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Cyrus Mull
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1829
Rush County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1883
Rush County
Indiana, USA

Obituary From:
The Daily Evening Democrat
Monday, July 9, 1883

Cryus Mull died at his home in Manilla at 10:55 o'clock, Saturday night in fifty fourth year of his age. The funeral takes place at two o'clock this afternoon. A number of persons from this city attended. Mr. Mull was one of the wealthiest men in the county, and enjoyed the reputation of being an honest man, whose word was as good as his bond.

The Daily Evening Democrat
Friday, July 13, 1883
Page 2, Column 1

Another Rush County's Best Citizens Quietly Passed Away.
Rushville Republican.

Close following the death of the late James B. Fouch is that of Cyrus Mull, one of Rush county's wealthiest and most prominent citizens. Born in the immediate locality of his death, he has lived to see it changed from a barren wilderness into a section almost unexcelled for fertility and productiveness. Blest with large possessions and great riches, he has used them judiciously, and the customary characteristics of wealthy men were entirely absent in his nature. Always frank and generous, he had so endeared himself to the community in which he lived and all with whom he dealt, that great and universal sorrow is deeply felt at his sudden death.

Cyrus Mull was born March 19th, 1829, in Walker township, Rush county, Indiana. His father was Jacob Mull, who came to this county from Warren county, Ohio, about the year 1826. Cyrus was the third of a family of four children. His only brother, George, died young. Of his two sisters, Catherine, the oldest of the family, is the wife of Dr. J. [James] W. Trees, of Manilla. The other sister, Ann, the youngest of the family is the wife of Dr. J. J. [John James] Inlow, of Manilla.

In December, 1938, Jacob Mull moved to Manilla from his farm in the east part of Walker township. Until about eighteen years of age Cyrus spent most of his time in school. About this time his father purchased a farm adjoining his residence in Manilla. From that time until Cyrus became of age he assumed management of the farm, having full control.

At twenty-one he entered into a co-partnership with his father and J. [James] W. Trees under the firm name of J. and C. Mull & Trees, in the merchantile [mercantile] business. This partnership existed until 1854, when it was dissolved, Jacob Mull alone carrying on the business.

In 1857 he married Josephine Kerrick, the daughter of Nimrod Kerrick, a Methodist minister. There have been eight children - seven sons and one daughter, six of whom survive him. From the time of his marriage he began dealing in live stock and continued it until a few years ago.

Of late years he devoted his time to farming and the loaning of money. In early life he was a Whig. In later years he became a Democrat, but was a strong Union man. He was once nominated for the Legislature by the Democratic party, but declined from pressure of business. At the time of his death he was a director in the Rushville National Bank and the First National Bank of Shelbyville, and also a member of the Board of Education of Rush county.

He had been failing in health for some time. Contrary to the wishes of family and friends, he would take no rest, and, two weeks ago, was confined to his bed. He died Saturday night, July 6th, at 10:55 p.m., of nervous exhaustion, and was buried at the Manilla [East Hill] cemetery, Monday, July 9th, at two o'clock. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Revs. Ferrell, of Rushville, and Conner, of Carthage. The funeral was largely attended by people form all parts of the county and many from a distance.


History of Rush County Indiana 1888
Brant & Fuller Chicago
Cyrus Mull, The great grandfather of Cyrus Mull was David Mull, a native of Germany, who came to America in 1740, and settled in Pennsylvania, where he married. About 1757, he moved to Loudoun County, Va., where he died. He had five children, George, the youngest, being grandfather of Cyrus. George was born in Loudoun County, Va., about 1772, and married there in 1783, Catherine Long, who was born in Lancaster County, Pa, about 1774. From this marriage there were born seven children: David, Anthony, John, Frederick, George, Elizabeth, and Jacob, all born in Loudoun County, Va., Jacob, the father of Cyrus, was born in 1803, and married in Ohio, Margaret Richinson, of Scotch descent, born in New Jersey. In 1814, George with his family, moved to Warren County, Ohio, where Catherine his wife died August 1823. In March, 1826, George with two of his sons, George and Jacob, moved to Rush County and settled in the forest, George in Rushville Township, and Jacob in East side of Walter Township. George, the father, died here in December 1827, and his remains were taken back to Warren County, Ohio, and sleep beside those of his wife. Frederick also came to Rush County, and settled near his brothers, and remained there until his death. Jacob Mull moved from his farm to Manilla, in 1838, where he lived until his death in 1861. Most of his time was engaged in carrying on a general store. Cyrus Mull was born March 19, 1829, in the eastern part of Walker Township, Rush County, and was the third of four children. Catherine was the wife of Dr. J.W.Trees, and is not living. George died at seven years of age. Mary Ann, now wife of Dr. J. J. Inlow. Cyrus after his father moved to Manilla, spent his time as other boys, attending school part of the time until about his eighteenth year; his father then bought a farm near by, and he managed than until he became twenty-one years old, when a partnership was formed, consisting of Jacob Mull, Cyrus Mull, and J. W. Trees, under the firm name of J. & C. Mull & Trees, for the purpose of caring on a General Store. It was then customary for many country stores to sell goods on credit from January 1, until Christmas, and then buy the farmers' hogs, drive them on foot to Cincinnati and sell them, and on return make general settlements of the year's business. In this line of business Cyrus acquired some knowledge of the traffic in live stock, and experience in business, and in after life for a time, devoted his entire attention to the live stock trade, and by prudence, carefulness and honesty, accumulated a large estate, made mostly between the years 1857, and 1883. He married September 17, 1857, Eleanor J. Kerrick, at Milroy, Indiana, daughter of Nimrod Kerrick, a Methodist Minister, a native of Loudoun County, Va., whose wife was Mary Masters, a native of Lancaster County, Pa., They resided on a farm adjoining Manilla, where he died of nervous brain exhaustion July 7, 1883, leaving his widow and six children surviving him, tow other children died in infancy. Those living are: Thomas K, born 1860, William C, born 1863, Frank A, born 1864, Leonidas H, born 1866, George F, born 1868, Jacob C, born 1878, and Mary M, born 1882. He was a leading citizen and probably the wealthiest man in the county at his death, was a Director of the Rushville National Bank, also one of the First National Bank of Shelbyville. He was a devoted husband. In all of his varied and extensive business operations, his whole life seemed centered around the family hearthstone, and he made it a happy and comfortable place for all who came there. No man in the county took greater pleasure in entertaining his friends at his fireside. His devotion to his wife and family was a marked feature of his life. Though not a member of any order, society or church, the principles of Christian morality seemed to govern him in every transaction of his life. The last few years of his life his time was given mostly to lending money and managing his farms and monetary affairs. Instead of collection his money by law, and enforcing his claim against debtors, through the Sheriff, he sought to aid by friendly advice and counsel lagging debtors, and would stand by and assist one he believed to be honest, to the last. He was never known to oppress one of his debtors so long as he found him honestly striving to meet his obligations. A better man for the community in which he lived, or more generally missed, is very rare.
Family links: 
  Jacob B Mull (1803 - 1861)
  Margaret Richinson Mull (1805 - 1872)
  Eleanor Josephine Kerrick Mull (1840 - 1920)*
  Horace Edgar Mull (1858 - 1860)*
  Thomas Kerrick Mull (1860 - 1930)*
  William Cyrus Mull (1863 - 1892)*
  Frank Albert Mull (1864 - 1913)*
  Rolla Mull (1865 - 1866)*
  Leonidas Hamiline Mull (1866 - 1917)*
  Royal Mull (1867 - 1868)*
  George Frederick Mull (1868 - 1915)*
  Olie P. Mull (1877 - 1877)*
  Jacob Charles Mull (1878 - 1881)*
  Mary Margaret Mull (1882 - 1980)*
  George Mull (1827 - 1835)*
  Cyrus Mull (1829 - 1883)
  Mary Ann Mull Inlow (1831 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
East Hill Cemetery
Rush County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 6
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Record added: Sep 24, 2009
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Cyrus Mull
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Cyrus Mull
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