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James William Mulvaney Marriage


50th Anniversary - 1953

 A pretty wedding occurred at St. Mary's church Tuesday at  9 A. M. The principals were Miss Theresa Zeegers, daughter of Mrs. J. Zeegers, of De Pere, and James Mulvaney, son of Bernard Mulvaney of Oconto.

 The bride was beautifully gowned in white satin with point d'esprit over it. She wore a bridal veil fastened in her hair with tuba roses. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses. The bridesmaids were Miss Rose Zeegers, sister of the bride, and Miss Lettie Morrow of Oconto. The former wore pink silk mull and carried pink roses; the latter a white voil dress and   carried white roses. The best men were John Lappen of Appleton and Bernard Mulvaney of Oconto. Mark Lee and John Sutton of Green Bay acted as ushers. The wedding march was played by Miss Mary DeJonghe.

 After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride. The house was artistically decorated with smilax and roses and an elaborate dinner was served.

 Among the many beautiful presents was one never before seen in De Pere. It was sent by George P. Mulavney, brother of the groom, who is studying for a priest   at  St. Viator's College, Bourbonnais, Ill. It was a piece of parchment containing the papal blessing, the first issued by the new Pope, a souvenir well worth treasuring.

 The happy couple left Tuesday afternoon on a wedding trip, after which they will make their home in Oconto.

 The bride, who has been with the L. Diebels Co,  for  several years, is very popular in De Pere and has a host of friends whose best wishes follow her to her new home.   The groom is well known in Oconto, working for the Express Co at the Oconto Transfer.

 Those who attended the wedding from outside of the city were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. T.  Welsh, Mrs. Thos. Nolan, Lucile Brazeau, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mulvaney, and John Heller, of Oconto; Mr.
Wood and Mrs. Sutton of Green Bay.

James Mulvaney

James was a practicing Catholic and a pillar of his parish community. He and Theresa were married for over 50 years. When they married in DePere, WI they received a papal blessing from Pope Pius XII. They moved to Oconto, WI. Jim worked as a conductor on the railroad and his railroad pass enabled him to take his large family to their cottage in Escanaba, MI. All the children were reared in Milwaukee and attended St. Leo's. Jim and Theresa moved from the inner city to rural home were they cared for a large garden and raised chickens.


Catherine Nolan (Bernard) Mulvaney  


Funeral services were held today at 10 am from St. Josephs Catholic Church, with Fr. L.C. Becker officiating for Mrs. Katherine Mulvaney, who passed away Tuesday, April 5 at St. Mary's hospital, Milwaukee.

On March 22, Mrs. Mulvaney slipped and fell to the kitchen floor at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Nolan, 2544 N. Farrell St., Milwaukee, where she had been living for several years, and sustained a severe fracture of the hip. She was taken to the hospital where she succumbed two weeks later to an illness which developed from her unfortunate accident. Mrs. Mulvaney was 91 years of age at the time of her death.

The body was brought to the L.A. Heuer funeral home in Clintonville and on Thursday was brought to the Gagnon's funeral home in this city. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.

Many of the older residents of Oconto will remember Mrs. Mulvaney for she was a resident of this city for over a period of 47 years. Born in Cedarburg on October 19, 1847, she came to this city following her marriage to Bernard Mulvaney, Sr., in 1870. The Mulvaneys were among the early settlers of Oconto. Mr. Mulvaney passed away on October 6, 1906, but Mrs. Mulvaney continued to live in this city until in 1917 when she went to Milwaukee to make her home with her son, Bernard, Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Nolan and Miss Laura Mulvaney, both of Milwaukee; three sons, Bernard Mulvaney, Jr., of Clintonville, James Mulvaney of Milwaukee, Dr. F.M. Mulvaney of Marion, and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Walsh of the town of Oconto.



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Francis Mulvaney

Lauretta Mulvaney

James Mulvaney

George P. Mulvaney
Mulvaney Family of Oconto County
Bernard  M. Mulvaney
    b: October 13, 1848 in Providence County, Rhode Island
     occupation: Oconto River and Lake Michigan Green Bay ship captain and owner
    d: October 6, 1907 in East Ward, Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto , Wisconsin
+ Catherine Nolan - wife of Captain Bernard M.Mulvaney
    b: October 19, 1847 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
    marriage:  April 19, 1870 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
    d: April 5, 1838 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
    children of Bernard and Catherine:     
          1. Mary Elizabeth Mulvaney
b: June 5, 1872 in Oconto, Wisconsin
                d: November 11, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

           + Thomas Nolan
- husband of Mary Elizabeth
                b: 1862 New Brunswick
                immigrated: 1881
                marriage: 1894
                occupation: 1910 blacksmith in Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: 1938
                burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
                children: 6 reported; 1910 4 births, 3 living

          2. Francis Mathias Mulvaney
                b: September 20, 1875
in Oconto, Wisconsin
Spanish American War Veteran
                occupation: 1910 Medical Doctor; surgeon in Dupont, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
                d: 1944 in Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
                burial: Saint Mary's Cemetery,
Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
            + Mary Maud Meyer - wife of Francis Mulvaney
                b: 1883
                d: 1976
                burial: Saint Mary's Cemetery,
Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin;
                children: 7 reported;

          3. Lauretta (Laura) Ann Mulvaney
                b: July 21, 1878 in Oconto, Wisconsin
1910 milliner in Oconto, Wisconsin
                d: September 5, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto , Wisconsin
          4. James William Mulvaney
                b: May 1, 1881
in Oconto, Wisconsin
                occupation: 1910 city express in Oconto, Wisconsin
September 19, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                burial: Saint Mary's Cemetery,
Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
           + Theresa R. Zeegers  - wife of James Mulvaney
                b: 1880
                d: 1973
Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
: 7 reported
          5. Bernard Michael Mulvaney
                b: May 5, 1883
in Oconto, Wisconsin
                occupation: 1912 Public School Teacher in Oconto, Wisconsin
                d: August 2, 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
            + Elvira Pelkey - wife of Bernard Michael Mulvaney
b: January 12, 1891 in Lena, Oconto County, Wisconsin
father: Solomon George Pelkey (1860 - 1925)
                mother: Mary Virginia Rosera (1866 - 1963)

                d: 1992 
Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
: 3 reported   
          6. George P. Mulvaney
                b: March 10, 1885
in Oconto, Wisconsin
Reverend. Roman Catholic Priest and college educator
                d: August 30, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois
                burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin; 

Mulvaney Family Tree

Matthew Mulvaney gravestone

Matthew Mulvaney
    b: 1811 in Cavan, Urney, Drumalee Ireland
    occupation: 1870 farmer in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
    d: January 17, 1871 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
    burial: Saint Francis Bogia Cemetery , Cedarburg Ozaukee County Wisconsin, USA
+ Ann McCaffery - wife of Matthew
    b: 1816 in Ireland
    immigrated: 1833 from St John, New Brunswick, Canada
    marriage: 1833 in Massachusetts
    d: unknown (after 1881)
    burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
    children of Matthew and Ann:
        1. Patrick Mulvaney
            b: 1834 in Massachusetts
            occupation: sailor in 1860 lived in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County in 1850
        2. Hugh J. Mulvaney
            b: 1836 in Massachusetts
        3. Katharine Mulvaney (spouse: m: 1854 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin to John W. Story 1837 - 1881; 2 children Frank & Matthew Story)
            b: 1838 in Massachusetts
            d: 1912 in Thorp, Clark County, Wisconsin
        4. Mary Jane Mulvaney 
            b: July 28, 1839 in Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
            d: November 27, 1907 in Columbia County, Wisconsin
            burial: Annunciation Cemetery, Lost Lake, Dodge County, Wisconsin
            children: 12 reported
(notes on Mary Jane Mulvaney: parents of twelve known children: Margaret Elizabeth (Griffin), John James, Mary Ann, Ella (Kennedy), William Jr., Bernard, Jane "Jennie", Rose (Heppe), Katherine Maria (Heppe), Sarah Alice (Pfeffer), Charles Edward, and Matthew Eugene.)
        + William M. Mulvaney - husband of Mary Jane Mulvaney
            b: January 6, 1825 in County Meath, Ireland
            d: June 14, 1882 in Fountain Prairie, Columbia County, Wisconsin
            burial: Annunciation Cemetery, Lost Lake, Dodge County, Wisconsin
        5. Michael Mulvaney
            b: 1843
      *6. Bernard M. Mulvaney (spouse: Catherine Nolan)
            b: 1848  Providence County, Rhode Island
            d:  1907 in Oconto , Oconto County, Wisconsin
        7. Elizabeth Ann Mulvaney
            b: 1849 in Providence County, Rhode Island
            d: 1916 Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
            burial: Saint Rose Cemetery, Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
(notes on Elizabeth Ann Mulvaney: child with Michel Cavanaugh were Rose Cavanaugh [Nicholas Zehen])
        + #1 Michel Cavanaugh - husband of Elizabeth Ann
            marriage : 1844 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
        + #2 George F. Cleveland - husband of Elizabeth Ann (4 children from first marriage, no children with Elizabeth Ann)
            b: October 10, 1838 Schroon Falls, Essex County, NY
            occupation: blacksmith
            marriage #2: 1893 to Elizabeth Ann
            d: November 27, 1909 in Waupaca County, Wisconsin
        8. Aurelia Mulvaney
            b:  1851
        9. Rosanna Mulvaney
            b: 1857 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
            d:  July 15, 1884 in Edson, Chippawa County, Wisconsin
            burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Chippawa County, Wisconsin
(notes on Rosana Mulvaney: children were Margret Ann Carey 1875-1930 (John Licht), Jeramiah E. Carey 1876 -1955 (Florence Eiler and Sarah Robinson), Mary Catherine Carey 1877-1940 (Thomas Francis McCormick), Edward James Carey 1880-1942 (Mary Clark), Gilbert Bernard Carey 1884-1884)
        + John Carey - husband of Rosanna Mulvaney
            b: 1824 in Ireland
            d: October 21, 1901 at Eagle Point, Chippawa County, Wisconsin

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Bernard Mulvaney
Oct. 13, 1848 - Oct. 06, 1907

Funeral Prayer Card
Oconto Catholic Cemetery

Wisconsin: Its story and Biography
1848-1913, Volume 6,
By Ellis Baker Usher
Bernard M. Mulvaney.

In the city of Oconto Mr. Mulvaney occupies two distinct and each a very important office, as city clerk, also as principal of the Jefferson Ward School. Education may be said to have been his life work, and he is one of the progressive teachers in northern Wisconsin. He belongs to one of the old families of Oconto, one that has lived in this section of the state upwards of half a century. Mr. Mulvaney himself is still a young man, and from his varied experience and professional activities in the past has a large place of future usefulness. He has served as city clerk since April, 1907, and has been identified with the public school system of the city since 1906, when he took charge of grades five and six in the Washington school, and in 1907 became principal of the Jefferson school.

Bernard M. Mulvaney was born in Oconto, May 5, 1883, a son of Bernard and Catherine (Nolan) Mulvaney. His father was for many years a stationary engineer. For a long time he ran a tug boat on the Green Bay. His death occurred in the fall of 1907, after a residence at Oconto for forty years. He was a hard worker and good citizen and was employed in many different capacities. At one time he was a supply teamster. Later he was an engineer at the Oconto Company's Mills, at various times worked on the drives of lumber, both in the woods and along the rivers. He was a native of the state of Rhode Island, coming to Wisconsin when a boy and after a brief period of residence at or near Milwaukee moved to Oconto. His widow is still living and is' a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Bernard Mulvaney was reared in Oconto where he attended the parochial schools and the Oconto high school, graduating from the latter in 1901. His first work as teacher was in the town of Little River in Oconto county. He then taught graded school at Mountain in the same county for two and a half years, and while there established the first graded schools. From there he came to Oconto, and was employed as a reporter on the Oconto County Reporter. For a time he represented the New York Life Insurance Company, and he studied law in the office of Judge Classon at Oconto. For six months he was principal of the graded school at Daggett, Michigan, and then returned to Oconto and began his work with the Washington schools. Mr. Mulvaney is unmarried. His affiliations are with the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of which he is secretary. His church is the Catholic.

OBITUARY: Beaver Dam Argus, June 22, 1882:

On Thursday of last week Wm. Mulvaney, of the Fountain Prairie, died suddenly of cancer of the stomach, in his sixtieth year. He was a kind husband and father, and consistant Christian. He leaves a wife and several sons and daughters, besides a host of friends, who mourn his loss. The funeral services were held at Mt. Pleasant by Rev. Father Roach, who preached an eloquent sermon. (William's wife was Mary Jane Mulvaney - her maiden surname and married surname were the same although she was not known to be related to her husband by blood; the couple had 12 children)
OBITUARY: Columbus Democrat, Saturday, June 17, 1882, page 1.

W. M. Mulvaney died on Wednesday with cramps, or neuralgia of the stomach, a complaint of which he had been subject to for many years. He was in town on Tuesday, also in Columbus on business; was taken sick the same evening and died within eighteen hours.

Catherine Nolan Mulvaney
Oct. 19, 1849 Apr. 05, 1938
Oconto Catholic Cemetery
Oconto, Wisconsin

Mrs. Catherine Mulvaney. for the 91 years of her life a resident of Wisconsin, died Tuesday at St. Mry's hospital as a result of a fall two weeks ago at her home, 2544 N. Farwell av.

Mrs. Mulvaney was born in Cedarburg. She  lived in Oconto for 40 years and moced to Milwaaukee about 20 years ago. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. T.H. Nolan and Laura, both of Milwaukee, and three sons, Dr. F.M. Mulvaney of Marion, J.W. of Milwaukee and Bernard M. of Clintonville.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic church in Oconto at 10 a.m. Friday. The body will be ar the Heur funeral parlor in Clintonville until Thursday and at the

gagnon parlors in Oconto wuntil the time of services. Burial will be in Oconto.

Hartford Press
October 8, 1907



Well Known in Marine Circles in
Both Wisconsin and Michigan

At his home in the East Ward, surrounded by his family and relatives, and fortified with all the rights and consolidations of religion. Captain Bernard Mulvaney died Sunday evening at 5 o'clock after months of patient suffering.

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 13, 1848 and came to Wisconsin with his parents a few years later, residing at Wauwatosa and Cedarburg. At the age of sixteen he came to Oconto and worked on the river here several winters. On April 19th, 1870 he was married at Cedarburg, Ozaukee county, to Miss Catherine Nolan of that place and the young couple came immediately to Oconto where they have since resided.

For many years he worked for the Oconto Company, until he built in 1872 the old "Cruiser," a steamer operating on the river and Green Bay. This burned five years later, but he built t6he steamer O. A. Ellis which he operated until it was destroyed by fire six years ago. Mr. Mulvaney was well known in marine circles in Wisconsin and Michigan and his long cherished dream was an Oconto harbor which was never realized. Three years prior to his illness he worked for the Oconto Company with whom he had been more or less connected for forty-years.

To disposition, Mr. Mulvaney was kind hearted and ever willing to help his fellowmen. He has always been a good citizen, a devout Catholic and a kind, loving husband and father. He left not a wealth of riches to his family but  something far greater in value - an honorable name, a reputation for honesty integrity and whole-souled generosity which will long survive him. Such men as he makes the world better and his death is a general loss to the community. He leaves to mourn his demise, a widow, two daughters and four sons; Mrs.  T. H. Nolan, Laura A. Mulvaney, James W. Mulvaney, City Clerk Bernard Mulvaney Jr. of Oconto, Dr. Frank Mulvaney of Marion, Wis. and George P. Mulvaney, C.S.V. who is preparing for the priesthood at St. Viateor's College, Kankakee, Ill., besides three sisters, Mrs. G. Cleveland of Clintonville, Miss (Mrs.) Catherine Storey (Story) of  Stanley, Wis., and Mrs. William Mulvaney of Fall River, Wis., all of whom but the last were with him during his last hour.

Funeral will be held from St. Joseph's church tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at nine o'clock, Solemn Requiem High Mass will be celebrated.


George P. Mulvaney


August 30, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois

Fr. George P. Mulvaney, CSV, was stricken with a fatal heart attack Aug. 30, 1929 at St. Edward’s Rectory in Chicago. Minutes before he passed, Fr. John P. O’Mahoney, CSV, provincial of the Viatorian Community, absolved and anointed him. His untimely death came at the age of 44.

Fr. Mulvaney was born March 10, 1885 in Oconto, WI.  He attended St. Joseph’s School and after graduating from high school there, he entered the St. Viator Novitiate in Chicago. He professed his first vows on July 2, 1904 and final vows on Oct. 18, 1909.

He distinguished himself as both a student and teacher at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1907, maxima cum laude.   Later he received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

During his theological studies at St. Viator Seminary, his health was impaired and he was forced to seek a more congenial climate. He completed his studies for the priesthood with the Oblate Fathers at St. Anthony’s Apostolic School in San Antonio, TX.

On Oct. 28, 1909, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph J. Fox of Green Bay, WI, at St.   Joseph’s Church, his home parish.

At different times he taught at St. Viator College and also held the offices of Dean of Studies and Vice-President. He also served as Vice-President of Columbus College in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

For 14 years Fr. Mulvaney dedicated himself to teaching at the Incarnate Word College of San Antonio, TX and spent his summer months working with his confreres in Chicago until his death.


Oconto 1895
Mrs. Julia Nolan died at her home in Oconto, February 5, the body brought to the home of a daughter - Mrs. B. Mulvaney, of this city  and on Tuesday taken to Cedarburg, Ozaukee county for burial. Her age was 79 years, 7 months and 24 days. 

Oconto County Reporter
Jan. 30, 1908

Henry Zelgers (Zeegers) and sister, Mrs. Wood of Escanaba, were called here Sunday by the illness of their mother, who has been ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Mulvaney, for several weeks.