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Events and History from Gelvin, Dungiven, Co. Derry, Ireland.

The Drumaduff Mullans in New York

The children of Mark Mullan and Mary McGuigan  all lived in New York city at one.
time or another, They started  immigrating in the 1880’s with Isabella, Catherine,
MaryAnn, Michael, John, James, Susan and Rose. They all located in the upper east side
of Manhattan ,often several of them sharing an apartment. And in the neighborhood
where they lived there were often  others from the Drumsurn area

Isabella married Michael Hunt in 1883 and Catherine married  Michael McCarthy in
  Rose entered the convent of the Sisters St Francis of Philadelphia in December 1897 in Philadelphia as Sister Mary Macra.  She practiced in the ministry of health care in hospitals on Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Her nephews John Francis and Michael visited with her several time  in the 1930’s.  She spent most of her years at Georgetown University hospital in Washington where I visited with her in 1947. She  died  in November 1948 and is buried  in  Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

John and Michael never married.
Susan  entered the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in Loretto, PA in December 1896 as Sister Mary Gabriel. She died in August 1936 and is buried in the Sisters Cemetery in Cresson, PA. She spent her ministry years assisting in Schools and convents in central PA.
James met RoseAnn McRory (Rogers) in NY, she being from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone. They married at St Vincent Ferrer church in Manhattan in February1905 and returned to Drumaduff within the year. James first came to NY in 1897. He was a member of a labor union from 1902 to 1905--the 'Derrickmen, Riggers and Pointers Association'. He returned to the US in 1910 for about a year, presumably for work, possibly on the NY subway system.
They had four children; Michael, John Francis, MaryAlice and Isabella.
James passed in 1950  and is buried at At Matthew’s in Drumsurn.
His sister Maryann returned to Drumaduff with James and RoseAnn, lived with them and remained single. She died in 1937 and is also buried in Drumsurn.

In the 1900 census Isabella and Michael Hunt lived at 223 East 70th St. in NY. They had been married 17 years and had two children, none living. The 1910 Census listed Isabella, widow, at 323 East 93rd St, emigrated in 1882. Living with her were brothers John Mullan, 47, emigrated 1882, Naturalized citizen, , mason; and Michael, 37,  emigated 1887,Naturalized ciitizen, Stone mason

 In the NY state census of 1905, the three Mullan brothers: Michael-contractor, John-stone cutter and James-derrickman) were boarding with Isabella and Michael Hunt- also a stone cutter- at 239 E 75th st
Also living with them was a Michael Irwin age 24, bricklayer---perhaps one of the Drumaduff  Irwins

The 1910 census listed Catherine at 302  E 91st. She had been married 8 years.  
She had emigrated in 1891. She had had two children, one living.

In the 1920  census John is listed living with Catherine and  Michael McCarthy, brother in law , and son Richard(14). He is living at 332 East 90th St, NY.   His trade was mason, building industry. He never married.  He died August 2, 1925.
  Catherine, John and Michael are all buried in the same plot at Calvary 2nd in Queens, NY with Catherine McCarthy (May 1, 1915, age 13 months) and  Michael McCarthy, (Sept 30, 1930, 70)  
The headstone   has the name ‘McCarthy’ engraved across the top. The captions read as follows;
"Erected by Catherine McCarthy and John Mullan /
in memory of their brother/ /
Michael Mullan/
Died Feb 25, 1912 age 43 years/
 Natives of the county of Derry, Ireland/
Catherine McCarthy, who died in infancy"
John Mullan, Catherine and Michael McCarthy are also interred there, however their names are not on the headstone.

     In the 1920 census Isabella lived at 326 East 94th St. Michael Hunt had died in 1907.  Some Mulgrews also lived in the same building. (James’ wife was descended from the Mulgrews in Co. Tyrone) .  Isabella is buried in a separate plot in Calvary with her husband, Michael. She died June 5, 1924.

     Two from the next generation of Drumaduff Mullans, John Francis and Michael,  also emigrated to NY. in the late 1920’s.   MaryAlice remained in Derry marrying Edward Cowan O’Connor while Isabella  joined the convent in Coleraine.  
John Francis married Eileen Deneny in 1933 at St Vincent Ferrer church in Manhattan. Eileen was from Dunmore, Co Galway , however the Denenys were originally from Carrick-Finea, Co Cavan. John and Eileen raised six children in Brooklyn NY. They were blessed with 8 grandchidren and 12 greatgrands. John passed in 2001 at the age of 93.  John , in addition to his full time job as a policeman in NY, also built a country house in upstate NY in the 1940’s. Although he had no formal training in the building trades, he obviously relied on what he had learned about stonemasonry in Drumaduff in constructing a fairly large fieldstone porch to set off the lovely house.

Michael married Dorothy Zimmerman in 1935 and raised two children, also in Brooklyn.  Michael spent most of his working career at the naval shipyard in Brooklyn. He passed  in 1972 at the age of 65.  

The current generation of the Druamduff Mullans in America live  primarily in the suburbs of Washington, DC

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