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Arne H Trelvik


Was Native Of Turtlecreek Township In Warren County
Of Methodist Episcopal Church At Lebanon In 1863

A long and useful life was brought to a close early Tuesday morning with the death at Middletown of Benjamin Mull, aged 93, native of this county who until the end retained a keen interest in the affairs of Lebanon and surrounding community. A month ago his many friends here were grieved to learn that he had suffered a broken hip as a result of a fall at his daughter's home in Middletown. Since that time he had been a patient in the Middletown Hospital and was believed on the road to recovery until pneumonia developed last week resulting in his death.

Funeral services will be held from the resident at 113 Monroe street, Middletown, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Ray L. Cross, pastor of the Lebanon Methodist Episcopal Church, assisted by Rev. Armacost, of the Middletown Methodist Church will have charge of the services.
Born in 1840
Benjamin Mull was born in Turtlecreek Township near Lebanon January 29, 1840, the son of Reuben and Catherine Spindler Mull, natives of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio in 1835. His father was of Scotch ancestry. He was reared on a large farm one mile northeast of Lebanon and the old colonial home still stands.
In Civil War
At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Mull joined the "Squirrel Hunters" for state service and afterwards volunteered for United States service enlisting in Company A. Regiment 146. At the time of his death he was the oldest surviving Civil War veteran residing in Middletown and one of the oldest veterans in southern Ohio.
Married Warren County Girl
Following the war he was married to Miss Katherine Hathaway on August 3, 1865, uniting two of Warren county's most prominent pioneer families.
They were the parents of four children, Sarah L., who died at the age of four years; Bert F. Mull, a retired attorney of Los Angeles, California; Lula Pearl Hawthorne, of Middletown; and Ernest C. Mull, who is associated with the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Bertric Mull of California is the only grandson.
Mr. Mull was one of nine children and had six brothers and two sisters. One brother, Charles, aged 86, who had spent most of his life in Dayton survives.
Wife Died in 1926
Mr. and Mrs. Mull were permitted to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in 1915. At that time they enjoyed a trip to the Atlantic coast cities and visited his father's home in Pennsylvania.
In 1925 they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary at their county home near Lebanon where they resided for 48 years. One year later, Mrs. Mull died at the age of 82 years.
It was then that Mr. Mull retired from active life dividing his time with his son in California and his daughter at Middletown.
Interested In Church
His great interest centered in the Methodist Church and particularly the Methodist Church at Lebanon of which he had been a member for 76 years, having joined the congregation in 1857 under the pastorate of the Rev. Enoch West. He was at various times a class leader, teacher, leader in prayer service and at the time of his death was an honorary trustee of the church.
He is the last member who was present at the dedication of the Lebanon church in 1863 and held the record both as to age and length of years in membership. When unable to attend church during the closing period of his life, he "listened in" each Sunday on radio sermons and hymns.
Mr. Mull was possessed of a strong personality and was well known and highly respected by a wide circle of friends. Among his outstanding characteristics, his goodwill and hospitality among his fellow men.

Source: Unnamed paper dated 15 June 1933 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
4 January 2006

Henry Mull (1936-1930)

Henry Mull, 94, Dies At Home Near Lebanon Monday Noon

Funeral services for Henry Mull, 94-year-old veteran of the Civil War, and highly respected retired farmer of near Lebanon, whose death occurred at noon Monday, were held at the residence north of Lebanon Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. R. L. Cross, of the local Methodist Church, was in charge of the services. Burial was made in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Born near Genntown in 1836, Mr. Mull spent his entire life in this community. He enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War and at the time of his death was the oldest surviving member of the local G. A. R. post.
His life work was farming from which occupation he retired a number of years ago. He maintained an active interest in the affairs of the Lebanon Farmers’ Club, however, and attended the monthly meetings of the club until recent illness made it impossible.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John Bogan and Miss Eunice Mull, of near Lebanon and Mrs. W. W. McIntyre of Detroit. Two brothers, Benjamin Mull, aged 92, and Charles Mull, aged 86, also survive.

Source: Unnamed paper dated Thursday, 10 Jul 1930 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
24 May 2009

Henry Mull (1936-1930)

Henry Mull

Henry, second son of Reuben and Catherine Mull, was born in Genntown April 10, 1836 and passed away at his home near Lebanon July 7, 1930, at the ripe old age of 94 years 2 months and 27 days.
He was married to Anna Rebecca Kersey June 4, 1868 and they began their life together on the farm where he has since resided. Eight children were born to this union, only three of them remaining to cherish his memory: Mrs. Viola Bogan of near Lebanon, Miss Eunice who lives at home and has been his faithful house keeper and watched over him during his last illness, and Mrs. Helen McIntire of Detroit, Michigan. Also Mrs. Alma Mull, the wife of a deceased son, has been all that a daughter could be to him in her attentiveness and was of great assistance during his last sickness. The wife died 17 years ago.
Beside the children he leaves five grandchildren and two brothers with a host of relatives and friends.
Mr. Mull has been almost a life long member of the Methodist church at Lebanon, having united with it in 1856, some 74 years ago. He lived a consistent Christian life and was highly respected by those within the church as well as those without. His life was an open book and was lived within its entirety among those who knew him best. He has written his own obituary in the lives of those he knew. They both respect and honor his memory. These fine sentiments which he has left behind in the hearts of those who knew him make words of praise useless if not superfluous.
He was a patriotic citizen and loved his country passionately. During the Civil War he enlisted in the 79th regiment O. V. I. and served for three years when he was wounded at the battle of Aversboro and received an honorable discharge. He fought in many battles and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. As soldier his comrades say he made a fine record. And best of all he has carried this record into a long and useful life. He has continued to be a good soldier to the very end.

Lebanon, OH: The Western Star, Thursday 17 Jul 1930

Arne H Trelvik
24 May 2009

John Mull (1844-1911)


Funeral services of John Mull, who passed away Wednesday morning at his late residence, 239 North Jefferson street, will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the house. Rev. M. B. Fuller, pastor of Grace M. E. church will officiate. Burial will be made in Woodland cemetery. Members of the Old Guard Post. G. A. R., will attend the funeral in a body and will perform the G. A. R. ritualistic servcie at the grave. The flag service will be held at the house Thursday evening.

Source: unnamed and undated newspaper clipping
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
3 September 2011

Joseph Mull (1838-1919)

Joseph Mull was the fourth child of Reuben Mull and his wife. He was born in Genntown, Ohio, February 9, 1838, and departed this life July 28, 1919, aged 81 years, 5 months and 19 days.

His parents migrated to Ohio from Pennsylvania several years prior to his birth. They came overland by wagon and for two weeks after their arrival in Warren County were the guests of Isaac Evans of the farm now occupied by Mr. Geo. E. Young and his family.

Mr. Mull received his education in the public school at Genntown. At the age of 19 years, February 5, 1857 he was received into full membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lebanon, Ohio by the Rev. Mr. Enock G. West. Thus for a period of 62 years he has been a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

December 25, 1874 he was united in Holy Wedlock with Miss Ann E. Drake. To this union one child, Stella, now Mrs. Sylvan Jameson, was born. Mrs. Mull died September 27, 1914.

When the life of the nation was imperiled, Mr. Mull volunteered as a soldier in the Civil War.

The deceased was always of a retiring, unassuming disposition preferring the abiding and simple pleasures and comforts of the home above the passing pleasures to be sought beyond the family circle. The past few years of his life have years of illness and death came as a welcome messenger of deliverance. During his prolonged illness his daughter, in her untiring service has given abundant proof of her filial affection.

In addition to his daughter, Brother Mull is survived by two sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Greathouse, Mrs.Mary Vinson, Henry Mull, Benj. Mull, George Mull, Charles Mull, 3 grandchildren and a number of nephews and nieces. Two other brothers, John and Isaac have preceded him to the Great Beyond.

A large circle of friends extend to the sorrowing ones their heartfelt sympathy and assure them of their prayers that the God of all comfort may comfort them in their bereavement.

Source: "Joseph Mull," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Thursday, August 14, 1919, page 8, col. 4-5
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
23 March 2011


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