized how good man
he was; how earnest and considerate in his everyday life and
how pure in heart until be passed away. His faith in the
Christian religion was absolute: for he said a short time
before he passed away, "These matters are all settled and I
am at rest". He crossed the bar, July 31st, 1906, aged 84
years, 4 months, and 20 days. The internment was made in the
cemetery at Marengo.