I just found out a few years ago that my Mullen ancestors could have possibly came from Ballinasloe.You give me another reason to believe this, since I was given the maiden name of my gr-gr-gr-grandmother, and that was Ellen (FALLON) Mullen.All I know is that she was married to Lawrence Mullen and I know of the following children: William Patrick b. c1824 Dennis b. c1830 Hannah b. c1837 Lawrence b. c1840 Thomas b. c?
There is also reportedly a: John Catherine & Bridget Which would explain the huge gaps in 'birth' years.
We have handed down stories from Lawrence through his children that "they lived on an estate called 'Briefield' OR 'Briarfield' in Galway. That the oldest [the children, it possible numbered around 9] who married was "given" their first homes to farm [tenant farmers] on the estate [the estate they reportedly farmed on belonged to the Jameson family, of said whiskey fame, but was long ago destroyed by war...called "Briarfield"].When things got bad, Thomas being the youngest was furious that the others would leave their home and not wait it out until times got better.[it is reported that he stayed in Ireland...but, we know nothing about him]...." Stories say sister Bridget came to Crawford Co., Missouri--a place they three boys--Patrick, Dennis and Lawrence--settled in, as "it so reminded them of [home]", but she did not find this place to her liking."It is not known if she made it back to New York, as she simply disappeared and was never heard from again.She could have stayed in NY, married OR went home to Ireland.Catherine is a name that it is told came and visited for awhile, but we have no proof.Brother John is reported to have came to America with Patrick and Dennis, but separated from them and went his own way."It was 50 yrs before the family heard from him and when they did, he had married and reared a family in Kansas".We cannot find any sign of said 'John'.
BUT, we do now know that Ellen (FALLON) Mullen and her husband Lawrence existed.We don't know if William or Patrick was the oldest.William "Wild Bill" Mullen was killed here in Missouri, June 14, 1849 "Cheating at cards".So, he was, as far as we can tell, the reason the others came to Missouri--Patrick was a blacksmith, and he and Dennis did work for the Frisco RR out of St. Louis, MO.
Given Patrick's birth year on his grave stone of 1824 (d. Jan. 9, 1892--believe of pnuemonia), IF HE was the oldest, we are assuming that Ellen Fallon and Lawrence Mullen would have married sometime around 1821-1823.Giving Ellen a birth year 1792-1797 AND Lawrence born c1785-1790 (giving the man was usually a bit older).At the oldest, Ellen would have been 20 yrs of age and the youngest, 15.OH...and the family over here were devout Irish Roman Catholics and a many number of us still are today!!!
hahahaA LONG way around to say that I THINK my Ellen could be related to your FALLON family!I've been at this for 23 yrs this April and finally found her name on her son Lawrence's death notice in an old St. Louis, MO newspaper.I had been overlooking it...a researcher actually found it for me.Another lost piece to my family puzzle found for me!
Also...two of her children were named "Patrick and Catherine"!!!! (two of my Patrick's [gr-gr-granddad] kids were named Ellen and Catherine HA!--his brother's used all three names--PLUS the brothers all used Lawrence, also!!!) You know how they LOVED using family names over and over and over, back then!Fun for all of us researchers.............