I'm posting to update this message board with additional information re Catherine Emmel based on her son Benjamin Mull's biography, now on Ancestry.com (Portrait and Biographical Album for Pike and Calhoun Counties in IL, published 1891). Benjamin, born Jan 16, 1823 near Phila PA, states that his father, Thomas Mull, was a native of Little York,PA. His (Ben's) paternal grandparents, who were of German ancestry, were also natives of PA. His father (Thomas) fought in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin states that his mother, Catherine Emmel, was also born in PA "of similar stock" as Thomas. The family resided in Little York PA, but later moved to Atlantic County NJ, apparently prior to 1832. (They do seem to be there in the 1840 Census.)
Benjamin's bio also states that Thomas left home in 1832 to visit his old home (in Little York, PA), but never returned. They received one letter from him, possibly a death bed letter- which led them to believe that he died suddenly of cholera. As other researchers have mentioned, Catherine Mull continued to live in Atlantic County.
The bio further states that "Benjamin Mull... one of nine children, is the seventh of five sons and four daughters, the most of whom lived to maturity, married and reared families, and all but two lived to be past seventy years old." Benjamin then mentions the following as being siblings: Phillip E. (Mull) and Mrs. Sarah Winner, both still residing in Atlantic County; Thomas and John, who left Atlantic County "at an early age" (for IL) and Jacob, who left at middle age (for Pike County, IL).
Although all five of Catherine's sons are mentioned, only one daughter is listed. Maybe the others had already died? I'm related through Jacob Mull (b. abt 1810,PA, d. 18 April 1888 in Chicago IL) who married Elizabeth Tyler.
Unfortunately Benjamin doesn't tell us his grandparents' names, but at least we now know a little more about Catherine. Since other Emmel families were in the south NJ area, maybe it's possible that Thomas & Catherine moved their family to Atlantic County because she had relatives near by? If anyone has trouble locating this biography, I can help locate it (I couldn't "cut & paste"!) Lynn
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