THE MULVIHILLS OF MARA TOWNSHIP
The first recorded Mulvihill name was that of Patrick Mulvihill. Patrick and his wife Mary Nelan would have been born in the early to mid 1700s. They were the parents of James Jocobun Mulvihill born Feb. 5, 1784 in Ballinranhig, County Kerry. Source “the Ireland Catholic register 1655 -1915.”
James and his wife Mary Scanlan, were the parents of Daniel Mulvihill, first Mulvihill to settle in Mara. (Source 1. Daniel’s baptism record in St Marys catholic church, Listowel, Kerry Ireland states parents were James Mulvihill & Catherine Scanlan. Source 2, wedding record of Daniels’ second marriege to Mary Anne Gant, (nee Collins), in St Andrew church, Brechin Ont. which states “Daniel Mulvihill, age 60 a widower & farmer, born Ireland, son of James Mulvihill & Catherine Scanlon, married Mary Ann Gant, age 46, widow, daughter of Michael Collins & Mary Saunders.”)
Daniel and his first wife Johanna Connors (marriage record St Marys Catholic church in Listowel Ireland) immigrated to Canada in 1841, (source 1901 census record of son Thomas), and settled in Wesport ont. Leeds County. Also immigrating with Daniel were brothers Michael and Patrick and sister Ellen (source baptismal records of St Marys Catholic church in Listowel, County Kerry). Daniel and Johanna had at least 8 children. James, 1836, born in Ireland Thomas, 1838 born in Ireland, Michael 1842, first child born in Canada, John 1848, twins Anne and Mary 1851, Daniel 1853 and Catherine 1857 were all born in Westport, Leeds County.
Daniel and his brother Michael and their families moved to Mara prior to 1861 (listed in 1861 Mara census) and settled in the Rathburn area. Michaels family consisted of his wife Margaret and sons James, John and Donald. Daniels family, at the time of the move, consisted of wife Johanna and children Thomas, Michael, John, Mary, Daniel and Catherine. Anne, Marys twin sister, died sometime between the 1851 census and 1861 as here name is absent from the 1861 Mara census.