Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

C. E. McMULLEN, a prominent farmer of Washington Township, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1846, the son of William McMullen, also a native of Pennsylvania. He was the son of Charles McMullen, who was born in Maryland, of Scotch-Irish parentage, and who also served in the war of 1812. Our subject's mother was Margaret (Herage) McMullen, a native of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. William McMullen is still living in Washington Township, at the age of seventy-one years. He has been a farmer all his life; is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Church.

The subject of this sketch was but seven years of age when his parents moved to Peoria County, Illinois, where he remained until he was eighteen, engaged in farm work. During the war he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Infantry, Company I, under Colonel Dean, and later was a member of Company B, Twenty-second Regiment United States Infantry, and served on the frontier for three years after the war. He was then engaged in freighting and teaming in Colorado and Wyoming for two years. He next went to Missouri, and from there came to Pottawattamie County in 1871, first settling in Silver Creek Township. He then removed to Mills County, where he remained for a time, and in 1881 bought his present farm of 340 acres in Washington Township. He has improved this place until he now owns one of the finest farms in Pottawattamie County.

Mr. McMullen was married in Mills County, December 21, 1875, to Sarah E. Ellis who was born in Orange County, Indiana, a daughter of Jesse and Rachel (Frazier) Ellis, both natives of North Carolina. Mrs. McMullen was eleven years of age when her parents settled near Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. Her father died in 1856, in Illinois, on the way to Iowa. The mother died in this county at the age of seventy four years. Religiously they were Quakers, or Friends. Mrs. McMullen received a good education at New Sharon, Iowa, and at the age of seventeen years was engaged in teaching, which occupation she continued for thirty-two terms. In 1871 she went to Kansas and took up a Government homestead, after which she returned to Mahaska County. In 1875 she came to Mills County, where she was married. Mr. and Mrs. McMullen have six children: Byron G., Herman Ray and Normon Fay, twins; Herbert A., Laura, Grace and Blanche. Mr. McMullen is a strong believer in the principles of the Democratic party, and has served as Township Trustee and in other minor offices in his township. He is a member of the Masonic order, No. 400, of Silver City, and also of the G. A. R., Bradford Post, No. 471. Mrs. McMullen was reared a Quaker, and is now a member of the Evangelical Church.

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