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John MULLINS (MOLINES)

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97. Abner MULLINS

[ABRAHAM MOULIN,SR..FTW]

IN 1809 ABNER MULLINS BOUGHT 50 ACRES OF LAND, BUNCOMBE COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA FROM STEPHEN JONES WHICH LAID ON BOTH SIDES OF TURKEY CREEK.
DUE TO SOME LEGAL ASPECT ON OCTOBER 8, 1814 ABNER MULLINS WAS PAID
$100 COMPENSATION FOR THIS LAND. ON JUNE 12, 1810 ABNER PURCHASED 200
ACRES IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA FROM JAMES AND JOHN DICKSON
LYING ON BOTH SIDES OF PARKER'S BRANCH OF NEWFOUND CREEK. ON JULY 10,
1810 ABNER SOLD A PARCEL OF THIS LAND TO CORNELIUS PIPPENGER FOR 50
POUNDS AND A PARCEL TO LENTY C. HAMPTON FOR 50 POUNDS SO WHATEVER
ACREAGBE ABNER HAD LEFT, HIS COST WAS ZERO. IN 1817, INFLUENCED BY DANIEL
BOONE, ABNER AND HIS THREE MARRIED SONS, DAVID, WILLIAMS AND MATHEW
STARTED THEIR MIGRATION FROM ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA TO MISSOURI. THEY
ALL BUILT KEEL-BOATS, NOW CALLED HOUSEBOATS, ON THE BANK OF BIG PIDGEON
RIVER, HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA (NEXT COUNTY WEST OF BUNCOMBE
COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA). THEY FLOATED DOWN STREAM WITH ALL OF THEIR
POSSE3SSIONS AND LIVESTOCK TO THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER, TO THE TENNESSEE
RIVER, GOING OVER THE MUSCLE-SHOALS, ON TO THE OHIO RIVER TO THE MISSISSI-
PPI RIVER (TRAVELING 2000 MILES) WHICH THEY CROSSED OVER TO ABOUT WHERE
ST. LOUIS MISSOURI IS LOCATED, WHERE THEY WINTERED. HERE THE FRENCH
SETTLERS OFFERED THEM HOME SITES AND RIGHT TO SHARE PUBLIC PASTURE.
(MUSCLE-SHOALS IN ALABAMA).
IN THE SPRING OF 1818 THEY STARTED UP THE MISSOURI RIVER WITH THE FIRST
STEAMBOAT, THE "INDEPENDENCE", AND RACED DAY BY DAY TO KEEP UP WITH IT.
THEY ROWED AND CORDELLED THEIR BOATS UP THE RIVER TO OLD FRANKLIN,
OPPOSITE OF BOONEVILLE, MISSOURI. THESE FOREFATHERS ORGANIZED THE
"GOOD HOPE" BAPTIST CHURCH WHEN THEY LAID BY THEIR FIRST CROP. "GOOD
HOPE" CELEBRATED ITS CENTENNIAL IN 1918. "THE KEEL-BOATS MUST HAVE
CARRIED NEARLY 200 PEOPLE. THEY WAITED FOR THE PROPER STAGE OF WATER
IT TOOK TO PASS UP OR DOWN THE STREAM AT MUSCLE-SHOALS. THE RIVER THERE
FALLS 100 FEET TO 20 MILES (THE MISSOURI RIVER ONLY 6 OR 7 FEET TO THE MILE)
AND IT WAS RISKY TO TAKE THESE HOME-MADE AND HEAVY-LADEN, AWKWARD TO
HANDLE BOATS EVEN DOWN STREAM. iT IS A MEASURE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
WHO MADE THE TRIP. THEY WERE A FEARLESS, RELIGIOUS, LAW-ABIDING BREED,
NEVER SMART, RICH NOR FAMOUS BUT ITS WOMEN WERE SPOTLESS AND NO MAN
OF THE NAME WAS EVER IN THE GRIP OF THE LAW. THEY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN
LITERATE BUT THEY WERE NOT IGNORANT. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING
OF WISDOM AND THAT IS AS FAR AS THEY WENT DOWN THE ROAD OF FEAR." TAKEN
FROM A LETTER POSTMARKED SEPTEMBER 8, 1922 WRITTEN BY JO MULLINS OF
MIAMI, MISSOURI (GRANDSON OF WILLIAM MULLINS 1795-1877) TO W. S. MULLINS
MENDOTA, MISSOURI (GRANDSON OF MATHEW MULLINS 1811-1870). THESE RECORDS
FOLLOW THEM FROM VIRGINIA TO BUNCOMBE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA TO COOPER
PETTIS, SALINE, HOWARD, MERCER, LIVINGSTONE, CARROLL COUNTIES MISSOURI,
TO SCHUYLER COUNTY ILLINOIS TO HOLT COUNTY MISSOURI TO RICHARDSON COUNTY
NEBRASKA. ABNER MULLINS RECEIVED MAIL AT BOONEVILLE P O BOX 1820-1830.
IN 1840 CENSUS ABNER AND JEDIDAH ARE LIVING WITH THEIR SON WILLIAMS MULLINS
AND FAMILY IN SALINE COUNTY MISSOURI. ABNER OWNED 40 ACRES OF LAND HERE
WHICH HE SOLD TO HIS SON WILLIAMS AND WIFE BARSHEBA FOR $50.00 ON
DECEMBER 27, 1837. WILLIAMS MULLINS DEEDED 2 ACRES OF LAND FOR THE SUM
OF $2.00 FOR THE OLD BLUFF CEMETARY WHERE ABNER AND JEDIDAH ARE BURIED.
WILLIAMS AND BARSHEBA MULLINS ARE ALSO BURIED THERE NEAR MIAMI, MISSOURI.