Name: Stephen D. MULLINGS
Birth: 31 OCT 1760 in King William, Charlotte Co., Virginia
Death: 17 MAY 1833 in Remlap, Blount Co., Alabama
Burial: Remlap Cemetery, Remlap, Blount Co., Alabama 1
Burial: or Hudson Cemetery, Hanby Homesite, Locust Fork, Alabama 2
Military Dragoon Virginia Continental Line 3
In June 1999, bronze markers were issued by the federal government for 45 Revolutionary War Veterans who were pioneer settlers of Blount Co., Alabama. Markers have been installed and dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. One marker, located at Remlap United Methodist Church Cemetery, Blount Co., Alabama (Township 14 South, Range 1 West, Section 13), lists Stephen Mullens, 31 Oct 1763 17 May 1833, Light Dragoons, Revolutionary War (see http://home.hiwa ay.net/~bobwonda/Other%20Stuff/cemsframes.html).
The Mullings could not decide how to spell their last name. Even in Stephen Mullings Revolutionary War papers, his last name is spelled "Mullins" and "Mullings."
Stephen was described as a tall man.
The family moved from Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee and to South Carolina before finally settling in Blount Co., Alabama.
Stephen stayed in touch with his relatives in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. The children of Stephen and his son, Samuel, visited back and forth for extended periods. The young men of the family went on hunting and trapping trips to Kentucky and Tennessee every fall when it was too cold to farm. One of Stephen's cousins, John Mullings, moved his family to Blount Co. for awhile to be nearer to Stephen's family.
Stephen raised horses and sometimes bet on them which contradicted his wife's religious beliefs. The family also collected and sold skins. Locally, the family was famous over several generations for goat and cow cheese making. The family also valued education and even relocated to Blount Co. from northern Alabama so the children would not have as far to walk to school . Stephen Mullings did not support the War of 1812 and sent two of his sons to stay with family rather than allowing them to enlist in the Blount Co. militia going to New Orleans.
Eighty acres of the original Mullings farm (Stephen's settlement) at Remlap was kept in the family and farmed until the Depression. It had to be sold during the Depression for taxes. The family held onto 40 acres of land on Pine Mountain. This farm at Armstead was taxed cheaply because it was so steep and rocky. The family could afford the taxes on this land so they moved there.
From Blount Co., Alabama records, Vol. 204:
October 31, 1760, correct date according to veteran's son. His surname was recorded as "Mullings" on copies of all old family records.
According to the statement made by this veteran when he applied for pension in October 1832 , he rendered the following service: he enlisted in the 1779, served 2 years in Captain Edmund Reed's (Read's) Company, Col. John Nelson's Regiment of Virginia Dragoons and was discharged about 1 month before the surrender of Cornwallis. He joined Gen. Lafayette's Army in Virginia and was stationed in Richmond, Williamsburg and Petersburg.
Pension Certificate No. 7947 was issued April 23, 1833 to Stephen Mullins, rate $100 per annu m, Act of June 7, 1832, Alabama Agency.
Pension Certificate No. 11696 was issued July 25, 1854 to Dorcas Mullins, widow of Stephen Mu llings, rate $100 per annum, Act of July 7, 1838, Huntsville, Alabama Agency.
He married in April 1792 in Laurens Co., South Carolina, Dorcas, whose maiden name was not stated. She was born April 12, 1775. They were married at her father's home; names of her parents not stated. Veteran and wife, Dorcas, had 10 children, whose names and ages are shown on a copy of a family record as follows:
Samuel, born December 22, 1792
Hosea, born April 19, 1795
Nancy, born February 17, 1797
James G., born December 2, 1798, died July 19, 1829
Mary S., born November 13, 1800
Dianna, born August 18, 1802
Mauldin, born April 5, 1804
Elizabeth, born November 26, 1806
Martha, born April 1, 1810
Julia F., born May 25, 1813
Stephen's son, Samuel, resided in Blount Co., Alabama in 1854, was married in 1812. Veteran's other children were living in 1854 with the exception of James G. and Nancy.
Stephen resided in Charlotte Co., Virginia at the time of the Revolutionary War. Later, he resided in Lawrence (Laurens) Co., South Carolina, moved thence to Georgia, thence to Blount Co., Alabama, where he continued to reside until his death. His widow resided in Blount Co. , Alabama in 1854.
Veteran died May 17, 1833 in Blount Co., Alabama. His widow, Dorcas, died there August 25, 1842. The records of this office show that on October 5, 1833, the Clerk of the Court of Blount Co., Alabama certified that evidence had been provided to prove that Stephen Mullings, Cer tificate No. 7947, Alabama Agency, died on May 17, 1833, leaving a widow, Dorcas Mullins. Arrears of pension due the pensioner at the date of death covering a period from March 4, 1831 to May 17, 1833, were paid on November 12, 1833 at the Pension Agency, Mobile, Alabama to the widow.
Both Stephen and his wife, Dorcas, are buried in Hudson Cemetery, Blount Co., Alabama (Township 13 South, Range 1 West, Section 14): Mullins, D., [hand carved box type tomb; no dates recorded], Mullins, S., [hand carved box type tomb; no dates recorded] (see http://home.hiwaay. net/~bobwonda/Other%20Stuff/cemsframes.html).
Stephen is listed as one of the Executors on the Will of Edward Garrett, father of Dorcas.
The book, "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution, 1775-1783," by John H. Gwathmey, has an entry for "Mullins, Stephen, Corp of Light Dragoons; allowed forage in Orange, Sept. 29, 1783, while in pursuit of deserters." He has his source as the alphabetically indexe d papers in the Old Records Division, Adjutant General's Office, War Department, Washington , D.C.
1830 Census, Blount Co., Alabama, p. 5:
6 family members: 2 males (5-10), 1 male (60-70); 1 female (15-20), 1 female (30-40), 1 female (60-70). It's probable that Martha and Mary S. were the females living at home. Another possibility for the female age 30-40 could have been Sarah Bowerman, wife of James G. who died in 1829. The 2 males age 5-10 are too young to be the children of Stephen and Dorcas and are probably James' and Sarah's two sons, Gabriel and William. Also, the last known chil d of Stephen is Julia, born in 1813.
From "Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama" compiled by Thomas M. Owens, Director of State of Alabama, Department of Archives and History, published 1911, on p. 87:
"MULLINS, STEPHEN, aged 74, and a resident of Blount county; dragoon Virginia Continental Line; enrolled on April 23, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $100; sums received to date of publication of list, $250. -- R evolutionary Pension Roll, in Part 3, Vol. xiii, Sen. Doc. 514, 1st sess., 1833-34."
Father: James MULLINS b: 1730 in King William. Charlotte Co., Virginia
Mother: Mary SULLIVAN b: BET. 1730 - 1735 in Virginia
Dorcas GARRETT b: 12 APR 1775 in Warrior River, 96 District, South Carolina
5 APR 1792
in 96 District, Laurens Co. (not created until 1795), South Carolina
- Note: Mrs. Rody Hughes (witness): According to Stephen G. Mullings application for pension, he married in the presence of Dorcas Garret's sister. In 1854, Mrs. Rody Hughes, age "84 years past," and her son, William Hughes, age 61 years, resided in Blount Co., Alabama. She stated then that she was present at the marriage of her sister, Dorcas, to Stephen Mullings and tha ther third son, Rody, was born shortly afterwards.
- Samuel G. MULLINGS b: 22 DEC 1792 in Laurens Co. or 96 District, South Carolina
- Hosea MULLINGS b: 19 APR 1795 in Laurens Co. , South Carolina
- Nancy MULLINGS b: 17 FEB 1797 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- James Gabriel MULLINGS b: 2 DEC 1798 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- Mary Sarah MULLINGS b: 13 NOV 1800 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- Dianna MULLINGS b: 15 AUG 1802 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- Maudlin (Madyline or Madelin) MULLINGS b: 5 APR 1804 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- Elizabeth MULLINGS b: 26 NOV 1806 in Laurens Co., South Carolina
- Martha MULLINGS b: 1 APR 1810 in Pendleton, Anderson Co., South Carolina
- Julia F. MULLINGS b: 25 MAY 1813 in Pendleton, Anderson Co., South Carolina
- Title: Cemetery Records
Note: Source Media Type: Electronic
- Title: per Annetta Mullings
- Title: Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama
Author: Thomas M. Owen, Director of Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
Publication: Published 1911
Note: Source Media Type: Book
Page: p. 87 (Revolutionary Pension Roll, Part 3, Vol. xiii, Sen. Doc. 514, 1st sess, 1833-34)