Rev Abe Mulkey was raised at Waxahachie Texas and was the youngest son of a family of nine children. His father Rev William Mulkey was a local minister in the Methodist church and resided at Waxahachie until the time of his death which occurred in September 1869. One of his brothers is a practicingphysician in Kaufman Texas.
There are three brothers in Fort Worth and one in Dallas all of them are successful business men who have accumulated fine properties. Rev Abe Mulkey grew up during the war and consequently was deprived of the advantages of an early education. He started in the mercantile business in Waxahachie and was prosperous and married Miss Louisa Kerr, daughter of Judge Kerr of Corsicana Texas.His business house was burned entailing a giant loss and he failed in business. He retained some property in the name of his wife.
About 17 years ago he became convinced that he was leading a wicked life and turned over all his property -even his watch and piano - to trustees and notified his creditors of what he had done and that they might sell and divide the property pro rata amongst them.The sale did not pay his debts. He fitted up a room in his father- in- law’s storehouse and sold goods and lived a very plain life.
He took out of the income enough for a very plain living, gave one tenth to the Lord and the balance he paid to his creditors. During all that time he did a large amount of church and charitable work visiting the sick and distressed conducting religious meetings and doing good wherever opportunity offered.
Ho prospered in business, paid all his debts, built himself a fine house and had a large stock of goods all paid for and he then felt it his duty to go out as an evangelist and he went to Northfield to the Moody Training School. For about seven years he has been engaged in the evangelistic work. His wife has shared his great labors in which they have been eminently successful.
He has one son, a young wan now in Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville Tenn.His labors have been confined mainly to Texas and he has been eminently successful and useful. He is undoubtedly one of the leading evangelists of the day and without doubt great goodwill result from his labors here.