I am a descendant of some of the Mullins who are from the Virginia area, so I have been looking up this large (many different familys) family. I bought the books "The History of the Pound" and on "The History of the Pound, Vol. III" pg 648 it has a story written by Anna Ruth Short Welch, called Robert Short.
Robert Short Was born March 10, 1887 and died January 12, 1966. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Polly Shepherd Short, grandson of James Tipton and Nancy Milburn Short, and the great-grandson of William and Mary Polly Birchfield Short.
My grandfather was orphaned when he was five years old. His father, Joseph, was kiled on November 4, 1892 at Pound, during a presidential election while he and other were trying to prevent the murder of a friend.My grandfather had six brothers and sisters who were also left without a father. They were all raised to adulthood by their widowed mother.
On February 25, 1907, my grandfather married my grandmother, Lerah Mullins. She wsa born April 18, 1892 and died April 18, 1981. She was the daughter of Madison and Martha Boggs Mullins. My grandmother was a quiet and gentle person and worked diligently for her family and loved ones.
My grandfather provided for his family by farming the land, doing carpentry work, and by working at saw mills. He carried the U.S. Mail for a short time when he was a young man, but he was best talented at carpentry work and helped build some of the old homes on Bold Camp. When he was old, he operated a small country store located in one room of his home.
My grandfater was a small man in stature, standing just a little over five feet tall. He was quiet and didn't have much to say in the way of a long conversation. He spoke in a slow manner with a soft tone, and he was slow to anger. He was always conscious of other people's feelings and took great pains not to offend or hurt anyone. He was a good neighbor and friend to the people who lived around him. He liked his time alone for taking slow walks along the hillsides of his home. He was getting up in years when he joined the Old Regular Baptist Church, and was baptized in a small stream just below his old home place.
There was nothing any different about my gandparents from most grandparents, except they were mine---two kind and gentle people who left an impression on my heart and mind that I tell my grandchildren about today. I consider myself so fortunate to be a grandchild who spent almost all her entire childhood with her grandparents. It is the greatest experience whith which a child can be blessed.
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