Henry W. Mulvey

Henry W. Mulvey is successfully engaged in dairying in Lima township, where he owns a well improved farm of ninety-two acres. He is a native of Sheboygan county, his birth having occurred in Lima Center on the 1st of December, 1866. His father, Frank Mulvey, was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1831. At the age of thirteen years together with his brother Henry, who was two years his junior, he left Manchester, England, for America. They landed in New York city, going from there to Rochester, New York, where they joined an elder brother, Patrick, who had emigrated to the United States some time previously. Frank Mulvey remained in that vicinity until he had attained his maturity, when he continued his journey westward to Wisconsin. He first located in Milwaukee county, where he worked out by the month as a farm hand. From there he came to Sheboygan Falls and entered the employ of a Mr. Giddings, with whom he remained for two years. At the expiration of that time he bought forty acres of land on section 20 of Lima township and went to farming for himself. His efforts in this direction were rewarded with a fair degree of success, and he subsequently increased his holdings until he held the title to eighty acres. He diligently applied himself to the further cultivation and improvement of his farm until in the early '90s, when he withdrew from active work and removed to Hingham.

He retained his farm, however, until about ten years prior to his death, when he disposed of it. He passed away in Hingham on the 22d of April, 1910, at the age of seventy-nine years. For his wife, Mr. Mulvey chose Miss Bridget Frances Miley, a native of this county, where she passed her entire life, her death occurring on July 15, 1895. She was a daughter of Martin and Mary (Lynch) Miley, the former a native of County Roscommon and the latter of County Longford, Ireland. The father, whose natal day was December 22, 1817, emigrated to the United States in 1837, first locating in Boston, Massachusetts. There he met Miss Lynch, whose birth occurred on the 12th of March, 1819. At the age of seven years she emigrated to the United States with her mother and a brother. They settled in Boston, where she was reared to womanhood and on the 22nd of August, 1847, became the wife of Mr. Miley. Soon after their marriage they came to Sheboygan county, locating on a farm in Lima township, where they both passed away, her death occurring on December 31, 1887, and his on the 18th of October, 1889. They were the parents of ten children of whom Mrs. Mulvey was the eldest.

The boyhood and youth of Henry W. Mulvey was passed on the farm where he was born in Lima township. He obtained his schooling in Lima Center, where he pursued his studies until he had mastered the common branches. His energies were subsequently devoted to the cultivation of the home farm, with the work of which he assisted his father until he was twenty-four. He then left the parental roof and started out to make his own way in the world and for four years thereafter owned and operated a milk route in Milwaukee. This venture proved to be fairly successful and at the expiration of that time he returned to Sheboygan county, investing his capital in fifty acres of land on section 31 of Lima township. He subsequently increased his holdings by the purchase of an adjoining tract of forty-two acres, a portion of which is located on section 30. Mr. Mulvey is diligent and enterprising and during the period of his ownership he has made various improvements on his place, including the remodeling of the barn, and the building of a silo. His fields have been brought into a high state of productivity and are largely planted to such cereals as are best adapted to the feeding of stock, as he makes a specialty of dairying.

At St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church in Milwaukee on the 4th of November, 1890, Mr. Mulvey was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Hernan, a daughter of James and Johanna (Conway) Hernan, well known residents of Holland township. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mulvey, as follows: Regina, the wife of Frank Scheussler, of Wilson township; Irene, who died in infancy in Milwaukee; and Irene, who graduated from the Sheboygan high school with the class of 1912. In addition to their own family they have reared from the age of eight years Walter Walsh, who is now a youth of sixteen.

The family are all communicants of the Roman Catholic church and belong to St. Patrick's parish in the vicinity of Adell. Politically Mr. Mulvey is non-partisan, giving his support to such men or measures as he deems best adapted to subserve the interests of the majority. Practically the entire life of Mr. Mulvey has been passed in the immediate vicinity of his present home, where he has a large circle of friends whose loyalty is substantial evidence of his excellent qualities of character.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL