Pages 416-417, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




CONSTANTINE G. MULL, is one of Allen county's early settlers. He came amongst the pioneers of this county in 1866 and settled in Carlyle township on a farm in section 25, township 23, range 18. He was reared a farmer and when he established himself in the new west it was but natural that he should turn his attention to the farm and field. He had had ample training and it was not surprising that he should succeed. He remained with the farm for nearly thirty years, leaving it only when the death of his wife deprived him of a companion and rendered the old home dreary and depressing.

Mr. Mull was born near Rockville, Indiana, October 3, 1842. His father was Jacob Mull, born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and a country school-mate of James Buchanan, the fifteenth President of the United States. Mr. Mull was born November 5, 1805, was married in Lancaster county about 1836 and removed to Columbiana county, Ohio. In 1840 he settled in Parke county, Indiana, where he became one of the prominent and successful farmers of his day. He spent his last years in Rockville, dying there in 1874. He was a son of Nicholas Mull, a German by birth who died near the place of his settlement in Pennsylvania. He seems to have had an only son, Jacob, whose sons, alone, bear the family name of this American branch.

Jacob Mull married Mary A. Durrah, whose father, William Durrah, was a tailor in Columbiana county, Ohio. Mary A. Mull died at Rockville, Indiana, in 1885, at the age of seventy-three years. Her children are: Elizabeth, wife of Henry Burford, of Marshall, Indiana; Lucinda, widow of J. F. Clark, of Rockville, Indiana; Susan, deceased, married William Snell; William D. Mull, who was killed by a maniac while sheriff of Parke county, Indiana; David H. Mull, of Mercer county, Missouri; Con G.; Martha, widow of William Elliott, of Rockville, Indiana; John, who died in Montgomery county, Kansas; Henry, on the old home in Indiana, and Martin Mull, who was killed at Ingalls, Kansas, by an accidental shot.

Our subject possessed the advantages only of the country youth of the early days in Indiana. When he left home it was to go into the army. He enlisted in Company F, Eleventh Cavalry, Colonel "Bob" Stewart, of Terre Haute. He was mustered in at Indianapolis and his regiment was sent south to General Thomas' army. His company was so situated that his first year or more was spent fighting Bushwhackers. The first Rebel


commander to engage their attention was General Joe Wheeler. The main campaign in which the Eleventh was engaged was the one at Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee, and at the latter place Mr. Mull was discharged after two years of service. This military experience served to stimulate in him a desire for other similar service later on and when the opportunity came to join a Kansas regiment to fight the Indians and recapture the white women who had been taken by them he enlisted in the famous Nineteenth Kansas. He was on the march through Texas and the Territory where their mission was accomplished. The women were surrendered and the campaign ended with the close of winter. The winter of 1868 was a long and cold one and those who saw service in the marching across the trackless plains, through snow and ice and under the protection of Heaven alone, are to be praised for their heroism and revered for their self-sacrifices.

Mr. Mull brought a small sum of money with him to Kansas. He invested it in wild prairie and out of this he proceeded to develop a home. When he had done this he found it agreeable to himself to entertain matrimonial thoughts. He made the acquaintance of Miss Laura Adams and married her at Carlyle in September 1871. Mrs. Mull was a native of Parke county, Indiana, and died without heirs, 1891. In November 1896, Mr. Mull married Mrs. Ella Curnutt.

Mr. Mull is an enthusiastic Grand Army man and his Republican proclivities are among his pronounced characteristics.

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